How to Effectively Stage the Exterior of Your Home

How to Effectively Stage the Exterior of Your Home

Most sellers are familiar with the concept of ‘staging’ their home so that it looks its absolute best for any potential buyers. But have you thought about staging the exterior of your home as well? 

First Impressions Are Important

The exterior of your home is the first thing a buyer sees when they are driving up to your house for a showing. When you hear “curb appeal” it’s describing how appealing the exterior of your home looks to an outsider. You want to give the best first impression when the potential buyers pull into your driveway. Why are we trying to make a great first impression? Taking the time to ensure the outside is in just as great condition as the inside can add thousands to your sale price. But this doesn’t necessarily mean you have to spend that much! What’s important is creating an inviting outdoor space that potential buyers can envision themselves in. And remember that the exterior of your home doesn’t just mean the front! If you have a back porch or outdoor seating area, apply these ideas there too. 

Cleaning up the yard is essential and easily done at a low cost. There are local companies that you can hire or you can spend a weekend tackling some of the simple tasks like mowing, weeding, trimming bushes, and refreshing the mulch. If you have a power washer, now would be a great time to use that on driveways, pathways, and the deck. You can also hire someone to do this for you. Cleaning windows is also a really good idea and can really brighten up your home. Take a look at any surfaces that potential buyers might look at and make sure to sweep, dust, or polish them. While doing this you may realize certain areas are in need of a new coat of paint. You don’t want chipped paint on any trim, windows, doors, or railings. 

If the curb appeal is not “appealing”, some buyers will choose not to enter the house. So wipe away the cobwebs and clean the front steps and entryway to make your home more inviting. If you have water features it’s important that they are pristine as well! These small steps will make a big difference to potential buyers. 

Use Seasonally Appropriate Decor When Staging the Exterior of Your Home

You don’t want to overdo the decor on the interior or exterior of your home when staging. The goal is to appeal to as many buyers as possible. This means neutral shades instead of anything too bright, as this may be a distraction. But it can be nice to add some seasonal decor if you prefer. You can do this with the potted flowers around the front door, think poinsettias in the winter, and lavender in the summer. A wreath on the door can also be a nice touch. If you are selling during the holiday season some outdoor lights will add to the atmosphere as well. 

You’re trying to create both an indoor and an outdoor space that potential buyers can envision themselves in. This means that it’s necessary to remove most personal items. You may love your custom mailbox and garden gnome collection but buyers will not. It’s best to pack everything away before you list.

How Can I Help?

I hope that you’ve found these tips on effectively staging the exterior of your home informative. My goal is to provide my clients with relevant and up-to-date information that pertains to the local area and real estate topics. 

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Scott Lerner
Managing Broker
Coldwell Banker Mountain Properties