Summer is in full swing, and if you ask me, there’s nothing better than an evening with burgers and brats on the grill, neighbors over to play yard games and dogs romping in the yard. If outdoor entertaining is also a priority for you in your new home, here are four things to look for:

SPACE

You may be dreaming of an extensive outdoor kitchen, complete with weatherproof appliances and a table with a built-in cooler. Or, your budget may limit you to a Hibachi and camp chairs. Regardless, make sure there’s enough space to host the backyard soiree of your dreams.

SHADE

Western facing backyards will provide the perfect sunset backdrop for your barbecues. Yards on the eastern side of a property may leave you overexposed to the sun.

FLOORING

If you’re looking to lounge around barefoot, take note of the patio or deck’s condition. Make sure it’s been refinished so you can avoid splinters.

FIRE PIT

A fire pit can help stretch the use of your outdoor space by providing a cozy place to gather around after dark. But don’t let it be a deal breaker – fire pits can be added at any time (and may be on sale if you wait to purchase one toward the end of summer).

Summer will be over before you know it. Let StiverFirth International help you in your search for the perfect backyard while there’s still time to enjoy it!

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