Seller Tips: Bring Life Back into your Outdoor Spaces

You are blessed to live in an area of the country that enjoys seasonable temperatures nearly year-round, so it only makes sense that buyers touring your Highland Park home will show interest in your outdoor spaces.

Our outdoor spaces are usually well-used and loved, yet are often one of the most overlooked areas of our homes.

photo by Jim Winn

Don’t let your buyers walk right past your outdoor spaces. Instead, catch their eye and make them stay awhile! It just may mean the difference between an offer and a brief walk-though.

The following tips will help you spruce up your outdoor spaces before your first potential buyer walks through the door:

  • Use live plants and colorful pots of flowers to add a punch of color and a sense of life to the space. There’s no better way to fill in the empty corners of your lanai than with large, tropical plants. Set them into colorful pots and you’ve instantly spiced up the area.
  • Try a colorful area rug to ground the space and pull the room together. A durable area rug, designed for outdoor use, will instantly transform your outdoor seating into an outdoor room. Simply lay the rug down and arrange the furniture around it, concentrating on making a cozy seating arrangement.

An area rug is also an easy way to divide areas in your outdoor room and to highlight the separate spaces, such as your dining area and seating area.

  • Choose well-made, quality furniture in your outdoor spaces. Plastic lawn chairs will do nothing to spice up your lanai, but a beautiful seating arrangement, complete with a glass coffee table, lounge chairs and a chaise, will take your space from boring to fabulous.
  • Choose brightly colored fabrics, cushions and pillows for added interest. Keep the furniture neutral and classic, but experiment with fun colors and designs. Designers are now offering a fantastic selection of outdoor accessories, so your options are virtually limitless!
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