Maureen Hackett

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Contact me for: Attention-to-detail design development, maintenance, and management of urban spaces and parks. Services are customized to provide what the client and the site require and generally include the preparation of a master plan to first define how the site can best be developed. This includes amenities such as grading, soil restoration, masonry, fencing, pools, lighting and plant material. Implementation includes the preparation of working drawings and construction details. Careful oversight is provided throughout selection and installation of materials and recommendations are made to help ensure the longevity of the finished project.

Ms. Hackett has a degree in Horticultural Science and is a Registered Soil Scientist with the USDA, Soil Conservation Service.

She currently provides full service landscape design and installation for many corporate and private clients in the tri-state area.

Ms. Hackett’s public experience includes work at the Military Park Partnership, Central Park Conservancy, The New York Botanic Garden and Gracie Mansion. In 1995, Ms. Hackett became Director of Horticulture for the Bryant Park Corporation and the 34th Street Partnership (a business improvement district managed by the same group as BPC.) Through her direction, BPC the organizations have received awards from the National Arbor Day Foundation, Association for a Better New York, and The N.Y. Landmarks Conservancy. In October of 2000, Ms. Hackett received “The Brendan Gill Award for the Restoration of Herald and Greeley Square Parks” from the Municipal Arts Society of New York, an award instituted by Jacqueline Onassis in memory of Brendan Gill. “It is awarded annually to the creator of a work of art which best captures the energy, vigor, and verve of our incomparable city…” She has also received awards from the Federated Garden Clubs of America and the International Downtown Association.

Ms. Hackett is a member of Metro Horticultural Group, The Manhattan Institute, The Institute for Classical Architecture in America and the Municipal Arts Society of New York. Garden reviews and publications include heavy New York Times coverage, that in House and Garden, The New York Daily News, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Observer and more. She has appeared as a guest on Good Morning America, MSNBC, New York 1, Martha Stewart Living, and featured on Channel Thirteen’s “New York on the Clock”.

She has been a guest speaker and lecturer at The New York Botanic Garden, The Brooklyn Botanic Garden, The New York Horticulture Society,Suffolk County Community College,The Bronxville Adult School, and the NYC Bid Association.

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Buying Real Estate

Buying homes as short sales and foreclosures can be very rewarding
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The right way to buy a home
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Advice on buying a fly-fishing ranch in the Rockies
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Hire a qualified home inspector to help reduce risk when buying a home
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Get the best deal by knowing what to offer when buying a home
Buying a home in a hot market and how to win a bidding war
How to build your dream home from the ground up
How to win over the co-op board when buying a home in NYC
Advice on buying a townhouse and real estate in NYC
Advice for first time home buyers on buying a co-op in NYC
What to consider when buying a home as a fixer-upper
What price you can expect to pay for a single family home in NYC
Advice for buying a home in NYC when you have a young family
Buy a home in downtown Manhattan to get access to the best views
You can buy a home in New York City with a $1 million budget
Investing in commercial real estate is a great opportunity for anyone
Use the internet and social media to help you find the perfect house
Buying a home in an HOA neighborhood can be a great move

Home Improvement

How to choose a contractor for your home
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Save money, live green with these eco-friendly bathroom upgrades
Build a low maintenance and durable composite deck for your home
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Expert advice on protecting your home from rats and rodents
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Reduce weeds on your property to help create a healthy lawn
Prepare your lawn for winter and prevent snow mold
Advice on budget friendly renovations to create a beautiful home
Eliminate the chance of mice and rodents entering your home
How to prevent and remove an ant infestation in your home
Prevent cockroach infestation and protect your family's health
Advice for growing and maintaining the perfect lawn
Improve your home's energy efficiency and save money
Advice for organizing your home, belongings and important documents
Advice on choosing the paint colors for the rooms in your home
Prevent and control ant infestations in and around your home
Warm weather brings termites - How to prevent and stop an infestation
How to detect and remove asbestos in your home or business
Spring cleaning reduces dust and allergens and improves your health
Growing a successful fruit garden requires planning and preparation
How to start your first vegetable garden and grow your own vegetables
DIY advice for decluttering and spring cleaning your home
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Remodel your kitchen to be functional, efficient, and stylish
How to check references when hiring a contractor for your home
How to avoid home improvement and renovation scams
How to successfully plant and grow an organic vegetable garden
How to build a beautiful fire pit in your backyard for family fun
Advice for the amateur gardener on how to develop a green thumb
Advice for installing a home irrigation or sprinkler system
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Selling Real Estate

An investment in home staging helps sell your home faster
How to successfully prepare your home for sale for maximum return
Questions to ask in choosing your real estate agent
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How to sell your home during the winter months
Sell your home in a buyer's market for the price you want
Advice on successfully selling your NYC co-op home
How to price and get the most money when selling your house
How to prepare and sell your home in a competitive market
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