How to Stage Your Backyard for an Open House
- By Tori Toth
Backyards can be an extension on your living space. It’s a place where you can have family barbecues, birthday parties and your morning cup of coffee. If you’re selling your home, you want to make sure prospective buyers feel your backyard is a welcoming space that they can see themselves enjoying. Watch as home staging expert Tori Toth shares some tips to help spruce up your backyard for an open house.
TORI: When it comes time to selling a property, many homeowners tend to overlook one critical area — the backyard.
TORI: Tori here from ToriToth.com, the place to be to help you create a home that buyers, or anyone for that matter, will find irresistible.
TORI: Today’s buyers are looking for outdoor areas to expand their living space. Highlighting a patio or deck can help buyers envision themselves enjoying the outdoors: from their morning coffee to dining alfresco with friends.
TORI: Whether you have acres of property or only a terrace, it’s important to set the scene and showcase the possibilities for potential buyers. Here’s what you’ll need to do to get started:
TORI: Pressure wash surfaces. Your home’s exterior can accumulate a lot of dust, dirt and grime. In order to make the exterior shine, pressure wash the siding, concrete, vinyl fences, decking and any other surfaces that have lost their luster over time. Beware, though, a pressure washer can be powerful enough to remove paint so only use it on surfaces that can withstand the power. Check the owner’s manual of the washer for more details.
TORI: Clean up landscaping. Cut back overgrown shrubs and remove dead debris in your backyard. Frame out the exterior of your home with flowerbeds using colorful flowers, plants with varying heights and mulch to create an extension of the property.
TORI: Add potted plants. Welcome buyers with colorful flowers or topiaries near the patio or deck to add some life to these structures. Try to have at least two matching planters on either side of the area to create a cohesive look.
TORI: Arrange furniture. This is the final step when dressing up your backyard. Arrange the yard to set up areas for different uses. For example, you might set up a dining table to create an eating area or have a quiet seating area to spark conversations. Remember to think of the traffic pattern around the patio furniture. If it seems cluttered, remove some of the pieces so there is enough room to walk around them.
TORI: It’s important to give yourself enough time to conquer these cleaning and landscaping tasks prior to an open house. This way the day of the showing you have minimal upkeep and can focus on any last minute details like fluffing the throw pillows or setting out some refreshing lemonade. Happy selling!