Selling in the summertime
The sun is out (for now anyway!) and the days are long so what better time to sell your property. Whether you’re on the market already or you’re just coming to the market now, the summer months are an ideal time to make your property shine. Many house hunters are keen to find the property of their dreams at this time of year as the moving process is much more pleasant in the bright, longer summer days than struggling with a removal van with the entire contents of your life on a wet, cold and dark winter’s afternoon.
To make sure you use the summer season to really improve your chances of selling, follow our top tips!
It should go without saying that you need to put effort into making your home look its best when selling at any time of year, but in the summer, it’s more important than ever! Sunlight is lovely but can show up dust and window smears clearly so clean, clean and clean again. Open windows and doors for viewings to create an airy and spacious feel that buyers will love.
As the outside of your property is the first thing potential buyers see, it is vital your property has kerb appeal at all times. Potential buyers can drive by at any time so it’s important the outside of the property is clean and tidy, not just when you have viewings planned. Keep the drive tidy and free from leaves, make sure the porch is uncluttered, keep bins tucked away from view and have lawns well kept.
The summer months are the time to really show off the garden and outdoor space around your property and in particular, if your property is ideal for young families, enclosed gardens are a huge selling point. Make sure plants and shrubs are pruned, patios are power washed and the lawn is mowed regularly. If you have a decking or BBQ area, highlight this as an entertaining space by having a table and chairs laid out and if this space flows from the inside through patio or French doors, have them open during viewings. Your garden is an extra room at this time of year so paint this picture for buyers.
The longer, brighter and hopefully warmer days bring with them the opportunity for longer viewing hours so it’s important to be as flexible as possible to accommodate requests. With daylight hours creeping well into the late evening, our busiest times for viewings are 6pm – 8:30pm which gives buyers the chance to view a number of properties after traditional working hours. If you have any holidays planned, there’s no reason to put selling on hold or to miss viewings if you work with your estate agent. At 365 Estate Agents, our preference is to host all viewings for our clients so holidays cause no issues for us however, if you normally carry out your own viewings, ensure your agent has access to the property in your absence and they can continue to take viewings for you while you relax on your trip.
The summer really is the perfect time to sell your property so make sure you do everything you can to make the season work for you.