We’ve been saying it for two years. To everyone who would listen. To everyone interested in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make some SERIOUS money in real estate. And now Fortune Magazine is saying the same thing: “The U.S. housing market has been BLAZING in 2022,” the magazine recently reported. If you are looking to sell your summer home in Maine FAST, that’s a pretty compelling message.
But how do you do it? What key things must you do to prepare your summer home for sale? How can you capitalize on a real estate market in which the prices of summer homes and year-round homes in Maine skyrocketed more than 21 percent from February 2021 to February 2022?
Here are smart ways to do just that.
First, Be Confident
The fact is, if you desire to sell your summer home in Maine, you have every reason to be confident about the outcome. As Madeleine Hill, 2022 President of the Maine Association of REALTORS® just reported, “Even after two years of the pandemic, most homes for sale in Maine are receiving multiple purchase offers and are under contract within days.”
So start with that knowledge and mindset, and then take things “from good to great” by making a few small changes in your summer home that will make a huge difference to home buyers. Things such as …
Enhance the Environment
When prospective buyers walk through your summer home, they are asking, “Does this summer home feel comfortable? Do we like this environment? Can we see ourselves really chilling here?” Help them get to a fast, easy “YES!” by doing things like making sure your spaces create a neat, relaxing feel … that it’s decluttered … that the air conditioning is set at a comfortable level … and that you’ve used such things as a linen-scented candle or a floral wall plug-in, to offer a lovely summer scent to the interior.
Sell the Total Experience
Selling a summer home means, yes, making sure that the interior is super-cozy and relaxing. But it also means selling the outdoors as well. That means “curb appeal” is even more crucial when gorgeous flowers are in bloom and the grass is bright green. Clean up your yard, plant a few flowers, and keep your grass well-trimmed and free of weeds. It’s also a great time to freshen up outdoor paint and décor.
Host an Amazing Open House
There never is a better time than summer to host a great open house. With kids out of school and families on vacation, it’s an ideal time to get all kinds of potential summer-home buyers through the door and create a bidding war. Smart social-media promotion and conventional advertising of your Open House can help you land local folks, buyers curious about upgrading or downsizing, and more.
And here’s one final, huge thought: For the past 2 years, Maine has been the #1 state in the U.S. for people from “away” to move to.