How to Design an Irresistible Outdoor Retreat for a Happier, Healthier Life

How to Design an Irresistible Outdoor Retreat for a Happier, Healthier Life

Having a functional and serene outdoor living area will encourage you to spend more time outside, which is known to improve both mental and physical health.

People that tend to spend more time outside are more likely to be happier and healthier throughout their lives. Not to mention, when your home has a beautiful outdoor living area, your backyard easily becomes the ultimate summer staycation for you, your friends, and your family.

So what are you waiting for? Let’s design that irresistible space of your dreams in just 5 simple steps…

Step 1: Envision How You Want the Space to Feel

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How would you feel if you could design or create your very own outdoor oasis? Wonderful, right?!

Well, now is the time to design your perfect outdoor living retreat so you can enjoy it for years to come with all the people that you love doing life with. Just imagine yourself sipping on your favorite beverage as time passes by. Now take a deep breath and take it all in.

Step 2: Treat the Area Just Like Your Indoor Living

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If you honestly think about your outdoor living space, it really isn’t that much different from your indoor family room and dining area where you like to hang out.

All you have to do is dress it up a little by adding some of your favorite furnishings and accessories like a sofa, maybe a loveseat, some chairs, a few tables, pillows, planters, etc.

You could even create different outdoor zones and conversational areas depending on how much space you have in your backyard (just as you would inside the home).

Step 3: Choose Durable Furniture You Also Find Attractive

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Outdoor furniture can get beat up pretty badly from the sun and extreme weather conditions, depending on where you live, so make sure you choose something that will last over time.

At The Savvy ID Home Staging & Design, we prefer using Teak Wood (White Oak, Cypress, Cedar, & Redwood) furniture because of its sustainability in our designs.

Now for home staging on the other hand, we tend to select outdoor furnishings based on the level of attractiveness instead of durability and how we want potential buyers to feel while experiencing the space.

Step 4: Layer Your Space with Performance Fabrics

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When it comes to choosing a durable outdoor fabric, Sunbrella Fabric cushions (Polypropylene, Marine Vinyl, and Outdora) are some of our favorites to use because they’ve been treated for water, stain, and UV resistance and have high abrasion resistance as well.

Once you’ve decided on your wood and fabric selections, now you have to layer the space with beautiful outdoor rugs, pillows, lanterns, lighting, etc.

And if you have a fire pit or fireplace outside, add a few baskets and fill them with throws so you can enjoy them during the cold winter months.

Step 5: Add Your Bold and Beautiful Finishing Touches

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Lastly, in order for you to create your irresistible outdoor oasis, make sure you add pops of color with fresh flowers by putting them in your favorite vases on the outdoor coffee table. You can even include a bar cart to store your favorite beverages.

Spend some time thinking about how you want to truly enjoy your outdoor living space before you start buying things. Find inspiration on Pinterest, Houzz, from magazines, on Instagram, Facebook, etc.

Ready for an outdoor space that spoils you silly? Contact us and we’d be delighted to help!

Until next time,
Katherine

Why Quality Staging with a Client in Mind Matters

Why Quality Staging with a Client in Mind Matters

Staging rooms where people tend to spend the most amount of time makes the biggest impression on buyers. Focus on the rooms that count the most.

When staging a home for a family with small kids, the most important areas to stage would be the main living areas such as the family room, dining area, outside living, kitchen, master suite, playrooms, and kid’s room to attract a young family demographic.

For a young couple expecting their first child, the home needs to be staged in a way that makes that future buyer feel like the home was designed specifically for them. Since so many people are working, learning, and vacationing at home due to COVID, every room should make the buyer feel like the home is perfect for their evolving family.

Having an experienced staging company to collaborate with in order to help attract the right home buyers really does take a whole lot of talent and skill to achieve the best outcome. Today, we’ll be sharing some of our top home staging tips that will immediately resonate with your future buyers…

1. Let the Neighborhood Speak

Have you ever heard this saying when people are looking to purchase a house? “It’s all about location… location… location!” Location is key when selling valuable real estate. Believe it or not, the location of a home is the single most important factor that buyers consider when looking for their forever home.

There are many things future buyers must consider along with the property’s location, like nearby schools, crime rates, amenities and transportation, the neighbors, future appreciation potential, etc.

That’s why it’s imperative to make sure your property is staged properly to convey to potential buyers that they are making the best decision possible when purchasing the home because it speaks to the overall need that they may have. If the location isn’t right for them, then you have to let the staging highlight all the reasons why the location doesn’t really matter.

Proper staging will show them how to make it work.

2. Narrow Down the Niche

When it comes to staging a property to attract a particular buyer demographic, specificity matters. You have to consider who the house is really for and market the home to that buyer.

Is the home located in the city and therefore needs to be staged to attract a young hip single male, or is the property located in the suburbs and needs to suit a large family with school-aged kids? Staging not only should speak to the buyer demographics, but also to the home buyer’s psychographics because that matters most when marketing a home.

Psychographics incorporate personality, values, attitudes, interest, and lifestyles. Partnering with a Certified Professional Home Staging company like The Savvy ID, ensures your property will be staged with that in mind.

3. The Deal is in the Details

We believe that every last detail matters, which is why we stage with quality on-trend furnishings, high-end accessories, and custom curated decor pieces. Rather than telling potential buyers about all the key features, we let our staged properties highlight all the home’s assets without the agent having to say a single word.

Seeing is believing, so we create elevated visual stories that make buyers sign on the dotted line. We believe when it comes to staging a property, the smallest details matter because we’re creating a lifestyle that buyers aspire to achieve. Staging is about creating a comfortable and luxurious design that appeals to the widest range of potential buyers (that fit the target demographics and psychographics, of course!).

It should entice buyers to want to see more, and to emotionally connect with the home. This is why we carefully select certain rugs for a specific room, certain pillows for the sofa, artwork, vases, and chairs, etc. that speak to the buyer’s lifestyle.

We know when our staging is super effective because often times, the buyers will purchase several rooms of furniture when they buy the house.

4. Tech is Always Trending

The best time to invest in technology is when you’re putting your staged property on the market. A smart home allows its future buyers to control appliances, thermostats, lights, and other devices remotely using a smartphone or tablet.

Smart homes provide homeowners with convenience. To remain competitive and to separate your property from the competition, you must make these upgrades to attract busy young home buyers.

5. A Picture is Worth Hundreds of Thousands

Now, let’s make sure you don’t waste your investment on just having the property staged. You must also use a professional real estate photographer to help attract buyers online first. Make buyers want to see your beautifully staged property in-person.

Professional staging and real estate photography go hand-in-hand. All buyers shop online first before ever stepping foot inside the house. Remember, a picture is worth a thousand words and a nicely staged property can literally increase a home’s property value.

For the best results, contact The Savvy ID Home Staging for your next listing appointment. It will make the biggest impact on your bottom line. We can help your seller get their return on investment and secure a speedy sale.

Until next time,
Katherine

WHY SOME PROPERTIES FAIL TO SELL, AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT

WHY SOME PROPERTIES FAIL TO SELL, AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT

You only get one chance to make a great first and lasting impression! Just one. What will you choose?

As the Home Seller, you control two things:

  1. Price
  2. Appearance / Condition

Just imagine if you chose the latter and decided to do nothing. Here’s what would happen:

  • Potential buyers would only focus on all the issues of the property instead of focusing on the positives.
  • The home would sit for months without any real viable offers. Buyers would become less interested the longer your property languished on the market.
  • You would have to reduce the price just to pique buyer interest. Every price reduction, price modification, or price improvement, will cost you thousands of dollars!
  • You would lose a ton of your “profit” with your stale listing just sitting on the market, month-after-month, with no offer in sight.

Can you really afford to lose thousands of dollars?

If your answer is “yes” – meaning you can afford to lose money and you do not believe in the power of Home Staging interior/exterior marketing) then you are in the wrong place!

But let’s just say, if the only thing you got partnering with us was a “Quick Sale”, Your “Return on Investment” and/or “Sold Your Property At or Above List Price” it would be worth hiring us

If you can’t afford to lose money and want to profit, which path will you choose? We hope you have decided to partner and collaborate with us.