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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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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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February
16

Your flooring can have a big impact on the atmosphere of a home. Here's how you can choose the right flooring if you're renovating.

Great flooring can really improve your home interior but can also have a significant impact when it comes time to sell your home. Our real estate agents frequently recommend new flooring as a top home renovation project, especially when our clients are thinking about selling in the next couple of years.

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February
14

Taking your cooking to the next level can be as simple as buying the right ingredients. Here's how you can cook seasonally this winter.

Looking for new ways to enhance your cooking skills this year? Try working some seasonal ingredients into your recipes. Fruits and vegetables taste so much better when they're in season, as you can really notice the additional flavor and freshness. You should be able to find the best produce at local markets, like the Long Island Farmers Markets.

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January
27

Staying on top of the latest trends doesn't have to be a chore! Here's how you can shake up the look and feel of your home in 2022.

A new year means new interior design trends. If you're considering a home makeover, it might be worth reading up on some new styles that are sure to be a hit in 2022. Many designers continue to observe the pandemic's impact on interior trends. From enhancing comfort to bringing nature indoors, many of this year's design choices directly reflect the lifestyle changes of the last 24 months. Our real estate agents are always reading up on the latest design trends every year, so we wanted to share a list of this year's biggest trends:

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January
17

If you want to make a big impact in 2022, consider these practical and worthwhile home improvement resolutions.

Your home is your most important asset. Keeping it in good shape helps you maintain a nice place to live, but it's also essential for growing your home value. January is always such a great time to think about self-improvement, but our real estate agents also encourage clients to think about home improvement as well. Major home improvement projects can have a positive ROI when it comes time to sell your home and are a great way to improve your home's condition and your overall wealth.

If you're drafting your New Year resolutions, make sure home improvements are at the top of the list. If you're not sure where to start, here are some ideas to help:

  • Boost Your Curb Appeal
    Never underestimate the impact curb appeal can have on your home value. Curb appeal is a term that describes how your property is perceived from street reviews. When it's time to sell your home, curb appeal will have a big impact on buyer first impressions and your listing photos.

    There are many easy ways to improve your facade. Give your front door a fresh coat of paint, add some nice LED lighting to your walkway, upgrade your mailbox, or refresh your front yard landscaping. Even updating the address numbers on your facade can have an impact.

  • Upgrade The Bathroom
    High-end bathroom fixtures are an increasingly important selling point in today's housing market. Update your flooring, tile, or backsplash. Consider some stylish new countertops, and install a new tub if yours is looking a bit dated. If your bathroom is ready for an upgrade, make it happen in 2022.

  • Is it Time For A Roof Replacement?
    If you've been putting off that roof replacement for the last couple of years, you may want to put it at the top of your list. An old or damaged roof can lead to significant water damage and old growth in other areas of the home and can quickly have a compounding negative effect that can lead to major repair bills. While a roof replacement isn't cheap, it's best to take care of the problem before it becomes larger. Plus roof replacements can increase energy efficiency and cut down on utility bills.

  • Create A Home Office
    Regardless of whether you're working from home, a dedicated home office is an important feature. Some of our favorite Brooklyn homes for sale have big beautiful rooms that make for great home offices. If you have an extra bedroom, you may want to consider transforming it into a nice workspace. If you don't have an extra room, look for any unused space in the living room, basement, or hallway. A nice office just needs space for a desk and a chair. A home office is a must-have for many young home shoppers, so it'll pay off nicely when it's time to sell.

  • Focus On Green Living
    There are so many easy ways to improve your home's energy efficiency without draining your savings. Investing in double-pane windows, reapplying caulking and sealant, or adding new insulation are all easy and cheap things you can do to cut down on energy use. Invest in a programmable thermostat that automatically adjusts temperature based on your daily activities. A new ceiling fan is also a good way to increase air circulation and decrease cooling costs.

Home improvement projects can improve your living space and make you feel good about yourself. For more tips on how to make the most out of your home in 2022, contact us today.

June
2

Eight in 10 adults agree that buying a home is the best long-term investment a person can make. That is according to a recent nationwide Pew Research Center survey, demonstrating the value that Americans continue to place on home ownership.

To help potential home buyers realize the dream of owning a home, Century 21 American Homes Real Estate is participating in REALTOR® Nationwide Open House Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, June 4-5. During that weekend REALTORS® across the country will hold open houses from coast to coast, aiming to focus attention on the benefits of home ownership to families, communities and the economy.

"Home ownership benefits individuals and families, as well as strengthens our communities", said Michael Litzner Broker – Century 21 American Homes. "The decision to own a home is a personal one, but we believe that anyone who is able and willing should have the opportunity to pursue that dream." The REALTOR® Nationwide Open House Weekend will give REALTORS® the opportunity to bring buyers and sellers together and help them connect with local residents about the housing issues that matter most to the people in our community."

A strong majority of renters surveyed in the Pew Research Center study 81% said they would prefer to one day buy a home. In addition, respondents rated being able to own a home as the top long-term financial goal followed by being able to live comfortably in retirement, pay for a child's college education, and leave inheritance for children.

"In fact, owning a home is one of the best ways to build long-term wealth; it provides both equity accumulation and tax benefits over time," said Litzner.

REALTORS® are being asked to hold open houses in various local neighborhoods throughout Queens, Nassau and Suffolk counties, the weekend of June 4-5, to provide guidance and insights into the social and financial benefits of home ownership. They can also answer questions about the local housing market and the home buying and selling process.

"REALTORS® are leading advocates for home ownership," says Litzner. "Through this nationwide event we will not only educate the public on the value of owning a home, but also help those who are striving to become home owners take steps toward achieving their goals."

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