So what’s the real estate market like in and around Columbus, OH right now? The average price per square foot is up with a 5.7% increase from last year. The median home sales price is also up 2.5% from last year and the number of sales of homes is down 35% opening up the door for your home to stand out this summer. With lower inventory and rising prices comes an excellent opportunity for sellers to enter the market and with the correct price and a well-prepared home, sell quickly before the beginning of the school year.
Summer Sale Maintenance Tips
Selling your home during summer is a lot less complicated if you keep a few simple tips in mind. Keep your lawn freshly mowed. Maintain the house’s appearance through keeping it in tip top shape. Don’t slack on mowing the lawn, planting seasonal flowers and updating your curb appeal as necessary. Regular maintenance is absolutely necessary along with several other summer adjustments such as keeping the home cooler for visits and making sure your outdoor space and patio furniture is clean and perfectly displayed.
Incentivize Your Sale
Now that you’ve got the lawn taken care of, what are you doing to give incentive to your buyers? If your home sale is not moving as quickly as your would like certain incentives can move a sale depending on the property. For a home that needs certain updates you simply do not want to do, consider a decor allowance for new countertops, appliances, or so forth. Another potential incentive is one year of a paid home warranty. For other maintenance issues that you can either not afford or do not have time to complete, allow for a maintenance allowance and agree to refer the new buyers to the correct company for repairs with that allowance.
Now, what can we do inside the home to make it more approachable to someone seeing it for the first time? Take down all those heavy drapes and let the summer sunshine flood your home. If your home is move-in ready then make sure the furniture is arranged in such a way that it highlights your home’s updates. If it is not staged, then consider this option heavily since it is much easier for buyers to imagine themselves in a home with even a minimal amount of furniture.