Tips for selling a homein the slow summer months

●Keep the air-conditioning running to ensure that the house is cooler than normal, especially on the upper floors, which tend to be warmer.

●With kids out of school, keeping the home clean becomes more of a challenge. Try to send the children to camp or to stay with grandparents during the first few weeks of a summer listing.

●Prevent the accumulation of odors inside the house, which can be pronounced in the summer. Eliminate pet odors and keep the garbage outdoors.

●Keep drapes open (or even remove them) to let in as much natural light as possible, and keep windows clean.

●Pack away winter clothing to make more room in your closets.

●Have fresh fruit and chilled water or lemonade on hand for prospective buyers.

●Keep the lawn manicured and plant colorful flowers to enhance curb appeal.

●Stage the outside of the home to simulate preparations for an outdoor gathering.

●Enhance the atmosphere of a back yard or a terrace with a trickling fountain.

Michele Lerner