By Nan Johnston, Southern Staging & Redesign

Fall is here and with it comes the promise of some cooler days and evenings.

If you are fortunate enough to have a porch or patio, you have an extra living space that is most enjoyable this time of year.

Layering with outdoor rugs, adding colorful pillows, warm soft throws to wrap in on cooler evenings and stringing some outdoor patio string lights around the perimeter will create a space that will make it difficult to give up for the night.

If you have room for a dining set, it’s the perfect time to enjoy meals outdoors and hopefully the bugs won’t be pestering you like the summertime bugs.

Extra bonuses are outdoor fireplaces or fire pits and a flat screen tv with surround sound for ballgames, movie nights or enjoying your favorite music.

Decorating your outdoor space for the real estate market is a smart effort on a home sellers part in that it creates perceived value to a buyer and shows them the extra living space available, making your asking price more attractive to them.

For information on creating perceived value in your outdoor space, contact me.

(Nan Johnston is a professional home staging consultant from Newnan with over 30 years experience in the real estate industry. Check out her website for some interesting before and after photos at www.southern-staging.com. Feel free to contact her at nan@southern-staging.com)