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Mar
01

Moving or improving? Tips for a flawless painting project

(BPT) – Did you know spring is the best time to sell your home? And now that the housing market is bouncing back, there’s never been a better time to do it. But even if you’re planning to stay put for the long haul, chances are there are some much-needed touch-ups you could be doing to keep your home in tip-top shape. And you don’t have to break your back, or the bank, to do it. In fact, adding a new coat of paint is a quick, affordable, and possibly the most impactful, way to get your project done.

Prep, prime and primp

Misusing color can be a surefire way to turn people off from your home. For a more inviting look that nearly everyone can enjoy, opt for neutral paint colors. A subtle beige, slight grey or even white can do the trick. First, move furniture out of the room and place drop cloths to protect the floor. Remove any picture frames, outlet covers and wall decor. Then, gently scrub the walls with a mild detergent and water mixture using a soft sponge to remove any dirt, grime or lint. Don’t forget to prime your walls before applying color to ensure the best end-results.

Paint like a pro

For an ultra-smooth finish, try Purdy’s line of Ultra Finish roller covers. These premium microfiber roller covers, available in 9-inch lengths and varying nap thickness, provide an even release of paint and deliver a consistent application from start to finish. Plus, they work great with any kind of paint and finish, including satin, semi-gloss and gloss, taking the guesswork out of the DIY equation.

Paint your Dearborn Michigan home like a pro

When applying paint, start at the top and work your way down. For superior results you’ll want to fill the well of your roller tray with paint, dip the roller in half-way and then roll it back onto the tray’s angled platform to easily remove excess paint. This will reduce dripping and improve overall paint cover.             The best approach for applying paint? Use your roller cover to make an overlapping “W” pattern in a 2-foot by 2-foot area; then fill in and repeat.

For smaller interior paint projects or tight spaces, Purdy also has a variety of innovative mini roller choices that are versatile, lightweight and can quickly and easily deliver a perfect finish with smooth rolling action. These combined features make them the ideal applicator for a variety of projects like painting doors and cabinets, to freshening up tables, chairs and even bedroom furniture.

Keeping your color conviction

If you’re still feeling deprived of color after your painting project is complete, never fret. There are several ways to add a pop of color throughout your home without slathering the walls with offensive paint colors. Try incorporating fun accent pieces in your favorite colors – think lamps, frames, pillows and rugs. You can even include larger focal pieces like royal blue armchairs or a patterned couch to make a bolder statement. By keeping the overall aesthetics of your home neutral and inviting, and enhancing them with a few sight-provoking embellishments, house guests will be asking you for home decorating tips. And if your end goal is to get your home sold, consider these minor improvements a step in the right direction.

If you are planing to sell your Dearborn Michigan area home or if you are in the market to Buy a home or real estate in Dearborn MI, Dearborn Heights, Garden City, Westland, Redford, Livonia, Plymouth, Canton, Northville, Novi, Farmington, Allen Park, Taylor or any one of the other Detroit Michigan west side suburb, Contact Steve Hatfield today.

Visit my web site at: www.HomeMoves.com for complete and in-depth information about Buying or Selling a home or real estate in the Dearborn Michigan area or any one of the other Detroit Michigan west side suburbs.

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Sep
29

10 Tips for Getting Your Home Ready for an Open House

A great open house can often make the difference between many interested buyers and no interest at all. The house must impress prospective buyers as soon as they set their sights on it. Good first impressions are everything in the real estate industry, and homes sell based on their aesthetic appeal, which starts as soon as someone sees the house for the very first time. If you want to sell your house quickly and receive close to your asking price, keep the following tips in mind when preparing your home for the open house:

1. Remove clutter from your home.People enjoy houses that contain plenty of space. Selling your home also

Getting Your Home Ready for an Open House

becomes easier when you have less of your belongings to move out. Spacious houses with lots of room attract buyers that need a lot of storage for their own belongings. If your house seems too small to contain the things in it, they will probably look elsewhere.

2. Remove personal touches. Family photos should be kept in a location where guests in your home won’t see them. When people consider buying a home, they want to know if their own personal touches will fit in with the structure of it. Let their imagination run wild without your own personal belongings.

3. Replace carpets with hardwood flooring. Carpets attract nothing but messes, hair, and odors. Hardwood floors are easier to clean, and they look great no matter what else is going on. Hardwood flooring costs a bit of money, but the potential return on investment entices many people to do it. Kitchen flooringalso makes a big difference in the sale of your home, as more and more homebuyers are placing greater emphasis on hardwood flooring throughout the home to close a sale. If you have the time, energy, and necessary funds, this could be the “wow” factor your home needs.

4. Use a fresh coat of paint. Nothing improves a home’s appearance more than fresh coats of paint. To find out what color schemes are most popular, consult a paint specialist at your local hardware store. For small spaces, make sure to select paint that makes the room appear larger. Though it sounds like a daunting task, often all you need is a little elbow grease and a quick sweep of paint to freshen things up.

5. Create great curb appeal. If you know you have an open house coming up, mow the lawn the day before the visitors arrive. Make sure to rake up the loose grass. Try to plant flowers and cut down the weeds as well. Visuallyappealing homes can grab the attention of buyers even before they step foot on your property.

6. Decorate the interior of your home the day before the open house. Place flowers in vases and hang simple decorations on the walls. Look through design magazines for more ideas on how to make your home’s interior more interesting.

7. Clean the house top to bottom the day before your open house. Ask someone to help you because you will need it. Make sure to wipe down windows, windowsills, wax the floors, scrub the walls, run the vacuum, and more. Remove all pets from the house and clean up their messes as soon as possible.

8. Make your own treats or buy some for the guests. They will appreciate having something to eat while they get a feel for the nuances of your home. You can help them to feel more at home with some old-fashioned treats like chocolate chip cookies, brownies or fudge.

9. Make small cards that showcase your home. Use specific, concrete details such as location in relation to amenities, house size, yard size, and more. The more information that people have about your home, the more interested they might become later.

10. Get your hospitality on. Treat the guests as friends, and show them that your home can open up to them just as it has to you and the people you care about.

Erin Devine is a contributing author on behalf of Floor & Décor Outlets, a wholesale flooring company based in Atlanta, GA. Her articles can be found on various interior design, home renovation, and real estate sites around the web.

If you are in the market to buy a home or if you are planning to sell your home or real estate in Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Garden City, Westland, Redford, Livonia, Plymouth, Canton, Northville, Novi, Farmington, Allen Park, Taylor or any other west side Detroit Michigan suburb. Contact Steve Hatfield today.

Visit my web site at: www.HomeMoves.com for more information about buying or selling a home in the Dearborn area or one of the west side Detroit suburbs.

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Aug
28

Quick fixes for a swift home sale

(ARA) – First impressions are everything when it comes to selling a home, and peeling paint, stained carpets and unpleasant odors can be an instant turn-off for buyers. Fortunately, you can take simple and inexpensive steps to prep your home for a quick, top-dollar sale.

Freshen up:
Paint is an easy, cost-effective way to improve any interior, and a new coat can make all the difference in selling your home. Cracked or peeling paint will repel potential buyers, and faded or boring walls can create a lackluster overall appearance.

Make your home stand out with a fresh coat in a vibrant color, such as those found in Dutch Boy’s Crayola palette. Perfect for showcasing a finished basement, kids’ room or accent wall anywhere in the home, these bright

Quick Fixes For A Swift Home Sale

Quick Fixes For A Swift Home Sale

shades will make any space “pop.” With 96 colors to choose from – from Marshmallow and Ice Pop, to Wild Strawberry and Inch Worm – you’re sure to find a shade to help make your home memorable. And as you are updating walls with new color, use a paint that not only adds beauty but also reduces odors. Along with the exceptional coverage Dutch Boy is known for, Refresh features Arm & Hammer Odor Eliminating Technology to rid your home of unwanted odors, leaving your home smelling clean and inviting. Available for walls, trim and ceilings, use Refresh throughout the home to create a pleasant walk-through experience. Add a few scented candles or potpourri to make the home even more appealing to buyers’ noses.

Little fixes:
The little things can make a big difference when it comes to the appearance of your home. Many buyers are looking to make as few improvements as possible, and even tiny cosmetic repairs can seem like a huge project. The more move-in-ready your house appears, the faster it will sell, and more likely buyers will be willing to pay the asking price. Some easy fixes include replacing broken counter and floor tiles, patching holes in any surfaces, making sure all lights work properly and doors open and close smoothly.

Organize and de-personalize:
To give your home a spacious showroom feel, take time to remove any superfluous “stuff.” Show off your kitchen countertops by storing unnecessary appliances, clear the sink and dishwashing machine, and organize refrigerator contents. Keep the bathroom vanity clear of personal items, neatly fold or hang clean towels, and clear or cover clothing hampers. Organize your cupboards, closets and drawers to maximize the appearance of your home’s storage capabilities.

Clearing your home of visible clutter will not only make it seem more spacious but also make it easier for potential buyers to picture it as their own. Minimize family photos and personal items to help visitors more easily see themselves – and their things – in your home.

Curb appeal:
First impressions can make a world of difference, so don’t neglect your home’s exterior as you prepare to sell. The mailbox should be in good condition and the house number easily visible from the street. Keep exterior doors, including garage doors, free of flaking or fading paint and freshen the trim around windows and shutters. A fresh coat of paint on the front door can add to your home’s curb appeal and affixing a seasonal display of flowers or a festive wreath on the front door also makes a warm, welcoming statement.

A few simple projects can vastly improve your home’s overall appearance, and with these tips, your home will be sold in no time.

If you are planing to sell your Dearborn Michigan area home or if you are in the market to Buy a home or real estate in Dearborn MI, Dearborn Heights, Garden City, Westland, Redford, Livonia, Plymouth, Canton, Northville, Novi, Farmington, Allen Park, Taylor or any one of the other Detroit Michigan west side suburb, Contact me by clicking here today.

Visit my web site at: www.DearbornHomes.com for complete and in-depth information about Buying or Selling a home or real estate in the Dearborn Michigan area or any one of the other Detroit Michigan west side suburbs.

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Apr
14

Is your Dearborn MI area home a market weary house?

“The Market Weary House”

Have you noticed a house that seems to stay on the market for a long time? What thoughts do you have concerning that house after you continue to see the for sale sign in the yard month after month? Overpriced? Poor condition? Do you wonder if there is something wrong with the house like aArt by: ddpavumba leaky basement? We have all had these thoughts from time to time. It is always exciting to hear of a home that has just been put up for sale, but many buyers are not interested in seeing a home that has been on the market for a while.

Pricing, condition, location, and timing affect the salability of every home. Of course, you cant do anything about the location. If your home has been for sale for a long time, however, you can make decisions regarding pricing, condition, or timing.

LOWER THE ASKING PRICE

The quickest decision that will have the greatest immediate impact is to reduce the listed price. This may be necessary because your original price was too optimistic, or perhaps the market has softened since you began marketing your house. A price reduction is a news item that can motivate new buyers to see your home and may cause previously interested buyers to reconsider your home once again.

IMPROVE THE CONDITION

If you don’t want to reduce the price, will you consider investing more money into the house? Dollars well spent may be the inducement needed to generate enthusiasm among real estate agents and their buyers. Your home may require carpeting, painting, drapes, or other decorator items. If more expensive work such as new kitchen appliances is needed, you may want to rethink your unwillingness to reduce the price.

TAKE THE HOUSE OFF THE MARKET

If your house is not selling and you do not want to reduce the price or spend more money fixing it up, you may be better off taking the house off the market for a while and offering it for sale at a later date.

If you are planing to sell your Dearborn Michigan area home or if you are in the market to Buy a home or real estate in Dearborn MI, Dearborn Heights, Garden City, Westland, Redford, Livonia, Plymouth, Canton, Northville, Novi, Farmington, Allen Park, Taylor or any one of the other Detroit Michigan west side suburb, Contact Steve Hatfield today.

Visit my web site at: www.DearbornHomes.com for complete and in-depth information about Buying or Selling a home or real estate in the Dearborn Michigan area or any one of the other Detroit Michigan west side suburbs.Visit www.DearbornHomes.com

Original article written by: Tom Ervin
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Jan
24

Is it time to reduce the asking price of your Dearborn home

 

Everyone who sells a Dearborn area home wants the highest possible price. Sometimes, the only way to get the highest price is to reduce your present asking price. Most Dearborn area homeowners who have placed their homes on the market are hesitant to reduce the asking price prior to receiving an offer. This is understandable. There are, however, certain circumstances that dictate a price reduction may be necessary to get the house sold. Let’s look at some of the important considerations:

 

THE ORIGINAL PRICE: Was the original asking price for your home correct? Who set the original asking price? If you, the owner, set the price, were you realistic in your expectations? If the Realtor® set the price, was it based on a careful study of comparable properties? It has been my experience that the homeowner usually plays a major role in setting the price. Once the asking price is set,

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Is it time to reduce your asking price?

the owner may become very rigid when asked to consider a price reduction in order to make the home more competitive with surrounding homes. In order to sell your home at the highest possible price, it may be necessary for you to reevaluate your asking price from time to time.

SHOWINGS: If there are not many showings on your home, pricing may be the problem. When buyers are considering which homes to see, they may feel that your home does not offer enough features when compared with other homes in your price range. If there are many showings but no offers, price may be the problem. Your home may include the features and location that attract showings, but, upon closer inspection, buyers may feel the price is not justified.

MARKETPLACE: Perhaps the local Dearborn Michigan market has changed since your home was first put on the market. Although the original asking price may have been correct at the time of listing, it may no longer be adequate to attract buyers away from competing homes that have been priced to reflect the currant market. Real estate values do fluctuate. They respond to changes in the economy, interest rates, local taxing and zoning decisions etc.

ADVICE: Consider your Realtor’s advice regarding a possible price reduction.

 

If you are in the market to Buy a home or if you are in the market to Sell a home or real estate in Dearborn Michigan, Dearborn Heights, Garden City, Westland, Redford, Livonia, Plymouth, Canton, Northville, Novi, Farmington, Allen Park, Taylor or any one of the other Detroit Michigan west side suburbs, Contact Steve Hatfield today.

For complete and in-depth information about Buying or Selling a home or real estate in the Dearborn Michigan area or any one of the other Detroit Michigan west side suburbs, visit my web site at: www.DearbornHomes.com

 

Original article written by: Tom Ervin
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Nov
19

How to get an Edge when selling your Dearborn MI area home!

 

Today’s Dearborn area real estate market is still very competitive. That said, you’ll need every advantage possible if you are going to get your home sold for the highest price and in the least amount of time.

By focusing on each of the 5 specific areas below, you will have an advantage over competing homes for sale in your Dearborn / Dearborn Heights area neighborhood…

1.  Pick the BEST real estate agent to list your home
2.  Make sure your home gets GREAT Internet exposure
3.  Make your home attractive, inside and out
4.  Make your home easily accessible for showings
5.  Be realistic / flexible regarding price

Pick the BEST agent
The level of service you receive, the quality of the marketing services used to give your home exposure and quite possibly your eventual outcome, meaning if you successfully sell your home or not, it all hinges on the real estate agent you select!

In fact, if you select the wrong real estate agent you might be stuck with bad service or even horrid photos of your home posted online that actually scare buyers away…big mistake!

Selecting the “Best” real estate agent means hiring a Realtor ® that has a minimum of 10 years experience as a full-time Realtor, can give your home GREAT Internet exposure, takes the time to post many high quality photos of your home online, has a comprehensive marketing plan (always ask for a printed copy), is very knowledgeable, is CRS certified and returns emails/phone calls promptly. If you settle for anything less, you may be jeopardizing the sale of your home. Read more…

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