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Showing your house in the summer: 5 things you need to know

If you're getting ready to sell in the coming months, then follow these tips for showing your house in the summer.

If you’re getting ready to sell your home in the coming months, effectively showing your house in the summer will be vital to getting your house sold. Summer is a popular time for houses to go on the market, so you’ll want to do all you can to beat out the competition as you prepare your house to sell.

Ensure your curb appeal screams summer

Keep your lawn mowed and fertilized. Prune and trim all your trees and bushes, and don’t let your foliage overtake the house. Would-be homebuyers want to be able to see the house without having to squint through excessive branches and leaves. Take advantage of the sunshine, and plant some colorful annual flowers. They look great along walkways and borders or clustered in containers around the front door.

Focus on your air conditioning

Make sure your A/C unit is working well during the sweltering summer months and that it is set at a comfortable temperature when your house is being shown. It’s a good idea to have your AC unit tuned up before you put your house on the market. You don’t want any surprises down the road when a potential buyer orders a home inspection. You should have the heater checked as well. Even though the sweltering summer days leave you reaching for the A/C, the heater will be checked out during a home inspection. You’ll want to take care of any potential problems before an inspector finds them.

Make your back yard worthy of summer envy

To the extent it’s possible, showcase your back yard as a great spot where you can entertain and relax with your family. Clean your outdoor furniture. If you have a swimming pool, make sure it’s serviced and clean. When you’re planting annuals in your front yard, get some extra flowers to bring some vibrant pops of color to the back yard.

Power clean the house

Rent a power washer, and give your home’s exterior a good cleaning. You’ll be surprised how all the dirt and grime from winter and spring can build up. A good cleaning can oftentimes make you house look as good as a new paint job would.

Clean your windows until they sparkle

Nothing ruins the image of a beautiful house and yard more quickly than dirty windows. Sparkling windows give your house a crisp, clean look that’s important when you are showing your house in the summer. Once buyers are inside the house, they also want to see the beauty of summer coming in through clean, clear windows.

Perhaps the most important thing you can do to guarantee your house is ready to show this summer is to have a real estate agent representing you. She can give you additional selling advice to get your house sold quickly and at top dollar.

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