Implement these simple touches to spruce up our patio for the summer!

  • Tidy Up. Before starting your patio makeover, clean up anything that may have become dirty during the fall and winter seasons. Pressure wash walkways, remove dead foliage, wash windows and clean outdoor lighting fixtures.
  • Add decoration. Decorate your patio with garden planters, new furniture and colorful outdoor throw pillows to create a more inviting and homey feeling. Fill the planters with flowers that will bloom during the spring and summer seasons.
  • Patio lighting. Adequate exterior lighting is a key component of your home security. Adding string lights not only provides safety but also adds a warm and inviting ambiance for you and your guests.
  • Add entertainment. Build a bar or bonfire pit for a fun reason to get together. But don’t forget to include a few other activities such as a deck of cards, ping pong or croquet, to keep our guests happy and entertained all summer long.

 

Garage Sale Tips

  • Check with your local government to see if there are any restrictions regarding garage sales and promotional signage in your area.
  • Start accumulating items you want to sell and put them in a designated place. If you don’t have to retrieve them before the sale its safe to assume you don’t need them.
  • Advertise online using Craigslist, Twitter, Facebook, gsalr.com or nextdoor.com
  • Put up flyers on the bulletin boards in your area (grocery stores, community center, etc.)
  • Take time to make clear, precise signs that can be easily read from far away. Double check your sings by driving past them to make sure they are visible from the road.
  • Add balloons, pinwheels or streamers to your signs to catch attention.
  • Invite your neighbors to join your garage sale. The more things you have to sell, the more people you will attract to stop by!
  • Decide what to do if it rains on the day of your sale.
  • Keep small bills on hand to easily make change for your customers paying cash.
  • Have grocery bags available for sold items.
  • Wash & iron any clothing items, make sure they are clean and functional.
  • Make sure adequate parking is available to handle several cars parked near your home at one time.
  • Display more interesting items nearer to the curb to draw in customers.
  • Make sure each item has a clearly marked price.
  • Offer a “free” box. This can be put on the sidewalk to attract customers.
  • Display like items together. Have areas for each category of things you plan to sell.
  • Have an extension cord and batteries available to show items work.
  • Most important, have fun!