It's finally summer and with the brutal winter that occurred throughout most of the upper Midwest and beyond, people want to be outside. When working with sellers, one of the things I advise them on during a Home Staging Consultation is to treat almost any outdoor living space as additional square footage.
I know it is not counted towards the square footage total in valuing your home, but many buyers gravitate towards the outdoor spaces and you need to give them priority.
Whether it is a deck, patio, screened in porch or front porch, they all need to be addressed.
With a front porch it is the first thing the buyer sees and it creates such a homey, cozy spot that they can see themselves enjoying quiet time with a cup of tea or a book and watching the world go by.
If it is a back deck or patio it invites them to spend a balmy summer night barbecuing with friends, making s'mores with kids or taking a nap.
These areas should have flowers but also furniture. A dining table perhaps, chairs for gathering, and don't forget the throw pillows!! Outdoor throw pillows can be purchased anywhere for very little dollars and they add fun, zest and ambiance.
Okay okay you don't need as many as me. LOL
Take a look at your outdoor space and get it in top selling condition along with the rest of your home; and don't forget to keep it spider and cobweb free. :)