Welcoming neighbors, palm trees, beachfront properties and the Pacific Ocean are some of the capstone attractions of La Jolla, CA. La Jolla is also home to the University of San Diego and National University. In terms of real estate, the average sales price in the city (based on 128 homes) sold between March and June of 2014 was $790,000. Additionally, the average price per square foot was $574 and the average listing price sits at $2,810,903 for 2014.
When looking to sell quickly before the end of summer, statistics show that after August, different challenges present themselves. It’s ideal to get the house off the market while the weather is still nice and much easier to move. Another reason why it’s ideal to sell before summer’s end is because if a potential buyer has children, it’s important to get them registered and settled into their new environment before school starts. The summer months leave a little more flexibility because the children are on summer vacation.
Make the Front of Your Home Shine
Use the warmer months as an opportunity to spruce up the garden and make the outdoors look beautiful. Choose flowers that are in season during the summer months like perennials, petunias and zinnias. Consider replacing or repainting your front door to make the entryway stand out. Incorporate lights along the pathway to the front door along with hanging plants, topiaries and greenery to the porch. Definitely be creative, but keep curb appeal neutral and classic. Remember, less is more.
Don’t Hesitate to Fix Repairs
Is there a leaky roof that’s been begging to be fixed? Are there appliances that have broken down over time? Be sure to get any repairs completed before putting the house on the market. In order to get a solid offers, put the best foot forward and present the home in the best light as possible. A potential home buyer is not looking to do any major (and/or minor, for that matter) repairs on a home. Be sure to have your home as move-in ready as possible.
Neutral Colors & Home Decor
When selling a home, it’s important to make the home look like it’s waiting for a new owner. When the house looks like it’s been lived in for 20 years, it’s less likely to have a strong appeal. Change the burgundy walls in the living room to a soft beige. Remove the children’s school photos and the 2nd grade wall art and pack it up for its’ next home. Help potential home buyers envision themselves in the home with more of them and less of you.
While it’s important to include home decor updates, curb appeal and make adjustments for repairs, contemplate incentivizing the home by including a paid year of home warranty or a quick close to sweeten the deal and encourage better offers. Once all of these suggestions are implemented, be ready to put up that “SOLD” sign! For more information about selling this summer or any other time of the year, please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information. In the mean time please take a look at our Definitive Guide to Selling Your Home as well for details on the complete selling process.