How to Stage Your Home for a Quick Summer Sale

This summer may be prime season for homebuyers! Consumer confidence combined with longer days and bright sunshine is the perfect backdrop for showcasing your home. Staging your home effectively can make a significant difference in attracting potential buyers. 

Here are some essential tips to help you stage your home for the summer market.

1. Refresh Your Gardens with Mulch

Mulching is a simple yet impactful way to enhance the appearance of your garden, your curb appeal. Choose a colour that complements your home’s exterior. Dark brown or black mulch often provides a striking contrast against green foliage and colourful flowers. 

Home Depot usually has a wide selection of mulch to choose from. Mulch not only gives your yard a clean, finished look but also offers practical benefits.

  • Enhance Curb Appeal: Fresh mulch makes your garden beds look tidy and well-
  • Retain Moisture: Mulch helps retain soil moisture, which is especially important during the hot summer months. This means less frequent watering and healthier plants.
  • Weed Control: A thick layer of mulch suppresses weed growth, keeping your garden looking pristine.

How to Mulch:

  • Clear away old mulch and weeds.
  • Add a 2-3 inch layer of fresh mulch around your plants.
  • Keep mulch a few inches away from plant stems to prevent rot.

2. Add Flower Pots for a Burst of Colour

Flower pots are an excellent way to add vibrant colour and charm to your home’s exterior. They are versatile and can be placed in various locations to create an inviting atmosphere.

  • Front Porch: Place flower pots on either side of your front door to create a welcoming
    entryway. Choose plants that are in full bloom for maximum impact (and don’t be afraid
    to keep them happy with fertilizers such as Mircale Gro).
  • Walkways and Steps: Line your walkways or steps with smaller pots. This guides potential buyers to your door and adds a touch of elegance.
  • Backyard: Don’t forget the backyard! Add flower pots to your patio or deck to create a relaxing outdoor space.

Choosing the Right Plants:

  • Opt for hardy, drought-tolerant plants that thrive in the summer heat. Petunias,
    geraniums, and marigolds (I know, nobody likes them, but they do repel pests) are
    excellent choices.
  • Mix and match colours and textures to create visually appealing arrangements.
  • Use pots of varying heights and sizes to add depth and interest.
  • Check out @yycgardner for inspiration!

3. Make Your Windows Sparkle

  • Clean windows can make a world of difference, allowing natural light to flood your home and offering clear views of your beautified yard.
  • Inside and Out: Ensure you clean both the inside and outside of your windows. Dust and grime can build up quickly, especially on the exterior.
  • Use the Right Tools: Use a good quality window cleaner and a microfiber cloth or a squeegee for streak-free results. For tough spots, a mixture of vinegar and water can work wonders.
  • Check for Repairs: While cleaning, check for any cracks or damages that might need repairing. Clean, well-maintained windows reflect the overall care you’ve put into your home.

4. Final Touches

  • Outdoor Furniture: Clean and arrange your outdoor furniture to create inviting seating areas. Add cushions in bright, summery colors for a fresh look.
  • Lighting: Ensure all outdoor lighting is functional. Add solar lights along pathways and accent lighting to highlight garden features.
  • Declutter: Keep outdoor areas tidy. Store garden tools, toys, and other items out of sight.
By following these tips, you can create a warm and inviting atmosphere that highlights your home’s best features and makes a lasting impression on potential buyers. Remember, first impressions count, and a well-staged home can be the key to a successful summer sale. 
Happy staging!

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