If your house has a yard, it’s a valuable opportunity to deliver on one of the most requested home features, the outdoor living space. Follow these tips for staging outdoor spaces to boost your home’s appeal.
Remove Lawn Decor
Just like you removed personal items from your home, you should do so in the yard. Lawn decor, like cherubs, flamingos, or other decorations, can be polarizing— people tend to love it or hate it. Flags are less contentious but still show a personality. Since you’re aiming for a blank slate, remove all decorations.
A sagging, rundown fence can ruin a good impression. If you’ve got a fence, make sure it’s in good shape before you put your home on the market.
Perform Lawn Care
For the duration of the time that your home is on the market, you will need to keep up with lawn care. Weed garden beds, edge the lawn, and mow every two weeks (or more often if needed). If you don’t have the time to take care of the lawn, it may be worthwhile to pay for a short-term lawn care service.
Set up an Entertaining Space with Patio Furniture
If you’ve got patio furniture that’s in good condition, use it to set up an entertaining space. Stage your outdoor chairs with cushions and place a few accent pieces, like outdoor lanterns, around the edges. For an outdoor dining area, bring your chairs and table together then stage with decorative plates and cups.
Add Solar Lights
Solar lights are the easiest way to brighten your yard since you won’t need to bring out an electrician to wire things first. Simply insert the solar light in the ground somewhere with full or part sun exposure and, come nightfall, the light will glow. The payoff here is in illuminating paths and walkways to accommodate any evening traffic.
Consider Adding a Cozy Element
Adding something inviting and cozy can help potential home buyers see themselves in the home. Consider a hammock or cushioned chair that implies relaxation. This will help create that relaxed mood that you are aiming for, where buyers can begin to imagine how they could enjoy the space.
Add Color Using Flowers and Plants
Flowers and plants can make a yard come alive with color. If you’ve invested in landscaping, then you may have shrubs and flowers in bloom. If you haven’t planted anything, head to your local garden center and pick up a few potted plants to create small pops of life your yard. Place pots around the edges of a deck, patio, or porch to instantly cheer up your space.
Tidy Yard Maintenance Tools
You will need access to yard maintenance tools to keep your yard in good shape as you show your house. A garage or a basement is a natural place to store yard maintenance tools. As long as you keep these things neat, home buyers won’t pay extra attention to that mower or hedge trimmer. Always put things back where you found them to maintain order while your home is on the market.
Consider Lifestyle Features
Outdoor living is one area where you can really set your home apart from what’s on the market by going the extra step. Adding a porch swing, freestanding swing, or hammock sets the relaxed mood. A portable fire pit with a pair of Adirondack chairs turns a bare corner into an instant hangout zone.
The more of these action items you can work through, the more attractive your home will be to home shoppers near you.
If your back yard is too far gone to consider staging or this sounds like too much work, HomeGo can help. Our goal is to bring professional expertise, transparency, and assurance to homeowners who want an easier way to sell. HomeGo buys houses as is. No staging, ever. We can do a quick, 10-minute walk-through of your property exactly as it is and give you a cash offer on the spot. So ditch the lawn mower and give HomeGo a call today!