Deck staging is a valuable part of an exterior home enhancement plan. A deck is a nice addition to the yard of any home, providing an outdoor space which is always in high demand with potential buyers. Staging a deck to maximize its aesthetic appeal is the best way to increase the perceived value of your outdoor space, creating a nice asset for your real estate marketing plan. Best of all, most staging of a deck space can be completed for little money, making this a value-filled strategy which any homeowner can accomplish.
This commentary instructs on some deck-optimization methods that can be used when selling a home.
Impediments to Deck Staging
Old decks can be a real problem for many buyers. The worn or rotten timbers seem like a serious hassle, since they will need to be removed and replaced in order to truly enjoy the deck structure. Leaving a deteriorated deck in poor condition when listing a property for sale is an unwise decision. It is much smarter to make necessary repairs and refinish the deck prior to listing the home, in order to turn this liability into a real jewel of your side or backyard.
Sometimes, all it takes to fix-up an old deck is some new stain and sealer or a coat of paint. I am always amazed how a single coat of exterior paint can give new life to the grungiest decks.
Additionally, always make sure that the deck is structurally-sound and not in danger of collapse. Check railings to make sure they are sturdy and always keep the traffic areas clear of all furnishings and debris. This will prevent anyone from falling when they come to view the property.
Deck Staging Fixes
Once the deck itself is looking good, here are some of my favorite staging tips which can make it a more functional space:
If the deck is small, do not clutter it. Put up a small bistro set and a few decorative items to add interest. Keep small decks simply designed.
For larger spaces or multi-leveled decks, use the rules of proportion to decide on the items that will best fit on the space.
If you have a grill on the deck, make sure it is clean and nicely maintained. If not, cover it and place it in storage.
Do not dominate the deck with a huge table and leave no room for anything else. Instead keep the design open and airy, allowing for maximum enjoyment of the yard and view.
Set the table and chairs as if you are expecting guests for a party. Use a complete dinner setting, including outdoor appropriate plates, glasses and silverware.
Hold down flowers and other decorative table items with Velcro or double sided tape for a maintenance free table design.
Plant fresh flowers in planters on the deck or attached to the railings. Use bright and cheerful colors and be sure to keep these away from the eating areas, for cleanliness.
Wipe down the space regularly to keep it looking fresh. If the whole deck is dirty, rent a power-washer to get it super clean before setting up the furnishings.
Deck Staging Assistance
I recently rehabilitated my own backyard deck this very summer and found the difference to be astonishing. My deck is old wood and a single level, so I choose to repaint it in a Tudor brown color. The fresh paint makes the deck so desirable and inviting, compared to the old worn finish. Best of all, it also seals the surface to prevent water damage. This fast fix cost me about $20 and a few hours work.
In order to make the most of your deck, consider hiring a home stager to help you decorate it to sell. Alternately, you might take on DIY home staging outside to save some cash on the project and still enjoy fantastic results.