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What can a stager do for me - Part . . .It’s gorgeous outside!

Ann O'Connell

March 22nd, 2007 · 8 Comments

We interrupt this series on “What can a stager do for me?” for a special announcement: it’s gorgeous outside!

So what, you ask yourself, does this have to do with staging? Everything! When you’re selling your house, every part of it - inside and out - has to look its best. Spring is the perfect time of year to make the outside of your house as beautiful as the inside. All around us, trees are blossoming, flowers are blooming, and the sky is a deep blue (at least for now). If you’re selling your home, or even thinking about it, now’s the time to take steps to give your house instant curb appeal by fixing up your garden. Even if you’re waiting to sell, you can capitalize on the great weather and spring colors now by taking pictures of your garden at its peak. Later, when you do decide to sell, you can include these pictures in marketing materials to show potential buyers how great the place can look.

Here are some things you can do now to give your house picture-perfect curb appeal:

  • “Declutter” greenery. Just like kids, plants grow up! Cut greenery back to highlight your property. Overgrown shrubs make a property look uninhabited and unkempt.
  • Take care of pathways. An easy fix to update concrete paths is to buy some concrete stain or paint at your local hardware store. It makes a world of difference! With brick or stone paths, cut back or remove weeds coming up through the cracks, and replace cracked stones.
  • Try out some new patio furniture. Outdoor furniture takes a beating, and if you’re selling, it’s probably worth the investment in a new furniture set, even if it’s a small one. Bed, Bath and Beyond usually has some affordable, good-looking options.
  • Bring in color. For a quick fix, just placing some already-blooming flowers around your home’s entryway will give it more visual interest. If you have some more time, buy some colorful annuals and plant them in a border around your yard or a special tree.
  • Clean up scruffy trees. A great way to hide tree roots is to place large river stones around the tree’s base. Cut back any scrawny, odd branches.
  • Remove old toys and lawn ornaments. You’re not selling your pink flamingo collection, so why take away attention from your home? It’s best to pack these items up before posting the “For Sale” sign in the yard.

For more advice on how to give your house curb appeal, get opinions from your Realtor, stager and gardener. If you don’t have a gardener, but are selling your property, it’s a good idea to bring in a professional for a one-time clean-up.

If you’re not selling your place, get out there and enjoy this weather!

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8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Marc // Mar 23, 2007 at 11:54 am

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  • 2 Kevin Boer, Realtor, 3 Oceans Real Estate // Mar 23, 2007 at 5:37 pm

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  • 8 Athol Kay // Mar 29, 2007 at 3:40 pm

    Good post. Don’t forget the state of repair of the mailbox either.

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