How to Sell a Home in the Summer

10 Sizzling Summer Home Selling Tips

Home selling in the summer is often a bit more tricky than home selling during other times of the year.  Here are a few things you can do help attract a summertime buyer who might be leaning instead toward lying in a hammock and sipping lemonade.

  Mow the Lawn Twice a Week--Grass grows faster in the summer. Every other lawn cutting, try mowing on the diagonal to add dimension and curb appeal.

  Create Summer Curb Appeal--Curb appeal creates lust, happiness and contentment. Trim the bushes. Plant flowers. Scatter mulch. Paint your house number on the curb. Sweep the walk. Make your entrance welcoming and warm.

  Decorate With Summer-Influenced Accents--White is a pure summer color. Vivid blues have a calming affect. You can sweep away the cobwebs of winter by replacing accent pillows or throw rugs with brighter, summer hues.

  Bring the Light Inside--If you have heavy drapes, remove them. Pull all your blinds to the top and tape the strings underneath. Consider tie-backs if you don't already have them for holding open lighter drapes / curtains.

  Go With the Flow of Summer--Due to daylight savings, it stays light outside longer. You might find buyers are more interested in touring your home in twilight hours, just after the dinner hour.

  Move the Home Outside--Not only does moving out furniture free up more room inside the home, but it creates an outdoor living space with items you already own. It's an illusion created for a buyer that says yes, you can own this lifestyle, too.

  Deliver the Sparkle--Gold or silver or brass or pewter? Doesn't matter. Mix them, if you like. Metals are summery. Vases, picture frames, mirrors, utensils, goblets, hanging planters to garden gnomes.

  Supply Summer Treats and Drinks--Fill the sink with ice cubes and chill bottled water for guests.

  Utilize Natural Scent Sparingly--Popular artificial scents can overwhelm sensitive noses. Try filling the air with natural fragrances such as those from cut roses or honeysuckle vines.

  Control the Air Temperature--Turn down the A/C to a notch below your comfort zone if the air outside is hotter than your comfort zone. Not so cold that your visitor's arm hair stands up. But chilly enough that they don't want to go back outside.

The above article was written by Elizabeth Weintraub and was obtained from http://homebuying.about.com.

Sal Nardone

Sal Nardone

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