Tips for Selling Your Home During the Summer
Tips for selling a home in the slow summer months:
∎ Keep the air conditioning running to ensure that the house is cool, especially on the upper floors, which tend to be warmer.
∎ With kids out of school, keeping the home clean becomes more of a challenge. Try to send the children to camp or to stay with grandparents during the first few weeks of a summer listing.
∎ Prevent the accumulation of odors inside the house, which can be pronounced in the summer. Eliminate pet odors and keep the garbage outdoors.
∎ Keep drapes open (or even remove them) to let in as much natural light as possible, and keep windows clean.
∎ Pack away winter clothing to make more room in your closets.
∎ Have fresh fruit and chilled water or lemonade on hand for prospective buyers.
∎ Keep the lawn manicured and plant colorful flowers to enhance curb appeal.
∎ Stage the outside of the home to simulate preparations for an outdoor gathering.
∎ Enhance the atmosphere of a back yard or a terrace with a trickling fountain.
— Michele Lerner