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May 30, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 192

Those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer........and you're trying to sell your home! Kind of takes away the lazy part, doesn't it? But selling during the summer just means you need to pay attention to a few things that might not be so important during the winter months. Everyone already knows the importance of weeding, mulching, keeping the grass cut and the clutter out of the yard. That means toys put away and hoses rolled up. And of course curb appeal is important so add pots of flowers on the walkway and by the front door to really welcome people in. And keep those trash cans and recycling bins hidden.

But to make your house really stand out, focus on the outdoor living area.This adds a whole new dimension to your house and even extends the square footage during the warmer months. That means staging your outside patio or deck area just as you stage the indoors. And what does the indoors have that's important? For starters, a comfortable and inviting living or family room. So outside you need the same thing - a "living" area with comfortable seating and arranged appropriately for conversation. Add tables and lighting, just as indoors. Lighting can be from candles on the tables, torches in the yard, strands of lights in trees or around the railing - or even a beautiful outdoor lamp or two. Then pull the look together with a rug and pillows and plants as accessories and you have a beautiful outdoor living room!

Just like inside, no outdoor area would be complete without a cooking and an eating area. The grill can be the "kitchen" so set up a nice table and chairs for the "dining room". Add a bit of color with an umbrella and perhaps pillows or cushions for the chairs. If possible, finish the look with a candelier above the table and you have definitely set the stage.

Of course, a "bedroom" would be nice, or at least a place for a nap. Is there somewhere you can place a hammock? Then do it! And let your buyers visualize a relaxing day spent reading and napping in the shade.

And really show off this area during an open house. You now have a perfect place to serve your "guests" (potential buyers) refreshments, encouraging them to linger just a little longer in what could become their home.

Ann Anderson is the owner of Rooms Reborn ( ), a decorating, staging, and redesign business serving Connecticut. She is also the founder and Director of the School of Interior Redesign ( ). a private occupational school teaching staging, decorating, redesign, feng shui, and working with relocating seniors. She is also the co-creator of the Ready2Sellin30Days system which is designed to help do-it-yourself home sellers prepare their homes for sale with less stress.

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