With spring coming to an end, it is time to prepare your home for all things summer. Whether you want to play host to summer barbecues or just want a place to relax in the sun, there are lots of options for outdoor recreation spaces. Working to build a premier outdoor area can not only serve as the ideal place to spend time with family and friends, but it can also add value to your home. Here are some ideas for equipping your ultimate summer backyard:
Let There Be Light – Light up your outdoor space by installing lights along walkways or on tables or stringing lights around a seating are. This lighting not only creates a relaxed atmosphere, it’s also great for night-time showings when it’s time to sell.
Create an Outdoor Kitchen Area – While only about 4 percent of affluent households have outdoor kitchens today, 13.6 percent say they are planning to add one in 2014. A recent study by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) found that outdoor kitchens can add to a home’s value. Upgrading your standalone grill to a built-in grill with additional counter space can go a long way.
Cozy Up – Adding outdoor couches, throw pillows and rugs creates the perfect ambiance for entertaining and invokes a feeling of comfort and serenity, according to the National Association of REAL- TORS® (NAR). These additions also provide value for staging and help potential homebuyers visualize themselves in the home.
Bug Off – There aren’t many downsides to the summer, but one of them is the return of the insects. To make your outdoor space critter-free, make sure you have citronella candles handy.
Your Home CRS Newsletter May/June 2015