Here are 5 summertime staging tips for home sellers:
When people think of summertime they think of warm nights in the backyard with family and friends. You want to showcase a dream world for buyers and make it easy for them to imagine their lives in your home. Set up the backyard to showcase the potential for backyard parties. If you have lawn games stage some in the backyard. Clean up your patio furniture and keep the yard trimmed to show off the best version of the space. Just like you would with a dining room, make the backyard look mealtime or party ready.
Keep it Cool
Summertime gets hot and buyers don’t want their house to be as a hot as the outside. Do everything in your power to keep the house cool. If you have air conditioning turn it on before you leave your house for showings. If you have a whole house fan, run it overnight and keep the windows covered until it’s time for showings. However you go about cooling your house, now is the time to use it. Buyers won’t be fighting over your house if they walk into a wall of hot air. If you don’t have AC, here are a few fun ideas to keep your home cool.
This rule goes for whenever you decide to list your house. Clutter isn’t cute, and clutter definitely doesn’t feel very summery. Think light and airy. Remember you’re going to be moving soon anyway so it makes sense to start packing up your things. Take knick knacks down from bookshelves, clear off the mantle and keep tables and counters free of clutter. A clean (and empty house) will feel less overwhelming to buyers.
Light it Up
Make your home feel bright and fresh by keeping it lit up well. In the summer this is pretty easy as days are long. Consider trading out your current window coverings for sheers to let more light in. Natural light is popular now and buyers are looking for bright and open homes. Keep the blinds pulled until just before showings so you can keep the cool air in as discussed above.
We talked about outdoor entertaining already, but you want to showcase potential for indoor entertaining as well, and most of this happens in the kitchen. Set up a coffee station, a drink station and put a few pans on the stove to make it look like you’re ready for a party. The secret is to also keep it clean. Take away your toasters, mixers and other countertop appliances to showcase countertop space and make your kitchen look bigger.
Have fun with it! Summer is a time of long, bright days and fun, so show off how fun your house can be.