Is it hot in here?
When showing homes in the hot summer months, many of us have been through the same thing: us and our clients dying from the heat inside the home for sale. As the temperatures climb, homes heat up fast and that hot, stick, stuffy air can destroy your home’s potential. In real estate, we talk a lot about smells, curb appeal, eliminating clutter, and depersonalizing your home when you list it for sale, but one thing we should be talking about here in San Antonio is the indoor temperature.
If you’re home is on the market, you need to keep the home at a comfortable temperature. It may cost a few extra dollars on your electricity bill, but remember, people’s immediate perceptions of a home often determine whether they buy the home or move onto the next home for sale on their list. Can you afford to take that risk? While many people let the temperature rise during the day time and set their A/C to be cooler at night (when they’re home), most showing take place during the day, when the sun can be blistering hot. Keep that in mind. When we walk into a nice cool home with our clients, they often comment things such as “the A/C certainly works well, that’s a plus.” Already, they’re setting themselves in the home and feeling comfortable because a major system is functioning well. Now they can get down to business and because they’re not pouring sweat from every pore, they can stay longer and truly get a feel for your home.
So what’s it going to be? A steam bath and no sale or a larger electric bill and comfortable buyers who might just make you an offer?
photo courtesy of Orin Zebest