Are you thinking about selling your house this summer? If so, make sure you read this blog post all the way through to discover 4 home improvements to make before selling this summer so you can increase the likelihood that you can sell…
When is the best time to sell? Some would argue that the spring is the best time and the summer is a bit more challenging, with families going away on vacation.
But just because the summer isn’t always the best time to sell doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Here are 4 home improvements to make before selling this summer to increase the likelihood that you’ll sell faster and closer to the price you want to sell for.
Home Improvement #1. Clean Your Exterior
When potential buyers are looking for a home, they want one that will be easy and carefree to look after, and one that they can move into with the confidence that the previous homeowner took care of the home too.
One way to indicate that is by giving plenty of extra attention to the exterior of your home by cleaning it up.
Remove any debris, leaves, or cobwebs from the exterior. Trim overgrown bushes or vegetation that may be blocking windows or pathways. Power wash the walls, weed the path, wash the windows, replace the missing downspout. Clean windows and screens using a window cleaner or a mixture of water and vinegar. Wipe down frames and sills as well.
Clean gutters and downspouts of any debris, leaves, or dirt. This helps prevent water damage and keeps the exterior looking well-maintained.
These might seem like small actions but they can have a bit effect.
Home Improvement #2. Landscaping
Next, think about landscaping. You don’t have to be extravagant but put in some time to make your home’s exterior look really good.
Turn the soil in the garden and plant flowers, put mulch around each tree, apply a weed killer and fertilizer to encourage grass growth. Select plants that bloom at different times to ensure year-round visual interest. Keep your lawn well-maintained by regularly mowing, edging, and fertilizing. Fill in any bare patches with grass seed and address any weed issues. A lush, green lawn is a key component of a visually appealing landscape.
Maybe plant a bush or two. Again, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to have a big impact.
Install outdoor lighting to highlight key features of your landscaping, add security, and create a welcoming atmosphere.
Home Improvement #3. Paint The Exterior
If you’ve owned your home for a while, the paint trim on the doors and windows can fade or chip. A new paint job, which can be quickly applied on a weekend, will have a tremendous upgrading effect to encourage buyers to take a second look at your home. Select a high-quality exterior paint that is suitable for the material of your home’s exterior (wood, stucco, brick, etc.) and the climate in your region. Consider factors such as durability, color retention, and resistance to mildew and UV rays.
Choose a color scheme that complements your home’s architectural style, the neighborhood, and your personal preferences. Take into account the color of the roof, doors, and any existing landscaping.
Home Improvement #4. Add A Deck
This last home improvement might seem like a lot but you can add a smaller deck fairly affordably to your backyard, and it will just make your backyard seem so much more inviting and ready for family barbecues.
Some homeowners might balk at the expense but if it’s the difference between selling now versus selling later, it just might be worth it!
Arrange outdoor furniture strategically to create functional and inviting spaces. Add decorative elements like outdoor cushions, rugs, and garden art to personalize the outdoor area.
The summer is a pretty good time to sell a house but you can still help to speed up the process a bit by making these 4 home improvements to make before selling this summer. You’ll be glad you did!