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3 outdoor revamps that will help sell your house

Updated: May 14, 2023

When home sellers are looking to stage their homes, they often focus on the interior and forget about the outdoor areas. This is an easy mistake to make, but a dangerous one because the exterior of the home can be just as important to prospective buyers as the interior.

A well-staged home (inside and out) can make a positive first impression, increase interest and, ultimately, lead to a faster sale at a higher price. And what home seller doesn't want that?

Here are some common mistakes that home sellers make when staging outdoor areas of their homes and how to fix them.

1. Neglecting curb appeal

The first impression a potential buyer has of a home is often from the street. A well-manicured lawn, trimmed shrubs, and clean exterior can go a long way in creating a positive first impression. Neglecting curb appeal can be a major turn-off for potential buyers.

How to fix it

Mow the lawn, trim bushes, and trees, pressure wash the exterior and walkways, and add some colorful plants or flowers to the front of the house. Make sure that any broken or faded exterior elements are fixed or replaced. Even adding new mulch around the front of the house is a quick and easy facelift.

2. Overlooking outdoor living areas

Outdoor living areas, such as patios and decks, are valuable assets to a home. They offer additional living space and can be used for entertaining or relaxing. And depending on the area of the country, these outdoor living spaces could be make-or-break for the sale of your home.

How to fix it

Clean and declutter outdoor living areas. Add furniture, like a table and chairs, or a lounge set to make the space feel more inviting. Don't want to buy anything new? At least remove any items that aren't in good condition, such as broken furniture or faded umbrellas. You want potential buyers to see themselves in your space, not see broken furniture and immediately think of maintenance costs.

3. Neglecting outdoor lighting

Outdoor lighting can not only improve the look of the home but also increase safety and security. A major plus for families looking to purchase your property.

How to fix it

Add new lighting fixtures, or upgrade existing ones. This could include lanterns, or sconces to highlight the outdoor living areas. Don't want to spend a fortune? Use string lights to brighten up your space and make it feel instantly cozy and welcoming.

Ask any real estate agent and they'll tell you that it's important to stage both the interior and exterior of a home when putting it on the market because the overall appearance of the home can impact the buyer's decision. You have to think about overall appearance — because people view homes in 360 degrees.

That's something we gardeners have known for years. It's easy to overlook your outdoor spaces, however. Especially when you're ready to move on and find your next dream home. But remember that your current house is someone else's dream home — make it look like it.

Home sellers who pay attention to not only the inside of their homes but also the outside, are sending a message to potential buyers that you've taken care of their future home. That gives them the feeling that they're moving into a loved home... instead of just buying a house from someone.


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