It’s getting to be the hottest time of the year and as the sun comes out, so do the hats, cold drinks and backyard barbecues.
Summer is the season that most Australians long for all year and a season where many prospective buyers are braving the heat to look for their next home. Here are a few tips to make your home more summer-friendly to prospective buyers which will enhance the chance of achieving the best result for your property.
Brighten with colour
Using the right colours can add a summery, fresh and cool look to your home and you don’t have to spend lots of money on repainting the walls. In fact, a common interior design trend these days is to keep walls fairly neutral. Instead, invest in bright, summery cushions and décor, fresh fruit and bright flowers which will give your home that fresh, and colourful edge.
Let the outside in
Open your windows and any sliding or bi-fold doors. Although air-conditioning is a quick way to cool down your home, consider using the air-conditioner only prior to a home inspection and then open windows and doors to let in fresh air and summer breezes.
Allowing natural airflow through open windows and screens, with fans turned on at a low speed, can help to show how naturally cool your property is, as well as highlighting outdoor entertainment areas and gardens.
Freshen up the garden
Make sure the grass and garden is tidy. Your garden is often the first thing to make an impression on potential buyers, and first impressions are important. In summer, our lawns and shrubbery tend to grow faster and some plants need additional watering, so ensure your lawn is mowed, hedges and unruly shrubs are trimmed, and any wilting or dead plants are revived or removed.
Make the most of outdoor spaces
Summer really is the best time of year to showcase your home’s outdoor area, so spend some time making it look as appealing as possible. Put away any pool toys or play equipment, consider replacing or buying new outdoor cushions for seating areas, place a bowl of fruit or fresh flowers on outdoor surfaces or even a jug of cold lemonade, sweep and tidy entertainment areas and even consider staging these areas to show just how inviting the space is in the warmer weather.
Overall, the best tip for selling this summer is to put on your ‘buyers shoes’ and take a look around your house as if you were inspecting it for the first time on a hot, sunny day. Think about what appeals most to you and think of what you can do to further enhance that area. Also take the time to consider what needs to be done to fix any problem areas. Happy summer selling!
Removing clutter helps areas to appear more spacious and allow purchasers to visualise their belongings in your home. Clear off everything on kitchen counters. Think of this process as a head start on the packing you will eventually need to do anyway. Organise cupboards and wardrobes, this says you probably take good care of the rest of the house as well.
Rent A Storage Unit
Almost every home shows better with less furniture. Remove pieces of furniture that block paths and walkways and put them in storage. Leave just enough furniture in each room to showcase the room’s purpose and plenty of room to move around. You don’t want buyers scratching their heads and saying “What is this room used for?”
If your home is already empty at the time it will be showcased, you may want to consider having your home professionally 'dressed'. This involves a professional assessing your home and its interior design needs. They will arrange furniture and a wide range of accessories including: artwork, cushions, plants, towels, & rugs to make sure your home looks its best for potential purchasers.
Make Minor Repairs
Replace cracked floor or outer tiles
Repair holes in walls
Fix leaky faucets
Fix doors that don’t close properly & kitchen drawers that jam
Consider painting your walls neutral colours, especially if you have grown accustomed to colourful walls
Replace burned-out light bulbs
Replace any worn bedspreads
Make The House Sparkle !
Wash windows inside & out
Rent a pressure washer and spray down sidewalks & exterior
Clean out cobwebs
Polish chrome faucets & mirrors
Dust furniture, ceiling fan blades & light fixtures
Replace worn rugs or simply remove
Hang up fresh towels
Clean & air any musty or pet smelling areas
Check Curb Appeal.
Keep the sidewalks cleared
Mow the lawn
Paint faded window trim
Tidy grounds & gardens
Make sure visitors can clearly read your house number
The Final Check List Before Viewings:
Open blinds & curtains
Open windows to let in fresh air
Check your flower arrangements
Turn on lights
Display your best towels in the bathroom
Clean & straighten rugs
Empty rubbish bins
Pick up any clothes
Deodorise pet areas and secure pets
Vacuum & dust each room
Tidy grounds & garden