Home Selling Tips: The Outdoor Furniture

The Outdoor Furniture Effect

If you need to sell your home during spring market, the outdoor furniture you have on display during open houses may have more impact on a potential buyer than you think. More than ever, the appearance and staging of outdoor furniture is a glimpse of a lifestyle you are selling to the buyer. That lifestyle needs to present a clean and updated outdoor living space that anyone could imagine entertaining in. The five tips in this article will assist with tany outdoor furniture selection, as well as give simple editing suggestions make your outdoor furniture spaces exceed your expectations. (And hopefully help to sell your home)

Tip 1: Declutter and Clean

The first impression you want any buyer to feel what they are inspecting your outdoor space is cleanliness. If you have an unsightly garden hose reel in the middle of your patio, move it to the side of your house or disconnect it. The more square footage people can imagine entertaining in, the better. Move everything unrelated to the outdoor furniture into the garage or basement. If you don't have room, perhaps you could rent a storage unit or ask a neighbor for some space in their garage. If you have a concrete or paver patio, rent a pressure washer and thoroughly clean the patio surface and outdoor furniture. Be careful to not to spray too close to avoid damage. 

Tip #2: Outdoor Furniture Graveyard

If the most hideous vision a potential buyer will be met with on a viewing is your outdoor furniture you currently own, maybe it's time to purchase a small grouping of neutral patio furniture. If your budget is restricted, buy one or two pieces that relate to your current outdoor setting, and throw away your two or three ugliest pieces.

Classic adirondack chairs are a relatively inexpensive piece of outdoor furniture your buyers will instantly recognize. Consider painting them an uncommon color to draw attention to the new chairs rather than other less attractive areas of your outdoor space.

Tip #3: Sell the Architecture of Your Home

As I stated earlier, if your goal is to sell your home, make sure that your lifestyle reflected in the outdoor furniture you have on display. One thoughtful way to do this is to give the proper respect to the architecture or style of your home. If you have a tudor or colonial, try and use the correct colors and furniture style of that era. The adirondack chair would be considered more traditional, while a sleek teak chaise might be better suited in a California ranch.

Tip #4 Arrange Outdoor Furniture for Entertainment

I've seen this tip sell homes by itself. Giving thought to your outdoor furniture arrangement with entertainment in mind will help sell your house in several ways. Having a proper outdoor living space will instantly give your realtor and realtors representing buyers something to talk to clients about. The more people your outdoor space will accommodate, the better. That doesn't necessarily mean more outdoor furniture. Try and strategically place your furniture to leave some separate standing room for future guests. Perhaps a railing on your deck is left open rather than putting furniture all the way around the deck perimeter.

Build your own modern outdoor furniture

See how to build these modern loungers in a part 1 and part 2 series. This step by step guide will give you long lasting, and beautiful chaises.

Tip #5: Consider Building Your Own Furniture

Believe it or not, the chaises' above were built relatively easy for less than $200 of materials. If you are handy, and have an eye for design, building your own outdoor furniture can be fun and functional. After your home sells, you'll still have the furniture to take on your next home buying journey. The key takeaway from all of these tips is to have a multi-pronged effort in your home sale. Putting yourself in the customers shoes will help you in all of these facets. Reach out to any friends or colleagues that might have a design background for help. I hope that these tips will help in your home selling quest. See more design and decor hubs below. 

See more finished outdoor goods in my personal collection of modern furniture and accessories in my online shop. Feel free to ask for detailed instructions for building yourself. 

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howcurecancer 5 years ago

Building my own furniture is the best idea ever ! And less expensive.

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nathandanials 5 years ago from Golden Valley, MN Author

Thank you howcure, if you're handy, selling your house can be much easier.

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