You can’t judge a book by its cover, or can you? When selling your home, you want to show potential buyers what they would be missing out on if they don’t buy your property. By creating a luxurious outside area, you’ll be able to clearly show them the social life that they could have, or the relaxed evenings they could enjoy. Summer is the best time to accentuate the fantastic features that your garden has to offer. So don’t allow it to let you down when the time comes to sell – follow our tips to add value to any outside space. Invest in new windows and doors A great way to brighten up your exterior is by giving your windows a new lease of life. Painting your frames brilliant white is a quick and cheap way to make your home look like it’s come straight out of Santorini. However, if your windows need more than just a quick paint job, then you should consider investing in some new windows and doors. Floor-to-ceiling sliding doors are a good two-in-one option. Not only do they allow your home and nature to intertwine, but they can serve as both a window and a door – saving you space whilst you enjoy the beauty of nature from your kitchen or living room. Update your landscape Most buyers want a relaxing outdoor haven – somewhere they can put their feet up at the end of a long day. By investing in your garden, you’ll be able to make your house stand apart from the rest on the market. With summer in full swing, you can easily weave colour into your outside space to make it pop. Flower beds that seamlessly blend with your existing brick or stone walls can create a stimulating yet tranquil atmosphere. Add shrubs, ornaments and water features to make your space unique and interesting too. The larger ones can create a focal point that ties your whole garden together and complements the rest of the space. Add sought-after amenities Have limited space inside? Why not utilise the space outside? If potential buyers can see that the garden serves a very practical purpose too, it can add a couple more pounds onto the asking price. Pools and jacuzzis are good features to include, if you have the space and money. They’re a great way to add a sense of luxury to your whole property, without even having to touch the interior. You don’t have to go all out, however. A built-in BBQ is an easier addition to make, and quickly becomes a necessity in the summer months. Viewers of your property won’t be able to stop themselves from seeing the potential for great summer parties, with amazing food to keep everyone going… Create an outdoor entertainment area To further entice potential buyers, section off an area of your garden and create a space specifically designed with socialising in mind. Then invest in a patio, good seating and shelters. The British weather is very unpredictable, so you’ll need to show home-seekers that your garden is ready for all the elements. A water-repellent parasol that will withstand winter storms, and not bleach in the summer sun, is a must-have. Let buyers know that they can maximise the time spent here too – with the right lighting, entertaining can carry on for hours, even when the sun goes down. Demonstrate your garden’s potential, come rain or shine. If you have any questions regarding our variety of parasols and other shelters here at Instashade, don’t hesitate to get in touch.