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5 tips and tricks for staging an open home this summer

By Kevin Kelly

Summer is a great time for hosting an open home. Buyers are more willing to get out and about while the weather is warm and the sun is shining. 

At Ray White Bunbury, we have a few tips and tricks to help you make the most of selling your home this summer.

1. Spring clean in summer

First and foremost, your home should be clean and tidy and devoid of unnecessary clutter. No one likes to feel stuffy on a hot summer's afternoon. HGTV suggests a great way to make your home feel less cluttered is to halve the number of items in your cupboards and wardrobes. Buyers will love a more minimalist space too.

2. Trim your hedges

Summer is a great time to get out in the garden. A study by Michigan State University found that good landscaping can add 5 to 11 per cent to the perceived value of your home, so make sure the flower beds are watered and the lawns are mowed! 

3. Let the light in

The way a space is lit can have a dramatic impact on how consumers interact with it, according to Informed Design. People tend to follow the brightest path, and brightness is a great way to focus attention. The sun is shining, so let it do the work for you in making your home seem bright and airy, by making sure the curtains are open all the way and lights are on.

4. Take the pets for a walk 

While you may love your pets, you can't assume the same for your future buyers. Get someone to take the dog for a walk during open home hours, and make sure all litter boxes, pet food and beds are out of sight.

If you can, air out the place as much as possible prior to the viewing. Even though you may not notice the smell of your four-legged friend anymore, strangers definitely can.

5. Cool off from the heat

Australian summers can leave shoppers sweltering in the heat. Bunbury is no different. Take advantage of this and use the temperature as an opportunity to entice viewers into your nice, cool home. Keeping your home at a comfortable temperature will have potential buyers unwilling to leave.

If you're thinking of selling your home this summer, get in touch with our friendly team at Ray White Bunbury.

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