Have you been feeling cooped up these last few months?

We’ve all been following the guidelines for staying safe at home for quite some time now! If you are fortunate enough to have a little green space to call your own, you likely haven’t minded spending some extra time at home. 

But if you’re less than thrilled with what you see when you look out your back window, our McGarr Realty team can help! Refreshing your backyard can make a big difference if you’d like to enjoy more time outside this summer, or if you’re planning to sell your St. Catharines real estate and want to get started on staging your home with thoughts of increasing your resale value. No matter your budget, the REALTORS® at McGarr Realty want to share our top recommendations to improve your outdoor space!

Patio Furniture

Nothing makes a backyard as inviting as trendy new patio furniture! When staging a home, outdoor areas can often be overlooked. If you're selling your Niagara or St. Catharines home during the summer season, you should maximize what your home has to offer both inside and out!

There are many ways you can make your own outdoor space more attractive. Outdoor lounge furniture, such as sofas, daybeds, or chaise loungers, is perfect for creating a relaxed vibe that welcomes you in. Throw in a few outdoor cushions and you may want to spend all your time outdoors!

If you have a patio or deck that is being underutilized, a dining set can bring new life to this space. A bistro set can add charm to a small corner, while a bigger dining table can create a new focal area in your yard. Little touches like a colourful area rug or outdoor lanterns can elevate your space.

Garden Beds

Landscaped garden beds are another great way to improve your outdoor area. This budget-friendly option can boost your home’s curb appeal and make it more enjoyable to be outside.

Building new garden beds is a smart option, especially if there are areas of your backyard that are less appealing visually. Areas with patchy grass, such as shaded corner areas, can be easily fixed with a new garden bed and shade-loving plants.

When assisting sellers with staging their homes for sale, our REALTORS® often suggest freshening up existing garden beds. One inexpensive way to do this is by adding new garden edging to tidy up the beds. Basic plastic edging can be enough to give your garden beds a beautiful finish without much effort.

Laying down new mulch can go a long way too! Mulching helps to keep gardens low maintenance and weed-free, which is appealing for both yourself and potential buyers. And if your garden beds are looking a little sparse, a visit to your local garden centre for a few annuals can be an affordable way to add colour to your yard.

Privacy Fence

Most of us will be spending less time travelling and more time at home this year. If you have a spacious budget to work with, a new privacy fence is ideal for creating a private oasis in your backyard. If you’re planning to sell your home, privacy fences are on many homebuyers’ wish lists and can increase the resale value of your home.

Wooden privacy fences create a stunning look, but they are more expensive. There are other affordable options such as fencing made out of sheets of corrugated metal, or panels made from composite materials like recycled plastic. And if a new fence is not an option, there are other ways to create privacy in your yard. You can opt for a more natural look by adding trees or shrubbery to create a green border.

With a little extra attention added to your yard this year, you can create a beautiful outdoor space that is ready for you or your home’s future owners!

If you plan to sell your house, our REALTORS® offer a free complimentary consultation to help increase your home’s resale value. Let us show you why the McGarr Realty team are experts in Niagara and St. Catharines real estate!

Call our office at 905-687-9229 in St. Catharines, or 905-468-9229 in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Or send us a message on our contact page, HERE.

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