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Preparing your home for summer buyers

As a country we tend to be all about the great outdoors, making the most of the beautiful weather we enjoy throughout summer. We are well and truly into our summer months now and if there is one thing Australians enjoy, it is revelling in those long, warm summer nights spent entertaining friends and family. With this at front of mind over the next few months, many buyers in the market will be focusing on outdoor living spaces. Are you selling your property this summer? It’s time to ensure your home is ready for any potential buyers looking for the perfect summer backyard space. Follow our tips and you can’t go wrong!

Garden

  • A green and healthy garden is the perfect backdrop to a summer home. When listing your home, gardens need to be immaculate and groomed to perfection.

  • Be sure to clean all insect debris and spider webs throughout the area.

  • Make sure your garden is well watered – this is especially important throughout the hot summer months. Frequent watering encourages plants to develop deeper root systems, making them stronger for surviving hot, dry times.

  • Keep up with regular lawn mowing, weeding, hedge trimming and raking to ensure your garden has a neat appearance in case of any surprise home inspections.

Patio and Decking

  • Ensure there is adequate shade available, yet nothing too heavy that takes away most of the natural light.

  • Use a pressure washer to clean windows, outdoor furniture, patios, stairs and walkways. They remove dirt, mould and mildew very effectively and use less water than a garden hose.

  • Give your BBQ a good clean. We all intend on giving our BBQs a good clean after every use but sometimes this doesn’t always happen. Attack yours with a stainless steel brush to ensure a good clean.

  • If you have timber decking, make sure you’ve given it an oil in the last six to 12 months. If you haven’t make sure to clean your deck first before applying the oil in long, even strokes.

Furnishings

  • Make sure outdoor living spaces are not cluttered with unnecessary furniture, yet have enough seating for those buyers looking to entertain.

  • Be sure to connect your outdoor area and its furnishings to your indoor areas. Not only does this help the home flow, it also shows that the home can be enjoyed indoors and outdoors throughout summer.

  • Focus on using natural fibres such as timbers and wickers and earthy fabrics as much as you can throughout the area – just make sure they are weather resistant.

  • It is also important to consider WA’s intense summer heat and ways to keep the area cool. Buyers often look for ceiling fans, alfresco blinds and mister systems throughout a home when considering buying.

Decor

  • Accessorise with colour through bright cushions and plants – both are simple additions that will go a long way in enhancing the attractiveness of the area.

  • Style the area as you would indoors with rugs, lounges and cushions to help make the space seem irresistible.

  • Try to make the most of natural light throughout the area. This can be enhanced through the use of clean and fresh colours such as blue, yellow and green.

  • Think about including lots of white to brighten the area, floral printed cushions and heavy textured throws, helping to add a summer vibe to the area.