When the market heats up so does the weather, making holding an inviting Open Home challenging for home owners and Agents alike. There’s nothing less welcoming than stepping out of the hot sun into a warm house filled with bustling buyers! The good news is there are some simple solutions to creating an inviting home during the warmer months and most importantly, making your prospective buyers feel right at home.
First Impressions Count
Hot days present their own challenges for curb appeal and a charred front yard is far from appealing. Make sure your lawns and gardens are well watered, green and leafy. Take advantage of the seasonal blooms and create an especially inviting front yard, with beds of colorful flowers. Not sure where to start? Keep it simple: choose one color and stick with it. And when all else fails, go with white. It’s sure to look good, and it really pops against other greenery creating a sophisticated look.
Keep It Cool
For every showing or open house, make sure that the air conditioning is turned on prior to any guests arriving. You want your home feel like a cool oasis in the heat of summer. In fact, it’s smart to set your thermostat a few degrees lower than usual to compensate for all the doors opening during prospective buyers’ comings and goings. Speaking from experience, ‘super chilling’ your home is the way to go. Buyers and your hardworking Sales team will love your home all the more for it!
Push the Inside Out
Living space is not defined by the interior walls of your home and during the fine weather can be an incredible selling feature. Whether you have a modest balcony, large alfresco patio or simply a big backyard, you’ll want to push the inside out. Make your outdoor spaces inviting with a welcoming seating area or dining table, even a garden bench with a cushion or two in a tranquil patch of shade can add that inviting touch. If you have a pool, maximise its appeal by removing the cover, ensure it’s clean with all equipment packed away and place a few rolled white towels on the sun lounges to create a resort like feel!
Treats for your Buyers
Buyers are hot and sticky after hours of getting in and out of scorching cars while battling open house crowds. You’ll want them to have a nice refreshing moment in your home, so break out the pitchers of ice water with lemons or stock the fridge full of cold drinks. It will go a long way in keeping interested visitors happy about spending time in your place. Remember, the longer potential buyers stay in your home, the more they become emotionally attached and want to make it theirs.