How To Get Your Home Ready For A Summer Open House

24 June 2018
Forest HIll

With summer in full bloom it’s easy to get relaxed about mundane chores and those dreaded do-to lists! The team at Forest Hill Yorkville knows these summer vibes can interfere with making the most of your real estate goals, especially when it comes to hosting an open house. To avoid these pitfalls, we’ve compiled the following tips on how to ensure sellers can best prepare themselves for opening their homes to prospective buyers during the dog days of summer. Whether you are selling a family home in Roncy, a flat in Little Italy or a luxury condo in Yorkville, this checklist can give you a distinct advantage over competing properties hitting the market this summer:

  

 

  1. Make First Impressions Count by Maximizing Curb Appeal
    You need to impress a potential buyer from the moment they pull up to your home. Sprucing up your yard and your home's front entrance is essential.

Here are a few ways to capitalize on curb appeal:

  • Keep your lawn mowed, watered and well-maintained
  • Add colorful flowers to your planters or front yard
  • Replace an old welcome mat with a clean, new one
  • Give your front door a fresh coat of paint if needed
  • Replace old, faded house numbers with new ones
  • Remove any salt bags and shovels huvering around from winter

 

If you live in a condo chances are much of this work is already done for you! If you live in a condo unit with street level access to your front door this is a good opportunity to spruce up your entry but be sure to check your condo rules to see if there are any limitations on outdoor décor.

  1. Stage Your Backyard & Outdoor Living Areas

For many people, the backyard serves as a dumping ground. Clean this space up and make it a place where buyers can see themselves spending time. Be it a large backyard or condo terrace, stage your outdoor living space as a place for entertaining. If you have any planters on your deck or terrace, ensure they are freshly groomed for summer. If your home has a pool, it’s the perfect time of to keep it crystal clean and inviting – buyers in the luxury market will expect no less. A small bistro table on a terrace or pool deck, outfitted with a tray of lemonade is also a nice touch!

  1. Pump the A/C

During an open house, exterior doors and opening and closing frequently. It’s easy for a home to start feeling unusually stuffy and uncomfortable. Our Forest Hill Yorkville team works hard to ensure all perspective buyers feel at home and at ease during an open house. Air conditioning should always run at a level that will allow your space to feel cool and inviting to all those who drop in!

 

  1. Thoroughly Clean Every Room & Deodorize with a Light Fragrance

Summer means longer days, more daylight and a greater spotlight on dust and dander. If potential buyers walk into your open house and see dust bunnies and cobwebs, your chances of making a sale significantly decline. Cleaning your home from top to bottom is the easiest way to make your home sparkle.  If your condo has floor-to-ceiling windows with a million-dollar view of the Toronto skyline, be sure to clean them so nothing obstructs or detracts from this stand-out luxury feature!  Use a light summer fragrance deodorizer to keep your space feeling fresh and clean. Linen, lavender and citrus scents are perfect for summer.

 

  1. De-clutter & Depersonalize

Removing all seasonal items like winter coats and holiday decorations is a good place to start. Be sure to clean out and organize all closets and storage spaces. Messy, overflowing closets give the impression that your home doesn't have enough storage space. Personal items like family photos are distracting and should be tucked away before an open house. Remember: the most serious buyers will open doors, drawers, cupboards, inspect your garage and garden shed. All spaces should be immaculate!

  1. Add Summer Décor Accents

Experienced stagers always introduce a few season décor items to boost a home’s immediate appeal. Remove all your winter blankets and wools and replace them with fresh linens and cotton bedding. Freshly picked local florals are a must as they add an instant dose of pretty to any room. Summer toss cushions are also an easy and inexpensive way to breathe fresh air into your space.

 

  1. Offer Light Refreshments

Summer showings can land on unusually hot and humid days. Determined buyers will battle the heat to land their dream home. Offering light refreshments can soften the blow and alter the mood! Chilled soda or flat water with a platter of sliced lemons, limes, watermelon and cucumbers is a quick, easy and colourful solution to keep everyone feeling cool and at home.

Forest Hill Yorkville can help you make the most of the summer market! We are located in the heart of Toronto’s summer patio scene at 28A Hazelton Avenue. Swing by and speak our team about how we can help you with your summer real estate strategy. You also call us toll free at 1-844-228-5588 or email us at yorkville@foresthill.com. Every summer has a story, we can make yours a best seller!