Summer is a time for fun, freedom, vacations, and a chance to break away
from the normal daily grind of the rest of the year. What this also means
is that those wanting to move will be in the market for a new home. This
means that summer is also the best time to
sell your home, so if you’re looking for the best time to put your home
up for sale, you need to take advantage of these few months. Here are
seven things you should know that might increase your chances of selling
your home during peak season for the real estate market.
Go On the Market at the Right Time
Most people want to move during the summer months. Kids are out of school
and can be transitioned easily, and the weather is nice, which makes a
move far easier with less chance of property damage. A typical peak season
homebuyer will often start reviewing the houses available on the market
around March or April, but they’ll really get down to business after
Memorial Day. This means
June traditionally sees the highest number of homes sold every year nationwide.
This trend usually continues through July and August, but by that point
the number of homes on the market usually exceeds the number of remaining
buyers, so it can be harder to close a deal. If you want to sell your
home this summer, have it ready to go up for sale by the end of May
at the absolute latest.
Prepare Your Exterior
It only takes a few seconds for a potential buyer to form an opinion about
your home, and that first opinion will be based almost exclusively on
the appearance of your home’s exterior. Putting in a few hours of
work to make the outside of your home look clean and well-kept can inspire
confidence in buyers and make them excited to see the rest of your home,
while a dirty and unkempt exterior can turn them off from your home almost
immediately. Mow the lawn, trim the bushes, water the plants, and touch
up any paint that’s looking old or flaky and you could see potential
buyers show a lot more interest in your home.
Keep the Home Cool
One of the biggest turnoffs to home buyers is a house that’s no cooler
than the scorching temperatures outside. Buyers want to know they can
come in from the heat to a cool and comfortable home, and if your home
doesn’t show that, it’s a pretty big turn-off. If you have
central air conditioning, consider having a maintenance tune-up service
performed to get it running well again and be sure to have it on and working
when potential buyers come to visit. If the system is off, it could be
a red flag to the buyer, giving them the impression it isn’t working.
It may cost a little more in your electric bill, but selling your home
makes the investment worth it.
De-Personalize Your Home
Homes often contain our own little fingerprints on them everywhere. Things
such as drawings and report cards on the refrigerator, family portraits
hung on a wall, and artwork or paintings displayed proudly in a gallery
or hallway all add those little touches which turn a house into a true,
genuine home. Here’s the thing, they turn it into
your home, not your potential buyer’s home. Buyers are usually more attracted
to homes where they can envision it as
their home. That means taking your personal touches off of it and allowing them
to picture their own personal touches on it. If a buyer can establish
this vision, they’re a lot more likely to put in a serious offer
on your home.
There’s a good amount of debate about staging and whether or not
it’s really necessary to sell a home. On one hand, some people argue
that seeing someone else’s stuff in a home makes it harder to envision
that home as their own. On the other, an empty home can be seen as cold
and uninviting. Generally, it’s pretty widely established that properly
staging your home to make it look appealing to buyers is a good idea,
but going all-out on doing it isn’t usually worth the cost.
Instead, you can take advantage of the season and stage your home to reflect
the beauty of summer. Open the windows, place bright flowers on the tables,
and have summer scented candles burning in a few places in your home are
a few inexpensive but attractive things which make your home seem that
much more inviting. You want to show your buyer what their home
could be, not what it looks like with you in it, and not what it looks like
completely empty, primarily because neither of those situations really
matter once the house changes hands.
You should also consider hiring an experienced Valencia realtor who can
represent you and get the best deal possible for your home.
Dippy Real Estate can provide you with the experience and knowledge you need to sell your
home quickly and at the best possible price. Dippy has a passion for working
with people and can help you take full advantage of the peak sales season
with excellent representation, quality marketing, and friendly, dedicated service.
Call Dippy Real Estate at 661.441.3304 and schedule an appointment to find out more about selling
your home today!