As the seasons change so must your backyard entertaining areas. When it gets warmer we prepare for more outdoor cooking and evenings spent outside for longer hours. Likewise as fall and winter draw nearer it’s important to prepare your patio or deck for the cooler weather.

Stoke The Fires 

If your climate allows outdoor entertaining throughout the year you know that every season brings with it it’s own outdoor pleasures. In particularly the fall is a welcome cool down for most and the enthusiasm for being outdoors that wanes in the extreme heat of late summer is often renewed. Nothing makes a cool weather gathering like a nice fire. This is one improvement that you can bring to your patio or deck that requires only a small expense if done correctly, or you can opt for a more elaborate outdoor grill or fire pit that is a permanent addition and naturally necessitates a bit more cash. And because so many buyers are looking for a unique and outstanding outdoor entertaining space these days you can probably expect a good return on the investment. For outdoor grill or fire pit ideas visit HGTV.

Increase Your Lighting 

As the temperature drops the days grow shorter. This means that some of your late evening dinners that were once basked in a cool sunset glow will not enjoy the benefit of natural lighting. So increasing your outdoor lighting will help you to continue enjoying your patio late into the evenings without struggling to see your guests. This can be accomplished by installing either a simple string of outdoor lights or you can truly accessorize your space with trendy outdoor lighting that mimics that styles you might expect to see indoors. For more lighting ideas visit HGTV.

Improving your outdoor spaces in ways that encourage entertaining is like adding square footage to your home. With these and other tips you can enjoy these extra areas well into the fall.

Alicia Murphy

Alicia Murphy is a licensed real estate agent. My freelance writing career began simultaneously with my Real Estate career in 2010. As a Realtor I’ve worked primarily with buyers in finding them their dream home and have experience in foreclosure sales, but I've also represented sellers in marketing and selling their homes. As we await the bolstering return of the Real Estate market I will continue to adapt to ever-changing conditions and continue to provide first-rate service to my clients.

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