It is officially the peak of housing season. If you have a home that you are hoping to sell this summer, then you need to make sure that you are prepared. Here are four things that you need to know if you want to take advantage of the real estate market this summer and list your home for sale:
1. June Is the Busiest Real Estate Month of the Year
Trulia reports that the amount of home sales during the month of June is generally 29 percent above the yearly average. Homeowners will usually start searching for homes during the spring, but inventory will rise as the months get warmer. Once Memorial Day arrives, they really start pounding the pavement and trying to find that home that they are on the search for. With that 29 percent increase in home sales in June, it is obvious that people want to move into a new home while school is out and the weather is nice. So, make sure your house is ready and listed so you can take advantage of the activity surge.
2. Use the Exterior Living Space to Your Selling Advantage
During the summer, people don't spend most of their time indoors. Instead, they like to spend time outdoors with their family and friends entertaining. So, if your home has the outdoor living space for entertaining, make sure that you emphasize it. For example, create a welcoming seating area with a dining table and place settings. If you have a barbecue area, make sure it is staged with tools. Get creative, as little touches can really make all the difference with prospective home buyers.
3. Keep Your Home Cool
Before any potential home buyers arrive to your open house or showing, you want to ensure that your house is cool. It's hot outside, and you don't need the house warm, too. Plus, if the door is going to be opening and closing constantly with potential buyers coming and going, you will need that thermostat set a couple of degrees lower to compensate and help keep the house cool.
4. Offer Cold, Refreshing Drinks for Prospective Buyers
As individuals are going from home to home in search for the perfect house and battling other home buyers, they are likely to get tired, hot, and sticky. So, you will want to make sure that you have a nice, refreshing beverage when they arrive at your home. You can have canned drinks in the refrigerator, pitchers of ice water and lemonade, etc. It will keep your guests happy as they peruse your home. Plus, the longer they spend in your house, the more likely they will become emotionally attached and want to buy it so it will be their home.