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Selling Your Home in the Summertime: Ideas for Decor and Open Houses

Outdoor living space couch and plants

Summer is coming and it is by far the best time of the year to sell your home! The beautiful weather gets people thinking about possibly moving into a new house. The summer season can be a great time to showcase your gorgeous lush garden, sparkling pool or chic inside decor. Preparing your home to look its absolute best is essential. Here are a few simple ideas to get buyers to flock to your house come June, July and August.

Tip #1: Use the Good Weather to Your Advantage

By keeping your backyard and patios clean and free of clutter, you keep your home feeling light and festive. Plant flowers, hang fun lights and add pops of color such as patterned throw pillows to your outdoor furniture. Potential buyers will have an easier time envisioning themselves entertaining if the space is inviting.

Tip #2: Throw a Backyard Barbecue Open House

To show off that outdoor living space, why not host a patio party as part of your open house? All you need is a few simple colorful appetizers and delicious dishes from the grill that are strategically placed throughout the kitchen and backyard. Adding little touches such as a custom beverage dispenser, snow cone machine and relaxing music can create a positive impression that will sell your home. Don’t forget to add some of those gorgeous flowers from outside to your home to give some great color to it.

Tip #3: De-Clutter Your Home

Before you let anyone inside your home, it is time to get rid of any clutter inside. Throw back those curtains to let light inside and put away any accessories that feel heavy and dark. The warm throws that were perfect for fall and winter should now be stored away and unnecessary decor items should be eliminated. A fresh color of paint for your front door can give your home added curb appeal, while painting a featured wall a fun summer color can make it feel fresh and new. Add some throw pillows for a splash of color and add a few new candles. If you have a fireplace, consider moving your furniture around so it doesn’t face it anymore. Instead, shift the focus of the room to the beautiful windows or doors. Doing these things will put your home ahead of the competition.

Tip #4: Fix Anything That is Broken in Your Home

Simple things such as a cracked or missing floor tile or a leaky shower can be a big turn off for potential buyers. Repair anything that is obviously broken and needs to be fixed. That way, buyers won’t focus on the stuff that needs fixing and instead will focus on all the good things your home has to offer. Handling these types of repairs beforehand can eliminate needless negotiations during the escrow process. It can also save you money because your cost to do the repairs will almost certainly be less than what the buyer’s estimate will be.

Summer is the perfect time to highlight both the inside and outside of your home. By using the tips above, you will soon be looking for a new place to call home!


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