We’re working on a house that hasn’t been lived in for the past couple of years. The outside needed lots of help and we’re in the middle of getting it ready to go on the market. It made me remember the blog we published regarding the importance of outside staging, so I’m re-publishing that today…because it’s still very important!

Buyers will be honest, even brutal, as they assess your home.  They have no affection for your property until they fall in love with it and can imagine moving in.

Before you put your house on the market, go safely across the street and view your property from a distance.  As you did on the inside, pretend you are the buyer and have never seen the house.  What do you see?  Are the gutters coming loose?  Is your yard in bad shape?  Does the front door need repainting?  How long has that woodpile been stacked up against the side of the house?  You must assess your house and property with an unemotional eye.

Where you are standing is probably where an Agent will park to tell prospective buyers about your home.  What the buyers see at that moment determines whether they’ll get out of the car or simply ask the agent to keep driving.  You can’t make buyers get out of the Agent’s car, but you can entice them by Staging. 

First and foremost….Remember that you CAN’T sell it if you can’t see it!!!  Overgrown shrubs and bushes need to be trimmed if possible or dug out if not.  Staging is merchandising, and merchandising the whole property is key in today’s market.

Here is a house where we staged the outside. See what a little work can do?



The cost to do this was minimal and you can see what a difference it made.

So, go outside and heck the condition of the paint, roof, gutters, and downspouts.  Move garbage cans, discarded wood scraps and lefover building materials.  Check for insect problems.  Weed , weed and weed.  Some mulch and a few new plants will make a huge improvement and are not a huge investment.  Groom and fertilize the lawn.  Remove small items from patios and decks and finish all unfinished projects!

Remember that you WANT prospective buyers to feel welcome and come in!!

Jeri Pischke, Tender Heart Transitions – Email – Website

Related Posts

Ideas and Inspiration – How to Think Outside the Box with a Flea Market Find

Ideas and Inspiration – How to Think Outside the Box with a Flea Market Find. Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis, MN. It's summer and it is time for Flea Markets!! I love flea market finds. First because they are cheap. Second because they are unique and different. The best part is to find a way.

Read More

Selling Architecturally Taste Specific Homes

I stage many architecturally taste specific homes. Historical homes, Victorian homes, contemporary homes, mid-century modern and so on. But when I was called to stage this home it was a first. Frank Lloyd Wright inspired with Japanese influences. Ahh….okay. That's a little different. This home was built only a few years ago with very specific architecture as the owner lived many years in Japan and.

Read More

Pictures of the House That Flows!

I've been writing about making a house "flow" when staging.  Here are some (not great) pictures of a beautiful home we just did.  The first thing you saw in this home was the feather painted walls.  We painted over them with a color called "softer tan" (you'll see the color in other pictures below). We chose.

Read More