Trends in Outdoor Living Give Home Sellers the Perfect Landscape for Staging
Today's families are celebrating quality time by inviting Mother Nature to be the guest of honor in some of their favorite spaces in and around their homes. As prospective home buyers seek new places to live, you can bet they're envisioning how their lives would function both inside and outside of their new house. If you're considering putting your home on the market, I recommend spending a little extra effort on staging those outdoor areas to turn the heads of those eager buyers this spring.
March is the perfect time to sell a home -- and it’s also a good time to spruce up the landscaping. In today’s market, however, savvy home sellers are reviewing how the outside spaces of their home are attractive to potential buyers not just aesthetically, but functionally. That doesn't mean you have to invest a lot of money on a full-blown outdoor kitchen, pergola and in-ground pool. Something as simple as store-bought fire pit and a couple of chairs can help people imagine how they would enjoy the backyard if it were theirs.
Some popular trends in outdoor living include container vegetable gardens, pondless water features and fire elements, creative outdoor lighting, outdoor kitchens and conversation areas around a fire pit. Again, don't spend a lot if you're just preparing your home for someone else to live in. Simple grill decks, affordable outdoor fountains, colorful cushions, solar lighting and stone pavers can add depth and imagination to your outdoor spaces without breaking the bank. If you already have a screened porch, patio or outdoor seating, make the most of it by pressure washing it to make sure it looks clean and low-maintenance. Add a few colorful planters, side tables or unique extras that make these spaces functional and attractive. The idea is to plant a seed with buyers that they'll be able to enjoy this home both inside and out.
As evidenced with new construction here in Shelby County, many homeowners are exchanging square footage for quality amenities and homes that are built to make the most of every inch, so it makes sense to get a little more breathing room outside of the traditional four walls. The demand for livability and functionality has increased while a typical new home's footprint has reduced in size, and homebuyers today are paying as much attention to spaces that surround the house as they are to areas within.
If you’re looking for fresh ideas to position your home to sell quickly, give one of our agents a call at 502-417-0910. We’ll provide you with a Free Outdoor Assessment of your home.