June 7, 2012 4:02 pm
In order to successfully do this, try to paint the backyard as an outdoor living room for the summer months. This can be done by adding some chairs and a table, showcasing the property’s trees with a hammock or even creating a nice reading spot with a bench.
If you have a deck, now is the perfect time to highlight this feature and attract prospective buyers who are looking for outdoor spaces that can be used for entertaining or relaxing with the family. Take the time to power-wash your deck or even add a new coat of paint so that it’s prepared for open house visitors. Be sure to check the deck’s surface and remove any old screws or nails that are sticking out and replace them with cleaner looking galvanized decking screws.
Once again, think about creating space and add a canvas gazebo to provide some shade or even an old-fashioned swinging bench.
For those with swimming pools, make sure the water is blue, it’s free of leaves and debris and that it’s not cluttered with rafts and toys. Open up some new lounge chairs and maybe add a small table so people can envision spending those hot summer days lounging by the pool.
In addition, keep your lawn mowed and add a variety of summer annuals or other potted flowers and plants around the property. Adding a layer of bark mulch around flowerbeds adds a fresh look to an outdoor space and can hide some of those pesky weeds. Landscape lighting is also important as it enables potential buyers to view your property at night.
Inside, you should keep your drapes open and let the sun shine through to stress the natural lighting that your home receives.
On especially hot days, keep the air on so when a potential buyer walks in from a sunny day of shuffling from house to house, they are met with an instant cool down. Not only will the cool air alleviate any stress from a long day of house hunting, it will also enable them to focus more on the house. In addition, keep a pitcher of iced tea on the table with a note to “help yourself.”
Remember, the summer months are often the busiest for homebuyers and lots of inventory is hitting the market so you want to do what you can to make yours stand above the rest.
For additional summer selling strategies, contact our office today.
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