Are you looking to sell your home this summer? Well, you’re not the only one. Up and down the country (and, indeed, across the world), homeowners are looking to leave their current properties and move somewhere else. The reasons why that might be the case are too numerous to mention, but the end result is that we’re looking to offload our existing homes.
Doing so in summer though? Well, that’s not as easy as you might think. Somewhat counterintuitively, summer is actually one of the worst seasons in which to sell your property.
There are a number of reasons why that’s the case, from families leaving on holiday to the prospect of managing kids and employment throughout the season. However, that doesn’t mean that the task is impossible, simply that you’re going to have to make a little more effort to get the prices you want.
Here’s what we recommend:
- List your home with an online agent
Local estate agents can be fantastic if you’re trying to sell your home, but they do have some significant disadvantages. Those include their high cost, but also just how limited the exposure they offer your property is.
True, whilst they’re excellent at advertising your property to people in the local area, they don’t make use of the internet in the same way that online and fixed-fee estate agents. By using multiple property websites, professional listings, floor plans and photographs and negotiating on your behalf, they have all the benefits of a traditional estate agent without any of the downsides.
Put simply, if you’re trying to sell your home in summer, online estate agents are the way to go.
- Focus your efforts outside
Summer is the time when many of us like to spend time outside, so make a special effort to improve the outside of your property. That begins with basic things like ensuring that your grass is always freshly cut and your paths free from weeds, but it extends to tidying up the whole garden.
Invest in new plants, trim back any bushes, give your fences a new lick of paint and consider purchasing some new garden furniture. It doesn’t come free, but you’re selling more than a home – you’re selling a vision of what the buyers life could be like.
A boost to the curb appeal of your property is also recommended, so break out the pressure washer for those flagstones and paint any windowsills which aren’t looking as fresh as they once did.
- Make the most of summer inside
The outside of your property might be getting a lot of attention, but that doesn’t mean you should leave the inside alone. The summer months bring increased light, which in turn, can make the most of out of any home. As such, we’d recommend either taking down any heavy curtains you have or simply opening them as wide as you can.
Also take this time to declutter and tidy your home, introducing new, light fabrics to bring a bright and breezy feeling to your property. Leave doors and windows open if it’s a warm day to let fresh air in and keep the temperature down, too. It’s summer, after all!