Thursday, June 26, 2014

4 Ways to Heat Up Your Summer Home Sale

This 3-bed Missouri home is listed on ForSaleByOwner.com.
We're in the thick of the summer selling season, when more potential buyers are out and about and your home can enjoy its time in the spotlight. 

1. Stage a Summer Makeover. Take advantage of the season's forgiving temperatures, and stage your home from the outside in. Curb appeal (think declutter, clean and add color with some well-placed plantings) is the key to turning browsers into buyers.

2. Make Smart Repairs. Consider your return on investment when planning for major outdoor home improvements. New outside doors, deck additions and siding and window replacements are always good investments.

3. Work with the Weather. If a sudden summer rainstorm blows in just before a home showing, put out an umbrella stand and floor mats. Is it an unbearably hot day? Serve lemonade or keep chilled bottled water for happy house hunters.

4. Create a Sense of Urgency. Have buyers been through your house more than once? Follow up with buyers after your open house, and don't be afraid to tell people that you've had interest from other buyers.

We want to know: What's at the top of your open house to-do list

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