Spring and summer are the busiest seasons for the real estate industry! Everyone wants to take advantage of the gorgeous weather and long days to find the right house for the next chapter of their lives. Besides, who wants to go through a big move in the winter?
If your house is on the market this summer, you should be making the most out of the seemingly endless sunny days just like your buyers are. Start by checking out these sizzling suggestions for turning your open house into a brilliant summer oasis!
1.) Keep it cool.
Make sure your open house guests are comfortable as they take in the enticing features and captivating room setups! Run the air conditioning throughout the day, turning it on before they arrive. You don’t want prospective buyers walking into a hot, stuffy house that’ll make them want to walk right back out.
A cool, refreshing environment is a great way to give buyers a good impression of your home and make them want to linger. If you have central AC, put it on auto so it doesn’t get too cold—and take the opportunity to show it off. If you’re not blessed with central air or a wall unit, flip on the ceiling fans and open the doors and windows. Let the sun and the breeze invite your open house guests to make an offer on your home!
2.) Offer refreshments.
This one should be a no brainer. Keep your guests hydrated and offer them an ice-cold water bottle right when they walk in. It’s the perfect way to greet prospective buyers and make them feel right at home—and want to stay for good. The summer heat can be very draining so it’s important to keep guests feeling rejuvenated and revitalized so they have the energy to see everything your home has to offer.
If you’re feeling especially welcoming, consider offering other beverages like lemonade, iced tea, and even juice boxes for the kids. One or two refreshing summer snacks wouldn’t be a bad touch either. Cut up some juicy watermelon or throw some berries in a bowl on the dining room table!
3.) Promote your home’s outdoor features.
Summer is the perfect time to take advantage of your home’s warm weather assets. Clean up the pool until it sparkles and stage your backyard patio or deck with some inviting, conversational furniture.
Giving potential buyers a tour of your yard will encourage them to envision themselves lounging on your cozy loveseat or taking a dip in the pool on a hot summer day! Just make sure you’re providing plenty of shade—like a patio umbrella or backyard awning—for them to relax in while they take in the charm of your outdoor property.
4.) Pay extra attention to your landscape.
If you’ve got a house on the market this summer, take extra care to water and tend to your grass and other flowers/greenery in your yard. You’ll want to prevent them from succumbing to the summer heat and boost your home’s curb appeal. Dead grass is not attractive to anybody!
Remember, your home’s exterior is the first impression guests of your open house will get of your home. Starting off on the wrong foot could set the tone for the entire showing and hold someone back from making an offer.
5.) Make it fun!
The summer months are all about kicking back and relaxing. Use this vibe to draw people to your home by throwing a fun summer shindig that doubles as an open house! A short, engaging party is a great way to build a connection between you and potential buyers and—most importantly—the buyers and your home.
Host a backyard or patio party to show off the space and enjoy the summer sun! Add some string lights to switch on around dusk for some ambiance and an elegant touch. Or, have a barbecue to get people talking about your home over some delicious food and play a little soft, relaxing summer music in the background.
No matter what time of year it is, you want everything in your home to be just right going on the market and into an open house. Red House Staging & Interiors can provide you with elite home staging services and a skilled team of individuals who are dedicated to bringing out and showing off the best of your home!
Contact us today to learn about how we can make your house bright and ready just in time for a summer open house!