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September
19

Your living room is a social hub, so it needs to be functional and appealing. Here are layout plans you can implement.

Perfecting the optimal layout for your living room is an iterative process that can take place over several months of years. Our real estate agents are always tinkering with new living room designs in an attempt to maximize comfort and interior aesthetic. It just so happens that we've become quite the pros when it comes to living room layouts.

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August
24

Not all renovation projects are created equal. Here's where you should focus your time and money.

Fixing up your home before and investing in renovations can often generate a nice return when it comes time to sell. However, not all upgrades generate a strong ROI. Home improvement projects are expensive, and their perceived value is heavily influenced by what buyers want. In some cases, you might be throwing money away.

Before investing in a new project, it's important to consult with your agent about the estimated return, especially if you're planning to sell in the next five years. Here are some home renovation projects our real estate agents believe have the best and worst ROI:

Renovations With The Best ROI

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July
25

Looking for reliable lawn care advice that delivers results? Start with these tips.

Maintaining a green, healthy lawn can be a lot of work, especially in the middle of a hot, dry summer. We'd all rather spend our weekends doing fun outdoor activities or relaxing by the pool instead of lawn work, but there are actually many ways to make lawn care a breeze. Our real estate agents are always looking for new tips and tricks to make lawn easy and efficient.

If you're looking to keep your lawn healthy all summer long with as little effort as possible, here are some DIY lawn care tips that actually work:

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July
19

The best home improvement projects are the ones that save you money in the long run. Here's what you should focus on this summer.

While summer is a favorite time of year for many homeowners, it's also a season that requires a significant amount of home maintenance. Lawncare, cooling, and regular gutter cleaning costs can add up fast, and keeping up with all of the work can be challenging.

While we'd all rather be grilling or lying around on the beach this summer, home maintenance is a necessary part of homeownership. The good news is our real estate agents have become pros at saving money on summer maintenance costs. Here is a quick list of ways we save time and money every year:

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July
5

If you want to maximize your outdoor spaces this summer, they may need some upgrades. Here's what you can do.

Entertaining guests on the patio is a common weekend occurrence for our real estate agents, so we're always thinking about how to create the perfect outdoor oasis. Your outdoor living space is the perfect place to read, eat, or hang out with family in the summer, so you naturally want to make it as comfortable as possible.

There are so many ways you can upgrade your outdoor space this summer. If you're looking for some quick ideas, here are some tips: 

  • Upgrade Your Seating
    Seating is everything when it comes to the comfort of a patio or porch, so if you're looking for an easy way to enhance your space, upgraded seating is the way to go. A patio sofa, big comfy chairs, and a porch rocker are all good investments. Make sure your outdoor area has ample seating for guests. For inspiration, check out some of the beautifully staged patios at these Great Neck homes for sale.

  • Create Some Privacy
    Good fences make good neighbors. Even if you get along with your next-door neighbor, it's still nice to create a bit of privacy for your outdoor space. Bushes and trees are an effective and visually appealing way to create privacy, but you can also invest in a nice privacy fence or screen on the side of your patio.

  • Enhance Your Lighting
    New lighting is one of the best and most affordable ways to enhance your outdoor space. Spotlights in the yard, string lights over the patio, or LED lanterns along the sidewalk can all create a compelling look. The options are truly endless when it comes to lighting.

  • Find A Nice Patio Rug
    Patio rugs serve as a great focal point for any outdoor setup, and they give you the ability to add your personality to the space. They can also make your outdoor area seem more inviting. Choose a design and color scheme that matches your taste and decor.

  • Deep Clean Every Surface
    Your patio or porch isn't likely to stay clean for long, so periodic deep cleans throughout the summer are necessary. Temporarily remove your furniture, pull out the pressure washer and go to town. Make sure to also clean the cushions on your seating and wipe down any tables, surfaces, or windows.

  • Build A Fire Pit
    A fire pit is the ultimate summertime gathering spot. Sitting around a fire with friends is the perfect way to spend a cool summer evening. You can easily create your own fire pit or buy one at a local hardware store. Just be sure to include comfortable seating!

  • Add A Fountain
    Fountains are a key addition to any outdoor oasis. You can place one in the middle of your garden or even on your patio. They not only look great but can create a calming vibe. Fountains come in all kinds of shapes, designs, and sizes, so it's easy to find one that matches your home.

If you spend a lot of time outdoors, then making your space comfortable and welcoming is well worth the investment. Contact us today for more tips on how to improve your home's exterior.

June
27

Landscaping is a major component of your home's curb appeal. Here's how you can assure it stands out for the right reasons.

Great DIY landscaping takes some practice, but getting it right is well worth the effort. Your landscaping has a major impact on how your home is perceived from the street. A well-maintained lawn, healthy shrubs, and blooming flowers can make a tremendous difference, especially when it comes time to sell your home.

Our real estate agents are busy doing yard work most weekends, so we thought it'd be a great opportunity to share some tips. Here is a quick list of common landscaping tips we often see homeowners make:

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May
2

With the weather warming up, it's time to start thinking about home improvement projects again. Here are some you can complete easily.

Outdoor home improvement season is finally here, and if you're like our real estate agents, you're probably trying to prioritize a whole slew of DIY projects. May is the perfect time to refresh your outdoor space and ensure your home is in good shape before the heat of summer sets in. Doing both will help provide you maintain a comfortable home throughout the warm weather months and also go a long way towards boosting your home value.

If you're having trouble deciding or are simply limited on time, here is a quick list of super-easy home improvement projects to tackle this May:

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April
18

It's about time to show off your green thumb and wow the neighborhood with your gardening. Here's how you can get started early.

Our favorite time of year has finally arrived: gardening season. While many people wait around for warm weather before they get out and start preparing their gardens, our real estate agents like to get a head start. We do everything we can at the end of winter to ensure our spring gardens will be a success. We always plan and prepare well before spring, so we can plant our seeds as early as possible and make the most of those warm-weather weekends.

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March
28

If you ever want to sell your home in the future, you want to make sure it's been worth the investment all this time. Here's how you can boost your home value.

Your home isn't just a place to live, it's also a major asset that can help you grow wealth. For the most part, home values naturally appreciate over the years; however, continuing to invest through upgrades and additions can help drive a higher sale price down the road. 

Our real estate agents know firsthand what buyers are looking for and what they're willing to pay for it. If you're considering what home upgrades to invest in this year, here are some that will undoubtedly raise your sale price:

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March
16

Smart tech is an investment because it can monitor your home in ways you can't in person. Here is the tech you should consider in your home.

Smart home technology is revolutionizing our lives, and adding new gadgets into your home can be a lot of fun. But one of the best parts about smart home technology is many of these new devices actually save you money. Most smart technology helps to keep your home and appliances operating efficiently, and by using them, you can drastically decrease your utility bills.

Our real estate agents are always reading up on the latest devices, so we've become experts on how you can integrate the best smart tech into your home. Here is a quick list of some of our favorite smart home tech:

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