If you’re thinking about selling your home, you’ve probably heard that spring is the best time of the year to do so. The cooler spring temperatures make looking at homes and moving in and out easier than in the heat of the summer months. But just because things are heading up here in Southern California doesn’t mean you should wait until fall or even next spring to sell your home. Each season comes with struggles and benefits for buyers and sellers alike.
Why are there fewer summer buyers?
Summer is a busy time of the year for many people. For families, the kids are out of school for the summer. This can mean a need for extra childcare, and a time when many families plan vacations. Whether you are single or have a large family, summer is always packed with activities. It can be difficult for buyers to fit in the time to go to open houses and showings between all their other obligations.
What does that mean for sellers?
Summer home selling can present a few benefits and challenges to sellers. If it’s a family looking to move during the summer months, they may be looking to get settled before the school year starts. This could mean a fast moving transaction. Buyers looking during the summer months might also be motivated by tax credits for next year. However, one of the biggest drawbacks to listing your home in the summer is that you could be competing with houses that didn’t sell during spring. These houses might come with a reduced price tag in an effort to attract buyers during the summer.
Tips to sell your home quickly in summer
- Price your home to sell. Make sure the price is competitive compared to similar homes and other homes in your community.
- Post high-quality photos. Most buyers look online for a home at some point during their search. By having a large number of high-quality photos available, you’re more likely to attract a buyer who is interested in your home.
- Use summer to your advantage and bring your living spaces outdoors. Stage cooking areas, set up a dining table, and even a lounge area. Your home will feel like it is larger, and potential buyers will be able to envision how they can use the outdoor space in conjunction with the indoor space.
- Let natural light flood your home. Now that the sun stays out longer, open up those drapes. By opening blinds and curtains, your home will feel larger.
- Give your home the curb appeal it deserves. Make sure your first impression is perfect. Your lawn should be mowed and landscaping should be tidy. A warm and welcoming entrance can help buyers feel right at home.
- Be mindful of room temperature. If you have central air, you might want to turn it on during open houses and showings. If you don’t have air conditioning, be sure to strategically place fans throughout the home to keep the air circulating and prevent rooms from becoming too stuffy.
- Play up summer and serve seasonal drinks and snacks. Nothing says summertime quite like barbecues and picnics. If you’re setting out food and drinks during an open house, consider cold water bottles, iced tea, fruit salad, potato salad, and even hot dogs and hamburgers.
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