KNOW THE FACTS ABOUT SUMMER REAL ESTATE IN HARRIS COUNTY, GA
The busiest real estate time of the year is spring, followed by autumn. In what may come as a surprise, the summer season comes in third. With all the staples of summer – beach houses, BBQs, and sun – you’d imagine that the real estate market would be much more hectic.
But there are aspects that work to a sellers advantage. Home sales in June are 29% above the monthly national average. Plus July and August home sales reflect a buyer’s desire to move in before the start of the school season.
With average temperatures in Harris County, GA reaching 82 degrees in the summer months, staying cool and maintaining a consistent airflow is of the utmost importance.
It’s especially important for homes on the market to have a working air conditioner or window units to keep the warm air from getting stale in a room. This is even more so for sellers who are putting on an open house as you don’t want potential buyers to remember your home by how stuffy or sweaty they were.
Agent Dawn Braithwaite suggests that homeowners must still keep up with basic maintenance routines throughout the summer. For example, it’s easy to think that without the rain, you won’t have to clean your gutters. But she points out that the last thing a homeowner wants is to have a summer storm hit Harris County, GA only to reveal leaky gutters – especially if you are trying to sell a home.
Mold is another seasonal problem that doesn’t go away just because of the warm weather. The key here is to keep rooms properly vented, and to kill off any signs of molding with bleach.
You’ll find many articles on summer real estate use the saying “move the home outside”. What this means is to take advantage of the warmth to create an inviting, outdoor living space. And this doesn’t have to cost you anything – you can use the furniture you already own to rearrange an outdoor living room.
This idea is especially important for sellers who are intent on staging a home. A cozy BBQ area complete with a grill can create a setting in which potential buyers feel comfortable in your space. Even something as subtle as a croquet set in the backyard can make a big difference in comfort.
The summer season is your best chance to showcase your home’s outdoor space.
Summer is a prime time season for insects. Agent Dawn Cox recommends calling an exterminator, saying that it’s a “great time of the year for carpenter ants, termites, bees, and wasps.”
Getting rid of bugs isn’t only important for a homeowner’s sanity – it’s a big part of the inspection process. Something as tiny as bugs can be the difference between your home being sold. And as a home buyer, bug infestations are something you’ll want to keep your eye on when scouting a location.
How do you maintain your home for the summer? Call me at 706.662.0125, or email me today! Be sure to check out my available listings in Harris County, GA.