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Selling Your Ucluelet House in Summer

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When summer is upon us, we can look forward to more celebrations, more adventures and more people out and about in the streets. This can be wonderful for people hoping to sell their homes, but an increase in foot traffic isn't always the best way to get your home seen and sold in the summer.

If you are selling your home in the summer, be aware that this time of year can be surprisingly challenging for this task, as people are often en-route to somewhere else when they pass by. However, with the right preparation, it can be an ideal time to find home buyers who would love to live in the places they choose to visit during their precious summer travels.

Since Ucluelet is a haven for summer travelers, there will be many people in the area who would just love to make Ucluelet their year-round stomping grounds. Summer can be the perfect time to make a move, but it still requires taking proactive actions to set yourself apart from the other sellers in your area.

You will want to do everything you can to make your home the most appealing purchase possible, so we have compiled some of the most sizzling tips for selling your home in the summertime. The advice we offer in this post will put you in the perfect position to sell your home for the most money in the least amount of time ... with the least amount of troubles!

This is how to best prepare yourself to sell a home in the summer:

1. Clean Up

If your home looks run-down, you'll be inviting low-bidders who are hoping to find a "fixer-upper" into your home-selling equation. Alternately, there are people who are on the look-out for run-down homes to 'flip' - meaning, they want to buy low, fix it up, and sell it for a handsome profit. These kinds of bargain shoppers are not going to give you what you want for your house, monetarily speaking.

If you'd rather have those profits in your own pocket, one of the cheapest ways to make your home more attractive to home buyers is to keep it clean and tidy, inside and out.

Creating a home where people feel they can simply move in and feel comfortable is your best bet for getting the best price possible. A clean home is a priority for serious home buyers, which means you must do a thorough house cleaning. Ideally, you can hire a professional company to take care of all the aspects of cleaning, from the walls to the floors and all the windows, but if you are motivated, you certainly can do it yourself.

2. Clear the Clutter

Over time it is normal to accumulate extra 'stuff' that takes up space in your house. But when you start to show your home, showing off the available space is an absolute asset. Every square foot counts, and if you have a room, or closets, that are filled with that extra stuff, you are limiting the visual possibility of square footage for viewers.

A cluttered house looks much smaller and makes it harder for the home-viewers to imagine their own stuff filling the space. So if you aren't ready to throw or give away those things that you have accumulated, do consider renting or borrowing a space where you can unload any extra things for the time when viewings will be happening.

The less furniture and knick-knacks that are strewn about, the better!

3. Update Your Landscaping

Summertime makes people think about barbecues and patio parties. If your outdoor space doesn't look inviting, people will not necessarily be able to imagine themselves enjoying these wonderful summer activities in their new home - the home you are selling!

If you keep the yard and landscaping looking clean and tidy, the space will be much more attractive to people buying a home in the summer. Buyers will be paying close attention to the look of your yard in the summer because this is the time of year that we look forward to the most.

There is no need for a professional landscaper to make this happen, you simply need to keep the flower beds tidy, the lawn mowed and any outdoor furniture in decent shape. You want the home-buyers to be able to imagine their family moving in and being able to enjoy the outdoor space, just as much as you want them to feel comfortable with the inside of the home.

Pull the weeds, clear any clutter in and around the shed, trim back trees and the pride you take in the yard of your home will certainly show through to the viewers. This also applies to the front entry way including the door, steps and walk way... all of these outdoor areas should look terrific if you want to sell your home this summer.

4. Keep It Light and Breezy

Think about the amount of light and airflow in your home as there is nothing inviting about a dark, damp or musty-smelling home.

If you currently have heavy drapery on your window fixtures, we encourage you to switch them for light-coloured curtains, which can easily be found at inexpensive prices. This small change will allow more light into your home and will even expand the perception of space in the room.

If you have an air conditioning unit, do use it to keep the temperature tolerable and the humidity out. If not, consider using fans and keeping the windows open throughout the mornings and evenings when a cool breeze is flowing. A home with a fresh breeze is always preferable to a stuffy space, which will bring up questions about the exhaust system in your home ... which can be a deal-breaker for home-buyers.

5. Serve Summer Refreshments

While this tip has nothing to do with the value of your home, it certainly does add to the experience of the home-viewers, which can have an amazing effect on the home feeling comfortable and inviting.

Something as simple as a pitcher of lemonade or iced tea is a great way to make buyers feel welcome. The more welcome people feel in the home, the more likely they are to have positive associations with the house. Since people are usually looking at multiple homes, anything that sets you and your home apart from the others is an absolute plus! If nothing else, people will always remember receiving something for nothing and this will set you up for being well remembered when it comes time for them to make the final decision.

Serving a refreshment is an easy and inexpensive way to make sure that your home is the one that people remember at the end of the day!

6. Price It Right

The Gray Team have been selling homes in Ucluelet for over two decades, and we know for sure that having your home priced correctly for the market is the best way to get your home sold.

If you over-price your home, it is likely to sit on the market for longer, and the longer that your home sits on the market, the more undesirable it will seem to prospective buyers.

Some people will try to set the price higher than advised by their real estate agent, hoping that they will get the price they want after negotiations, but often this will backfire. We will use our extensive experience of home pricing in the area to help you find the best price to list your home. Listing your home at the right price from the beginning will bring in the most amount of opportunities to sell.

We hope that these tips will help you sell your Ucluelet house quickly and easily this summer, and if you have any more questions, please feel free to contact us.

Best of luck on your home-selling journey, and enjoy this beautiful summer!

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