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Outdoor entertainment is bigger than ever thanks to COVID. Making a functional backyard that entertains is a highly sought-after home feature

Dear COVID, thank you for reminding us that even in Oregon, we can entertain outdoors almost year-round. All we need is a cover, a decent deck or patio and some heaters or nice blankets. Turns out other than location and floorplan, a functional back yard entertaining space is the #1 most sought-out feature for buyers today.

If you have the space...it's just a matter of optimizing to either A) enjoy it or B) sell for top dollar.

You can go to town and do built-in outdoor kitchens, fire pits, and more. Permanent structures, plumbing, electrical, and concrete require planning and considerable expense, but there are alternatives. For example, pavers take a smaller bite than concrete and are good if you have DIY skills.

Awnings and gazebos are easy projects and not terribly expensive. Some gazebos are "off the shelf", even. A recent check of home improvement stores shows numerous options under $2000 available for delivery within a week. While you're at it, consider a BBQ upgrade, or add gas/briquet/pizza oven...whatever you're into. Built-in elements add to the home's value per se, but even portable items add both enjoyment and perceived value, sparking a buyer's imagination even if it doesn't come with the house. Mike Hall, principal broker, the Hasson Company

Your scope can be modest or grand. Either way, we can advise you on what's trending, ideas for building it, and resources to get it done this year. We're glad to brainstorm with you for enjoyment and value. Now's the time! Call us today.

Mike Hall, Principal Broker

Licensed in Oregon

Mike Hall Home Team

The Hasson Company

15400 Boones Ferry Rd

Lake Oswego, OR 97035

503-341-5915

mikehall.hasson.com

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