Summer has traditionally been considered to be the best time to put your property on the market, as the good weather and longer days put buyers in a positive mood.
This summer in particular is an excellent time to sell: confidence is returning to the market, prices are higher than they were this winter, and buyers are anxious to exchange before the Brexit deadline at the end of October.
If you’re thinking of selling this summer, take a look at our five handy tips to help you maximise your chances of going under offer.
As is always the case, first impressions can make or break a sale. Poorly-presented properties often discourage buyers before they have even set foot inside, while an attractive exterior helps put them in the right mindset.
In the summer this is especially important, as this is the time of year when properties are looking their best! Buyers will often drive or walk past a property before they decide to book a viewing. With the summer sun shining a light on any less-than-perfect parts of the exterior of your property, you should ensure that flowers are planted, weeds are pruned, and lawns are mowed. You can read more tips on improving the look and feel of your garden here.
Extra attention to details, such as ensuring that the front door has been cleaned and the windows are streak-free will also give the right impression and pay dividends in your selling process.
A neutral interior will appeal to a mass market and increase the scope of your property in terms of potential buyers, but if you are looking to make the most of the summer then don’t be afraid of colour.
Using accessories to add pops of colour around your home that reflect the brighter summer season – such as burnt orange and lemon – will make your property stand out from the crowd, both online and on viewings.
When we think of summer, we all first think of sunshine and brighter evenings – so make the most of this light when presenting your home.
Buyers want to feel that rooms are bright and spacious, so get rid of heavy curtains and dark blinds, which can make a room feel smaller and prevent the light from entering a room. You can enhance the natural light and space of your home by opening windows and doors throughout the house. As well as creating an airy feeling, this will also bring in those fresh summer scents!
Set dressing refers to the arranging of a room or space in order to paint a picture of the kind of lifestyle which could be enjoyed in your property. Never is it more important to set dress your garden than throughout the summer months, with potential buyers wanting to know that they will be able to enjoy the outdoor space which your home provides. Tempt potential buyers by showing off your outdoor spaces with garden furniture, fire pits and barbecues.
During the summer months, many people like to start work early and leave early in order to benefit from the longer evenings. As a result, buyers may be interested in viewing your home at different times of day than usual.
More viewings means you are more likely to find the right buyer, so make sure that you can accommodate as many as possible by being flexible with your viewing times. Allowing people to view your home early in the morning, as well as in the afternoon will help bring more people through the door as well as showing off your property in favourable light.Evening can also be an excellent time for viewings, as the longer days mean that it is still light enough for your property to look its best. Atmospheric lighting and set dressing can paint an attractive picture of your home and the lifestyle it can offer on those long, warm summer evenings.