Tuesday, June 1, 2021 - by Robert Backer, president, Greater Chattanooga Realtors
There are many reasons why summer may be the perfect time to put your home on the market. The summertime allows for the opportunity to move with more ease, and many families are trying to settle into a new place before the school year starts. Oh, and there’s also the fact that the housing market is incredibly swift right now. But even in a seller’s market like we’re experiencing, if you’re selling your house, there are tips you can follow to help sell your home even faster. So how do you make your home stand out? The answer – a sizzling Open House.
A well-planned open house allows potential buyers to picture how life in this particular home would be, and in the summer, people can be more relaxed. Making your open house a haven from the heat is the best way to help them visualize that your home is where they’ll want to spend all of their summers.
Here are a few tips to help your home’s open house stand out this summer.
Turn on the A/C. It’s easy for a house to become stuffy and warm during the summer, especially with exterior doors frequently opening and closing, so make sure that you have the air conditioning running whenever you’re hosting potential buyers. This step also shows prospective buyers that the A/C is operational and ready to go.
Curb appeal. Your home’s curb appeal is its first impression, and the summer months can be harsh on your home’s front lawn. There is nothing attractive about the dry, dead grass of summer. Water frequently or update your home’s landscaping to something grass-free. A little effort can go a long way to showcase your home.
Outdoor living. If the home you’re selling has a pool, a large deck, or an outdoor kitchen, the summer months are the perfect time to highlight them. Why not put some lemonade out for buyers to enjoy on the patio and keep the pool crystal clean? However, it’s important to remember that summer means kids are out of school, and they may be joining their parents on open house tours, so make sure that pool gates are kept locked tight for safety.
Embrace the summer season. Potential buyers may be hot and thirsty when they arrive, so home sellers should prepare for it. Have a cooler with ice-cold bottled water ready and waiting for them the moment they walk in the house, and have refreshing snacks, like watermelon or popsicles, available in the kitchen or on the patio. This gesture will help home buyers picture your home as their oasis in the heat.
Taking a little extra time when listing your home can make it fly off the market even quicker than those who don’t take these steps. If you are interested in selling or buying a home this summer, use the services of your realtor. We have the tools and expertise to make sure that your house has the best chance of selling fast and for what the property is worth. Realtors work all year long to meet the housing needs of our community. That’s Who We R.