Though some think that winter is a bad time to sell, it’s actually not the case. The weather can work against you though, so before you list your property, be sure to pay some attention to your outdoor areas. These 5 outdoor styling ideas will be sure to make them look the best they possibly can on even the bleakest of days.
1. The green, green grass of home
Grass is often hardest hit through winter, so feed your lawn and try to keep it looking as fresh as possible. Invest in some good quality mulching materials and make sure all your garden beds are well mulched and plants cut back wherever necessary. You can also add some colour by planting a few bright seasonal flowers – a trip to your local nursery will give you some ideas but a colourful pot with some French Lavender or Calendula in it can brighten a dark corner immediately.
2. Paint the town red
Well not the town exactly, but at least some part of your house’s exterior. A smart approach to property styling is to create a vibrant feature wall in the garden. Contrast is key so imagine a terracotta wall with lush green spiky plants – some cacti even have bright pink flowers. Some strategically placed cacti or succulents can bring a warm Mediterranean feel to your home’s exteriors and can transform a drab and empty space.
3. All decked out
Decks can start to look tired at the end of summer and downright shabby by winter time, so if your house has a deck, a porch or any kind of outdoor timber surface – give it some love. Clear the entire deck of everything that is normally stored on it and give the whole surface a good deep scrub or high pressure clean.
4. Come on baby light my fire
Nothing says warmth like fire and there are plenty of options to bring actual warmth rather than perceived designer warmth to your outdoor spaces. There are inexpensive, easy to install options like fire bowls and pits on stands and table top heaters, to solutions that will warm a crowd, like free standing patio heaters, woodfired heaters and chimeneas. Adding a few strategically placed fire pits at its corners creates a wonderful atmosphere that can totally flip buyer’s perspectives.
5. Style over substance
Invest in (or rent) some good quality comfortable outdoor furniture - such as a couple of cosy wicker armchairs - then add some colourful cushions and blankets and a strategically placed book to make unused areas more inviting.