Summer is here, and like millions of others across the country, you’ve decided it’s the perfect time to sell your home. Unfortunately, warm weather can lead to a few unique challenges for sellers, even when your local real estate market is hotter than the temperature on your back patio. Four tips to master home staging in the summer can help.
1. Boost Curb Appeal
The exterior of your home is the first thing a buyer sees, so it’s important to keep it looking nice. Start by welcoming home shoppers with an attractive entrance. Paint the front door a bright color; add fresh caulking around the doorway; paint or stain the front porch if needed. To further boost curb appeal:
- Keep your lawn well-tended and watered.
- Prune shrubs and bushes.
- Weed and mulch flower beds.
- Clean your gutters.
- Replace ripped screens and burned-out lightbulbs.
- Touch up peeling or chipped paint.
- Seal your driveway if needed.
2. Create an Inviting Interior
Before you show your home, clean the interior from top to bottom, and reduce clutter by packing and storing all unnecessary items and personal effects. If possible, paint walls in calming, neutral colors, and arrange furniture for optimal flow.
To make the most of natural light, wash all windows thoroughly inside and out. Even though your home may seem bright enough during the day, realtors recommend you turn on all the lights during showings for an extra-welcoming ambiance.
3. Keep Your Home Cool
In warm weather, always keep your home cool for showings. Crank up your central air conditioning if you have it. If not, try one or more of these tips:
- Install window air conditioners.
- Turn on ceiling fans.
- Position a few floor fans around your home.
- Keep lights off and curtains drawn in advance of showings.
4. Charm Buyers with Special Touches
Summertime offers lots of possibilities for special touches during home showings. Place bouquets of fresh flowers throughout your home, and accessorize bathrooms with pretty hand towels, fluffy bath mats, and scented candles. For summer refreshment, top your kitchen counter with a pitcher of iced lemonade, some disposable cups, and a plate of cookies.
Selling a home in the summer has its challenges, but these four tips for staging can help. When potential buyers walk into your house, you want them to feel at home. Furniture like sofas, chairs, beds, and dining sets from CORT Furniture Rental add style and craftsmanship. No need to find help moving furniture. CORT offers convenient delivery and setup.