The swimming pool is the focal point of the backyard and is the prize gem in terms of summer entertaining. Heck, pools are so popular, the demand for them has increased by 200% from January 2020 to June 2020 alone!
However, the pool can’t be the only thing your backyard has going for itself – especially if you want to be the host with the most this summer. Don’t worry because we have top agent insights that highlight the five best backyard upgrades that’ll turn your hum-drum backyard into a summer oasis that everyone will envy!
Improve the deck around the pool
You can’t have a pool without a nice deck to lounge on, can you? Well, you could but it would totally ruin the look of that summer oasis you’re trying to create! An updated deck can add value to your home, but 43% of homeowners often upgrade their decks because they are more concerned about the safety of their guests (splinters, loose deck boards, cracks in the pavement, etc.) and want a nice place to lounge while the kids are playing Marco Polo.
Upgrade backyard lighting
Sure, it doesn’t get dark until late in the summer, but who wants to go inside once the sun goes down? We certainly don’t and we’re sure your guests don’t want to either. You can enhance the backyard with better lighting solutions. You can use lanterns and string lights to create a cozy seating area. You can use spotlights and walkway lights for safety and showing off special features in the yard (like flower beds, trees, lawn ornaments, and so on).
Updating the grill area
When we think of summer entertaining, we always think about flipping burgers on the grill. However, you can step up your grilling game by ditching that old charcoal grill and creating a grilling station fit for the master griller that you are! If you have the extra funds and space, you can go all out and create a backyard kitchen or just have a wet bar and snack station nearby.
Install a hot tub or a spa near the pool
The pool is a great feature for the backyard entertainer, but you know what would take things to the next level? A hot tub or spa – especially if you want to have romantic evenings with a special someone (or just relax after a rough week). Plus, since spring through summer is the ideal window for selling a home, buyers will go ga-ga about a yard with its very own spa and you could even increase the asking price when you list!
Create an outdoor living area
You have the deck and you have the outdoor dining area, but what about a place to chat with friends while sipping on a cocktail? A dedicated outdoor seating area is a great place for those who want an intimate seating area to have an adult conversation. You can find outdoor furniture that goes above and beyond the typical plastic chairs. With a little bit of creativity and ideas from the internet, you can create an outdoor living area that feels very much like an extension of the interior of your home.
Have backyard space dedicated to playing games
As if your backyard doesn’t have enough places to entertain, you can’t forget space to play games! It could be a huge open space for games like horseshoes or volleyball, or you could just have a space for your kid’s swing set or sandbox. If you have space, you could even pour cement so the kids can play basketball, ride their bikes, or rollerskates.
Summertime is a great time to entertain, but it’s also a great time to make home improvements – especially if you’re getting ready for a big party! And, if you’re thinking about selling your home in the future, these upgrades will certainly grab buyer’s attention. It’s a win no matter what you do!