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Front Page - Friday, June 4, 2021

How to host a sizzling summer open house

There are many reasons why this summer might be the perfect time to put your home on the market. For starters, summertime provides the opportunity to move with more ease.

Also, many families are trying to settle into a new place before the school year starts. Finally, the housing market is incredibly swift right now.

But even in a seller’s market like we’re experiencing, there are tips you can follow to help sell your home even faster. How do you make your home stand out? The answer – a sizzling open house.

A well-planned open house allows potential buyers to picture how life in this particular home would be, and in the summer, people can be more relaxed. Making your open house a haven from the heat is the best way to help them visualize that your home is where they’ll want to spend all of their summers.

Here are a few tips to help your home’s open house stand out this summer.

Turn on the A/C

It’s easy for a house to become stuffy and warm during the summer, especially with exterior doors frequently opening and closing, so make sure the air conditioning is running whenever you’re hosting potential buyers.

This step also shows prospective buyers that the A/C is operational and ready to go.

Curb appeal

Your home’s curb appeal is its first impression, and the summer months can be harsh on its front lawn. There’s nothing attractive about the dry, dead grass of summer. Water frequently or update your home’s landscaping to something grass-free.

A little effort can go a long way to showcase your home.

Outdoor living

If the home you’re selling has a pool, a large deck or an outdoor kitchen, the summer months are the perfect time to highlight them. Why not put some lemonade out for buyers to enjoy on the patio and keep the pool crystal clean?

Remember that summer means kids are out of school, and they might be joining their parents on open house tours, so keep your pool’s gates locked tight for safety.

Embrace the season

Potential buyers might be hot and thirsty when they arrive, so home sellers should prepare for it.

Have a cooler with ice-cold bottled water waiting for them the moment they walk in the house and have refreshing snacks, like watermelon or Popsicles, available in the kitchen or on the patio. This gesture will help homebuyers picture your home as their oasis in the heat.

Taking a little extra time when listing your home can make it fly off the market even quicker than those who don’t take these steps.

If you’re interested in selling or buying a home this summer, use the services of a Realtor. We have the tools and expertise to make sure your house has the best chance of selling fast and for what the property is worth. Realtors work all year long to meet the housing needs of our community. That’s Who We R.

Greater Chattanooga Realtors is The Voice of Real Estate in Greater Chattanooga. A regional organization with more than 2,400 members, Greater Chattanooga Realtors is one of 300 local boards and associations of Realtors nationwide that comprise the National Association of Realtors. Greater Chattanooga Realtors services Hamilton and Sequatchie counties in southeast Tennessee and Catoosa, Dade and Walker counties in northwest Georgia. For more information, visit www.gcar.net or call 423 698-8001.