Summer Glow Staging

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As we welcome in the first day of summer on June 21, remember to feature your home in its best (summer) light.

Landscaping the front and back yard, planting flowers, a freshly mowed lawn and a cheery welcome mat are essential. Potential buyers need to be able to picture themselves and their family enjoying both the indoor and outdoor spaces in your home. Also, don’t forget about patios and balconies; make sure they are uncluttered, clean and inviting.

This is the time to replace scraggly, struggling shrubs; to install fast-growing vines on trellises to screen trash cans and other unattractive spots; and to repair rickety rails and gates.

Once the outside of your home is in summer-loving shape, there are some key things that you can do to the inside of your home to capture the season.

  • Bring summer inside with a pitcher of homemade lemonade, a bowl of fruit or a vase of flowers on the table.
  • Replace heavy fabrics such as bedspreads, tablecloths and placemats with lighter fabrics and patterns.
  • What is summertime without the sun? Clean the inside and outside of all of your windows so the sun can shine throughout your house. This makes your home feel warm, happy and welcoming.
  • Experienced stagers say that the having windows professionally washed can cost a few hundred dollars but reap a few thousand more in the sale price.
  • If your home has air conditioning, make sure that it is in working order. First impressions are so important and potential buyers don’t want to walk into a stuffy, humid house.
  • Turn the air conditioning on to ensure that everyone who tours your house is comfortable. If you have ceiling fans, turn them on to a low setting to circulate the air and to highlight this selling feature.

Sprucing up your home to capitalize on the summer season can lead to a happy fall in your new home.