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Selling in the Summer? What You Need to Know

By Dill Ward, May 23, 2021

As summer temperatures hit, we see a shift in buyer priorities. Months ago where we had to consider heater operation, basement leaks, water run-off management, we now find buyers expressing concern about a completely different set of topics. Here’s four critical points to assess when selling your home during the Summer:

When was your AC unit last serviced?

Home owners frequently forget to look at the compressor boxes until trying to get cooled down with no response from the thermostat. These need routine servicing to ensure that they function properly, and maintaining the mechanical components can extend your impending replacement/repair. While you’re at it, take time to change your air filter.

Do your windows open?

Inoperable windows can leave a buyer second guessing the safety of a home. Spring to Summer time home-buying gets snagged because buyers may be looking at the windows with the dream of fresh air and sunshine, and open-able windows lock that dream in.

Is your yard Summer friendly?

You know there are people whose yards look like an entirely separate living space; daybeds, outdoor kitchens/dining rooms, lounge space, fire pits, etc. You don’t need to go overboard redeveloping your yard, just cleaning up the exterior landscaping (chop the tall grass/manage wild blackberry bushes) can go a long way at inviting imaginary outdoor activities for buyers.

Is your exterior looking maintained?

Does your Symbol for the artist formerly known as Prince mural look fresh? If so, great, how about the rest of the house, paint on siding tends to be heavily scrutinized as the backdrop for a buyer’s dream garden dinner party. How about those decks and fences? Buyer’s may have only peeked out on a rainy day to see if the size matched their expectation, but now they’re going to notice rotted corners, and mildewy/mossy planks. Take a walk around your home and see if the structures need some love to keep the dream continuously flowing for your buyer.

If you’re ever uncertain about the extent of a buyer’s scrutiny, give the Dill Ward Group a buzz and we’ll help you figure out the best next steps.

Dill Ward

Principal Broker | OR


I'm a strategist at heart. Once we've got a clear vision on your goals I love drawing the road map how to get there. I'm a natural problem solver and resiliency is my superpower. I get excited by nudging you to see the bigger picture of your goals when the process can drag you down into the moment. I've been called by my clients as, "contagiously enthusiastic". Selling a home or taking the leap to buy is an exciting transition which can create other shifts and opportunities for you to take control of the direction of your life and discover the next version of yourself.


Negotiating was a skill I honed early in life, whether it was persuading for a later bedtime, or heading down to South Florida flea markets where my parents would encourage me to, "work a deal" on a comic book or a kitchen gadget. Even back then, I loved the thrill of asking for what I want.


For those of you who geek out about self development and personality tests, my "Strengths Finder" results are: Positivity, Strategic, Activator, Learner, and Ideation.

I LOVE PORTLAND! (and welcoming new people)

I relocated to Portland from Florida in 2010, and am grateful to have built an incredible life here in this weird city. It's always an honor to be a welcoming face and a warm smile to others arriving and looking for home.


Wait, is that a thing? I'm always thinking about real estate. I love wheeling and dealing! Before I was a REALTOR®, I started the journey as an investor. Fun fact: I helped an investment group flip over 100 properties my first 2 years in industry! I've had a rental portfolio for over 10 years and dabble in all areas of the industry. My speciality is the concierge level service we can deliver when someone wants to sell and let us take the wheel. My team and I love to work as project managers and orchestrate the 50 different vendors & contractors to make miracles happen in short amounts of time.


• My husband & biz-partner Nicholas. (He's a High Performance Coach & REALTOR® -- dreamy combo!), and our young daughter Nori. • Building Community! Check out Women who Own it, a monthly meetup community for women homeowners. • Offering networking opportunities, encouragement, and business coaching for women in business at Women with Moxie. • Spreading motivation and inspiration in the world through public speaking and event emceeing. • Finding ways to make people smile. Enough about me -- if you are still reading this far, i'm dying to know about you! Use my easy online scheduler and let's book a meeting! Buy, sell, just a get-to-know each other to possibly collaborate on some amazing project? Easy breezy!


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