If you've listed your home for sale and have a backyard swimming pool, you need to know that this feature can be highly desirable to many prospective buyers. In advance of an open house, you might work hard to stage each room within the home, but you should take the same careful approach to the areas outside, including the swimming pool. This is especially true if you're selling in the summertime. Your goal should be to make the pool area look so enticing that someone who is on the fence about buying your should will fall in love with the pool. Here are some staging strategies that you can use.
Make The Pool Fun
There are several easy things that you can do to make the pool itself look fun and inviting. If you have some inflatable balls, blow them up and set them in the water, where they'll float around during the open house. Think about other pool accessories that you have handy and consider adding them to the pool, too, provided that they don't make the area appear too cluttered. For example, a comfortable inflatable chair floating around the pool can be enticing.
Set The Table
Many people who have a backyard swimming pool have a deck area with a table and chairs. Just as you might set the table in your dining room in advance of an open house, do the same with the table adjacent to the pool. Use brightly colored plastic dishes to add a splash of color and fun to the area. Plates, glasses, cutlery, and colorful paper napkins can all combine to make the area as appealing as possible. For an extra treat, you might wish to set up a cooler filled with ice and some bottles of water and/or juice, along with a sign telling the open house attendees to help themselves.
Clean Everything Thoroughly
A deep cleaning in and around the pool can go a long way toward making this area enticing to prospective buyers who attend the open house. Always make sure that the pool's water is clean, either by having the skimmer running or using a net to pull out any leaves floating around. Wipe down the table and chairs, pull cobwebs off the patio umbrella, and sweep up any dirt or sand on the patio around the pool. By performing these simple tasks, you'll be making this part of your property a prime attraction during the open house.