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6 Reasons to Get a Move On in the Summer

Home buying and selling activity is typically hottest during the summer. But why should you join in the chaos? Here are 6 key reasons to take advantage of the season and make the move this summer.

More houses to choose from
More people choose to sell during the summer due to nicer weather and school schedules. With a larger available inventory, you're more likely to find a home that suits your lifestyle and budget.

Easier on the kids
There are a variety of summer programs available to get your children acquainted with future schoolmates. Kids are also playing outside more, making it easier to make friends. And in the fall, they'll be able to start the new school off on the right foot.

More daylight
This is a plus for both sides of a transaction. It's more appealing to show your house in the daylight and buyers get more flexibility to inspect a home or have a professional inspection.

Flowers are in bloom
As long as you keep your sprinklers on, your curb appeal will be maximized by the lush and fragrant summer-blooming flowers. This also gives buyers a good idea of the amount of yard maintenance to expect to keep it looking beautiful.

Garage sale season
What better time to get rid of the clutter that will either distract potential buyers or that you will have to haul to your new home. Get your neighbors to participate and make it a block sale for better attendance.

Most sellers want to complete their move by the end of the summer so they may be more flexible on other points with buyers that are willing to comply with their timeline.

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