When selling your home, you likely make it a priority to ensure that the front entrance and interior rooms shine. But as buyers in different price ranges and geographical areas increasingly value functional outdoor living spaces, it’s important to invest in your home’s exterior—whether you have a small patio, a sprawling yard, or anything in between.

  • Tidy up. Before adding anything to your outdoor space, the first step is to make sure that the landscaping is clean and tidy. Taking simple maintenance steps before a showing or photoshoot—such as washing the patio and any furniture, spreading fresh mulch in the garden, and removing leaves, dead plants, cobwebs, and other debris—will give your home a quick but noticeable boost
  • Create a welcoming ambience. Elements like lighting, plants, and water features can help transform your yard into an outdoor oasis. For example, use solar-powered spotlights to illuminate landscaping and walkways, hang bistro lights over seating areas to instantly create a warm and romantic flair, or purchase a small fountain to add soothing sounds.
  • Stage an entertaining area. Adding an outdoor dining table and setting it with plates, candles, and flowers prior to a showing will not only make your yard feel inviting, but will also instantly expand your home’s living space. In addition, setting up a recreational area with comfortable seating and lawn games will help boost your yard’s usability.
  • Add colorful accents. Inexpensive items like pillows, rugs, and flowers can be used to provide an eye-catching splash of color and make your outdoor living space feel like a complete room where buyers will be able to picture themselves relaxing with friends and family.