If you’ve been watching the housing market with bated breath from the side-lines this springtime and are waiting for a nudge – we have outlined six top reasons to sell your home this summer below.
While never guaranteed in the UK, summer generally brings with it the promise of sunnier weather and lighter evenings. Not only does this brighter weather paint your home and garden in its best possible light, it also highlights the bonus features of your setting: far reaching views that may be obscured in inclement weather are viewed at their finest.
Longer evenings allow for the opportunity of booking in more viewings (be sure to dress the patio that catches the sunset with a couple of wine glasses and a plate of tapas).
Meanwhile the natural light acts as a subtle sales technique; helping to make the smallest of rooms seem a little brighter and more bountiful.
Another bonus of the dry summer weather is that it gives you the opportunity to complete any last-minute DIY jobs such as painting fences, repairing the roof or adding a fresh lick of paint to the front door.
As the mercury rises, so does demand
As the temperature heats up so does the market. Home owners ruing their missed opportunities to secure their dream home in the springtime often see summer as a last chance saloon, and as such are often more likely to put in a serious, realistic offer, keen to make their move to their dream home as soon as possible.
Don’t rely on increased demand to sell your home alone, it is still vital that you give your home every advantage on the market. Ensure all repair work, no matter how minor, is carried out prior to going on the market.
Footfall and kerb appeal
With children on holiday from school, and long sunny days stretching out before us, footfall is at its highest. With families enjoying walks and heading out and about, your ‘For Sale’ board will attract increased exposure from potential buyers.
In summer, your garden sparkles at its finest, with trees in full leaf, lush lawn neatly mown and flowerbeds brimming with blooms.
Be sure to keep on top of the mowing and keep an eye out for straggly weeds in borders and let your garden’s innate beauty speak for itself.
Increased daylight…improved moving conditions
Summertime also offers an after-sale advantage to home sellers: improved moving conditions.
Anyone who has endured the misery of moving home in the depths of winter will know that hauling cardboard boxes through sleet and rain is no laughing matter. While all house moves offer their own fair share of challenges, warmer climes ensure no frost-bitten fingers when manoeuvring mattresses through the front door.
School’s out for summer
Though it may seem counterintuitive, selling your home while the kids are off school is actually a great move.
With more time spent at home (and less spent ferrying the young ones to and from school and extracurricular activities), there is more opportunity to prep your home for sale.
Be sure however, to send the children (fur babies included) to visit their grandparents for any viewings; keep messy play to a minimum and take advantage of the better weather by enjoying days out at the park to keep your home ‘viewer ready’.
Supply and demand
It’s no secret that spring and summer are peak selling seasons in the housing market, which means that there is a rich pool of buyers waiting in the wings – great news for you, the seller.
But equally beneficial is the fact that there will be plenty of new homes popping up on Rightmove for you, the buyer, to select from.
Unlike selling later in the year, the closure procedure for moving home can move more quickly at this time of year as all members of the chain have more opportunities to both buy and sell.
If you’d like to find out more about the local housing market this summer and to talk with our knowledgeable team about marketing your home, contact us or call in at our offices for a cup of tea (or a glass of fizz).