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    7 Ways to Make the Most Out of Your Outdoor Living Space

    Our outdoor living spaces can be one of the most underutilized parts of our homes. It’s easy to stay indoors and admire the glorious garden and patio from the comfort of your A/C during the warmer spring and summer months. But let’s change that. Hanging out and relaxing outside is good for our mental and physical well-being, so turn off the TV and get outdoors already!

    One of the most highly sought-after features of a new home is a well equipped outdoor living space. According to a survey from the National Association of Home Builders, more than 80% of home buyers said patios and porches were desirable and a must-have.

    With that being said, here are 7 tips on how to spruce up your outdoor living space before summer hits — on a budget:

    Get Comfy

    Achieving the optimal comfort level can be tricky when you’re working on a budget. But there are ways to make your outdoor living space the most inviting and comfortable space in the home. Start with upgrading your chair cushions and add a throw or two for those chillier summer nights. A pro tip — add an outdoor rug to bring it all together.

    Connect Your Devices

    Make sure your WiFi connects to the outdoors. Invest in an extender to make this possible. To set the mood and good vibes, try installing a music rock or outdoor speakers and stream your favorite feel-good tunes. Your guests will surely be impressed!

    Blur the Line

    Create a seamless transition from indoors to outdoors by bringing similar design elements from the adjacent room inside the home to the outside. Do this by matching your cushions and decor — an easy, and simple way to create a wow factor! If you’re feeling bold, switch out your standard door with a french or sliding door.

    Mood Lighting

    Lighting, no matter if it’s indoors or outdoors, dresses up your home’s marketability and appeal tremendously. Install uplighting to highlight trees or other architectural details. Or try adding sconces or pendant lights to light up and evening of grilling or reading. To create an enchanting atmosphere, hang fairy or string lights and illuminate the walkways with solar lights.

    Make it Personal

    Sprinkle personal touches throughout your outdoor living space to give off a custom feel. From crafting a one-of-a-kind outdoor chandelier, or painting a faux rug with your favorite colors, creating personal touches will upgrade your outdoor space. Whatever makes you feel good and happy, add it outdoors.

    Add Some Fun

    Add fun yard activities to get people off the couch and playing outside. Fire pits are a proven highlight and always draw people together. Ladderball is another great idea or add an outdoor chalkboard that both adults and kids can play with. These details not only add a personal touch but also add a personalized feel to your outdoor space.

    Battle the Bugs

    No one likes bugs, especially when you’re trying to enjoy the outdoors. Fend off the bugs and install an awning or canopy, or screen in your porch for protection. Or invest in some citronella torches and citrus candles for twice the pest-fighting action. But just in case, make sure you have bug spray handy to prevent those inevitable bug bites.

    As we’re in the midst of the weather warming up, the real estate market is picking up so it’s important to keep your outdoor living space looking good to attract buyers! Together let’s find you a home to create long-lasting memories that will stand the test of time. Contact us at (419) 345-7808 to get started.

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