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Front Page - Friday, July 7, 2023

How to host a sizzling summer open house

There are many reasons why summer might be the perfect time to put your home on the market. The summertime allows for the opportunity to move with more ease, and many families are trying to settle into a new place before the school year starts. Also, the housing market tends to be swifter in the summertime.

If you’re selling your house, how do you make your home stand out and sell it even faster? The answer – a sizzling open house.

A well-planned open house allows potential buyers to picture how life in this particular home would be and, in summer, people can be more relaxed. Making your open house a haven from the heat is the best way to help them visualize that your home is where they’ll want to spend all of their summers.

Here are a few tips to help your home’s open house stand out this summer.

Turn on the A/C

It’s easy for a house to become stuffy and warm during the summer, especially with exterior doors frequently opening and closing, so make sure you have the air conditioning running whenever you’re hosting potential buyers.

This step also shows prospective buyers that the A/C is operational and ready to go.

Curb appeal

Your home’s curb appeal is its first impression, and the summer months can be harsh on your home’s front lawn. There’s nothing attractive about the dry, dead grass of summer.

Water frequently or update your home’s landscaping to something grass-free. A little effort can go a long way to showcase your home.

Outdoor living

If the home you’re selling has a pool, a large deck or an outdoor kitchen, the summer months are the perfect time to highlight them. Why not put some lemonade out for buyers to enjoy on the patio and keep the pool crystal clean?

It’s important to remember that summer means children are out of school, and they might be joining their parents on open house tours, so make sure pool gates are kept locked tight for safety.

Embrace the summer season

Prepare for potential buyers to be hot and thirsty when they arrive. Have a cooler with ice-cold bottled water ready and waiting for them the moment they walk into the house and have refreshing snacks, like watermelon or Popsicles, available in the kitchen or on the patio. This gesture will help homebuyers picture your home as their oasis in the heat.

Taking a little extra time when listing your home can make it fly off the market even quicker than those who don’t take these steps.

If you’re interested in selling or buying a home this summer, use the services of your Realtor. We have the tools and expertise to make sure your house has the best chance of selling fast and for what the property is worth.

Realtors work all year long to meet the housing needs of our community. That’s Who We R.

Founded in 1912, Greater Chattanooga Realtors is the voice for real estate in Greater Chattanooga. A regional organization with more than 2,700 members, Greater Chattanooga Realtors serves Hamilton and Sequatchie counties in southeast Tennessee and Catoosa, Dade and Walker counties in northwest Georgia. The association is one of approximately 1,100 local associations and boards of Realtors nationwide that comprise the National Association of Realtors. Greater Chattanooga Realtors owns and operates a multiple listing service, which is one of approximately 600 MLSs in the country and services more than 3,000 users. Local association membership consists of Realtors servicing the Greater Chattanooga area and specializing in a variety of disciplines – appraisal, commercial, industrial, land, multifamily, property management and residential. Working alongside Realtors are our affiliate members, who represent related industries in sympathy with the objectives of the association. Our affiliate members include mortgage lenders, home inspectors, title and closing services, pest inspection and control and insurance.