Beef Up Your Backyard This Fall
Temperatures will begin to dip very soon, but that doesn’t mean outdoor fun has to come to a screeching halt. You can still find a lot of ways to enjoy the fall and beauty of winter beyond just looking out the window.
It is almost time to dust off those chunky sweaters hidden away in our closets under the bathing suits or shorts, and consider some of these tips to squeeze more life out of your backyard.
Take Advantage Of The Grill
Cookouts aren’t just a summer activity anymore. Just think: What’s better than having a backyard barbecue with fall foliage surrounding you? Plus, it’s a lot more fun when it’s just the food cooking and not you.
Whether you’re gearing up to watch your favorite football team (GO Bucks) during its rivalry game or just getting some friends and family together, fall cookouts are great for those of us who are not ready to retreat indoors just yet. Throw some burgers, brats, hot dogs, pizzas, or kebabs on the grill and have those s’mores supplies handy for dessert.
Draw Inspiration From Tailgates
Grilling isn’t the only activity tailgates have going for them. The games that all of you football fans play in parking lots provide a lot of entertainment.
- Corn-hole is a traditional tailgating game which has two boards set at angles 27 feet apart. Each board has a hole near the top and the objective is to toss a beanbag so that it lands either on the board or in the hole.
- This game is fun for kids and adults alike and you can play with one hand, which is important for the 21 and up crowd.
- Hillbilly golf is a setup of two three-rung ladders and players have a rope with a rubber golf ball on each end. The objective is to throw the rope so that it wraps around one of the rungs. Each rung varies in point values and if the rope wraps around the rung multiple times, you get more points. This is also a game to be played one-handed, which frees up a hand for a burger or a drink, or both, if you’re ambitious.
- And don't forget Lawn Jenga! Lawn Jenga is an over sized take on the traditional Jenga game where you try to slide tiles out of the formation without knocking over the tower.
Adding any or all of these games to your backyard will allow you to enjoy crisp fall weather while having a blast.
Additions For Families
Maybe time to add a swing set, tire swing, or slide in the backyard, kids can enjoy them until winter temperatures make their way in and they’ll be more than happy next spring to be able to have a personal playground.
For The Big Spenders…
If you’ve got spare cash burning a hole in your pocket and/or an appetite for a DIY project, you can seriously spruce up your yard.
Want to be outside through the fall and winter? Can you say HOT TUB? You will be able to stay warm and be outside all year long.
Another quick DYI project is a fire pit. Your family will love the warmth of a fire pit on those chilly fall nights. Roast marshmallows and tell a few Halloween ghost stories around the fire.
Lastly, a project that’s more involved such as constructing a screened-in porch or three-season room. These kinds of additions provide a space to enjoy the outdoors with some protection from the bugs, wind and rain.
Any of these additions will increase the value of your home and make resale easier and they are great for you to enjoy while you live in your home!
Don’t Forget About Your Home Insurance
All of these suggestions will spruce up your backyard, also keep in mind that your home insurance will need to be adjusted.
If a fire pit or a hot tub are added you will want to add additional liability coverage, because the risks of having a fire or someone getting injured in the hot tub or swing set have increased. Lets make sure that you have enough liability coverage to protect you in the event of an incident.
Should you add a porch, or three-season room you’ve increased the square footage of your home. When you increase the square footage, your dwelling coverage should increase. Otherwise, if a fire or other covered peril destroys the porch, you might not have enough coverage to help with the rebuilding or repair costs.
Give us a call if you have any questions about coverage adjustments that need to be made, and enjoy the last opportunities this year to get outside before snow falls!
(UGH I know the dreaded 4 letter word SNOW)