It is summer 2021 in the Lowcountry and, thanks to a seller’s market unlike anything we have seen during the past several years, sellers are getting more for their homes than ever before.

Selling a home in the summer has some challenges – families go on vacation, kids are out of school and need attention, summer activities distract.

There are too many fun things to do and selling home is not one of them. It is more difficult to get sellers in the home-selling mood in the summertime, but with full-price, above-price and multiple offers, maybe this summer will be different.

Another challenge, especially during July and August , is the heat. It might be too hot for buyers to be running around looking at homes.

On the other hand, increased demand, decreased inventory, rising prices, and a hot local seller’s real estate market are motivating buyers (many of them out-of-state) to make a deal this summer.

In the summertime, here are some things you can do to make your home more appealing and attract buyers:

• Mow the lawn more often. Grass and weeds grow fast, so cut and manicure the lawn to make it look its best.

• Decorate with summer in mind. Use brighter summer colors and vibrant blues for a calming and cooling effect.

• Create curb appeal. Curb appeal makes buyers feel happy about your home. Trim bushes, plant flowers, spruce up the yard, and make your home entryway attractive and welcoming.

• Bring in the light. Open the blinds, remove the heavy drapes, make it light and bright.

• Accentuate the outside. Move furniture to the sunroom, screened porch and covered patio. Create an allusion of (or highlight) an appealing summer lifestyle.

• Supply summer treats. Different parts of the country are noted for their summer food and drink. Offer some pecan pie and lemonade at your next open house.

• Keep it nice and cool. No one wants to be in a stuffy hot house on a hot summer day. Turn on the fans, keep the air moving, and turn down the AC a bit to keep visitors cool, comfortable and want to stay inside a while.

Happy summer selling, y’all!

Larry Stoller is a broker and Realtor with Real Estate Five of the Lowcountry.,, Sun