When it comes to selling a home, beautifying the exterior is just as important, if not more, as the interior. According to the National Association of Realtors, 71 percent of homeowners say that curb appeal is significant when choosing their future home. Buyers have to fall in love with the outside before they’ll even think about stepping foot inside. So with the peak season for the housing market upon us, here are four helpful tips on staging your outdoor space to attract the highest bidder.
The first step in preparing your home is to do some spring cleaning. You can start by making sure your front deck, back patio and walkways are spotless. Sweep debris, hose down surfaces and uses cleaners, if necessary, to remove stains. If your patio is looking a little worn, you can spruce it up with one or two coats of stain.
The second step is to make sure your lawn and plant life are well-groomed. Your lawn should always be freshly cut and bushes must be trimmed and neat. Adding potted plants or flowers to your deck and/or patio can make buyers feel more comfortable and welcomed. If you have a garden, you’ll want to get rid of any dead plants and highlight flowers that are in bloom.
Setting the Mood
The next, and arguably the most important step, is to have a gathering area and a designated cooking space. Furniture should look and feel comfortable. Personally, I believe using neutral colored furniture will allow buyers to envision their belongings in the space. While using bright accessories, such as throw pillows, can make the area feel inviting. Having a set cooking space, including a grill and dining table, is perfect for the buyer who is looking to entertain guests.
The final touch for staging your outdoor space is lighting. Proper lighting brings warmth to a space but also adds a feeling of safety and security. Exterior and walkway lights should always be lit at night. You’ll want to replace any burnt out bulbs regularly. Updating exterior lights can instantly make your home look more modern. Also, adding candles or lanterns to your patio can make the space more intimate.