Spring into Staging

An early spring has arrived in Tallahassee!  Along with fragrant blooms and lush new foliage, the spring season ensures a feeling of freshness and renewal following the drab winter months.  Mother Nature never ignores her spring updates, and neither should you when it comes to staging your home’s exterior for a quick spring sale.

When updating your outdoor spaces, start with a spring cleaning.  Pick up and remove any dead limbs which may have fallen, rake and bag leaves and debris and generally tidy up.  Clean your windows and pressure wash any winter grime and mildew that may have built up on siding, gutters, driveways, outdoor furniture and pathways.

Next, evaluate your outdoor spaces, with particular focus on your home’s entry, patio, deck and pool areas.  Take stock of your existing outdoor furniture and decor.  It’s time to edit with a critical eye.  This is a great time to stain wooden furniture and decks, paint rusting or faded furniture, and take care of any necessary repairs.  If you’re putting your home on the market, focus on essential elements that will create comfortable and attractive outdoor seating and dining areas, and stage these areas to showcase your home’s entertaining potential.

With the cleaning and editing complete, you can turn your attention to the décor and staging elements.  Painting your front door with a bright pop of color is an easy an inexpensive way to create a welcoming entry.  Add a new welcome mat and spring wreath or flag.  Pick up a few fun throw pillows for your seating area.  Right now, home improvement stores and retail shops such as TJ Maxx and Marshalls are full of affordable, fun spring décor options.

Finally, replant your annual beds and decorative pots with colorful spring plants and greenery such as ferns.  Emphasize a large front porch with lush hanging baskets.  Don’t neglect updating your window boxes--or consider adding new window boxes--particularly to enhance the curb appeal of a cottage or bungalow architectural style. 

With just a few spring updates, your home will stand out from the competition!