4 Quick Tips for Showing Your Home in the Summer

  1. 72°.  Keep the interior temperature of your home pleasant during the dog days of summer.  Homes that are too hot (or too cold, for that matter) make potential Edmond, Oklahoma home buyers uncomfortable, inevitably shortening their visit.
  2. Mitigate odors.  Summer heat can magnify animal odors inside the house as well as in the back yard.  Clean and deodorize interior surfaces and carpets, and if Fido uses the back yard as a rest room be sure to clean up doggie piles frequently.  Garbage cans normally kept in the garage or outside next to the house should be moved well away from any potential visitor foot traffic.
  3. Keep your lawn manicured.  Curb appeal is everything, and if your lawn is overgrown or has unsightly brown spots you may be chasing buyers away before they ever spend any time inside your home.  Take care of the lawn, put away children’s yard toys, fix the fence, and by all means get that beater car down off those cinder blocks and off your driveway!
  4. Clean your windows.  All home buyers prefer more natural lighting.  Make sure windows sparkle so buyers can discover all the wonderful features and benefits that make your home special.

Outside-In Fall Showing Tips

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Children will be heading back to school soon, and shortly after that summer will wind down into fall.  Your Edmond, Oklahoma or Greater Oklahoma City home is already on the market, or soon will be, and you need to prepare for autumn showings.  Here are a handful of helpful tips to make sure your home is in tip top shape for home shoppers in the months of September through November.

1.      Curb appeal.  Keep leaves swept or raked up and walkways clear of natural debris.  Prune/trim hedges and trees.  Make sure your first impression is a good one.  Well maintained exteriors give buyers every reason to expect the same on the inside.  Poorly maintained exteriors may keep potential buyers from coming inside at all.

2.      Make sure gutters are clear of leaves and all downspouts are working properly, directing rainwater away from the foundation.

3.      Entryway.  Add a little splash of color at the front door like a holiday wreath, or fall pumpkins and gourds, making your entryway more inviting.  Clear away toys, bicycles, and that pile of ignored newspapers.

4.      Keep interior warm and comfortable.  If temperatures drop outside, make sure your home’s interior is warm and comfortable.  Comfortable homes invite buyers to take their time viewing your home and imagining themselves living in it.  The discomfort of a cold home can send buyers to grabbing their coats and moving on to the next house.

5.      Decorate your interior with emblems of the season like a Thanksgiving or autumn themed centerpiece on the dining room table or on the mantle.

6.      Keep backyards, patios and decks clear of fall leaves.  Show potential buyers a clean and safe backyard they can easily picture their own children playing in.