9 Tips For Summer Home Selling!

What’s the best season in which to sell your home? That depends greatly on who you ask, and where the home is located! If you live on the coast, it’s likely that summer is your ideal time, but if you live somewhere where skiing is the main attraction, winter is probably the best time to sell. While spring and fall tend to be the most popular times to sell a home overall, it simply depends on too many factors to be able to give one single answer.

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Some Realtors say that summer is the worst time to sell your home. Why? Well, people are distracted by summer vacations, the kids being off school and needing more care and attention, and all the endless summer activities that go on in communities across America. Still, if you find yourself needing to put your house on the market in the summertime, there are lots of ways to ensure that you get the most attention from buyers that could result in a sale.

Here are nine of our best, most effective summer selling secrets!

1. Get your lawn care on

When your lawn looks unkempt, so does the rest of your home. And where first impressions are important, as they are when selling your home, you’ll want your lawn to look amazing. Plan on mowing it twice a week, and keeping everything edged and trimmed nicely to make the greatest impression you can.
2. Up the curb appeal

Trim the hedges, edge and sweep the sidewalks, clean up your flower planters and plant new ones. Get rid of any yard clutter. Create a bright, summery, welcoming entrance to your home that will impress buyers right away.

3. Bright summer accents

Choose a few new, brightly colored accessories such as throw pillows, rugs, or blankets to add summery color to a dark or neutral interior palette. Add bright freshly-cut flowers in vases around the house. Switch out heavy winter drapes for summer sheers that let in more light. Brighten the “mood” of your rooms, and your potential buyers will feel it!

4. The brighter, the better

We’ve already discussed ditching the heavy drapes, but when you’re showing your home, make sure all the drapes are opened all the way. This goes for window blinds too. If you can’t pull the blinds all the way to the top because there is something unsightly outside the window, at least open them partially to let the most light in.

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5. Be flexible

Remember that everyone is busier during the summer months, so try to be more flexible when it comes to showing your home. Since the days are much longer, you may have people wanting to make evening appointments for showings. Try to be as accommodating as you can. Remember, the goal is to get your house sold! A temporary inconvenience now could result in an offer!

6. Outdoor living

Pay extra attention to outdoor living areas when preparing your home for a showing. You want to showcase how your home is summer-friendly by calling attention to outdoor cooking and eating areas, and entertainment possibilities. Make sure your grill is sparkling clean on the outside, and that everything in and around your outdoor living areas looks neat and tidy.

7. Open house idea

If you have a summer open house, dress up your outdoor eating area as a picnic, complete with someone manning a grill, and grilling hot dogs and burgers for open house guests. Buy a red and white checkered tablecloth, and fill a cooler with ice and frosty beverages. Make it a happy, positive event that potential buyers will love! Remember that the longer they stick around, the more apt they are to begin seeing themselves living in the space.

8. Citrusy scents

Some people are sensitive to perfumey, flowery scents, but just about everyone equates lemon or citrus with “clean.” Grab a couple of lemon or grapefruit-scented candles, or use a natural air freshener spritz a few minutes before your showing appointment. Remember, subtle is better than overpowering when it comes to any scent.

9. Turn on the air

If you have air conditioning, turn it on, even if you have your windows open. It’ll help circulate the air, and will help keep your potential buyers in your house longer, and will be a nice break from the heat of the summer. It’ll also serve to show them that this major home system is in working order.

Hopefully, these tips will help you as you enter the summer season and try to get your home sold. Be ready, willing and able to do all you can to accommodate your summer buyers. Show them how awesome your home is to live in in the summer, and what fun they can have living there. Let’s get your home sold!

5 Ways To Protect Your Home While You’re Away On Summer Vacation

Summer is an awesome time of year for many reasons, but one of the best ways to enjoy the seasons is by taking a summer vacation.

Summer is one of the most popular times of the year for vacations (thanks to the kids extended time off from school). But unfortunately, that also means it’s a prime time of year for home invasions and burglaries.

A big part of the uptick in crime during the summer might have to do with the increase in empty homes thanks to summer vacations. But as long as you take the steps to protect your home, you can avoid coming home to an unfortunate situation.

Here are five ways to protect your home while you’re off enjoying your summer vacation:

1. Install An Alarm System

Obviously, the best way to protect your home from potential burglars is by installing an alarm system. Just the threat of an alarm system (like a sign in your yard or a sticker on a window) can be enough to deter potential burglars.

When you install an alarm system, the company equips all potential entry ways with alarms. If someone tries to enter the home while the alarm is enabled, the alarm will ring until someone disables it with a code. If the alarm isn’t disabled, the alarm company will immediately notify both you and the authorities and send police to investigate the break-in.

Some alarm companies also install cameras at the entrances which you can connect to your phone, giving you the ability to check in on your property while you’re away on vacation.

Check in with local alarm companies and get estimates; companies will often offer incentives like discounted rates or free installation in order to get your business.

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2. Pay Someone To Mow The Lawn

If you’re going to be traveling for an extended period of time, make sure you hire someone to mow the lawn. An overgrown lawn is a visible indicator that no one’s in the home and can attract unwanted attention.

Have someone mow the lawn on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. And as an added bonus, since someone is taking care of maintenance, you don’t have to worry about coming home to a nightmare of lawn to deal with after your vacation!

If you hire someone you know and trust, you might also ask the person taking care of your lawn to do a quick walk-through of the home and make sure everything is in working order. If you have a maintenance issue inside the home while you’re gone, the person can bring it to your attention before it gets out of hand.

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3. Don’t Forget About The Mail

Before you leave for your vacation, put a hold on your mail with the USPS. An overflowing mailbox isn’t ideal for a number of reasons; first off, it’s a sure sign that your family is away. And on top of that, an overflowing mailbox increases the chance that something might fall out and get lost in the shuffle.

Protect your home (and your mail!) and put a hold on delivery until you return from your vacation.

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4. Set Timers

Nothing says “empty house” like a home that stays dark for 12 days straight. Setting timers on your electronics, including lights and televisions, can give the illusion that people are occupying the home even when you’re miles away enjoying your vacation.

You can pick up timers at any hardware store (or on Amazon), plug them into your electronics, and program them to turn on and off at specified times.

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5. Be Cautious on Social Media

When you’re on vacation, you want to share all your fun photos and status updates of the fun time you and your family are enjoying. But it’s important to be cautious on social media.

Publicly posting you’re on vacation on social media can let the wrong person know that you’re not currently occupying your home.

Make sure that your social media accounts are set to “private” before sharing any of your vacation updates; that way, the only people who see your updates are people you know and trust and you avoid broadcasting to the world your home is unoccupied.

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You deserve a vacation. Just make sure you follow these tips to protect your home while you’re off enjoying your time off.

Tips To Get Settled In A New Home

Moving into a new home? We know how exciting it can be! I’ve compiled a list of a few things you can do after your move to make sure your experience is comfortable. The hardest part of a move is getting settled in, after that, let’s handle a few loose ends that sometimes get forgotten about till the last minute.

Tips To Get Settled In A New Home

CHECK MAJOR APPLIANCES

Be sure to check all the appliances to ensure everything is still in working order after the move. You want to make sure nothing was broken in the move or stopped working suddenly. Look at things such as your stove, dishwasher, washer and dryer, refrigerator, and microwave. If you brought any appliances yourself and you used movers, you’ll want to make sure everything still works with them, since mover’s insurance companies give a limited timeframe for when you can make a claim.

CHECK ALL OF YOUR BOXES & FURNITURE

Be sure to go over all your boxes and furniture to make sure nothing got damaged during the move. Be sure that everyone has arrived and didn’t get lost in the process. If you notice something is missing a month later, it may be too late to file a claim with the moving company. Even if you don’t plan on unpacking everything as soon as you move in, just do a quick review and inventory everything you brought to protect yourself and your belongings.

SET UP UTILITIES

Did you remember to set up your utilities before moving in? There’s nothing more frustrating than moving into your home to realize the lights don’t work. Make sure you’ve gotten with all of the necessary utility companies to have everything turned on in time for your move.

REGISTER INTO A GOOD SCHOOL

You may have already known to look for a school for your kids prior to your move, but if you haven’t yet found one, be sure to research all the schools local to you to find the right fit for your family. The sooner you can find the right school and register, the easier and less stressful it will be to get them in and settle.

REGISTER YOUR CAR

If you’ve moved to a new state or country, you’ll want to make sure to register your car in your new hometown and update your driver’s license, tags, and plates.

CONNECT TO YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD

Join sites like Nextdoor.com or get a subscription to your local magazine/newspaper to stay in touch with what’s going on in your neighborhood. Be sure to also join local community Facebook groups. You can find out about events or concerns relating to your community.

GETTING YOUR MAIL

Have you updated your address from all the people you’ll be expecting to get mail from? Like your bank, friends, family, and services you still pay for after your move. Check with the post office to have things redirected to your new address while you work to update your info with everyone else.

FIND THE RIGHT PROFESSIONALS

If you’re moving far from your last home, you’ll want to have the right connections. Find a new doctor, dentist, vet, handyman, plumber, etc. Add them into a contact book that’s easily accessible.

EMERCENY CONTACT LIST

If you’re moving to a new country, 911 won’t be the local emergency number. Make sure you have all the correct numbers in the case of an emergency. This can also include doctors, the local police station, a vet, etc.

INSURANCE COMPANIES

More than likely, you handled home insurance and home warranty during the purchasing process. If you haven’t, be sure to get those taken care of right away. You’ll also want to get your auto, health, and any other necessary household insurances sorted for your move.