Genoa, IL (PRWEB) August 17, 2006
Rising interest rates and a cooling off of the real estate market has many homeowners looking to maximize the value of their homes in order to increase equity.
“My house is my biggest asset. I want to make sure I get the most out of it when I decide to sell it,” Joseph Melillo, 56, Tampa Bay, explains. “I learned quickly that the outside is just as important as the inside. I invested in some landscaping and added a gazebo and there was an immediate jump in value,” Melillo states.
Real estate agents around the nation are urging homeowners to invest in structural and cosmetic changes in order to maximize the value of their home. Fresh paint, quality landscaping and focal points like gazebo can significantly impact the value of a home.
“The first thing I notice when looking at a house is the landscaping and the outside. Then I focus on the inside. It’s not always easy for me to ‘look beyond’ what I see, so I tend to like the houses that are move-in ready,” Carol Marchetti, 58, New York, explains. “The selling point for my house was the backyard, I totally fell in love with it,” Marchetti explains through a smile.
Marchetti, like many homeowners look for quality homes, but are sold by homes with the small touches that make the house immediately feel like home. Patios, decks, patio furniture, great gazebo designs, landscaping and fresh paint on the outside of a house can instantly transform the house to a home.
“The bottom line is you have to think of your house as more than a house but also as an investment. You need to maximize your investment. The outside of your house is just as important as the inside and anyone who sells there home learns that quickly,” Melillo concludes.
The real estate industry is slowing but home values continue to climb. Investing in both the inside and outside of your home is the best way to maximize its value.
About Leisure Woods:
Leisure Woods, Inc., a family owned business, is a premier manufacturer of cedar gazebo kits. Leisure Woods Inc., has a variety of pre-engineered gazebos designed to compliment both the residential and commercial environments. We currently manufacture 2 gazebo series, the Lake Wood Gazebo and the Cedar Cove Gazebo.