Don't forget those outdoor rooms.

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Original content by Janice Ankrett

When preparing your home for sale, do not forget those outdoor rooms. Those exterior spaces will influence the buyer's perception of your home just like the interior spaces.

If your home is going on the market early in the growing season, make sure you display photos of your garden to show the buyer what they can look forward to. Leave an album page out on the counter with wonderful shots of the yard. You should also clean up the yard, keep the grass cut and perhaps mulch the beds.

Once the growing season begins, be sure to keep the weeding and general garden maintenance up on a regular basis. No one wants to imagine themselves taking over a jungle.

Set up outdoor rooms to show the buyers how wonderful it will be to entertain family and friends in their new backyard.

Clean the deck or patio. Remove the weeds growing between the stones.

Set out the table(s) and chairs.

Add planters of flowers as soon as the temperature allows.

Even if you are selling a townhouse, you should show the buyer an outdoor space they can enjoy.

Set out your furniture on the patio or balcony. No matter what the size, buyers want to be able to enjoy the outdoors.

Show them where they can have their morning coffee or a glass of wine before dinner. If you have a play area, that's ok too. Keep it tidy but don't remove it. Buyers will want to see where their children can play safely.

Stage your outdoor spaces and show the buyer how their lifestyle will fit in your yard.



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Comments (3)

Tamara Schuster
Naperville Glen Ellyn Lisle Plainfield Wheaton Illinois - Naperville, IL
Realtor Broker - Naperville

OUtdoors is so important and doing it right can give you an edge in this market.

Jun 18, 2011 02:45 AM
Janice Ankrett
Janice Ankrett Home Staging - Burlington, ON
Staging Professional

Len, thanks for the re-blog! Creating a wonderful outdoor space adds another room to the house. Show the buyers an appealing and well maintained home when they pull up out front.

Jun 18, 2011 03:22 AM
Len Kobewka
Prairie Scapes / Scape-it™ - Calgary, AB
You Can Scape-it

Thanks for the note Tamara - You ar right about the market.  Every bit counts.

 Right Janice -  One BIG room - or many other rooms if set up that way!

Jun 19, 2011 04:07 AM