Outdoor spaces establish curb appeal and, properly staged, add value to a home
From getting higher occupancy rates for your Airbnb to getting the best ROI out of your home, every detail counts when you’re staging a property. Even the outdoors! If you offer or are looking into full home staging, don’t miss out on these opportunities to showcase backyards, patios, and gardens.
Make it Cozy
Just because you’re outside doesn’t mean you’re roughing it. You can make a patio feel comfortable and intimate with cushioned chairs, outdoor couches, and even inflatable mattresses. If the area is covered, you can even bring out pillows and blankets to curl up in on a cool night.
String lights are, of course, a staple of romantic outdoor spaces. Pergolas are a popular fixture as well, and there’s nothing more eye-catching in a backyard then a pergola entwined with blooming vines and string lights. While a bit much for the average home, this is an especially great way to stage a property that could be rented out as a space for weddings and other special events.
A Place to Entertain
You want to show the most attractive uses an outdoor space can have. If you know your target demographic is young families with kids, that means showing where a playset might go. But if you’re targeting young couples or older families, an outdoor bar might be the way to go. You want to show that it isn’t just a backyard; it’s an added space to entertain guests or kids.
Any time you can add an additional dining space to a home, you’re adding value. If there’s room, be sure to put out an outdoor dining table. This is especially attractive for a covered or screened-in porch where a buyer or renter would be likely to want to spend mealtimes.
Keep it Simple
You want to showcase all the best features of the property, and sometimes, that won’t be the outdoor space. The backyard will be tiny. There won’t be any kind of a back porch or patio. That’s okay. Even though we specialize in full home staging, we don’t always stage the outdoor space in these cases. But if you do stage it, something as simple as a pair of colorful Adirondack chairs facing a nearby pond or centered around a fire pit gives the impression of a useful recreational space.
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