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Selling your Home during Summertime

Selling your House in The Summer Months

The summer is filled with distractions, and many of them have the potential to significantly affect the process of selling houses – seasonality can be key. Buyers’ thoughts are more likely to be wrapped up in leisure time, vacation time, school holidays and generally enjoying life. Particularly during warm summers, sun-starved Brits like to make the most of the weather while it lasts, and that can dampen the demand for property somewhat. However, if you need to sell your house during the summer months, there are a few things you can do to increase the chances of a quick sale at the right price, by considering the time of year. This guide to selling your home in the summer months could help you to optimise your home for a quick and profitable sale.

Tend to Your Garden Regularly

During the summer, grass and weeds grow quickly, and it isn’t usually too long before a garden starts to grow out of control. It is important to mow lawns and weed your garden at least once every two weeks. Consider putting some items of garden furniture in order to demonstrate the possibilities for leisure, and adding a splash of colour in the form of some flowerbeds could add a different dimension to your property. A tidy colourful garden will give your home ‘kerb appeal’ – an important factor during the home buying process.

Decorate for the Summer

A combination of light tones and flashes of summer colour can really make a home look fantastic during the hotter months of the year, but it is important to use colour sparingly. Buyers tend to respond more favourably to neutral tones, so keep things tasteful. But adding colour with soft furnishings and accessories could be a great way to give your home a distinctive look. Yellows, oranges and greens work very well during this time of year.

Make the Best Possible Use of the Light

A large part of selling your house in the summer involves appealing to the emotions and imagination of potential buyers. One way to achieve this is to allow light to flood into your property wherever possible. Remove any large drapes, and change dark curtains for lighter shades. The careful placement of mirrors and furniture can also add to the bright and spacious image of your home. Allow as much of the summer sunshine into your home as you can, and you might be surprised at the positive reactions from property buyers.

Be Flexible with Property Viewings

Longer days mean people are out and about for longer, and many people will consider viewing properties for sale well into the evening. If you can host viewings at these later times, you will generate more interest in your home, which could push up the final sale price.

Move Things Outside

A hospitable, relaxing family home is always enhanced if there is scope to take daily life outside when the sun is shining. Arrange to have a family barbecue during a viewing, or set up the paddling pool for the kids. Showcasing your gardens and patios like this will help buyers to use their imagination.

Regulate Your Home’s Temperature

Summer heat can be particularly stifling at times, as most houses for sale in the UK don’t have integrated air conditioning systems. Selling your home in summer can go much better if you switch on fans and extractions fans during hot periods, and open as many doors and windows as you can. It can take a while to bring down the temperature of a hot house during the summer, so try to get into the habit of taking these measures at the beginning of every day. If you feel your home is still too hot, investing in some portable fans and a standalone air conditioning unit might be a good idea.

Selling and buying a house is an emotional process for many people, so appealing to the different emotions and requirements that summer brings could help you to sell your house. While demand can wane during particularly hot summers, estate agents and property specialists can help you to stage your home according to the season – and that could squeeze a little extra value out of your property.

The Seasons – Selling a House in Spring Time

The spring is widely regarded as one of the best seasons for selling houses. With the worst of the winter gone and summer only weeks away, property buyers come out in force to find a new home.

The spring signals the start of new beginnings, and for many people, it also signals the start of a new chapter in life. If you want to take advantage of this phenomenon and sell your house fast in spring, there are several relatively simple steps you can take to make the season work to your advantage.

Tend to Your Garden

There are probably thousands of properties for sale in your neighbourhood, so making a great impression from the moment prospective buyers arrive at your property is essential. A great way to do this during the spring is to inject new life into your garden. Ensure that all the debris and disruption of winter are removed, keep your lawns mowed and remove any weeds. Spring is a time of emerging colour, and you can inject some into your own garden by planting some classic spring flowers such as daffodils and tulips. If the weather is fine, consider putting out some garden furniture.

Repair Any Damage to Your Property’s Exterior

The cold, wet and windy weather of winter can take a heavy toll on the façades and fascias of your home, so use the longer, warmer days of spring to attend to any repairs that may be required. Pay close attention to the roof and windows of your home, as well as the brickwork. These areas can take a battering during the winter, and they can spoil the ‘kerb appeal’ of your home. As well as a tidy and attractive garden, a presentable property that is in a good state of repair is essential if you want to create a positive first impression amongst prospective buyers.

Spring Clean

The relative darkness of winter can result in certain areas of your home becoming less than perfectly polished and clean. However, the spring sunshine is unforgiving, and it can shine a light on dust and dirt you didn’t know was there. Of course, it is a cliché, but a good spring clean is essential if you’re selling a house in the spring. Pay particular attention to door knobs, mirrors, hard floors and chrome – these surfaces can streak and mark relatively easily. You may want to enlist the services of a professional cleaning company – just prior to your first viewing – in order to give your house a real sparkle.

Let the Light In

After a long and dark winter, it can be easy to forget that the spring presents a fantastic opportunity to breathe new life into the rooms of your home. With the sun higher in the sky and the daylight hours more numerous, you can use the extra natural light to give your property a sense of freshness and space.

If you have thick, winter curtain and drapes hanging, it may be a good idea to replace them with thinner alternatives. Also, try to stick with pastel shades for fabrics that represent the natural colours of spring. Keep your blinds fully opened, and make sure your windows are always spotlessly clean. And if you rearranged your furniture to create a cosy ambience during the winter months, move it back to create space for light to creep into.

Introduce Spring Colours into Your Home

The spring is often associated with pastel shades, yellows and greens, and introducing those colours into your home will create an uplifting ambience that will resonate with people during the home buying process. Work with home staging specialists or estate agents to inject colour into your property in appropriate and subtle ways. This may entail repainting walls, but it could be as simple as adding a few fixtures, fabrics and soft furnishings.

Selling a house during the months of spring allows you to take advantage of a sudden spike in demand. However, to give your property the competitive edge over other houses for sale in the vicinity, you should be prepared to go the extra mile, as people buying a house at this time of year are likely to have several options. But if you follow these relatively simple steps, you should be able to use the changing priorities and requirements of spring buyers to increase interest in your property – driving up the final sale price. For more tips and advice on how to sell your house, then call Flying Homes now on 0800 68 99 420!

Image By Anita Martinz from Klagenfurt, Austria – Colorful spring garden, CC BY 2.0, Link

When is the Best Time to Sell a House? – Seasonal Tips

When is the best time to sell your house in the UK, Winter, Spring, Summer or Autumn?

The best time to sell your house in the UK is usually Spring or Autumn. It’s a little-known fact among homeowners that the sale of a house requires slightly different approaches depending on the time of year. Home sellers who tailor their sale, giving it a seasonal approach will have a far greater chance of achieving their target sale price. Estate agents usually have extensive knowledge in customising a marketing campaign according to the time of year, but having some insight on the subject yourself could help you to secure a speedy sale at the highest possible price.

Selling a House in the Spring

Spring daisy flowers

The spring is a time of new beginnings and optimism. What is the best month to sell your house in Spring? It has to be March, only because leave it any longer, and you’re constrained by the fast approaching Summer month of June and the start of the holiday season. All that lies ahead of June is the relaxing, and hopefully warm, days of summer so give your home the time to sell and start the marketing process in March.

In Spring you should be able to get your garden blooming, and the spring weather will allow you to get the exterior of your property into fantastic shape. While there will probably be more properties for sale in your area at this time of year, you could be able to use an increase in the number of house hunters to your advantage. Buyers will probably want to get moved into their new home by the summer, so ‘staging’ your home to sell in Spring in the right way should pay dividends.

Selling a House in the Summer

Summer Park

Most experts and estate agents agree that the sale of property during the summer months is not the best time to sell your house. Buying a home when the kids are off school and the sun is shining is not always a priority. Many potential buyers will be enjoying a well-earned break, and they will not want to waste the hottest time of the year visiting houses for sale.

However, to move your property forward and get a sale, then waiting until autumn may not be an option. If you don’t have any choice, you can improve your chances of securing a quick deal in the summer months by taking a few simple steps. Paying close attention to your gardens, concentrating on ‘kerb appeal’ and making the best use possible of the summer sunlight could make your property an attractive summer purchase.

Selling a House in the Autumn

Route through orange and golden trees in the New Forest

Like Spring, Autumn is the best time to sell a house. Property specialists widely accept that early autumn represents one of the best times of year to sell your home. The summer holidays are over, kids are back at school, and the best of the weather has passed. With Christmas still some distance away, this time of year sees demand for properties rise sharply in the UK.

However, with winter only a matter of weeks away, you should attend to any exterior home improvements without delay. Check for any defects on your roof, and clean your gutters of leaves at least once a week. The colours of autumn also present a fantastic opportunity to take some stunning photographs, so make the most of the opportunity by investing in a quality camera or hiring a professional photographer for the job. In most cases, an experienced estate agent will take charge of this process.

Selling a House in the Winter

winter night landscape with sunset in forest

Selling houses at the height of winter is not the best time to sell a house. Many property buyers will want to snuggle up in their homes, and that could persuade many to put off their home-buying decisions until the spring. If you have no other alternative, always try to wait until after New Year before you market your house.

However, with New Year’s resolutions and optimism for the future, January and February bring new hope for homeowners. The dark days and miserable British weather often persuade buyers to begin their property search early – a way of adding a little excitement to what is notoriously a dull and uninspiring time of year. And you can use that situation to your advantage.

If it’s snowing, don’t miss the opportunity to take some ‘winter wonderland’ shots of your property. However, the real opportunity comes with creating a cosy and hospitable refuge from the cold outside. If you have a real or gas fire, make sure the flames are burning brightly during viewings. Add warm colours to your home through the careful placement of soft furnishings and wall hangings, and stick to dark and comforting colours such as reds and browns.

When is the best time to sell? Selling a home requires knowledge of the local market, experience in negotiations and the know-how that only an estate agent or professional property specialist can bring. With a carefully staged home and expert guidance at your disposal, you should be able to achieve a high sale price at any time of the year – be aware of seasonal variation locally, as it may not follow the generic pattern!

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