We’ve broken all kinds of records this summer here in Waco—most consecutive days for 100° + temps, most days for 100° + temps in one summer, hottest day on record. So if you’re a homeowner who’s trying to sell during this heat wave, how do get buyers to come out of their air-conditioned comfort to see your home? Here are a few tips on how to sell when it’s hotter than…heck!
Keep your electricity turned on
If at all possible, don’t shut off your utilities! Even though we’ve got more hours of daylight during the summer months, it can still be difficult to get a really good look at a property if you can’t turn on the lights. Walking into a dark back bedroom can be a little scary, and you certainly don’t want potential buyers to get the willies when they walk into your home.
Keep your air conditioner running
Your house doesn’t have to feel like the Arctic Circle, but when it’s 100° or hotter outside, walking into a home that doesn’t have the air turned on can take your breath away. Potential buyers will spend considerably less time in a house that’s stiflingly hot. Excessive heat can also bring out some not-so-pleasant odors, so make sure that you keep that thermostat running.
Leave bottled water for potential buyers
If you still have a refrigerator in the home, keep some bottled water inside for potential buyers. Leave a note on the counter or on the fridge itself inviting buyers to help themselves to some high-quality H2O. If there isn’t a refrigerator in the house, leave a basket on the kitchen counter full of bottled water—again, inviting buyers to take one. This small detail can set you apart from your competition and could keep buyers lingering longer.
Get rid of the wasp nests
Wasps and yellow jackets are busy setting up home along the eaves of your house all summer long. The last thing you want is for a buyer to get stung! That’s not the impression you want to leave! Take a few minutes each week to walk the perimeter of your property and get rid of any wasp nests that you see. Make sure that you don’t just spray the nest and then leave it—get the broom out and knock it down once all of those stinging fools are dead!
Water your landscaping
Several areas around Waco have banned all outdoor watering, so this one may be a little tough. And with the water level of Lake Waco dropping at an alarming rate, this may be down-right impossible if we don’t get some rain in Central Texas soon! If you do have the luxury to be able to water the grass occasionally, though, do it. Crunchy dead grass isn’t nearly as inviting as a lush green lawn. Green grass and shrubbery also photographs better, making your house look more appealing from the get-go.
These tips certainly aren’t the end-all, be-all, sure-fire ways to get your home sold during the hottest summer on record, but hopefully they’re food for thought!