Summer isn't the easiest month to sell a home but that doesn't mean it's impossible. Following the summer-inspired tips in this post can help ensure that your property is off the market in no time. Let's assume you already know the basics about de-cluttering and cleanliness and skip straight to the summer specifics.
The most important factor in selling a home in the summer is capturing the feel of summer. Summer is all about a stress-free, bright, happy lifestyle and that's exactly what buyers want to see in the homes they view.
Your first chance to make a fabulous impression is your lush, vibrant, healthy lawn. Make sure you are watering your lawn regularly and plan ahead based on any water restrictions in effect, to save yourself a $200-$500 fine. Also be sure to check out Calgary's Water Managed Site certification, which can allow you to water your lawn when other properties are restricted. You can get water restriction info in Calgary on the City's website or by dialing 3-1-1.
Now that your lawn is all set, it's time to tackle the things on the lawn. Summer invites play but buyers don't actually want to see toys or sports equipment on the lawn. They are looking for potential, so take down the trampoline and temporary pool, put the toys away and let your beautiful lawn sell itself. The exception is your patio, where a nice, "like new" patio set with cheery accessories can really sell the concept of relaxed summer living.
Once inside, buyers are looking for bright, light, open-spaces. Remove heavy curtains from the windows, repaint dark walls in a light tone and let the sun shine on in wherever possible. If a room doesn't get a lot of natural light, you'll want to invest in bright, warm-toned light bulbs with increased wattage. You may have to experiment to find the best light bulb for each room but stay away from fluorescents. They may be bright, but the lighting tends to be unflattering.
It's also time to dispose of heavy scents like vanilla or baking cookies, which are often beneficial in other seasons. All summer scents should smell clean, crisp and natural, like cut flowers or light citrus. Inexpensive candles or spritzers can give your home a summer vibe in return for a minimal investment.
The most crucial thing to remember about summer selling is atmosphere. Visit each room and ask yourself if you feel bright, sunny and relaxed. If not, pin-point the problem and resolve it.