Friday, June 8, 2018

6 Tips to Help You Hold the Best Summer Open House

After a long winter, we finally made it – summer is here! For many, it’s the perfect time to take advantage of the nice weather and to list their home for sale, complete with summer open houses.

While warm weather and sunshine are definitely pluses when holding an open house, there are a few things you should consider when getting your home ready to show prospective buyers during summer months. Here are a few tips for holding a summer open house:

1. Maintain the landscaping. Summer can mean long periods without rain, which can lead to your lawn drying out. Potential buyers don’t want to see a home with a burned out, brown front lawn, so make sure you water your lawn often and keep the grass at a reasonable length. Weed your garden and trim your landscaping too!
2. Clean windows and doors. Winter can take a toll on windows and doors. Keep the windows sparkling by cleaning them both inside and outside your home. (This has the added bonus of allowing as much natural summer sunlight into your home as possible!) You should also wipe down your front door weekly during high pollen season.
3. Add light. Place exterior lights around your driveway and/or walkways to make your home's exterior more appealing. This is also a good safety measure for those walking around your property.
4. Highlight your outdoor areas. Now that the long, cold winter season is over, most of us are eager to spend as much time outside as possible. Highlighting the exterior of your home can be a great way to showcase the property to potential buyers. For example, a great way to feature your backyard and its possibilities for a future homeowner is to set up your patio with outdoor furniture, tables, and a carpet. This creates the image of an inviting outdoor living room.
5. Keep it cool. Air conditioning thermostats should be set a few degrees cooler than normal for your open house. Buyers will stream in and out of your house, meaning your doors will open frequently. No air conditioning? Make sure rooms are well ventilated and fans are running before the open house as well.
6. Keep your basement smelling fresh. As the weather gets warmer, damp and musty odors in your basement may worsen. Clean your basement thoroughly to remove as much of those odors as possible, and once clean, invest in a dehumidifier to continue keeping the musty odors at a minimum.

Taking a little time to fix up your home to its best advantage in the summer months can make a huge impact on your open house. Keep in mind the season and you’re sure to have success!