There are advantages to selling in the summer, but you can still make your viewing run smoothly with our simple summertime selling tips.
We’ve put together a few handy tips to hopefully help you to attract the right summer buyers.
Buyers will need to be able to envisage themselves living in your home – people have different tastes, so if you make any changes to your soft furnishings or decide to freshen the walls with a lick of paint, keep the colours neutral. This will make the property look fresh to potential buyers.
Before your start marketing, remove any personal items or odd ornaments, you don’t want to distract potential buyers with a busy space. Good size rooms are something house hunters want and clearing away clutter will make any room look bigger. Be ruthless and ditch anything that’s not used or broken!
Summer is a great time to show your garden in the best light. A well-kept garden should entice potential buyers from the off. Clear any litter, cut the grass, de-weed, and cut back anything that is overgrown and restricting light. Consider planting flowers to give your garden colour and set the scene with garden furniture, a BBQ, and loungers – you want buyers to get a feel of what it would be like if it was their garden.
When the summer sun shines it can easily show dirt on windows, so make sure you thoroughly clean them inside and out before viewings as it will make a big difference. Potential buyers viewing your home will probably check the windows, so a streak-free finish will not only up your kerb appeal but offer a great view from the inside to your perfect garden. Try to find a local window cleaning company, if you can't a good bit of elbow grease will get your windows gleaming.
You need to make sure you get the lighting in your home right. You want the property to feel inviting and spacious – summer is great for natural light, so open any blinds and curtains wide during viewings.
When the days are colder, rooms can become stuffy and have a slight musty smell, this can put buyers off, so ventilate your home before any viewings – especially any rooms that you don’t really use. Fresh flowers can help make a room look bright and give off a pleasant smell too.
If you are a pet owner, you may have become accustomed to the smell of your home, but buyers may well pick up on the slightest animal smell. It might be worth asking a friend or family member to look after any pets and be sure to open the windows for a few hours prior to the viewing. If you do have a viewing coming up, avoid cooking any strong-smelling foods, they can be overpowering and put buyers off.
Clear the bathroom
Finally, clear away any toiletries from the bathroom – put them in a cupboard out of sight, give the toilet, shower, bath, sink, mirrors, and cabinets a thorough clean. Add a new toilet roll to the holder and put out clean hand towels.
These are just a few ways to make sure you show your home in the best light when selling. If you are looking to sell this summer, and need advice – please do contact our team, here.
We hope you enjoyed our tips.