6 Ways to Update Your Outdoor Spaces

With the arrival of summer also comes the arrival of a variety of get togethers at your home. Where do these get togethers usual occur? The backyard- on the patio or in the backyard. Being in a place where the cold weather is a good portion of the year, our patios and outdoor spaces take a big hit when it comes to our extreme weather. Since this is the case usually an update or two is needed every occasionally, to spruce of our space. Here are some tips for ways to update these spaces so that you can enjoy them more and add to the value of your home when it is time to sell it.

1- Add a fire pit.
There is nothing like sitting around a fire with your friends and family on a cool summer night, relaxing and having conversation. Fire pits are becoming more popular than ever. It also adds an entirely new look to your backyard while offering your guests a reason to stay later. It also can be used as a centerpiece of an entire event. There are a lot of options for getting a fire pit. Most people just buy them and throw them somewhere in the backyard. Make sure to put them on something more solid than grass or you will have strange yellow circles in the backyard where the grass is now dead. Some people do add permanent fire pits on the patio and in the backyard and Pinterest has hundreds of ideas on how to make them. Good thing is- if you use a more permanent way you can use it in the winter. Don’t forget the smores!

2- Grab some paint.
Painting some of the areas in your yard with bold, contrasting colors help to make the space more seasonal. For example- painting the desk a bold yellow and adding a blue rug helps to contrast your space. This adds to the overall feel that you are in summer mode. Another option is picking a more neutral color which can callow you to add some bold color accessories that you can change as you please. The southern states have recently started painting their patio ceilings ‘haint blue’. Who knows? Maybe this will become popular in the north.

3- Create some art
It’s amazing what a few DIY projects can do for you. Putting some decorative things in the backyard can really help make the space more oriented towards you and who you are. They can be as simple as some painted step stones to the garden to some creative bird houses. One idea to get your kids involved as well is painting some rocks for your garden. Grab some acrylic paint and let them design a few rocks that you can place around your space. This will add some character.

4- Put some light on it!
Adding lights in the backyard can really help when the party keeps going on into the later hours of the night. This can be simple as there are many ways to do this. Adding some string lights along the back fence or over the patio itself help to give it a more celebratory look. Adding some mason jars around the backyard with some simple candles is just as easy as it sounds. One idea we saw was to paint some of your planters with glow in the dark paint. During the day, you cannot even tell that they are painted but at night they can light up the stairs or a walkway to make it easier to navigate

5- Do some planting.
Adding some planters or hanging baskets can really make the outdoor spaces feel like you’re in an outdoor space. Plus, part- they’re pretty to look at. Making a planter is easy and it give you a chance to be creative with it. There are literally hundreds of ways to add some personality to your plants. Another fun project for the kids is getting them to design a pot and teaching them how to plant their favorite flower. It can be a good afternoon activity when they’re home on summer break. Hanging plants are no exception- wire baskets, metal baskets, plastic baskets, etc. Just pick out your favorite flowers and add them to your backyard to increase your appeal. It’s a simple, cheap and easy way to update your outdoor space.

6- Use Pavers!
If you’re looking for a bigger project, one way to update is using pavers over having solid concrete poured. There are companies that do this, but if you’re feeling good that day than it is something you can do on your own. Pavers are great because if one cracks or it gets weathers all you do is a get a new one to cover that piece or just turn it over. These little things can save you time and last a lot longer than some other traditional building options for your spaces.

We hope that you use some of these ideas to make your outdoor space, patio, or backyard the beautiful oasis that you want it to be. You should want to be outside and spend your time there, not dread it because it doesn’t look as good as you wish it did. Your home is your place- make it yours as much as possible! At Red Door of WNY, we are opening doors all over WNY. We want to help make your dreams come true- and finding a great house with a good outdoor space is no exception. Give us a ring and we can help you too!  

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7 Tips to Sell Your Home Faster

 

One of the most stressful things a person can go through is selling a house. This is not even an opinion- but a fact. Buyers walking in and out constantly, possibilities of deals falling through or going through, trying to find the perfect home in time, the list goes on. It’s no wonder that owners usually want to sell as fast as they can. With some homes on the market for as long as 400 days, to homes for only 7 days, there are a variety of ways to speed up the process.

Tip 1: De-clutter your home
For a lot of people this may be the hardest on the list. Buyers do not want to walk into your home and see your stock piles of clothes hidden in the closets. They will look through every inch of your home. Which makes sense. Wouldn’t you? Exactly. Getting rid of a third of your stuff is the standard. Start by going through your storage areas- closets especially and taking out or getting rid of at least half of it. Put the stuff that you want to keep in the closets back in an organized way. You may want to get a storage unit for this portion because it will allow you to keep a lot of stuff without making it apparent to buyers. Make sure to hide more personal things deeper into your closets or store it into drawers. This will also help when you move to! Getting rid of your stuff or putting it into storage will make your life easier during that hectic time.

Tip 2: Curb Appeal
First impressions are everything! This is no different when it comes to buying homes. Adding some plants, more flowers, paint some of those things you’ve been meaning to do for a few years. Flowers near the entry to the home make it feel more inviting and comfortable. Cleaning the exterior of the house may also help- power washing the siding and cleaning the windows can also spruce up your home. Potential buyers will always be looking. Not just at an open house, but they may drive by just to see the neighborhood around it and see if it looks the same in pictures. You can more than likely get a 100% return on your investment when it comes to sprucing up your curb appeal.

Tip 3: Depersonalize
Potential buyers do not want to see their house as your home, they want to see it as their home. Taking down pictures of your family, political posters or anything religious can help make it seem more like a blank canvas. If you don’t want to hire a stagier, rearrange the furniture to make it look less cluttered and more open and hang up some generic wall art to tie it in. This will help make the space seem larger.

Tip 4: Add more Light
Make sure your home does not look like the Adams family residence. Add more light! Optimize your current light fixtures by adding the highest wattage it can hold to make it brighter. A new coat of light paint can help too. It is well known that a lighter room helps to open it up and make the space seem larger than it is. Cleaning the windows, cutting down shrubs or trees, or pulling back the drapes can also help to let the sunshine in. Especially for showings during the day, good natural lighting can be a selling point.

Tip 5: Get rid of anything to do with your pets.
Dogs are man’s best friend, but that does not mean that they are the potential buyers best friend. Hiding the litter box, the food bowls, leashes, toys, etc. is good when setting up showings. Make sure to deep clean the home of all dog or cat hair-having things that mean a pet lives there also brings the perception that the house is not clean. Not everyone is a cat or dog lover and it is important to remember this.

Tip 6: Make some small upgrades
Fixing a few things around the house can make a world of difference. Painting the cabinets, fixing a doorknob, or getting nicer decor for the kitchen or bathroom will make the house already look better. Instead of remodeling completely, only upgrade a few things that you can afford and will see a return on. Getting new appliances may only cost you $2500 but a kitchen remodel can cost as much as $10,000. Only make upgrades on things you know will get paid back to you.

Tip 7: Be Flexible
Being available when buyers may want to view the home helps a lot. Trying to schedule showings may be difficult, but remaining able and ready to show whenever they want helps. The buyer is a customer, so being accommodating throughout the process will make them more willing to go with you and your home over someone else. Someone may find a beautiful house that they love, but if the buying process is going to be difficult because the seller is being difficult, it is enough to make them turn away. Being flexible and friendly can help sell your house just as much as any other tip on this list

There we go! Hopefully through following these tips, your home can be sold before you know it. Special thanks to Trulia and HGTV for helping us come up with some of these. If you are interested in going through Red Door of WNY to buy or sell a home, please give us a call at 768-1177. We take your dreams seriously, and we are opening doors all over WNY. No matter whom you go through, we all really hope you have luck in listing and selling you’re home.

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