First impressions always matter and often make the difference between a sale or not. When viewing, buyers want to envisage themselves living in your property so de-personalising and de-cluttering are always important. But there are other things you can do to entice a sale:
1 Mow the Lawn
Grass grows much faster during the summer, and so aim to mow lawns at least twice a week. Every second time you cut, mow on a different stripe as this will make the lawn more attractive.
2 Summer Kerb Appeal
Make your home more appealing by trimming bushes, planting flowers, ensuring your house number or name is visible, sweeping and weeding paths and ensuring that your entrance looks welcoming.
3 Add Summer Colours
Use the summer season for colour inspiration. Add decorative items in vivid blue to add a calming effect in spaces, and replace winter-coloured pillows, throws and rugs with brighter colours.
4 Use the Light
Make the most of the light by removing heavy curtains and blinds, which can make your rooms seem small and dark. Make sure blinds are pulled all the way up and use tie-backs to keep lightweight curtains out of the way.
5 Accommodate viewers
Many people are busy during the summer months, planning holidays or simply spending time with their families after work. Being flexible in allowing potential buyers to view your home is always important but during the summer months, it is more important than ever to be flexible.
6 Show Off Your Outdoor Living
Show off your outside spaces so buyers can recognise how enjoyable it will be to live in your home. Garden furniture, fire pits and barbecues can all demonstrate the additional summer entertaining and living space on offer.
7 Make the Most of Metals
Make the most of decorative metal items which will glint appealingly in the sunshine. Make the most of silver picture frames, pewter mirrors, golden goblets and brass planters.
8 Add a Summer Air
Beware of using air fresheners, especially in summer when aromas should be light and fresh. Try to fill your property with natural fragrances rather than those with a chemical smell.
9 Keep Cool
You want potential buyers to want to live in your home – at all times of the year. This means it is important to try to control the air temperature inside as much as you can. If you have air conditioning, this is a breeze; if not, throw open windows to prevent rooms feeling hot and stuffy.
We are finding increasing demand for properties and serious buyers are looking to buy all the year round and we don’t see the summer slowdown as may have been seen in the past. If you are looking to sell, take advantage of the improving market and the better conditions. Do call us in for a free valuation and marketing appraisal of your home.