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4 tips on selling your house in summer

Everything from our diets, our clothes and even our favourite sports are all, to some degree, shaped by the natural cycle of the seasons. But what about selling your house? Often personal circumstances will dictate when you need to make a move. But have you ever considered whether there is a ‘best’ time of year for selling your house? There are a lot of reasons why selling a house in summer can be especially beneficial. Here are a few ways you can capitalise on the season when selling your home.

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- How to charm your prospective buyers when trying to sell your home in summer:

The fantastic light

When it comes to potential buyers viewing your home, there is a lot to be said for summer's long days and light evenings that will show off your home’s interior to the greatest effect. You can have the curtains open and allow spaces to be lit naturally, which almost always improves the appeal and even makes more modest rooms appear larger. Summer sunshine will also enhance luxury features like light and airy open-plan living areas, conservatories, garden rooms and balconies.

The blooming garden

When selling a house in summer, a glorious garden can help to drive the sale of the entire property. Consider enlisting the help of a professional to ensure it’s looking its very best before you start viewings – full, bright flowerbeds, a well-mown lawn and gleaming garden furniture can make all the difference. You can even stage your garden in nice weather with an outdoor table or patio set-up. After all, what potential buyer wouldn't want to envisage themselves having a relaxing afternoon tea outdoors? This kind of curb appeal has a lot of swaying power in the summer.

The seasonal décor

While each season has its charm, make the most of summer’s particular strengths when staging rooms by having fresh flowers on display and using greenery and indoor plants to make sure the inside of your home reflects the verdant season outside. Your can add seasonal touches when selling your home in summer by replacing wintery throws and rugs with lighter, brighter options, perhaps with floral motifs. Switching heavier winter draperies for lighter summer curtains can also give the impression of more air and space.

The summertime market

The property market peaks and dips at various points in the year; in the summer, it’s that family homes tend to sell quickest. This a good time of year for families to move, as the school holidays allow more time to get organised, with less upheaval for children. This means families often start looking for homes at the start of the summer season.

Conclusion: should I sell my house in summer?

Taken together, all of these factors make summer a great season to sell a house. To summarise, here are the four things you can use to your advantage in summer:

  • The light: The beautiful sunshine is your biggest asset when selling a house in summer. Let it work to greatest effect by keeping window treatments breezy and playing up conservatories and garden rooms.

  • The garden: A well-tended garden can seriously increase property value and is sure to be appreciated more in good weather. Make sure it looks its best by keeping up with maintenance, ensuring flowerbeds are lush and colourful, and staging outdoor sitting or dining areas just as you would indoors.

  • The décor: Bring the outside in with fresh flowers and verdant houseplants, and by ensuring your accessories reflect the warm weather outdoors – think soft colours and lightweight fabrics.

  • The market: If you have a family home, summer could be your strongest season to sell. However, homeowners of all kinds should enlist the help of an experienced real estate agent for season-specific advice.

A knowledgeable local real estate agent can also give you a more detailed breakdown of the buying and selling trends in your area, as well as details on how healthy your segment of the market is currently looking – making them an invaluable part of your property sale, whatever the season.

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