As the summer gets hotter and entertaining moves from the living room to porches and decks, prospective homebuyers are looking for different things in your home. While a winter buyer might value the cozy fireplace in your living room, summer buyers love to see lush backyards and impressive decks. More than ever, homeowners and buyers want to have beautiful outdoor living spaces, with over 80% of homeowners saying their outdoor space is the heart of their home. How can staging your home make it attractive in the summer months?
Update Your Seating
Consider reupholstering any cushions or seating that no longer matches your home décor or needs repairing. There are many water-repellent and UV-resistant fabrics available for new seating and slipcovers. Even the smallest pattern change can refresh your outdoor space and make a huge impact in your staging.
Give A Fresh Coat of Paint
When was the last time you painted your garage walls? It’s a cost-effective and low-effort do-it-yourself project and only takes a weekend afternoon to apply a fresh coat of white paint. You’ll immediately notice a difference, and so will anyone viewing your staging.
Don’t Be Afraid of Color
Matching seating, accents, furniture, and fencing to the natural environment of your backyard can be intimidating. Don’t be afraid to play around and paint a small section of your wooden fence white, green, or blue. If you don’t have fencing, experiment with painting a deck chair or porch swing with an accent color. Be sure to stick to colors found in your backyard so they compliment rather than clash. Try to avoid using accent colors in smaller gardens or grilling spaces as they can clutter the space.
Light Up The Night
Even though sunsets in the summer stretch late into the evening, nobody wants to be left in the dark and call it an early night. Packs of tea lights and small candles are available in craft stores and make great accents around a trellis or tucked amongst tree branches. Avoid LED lights unless you would like a more contemporary and less rustic atmosphere. No matter what your style is, avoid fluorescent lighting that will overwhelm your patio with blue or green light.
Add Some Greenery
Another inexpensive space upgrade is incorporating flowers and greenery into your outdoor space during home showings. White flowers, particularly orchids, make a beautiful crisp pop of white at the entryway or focal point of your patio or outdoor space.
By taking a few steps to shift your home from winter to summer, you can dramatically increase how attractive your home is to buyers. Staging will allow buyers to see what your home can truly be with a few simple touches. Using these summer staging tips will help sell your home this season.
Staging Your Home for Summer with Clagett Enterprises
Clagett Enterprises is a full-service real estate company with almost 30 years of experience in the Frederick and Western Maryland area. For assistant selling your home and getting the best possible price, contact us online or give us a call at 301-665-6009. To meet our team and see some of our beautiful homes, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+.