In the Bay Area, the best time to step outdoors, breathe deeply, and make better use of the green space on your property is spring. Now is the time if you’re looking to sell your home in the near future. Well-developed outdoor spaces add significant value to your Peninsula home.

In fact, a recent survey by the National Association of Home Builders found that 84 percent of homebuyers want a patio. With spring in the air, now is a good time to start planning those backyard improvements.

TheHouseLogic website recently identified seven ways to turn your outdoor space into the most popular part of your home:

MAKE YOURSELF COMFORTABLE: 

Buy quality lawn furniture; you want seating that’s every bit as comfortable as your indoors chairs and lounges. And outdoor rugs are popular now because they create a cozy-feeling outdoor space

WI-FI? WHY NOT? Set up outdoor Wi-Fi antennas, solar USB charging stations, and wireless speakers so buyers can see how easy it is to stay connected while relaxing outdoors.

SEAMLESS FLOW, INDOORS AND OUT: Replace a standard door with sliding glass or French doors to minimize the visual barrier between inside and outside. Use weatherproof flooring such as stone, tile, or scored concrete for both the room leading to the backyard and the backyard itself.
MOOD LIGHTING: Proper lighting makes your outdoor space accessible all hours of the day, and it helps set the mood, too. Consider sconces, pendant lights, solar lighting along pathways, and overhead strings of lights for the year-round festive look. 

BE CREATIVE: Add a personal, creative touch to your backyard. Maybe walkways paved with colored glass designs or distinctive pavers? Outdoor art…possibly a handmade chandelier, wind chime, or light catcher? How about a pizza oven?
ADD OUTDOOR FEATURES: Fireplaces and fire pits are among the most popular outdoor amenities today. For children, add a playhouse. For your pets, consider a dog run.
DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE ELEMENTS: 
Install an awning, canopy, or pergola and stay outdoors regardless of Mother Nature’s moods. Look for products with polycarbonate panels, which block UV rays. Add windscreens to keep barbecue fires burning while adding a decorative touch. With wonderful weather here on the Peninsula, consider adding screening or covered elements to your deck or patio to make the space a year-round feature.

Are you planning on doing some back yard updates? Let me know what ideas appeal to you.

Contact me before you list (650.207.5192) to find out which outdoor-improvement options will significantly add to the value of your home and help you get the best sales price.