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.

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Feb
19

Free Money For Qualified Michigan Homebuyers

Can you think of anyone that would like to receive $3,000 or $5,000 FREE Money from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) to use towards the purchase of a home? If you do, please forward this blog post to them so they can learn about and benefit from this limited time program.

In a nutshell, Michigan has received several million dollars for the purpose of creating a Homeowner Protection Fund. A portion of these funds were appropriated by the Legislature to MSHDA for what equates to a FREE Money situation for qualified home buyers…

  • Qualified homebuyers are eligible for grants up to $3,000 to use towards a purchase of a single family, owner occupied home.
  • Qualified active military members and veterans are eligible for grants up to $5,000.

The allotted time to take advantage of this program is limited as grant money may run out at any time. (available on a first come, first serve basis)

For more information about this great money saving opportunity Contact Steve Hatfield or Vicki Maule today.

If you are in the market to Buy a home or if you are planning to Sell 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 suburbs, Contact Steve Hatfield or Vicki Maule today.

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Feb
05

Start planning for your Dearborn home’s spring makeover

(BPT) –If April showers bring May flowers, what do winter’s snowflakes bring? Perhaps it’s an excuse to curl up with your

Merillat’s white cotton finish creates a timeless look while serving as a clean backdrop for trendy statement pieces.

favorite magazines and imagine the kitchen makeover of your dreams. When the cold winter months keep you indoors, use the time to take care of things that will make your remodeling plans much easier to tackle in the spring.-

Determine the scope of your project:

Do you need just a few coats of paint or a whole new kitchen? Take this time to evaluate what you want to accomplish. If you need to work with a designer or contractor, now is the time to do your research and engage professional help to plan. Look to online resources like the National Association of the Remodeling Industry or ask friends and family for recommendations. Meet with a few prospects and see whose work and costs fit your needs. You should also determine your budget and use that to guide the rest of your planning decisions.

Look for trends that last:

Once you have a good sense for what your project will involve, have fun dreaming up all the details. Are you looking to make a bold statement or create a timeless look? No matter how large or small your project, there are many current trends that can make a big impact in your home, yet will stand the test of time. In the kitchen, white cabinetry has had a resurgence of popularity and can create a classic look or serve as the perfect complement to colorful statement pieces that can be easily swapped out as trends change. For example, Merillat Cabinetry’s new Cotton finish creates a clean and bright look that can transition with you as your tastes evolve.

Roll-out trays provide easy access to stored items without having to bend or reach

Throughout the home, universal design is also becoming an increasingly important trend to consider. Planning your remodel so the space is comfortable to use for all ages and abilities will not only ensure your long-term enjoyment of the space, but can also help with resale value down the road. “As more and more homeowners are looking to age in place, they’re demanding designs that accommodate their changing needs without compromising on style,” says Sarah Reep, Merillat Cabinetry’s design lead. –

Clean house:

When you’re ready to get started on your remodel, you won’t want to worry about cleaning. Take time now to look at everything stored in your kitchen and pantry and determine what stays and what can go. It’ll make prepping for renovation projects that much easier. How old are those spices? What about that stack of lids with no container to match? Have lots of totes and bags hanging around? Donate the ones you don’t use and organize the rest. If you have kitchen items you can’t part with but you rarely use, pack them up now and store them until the remodel is complete. You’ll want as much free space to keep things out of the way during your remodel as possible.

If you take time now to get prepared for your kitchen remodel, you’ll thank yourself in a few months when the kitchen of your dreams is coming to life.

If you are planing to sell your Dearborn Michigan or West Wide Detroit 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 westside suburb, Contact Steve Hatfield today.
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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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Jan
15

Use winter months to update & beautify your bathroom

(BPT) –Remodeling and refreshing the home is a great way to keep cabin fever at bay during long winter months. Designing a bathroom remodel to incorporate innovative style, comfort and efficiency helps to speed the winter months along, and your family will certainly enjoy the rest of the season with a beautiful new

Give Your Bath A Fresh New Look

bathroom.

Attention is often centered in the bathroom because it is a room frequently used by residents and guests. Even minor aesthetic changes can have a major impact in the room’s atmosphere. A bathroom remodel can be as simple as updating hardware on cabinets to a full redo of all fixtures. Consider the following ideas to incorporate new and innovative design, technology and eco-friendly products into your bath this winter season.

* A fresh, new look – The lavatory is seen and used by everyone who enters the bathroom. Bring traditional design into your bath with TOTO’s Vivian Widespread Single Handle high efficiency faucet. The curved spout provides sophistication and elegance that everyone will notice, and the faucet is WaterSense certified, adding a little green to your budget.

* Elegant and luxurious flooring – Beautiful new flooring brings elegance to the look of the room without being the center of attention. Wood, tile or even laminate tile floors can tie together the entire room in a subtle way. Soft and luxurious rugs in front of the lavatory and tub also add an element of texture.

* Deluxe accommodations – Technology innovations allow you to bring a spa-like experience right into your own bathroom with TOTO’s Washlet S350e with eWater+. You don’t even need to replace your existing toilet. The Washlet S350e provides gentle front- and back-aerated warm water spray that can be regulated for preferred water pressure and temperature. The technology also incorporates a built-in air purifying system and warm air dryer to really amp up the spa experience in your own bathroom. The new eWater+ feature utilizes electrolyzed water, a proven disinfectant long used in food preparation and cleaning, which TOTO has harnessed to help consumers keep their toilet bowl fresh and clean.

* Showering environment – A shower is much more than just a place to wash the body and hair. It’s a chance to energize yourself, to relax after a long day of work and to brainstorm with uninterrupted creativity. Pick the perfect showerhead that delivers the water pressure and style that cater to your personality, so you can use your shower as an environment to rejuvenate yourself and put energy back into your step.

* Upgrading your fixtures – Bringing a new toilet into your bathroom can not only help you improve your water usage, but also add style as well. TOTO’s UltraMax II Toilet has a sleek, high profile in a one-piece traditional design to look great in your bathroom setting. And it is also WaterSense approved with Double Cyclone flushing technology, providing you with a powerful, quiet flush that uses a modest 1.28 gallons per flush, saving you money on your water bill.

Remodeling a bathroom to incorporate new eco-friendly technology and beautiful ambiance and style can do so much for your home. You’ll never notice the long winter months as you enjoy your own spa-like setting, and your utility bill will also be more affordable with the addition of high efficiency technology to bring your bathroom up to 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.

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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.

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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.

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