A balcony or terrace is a great selling feature, especially appealing to prospective buyers who want a private outdoor space where they can relax. To maximize this selling point, dress it up to make it look its best.
Clean it up. As with all staging, start by thoroughly cleaning the space. Sweep decking, wash any windows, and wipe railings. Remove any unnecessary items to make room for furniture and accessories.
Pick a purpose. To help potential buyers visualize themselves enjoying your balcony or terrace, choose a purpose for your space and define it. How will this ideal outdoor area be used? Entertaining friends? Relaxing with a book and cup of tea? Sharing a romantic dinner with a partner? Knowing what kind of scene you want to set will help you choose the right furniture and other design elements.
Add furniture. The right style and scale of furniture will give your space a purpose and make it appear larger. A small café table and chair set that doesn’t take up much space is a good option. Alternatively, a bench paired with a comfy chair creates a pleasant grouping for entertaining. A hammock is a great option for relaxing. Keep in mind: You don’t need to spend a lot. Repurpose or dress up an old table by adding a beautiful tablecloth. Transform wood palettes into attractive seating with lots of cushions and a nice blanket.
Bring the inside out. Consider using interior design elements in your outdoor space to up the style factor. Think outdoor area rugs, cushions, and even artwork. The goal is to make your terrace feel luxurious and inviting.
Add color. If your balcony or terrace is bland, spice it up with a pop of color. Flowers, textiles, and other accessories add visual interest. Just don’t go overboard. Two to three splashes of color add style without alienating more conservative buyers.
Provide shade. If your outdoor space gets a lot of direct sun, consider adding an umbrella, sail shade, or awning to provide cooler temperatures.
Use potted plants. Greenery and flowers will make your outdoor space feel fresh and vibrant. Adding live plants is especially important if your home’s location doesn’t offer much green space. Plants can provide privacy and hide unsightly views as well. Hanging baskets or a long planter with bamboo stalks work well as screens. Select plants that will thrive in your space and don’t forget to water them regularly.