6 Tips for Staging Outdoor Spaces

by c21commonweath_ldowling 22. May 2017 10:07

If you’re planning to sell your home this spring, summer, or even fall, you’ll have an excellent opportunity to show off your outdoor spaces. Buyers love thinking about how they can use the outdoor space that will come with their new home, and a well-staged front porch or back patio can make your property stand out.

Here are six tips to help you get your outdoor spaces looking great before you start showing your home.

Highlight the Outdoor Space Possibilities

As with your indoor spaces, you’ll want to make sure buyers can imagine how they would use the outdoor space. For example, if you have a small patio overlooking a garden, you could set up a café table and two chairs to suggest a cozy breakfast nook. If you have a large deck, you could stage a seating area with four chairs and a low table—buyers will be able to imagine gathering there with friends and family when the weather’s nice.

Zone Your Large Spaces

If you’re in the lucky position of having a large outdoor entertaining space, consider breaking it up into different visual zones. You could set up an outdoor dining space in one area and a shaded space for relaxing in another. Try using outdoor rugs to help define these spaces.

Create a Focal Point

Here’s another tip that carries over from indoor staging—define a focal point and stage your space in a way that draws your buyer’s eyes to that point. For an outdoor space, that point might be a fireplace, fire pit, or small pond. Ideally, it should be a good gathering place for groups. Try to orient your outdoor furniture around your focal point so that your potential buyers gravitate towards it.

Spruce Up Your Outdoor Furniture

You don’t necessarily need to go out and buy new outdoor furniture before selling your home, but if your current outdoor furniture is looking a little worse for the wear, you should spruce it up before showing your home. Consider cleaning and repainting older wood and wicker furniture. Replace or reupholster worn out cushions with a sun- and weather-resistant fabric. Opt for a neutral palette with a few splashes of color, such as bright throw pillows or potted plants.

Dress Up Exterior Walls

If the exterior wall bordering your outdoor entertaining space is looking bare and a little too expansive, help break it up by adding a few décor pieces that will draw the eye. For example, you could add some wall hangers with flowers, succulents, or plants with dangling vines. You could also hang metal art or outdoor art canvases (just make sure they’re waterproof and UV-protected).

Be Strategic with your Greenery

While most of your landscaping efforts may be going towards your front yard to boost your curb appeal, you shouldn’t neglect your backyard. If you don’t have a lot of greenery around your outdoor entertaining space, adding a few container plants can brighten the area without a lot of effort. If you have a lot of trees, shrubs, or flowers in your backyard, take some time to remove dead plants and prune back overgrown ones. Apply a fresh layer of mulch to garden beds, and if you find yourself needing to remove a lot of plants, consider replacing them or covering the open space with decorative pots. Whatever you do, don’t neglect your outdoor spaces—your potential buyers will be sure to want to see them. Wowing your potential buyers with a beautiful outdoor area can go

Whatever you do, don’t neglect your outdoor spaces—your potential buyers will be sure to want to see them. Wowing your potential buyers with a beautiful outdoor area can go a long ways towards helping you sell your home.