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A property's outdoor spaces are one of its most important components. Our real estate agents know that staging these spaces helps make your home more appealing to prospective homebuyers, helping you sell your home faster and for more money.

Staging allows potential buyers to see how they might use the space and better envision themselves living in a home. Planning on getting your home ready for the market this summer? Here are some tips to follow for staging your outdoor spaces. 

  1. Clean and Declutter Your Home's Exterior
    When staging any space, the first step is to make sure that the area is clean and clutter-free. A pressure washer is an excellent tool for cleaning many exterior home materials, such as vinyl siding, brick, concrete, patio materials, and even some types of decks. If you're using the pressure washer to clean wood or other "delicate" surfaces, use the lowest setting. Or, use a stiff-bristled scrub brush and a commercial cleaning product to get your home's outside spaces as clean as possible. Once everything is clean, it's time to declutter. You want to store anything that you won't use for the staging process. Any lawn or garden equipment should be stored in your shed. If you have an item that you haven't used in the past year, consider getting rid of it so that you don't have to move it to your next home. 
  1. Define the Space
    Your next goal is to give every space a function. Potential buyers need to see how a space can be used. For example, if you have a large deck, you might designate one section as a "food prep" area and the other section as a "relaxation" area. The food prep area might have a grill and bench, while the relaxation area could contain an outdoor sectional and a fire pit. Don't go overboard when adding furniture to your outdoor areas, as too much furniture can actually make your spaces look cramped and small. Instead, use just enough items to ensure the buyer understands what the space is for. 
  1. Incorporate Decorative Pieces
    When you're ready to add your home to the list of Cedar Rapids homes for sale, decorative pieces will maximize the impact of your staging. You want your outdoor spaces to feel welcoming, and outdoor decor will help you accomplish this goal. Add an outdoor rug to your deck or patio, and decorate your outdoor furniture with coordinating throw pillows. If you have an outdoor table, consider incorporating table settings and a centerpiece. You should also add items that make your home's outdoor spaces more attractive at nighttime, like tiki torches, string lights, and flameless candles. 
  1. Refresh Your Lawn and Flower Beds
    Your lawn and flower beds act as a backdrop for your home's exterior spaces and need to look their best. Make sure that your lawn is trimmed, lush, and green. Seed intended for patching lawns can help you quickly fill in bare spots in your yard. Or, you can use sod to instantly add gorgeous green grass to barren areas. Remove any weeds or old plants from your flower gardens. If your flower gardens look a bit dull, add vibrant plants to refresh them. A fresh layer of mulch enhances the appearance of any flower bed. 

Follow these guidelines to boost the effects of your outdoor home staging. Ready to put your home on the market? Contact us today to get started!

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