Ahhh, sweet summertime. Everything gets better when summertime rolls around, including the market. Buyers pop out of the woodwork, and it’s a seller’s market once again. Everyone pictures themselves out grilling, throwing the ball for their dog or pushing their kid on the swing set. That’s why staging your outdoor setting is key for the sale.

The following are outdoor styles and statements to boost your clients’ summer sales.

An outside structure adds character and function to an outdoor setting. Sheds = storage. Pergola = family parties. It’s all about giving the buyer the ability to imagine their stuff, or their loved ones, fitting right in.


There’s no bigger buzzkill than walking into a backyard of a house you love and having front row seats to the neighbor’s home. More people are bringing their indoor living area outdoors, so privacy is a huge concern. No one wants to be judged for drinking a glass of wine and watching their reality TV show after a long day at work. Fencing is your friend!


Good Eats
Installing an outdoor kitchen is not a cheap task, but it is one that will pay off in the long run. As living areas transition outdoors, so does the heart of the home — the kitchen. It’s a huge bonus for homebuyers!


Set the Mood
Set the mood with the right lighting. Functional lighting ensures the party doesn’t have to stop when the sun goes down!


Less is More
Zero-scaping is a trend that is taking over, especially in drought areas on the west coast. But that doesn’t mean it can’t look pretty. Adding a garden or planting flowers in mulch add a pop of color without the maintenance of a huge lawn.


Turn Up the Heat
Because nothing says summer like s’mores.


Take a Seat
You spend a lot of time and effort into perfecting your backyard with a nice deck, lighting, a girll and a fireplace, but perhaps the most overlooked aspect is seating. Eliminate the hassle with weatherproof, durable seating for the homebuyers to enjoy long after they’ve made themselves at home.


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