In real estate, every season has its own buying and selling advantage. In summer, the great weather, longer days and feel-good vibes can help you find the right buyer for your home. Below are a handful of tips from Todd Hetherington, CEO of Century 21 New Millennium to help you sell your space this summer.
Make use of longer days. In the winter, a 7:30 pm open house would be illogical, as natural lighting is best for showcasing your home. In the summer, you can allow buyers to view your home later in the day, which may work well with people’s busy schedules.
Take it outside. Summer is the season of outdoor living, so make the most of your outdoor space by staging several lounge areas, keeping the yard and patio clean and making sure your landscaping is top notch. “Make your outdoor space inviting so that buyers imagine themselves spending their summer evenings in your yard,” notes Hetherington.
Dress your home for summer. “Even if you don’t typically seasonally refresh your home’s interior design, if you’re trying to sell this summer, it’s important to give your home a summer feeling,” says Hetherington. Remove any heavy drapes and throws, de-clutter surface areas and keep spaces well-lit and open-looking. For an extra summery feeling, decorate with bright colors like blues, yellows and greens.
Keep things cool. The last thing you want to do is invite a potential buyer into a muggy home. At the same time, you don’t want to blast them with frigid air conditioning. “Make sure the temperature inside your home is comfortable,” warns Hetherington. “This may mean turning on the AC, or opening the windows and doors for optimum air circulation.”
About CENTURY 21® New Millennium CENTURY 21 New Millennium, www.c21nm.com, is a full service real estate brokerage company specializing in residential and luxury properties. In addition to the Capitol Hill location in Washington, D.C., the Virginia locations are in Alexandria, Centreville, Culpeper, Fredericksburg, Gainesville, Loudoun, McLean, Stafford, and Woodbridge. The Maryland offices are located in Annapolis, Columbia, La Plata, Lexington Park, Lusby, Prince Frederick and Waldorf. Its core services include: mortgage financing, investing, settlement, property management, property insurance, global relocation assistance, and commercial real estate.