When people purchase a home they buy a vision of their future. And most people's vision of summer is a happy one.  

Now that summertime is here, it's the time to double-check your home staging. Does it capitalize on the happy vibes of the season?

I've collected a series of photos that I think captures the spirit of summer, one of the busiest home-buying times of the year.

I hope you'll take inspiration and ideas from these images, and make the most of summer staging so you'll land a purchase offer you love!

Summertime staging can incorporate a little whimsy without looking goofy. Try some humorous or nostalgic touches in small spaces or outdoors. How about some silly sayings on your guest bath towels? Or vintage beach scenes framed in the hallway? Maybe some whirligigs outside a colorful garden shed? 

A summery wreath of colorful fabric scraps, shells, or bright summer flowers on the front door welcomes people touring your home. Pots of blooming plants near your entrance are a must if you're working on boosting your curb appeal. You can take potted plants with you when you move, so go ahead and splurge on pretty containers and interesting plants. 

Look for props that spell summer fun, especially if you live near a summer destination like a pool, lake, or beach. Incorporate fun things like picnic baskets, sand pails, and flip flops, seaside relics like coral, rope, and shells, or souvenirs like framed art from a vacation destination.

Every outdoor space needs seating, and it doesn't have
to be pricey or trendy. Find a shady corner
to stage a relaxing setting. Photo: Fine Gardening. 

Turning a porch into an outdoor eating and
entertaining area is like adding a room. Photo: Sunset.
A backyard fire pit is a plus, and a simple fire ring 
is a do-able DIY project. Photo: HGTV.

Summer months are gardening time, and everyone
wants homegrown tomatoes! Add some pots
to the yard, balcony, deck or patio that
remind buyers of summer meals.

Indoors, collections can remind buyers of
the local sights and pleasures. Photo: HGTV
Seasonal color schemes focus on cool pastels 
 or crisp blues and white. Photo: BHG

White slipcovers and summer are 
a tight twosome. Easy-care furnishings will 
give your home that casual, lived-in 
feeling that is attractive to every 
home buyer. Photo: Loft and Cottage. 
Even if your home is nowhere near the coast, driftwood 
and other natural elements add that
touch of nature that is part of
summer's lifestyle. Photo: Completely Coastal.

Nautical, beachy, or tropical artwork is perfect
for summertime staging. Photo: House Beautiful 
Any bedroom can easily be staged like an exotic
retreat  or vacation spot. Photo: Coastal Living
Formal settings benefit in summer from some
laid-back furnishings like sisal rugs and painted
furniture. Photo: Vanessa Francis Design, K West Images  

A fireplace mantel can reflect the mood 
of summer even though the fireplace is
"closed for the season." Photo: CentsationalStyle.

I hope you'll find small and not-so-small ways to showcase the joys of summer for house-hunters. No matter where you live or what size, style, or age your home is, there are always opportunities to "summarize" it. Doing so will help buyers imagine their summer cookouts, staycations, and celebrations at your house once they've bought it!

If you are staging your own home (or someone elses!) my $4.99 home staging eBooks make it easy. I've been there, and I share all my tips for making a house the one buyers want.   

Top Photo: Custom VIntage Signs