5 Tips for Selling a House in the Summer

Written by Michele Dawson
Updated May 20, 2016
pool with patio
When selling a house in the summer, pay particular attention to the exterior spaces, especially patios, decks and any outdoor entertaining areas. (Photo by Mike Fender)

Selling a house this summer? Here's how to do it.

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Selling a house is full of do's and don'ts. There are specific ways to stage a house for potential buyers, especially during the summer months. In fact, with warmer weather comes some specific tips for selling home.

1. Make sure the A/C is in tip-top condition

Ensure the air conditioner is functioning properly. It's a good idea to contact a professional HVAC contractor to inspect your unit prior to placing the home on the market. It also prevents surprises when a buyer orders a home inspection. When a potential buyer comes to look at the house, make sure your A/C is on and set to a comfortable level.

2. Keep the landscape lush and lovely

During the summer months, the lawn is lush and green, so keep it watered and fertilized. Also, take advantage of colorful blooms and use them to adorn the front yard and boost curb appeal. Colorful annuals also look great in clusters of containers flanking the front door.

3. Leave the lights on

While those who live in especially hot climates might be prone to turn the house into a cave during the sweltering summer months, no buyer wants to tour a dark house. Blinds and shutters should be open. Lights should be turned on in all the rooms. Don't forget about accent lighting to call attention to the home's best features both inside and out.

4. Highlight outdoor living

Many of today's backyards are not just a yard or patch of grass, but essentially an extra living room. With elaborate grills, comfortable furniture, eating areas and bars, fire pits, pools and saunas, a great backyard can be a huge draw when luring potential buyers.

Tables and furniture should be clean and grills should sparkle. If there's a pool or sauna, make sure they're crystal clear and all parts function properly. Ensure outdoor patios or walkways are clean.

5. Don't neglect the ceiling fans

If you have ceiling fans, make sure they're clean and turned on when potential buyers walk through the house. In the summer, blades should move in a counterclockwise direction. This ensures a windchill effect on the body and can make the room feel cooler. Ceiling fans are definitely considered an asset to any home, especially during the dog days of summer.

Editor's note: This is an updated version of an article originally posted on August 21, 2013.

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