Want to know the latest trend to get you a 12% ROI when selling your home!

The cat got let out of the bag on a recent Canadian television show where Fanny Kiefer interviewed a well known garden designer Carson Arthur.She asked him about his up-and-coming show Critical Listing and whoops, it hasn’t even started filming yet for HGTV. Carson specializes in eco-friendly landscape designs.

What was interesting from a home staging perspective is that Carson revealed some research done by TD Canada Trust & Century 21 and the results showed that LANDSCAPING your property will bring you a 12% ROI (return on investment) when selling. The study indicated this ROI was ahead of what bathrooms & kitchens renos can bring you. So that means paying attention to what your ideal buyer would like to see in terms of your outdoor space.

Decks and patios need to be ‘glammed up’ so they offer an oasis from the busyness of life. Create a sanctuary in your back yard or even if you only have a small balcony. Play it up – decorate with more than just a plant – think relaxing – add attractive, modern looking table & chairs, an umbrella if enough space, sculpture, tray with a pitcher of lemonade and glasses, calm Buddha statue and don’t forget to add lots of colourful healthy plants!

There are many new eco-friendly products for the surface of your patio or backyard. You can do an internet keyword search for: eco-friendly outdoor flooring. This site of Squidoo has lots to offer so you might want to check it out for ideas.

Colleen McClure
Proud owner of PRES Staging® and expert home stager. I naturally started drawing interiors when I was very young. I see finished projects completed in my minds-eye as the client explains to me how they would love to see their space created. I then can draw sketches quickly to produce this vision right then and there with the client. My creative talents led me to full time work as a career counsellor working with people, designing workshops, facilitating groups when the economy did not support the luxury of home improvements. My many talents in this field was a happy marriage to own PRES the Professional Real Estate Staging Centre. Helping others start and run their own home décor businesses for redesign and staging, learning design principals and building confidence brings me great joy and passion. Working with people and helping them make confident decisions comes easy to me.