8 Ways to Extend Your Patio Season This Fall

Cooling temperatures and the arrival of pumpkin spice everything doesn’t mean that you need to head indoors just yet. Using your outdoor living space is a great way to enjoy the changing of the season and enjoy some outside time. Consider these 8 ways to extend your patio season into the fall.

  1. Add Some Warmth

Making sure that your outdoor living space is still enjoyable and comfortable will encourage you to use the space more often. Consider adding a patio heater that can easily radiate heat in a large of area for you and your guests. Choose from a variety of sizes and styles that fit your budget and the overall look of your outdoor patio area.

  1. Hang Some Lights

You’ll need some extra lighting with the sun setting sooner than it was earlier in the summer. Hang a few strands of lights around the perimeter of your outdoor space in order to add a touch of sparkle to prolong those after-dinner conversations. Choose from different styles that cater to your unique tastes and personality.

  1. Cuddle Up with Throws

As temperatures continue to drop, make sure to always have a stack of fresh, cozy throw blankets ready for friends and family so they aren’t scared back inside by the crisp fall air. Consider storing blankets in a weather-tight box outdoors to keep them dry and ready for use.

  1. Add Some Ambience

To create a truly enjoyable outdoor ambience, consider adding a popular fire pit to your patio to encourage those guests to stay awhile. Not only does a fire pit add an extra layer of warmth but it provides a point of interest to an outdoor living space. Invite friends over to roast some hot dogs over the fire and indulge in gooey s’mores for dessert.

  1. Sip Some Tea

Wrapping up in a cozy blanket to read a book and enjoy a hot cup of tea, or hot chocolate, is the epitome of fall that many homeowners love. Make sure to provide enough side table space next to outdoor chairs for ultimate comfort while diving into a good book. Use a simple outdoor tray to carry sweeteners and sugar cookies to enjoy with your warm beverage.

  1. Leave the Leaves

You may want to immediately rake up fallen leaves on your patio, but consider letting them fall where they may to really set the scene of your outdoor space. The colors of fallen leaves provide those seasonal scents that remind of autumn-and they can be mulched for your fall lawn careneeds.

  1. Add Fall Color

Pumpkins are a welcome addition to any outdoor space this time of year. Pick up a few different shapes, colors and varieties of the orange gourds to add a pop of instant seasonal color to your patio. Stack and store pumpkins on your patio before carving them later in the season.

  1. Have A Game Center

Fall is a great time to enjoy lawn games that carried over from the summer. Many homeowners find that fall is the better season to enjoy a quick game of horseshoes or croquet in the comfortable, cooling temperatures. Create a game center on your patio that is easy for guests to access and invite your friends and family to join you outdoors for a friendly competition.

Extending your patio season is easy with these eight tips to help your patio pop well into the fall.

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REALTOR® Safety Month Tips

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The National Association of REALTORS® has dedicated September as REALTOR® Safety Month.  The goal is to educate and promote safe precautions to members so that they have the knowledge to protect themselves in any situation.  We have compiled a list of tips that we think every REALTOR® could benefit from knowing.

Tip #1: Use the 10 Second Rule

Take 10 seconds upon arriving at each new destination to do a quick scan of your surroundings.  If you notice anything out of the ordinary, do not get out of your car.  This is also a good time to plan an escape route in case of an emergency.  Taking 10 seconds to do this quick scan is a great rule of thumb for showing properties.

Tip #2: Bring Up the Rear

Always allow clients to walk in front of you.  When showing a home, follow this rule in each room you enter.  Direct your clients without necessarily leading them from a position slightly behind them.

Tip #3: Check Your Cell Service

There are cases when you may be in a remote location or in a home with thick walls or generally bad cell service.  Do a quick check in each room to find out if your cell phone has service so you know where to go to make a call in case of an emergency.

Tip #4:  Nothing Personal

It’s great to have a personal relationship with your clients when working together, but keep information like where you live, when you are home, you family dynamic, and any vacation plans to yourself.

Tip #5: Go With Your Gut

If you ever feel uncomfortable or unsafe, chances are that something is off.  Be prepared to have an excuse to leave any situation and go somewhere that you feel safe.  Have a friend that you can call or go to your office where you are safe.  Sometimes it may just be a feeling about a person or place, but other times your gut is telling you to get away and get away fast.

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