Now that summer is here, most of us in Buffalo look to optimize the good weather months we have. For those looking to sell or just make the most of your home this summer, this is a great time for some summer staging tips. If your home speaks of warm days and sunny spaces, buyers and guests are more likely to feel at home. 1. Patios and other Outdoor Spaces – If you have a great patio or other outdoor space, now is the time to play up your deck or outdoor space. Give potential buyers plenty of ideas and inspiration by staging your outdoor spaces to show their usefulness. Arrange your outdoor furniture into a conversation area, complete with an outdoor rug and bright, outdoor-friendly pillows. Top off your tabletop with beautiful summer lanterns and candles for a welcoming outdoor space well into the evening.

2. Flowers, Flowers, Flowers – There is, perhaps, no better way to bring in the summer feel to your home than with flowers. Consider purchasing fresh flowers and making a nice arrangements on your kitchen countertop, your dining room table and even the bedside table in your master bedroom. Colorful, local flowers can be easily found at farmers markets and local florists. Fresh flowers will instantly brighten any room of your home.

3. A Front Porch Welcome – Welcome potential buyers to your home with a front porch that is sure to invite them in. Start off with pots of colorful annuals near the entrance. If your front door is drab, consider painting it a fresh color and adding new hardware.

4. Breezy Bedrooms – You can make any bedroom of your home instantly more inviting and summer-like just by changing the bed linens. Consider a bright white comforter with throw pillows in soft shades of blue and yellow. Or, simply fold a light summer comforter at the end of your bed for a pop of color. Guests will note the difference.