How to make the most out of your curb appeal

Does your house look like it could use a desperate upgrade from the outside? As a real estate agent for many years, I’ve talked to many people about enhancing the curb appeal of their home.  I recently just read an article on This Old House that talks about this very subject.

“t’s a back-to-basics economy, but that doesn’t mean you should let your house be anything less than a pleasure to come home to. A welcoming exterior can put a spring in your step each time you climb the stoop. Adding the right elements can increase your daily comfort, too. Fixing up a front porch to lounge on during the hot summer months or swapping a failing roof for something new that’s also maintenance-free makes your space more enjoyable—and shortens your to-do list.

Quality upgrades continue to add value. Home prices may have dropped, but the return on remodeling investments remains strong, according to the National Association of Realtors. Not surprisingly, exterior improvements still lead the pack in terms of biggest bang for the buck, with siding and windows paying you back over 75 percent of their cost upon resale.

But it isn’t only major projects that make a difference. Whether it’s investing in a good faux version of a real, and really expensive, material like wrought iron or switching in new hardware to freshen your front, the following pages are packed with small ways to spruce up your exterior on any budget. After all, there’s never a wrong time to make your home more of a haven. ”

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Rules Rule When it Comes to Luxury Condos and Apartments

Luxury Condos Have RulesFor lots of people thinking about condo life for the very first time, having to ‘obey policies’ could seem intrusive to individual liberty. It is fascinating for that reason, to keep in mind that overwhelmingly folks approve of living under condo management rules and even think that their way of living is enhanced by doing so. Some recently cited research reveals that 74% of condo owners (and renters) like living by the rules.

Perhaps we should not be surprised that condo owners like to live by policies. They are designed to improve the lifestyle of everyone in the building. When you take a bit deeper look at them you’ll see that many of these by-laws have a lot of common sense to them and are actually rules that most everyone in a civil society takes for granted.

The secret of picking a luxury condo in Fulton Fiver District Chicago that shows the kind of rules that you can live with, is to pick a condo where individuals have a similar lifestyle to you. You most likely live by most of the rules that you will find in a condo block if you are an individual who is naturally thoughtful of your neighbors.

Many people keep their music peaceful and quiet after ten o’clock as a matter of courtesy. The very same people probably see to it that if they rise early in the morning, they make as little crashing and banging noise as possible.

However, there is always that swath of society who seems to have no external conscience or internal good sense and these are the people that these rules are intended to help control.

Some rules can be extremely complex and puzzling in their origin. One example is that in lots of condos, you cannot store things outside your front door. While this may seem inconvenient and take a toll on your mad decorating skills you need to look at it from a different point of view.

You see, the area outside your door is part of the public space and while it may seem unreasonable not to be allowed to put a plant stand outside your own front door, but consider what could happen if there was no policy.

Your neighbor could stack his children’s bikes outside his front door, plus his big sack of old newspapers and his youngest child’s stroller. Besides the tripping hazard it would make your condominium seem a lot less luxurious.

For numerous individuals considering condo life for the first time, having to ‘obey policies’ may sound intrusive to individual liberty. However, as explained in the examples above, the rules are in place to make everyone’s life more enjoyable and to protect the property values of all. To help you understand the rules and to get the best deal on a luxury condo get the help you need from