Inspiring ideas for outdoor spaces

Inspiring ideas for outdoor spaces

Step outside this summer and discover how gardens and balconies can set the tone of a property, being practical and stylish.

Outdoor spaces are one of the most important areas of a property. After all, they are the first and last area a visitor sees so if you are thinking of selling your home or just want an update this month, look no further. When driving up to a property for the first time, nobody wants to see an overgrown garden with litter accessorising the grass. Instead, people want to be welcomed with a well-groomed exterior, which is an extension of the inside.

A driveway and garden are the first impression of your home so a combination of soft and hard landscaping is important. As living spaces get increasingly smaller – especially in city locations – more often than not, people are looking for multifunctional areas. As a result, outdoor spaces are now an integral part of modern lifestyles and are often used as a space for relaxing, eating and entertaining.

People want to be able to move seamlessly from the interior of their property to the exterior and once outside they want the area to be flexible. If you are selling your property, it is important to think about who will be interested. For example, a young couple may appreciate a decking/patio area for entertaining whilst a well-maintained play area may sway a family.

For many people, outdoor space is at a premium but make the most of what you do have by growing plants upwards, using colourful window boxes and LED lighting to add personality and ambience. Many apartment and flat complexes have communal areas - however that doesn’t mean that you can’t make it your own. Furniture, well-lit areas and a few plants is all it takes to show that you take care of your abode and if you do share a garden area, then consider speaking to your neighbours about purchasing some plant pots and garden accessories.

Whatever type of outdoor space you do have, don’t underestimate the power of lighting. LED lights add a warm glow and there are a variety of colours and styles to choose from. Fairy lights also create an inviting atmosphere and look great draped through trees and round plat pots and fences. Candles not only look pretty but citronella tealights will keep pesky bugs at bay. A small seating area will also have a positive impact and for a modern, fun look why not consider outdoor beanbags?

The way in which people use their outdoor space varies hugely. However, one thing that most people do want is an area that is easy to use, practical and low maintenance. However this doesn’t mean that it can’t be beautiful. Finally, whether you are naturally green fingered or not, thinking carefully about outdoor spaces that meet the desire of potential homebuyers is a very important part of preparing your home for the selling process.

If you are thinking of selling your property, then get in touch today.