Porch and Patio Renovations
They aren’t included in the square footage of our home, but they’re also not really part of the yard. Porches and patios are uniquely transitive spaces, where the interior and the exterior merge together, refusing status as either one or the other. Even though they are hard to define, they are important. Extremely important, in fact, as they will absolutely be scrutinized by potential home-buyers looking to fall in love with your property.
As part of our ongoing series on preparing for spring, today we are going to look at some of the ways you can spruce up your patio or porch and make it a vibrant space where the potential magic of your for-sale home will be palpable to even the most nearsighted of viewers.
Prepping the Patio
Melting snow and tenacious patches of ice are the two biggest foes when it comes to patios in springtime. Chances are good that if you’ve got a patio (or a deck, for that matter) it has looked more appealing than it does right now, when the nighttime temperature still drops below freezing and the possibility of snow still hangs grumpily over our heads. Snow removal is the first step towards making this part of your house more appealing. Shovel off steps, tables, chairs, and anything else that might be quaint and charming to prospective buyers. If there are patches of ice, take a pick or other such object and scrape them away. The last thing that you need to have happen during the viewings or open houses is for someone to slip and break their collarbone on a property that is almost not yours anyway!
Prepping the Porch
As with the patio, the first things to address are the collections of ice and snow that might have appeared on steps and walkways. From there, the porch itself is fairly simple – provided, that is, that it is clear of clutter.
Treating both your porch and your patio like another room of the house is key towards getting them ready for showing. Staging chairs or a table is a great way to give these areas a welcoming look, displaying their utility as well as their immediate functionality. As with the house, a little goes a long way here, so consider packing up the hammocks, beanbags, couches, extra rugs, empty boxes, full boxes, cabinets and whatever else may have collected during the winter in order to make the porch and patio clear and clean and ready for spring.
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