Summer Home Staging and Selling Tips
The dog days of summer are here, and it’s a smart idea to adjust your home’s staging to the summer weather when preparing your home for market. Here’s some home staging tips to make your house look its best during the summer months:
Don’t overlook outdoor living areas.
During the summer, buyers are particularly interested in the outdoor areas of your property, especially the backyard, so it is essential to make these areas look inviting during this time. Make sure any outdoor seating is clean and doesn’t look worn out- you may want to consider replacing those old plastic lawn chairs. If you have young children, make sure any outdoor toys are put away and not left lying out in the open.
Don’t let the California drought get in the way of curb appeal.
Summer is a great time to incorporate pops of bright color into your home staging. Potted pants at the front entrance, and colorful throw pillows on a porch chair are a great way to do this. If your lawn is brown, consider a lawn-painting service, or making the switch to drought-friendly artificial turf, or a grassless xeriscape. Make sure any gardens look neat and tidy, not overgrown, dying, or full of weeds. Power-wash your patio and your homes exterior, and consider having your sidewalk and driveway professionally cleaned or repaved.
Bring a bit of the outdoors into your home.
If you have a garden, use cuttings from blossoming trees or flowers you have grown to create a countertop bouquet. Placing a herb garden in the kitchen windowsill is also a great way to incorporate some greenery. A bowl of fresh fruit or veggies from the garden looks great on a dining table or kitchen island.
Open up the curtains and let the light in.
Let the sun work in your favor by drawing your curtains back and letting the natural light in. By brightening up the indoors, a home looks larger and more inviting. Consider replacing dark, heavy drapes with curtains or linens that are both lightweight and light in color. However, keep in mind that this may also let extra heat in, so you may want to turn your thermostat down a few degrees before a showing so that viewers stay comfortable.
Make any needed fixes and home repairs.
The last think a buyer wants to do is spend time thinking about fixes they will have to make themselves when they move in. Each little leaky faucet, loose doorknob, or other repair job is one more reason for a buyer to turn down your home. Take the extra step and repair any items in your home that are broken, damaged, or not working properly.
Ask family and friends for a second opinion.
When you think you have your home ready for a showing, invite a relative or friend over and give them a demo tour and walk through of your home. They will be able to easily point out the things that you may have missed, such as a dusty TV stand, or a toothbrush accidentally left out.