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Tips to Sell Your Home in the Dog Days of Summer

Elaine Comerford

Veteran New York City broker Elaine Comerford is known for her masterful ability to bring organization and calm to an often fragmented and archaic pro...

Veteran New York City broker Elaine Comerford is known for her masterful ability to bring organization and calm to an often fragmented and archaic pro...

Aug 3 4 minutes read

Each season represents opportunities and challenges for selling homes. During the dog days of summer, you benefit from longer daylight hours and buyers with vacation time. Then again, plenty of people despise confronting the heat and humidity of summer’s roughest months.

Home sales tend to slow a bit during summer, although that's not necessarily accurate this year. Try these tips to sell your home to make the browsing and buying experience more enjoyable. Taking the right approach could make your home seem like the best option on the market.

Turn On Your Air Conditioner to Keep Your House Comfortable

When it’s 80+ degrees outside, people can get sweaty walking from their vehicles to your front door. Offer an immediate blast of refreshingly cool air by keeping your air conditioner on.

What temperature should you choose? You don’t want to freeze people, so anything under 65 degrees is probably too cold. You want to keep visitors comfortable, though, so you don’t want to go too high above 70 degrees. If you stay within that range, most people will feel relaxed and cool.

Keep in mind that body heat will make crowded open houses warmer than normal. If you have a lot of people in your home, consider turning your thermostat down a couple of degrees.

Get Your HVAC System Inspected Before You Put Your House on the Market

You need an HVAC system that works extremely well during the dog days of summer. Don’t run the risk that your air conditioner will die during a week when you know several people will visit your property.

Stay ahead of problems by getting your HVAC system inspected before you put your house on the market. A professional can inspect levels, replace aging parts, and improve efficiency. Good news - knowing that your home's HVAC system has been serviced recently can double as a benefit to potential buyers.

Extra tip to sell your home: hire a smart real estate agent!

A smart agent will know how to talk about the beneficial aspects of your home. 

For instance, when they walk in the door, they might turn to the potential buyer and say: "Wow, it’s hot out there! It’s a good thing the current owner just got the AC inspected. It feels so good in here!"

Serve Refreshing Beverages and Foods

Make people feel relaxed and at home by serving them refreshing beverages and foods. Some great drinks include:

  • Lemonade
  • Sparkling water
  • Cucumber water
  • Mango juice

Some light foods to serve include:

  • Benedictine sandwiches
  • Guacamole with tortilla chips
  • Fresh fruit and veggies (extra points if any of it comes from your garden!)

Enjoy your summer and sell your home!

Do you want even more expert tips to sell your home during summer while still having time to enjoy it? Let’s talk about your opportunities and get your house sold as soon as possible.

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