The Value of a Patio to Your Home

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There are many things that people will look for when they’re buying themselves a new house for their family to live in. Location is always a key point and so are the schools in the area, if they have children. The house itself will need to have the desired number of bedrooms and bathrooms and a garden or patio. The garden is always a nice extra incentive to buying a house, but as many homeowners know, they also require a lot of maintenance and money to keep them neat and tidy. For the professional worker, time is money, and spending time working on a garden is a waste of what precious spare time they have. That is why having an outdoor patio, can help with the sale of a house.

A patio at the back of a house requires minimum maintenance, in fact virtually none at all. Being outdoors it will get dusty and dirty, but then the rain will come and wash this mostly away. An outdoor patio will add the illusion of space, which is very important when selling the house. All prospective buyers love as much space as possible, as they can envisage what they will do with it, if and when they buy the house.

A patio can serve many other purposes other than the image of more space and low maintenance. They are perfect for outdoor parties, without the risk of getting muddy if it rains, so there is no need to put down any straw mats. Heavy rain water, will just brush off the patio, if it was grass, there would be a puddle there for days, with the risk then of mosquito larvae, and eventually lots of insect bites. If the homeowner has a dog, they will dig up the ground and walk the mud through the house, but a dog cannot dig through a patio. An outdoor patio can also serve as a protection for the house foundations, taking any rain water away from the house walls, evading most damp problems. During the summer, there may not be much rain and the constant use of a garden will result in the grass looking sparse, but not an outdoor patio, these will last for years with no signs of wear and tear.

Patio furniture is made for patios and not the garden. In a garden, the patio furniture will obviously get dirty with mud, but the water in the garden will begin to corrode most patio furniture, which is why outdoor patio furniture is mainly made of metal, and garden furniture is made of molded plastic.

For patios there is a very wide selection of patio furniture. The lamp heaters are excellent as they will keep people warm on a chilly evening, and they use gas bottles, so there are no electricity leads to trip over. Some of the patio table and chair designs are phenomenal, and would not look out of place in a palace. The outdoor patio swing sets are perfect for loving couples or rocking young children to sleep, and some even come with a safety strap. The patio furniture is very easily kept clean with patio furniture covers, outdoor of course. So there will be little maintenance with the patio, and little cleaning with the furniture, the outdoor patio is the professional mans friend.

Jack Labens works for Empire Patio Covers, a leading provider of outdoor furniture covers such as outdoor chair covers and outdoor table covers. Empire Patio Covers can be found online at: or at their blog .

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