More often than not, there is one basic mistake that I have seen many stagers make and that is to ignore the outdoor space of the property they’ve been hired to stage and I think it’s fair to say that these properties did not get the price they deserved to be bought for.
Because the first impression created by the property was not good enough and as they say, the first impression is the last impression. Let me explain more in detail.
To many buyers, the outdoor part of a property is equally important as the interior. There are many people who like to entertain guests in the yard or even hang out with the family there during the evening. So that is why, it is very important that whenever you’re looking to stage a home, you pay equal attention to the outdoor of the property so that you can help your client sell it off quickly and for a good price.
Don’t worry, outdoor staging is actually very simple. All it requires is a little attention and a good understanding of making the most of the space available to highlight the positives.
So here are a few tips that you can follow whenever you have to outdoor stage a home, these tips are most certainly going to help you get the right price for the property your client is looking to sell.
Tip #1 – Decluttering
The first step to staging is always decluttering. So whenever you’re to looking to outdoor stage, it’s important that you make use of the space available to you but thinning out personal belongings. All lawn furniture and toys are to be stored away and access through the area should be made
The very first thing that you can do for your exterior is that just make it clean. You can say it is the first and very important step of staging outdoor spaces. You will get best result when you clean up outdoor spaces which includes trimming bushes , trees and removing dead leaves. You can also give a fresh coat of paint.
Bonus Tip: If the home has not been pressure washed for a while, it’s best if you bring in a professional to do that as this will help to freshen up the exterior and give your house a brand new look.
Tip #2 – Take Care Of Minor Repairs
Trust me, nothing could be worse than coming to see a property with half a mind made up to actually make the purchase and seeing that the house requires some repairs, like the outer lamps being broken or even small damage to the exterior wall.
It’s a big turn off for every buyer.
Nobody wants to buy a property that is going to require maintenance cost from the get go. Nobody would like to buy a property for a certain amount of money and be willing to spend even more money to get these minor repairs done.
So whenever, you’re looking to stage a house, it’s good to check and get the minor repairs done on the exterior of the house.
In fact, let me make a checklist for you.
Clean and repair the gutters
Patch the sidewalk and driveway
Fix the faulty step on the front porch
Make sure all the lights are working and change the burned lights.
Bonus Tip: The most important thing you need to check is the doorbell. It creates a welcoming effect.
Tip #3 – Make The Front Porch As Welcoming As Possible
Whichever property you’re staging, let me ask you what is the first thing an incoming prospect is going to see?
Yes, you got that right, the front porch.
So would it not be better if you tried and make the front porch as welcoming as possible. It does not have to a red carpet welcoming party, no that is not needed. But it can be simple things like the paint of your front door or a welcoming doormat – the little things matter and work in synergy to create that welcoming appeal for the property.
In Fact it’s better if you make a list of all the important things that you can do to create that overall welcoming appeal.
Paint the front door
A welcoming door mat
Add freshly potted plants if possible
Tip #4 – Cater To The Yard
The final thing you have to absolutely consider when you’re outdoor staging a house is the cleaning up of the yard. A few important pointers you must keep in mind are that it’s important to have the grass freshly cut and the flower beds have to be well maintained. What this would do is create a homely feel for the overall environment – something that every incoming prospect will appreciate.
A few more things that you can keep in mind are that you can add lawn chairs, put in some garden decoration and even try and get a temporary fountain going in one of the yard corners to create a nice overall feel.
Bonus Tip: You can add in a few swings to give the property an overall feel of being considered a home – a place where a family can live rather than just being a property up for sale.
Summing Things Up
The goal of outdoor Staging, while you are prepare to sell a house, is to appeals the highest number of potential buyers with the hope of selling the property faster and for more money.
No doubt staging the interior is important however, equal importance has to be given to the exterior of a home as this is the first thing the on-looking buyers are going to see and as they say, first impressions are meant to last – its best if your efforts create that lasting impression.