Good weather = time to add value.

If you’re thinking of sprucing up your outdoor living areas, now is the perfect time.

Here is some advice on what generally adds value to your outdoors — without over-capitalising.

Adding value

What are the quick, simple and, most importantly, cost effective alterations you can make that will maximise your home’s appeal to buyers, and therefore your eventual sale price?

One of the oldest real estate rules is making sure your house looks its best from the street as that’s where first impressions are formed. Make sure gardens and lawns are tidy; fences, gates and mailboxes are in good condition; driveways and paths are free of mildew; and there’s a clear access to the front door. But beyond that, what are the exterior features that can turn open home viewers into buyers?

Indoor-outdoor flow
If you can, make sure your back door opens to some sort of deck or paved patio area that then flows on to your lawn and keep any back steps free of clutter and well maintained.

The point is, even if you don’t have a huge view of the outdoors from inside, it should feel as though it’s easy and fuss-free to move between the two.

Make your section looks usable and inviting

If you have a large section, divide it into “rooms” or areas designed to appeal to your target audience — such as an outdoor dining area, a kids play area, a vegetable garden. Keep them simple and unfussy — and consider hiring appropriate outdoor furniture just as you might use staged furnishings indoors.

Keep it all clear of clutter and make it appear as low maintenance as possible.
This is even more important with small space. Show buyers what can be done with it, with clever use of furniture, plants or lighting, rather than have them focus on what can’t be done in a small space.

Low maintenance

Make sure everything is trimmed, weeded, freshly painted and free of mildew. Consider adding easy-care gardens to reduce the amount of lawn that needs mowing and trimming and talk to a garden expert about the kind of plants that can make your garden looking inviting without requiring hours of hands-on attention.

Special features

The general guide would be to stay away from anything too “trendy” and go for a good classic, quality barbecue. But keep tight control and your spend, and think it through thoroughly. It could be enough to set up a stylish inviting outdoor entertaining area with good lighting, shelter and seating so buyers think “all that’s missing there is an outdoor heater/pizza oven/barbecue”.

If you don’t have an existing pool or spa, it’s probably not worth the time and expense of having one installed. Many buyers are often even put off by the amount of maintenance a pool requires. If you do have a pool it is definitely worth spending a little to make sure it’s looking it’s best.

For inspiration, click here to view this landscape renovation gallery to further assist you.

Shannon CorbettComment