“Phew, what a scorcher” as the tabloids would say. The hot weather we experienced last week is a mixed blessing; if you’re on holiday, then the warm sunny days certainly bring out the best of the British coast and countryside. But if you’re working either outside or in a non-air-conditioned office then life can be very uncomfortable.
But what of homebuyers? Does the hot weather bring them out, or does the thought of trudging round home after home in the heat deter them? We’ve found that there are real upsides to a hot summer which can work to your advantage if you are serious about selling.
For example, some other sellers (who are effectively your competitors in the market) may decide to withdraw their property for the summer. They might assume buyers will either be too hot and bothered, or more concerned about their holidays than looking at property. Alternatively, the sellers themselves may just want to veg out, with paddling pools and other summer paraphernalia littering the garden. Buyers looking round can be seen as an invasion of privacy (especially if sunbathing is involved).
You can take advantage of this situation if you are keen to sell. Firstly, serious buyers remain serious despite holidays and hot weather. These are buyers whose move is likely to have been prompted by real reasons such as a job move, marriage, divorce, growing family, debt, etc. With fewer speculative buyers around you know that every viewing is likely to be a serious buyer. Those people who remove their house from the market for the summer, miss these critical purchasers and the corresponding decline in the supply of competing properties for sale can enhance the saleability of your own – and even its price.
Secondly, the buyer of a property is very likely to reflect the social life stage of the seller when they themselves bought the house. So a family house will sell to a family. So don’t feel the paddling pool, barbeque, water pistols, etc. detract from the sale – they can enhance it because they connect with the most likely buyer. A house is a home after all, and you are selling a lifestyle, so why not use this to your advantage.
Whilst the weather has been a little cooler this week just gone, you can be sure the sunshine will be back, sending temperatures soaring once again.
Finally, here’s our HOT TIP: Offering prospective buyers a cold drink and opening a few windows, will not do you any harm – keep you and your guests nice and cool!