Think Beyond the Home When it Comes to Real Estate Upgrades

July 12, 2013

Outdoor Living BenefitsWhile summer sometimes has us focused on air conditioning and energy-efficiency upgrades for the home, there’s a whole world outside of the home itself just waiting to be experienced; and it’s an area that simply can’t be as well enjoyed the rest of the year. That’s right, summertime means it’s the perfect time to enjoy and upgrade your outdoors – and the Equifax Finance Blog has some keen direction on where you should focus your outdoor improvement efforts in the article “Increase Your Home’s Value With These Five Outdoor Upgrades.”

When it comes to upgrades, paying attention to only the interiors of your home can have you missing out on a lot of curb appeal if you are trying to sell, or missing out on opportunities to enjoy your home in general if you are set to stay awhile.  Either way, simpler projects like painting the exterior of your home or doing some gardening can be a great way to liven up your home’s outdoors for summer.

If you are looking to make additions rather than simply accelerate upkeep, the three best ways recommended by Equifax are with a firepit, an outdoor kitchen or patio upgrades. These can be done inexpensively with portable objects like a fire brazier or rolling grill. On the opposite end, you can really make each of these upgrades shine with luxury investments into a built-in outdoor fireplace or outdoor kitchen.

For more information and tips about how to improve your financial well-being, check out the Equifax Finance Blog for real estate, retirement and

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Mitch Levinson is the author of “Internet Marketing: The Key to Increased New Home Sales” published by BuilderBooks. He is an Internet marketing expert with expertise in search engine optimization, website development, email marketing, social media and CRM consulting services. He is known for creating effective programs that can be tracked through analytics to prove effectiveness and ROI. Mitch is founder and president of MLC New Home Marketing and MLC FlatFee Realty, as well as managing partner of mRELEVANCE, LLC, a Marketing, Communication, Interactive agency with offices in Chicago and Atlanta. He currently leads the Chicago team. A Multi-Million Dollar Sales Producer who earned an MBA in Computer Information Systems and eCommerce, he brings a unique perspective and experience to the field of real estate communications. Mitch combines the two interests in order to help home builders and developers gain a competitive advantage through the Internet and technology. When he isn’t behind a computer, he enjoys participating in sports and coaching his kids’ teams. Mitch resides in Arlington Heights, Ill., a northwest suburb of Chicago, with his family, which includes two rambunctious labs. Visit my Google+ profile.

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