Day 5- Extending the Living Space

4 Oct

Welcome to Day 5 of the 31 Days to Sell Your Home Series! You can catch up on the entire series here.

Since we’ve been talking about the exterior of your home for the last two days, I thought Iwould go ahead and discuss the backyard. Depending on what region of the country you live in, the backyard can be an extremely important selling feature (such as in a warmer climate where people love to be outdoors). A nice backyard can really extend the living area of your home to the outdoors, which Buyers will love.

If your backyard is a little lackluster, I would consider some cheap and easy updates to spruce it up. I wouldn’t recommend any major backyard renovations, but I would make the best of what you’ve got!

1. Manicured Landscaping– It doesn’t have to cost a penny to clean up the landscaping and mow the grass. Pull the weeds out of the flower beds, mow the grass, trim the shrubs, etc. If your flower beds need a little reviving, spend a couple bucks and plant some new flowers. As with the front yard, do your best to get the grass in great shape so you aren’t sending negative signals to the Buyers.

2. Patios/Decks– If you have a patio or deck area then by all means, keep it clean! Blow/sweep all the leaves, pinestraw and other debris off and keep it off. This is a big selling feature of your house and you should show it off. Staging the area with some outdoor furniture is also helpful to show the Buyer how the space can be used and to make it feel more “homey” and welcoming.

3. Pools– If you have a pool, be sure its clear and slime-free. Algae growing in a dirty looking pool is a definite turn off to Buyers. This can easily be fixed with an adjustment to your chemicals. Having a pool expert come out to remedy problems is also an expensive solution (about $20-$30).

4. Fences– Fences are another great selling feature as most Buyers like fenced in yards for kids and pets. If you have a fence that has seen better days, consider repairing the broken boards and maybe even repainting/staining. I stained our fence at our last house myself. I used a sprayer I bought from Home Depot for around $15 and a huge bucket of stain. It seems like it cost about $100 and took me about 2 hours (I only stained the inside and the outside of the front as the rest was the neighbors). Siuper duper easy project and made a huge difference in the looks of our property. This will certainly help curb appeal and be one less thing a Buyer has to fix when they move in.

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4 Responses to “Day 5- Extending the Living Space”

  1. Pam October 5, 2011 at 6:48 AM #

    Ok. YOU ARE HIRED. Instead of the wedding planner you are The Selling Planner

  2. Melanie October 5, 2011 at 6:40 PM #

    GREAT tips! We are thinking about selling so I’ll probably stalk this series!!! :) Great topic!

    I blog at “Only a Breath” and would love for you to stop by if you have time! I’m writing about “31 Days to Love Your Neighbor”. It has been a very interesting journey to say the least! :)

    Have a great day!
    Melanie

    • Charmingly Kristin October 6, 2011 at 6:34 AM #

      Thanks for stopping by Melanie!! Can’t wait to check out your blog!

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