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Impress Potential Buyers With These 6 Tips to Style Your Outdoor Area

One of the biggest mistakes sellers make when preparing their home for the buyers market is neglect the outdoor areas of their home. Too often, focus is on the inside of the home, but more then ever, people are viewing decks, verandas and garden spaces as extensions of the home for family and friends to enjoy daily.

Below are some great tips to consider if you want to maximise your outdoor area’s potential.

Highlight the Best Feature

What is the best selling point of your outdoor area? Is it the pool, the expansive deck, manicured garden or view?

Make sure you highlight this feature by repositioning furniture and remove any distractions.

Photo Courtesy of Justin Long Design

Bring the Inside Out

This is an important one to consider. Bringing the inside out or the outside in is becoming more then ever a practical and stylish aspect of many homes. Too often homeowners only view their outdoor areas as just a place to sit outdoors.

Think strategically about how your outdoor area can merge with your indoor areas – Turn a nook into a day lounge, create an outdoor office space, expand the dining area into outdoors. If you’re concerned about privacy and temperature control, aluminium shutters are ideal. They’re durable, stylish, control light and airflow and offer complete privacy. Not to mention adding dollar value to your home.

Photo Courtesy of The Window Outfitters

The Illusion of Big

If you have a small outdoor area, consider minimalising by using slim and elegant furniture pieces that won’t clutter up your space. Long horizontal artworks on the walls give the illusion of length to a room. Mirrors are also fantastic for providing the illusion of a bigger room. They work great in dead-end areas.

Photo Courtesy of The Labyrinth Gardens

Well Maintained No Fuss Gardens

Unless you are retired and/or love to garden, most of us have way too busy schedules to be concerned with maintaining grass and gardens. Make sure your gardens are looking schmick by removing dead plants, trimming back overgrown trees and bushes and planting fresh leafy plants. Buyers may not notice the details, but they will definitely ‘feel’ the garden. If you can, replace high-maintenance plants with low maintenance plants. Natives and succulents are great as they require minimal watering.

Photo Courtesy of Utopia Landscape Design

Colour Pop & Textures

Brown and green tends to dominate outdoor areas so avoid brown furniture and homewares. Add pops of colour in the form of furniture and texture in the form of throws, cushions or artwork to really add design flair to your outdoor area.

Photo Courtesy of Zugai Strudwick Architects 

Attention to Detail

It’s all in the details they say. Give your buyers a taste of what it will be like to live there by bringing lifestyle to your outdoor area. Choose the best feature and add lanterns, candles, cushions, plants, rugs, magazines and books to really make it feel homely and cosy.

Photo Courtesy of Highgate House

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