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Patio Tips

If you're in the process of listing your home for sale, you've almost certainly begun staging the indoors to attract potential buyers. Have you done the same for the outdoors? 

Outdoor spaces are just as important to many buyers as the home itself. For some, they're the most important feature of any property. Staging your outdoor spaces properly can massively enhance your home's appeal and potentially raise its total value. Our real estate agents have decades of combined experience with the art of staging, including in outdoor contexts. Here are eight suggestions from them to help you make your yard and gardens look their best. 

  1. Clear Away the Clutter
    If your yard sees frequent use, it's probably covered in children's toys, gardening equipment, barbecue supplies, and other tools. Cleaning these things up is the most important part of outdoor staging. The space should look clean, pleasant, and functional. It should not look like someone else is already using it. Clearing these items from your yard also makes it easier to take further steps toward better staging for your entire property.

  2. Dive Into Deep Cleaning
    Next, you'll want to clean the different surfaces in your yard, including fences, stonework, tabletops, and more. Use a pressure washer to remove any dirt, weeds, and moss that have built up over the years. Use a wet rag and a cleansing agent to clean delicate items and get deep into the nooks and crannies. If any of your fences, benches, or other wood elements are still looking worse for wear after this process, consider painting them a pleasant neutral color. This will make them look fresh and appealing to new buyers. 

  3. Do Some Landscaping
    Greenery is the star of any outdoor space, so make sure yours is looking its best. Cut the lawn, trim the hedges, weed the flowerbeds, and replace any dead plants with fresh live ones. If you have any trees on the property, check them for overgrowth and consider having the branches trimmed if they have spread too far. This will make them look better and eliminate any potential hazards that might discourage people from buying. 

  4. Give Your Water Elements Extra Attention
    Nothing turns a potential buyer off from an outdoor space faster than a pond, pool, or fountain full of murky green water. Take the time to care for the water elements in your yard, removing any algae and other contaminants and replacing the water in them. You may need to use some chemicals to help you do this. Once the water in these features is clear and sparkling again, you'll be able to point to them as assets during the selling process.

  5. Remove Personal Items
    Do you have any lawn gnomes, outdoor signs, offbeat decorations, or any other distinctive personal items in your yard? Just like when you're staging your home indoors, those should be put away for now. You'll be taking these items with you anyway, so pack them up early and get them ready for your big move. Your staged outdoor spaces should look well-kept but neutral, allowing potential buyers to easily imagine themselves in the space. 

  6. Add Color and Accessories
    A splash of color is just as attractive in your yard as it is in your living room. Find some fun ways to bring a little color into your outdoor space. Flowers are the most obvious option, but they aren't the only way to accomplish this goal. Some bright throw cushions, painted plant pots, or an exterior rug can all serve the same purpose. Take care not to go overboard, though. You only need two or three accent colors to bring the space to life. 

  7. Make it Cozy
    Your outdoor spaces shouldn't just be beautiful – they should also look inviting. Add some comfortable seating, so people feel welcome to sit and relax. If you don't have a patio table yet, get one. A few strands of fairy lights or some outdoor lanterns can also enhance the space's appeal. Make it feel like the perfect space to gather with friends and family to enjoy some fresh air together. This type of environment is exactly what buyers are hoping to see. 

  8. Create Shady Spots
    Outdoor spaces are subject to one significant variable that indoor spaces are not: environmental conditions. Keep the harsh sun from ruining your viewing experience by setting up some shaded areas around the property. You may already have some cover provided by trees and other structures, but consider adding some umbrellas or canopies to the grounds – especially over seating. This allows buyers to see the potential of the space instead of becoming overwhelmed by the lighting. 

Taking just a few simple steps to improve your outdoor staging could help you sell your property. Contact us and let us help you sell your current home or find the perfect property for your family. 

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