Flowers in bloom, inviting green lawns, and interiors charmed by abundant natural light are all great reasons to sell during the summer months. If you plan to put your home on the market this season, consider these tips to ensure that your home sells quickly and for the best possible price.
Studies have shown that the majority of buyers begin their home search online and the first image they see is typically the outside of the building. For house owners this is a fantastic opportunity to create a positive first impression, especially in the summer. A lush, green lawn and groomed landscaping are very appealing. Add a fresh coat of paint or stain to the front door and place a pot full of colourful flowers beside the door. For a relatively small investment of time and money on plants, lawn fertilizer, and paint, homeowners can reap significant returns. If weeds are popping up through walkways and driveway cracks, pour boiling water over them to kill them without harsh chemicals. Be sure to let your REALTOR® know about all the green features of your home such as drip irrigation, solar panels, insulating windows, high efficiency appliances, etc.
The inside of your home must match the summery appeal of the exterior. If you have air conditioning – flaunt it, but don’t freeze it! An appropriately cool house during our hot southern Alberta summer days is very refreshing. Make the inside also smell summer fresh. Be careful, though, with overly flowery scents, some people have become very sensitive to certain air fresheners. Fruit smells (especially natural) are best. Speaking of fresh air, don’t forget about your pets. If you have a cat, be sure the litter box is cleaned often. Dog owners should give Fido a bath and, if at all possible, keep pets out of the home during showings.
Keep in mind that summer is almost everybody’s favourite season. Your home, inside and out should embrace the ‘fun’ of summer: Patio furniture should be in place, plants should be growing, the home should appear bright and light. And don’t forget – take advantage of those showing times outside of the house – go enjoy yourself!
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