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May
26

Patio Tips

With the weather warming up, it's time to start thinking about reclaiming your home's outdoor spaces. If you spend a lot of time on your patio every summer, this might just mean sprucing up your existing patio after a winter of neglect. Even if you don't already have a great patio setup, it's never too late to get started! Plus, outdoor living spaces help homes sell better, so start thinking now about staging your patio before listing it among other Alexandria homes for sale. Here are five tips to get you started.

  1. Clean it up
    Winter winds and precipitation leave behind a lot of soil and debris, making your outdoor spaces look dingy and neglected. Before spending time on the patio or listing your home, our real estate agents recommend taking a weekend to clean up the patio. Get out your hose or rent a pressure washer, and wash the grime away from concrete, stone, decking, and patio furniture. You'll be amazed by how much brighter your patio looks afterward!

  2. Check for Necessary Repairs
    Winter rain and wind can do a number on your patio and anything left on it over the winter. Take this opportunity to check your patio furniture, sun shades, fencing, and gates, ensuring that everything is in good working order. Repair or replace anything that has become broken or worn down.

  3. Freshen up
    Once you've made sure everything is clean and in good repair, it's time to start freshening up. Usually, adding a little color will make a world of difference. If the patio furniture is looking dingy or faded, paint it. Outdoor cushions may need to be replaced since they normally don't last more than a few years outside before starting to look the worse for wear. Don't forget about what goes under your feet, and consider a bright outdoor rug to tie it all together.

  4. Make it Grow
    Don't forget that part of the appeal of spending time in your outdoor spaces is the relaxing connection with growing things! Take this time to tidy up your surrounding landscaping, weeding, pruning, and getting your flower beds ready for the growing season. Don't forget to add pots and planters to your patio area, softening the abruptness of all the flat surfaces with flowers and greenery.

  5. Add Light
    Just like inside your home, it's important for your outdoor spaces to be welcoming and well-lit. During the daytime, your patio should have plenty of natural light, even if it's a shaded area out of the sun's direct rays. For nighttime enjoyment of the space, make sure your patio is well lit with various lighting, from mood-enhancing lanterns to trendy strings of bulbs. A bright overhead light is also useful, but make sure it can be turned off independently of the others.

A comfortable, attractive patio can be your haven as a homeowner or a selling point for your buyer. For more information about the role outdoor living spaces play in today's real estate market, contact us today.

Latter & Blum
430 Notre Dame St.
New Orleans, LA 70130
(866) 794-1022

Agency License Information: Latter & Blum is licensed in Louisiana by the Louisiana Real Estate Commission. Latter & Blum is also licensed in Texas and Mississippi.

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