Five Steps to Improving Your Outdoor Living Spaces

Posted by on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 11:31am.

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Outdoor living spaces are just as important as indoor living spaces to many homebuyers today. Because of the slowdown of the economy, many homeowners are spending their free time close to home; in fact, they are taking their vacations in the comfort of their own backyard!

Subsequently, the outdoor room has become quite popular for today’s homeowners.  If you are selling your home and are looking for ways to make it stand apart from the crowd, consider giving your outdoor space a mini-makeover.

Remember: when setting the stage for potential homebuyers, don’t ignore your outdoor spaces! They could be just what your buyers are looking for!

The following five steps will help you whip your outdoor space into shape in no time:

1.     Make your outdoor furniture shine – Many of us tend to neglect our outdoor furniture, thereby resulting in raggedy looking furniture that has seen better days. If your furniture is old and outdated, consider replacing it with new furniture; the investment will be worth it!  However, if your furniture simply needs sprucing up, give it a good scrub using a stiff scrub brush and a mild detergent. If you have fabric cushions, throw them in the washer or purchase new ones.  If you have wood furniture, use a power washer to remove dirt, grime and mildew, and then give it a fresh coat of paint or polyurethane.

2.     Tie your outdoor room together with an outdoor rug – Outdoor rugs of today are colorful, durable and quite attractive, so consider purchasing one to tie your outdoor room together. An outdoor rug can soften the edges of an outdoor space and can pull your furniture together to make a warm, inviting space.

3.     Don’t forget the accessories – After you have placed your furniture, consider purchasing a few outdoor throw pillows in fun, vibrant colors to drama and excitement to your outdoor space. You may also want to consider candles, lanterns and small garden sculptures to finish off your space.

4.     Add drama with outdoor lighting - Consider encircling your outdoor space with landscaping lighting or add small tree lights throughout your landscape. Add a touch of whimsy to an outdoor room by installing a chandelier or add large pillar candles to your coffee table, along with bold candle holders in a variety of sizes, colors and designs.

When you allow your outdoor space to shine, you are selling your home at its fullest potential!

12 Responses to "Five Steps to Improving Your Outdoor Living Spaces"

Bayut wrote: Nice article and you have given some really valuable suggestions but there is a problem that most of the houses nowadays don't have enough outdoor space and hence it looks practically impossible to implement all the tactics mentioned above though all these tips are very useful for improving outdoor space living.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 9:02am.

John Evan Miller wrote: I agree with Bayut in that there is definitely a need to come to add creative solutions for those with limited outdoor space. Furthermore, maybe add some information on creating an outdoor sanctuary on a budget? With many people experiencing the effects of the real estate crisis and economic depression, there is a need for budget-friendly ideas. Overall, great article with unique suggestions.

Posted on Wednesday, April 27th, 2011 at 10:09pm.

Hughes Group wrote: Great suggestions. Out here in Idaho Real Estate spicing up the outdoor space is an important selling tactic. As we enter the Spring/Summer season it becomes even more important, because well-designed outdoor appeal may be just the spice your home needs to outsell a similar place just down the road.

Posted on Saturday, April 30th, 2011 at 9:20am.

David wrote: I love nice outdoor space. Not really done in Memphis, though. The home prices are so low though generally that the picture above would outdo most of the houses. It doesn't have to be that expensive though. My aunt did up her yard and even got on a minor HGTV show for $5,000 and alot of sweat .

She had alot of installations for hangable covers like tents and that really pulled it together too.

Posted on Wednesday, May 11th, 2011 at 9:28pm.

Jennifer@AtlantaLandlordInsurance wrote: What a great article... a lot of good tips presented in a quick, easy and fun way! Thanks for the tips. BTW - the picture above is my dream back yard....ahhh some day :) Thanks for the post!

Posted on Wednesday, May 11th, 2011 at 9:28pm.

Chris wrote: Love the article. We just did an addition to our outdoor space and it has been great!

Posted on Wednesday, May 11th, 2011 at 9:28pm.

Carl Doppler wrote: I find the blog interesting! Here is another blog topic that about outdoor lighting, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives is a lighting company based in Nitelights Atlanta that focus on landscape design guide, and design lighting in your home.

Posted on Thursday, May 12th, 2011 at 7:51am.

Michael wrote: great idea, thanks for sharing.

Posted on Wednesday, May 18th, 2011 at 3:44pm.

Grant Worthen wrote: Outdoor Living space is key. When we show buyers homes we always do a walk around of the outside of the home. It is so important to not only have great outdoor living space but also landscaping as well.

Posted on Tuesday, June 14th, 2011 at 6:38pm.

Paradise Valley AZ wrote: Loved the article. We just re-did our entire backyard and outdoor space. It cost triple what I wanted to originally pay but in the end it DEFINITELY is worth it. Love to entertain in my backyard or watch my kids play.

Posted on Monday, June 20th, 2011 at 8:28am.

BC Lumber Store wrote: Home improvement is definitely inevitable either as a long term investment or for comfort. Another thing that needs to be considered in outdoor spaces would be safety or security, luckily solutions like railing are available to secure the area to avoid accidents.

Posted on Friday, September 30th, 2011 at 1:48pm.

Curtis Reddehase wrote: Outdoor space are great, especially ones that include kitchens! Thanks for sharing!

Posted on Tuesday, August 28th, 2012 at 10:26am.

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