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 If your furniture is old and outdated, consider replacing it with new furniture; the investment will be worth it!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!