If investors are trying to sell their property while temperatures are dropping, it’s important to create a cosy, inviting atmosphere. To give your backyard the winter wow factor, give these tips a try.
According to Adbri Masonry’s Great Australian Backyard Survey 2019, Australians see backyards as an appealing prospect of a house, with 44 per cent using backyards primarily for entertaining and 33 per cent for relaxing.
With that level of attention being placed on a backyard, ignoring the space could mean missing out on potential buyers, even if it currently is the middle of winter.
“I don’t think [Aussies] want to hibernate for three months of the year to just stare at the backyard through the windows!” said Jason Hodges, Adbri Masonry brand ambassador.
“I believe the reason more backyards aren’t used through winter is that it has never been given the attention it needs to be a transitional space that is equally popular in summer and winter.”
Here are Mr Hodges’ four tips to give the backyard some wow factor this winter.
During winter, surfaces can become damp and muddy, which can track throughout entertainment areas and through the property.
As a result, there should be solid surfaces in place to transition between indoor and outdoor spaces.
“To make the most of your outdoor space during winter, the important thing before you even think about heating is laying a solid foundation,” Mr Hodges said.
Mr Hodges said concrete pavers, for example, are able to withstand the elements and do not require much upkeep.
In addition, he said pavers can be used as a stepping stone path to combat any areas where sunlight does not reach and create very muddy surfaces.
“Once you get this base right, you’re ready to add the other elements to prepare your garden for winter enjoyment,” Mr Hodges said.
As the days get colder, days shorter and the nights longer, providing a backyard with space for lighting is essential, Mr Hodges said.
As an example, ensuring there are vertical poles in place can allow for owner-occupiers to look at adding fairy lights to create smaller, intimate entertainment settings, he recommended.
“For more formal entertaining, consider festoon lighting, which will completely transform the look and feel of your area,” Mr Hodges said.
“Whatever you decide, do not underestimate the value in stronger, practical lighting around the outdoor dining table, as no one likes eating in the dark!”
By styling up a property, an investor can make or break a sale. One way investors bring that edge to a backyard with a garden retaining wall is to top it with cushions to bring a warmer atmosphere to the outdoor space. It will also add some additional seating and colour.
“Finish the look with some complementary throw blankets to ensure no one has a reason to leave the party,” Mr Hodges said.
“Think about your choices for furniture and start by considering how you anticipate the outdoor room will be used. Lounges and deep seaters are perfect for those who like to relax, whereas dining settings are best for those who love long family meals.”
Fire pits are a popular form of outdoor entertainment for three reasons, according to Mr Hodges: they create a centrepiece, a source of heat and a way to cook food.
“A fire pit is nature’s TV; they bring a natural and enjoyable feature to your outdoor area,” he said.
“As soon as you build a fire pit, it will automatically become the focal point and main gathering spot for socialising and entertaining. Get it right and guests won’t want to leave.”
You either buy one or build it yourself. Mr Hodges said all it takes is a shallow trench filled with roadbase, damp sand and cement mix, some interconnecting blocks and a solid steel fire grill.