Home staging is an important step in selling a house, but it's easy to make mistakes that can turn off potential buyers. When it comes to outdoor home-staging, even small details can make a big difference. Knowing which mistakes to avoid can help sellers create an inviting exterior space that will attract more buyers. Now the summer is here, buyers will be wanting to find alluring gardens and relaxing nooks. This is why our team have put together the most common outdoor home staging mistakes and how to prevent them.
Don't neglect kerb appeal
The saying ‘you only have one chance to make a first impression’ is especially true when it comes to selling your home. The term ‘kerb appeal’ refers to how your home looks from the street. The first thing potential buyers will see is the outside of your home, and if it's not looking its best, they may not even bother to come inside.
By taking the time to improve your home's kerb appeal, you'll be setting yourself up for success when it comes time to sell. Remember, a great first impression can go a long way in attracting buyers and securing a quick sale.
Don't overlook simple maintenance
It may seem obvious, but many sellers neglect simple maintenance over time. Take the time to inspect your property to ensure everything is in good condition before you list your home and viewings start.
Common maintenance tasks that sellers often overlook include power washing your home’s exterior, repairing broken gates and fencing, updating paintwork, and making sure your lawn is mowed and free of weeds. Taking care of these small tasks can help show potential buyers that your property is well-maintained and ready for them to move in. A well-maintained property is more attractive to buyers than one that has signs of neglect.
Don't forget furniture
One common mistake sellers make is not having any garden furniture or having too much thus making the space feel cluttered. It's important to strike a balance and create a comfortable and inviting space. Keep it simple and choose furniture that fits the size of your outdoor area. You should also pay attention to the style of your furniture and how it complements the overall design of your home.
Outdoor furniture can give buyers an idea of how they can use the space and picture themselves living in the property. A garden dining set evokes scenes of alfresco dining and family BBQs, a bench in a lovely nook surrounding by beautiful, colourful and aromatic flowers is the ideal space to relax with a good book. Setting the scene for potential buyers allows them to connect emotionally with your home, which is exactly what viewings should be about.
When it comes to staging outdoor furniture, less is more. Choose a few pieces that complement the space and enhance the overall appeal of your home. By doing so, you'll make it easier for potential buyers to picture themselves enjoying their new outdoor living area.
Don't ignore your landscaping
Neglecting your landscaping could be a costly mistake in terms of turning off potential buyers. Overgrown plants, dead flowers, and unmown lawns are all visual cues that indicate a lack of care and attention, making buyers think twice about your home.
To ensure that your landscaping is adding value to your home, keep it well maintained. Trim overgrown bushes and trees, weed the garden beds, plant colourful flowers and replace dead ones, and mow the lawn regularly. Additionally, pressure washing the walkways, patio, and outdoor surfaces can help to make them look clean and well-kept.
You don’t have to be a keen gardener to create a space that appeals to potential buyers, even a small patio with a thoughtful display of pots and plants can give the feeling of a quaint haven. The landscaping of your property can be the difference between a quick sale and a property that languishes on the market.
Bring on the summer
Summer is a great time for viewings, as the sun is shining and our gardens are in bloom. Therefore, use their selling power so that potential buyers can see it is place they should call home. If you’re thinking of selling your home this summer, our sales team are here to make things happen. Give them a call.