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6 BIG Tips That’ll Get Your Home Sold This Summer

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human palms on all sides of a cut out house with summer setting sun coming through windowEvery real estate statistic points to the same trend: spring and summer are the hottest season for real estate.  In the Midwest, it’s clear to see why (just look at the temperatures!): the great weather is perfect for buyers looking to buy a home.  If you’re looking to take advantage of the hot summer market, here are the top tips that’ll get your home sold before the temperatures—and the real estate market—drops.

Give buyers a fantastic first impression

Your attempts at getting buyers should start before they even take one step inside your home.  Take advantage of your chance to bring buyers in with excellent curb appeal; we’ve given you a full checklist of curb appeal improvements you can make here.  In short, mow your lawn, weed your flowerbeds, trim your trees, and clean and repair your sidewalks and driveways.  This is your chance to make a good first impression that draws potential buyers in; don’t miss the opportunity!

Make repairs that could cut into your bottom line

If a potential buyer finds an issue during the home inspection, they can renegotiate the final selling price to accommodate the cost of repairs. The renegotiation can cut into your bottom line and lower the amount of money you make from your home sale. Replacing a broken window or repairing water damaged drywall can be the difference between a high price, quick sale and a dragged out process.

Unfortunately, not all repairs are so obvious, and that’s a key reason why you should consider a pre-listing home inspection can locate potential red flags before your home hits the market—and before a buyers’ home inspector finds them as well. A pre-listing home inspection puts you in control of choosing who makes the repairs and the cost. If a potential buyer’s home inspector finds the issue, they can require that you use their home repair professional which may cost you more in the long run.

Clean, clean, and clean some more

This is more than just wiping off counters.  Give your home a deep clean that would pass a white glove inspection.  Scrub your tubs.  Mop your floors.  Remove stains from your carpets.  Vacuum every floor and window treatment.  Clean your toilets.  Dust every surface.  Clean your windows.

The alternative, a dirty house, has two unwanted effects: 1) it can repel potential buyers; 2) anyone courageous enough to make an offer is going to write a low offer because of the condition of your home.  If you don’t have the time to deep clean your home, ask your real estate agent for the name of a good cleaning company that get the job done.

Cool them

This tip may seem small and insignificant: if you want to make your home feel like a cool oasis during the summer heat, make sure your air conditioner is working before you put your home on the market.  Also make sure that the AC is working quietly, as that can be a real turnoff for potential buyers.  If you don’t have AC, open your windows and set your ceiling fans to counterclockwise so cool air blows down on your buyers.

Get rid of “stuff”

If you want to make your rooms feel bigger, clear your home of clutter and personal effects.  If you have any knick knacks or baby gear that takes up floor space, pack it in your car and take it along with you.

Don’t leave your house empty. To the contrary, empty rooms do not give buyers a clear vision of the purpose and potential of each room. However, keep the clutter—personal effects, knick knacks, items on counters and tables, extra furniture—to a minimum. If you need to, rent a temporary storage unit to store excess items. Rooms with less look bigger, while cluttered rooms tend to look smaller. If your house isn’t very big to begin with, you need all the help you can to give buyers the illusion of space.

Know (realistically) what you’re going to get for your home

It’s one of the biggest errors that home sellers make: a high price tag.  It’s also a mistake that can keep your home on the market forever without an offer.  The first step to settling on a market price for your home is contacting a real estate agent. A real estate agent can give you their recommendation for a fair asking price, and list of expenses associated with your home sale. They can also answer any questions you may have about selling your home, and give you tips on preparing your home for the real estate market so you can get your home sold while the weather and market is hot.