Since the Kris Lindahl Team has started offering free staging to our marketing arsenal we’ve noticed a trend among homeowners: they tend to assume only the interior of the home requires staging.
The buyers’ agents on the team would be quick to tell these folks that neglecting the home’s exterior is a huge mistake. A recent National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB’s) Home Buyer Preferences Survey shows that a major hot button for today’s buyers is outdoor amenities. This includes areas in which to entertain during our amazing North Oaks summers.
If you plan on putting your house on the market this year, give some attention to the backyard when you’re trying to determine where best to spend those “sprucing up” funds.
Useable backyards are in-demand
The NAHB survey found that the most attractive exterior features, for buyers, include lighting, trees, a rear deck or patio and a fenced yard.
Now, those are just the basics, so if you lack any of them and want to add value to the home, consider adding one or two to your list of “honey dos.”
If you really want to spice up the backyard, consider adding a fire pit or fireplace.
Luxury homebuyers – more than half, according to the study – want water features that lend an “oasis” feeling to the area.
Even North Oaks homeowners on a tight budget can stage the backyard. Start with cleaning it up – remove kids’ toys, dog paraphernalia and anything else that isn’t decorative.
Landscaping work might include removing debris, dead branches and plants and laying down a fresh layer of mulch in the planting beds.
Patios and decks are easy to stage by setting up the barbecue so that it appears ready for the burgers. Set the patio table with colorful and decorative outdoor dinnerware. This, of course, assumes you’re selling in spring or summer.
If you have the money, don’t be reluctant to spend it on staging the backyard. Remodeling Magazine’s annual survey says that a mere $564 spent on landscaping will bring you a 215 percent return when you sell the home.