Outdoor Staging – For Mission Viejo Backyards, Balconies, and Porches
Mission Viejo Home Staging Moves Outdoors
When you are staging your Mission Viejo house to sell, don’t forget the back yard, front porch and balcony. There are a couple of simple and relatively inexpensive things you can do to bait the buyer trap by dressing up your outside areas. Yes, it might mean a trip to Costco, Ikea, Hobby Lobby, or Home Goods and spending a little bit of money – but the results will be worth it. Here’s what to do.
For your Balcony – If your balcony is large enough, consider setting out a café table with two chairs. Put a simple, heavy (you don’t want the wind to blow it into your door when you’re not there to catch it) white tea pot and two white mugs on the table. Put a tea bag with a green label in the teapot and make sure the tag is dangling toward the door to the balcony. Place a green pillow, matching the color of the tea bag label, in each of the chairs with the requisite V chopped into them. Now, when buyers open the door the balcony, even if they don’t step out, they register in the emotional part of their brain that they could be comfortably drinking green tea on their very own balcony. If you have a view, set out a pair of binoculars on the table to the left of the teapot with the lenses facing down. This vignette will convey to buyers that they’ll have lots of free time to sip green tea and either bird watch or check out the neighbors.
For your Front Porch – If you have a front porch, now’s the time to jump up and down with glee and pat yourself on the back because you can make a significant impression on buyers as they jump out of their Realtor’s Mercedes and approach your front door. I’d go Adirondacks with foot stools. Put two chairs side by side, set at an angle pointing toward the front door, with a small end table between them. Then place two yellow plastic (glass can get messy and dangerous) tumblers on the end table and lay a small bouquet of white and yellow wild flowers tied with a yellow ribbon on one of the chairs. The buyers will think you just left after someone was given flowers and you both enjoyed a tall glass of lemonade. Can you say “Ahhhhh?” And yes, it’s not really glass. This is staging, remember?
For your Back Yard – Set out two full length lounge chairs – either teak steamer deck chairs or rattan loungers, and certainly not woven metal-framed chairs. Point the chairs toward your swimming pool, potted plant, grassy knoll, or flower bed. Place solid colored, full length cushions on each of the chairs. Find a paperback book in a complimentary color and place if opened end down on the lower part of the lounge chair with a pair of sunglasses resting on top. Place a complimentary colored, folded beach towel at the foot of the other chair. Viola! Summer in Orange County personified!
You may want to guard against foul play by gluing down the tea pot, mugs, binoculars, pillows, lemonade glasses, flowers, books, and sunglasses. That’s what they do in model homes to prevent foul play. You can do the same when your staging your house to sell.