Summer is a great time to sell your home. Longer days and better weather give more opportunity for viewings, buyers tend to be motivated and, of course, every house looks better in the sunshine.
But if you are thinking about listing property this summer, there are a few things you should consider to make sure you’re showing off your home as well as possible.
1. Think about kerb appeal
This applies all year around, but in summer, potential buyers are more likely to linger outside – and first impressions matter. The outside of your home acts as a shop window to the inside, so it’s a great idea to spruce up the exterior as much as you can. Make sure the front garden or driveway is tidy and looking its best; maybe add plants to frame the front door or fill a window box with flowers.
2. Keep things cool
Most houses in the UK don’t have air conditioning, and can become sweltering during a heatwave. Keep doors and windows open throughout the home to increase airflow, and make sure there’s water available for viewers as they take a look around.
If there are areas of your home that get particularly hot, consider keeping curtains or blinds closed in the hours leading up to viewings, to prevent them becoming uncomfortably hot. Just be sure to open them before a viewing.
3. Focus on your outdoor space
Whether your home has a huge garden or a tiny balcony, potential buyers will be paying plenty of attention to its outdoor space during summer viewings. Plan ahead to ensure it’s looking its best while on the market, and be sure to mow the lawn, water the plants, and make sure everything is tidy before viewings.
Try to show how your outdoor space can be used, too, with carefully placed garden furniture. That way, viewers will be able to easily imagine themselves enjoying the space.
4. Eliminate smells
It’s a good idea to empty the bins before a viewing at any time of year, but especially in warmer weather when smells are accentuated. Do your best to minimise lingering smells from cooking or pets, too, which can also become quite unpleasant in the heat.
5. Declutter your space
During hot weather, buyers will be attracted to homes that feel cool, spacious and airy. Make sure you present your house as such by having a thorough clear-out ahead of viewings, and keeping any clutter well out of sight to give the impression of more space.
6. Clean the windows
Dirty or smudged windows are most obvious in summer, with direct sunlight streaming through. They can also hinder the flow of light through your property, which is something you want to maximise at this time of year. So get your windows cleaned – inside and out.
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