All over Florida, it’s starting to get very warm, very fast. If you need to be out of your home in the next few months, getting buyers at your door can be especially tough. Instead of waiting until the dead of summer, try summer-proofing your home now—that is, making it attractive to buyers despite the heat, mugginess, bugs and general discomfort summer can bring—by following these easy tips.
Clean house. Summer can bring out signs of wear in your home more than any other season. Your grass and trees grow quicker and your pool can slowly become covered in irritating seeds and other debris. These signs can put off potential buyers just as a messy interior or sloppy paint job on the inside would. To combat these problems, consider swapping out old lawn furniture for more livable pieces, or give your home’s exterior a fresh coat of paint in addition to maintaining a constantly-trimmed front yard. These small changes will make a big difference come selling time.
Cool off! You may feel like hiding away behind the curtains in your home to escape the sun’s heat, but buyers will want to see the complete package. This is the time to take advantage of your home’s outdoor space—but don’t let it get unbearably hot! On the back porch or patio, try installing outdoor ceiling fans to create a cooler, breezier atmosphere—even if there’s no breeze in sight. An awning or sun screen can also alleviate the pressure a Florida summer can bring. These features not only keep buyers comfortable, but serve as real selling points when they need to.
Keep the pests away. We’re talking to you, mosquitoes. Afternoon storms can bring these moisture-loving insects where they aren’t welcome. To keep them away, buy a mosquito coil. These use citronella oil, which masks humans’ CO2 and keeps hungry bugs away—plus, citronella is derived from lemongrass, so you won’t have to deal with the harsh campsite-like smells other repellants would bring.