Selling Your Home In The Summer? Highlight Outdoor Features And Sell For More

By: Glenn Martin

Selling Your Home In The Summer? Highlight Outdoor Features And Sell For More

Tags: Burlington, Oakville, Mississauga, home selling in the summer, outdoor features

Some of the big advantages when selling your home in the summer are a) it is a busy season, so many homebuyers will be looking for a home, and b) you can make use of your outdoors more than during any other time of the year.
Prepping the outside of a home increases significantly the value of your home, 10%-20% according to real estate experts. With the nice weather outside, many homebuyers will be paying more attention to the outdoor amenities a home comes with. Features like an outdoor chill area, a nice lawn or a charming backyard can all contribute to a more successful sale, so let’s take a look at a few ideas that could help you land a perfect offer.

A manicured lawn
One of the first things to do is to make sure your lawn is mowed and trimmed properly. A tidy and neat lawn indicate that the home is cared for and well-maintained. It is one of the first things homebuyers notice when they show up for a visit.

A nice flower garden
Flower gardens are one of the most classic but also one of the most beautiful front yard features you can go for. The sight of flowers simply never gets boring! However, to avoid high-maintenance flowers, go with native plants that grow well in your area. For a more versatile look, put a few colourful potted plants on the porch.
 
A lounge area with a BBQ
One of the favourite summer activities is barbecuing with family and friends and many GTA homebuyers are outdoorsy people who put great emphasis on the outdoor amenities of a home. Setting up a BBQ area in the backyard with a cozy lounge corner on the patio is probably the best investment you can make to increase your home’s selling potential. If you live in a condo, though, you can add an electric or gas grill to the balcony. Condo buyers are usually hoping for maximum utilization of balcony space, so they will be most probably thrilled to see a BBQ corner there.
 
 A mini playground
If you have a house with a backyard, your target buyers are most likely to be young families. So, to cater to your target audience, you can set up a kids’ corner in the backyard with a swing or two, a backyard slide or a playset to woo the many parents who often screen listings that fit their kids’ needs.  Dedicated areas reserved just for the little ones will instantly draw the desired attention.
 
The right lighting
Besides making us feel safer at night, exterior lighting also gives a special charm to the whole outside setting. With plenty of choices nowadays available for the front and backyard, you will be able to pick from the many styles and shapes, ranging from ground LED lighting to romantic lantern light fixtures.
 
The exterior of the home has become almost as important as the interior, and summer is the perfect season to make use of and invest in outdoor amenities to attract the most homebuyers. For more tips on home showing, click here.
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