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Transform a Yard Into an Outdoor Sanctuary
Adding life to outdoor spaces will help sell the lifestyle of a home. Here are staging tips to help buyers imagine fun gathering spaces, tranquil hideaways, or sleek entertainment coves that are possible with your listing.
October 8, 2013
Fold up the lawn chairs, roll away the rusty grill, and hide the tiki torches. Inviting, sophisticated outdoor rooms are in high demand among home buyers, and they serve as a way to extend your listing’s living space.
“Outdoor living spaces have become the new ‘great room’ in terms of must-have items for home owners,” American Institute of Architects Chief Economist Kermit Baker noted in a survey on the growing popularity of these spaces. Renters say it’s even a reason to leap into home ownership. Sixty-three percent of young adult renters aged 18 to 34 say outdoor living spaces and decks are “extremely” or “very important” in deciding which home to buy, according to the PulteGroup Home Index Survey.
Have you stretched your curb appeal beyond well-manicured yards to create outdoor spaces, using your front porch, deck, or even the lawn?
“You can blow the competition out of the water by creating outdoor spaces with a fabulous garden dining area, lounge seating areas with a fire pit, and if you have it, a relaxing hot tub scene,” says stager Lena A. Pereira with Westside Staging Solutions. “Way too often backyards are boring and not brought to their full potential. You can make a home stand out by showing buyers all the potential your property has to offer inside and out.”
This slideshow offers ideas for creating outdoor spaces that will help sell the lifestyle of a home: