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Staging Your Home for Sale: Portable Backyard Luxury


According to the National Association of Realtors, more than 95 percent of buyer’s agents say home staging has at least some effect on the buyer’s view of the home. They also found more than 81 percent of buyers find it easier to visualize the property as their future home when it’s staged.

Help future buyers visualize the potential of your home and how happy they would be living in it. Think about what you want your home to represent and what type of buyers you want to attract. Luxury buyers want upscale amenities and unique touches both inside and out. Remember staging your home goes beyond the curb appeal and what you do to your kitchen or bathrooms. Take a look at the potential of your own backyard and stage it for selling success.

Relaxation Area

Create a variety of purpose areas in your backyard to show off its possibilities. Leave the center open so buyers can visualize a party, new pool or their kids playing soccer on a sunny day. Around the perimeters of your yard, stage areas like an outdoor kitchen and relaxation area. Set up some hammocks, a swinging bed on your porch or outdoor lounge chairs with end tables for books and drinks. If your porch becomes the relaxation area, add crystals to the ceiling to catch the sunlight and install a ceiling fan for a cool breeze on a lazy day.

Portable Spa

Install a portable spa to relax in warm hydrotherapy to soothe muscles and calm the senses. An Intex PureSpa Portable Spa is roomy enough for four adults and comes with an insulated cover and floor mat. Available on sites like PoolCenter.com, this spa is puncture-resistant and features 120 bubble jets and can warm up to 104 degrees Fahrenheit. Position the spa under a trellis and add colorful curtains that can be tied back on a cool night or closed for privacy.


A pop-up Gazebo offers stylish shade and an area to entertain or just relax after a long day at work. Show potential buyers how to use the Gazebo by adding some comfortable patio chairs or situating your portable spa underneath it. Add a small table and stock a cooler with sodas and beers to turn it into a snacking area for an intimate backyard picnic.


Appeal to nature-loving home buyers with a trickling fountain to lull everyone into relaxation. Add some stones, colored pebbles and wildflowers around the fountain for a touch of color and personality. Next, transform a portable tank or small kids’ pool into a Koi pond to compliment the fountain. Situate a Japanese trellis behind your creation to anchor your look and create a nature room in your inspired backyard.

Dining Room

Skip the picnic tables and umbrellas and think bigger. Attract buyers who love to entertain and spend time outdoors with a complete dining area. A long outdoor table set with dishes and a centerpiece turns your backyard into a formal dining area. Add wrought iron chairs and colorful seat cushions to keep guests comfortable for dinner under the stars. Use a portable pergola with adjustable shade for hot days and string lights around their poles. At night, adorn your dining area in soft light and candles for an experience home buyers will want to call home.

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