Sellers’ Staging Tips – Preparing A Backyard Patio for Summer Buyers

 June 22, 2015

Patios, just like interior rooms, need to be spruced up in order to attract buyers. Refurbished patios not only add comfort, they add lots of value. These days, home buyers prefer to extend their living space outdoors rather than buy large homes. As a result, home sellers are making their patios more luxurious. Thanks to the wide range of furnishings available, it is very easy to update exterior spaces. Encourage your clients to use these tips to transform their simple patios into outdoor oases.

Add Shade Options

Everyone spends more time outdoors in summer. As temperatures soar, buyers’ interest in outdoor entertaining areas also rises. They focus on the outdoor just as much as the interior. They examine the area to see if it is ideal for their lifestyle. Most ask themselves “Will I be able to entertain, relax, or have fun here?” If the answer is “Yes,” they are motivated to go inside and see how the rest of the home looks.

One of the ways sellers can attract buyers is by adding shades to their patios. The summer heat can make a patio very uncomfortable and a shade can protect the area from the sun. Homeowners can install shade sails, pergolas, umbrellas, or shade canopies. For a striking effect, they can cover the shades with vines and add plants in containers. This will also help the structures to blend into the surroundings. To create privacy and conceal views of neighboring houses, sellers should enclose the patios with garden walls, fences, lattice, or landscaping.

Make the Area Welcoming for Conversations

Every homeowner needs a secluded spot for relaxing with a good book or sharing a conversation with a friend. Home sellers should add a table and a few plush chairs to create a functional patio. Patios should be sanctuaries that offer a break from the hectic modern life. Homeowners should choose neutrally colored furniture and incorporate many plants to create tranquil scenes that fit buyers’ relaxing needs. To keep things low-maintenance, they should opt for weatherproof furniture.

Choose Inviting Exterior Surfaces

A patio can be an inviting extension of the house or a hot slab of concrete that defaces it. When working on their patios, sellers should focus on making them beautiful havens that tempt buyers to sit and enjoy the fresh air and cool breeze. With a little planning, they can make the areas comfy spaces buyers fall in love with.

Most patios have stone or brick surfaces. However, some homeowners prefer concrete surfaces. Tell home sellers to add color and texture to their concrete patios. They can imitate stone or simply stamp the tired floor surface to give it a new lease of life. Most of all, sellers should make their patios extensions of their homes’ architecture. They can add container gardens, planting beds, and much more.

Create Indoor-Like Appeal

To wow buyers, sellers should give their patios indoor-like appeal. They should select furniture that is as comfortable as interior furniture, define pavered patios with retaining walls, and install simple countertops for entertaining. Retaining walls allow for additional seating and also highlight the area. Homeowners should choose neutral furniture and add color and texture with pillows and throws. Tell your sellers not to be afraid to use refined exterior furnishings as these are bound to draw attention.

Patios need to be enhanced regularly because they take a beating from the elements. Spring and summer home buyers focus on the outdoors not just the indoors. Therefore, home sellers should make exterior renovations which add value. Advise your clients to accentuate their patios in order to attract the type of buyers they want.


Ronique Gibson

By Ronique Gibson

Ronique Gibson is an Associate Architect and a LEED Accredited Professional, who has been in the design industry for over 13 years. She started her design blog in 2009 and today it has become a premier destination for helping homeowners with everyday lifestyle challenges. Her readers check in daily for help with their homes, DIY project ideas, recipes, crafts, and inspiration to beautify and enjoy their homes.