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How to Increase Your Apartment Property Value – Retractable Awnings

Posted: Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 | Filed under: awnings, retractable awnings
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013Real estate in New York City is a fierce and competitive market.  Buyers and sellers of apartments, condos, and townhouses all strive to out do each other with fancy perks and amenities.  But there’s a simple secret for having the most desirable real estate:  Being able to offer a slice of outdoor life (no matter how big or small) via a backyard, terrace, patio, or balcony.  Now, take it one step further and make that outdoor space irresistible by incorporating a retractable awning.  Doubt us?  Look at some of the current real estate listings and you will see, outdoor spaces protected by overhead awnings (retractable fabric awnings are ideal) are, simply put, the best way to increase the value of your real estate at the highest rate of investment return.

Take, for example, one current listing for an apartment on the market, which shows us immediately how a retractable awning can be used to entice potential buyers.  Check out this ad from Douglas Elliman:

“Sunny condo oasis back on market! This sparkling 2 bed/ 2 bath Penthouse, in a 12 unit building boasts bright, open south facing balcony plus private roof space. The open kitchen features a breakfast bar, GE Profile appliances, double sink, and granite countertops. French doors in the generous living room open onto a lovely planted balcony. Too sunny? Just roll out the retractable awning for shade while still enjoying the blue sky and view.”

As you see in the above real estate ad, in New York City a retractable awning is a coveted item.  When a real estate agent uses it in the first paragraph of a listing, it shows how much sway that extra perk can have on selling an apartment.  Savvy real estate brokers use it to entice potential buyers with dreams of having a warm sunny sheltered space to sit outdoors and enjoy that intangible feeling of peace and quiet that can only come by breathing in fresh air, high above the cacophony of the streets of the city that never sleeps.

Retractable Awnings in New York City:  A Fast Way to Create An Intimate Space

Awnings can be a bit magical.  How else can you manage to be both inside and outside simultaneously?  When you have decided to add a retractable awning to your apartment balcony (or terrace, or patio), then the next step is to decide whether or not you want to have a manual system for unrolling the awning (typically manual awnings use a hand crank that is very easy and straightforward in working), or if you prefer to keep everything automated and easy to use, then you can look at the motorized awnings (in which case you want to be sure you ask the New York awnings distributor that you use all about the different scenarios in which the automated awning system may be compromised).

One important consideration when you are debating whether or not to install motorized awnings is the fact that most manufacturers recommend any outside outlets be close by prior to installation.  Also, the installation of any motorized shades should be performed only by a licensed electrician.

Once your motorized shade is in place, you will find that spending time in a protected outdoor area is highly enjoyable.  Read a book, chat on the phone, or just sit with someone you love and gaze out over the roofs of the most spectacular city in the world.   You’re inside and yet your outside, sunshine, rain, daytime or night – it doesn’t matter – you’re in your own private New York city space.

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