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6 home staging tips for summer

The summer is an active time of year for real estate, as buyers take advantage of the warm weather and school holidays to shop around for a new home. Showcasing your property during this time can yield an impressive volume of potential buyers, but you’ll face added competition from other sellers with the same idea. Use these home staging tips for summer to harness the season’s qualities to your best advantage.

Trento - Thinking of selling your house this summer? Check out our home staging tips for summer.

1. Beckon in buyers with colour

Summer is all about optimism, with bursts of wild blooms and extended daylight hours. Capture the spirit of the season by sprucing up your property with pops of colour – being careful, of course, not to overdo it. Try incorporating low-maintenance azalea shrubs into your front-garden landscaping, or hanging pots of cheerful petunias and vibrant fuchsias near the front door to entice viewers in.

2. Maximise natural lighting

Sunshine is another defining characteristic of the season, so as part of your home staging tips for summer you’ll want to open the floodgates when it comes to natural lighting. Trim back mature trees that may be shading your home and install gauzy, lightweight window treatments that provide a breezy filter. Illuminate interior spaces with complementary fixtures that match the overall decoration to show your home in its best light.

3. Highlight entertaining possibilities

It’s natural for thoughts to turn to barbecues and garden parties when the temperature rises. Your staging should encourage this tendency in buyers, particularly on outdoor patios and decking spaces. Highlight the possibilities with fruit-laden party trays, sparkling wine glasses and candlelit place settings. Stage seating areas with accent pillows, stringed fairy lights and printed throw blankets to create a welcoming atmosphere.

4. Merge indoor and outdoor spaces

A sophisticated way to dress up your outdoor areas is to stage them with indoor furnishings like plush sofas and low-slung coffee tables. Alternately, if you’re short on garden space, you can bring the outdoors in with potted plants and botanical prints. This offers buyers a way to imagine enjoying a summery atmosphere throughout the year.

5. Keep insects out of the house

One of the most commonly overlooked home staging tips for summer is to insect-proof your property. Repair loose guttering or torn window screens where creepy-crawlies may slip in, and use house-cleaning products with natural repellents built in. For example, cinnamon and peppermint often deter ants, as well as leaving the home smelling fresh.

6. Make your home an oasis

Buyers won’t stay long in a sweltering home, so give your air conditioning time to cool down the property before visitors arrive. Use ceiling fans to keep air circulating, opening windows to provide proper ventilation if necessary. Create a welcoming environment with attractive refreshments that highlight your home’s possibilities for entertaining guests. A colourful glass dispenser of cucumber water or a vintage tumbler of lemonade will be appreciated.

Follow these home staging tips for summer to highlight your property’s potential in all seasons. If you play to its strengths by creating a cheerful, airy environment to welcome potential new owners, you’ll stand out from the competition.

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