Memorial Day is just a few days away and represents the unofficial "start of summer". You might be happy to learn that our current real estate market is even hotter than the weather outside! Even so, knowing how to prepare and position your home is important for a quick and beneficial sale. Here are five of our top summer staging tips for successfully selling your home!

    

1. Keep it Cool as a Cucumber
No one will want to walk through your home if it's as hot inside as the temperature outside. Assuming your home does have central air, get it inspected before putting the home on the market. An HVAC breakdown never bodes well during the peak showing season. Keep the thermostat around 75 degrees all the time to cool and dehumidify your home. Now's not the time to skimp on the energy bills.

2. Keep the Entryway Squeaky Clean
A nice front door makes a great first impression, but keeping one clean takes extra effort during the summer pollen season. Thoroughly clean all of your windows inside and out before putting your home on the market. Then check the windows periodically to ensure they remain crystal clear. If needed, make sure the paint is fresh (not faded) and any chips or scrapes are fixed on trim, railings, and decks. Check caulk around windows and doors, and clear gutters and downspouts of debris.

3. Show that the Grass is Always Greener...
High water costs and summertime water bans can make green grass harder to come by during the scorching summer months. However, keeping your front landscaping looking good maximizes curb appeal. If you have to manage water, skip the backyard. If all the backyards on the street are brown, buyers will know the problem isn't with your property. Don't forget to add a fresh-looking potted plant at the front door and keep the front porch and walkway clear of bugs and debris. Your goal should be to make the entrance to your home as welcoming as possible for all potential buyers.

4. Set the Mood with a Refreshing Beverage
Use fresh flowers in as many places throughout the house as you can. Set out a pitcher of tea or lemonade if possible just before buyers arrive. If you're out of town on vacation, ask your listing agent to help make sure your home looks fresh, cheery, and refreshing. This strategy is also helpful for listing photos. Don't underestimate the visual power of a nice clear counter with a pitcher of fresh-squeezed lemonade and two chilled glasses.

5. Go Away
Even though it's a lot harder during school vacation, all occupants-including kids-must clear out every time prospective buyers come by. It's important to give the buyers and their agent free rein of the house. Many home shoppers feel very uncomfortable looking at a home if the seller is present. Uncomfortable prospects rarely become buyers. Find a local spot where you can hang out for an hour or two at a time. Local coffee shops work well, or consider a park or library if the kids are with you.

Looking to list your home this summer? Reach out to Shawn and Emma for even more tips on how to take advantage of this hot market!