Philadelphia Real Estate Helpful News and Views : Importance of Keeping it Cool When Selling a House

Importance of Keeping it Cool When Selling a House

keep it cool in summer

There was a heat wave in Philadelphia and surrounding area of  Pennsylvania  . It was so hot it has been difficult to think. Perhaps the best time to show homes was in the early mornings or evenings . It is only the beginning of June but seriously sellers it is best to have the air conditioning on. When the weather is hot you want the  potential buyer to be comfortable when they walk in you home .You also want the agent to be comfortable 

There is nothing worse than showing vacant or occupied homes with no air conditioning on in hot weather . I have been advising my sellers to leave the
air on so the house is not stuffy or have a musty smell . In my humble opinion it is just as bad as showing a home that is unkempt,cluttered or dirty. If the buyers are uncomfortable when they walk into the home ;they are not going to stay in it long . Sellers should have their air conditioning on in their homes even when not home. Keep it cool in the summertime  Stay Cool! You do not have to keep it cold but at a  comfortable setting

Last week we  had record breaking  temperature of 96 degrees.With the humidity it felt like a 100 degrees.

A great way to beat the heat is by the pool.  June has just started Many of the area pools are not opened yet . Perhaps you have your own pool to sit by and enjoy . Make it look inviting to your prospective buyers . Buy some large tropical plants and put them in nice pots around the pool area.

Check on your senior neighbors in Hot weather . Make sure they are safe .Be a good neighbor. Let's get ready for the hot days of summer .

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Comment balloon 35 commentsHannah Williams • June 15 2017 12:07AM

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Hannah, it is great advice, I find you want to have it at a comfortable level not too hot in the winter and not too cold in the warm days, make it inviting and that buyers want to stay longer:)Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) 11 days ago

Good advice for sellers in hot weather, and definitely a good tip to check on neighbors.

Posted by Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 11 days ago

Good evening Hannah Williams ,

Wonderful advice for sellers..nothing worse to be showing a property in the summer heat and it's unbearable in a house. You want buyers to be comfortable so they will stay in your house longer discovering all the wonderful attributes of the house!

Posted by Dorie Dillard, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799) 11 days ago

Great tips!  Comfortable buyers tend to stay longer on a showing.  Longer showings inevitably result in offers.  Making the home as comfortable as possible for the buyer is always a good thing

Posted by Raymond Edler, #1 Real Estate Office in DFW (Keller Williams Realty Dallas Fort Worth 214-552-2091) 11 days ago

Endre Barath, Jr.  the weather here is a little wacky . It goes from unseasonably cool  to hot hot hot .  In the heat sellers need to have the house cool at a comfortable temperature

Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543  You understand how the weather has been changing . I have had my air on . Sellers need to keep the temp comfortable . I know when I shop in department stores if I am hot I leave .

Dorie Dillard Even if the agent is uncomfortable they may rush the buyer out to the next house and not show them all the wonderful extra attributes they may have shown

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) 11 days ago

It was blazing hot today but thank goodness the humidity was not unbearable. Homes do need to stay cool for showings.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional) 11 days ago

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I'll be very honest, being a life-long Northern California resident, I don't know how you folks in the east and south can stand yourselves in that stifling, humidity! I was in Georgia visiting my best bud and it was 4th of July weekend. OMG! I literally had to chew my way through the air! And what did y'all do BEFORE AC? No wonder we had a civil war--who could stand to negotiate when you are so miserable!

Posted by Mike Kelly, "One of Sonoma County's Natural Resources" (The Kelly Norman Team-Keller Williams Realty) 11 days ago

I tell my clients that they need to keep the temp a couple degrees lower than noremal...72 is perfect on a hot day and the buyers will feel good when veiwing  your home.

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) 11 days ago

Good morning Hannah.  Heat I can take, it's the humidity that causes me a lot of problems.

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty AR LLC) 10 days ago

Yes indeed, the air conditioning should be on in the hot weather. Buyers who are touring a home will be out of there reallllly fast if it's too hot.

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com) 10 days ago

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Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) 10 days ago

Good morning Hannah. I completely agree. I don't deal with the heat well and wouldn't spend any time in a hot house.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) 10 days ago

Raymond Edler  My thoughts exactly .

Debbie Reynolds  Nothing worse then the house with open windows with fans going and the seller saying I am letting the fresh air in when it is hot hot hot it is not cool

Mike Kelly  Fortunately when it is hot I have never had to live without AC . When mine has been out of commission I stayed with my daughter . Outdoor functions  in 90 degree weather is not for me especially in the day. I make an appearance and slowly slip away . The older I get the less I can take the heat...Unless it is a pool party

William Feela  That is wonderful advise . They are lucky to have you as their agent

Thank you for joining the conversation

Hannah

 

 

 

 

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) 10 days ago

James Dray  A hot house makes everyone uncomfortable not only the buyer  but the agent as well . You spend time to make the house look nice you should make it feel nice also .  Don't you agree

Kat Palmiotti  I almost feel ill when walking through a house when it is hot . As an agent I find I am rushing the clients through the house even if it nice

Good morning  Sheila Anderson  So glad you understand exactly what I am talking about .  Means so much to me .

Thank you for joining he conversation

Hannah

 

 

 

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) 10 days ago

Hannah, this goes for short term rentals also. We have our maids in their three hour window making sure that our Florida home is cool for the next weekly tenant.

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) 10 days ago

When you show a home, you are showing a buyer their possible future. Them being uncomfortable (be it hot or cold) is not a good thing!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) 10 days ago

Please! Not only do we need air conditioning, to show a house in its best light (pun) we need lights and water as well. 

Posted by Pat Starnes, Broker Associate, ABR (Front Gate Real Estate) 10 days ago

Hi Hannah,

Very timely blog - nice job! I try to pre-check the home to make sure the AC is on but it is good to know how well insulated the house is also. Clients can be pleasantly surprised by a relatively cool home when AC is not on in the summer.

Posted by Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR® (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) 10 days ago

Pat Starnes  i usually carry my own water .Actually my office has small bottles of water just big enough to carry in my handbag .  By the way I love your new photo

Joe Pryor  Comfort is so important . We would not have people walk into a house or rental  without heat in the winter .

Sharon Tara  You being a Home Stager know the importance of temperature . No matter how nice it looks if people are uncomfortable they may not notice

Thank you for taking the time to comment

Hannah

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) 10 days ago

Sheri Sperry - MCNE®  When selling I believe it is best to keep the air conditioner on to keep the climate at an even level in all rooms . Especially here on the East Coast in the summer . It also blocks out noise

Thank you for taking the time to comment

Hannah

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) 10 days ago

Hello Hannah Williams,  I know back in Pennsylvania, it can get hot with your humidity,  I will take our 95degree with little humidity here.

Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) 10 days ago

Hi Hannah - You're right. Buyers just aren't going to spend much time in a home that feels like an oven, and they aren't going to come back when it's cooler.

Posted by Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate (New Paradigm Partners LLC) 10 days ago

Yes Will Hamm  when it gets hot in the spring and summer you need to use climate control  when selling your home . You want your buyers to want to stay in your home and feel comfortable

Dick Greenberg  You hit the nail on the head . You want to make a great impression and most of the time you do not get a second chance

Thank you for taking the time to comment

Hannah

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) 10 days ago

Hannah,

Great advice on keeping the HVAC on.  When we were touring homes with our Virginia clients in mid June, they did two things that impressed us: they kept the car running with the air on, and every one of their listing had the air running.  There is nothing worse than being out on a hot and humid day looking at houses.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing (Napa Consultants) 10 days ago

Ron and Alexandra Seigel  The hot humid dog days of summer can be oppressive and if you walk in a house that is just as hot if not hotter then the air outside well that is not a pleasant experience . It does not make a  good impression and that is what we want to do isn't it .    What a smart agent to keep the car cool while showing the houses .  i wish my car would allow me to do that .  I will say it does get cool rather quickly .

Thank you for taking the time to comment

Hannah

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) 10 days ago

Hannah absolutley keep the AC on and at a reasonable temperature.  I can't believe it but our temps are headed into the 115 to 118 next week for a few days.  We don't have humidity - but that is hot to me.

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten, CRS, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) 10 days ago

Hannah, amen to your post. It's been so brutal on the east coast lately and AC is a must when selling your home. Nothing makes buyers want to hang around when they're dripping in sweat!

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Your Alexandria Virginia Real Estate Agent (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group) 10 days ago

That is great advise for any home owner Hannah Williams selling a house in the summer...

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, CRS, REALTOR®,, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Professionals.) 10 days ago

Oh dear me Anna Banana Kruchten, CRS  even without humidity that is certainly hot to me also . You would not show a house without heat on so why without  air conditioning -- stay cool my friend

Amanda S. Davidson  I am so glad you agree . I find most sellers understand There are just a few who do not

Paul S. Henderson, CRS, REALTOR®,  Your support is very important to me

Thank you for joining the conversation

Hannah

 

 

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) 9 days ago

Hi Hannah, nothing worse than walking into a home that's hotter than it is outside. I see them in this FL heat from time to time and it's brutal. 

Posted by Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL (Cam Realty and Property Management) 9 days ago

Hi Beth Atalay  Especially in Florida you need air conditioning . My sister lives in Del-Ray  .I was there in the summer and it was just as hot there as it is here . Need to stay cool .

Thank you for taking the time to comment

Hannah

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) 9 days ago

Oh goodness, yes, Hannah. Great reminder. And the same goes for heat in the winter. Serious sellers don't want prospective buyers rushing out of their homes because they are too hot or too cold. Here in the south it's not "healthy" for a home to remain un-air conditioned for long periods of time in the heat and humidity.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Area Realtor (RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC) 4 days ago

Nina Hollander  you are such an smart lady . I was out with my grand daughter Olivia and was explaining to her that when I was her age some homes did not have air conditioning . People kept their homes cool with fans . She was amazed

Thank you for taking the time to comment

Hannah .

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) 4 days ago

Hi Hannah... your comment made me recall a young couple to whom I sold a townhome last year built in 2004. The kitchen had an outlet for a wall phone and they asked me what it was for! For a minute I actually thought they were pulling my leg but then I realized they were dead serious. Next question was if the house would be "hurt" if they removed it.

As for air conditioning, I grew up without it and didn't know what it was till my freshman year in college in DC, where the dorms were air conditioned due to the heat and humidity in DC... and that was only in 1966.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Area Realtor (RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC) 4 days ago

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