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Tips to Sell Your Home in the Dog Days of Summer

Sueanne Amisola

My main priority is ensuring your property remains in the forefront of all potential buyers minds...

My main priority is ensuring your property remains in the forefront of all potential buyers minds...

Aug 9 6 minutes read

Each season represents opportunities and challenges for selling homes. During the dog days of Summer, you benefit from longer daylight hours and buyers with vacation time. Then again, plenty of people despise confronting the heat and humidity of Summer’s roughest months. 🥵

Home sales tend to slow a bit during Summer, although that's not necessarily accurate this year. Try these tips to sell your home to make the browsing and buying experience more enjoyable. Taking the right approach could make your home seem like the best option on the market. ☀️

Pay Close Attention to Your Home’s Exterior Areas

Unfortunately, weeds seem to love the heat and humidity of Summer. It can seem impossible to keep them under control. You don’t have much of a choice, though, because potential home-buyers do not want to see lawns and gardens overrun with weeds. The sight will just remind them that buying the home means they will inherit the same chores.

If you don’t have the time or stamina to keep your exterior perfect, hire a professional to do the job. Sure, it will cost some money, but it could also help you sell your house sooner, at a higher price. Lawn and garden care might even pay for itself.

Turn On Your Air Conditioner to Keep Your House Comfortable

When it’s 28+ degrees (or over 35!) outside, people can get sweaty just by walking from their vehicles to your front door. Offer an immediate blast of refreshingly cool air by keeping your air conditioner on.

What temperature should you choose? You don’t want to freeze people, so anything under 20 degrees is probably too cold. You want to keep visitors comfortable, though, so you don’t want to go too high above 23 degrees. If you stay within that range, most people will feel relaxed and cool.

Keep in mind that body heat will make crowded open houses warmer than normal. If you have a lot of people in your home, consider turning your thermostat down a couple of degrees.

Don't have A/C? Open your windows to take advantage of cool breezes.

Get Your HVAC System Inspected Before You Put Your House on the Market

You need an HVAC system that works extremely well during the dog days of Summer. Don’t run the risk that your air conditioner will die during a week when you know several people will visit your property.

Stay ahead of problems by getting your HVAC system inspected before you put your house on the market. A professional can inspect levels, replace aging parts and improve efficiency. Good news - knowing that your home's HVAC system has been serviced recently can double as a benefit to potential buyers.

Extra tip to sell your home: hire a smart real estate agent!

A smart agent will know how to talk about the beneficial aspects of your home. 

For instance, when they walk in the door, they might turn to the potential buyer and say: "Wow, it’s hot out there! It’s a good thing the current owner just got the AC inspected. It feels so good in here!"

Emphasize Outdoor Areas People Can Use During Summer

Does your home have an attractive patio, swimming pool or shaded pergola? This is the perfect time to spruce up those areas so buyers can imagine themselves enjoying those spots.

Some things to put on your to-do list include:

  • Clean your outdoor furniture (or buying new furniture).
  • Replace any broken bricks or pavers that mar your patio’s appearance.
  • Hire someone to keep your pool clean and pH levels perfect (any hint of algae will turn off buyers).

Showcase Your Garden

Have you grown an abundance of fruits or veggies this season? Consider harvesting some of your bounty and offering them to open house attendees. Many visitors may miss out on what your back yard has to offer by staying inside. So not only will this showcase your garden or fruit trees, but putting them on display could add to the welcoming, home-y charm of your property while doubling as a benefit to any potential buyers with a green thumb.

Provide a Help Yourself Beverage Station

Make people feel relaxed and at home by offering them an ice cold drink. Greet them at the front door or in the kitchen with a cooler full of:

  • Bottled Water
  • Sparkling water
  • Juices
  • Sodas

*Don't forget to add a container for any empty bottles.

Eliminate Any Pest Problems

Do you have standing water in your backyard that mosquitoes use as a breeding ground? Itchy bites do not make a good impression.

Do you have an army of ants sneaking into your kitchen to steal food? No one wants to buy that problem.

If you have any pest problems, hire a professional exterminator to eliminate the bugs. Then, get a remediator to fix any aspects of your property that attract pests (such as improving drainage to prevent standing water).

Enjoy your Summer and sell your home!

Do you want even more expert tips to sell your home during Summer while still having time to enjoy it? Let’s talk about your opportunities and get your house sold as soon as possible.

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