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After spending hundreds to thousands of dollars on landscaping, how do you know if you’ll recoup your investment? Homeowners may wonder if their efforts are worthwhile compared to interior projects. In actuality, landscaping comes back in resale value more than you may think. According to a publication from Virginia Tech, a home landscape has been…


Home remodeling and renovation activity weakened somewhat during the second quarter. Across the board, major indicators reported slight declines, particularly in larger renovation and design projects. Nonetheless, activity overall remains well within positive territory and is expected to continue on a steady pace for the rest of the year, with kitchen and bath projects leading…


For Rob and Elizabeth Yingling of Fairfax, Va., the 10 years it took for their master bathroom to become a showpiece in their home was worth it. Last year, the couple took a sledgehammer to their master bathroom’s 1950s-era hot pink fixtures and walls that seemed fit for Barbara Eden in “I Dream of Jeannie.”For their…


One of the most important protective barriers to an apartment is the roof. They come in a few shapes and sizes, but for the most part are pretty standard on most multifamily properties. When maintained properly, apartment roofing can last for many years, even a few decades. But roofs take more abuse than any other…


A rental property can be a wonderful investment, if someone is renting it. The good news is that there are things you as a property owner can do to help your occupancy rate stay high and your rental income coming in. We’ve already shared ways you can increase your rental’s curb appeal (and why that matters) and ways to…


Nothing can kill a sale faster than a dated, closed-in kitchen area. Many of today’s buyers see the kitchen as the home’s command center, and not just a place for cooking and eating. They want the kitchen to be many things at once, hence the rise in popularity of what is known as the multifunctional…


Get 30% off on paints and stains thanks to our new partnership with Sherwin-Williams. All AAOA members will also receive a coupon for $10 off your first purchase of $50 or more. As a property owner or investor, you know maintaining a property in tip top shape can justify a rent increase and help you…


While the multifamily laundry room has traditionally been seen as “low tech,” there is a tremendous opportunity for property owners to transform this important amenity with new technology. There’s no question that technology is changing our everyday lives. While the multifamily laundry room has traditionally been seen as “low tech,” there is a tremendous opportunity…


Awkward or neglected landscaping can hurt the value of your property and even make it difficult to sell your home. With a bit of planning, you can avoid these six landscaping mistakes and make sure your property looks its best. Here’s what to look out for: 1. Crowded clusters Planting shrubs and perennials in clusters is more…


When Conrad Lifsey and his partner, Derek Loftin, who own a luxury RV rental company in Palm Springs, bought a house 2015 in a property development called Sol, what sealed the deal for them wasn’t inside, but up on the roof. “No other property in Palm Springs had a rooftop deck and it really set…

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