NY & NJ Remodeling Tip By MyHome LLC: Using Landscaping To Create Curb Appeal

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Home remodeling firm offers tips for homeowners who want to increase their property's curb appeal.

To further educate their NY, NJ, and CT clients about increasing their homes' resale value, full service home remodeling firm MyHome CEOs Yoel Piotraut and Mayan Metzler offer guidelines for making sure their property's exterior has the curb appeal to stand out in the real estate market.

"Remember that a prospective buyer's first impression is formed the second they pull into your driveway," says MyHome CEO Mayan Metzler. "And that impression can directly influence their overall interest in your property as well as the amount that they're willing to pay in the end."

In today's increasingly stagnant real estate market, increasing a home's curb appeal can make a huge difference in whether or not a home sells quickly or whether it lingers on the market for months. But there are a few simple steps that MyHome argues will maximize your home's selling potential.

"The first thing I always tell homeowners is that they've got to honestly evaluate the state of their home's exterior," comments Piotraut. "An appraiser or even a contractor will be able to go over your home and pinpoint areas that need immediate attention prior to sale as well as areas that need cosmetic work."

Common problem areas include old or leaky roofs, clogged or rusted drainage, and outdated windows. These types of problems are likely to be deal-breakers for most prospective homeowners and will need to be fixed prior to putting the home on the market.

Once these major issues have been addressed, homeowners can turn their attention the home's cosmetic features. The most important cosmetic feature is the home's exterior painting: if the paint is chipped, peeling or overly faded this will reflect poorly on the home. A good quality exterior paint job, then, can transform a drab-looking house into one of the most pristine and classy homes on the block.

"Color choice is just as important as the overall quality of the paintjob, though," observes Metzler. "Repaint garish or highly unusual hues with neutral tones that are more apt to please a wider variety of prospective buyers."

Once the exterior has been either repainted or touched up, homeowners should turn their attention to the driveway. Make sure its in good repair, offers easy access to the home's entrance, and is well-lit.

Landscaping is the final step in improving a home's curb appeal. An overgrown lawn or flowerbeds that haven't been weeded will signal an unkempt and disorderly property and ultimately leave prospective buyers with a poor impression.

"Keep in mind that the landscaping doesn't need to be ornate, though--just neat, organized and tasteful," concludes Piotraut.

Once these simple exterior elements are addressed, many NY, NJ and CT homeowners are poised to wait out the current economic downturn and wait for their home's resale value to increase for when the market returns to a more prosperous state.

About MyHome

MyHome is a full-service home improvement provider focused on client relations. A corporate leader in delivering world-class service for the past ten years, MyHome specializes in designing, managing, building, and coordinating every part of your sustainable building project. With recent media coverage from Forbes.com to NBC's "The Today Show" MyHome's development projects are getting noticed nationwide. For more information please visit to http://www.myhomeus.com.


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