The sun is out, the holidays are on the way and the summer selling seasons is almost upon us, which means it’s time for a quick property marketing check to ensure you are ready for those warm weather house hunters!
To help you ensure your property is ready for the viewing season, we have put together a list of ten features that become even more important when selling houses in the summer.
Can your house for sale make the grade when the heat is on?
- Landscaping – A beautifully landscaped garden is a bonus all year round, but it really comes into its own when selling houses in the summer. If you have spent money creating an amazing outside space, then you need to make sure that your showings make the most of this, consider welcoming househunters with a whistlestop tour of the outside space, showcasing the homes summer credentials before they even get to explore indoors.
- Exteriors – Kerb appeal plays a big part in the purchase decision process, and with more people spending more time out and about in the summer months, you want to make sure your exterior is as appealing as possible. Clear those gutters, freshen that paint and wash those windows.
- Access to Outdoors – So you’ve got a great garden – how easy is it to access from indoors? A great set of French windows or bifold doors that really open up access to the outside can be a big plus when it comes to property marketing – if you have them make sure you use them during viewings so house hunters get a feel for the flow of your home when the sun shines.
- Crossover Spaces – Rooms that give onto the garden are a great asset at this time of year, and offer a wonderful opportunity to really fuse the interior and exterior spaces in a way that gives a great impression of space to your home. Make sure that garden rooms and conservatories are clean and uncluttered, open windows and doors and consider staging the space to showcase its summer lifestyle potential.
- Light – Light is always important to home sales, but in the summer months when it is abundant outdoors, you need to make sure the same is true for inside. Replace heavy winter widow dressings with something that allows maximum light penetration, wash windows and skylights, and pay attention to areas where artificial lighting is needed to supplement the sun – dingy corners are more obvious at this time of year.
- Air flow – A summer home should be bright and breezy, so do make sure your home is well aired before viewings, on hot days feel free to actually use those ceiling fans, and open windows and doors to allow fresh summer air to circulate.
- Dining/entertaining areas – Summer is a social season, so make it clear how great your property is for entertaining. Stage al fresco dining spaces to showcase their full potential – if you are having an open house on a bright day you might consider offering drinks, snacks or even a BBQ outside so viewers can experience the property’s summer entertaining potential.
- Pool/Hot Tub – If you’ve got it, flaunt it! Make sure the pool is clean and uncovered even if you are not using it, same for the hot tub. If your property photography was taken during the winter months make sure you call a professional property photographer to update the portfolio with images of these important features in the season where they really come into their own.
- Bathrooms – With all the outdoor activity that the summer brings, bathrooms take on a special importance at this time of year. Make sure they are clean, uncluttered, cool and fresh – your bathrooms should be inviting spaces where the buyer will be able to wash away that last game of tennis or summer run.
- Time to vacate – People like to move during the summer break, so it’s possible your buyers will be looking for a quick handover – if you have somewhere to go your home will become an even more appealing prospect.