Outdoor spaces are quickly becoming one of the most coveted home features for buyers. And with this wonderfully warm weather in San Antonio, making your outside as inviting as your inside can go a long way toward sealing the deal with a prospective buyer.

Here are four ways to ensure the outside of your home is just as attractive as the inside:

1. Declutter and Clean
Just as with indoor staging, the first step to sprucing up the outdoor living room is to clear dirt and clutter from the space. Store lawn equipment, children’s toys and pet items in a shed or garage. Reduce or eliminate lawn ornaments and yard art, especially anything that is personalized. (After all, the goal is to get buyers to envision themselves in the space.) Thin out furniture and patio accessories to make the space look larger. Finally, give the entire area a good scrub down, sweeping away dust and debris to create a fresh, clean canvas.

2. Invite the Outdoors In
Blending interior and outdoor living spaces helps your exterior area feel like an extension of your home, not an afterthought. Open all blinds and curtains and, if the weather is nice during a showing, leave your sliding patio or French doors open. Ensure your indoor and outdoor décor complement one another by using similar colors, materials and styles both inside and out.

3. Create Cozy Sitting Areas
Arrange your outdoor furniture in a way that invites buyers to sit down and envision themselves enjoying your backyard. Leave a cold pitcher of iced tea or fresh-squeezed lemonade on the outdoor dining table. Offer a number of places for people to sit – at a table, around a fire pit or in a cozy chair configuration. Also, offer some shade by using umbrellas or outdoor curtains to minimize sun glare.

4. Soften the Outdoor Space 
Introduce a few soft design features to your outdoor area to create an inviting atmosphere. Rugs, throw pillows and upholstered patio furniture are a few ways to accomplish a cozy feel. Ensure these items look fresh and clean and not worn and dated. It’s relatively inexpensive to swap out new pillows and rugs. Create outdoor ambiance by hanging string lighting, introducing a fire pit in the center of a patio, setting up a zen-like water feature or adding candles, small plants and freshly cut flowers to tabletops. Vases of flowers can also help bring life – and a pop of color – to your outdoor table.

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Pictured above: Enjoy this lovely courtyard at 6202 Hickory Hollow in Windcrest. For the most sophisticated buyer – this 5 bed, 3 bath home is newly remodeled, light and bright with floor to ceiling windows and an open floor plan. An oversized kitchen, large island, breakfast room and wet bar lead into a large family room with an oversized fireplace. Master bedroom with vaulted ceiling has beautiful en suite bath area with separate closets. Oversized laundry room with full bath and separate mud room lead to garage with HVAC system. Listed by my Nix Realty Company colleague Lynne Cunningham. Let’s go see it!