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Summertime means backyard barbecues, and with Memorial Day on its way, anyone who has a house on the market should take some time to make sure their backyard barbecue area is looking top notch.

Staging a backyard barbecue area the right way can create a scene that allows potential buyers to imagine themselves enjoying family time and entertaining guests during barbecue season. And here’s how to do it:

Clean the grill. A dirty grill is a turnoff, while a shiny, clean grill is appealing and sends the signal that you’re a homeowner who takes good care of things. This is an affordable and easy step. All it takes is some dish soap, water, a wire brush and a few sponges.

Remove the grills and soak them in a mix of water and dishwashing soap, then thoroughly clean the inside area of the grill. Then use an appropriate cleaner and sponge to clean the outside of the grill. Be sure to clean handles, utensils, knobs and all other parts of the grill.

Clean around the grill. Sweep the area of your patio where your grill is located. Move the grill so that you can sweep out areas under it, as well. For a more effective cleaning, clear everything out and spray the area with a nozzle attached to a hose. And to take things up a notch, consider a power washing, which can make things look brand-new.

Set the table. Use your outdoor dining set to your advantage. Invest in a nice outdoor tablecloth, plates, cups and utensils to create an inviting scene when people are visiting your home. You can also include a centerpiece, such as flowers. And if the weather is suitable, check with your real estate agent about having some snacks out for potential buyers to enjoy.

Clean the furniture. Take a look at the furniture in your patio area. There’s a good chance it could use a cleaning, especially as the summer season is just starting. Remove the cushions and wash everything with an appropriate cleaning supply, then do the same with the cushions. Also, be sure to wash any tables and other items in the backyard area.

If your cushions have seen better days, replacing them is an affordable way to spruce up your yard. Use popular colors such as a cool blue to match the pool setting, or an earthy green if your patio is set against the lawn, trees or shrubs.

It’s all about creating the perfect setting for summertime barbecues.

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