As summer approaches and outdoor barbecues start to pick up, so does the real estate market. If you have a property for sale Napa home buyers will often pay close attention to your backyard to see if it has the amenities to accommodate social gatherings with friends and families. One of the key features buyers look for is a well-equipped outdoor kitchen and if you ask Napa real estate agents, they’ll tell you that while it’s something that is sometimes overlooked, it can add immense value to your home.

But like anything in life, if you’re going to do something, you have to do it right! So here are some key tips to make sure your outdoor kitchen scores top marks.

Grill Check

This is where all the magic starts and hunger is satisfied, so a clean new grill is imperative to set the tone for the rest of your kitchen. Prices can range anywhere from $150 to $1500, depending on how top-of-the-line you want to go. In this situation, we recommend taking a good look at your social gatherings in general and ask yourself, how often do you have large family get-togethers? or cookouts for your kid’s baseball team? If the answer is “not too often”, you may not need to buy the largest and most expensive grill.

Comfy Seats

Comfortable seating is a big part of a well-equipped outdoor kitchen. We recommend investing in a durable but attractive dining table and matching chairs. Be sure to test out the chairs and sit in them for at least a couple of minutes to make sure they’re suitable for your guests. When it comes to furniture, you get what you pay for, so expect to pay a little more for items like these to ensure the quality and durability are guaranteed.

The Bells and Whistles

There are other items you can add to make your outdoor kitchen stand out but that really depends on you. An outdoor sink, fridge, and ice machine are some necessities we think would be useful to any homeowner. Other features, like smokers and deep fryers, all depend on how elaborate you want to go and also how well versed you are with using them.

Don’t Forget the Drinks

A great final touch to an outdoor kitchen would be to add a charming bar or bar cart with a selection of your favorite liquors. While this isn’t an absolute must, it does add a classy look to the overall package.

When it comes to making decisions about putting your home on the market, be sure to get advice from professionals that know Napa Valley real estate and surrounding areas better than anyone else. Contact Adam Ghisletta Realty today for all of your real estate needs!