As the weather gets a little milder, the weekend Open House signs are starting to pop up like crazy in the Georgetown, Mississauga, Brampton and Milton area. Cole House Design (a home staging and interior decorating firm in the area) has recently stopped by a few, and was surprised at the number of home owners who have neglected to think of curb appeal and outdoor spaces, even in the early Spring. Front and back yards with terrific outdoor decor, can be key selling features even when it is not 80 degrees outside.
Of the homes we visited, the weather has obviously not been warm enough for many to deal with their yards. I noticed that patio furniture was dusty and piled against the fence, or it was being stored in the garage or basement. It would be in a seller's best interest to get out the patio furniture and wipe it down. Setting it up in a simple conversational arrangement is ideal with two chairs and an end table (photo courtesy of Home Depot Canada). If chair cushions look a bit tired, home decor stores have new ones out already. You can certainly take them with you when you move, so splurge a little and update your patio set. Although it is still a little cool for the umbrella to be cranked open, make sure the barbecue is out and also clean and tidy.
The stain or paint that should have been redone at the end of last summer by many home owners was also showing its age on many backyard decks Cole House Design visited. Overall, these outdoor spaces which could be a big selling feature, were looking forgotten and run down. Of course, it's still too cool to stain or paint, but when trying to market a house in the early Spring, it is always a good idea to give decks and patios a thorough sweep. Purchasing a terrific doormat for the back door, something Spring-like and colourful, is also a great idea!
Purchasing a few Spring blooms (daffodils, hyacinth, and crocuses) and planting a variety of them in big planters at the front door, makes a home show well from the street. A mat for the front door/porch is also a terrific idea, and will give potential buyers something to remember your property by if they plan to attend numerous open houses in a weekend.
Take a minute to pick up the dead branches and leaves leftover from the Fall on your lawns. Do not remove mulch from the beds though, as this is an insulating factor your plants need until our temperatures warm up more here in southern Ontario. While outside, pull the Winter accummulation of papers and recycling out of your bushes and hedges. Rake up any clumps of dead grass sitting on top of your lawn, and sweep off the driveway removing dirty tire tracks leftover from the Winter.
Cole House Design says that all of the time and effort you take in cleaning up your outdoor spaces and improving your home's curb appeal will pay off. Colourful outdoor decor will be a pleasant welcome for visitors, and all of your hard work will hopefully promote a quick sale!
For more help with staging your home indoors or out, contact Cole House Design!
Thanks for reading!
Nicole Hurst - (President)
(Cole House Design is a professional and fully insured home staging and interior redesign firm serving the Halton and Peel regions on Ontario, including Georgetown, Mississauga, Brampton, Milton, Oakville, Acton, Erin, Rockwood, and surrounding area.)