Summer is prime buying time for new houses. But if you have listings that aren’t moving during the summer you might need to change your staging. In the summertime, buyers are thinking about being outdoors and entertaining family and friends outdoors. Is your staging reflecting that? If not, you need to add some seasonal staging to the outdoor areas of the home to make it more appealing to buyers. Here are some great summer staging tips for outdoor and indoor/outdoor spaces from staging experts:
Set a Barbecue On The Patio
Just making sure that a patio area is clean is not enough to make it appealing to buyers. Especially if the patio is just a plain concrete slab. In order to show buyers the potential of the space, you need to create a scene. And everyone loves a summer barbecue. So put a grill outside on the patio. Add a picnic table dressed with fun summer textiles. Put a few comfy chairs around the edges of the patio. String up some Chinese lanterns or fun outdoor lights. When you create a fun summer scene like a barbecue buyers will really be able to see themselves entertaining on that patio, even if it is small or plain.
Add Flowering Plants
Adding flowering plants around the house, especially by the doors, is a great way to make the home look more inviting. To get an immediate effect buy flowering plants that are ready to flower or already in bloom. Then plant them in decorative boxes and pots and place them by the entrance to the home, on the back patio, and around the house. Buyers will instantly be more drawn to that home.
Make The Best Of Indoor/Outdoor Spaces
Indoor/outdoor combination spaces are very popular with buyers. But if they aren’t staged right buyers can be confused about how to use these spaces. Showing them the possibilities of these bonus spaces will make the house more appealing. So in a three-season room or glassed-in porch place some bookshelves, a comfortable chair, a small sofa, and lots of hanging plants to create a reading nook. Or put some workout gear like yoga mats, balance balls and kettlebells in the space to create a small home gym. You could even show the space off as a meditation space and add a small fountain, lots of plants, and some soft rugs and floor pillows. But staging the area is the best way to make buyer see the value of the space instead of seeing it as empty space they won’t know how to fill.
In large yards or yards that have many different areas make sure that the paths around the space are easily visible and inviting. Add new mulch or wood chips. Spray off flagstones to make sure they are clean. Add some solar lights to mark the paths. All of these quick additions will make the yard a lot more interesting to buyers who will think about walking those paths on warm summer nights.