How to Stage your Outdoor Space to Sell

Sunny spring days are right around the corner, which means it’s time to focus attention on your home’s exterior. Whether you have a small balcony or a sprawling backyard, sprucing up outdoor living space can seal the deal when selling your home. We all know that keeping flowerbeds fresh is a must, but have you thought about an inviting dining area? Below are five tips for how to create a charming outdoor space that will grab the attention of potential buyers.

• Simplicity
For curb appeal, keep it simple. Elaborate gardens and crowded backyards require hard work, which can be a downside. By removing excessive flower pots, unwanted plants and unused tools, your space will be more inviting to potential buyers. Furthermore, keep it clean. Plant flowers and shrubs that don’t require much upkeep, and sweep away stray leaves, twigs and rocks. Also, eliminate yard decorations like flags or statues that will distract the buyer – paying attention to simple details can confirm a sale.

• Seating Area
Backyards are great places to entertain friends and family, not to mention they are a strong selling point for a home. Create a space that is inviting, accessible and comfortable by setting up a dining and entertainment area. Poor traffic flow can be a deal breaker, so arrange furniture to leave enough room for walking around.

• Fire Source
The perfect addition to your outdoor entertainment area is a fireplace. Just like you love curling up indoors by the fire on a chilly winter night, guests will enjoy an outdoor fire source on a crisp spring evening. If you have the budget and space, consider a full-size fireplace. If you are restricted in either area, a fire pit or chiminea provides a similar experience. Make sure to investigate fire safety and placement rules before investing in an outdoor fireplace or pit.

• Pop of Color
We often overwhelm and crowd our outdoor space with many different patterns, colors and large pieces of furniture. However, the key to a striking backyard is a simple color palette with pops of color. Find accent pillows that spruce up a neutral couch, colorful pots of all shapes and sizes that add dimension and texture or even a pair of decorative umbrella shades. Discovering the balance between neutral and bright colors will position your space as organized and functional to potential buyers.

• Practical Storage
The last thing homebuyers want to see is a patio or backyard cluttered with tools. Instead, find storage pieces that maximize your space and add practicality and decoration. Use an old pallet to store lawn tools against a wall, install layers of shelving, find a flower box with hidden storage or bring an unused table outside to store pots, garden necessities and more.

There are many ways to impress a potential buyer, but for increased curb appeal, pay attention to your outdoor living space. If you are looking to sell and need help navigating your home’s exterior, call one of our creative realtors at The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty.

Lawrence M. Lipman is the owner and president of The Lipman Group / Sotheby’s International Realty in Nashville. Real estate is Larry’s career, but also his passion, and he takes pride in guiding buyers and sellers through exciting home transitions at any budget. Larry welcomes questions and can be reached by calling 615-364-3333.