Staging Your Outdoor Spaces

Buyers are drawn to backyards in the summer months and view outdoor spaces as an extension of their living space. People like to imagine relaxing outdoors and entertaining with friends. When selling your home it is important to incorporate staging into your outdoor spaces.photos of front door, deck and flower potsLet's start by talking about staging the FRONT PORCH or entryway. This is important because it is the buyer's first impression of the home. Make sure all outdoor fixtures are clean and in good working order. It's best to leave the porch lights on later than usual in case someone drives by to look at the property in the evening. Apply a fresh coat of paint to the door and add a few flowering potted plants. A mat at the front door is welcoming to visitors. If you've got the space, add a bistro table and a couple of chairs so that potential buyers can imagine enjoying an iced tea while chatting on the porch with a neighbor. Brighten up a concrete walkway by power washing or scrubbing with a bleach solution and trim back overgrown bushes and shrubs.Good policy for both front and back yards is to keep the lawn mowed. Flowerbeds should be edged and freshly mulched. Remove any dead plants and any garden statues that may be distracting. Annuals like geraniums and impatiens are a great way to add a bright splash of color. Decluttering on the outside is just as important as decluttering on the inside. Clean out gutters, wash away mildew on siding and put away kids toys. Make your yard it look its best.In the BACK YARD, make sure decking is freshly stained or painted. If you've got a patio or entertaining space, add patio furniture that fits the space or update existing furniture by adding new, bright colored cushions. Set furniture on an outdoor rug and set the table with colorful pieces for summer entertaining. Staging using bright, bold summer colors works well for outdoor accessories. Keep fencing and decking colors neutral.Don't overlook staging your GARAGE. Buyers are going to be looking for a spacious garage. If you have decluttered your house and moved your belongings into the garage for storage, buyers will have trouble seeing the potential of the space. Put boxes and bins in storage instead. Declutter your garage and organize tools. Power wash floors if necessary and add a fresh coat of paint on walls. For garage walls white is best.glasses on a table outdoorsMaking your home look clean and well kept, and staging the outside is as important as on the inside. If buyers don't like what they see on the outside, they may move on to another listing. By cleaning up the yard and by adding a few plants and updating furniture or adding a few pieces, you can help the buyer imagine relaxing and entertaining in the outdoor space as well as the indoor space.For a related article on staging outdoor spaces concepts see this related article, 5 Easy Tips for Outdoor Staging.

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