There’s a lot of good information about outdoor home staging and curb appeal out there. Therefore, I decided to round up the best of the best, add a little of my own advice, and give our readers some home staging tips for every season. Why the focus on the outdoors? Because if your home isn’t appealing from the outside, you won’t get anyone inside.
No matter what the weather, here’s how to make your home stand out from the rest.
Make your front yard pop with vibrant, colorful plants. Since spring can be rainy and gray, colorful plants will add some liveliness to your home. Plant some blossoming and/or colorful trees and flowers, like pink Dogwood trees, Birds of Paradise, Gladiolus, and Larkspur. Check out our post on flowers for curb appeal for more suggestions.
Take a walk along your front walkway and driveway and check to see if there are any cracks in the concrete. Repair these cracks and get rid of any oil stains, as they can be eyesores for potential buyers.
Have a sturdy tree? Add a tree swing. This can be a simple, inexpensive project that stirs adoration and nostalgia in prospective buyers, especially those with small children.
Now that you have beautiful, blooming plants in your front yard, maintain them. Mow the lawn, trim the hedges, and water your yard. A green lawn means more green in your pocket from buyers, so make sure to do your due diligence to keep your grass looking sprightly. The best time to water your lawn is early morning, around 3AM, because the water pressure is highest and the water will have a chance to soak into the ground before the sunlight causes it to evaporate.
Trimming back your trees, bushes and hedges is also important, as you don’t want unruly foliage hiding features of your home. Remember: trim trees from the bottom up, and plants from the top down. This doesn’t only go for the front yard, but all around your house. Excessive plant growth can keep light from coming into the home.
Lastly, turn your patio into an outdoor dining area. Set out a small table and a few chairs to show the versatility of the space and the enjoyable weather of the area.
With the arrival of fall comes the falling of foliage, so make sure to rake up your leaves on a regular basis. Also, continue to keep an eye on bushes and hedges, trimming and shaping them when needed.
Refrain from putting Halloween and Thanksgiving decorations outside your home this year, and keep it to the bare minimum inside as well.
Lastly, light a fire to set the scene. After all, there’s nothing more welcoming than a trail of smoke billowing from a cozy home on a chilly fall day.
Now that you don’t have much plant maintenance to do, focus on keeping paths, porches, and driveways clear. Shovel and de-ice all outdoor areas of the home so that prospective buyers can easily explore them.
Similar to the fall, keep outdoor holiday decorating to an absolute minimum. A string of lights and a holiday wreath are acceptable; just make sure to keep it minimal and tasteful.
Keep seasonally appropriate potted plants at your front door. Poinsettias will give your front porch a burst of holiday color, but make sure to put them inside at night as they don’t do very well in cold weather. Other popular winter plants include Camellias, Evergreen Holly, Snowdrops, and Hellebores.
By implementing these seasonal ideas when you decide to put your house on the market, your home will stand out and catch many a prospective buyer’s eye. Sprucing up your home depending on the season can do wonders for curb appeal, and can result in more green in your pocket!