Ready to start the new school year
Homes in good public school catchment areas or close to a selection of top private schools are popular with families.
Getting into a new home in time for the start of the new school year is attractive for buyers, and so sellers in such areas may find summer just the time to list.
If you live in a desired school catchment area remember to have such a feature highlighted in your listing - people are keen to move into these zones. And summer is their last opportunity to do so before the start of the new school year.
Homes close to good schools are typically also areas that are dominated by families with young children. This can be an appealing factor for those looking for a family home.
You have a pool and great outdoor entertaining
What the property offers outside of its four walls has never been more important.
COVID and its accompanying lockdowns has made outdoor space a top priority for buyers in Melbourne around the country.
If you have a great outdoor entertaining area, large leafy garden or summer favourite of a backyard pool, summer can be the best time to show it off.
When buyers see these features on a hot day - they can envision diving right in. And are less likely to also consider the upkeep a pool may need throughout the year.
If this is your tactic then make sure your outdoor dining area really shines. Gardens and lawns should be freshly tendered and any brickwork or paving cleaned and in top condition.
The addition of outdoor furniture, think poolside lounges complete with fresh cushions and a bright umbrella - will really help potential buyers envision the lifestyle they could have in this home.
Inner-city residences can also shine at this time with courtyards featuring pots full of leafy plants and a chic little cafe style table set will have buyers imagining themselves sipping morning coffees al fresco at their new home.
Good garden lighting will also show how the area can shine as a spot for under the stars dinners.
You are selling an apartment
Another trend that has occurred over the past year has been the rise of people moving to the regions - and keeping a smaller home in the city.
In Melbourne, that comes in the form of apartments with inner-city locations a popular option.
The “lock-up-and-leave” nature of apartments make them an ideal city base, perfect for office work days or a place to stay close to family.
An outdoor area, such as an inviting private verandah or communal rooftop garden, is an attractive asset to show off at this time of year.
After a period of working from home a dedicated home office zone, be it a separate room or alcove in a main living area can show the property has a much sought after feature today.
Let there be light
Along with space and a property’s location - the amount of light that a home has is a big attraction. A dark home can be a big turn-off for would-be buyers.
Bright summer days can show off this quality at its best.
Pull open the curtains, open the windows to let in a cool breeze and let the sun shine in.
Sparkling windows, and less rather than more window dressing, shows how natural light can enhance the home.
Also think of the time that showings will take place. A good agent will suggest the property should be open for inspection when it captures the sunlight.
There is less competition
Summer is traditionally a quieter time in the real estate market, however that is no reason to put off selling at this time.
For some buyers it is a period when they actually have more time to look for homes during the holiday period.
With overseas travel still only just inching back, expect even more would-be buyers in town. It is also a time when out-of-area buyers are visiting Melbourne.
At this time you can also expect to have less competition from other vendors, who may hold out for the more traditional autumn market.
Some buyers are still looking after a competitive spring market
Australia - and Melbourne - has been experiencing one of its hottest markets on record.
And while that has resulted in some very happy sellers - and lucky buyers who were able to nab a property in this competitive market - there are many others who still missed out.
Buyers keen to secure a home are still active over summer and they are motivated.
After being disappointed in not being able to buy during spring they are keen to nab a home even during the typically quieter time of summer - and before the next big wave of listings and more competition in autumn.
It’s the right time for you to sell
While different seasons can definitely highlight a home, and attract a greater number of buyers, there may be times when you just need to sell.
A relocation for work or personal reasons, divorce or change in circumstances may mean that you would like to sell over the summer.
A qualified agent will know the best way to get the best results whatever the time of year.
If you are interested in selling over summer, whatever the reason, now is time to reach out to a Woodards expert in residential property sales.