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Useful tips to stage an outdoor space

Small spaces can make a big impact. Irrespective of size, an aesthetically pleasing outdoor space can be a major selling point for prospective buyers. “Even if the outdoor area is small and only enough to sit and have a cup of coffee, it might just be the feature that makes the stand out from others in the neighbourhood,” says Adrian Goslett, Regional Director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa.



Most entry-level homes and sectional title units have limited space for outdoor areas but just because the outdoor area is small, doesn’t mean it should be neglected. “If a buyer has the option of two properties within a price bracket offering similar features, it is the subtle differences that make one more favourable than the other,” says Goslett.

He notes that there are several ways in which sellers can enhance their outdoor spaces to make them more appealing to buyers. Here are a few points that will assist in maximising small outdoor spaces:

Flooring

The advantage of having a smaller area to work with is that it is more cost effective to upgrade. Less surface area to cover means that it won’t cost that much to invest in higher quality tiles or stones to cover the area. Decking is also another flooring option that is practical and adds a touch of sophistication.

Glass is a good option

When selecting furniture for a small outdoor space, a glass-top table will be the best option because it won’t interrupt the line of sight as much. The table can be functional while still creating an illusion of a larger space.

Lose the back

For sitting options, chairs and benches with no or minimal back rests will look less cluttered and as with the glass table top, they won’t obstruct the viewers line of sight, which will make the space feel more open.

Size matters

Be sure to scale the outdoor furniture to fit the space correctly. The larger and bulkier the furniture, the smaller and more cramped the space will feel. It is best to choose smaller furniture items that function well rather than items that smother the space.

A focal point

An area can be small but still visually interesting. Adding a focal point such as a piece of garden art, bonsai tree or tiny water feature in the corner can make the area more aesthetically pleasing while adding style. A focal point can also distract prospective buyers from focusing on the square meterage of the area.

Get vertical

Wall gardens are a great way to add foliage to the area without sacrificing space. Wall art made from succulent plants is another low-maintenance option for adding a green element, while drawing attention to the edges of the area. This will also assist in making the space look larger.

Get out the grill

Seeing a clean braai in the outside area will help potential buyers envisage their own outdoor meals in that space. However, it is important that the braai is size-appropriate, clean and in good repair.

“Making the most of your outdoor areas and showcasing them in the right way will be an advantage on show day,” Goslett concludes.


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