A deck can be a great selling point, especially in areas with temperate climates — that is, if it’s in great condition. If a deck is poorly maintained, it may be seen as more of an eyesore than an appealing feature. If you want to list your home for sale, the following tips can help you stage your deck to sell your home faster and for more money.
Start by Cleaning It
A poorly kept deck will automatically make buyers second guess the structural integrity of the rest of the house. Don’t let dirt overshadow other areas of your home. If grime, mold and mildew have accumulated on the deck, use a cleaner to remove it. Then, seal and stain it.
Remember to scrub the barbecue area until it’s spotless. This is very important because you don’t want buyers turning away simply because of a dirty cooking area. Taking care of your deck by removing clutter and keeping it clean will make buyers appreciate your home more.
Accessorize to Add Curb Appeal
Depending on the climate, consider adding outdoor patio furniture and décor accordingly. For instance, if your home is in a warmer region, you can use porch furniture and seats that add color and warmth to your deck area. If your home is in a colder area, then consider resin or wrought iron furniture that looks appealing even when cushions are removed. If there’s snow, make sure to keep the furniture clean and consider adding an artificial plant at the entrance for a pop of color.
Make It Inviting With Soft Touches
It’s easier to give a soft touch to the interior of a house, thanks to delicate materials found in carpeting, furniture and curtains. To add a soft touch to your deck area, you’ll need to use the same idea to make porch furniture warm and inviting.
Hard deck flooring and walls will not appeal to prospective buyers. Try softening them up with the right furniture, rugs and artwork to create a cozy outdoor space.
You can also bring in outdoor drapes and curtains if your deck has an unattractive backdrop. Busy streets, unsightly houses in the neighborhood and even the sun can be shielded with beautiful drapes.
Think About Some Nighttime Appeal
The deck shouldn’t be appealing only during the day. It should also be inviting and warm at night. Consider installing outdoor lighting like lanterns and placing them on the steps leading to the deck. You could also add some overhead lighting or hang string lights from the exterior walls to create the perfect ambiance.
Contact CENTURY 21 Core Partners to Learn More
Staging the deck is usually an inexpensive undertaking with an extremely high return on investment. Before you list your home on the market, take some time to spruce up outdoor living areas to make the whole package more appealing. Potential buyers will surely take notice.
If you’re interested in learning more about selling your home for the best price, contact CENTURY 21 Core Partners to see how we could help you achieve your goals.