Summer is a hot season for home sales.
In fact, after a slight dip in May, home sales tend to climb well above the annual average in June and July, according to Trulia real estate listings.
Curb appeal is always important, perhaps more so in summer when snow can’t hide patchy lawns and untrimmed hedges. Remember, you only have one chance to make a first impression. Here are a few tips for bolstering curb appeal from the National Association of Realtors.
Walls and windows
Whether your house has brick, wood or vinyl siding, use a long-handled, soft-bristled brush and soapy water to clean your outer walls. Don’t neglect your windows, either. Clean the inside and outside of each pane.
The lifespans of roofs vary, as does the cost to replace them, but it’s usually an expensive project. If your roof is in rough shape, consider starting with cleaning and small repairs.
Fresh paint does wonders. A neutral color will appeal to as many buyers as possible.
Cut your grass, seed and water where needed, trim your shrubs and tend your flower beds.
Sure, plenty of potential buyers will swing by your place during the day, but summer nights are perfect for house-hunting drives. After you’ve spruced up your landscaping, add some outdoor lighting to show it off after the sun has set.
Decks and sidewalks
Decks and sidewalks exist to be walked on, and foot traffic can leave behind scuffs and other unattractive marks. Consider using a power washer to tidy up your decks and sidewalks, but be careful if using it on your home: Many washers are strong enough to damage shingles and rip paint right off them.
You’ll probably stage your living room, kitchen, bedrooms and bathrooms for open houses and showings, so why not do the same with your outdoor living areas? New pillows, tablecloths and picnic table umbrellas can go a long way toward making your house look like a home.
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