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Sep
21

Ways to stay warm and save energy this winter

Home winterizing checklist: Ways to stay warm and save energy this winter

(BPT) – Fall means colorful leaves, apple cider and cooler temperatures. It also means winter’s on its way, so now is the time to winterize your Dearborn Michigan area home.

Improve your home’s comfort and energy efficiency with a home energy audit. Making energy efficiency upgrades identified in a home energy audit can save 5 to 30 percent on your monthly energy bill, according to Energy.gov.

If you would rather perform your own walk-through, this checklist can help you prepare your home for colder weather:

Maintain your home's exterior for energy savings!

Maintain your home’s exterior

Exterior home maintenance tips:

* Clean those gutters. Remove leaves and debris, then flush your gutters with water. This will help prevent clogged drains and reduce the potential formation of ice dams, which can cause excess water to get backed up and seep back into the house.

* Clean your window and patio door screens and put them into storage. Better yet, consider investing in Pella Rolscreen products that roll out of sight when not in use, keeping them cleaner and eliminating the need for seasonal storage.

* Install storm doors. Storm doors help insulate your home against drafts and strong winds.

* Clean the tracks of patio doors and windows. Use a dry paintbrush to loosen dirt and debris and then vacuum to remove.

* Wash windows.

* Touch up exterior paint where needed.

* If you live in a coastal region, hose off exterior windows and doors to remove damaging salt from ocean spray. If you live in a hurricane-prone area, consider installing Pella windows and patio doors with impact-resistant glass, to help provide year-round protection.

Indoor home maintenance tips

* Schedule a furnace check-up by a professional to prepare it for the season. Also check to see if the filter needs changing.

* Add insulation. The amount of money you’ll end up saving in heating costs is likely well worth the investment of adding additional insulation to the attic.

* Check with your utility company to see if they offer rebates for energy-efficient home improvements including replacing windows or adding insulation.

* Clean and repair air ducts.

* Wrap pipes. Freezing temperatures can cause pipes to freeze and burst. To help prevent this, insulate pipes with a pre-molded, foam rubber sleeve, available at most local home improvement or hardware stores.

Maintaining or upgrading your home's windows will provide you with maximum energy savings

Maintaining or upgrading your home’s windows will help you achieve maximum energy savings.

* Reverse fans. Adjust your ceiling fan to rotate clockwise to push rising warm air down.

* Check for leaks and drafts. Stand next to window and door openings to feel if cool air is blowing through. Leaky windows or drafty doors may need to be replaced. If you find a small leak around a window, seal it from the outside with weather-resistant caulk. Also apply weather stripping to exterior doors as needed.

For a more long-term fix, replace old, drafty windows with a more energy-efficient option, like Pella’s 350 Series vinyl windows. Upgrading from single-pane to double-pane windows can also reduce energy costs, according to Energy Star.

Visit Pella.com/news to connect with a local Pella representative and discuss your replacement project plans, or shop online at PellaatLowes.com.

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 suburbs, 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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Feb
22

Easy seasonal decorating ideas for your Dearborn MI home

(ARA) When spring arrives with its bright sunshine, fresh air, vibrant colors and light, do you find yourself regretting the decorating decisions you made last fall or winter? It’s natural to incorporate the season into your home decor, and the best way to do that is with design touches that can change as easily – and quickly – as the seasons themselves.

While you may love the bright reds and greens of the holiday season or the lush lilacs and blues of spring and summer, making them the foundation of a room’s design can leave the decor feeling out-of-step when the seasons change. By starting out with a foundation of neutral colors in walls, flooring and furnishingsreal estate dearborn mi, you can add colorful and seasonally appropriate accents.

Updating your Dearborn home’s decor to complement the season is as simple as focusing on a few key areas.

Lighting

It’s easy to overlook, but lighting is a key element in room design, and one that needs to change with the season.

In spring and summer, when sunshine is abundant and the days are longer, you can rely more on natural light. During warm months, you may only need artificial light late in the evening, when the advanced hour makes soft, muted light appropriate. Winter’s shorter days and weaker sunlight lead to greater dependence on artificial light throughout the day, so your lighting design should include options that can be used throughout the day.  Most rooms will benefit from a mixture of overhead lighting, floor lamps, wall sconces and table lamps.

Walls

While neutral-hued walls make a versatile background for virtually any design, don’t be afraid to spice things up in your Dearborn Michigan home with special seasonal touches. Repositionable wall covering options like SmartStick from MuralsYourWay.com, make it possible to create a seasonal look with a wall mural – and then remove it and replace it with something different when the season changes.

A patented adhesive allows you to easily place the removable wallpaper on virtually any smooth, flat surface, from windows to walls. You can pull it down, reposition it elsewhere, even fold it up and store it in a drawer for use next year. A wide variety of designs mean you can find something to fit your seasonal decor, and if you don’t see anything you like, you can customize by submitting your own original photo through the website.

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Jul
22

Prime West Dearborn Michigan home and real estate for sale

2939 Westpoint, Dearborn MI

Offered at $159,900

This meticulously maintained 3 bedroom / 3 bathroom West Dearborn ranch style home offers many wonderful features and amenities.

Features of this home include:

  • Over 1800 square feet of living space!
  • 3 Fireplaces – Living room, family room and basement rec room
  • 21 X 19 Family room features a beamed cathedral ceiling, a beautiful corner fireplace and a bay window overlooking the park-like rear yard…WOW!
  • The 19 X 9 heated florida room is adjacent to the family room and offers so many possibilities! It features independent baseboard heating, tons of windows and a ceramic tile floor
  • Large living room with lovely fireplace and coved plaster ceiling
  • Fabulous kitchen features tons of attractive cabinetry, custom wood trimmed formica counters, built-in dishwasher and rich hardwood flooring
  • The open dining room is great for entertaining or casual meals
  • Lovely master bedroom with master bath! Master bath offers an extra large vanity and a fully ceramic tiled shower stall
  • Main bath features a skylight and sparkling clean ceramic tile on the floor and walls
  • Oversized closets and ceiling fan/lights in all bedrooms
  • Anderson wood windows throughout plus beautiful natural woodwork throughout main floor
  • Finished basement with full bath, 19 X 12 recreation room with fireplace, 11 x 9 office, a workshop, spacious laundry room, glass block windows and a great deal of storage space
  • Updated furnace and central air conditioning plus newer hot water heater
  • In ground sprinklers – front and rear yard
  • 20 X 14 Cement patio off florida room
  • 2-3/4 Car garage with newer door opener with large garage apron area could accommodate 3 parked cars (depending on size of vehicles)
  • Walk to restaurants, stores and more (walk score=62).

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

Visit my web site at: www.DearbornHomes.com for in-depth information about Buying or Selling a home or Real Estate in Dearborn or the west side Detroit suburbs.

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Jul
06

Web Appeal… a must have when selling a Dearborn Home

Web Appeal!

So… what is Web Appeal and why is it so important that your Dearborn and Dearborn Heights area home have it when you are selling?

Remember the old phrase “Curb Appeal Sells?” Well, “Web Appeal” is kind of like curb appeal only now it applys to the Internet. If you are selling your Dearborn area home in todays real estate market, chances are that the first showing of your Dearborn area home to any potential buyer is going to be on the Internet.

In the old days, real estate agents would often instruct their home sellers on the various things they could do to help their home have more Curb Appeal. Having nice Curb appeal was  important because you wanted to catch the eye of potential buyers that might be driving by throughout the week and on the occasional Sunday afternoon when open houses were held. It was really important for sellers to keep their front yard mowed, edged and looking nice so their home would have the curb appeal necessary to entice potential buyers into wanting to see the inside of their home.

 Before the Internet came along there were no inside photos to look at and no virtual tours available for potential buyers to preview. After looking at a single black and white photo in the MLS book or MLS printout, home buyers would most often do a drive-by of a house that they were interested in before making an appointment to see the inside. If a buyer did a drive-by and the house had nice outside curb appeal the potential buyer would usually make an appointment to preview the inside of the house.

Well, times have certainly changed! While physical curb appeal is still important, it has given way to Web Appeal.    Most buyers today rely soley on a homes Web Appeal.  A homes web appeal is created and based on the photos and virtual tours that are available for home buyers to preview online. Today, very few buyers will do an actual drive-by to decide if they want to preview a property in person. Instead, buyers use a homes web appeal to determine if they want to see the actual house in person.

 

This is part 1 of a 2 part blog post. To be continued on July 14th.

If you are planning to sell your home and want to find out how proper web appeal can help sell your home or if you are in the market to Buy a home or real estate in Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Garden City, Westland, Redford, Livonia, Plymouth, Canton, Northville, Novi, Farmington, Allen Park, Taylor or any other Detroit Michigan west side suburb, Contact Steve Hatfield today.

Image by: Danilo Rizzuti

 

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Apr
23

Shopping for Your First Home? Watch This Great Video

The spring real estate market in Dearborn and Dearborn Heights is starting to heat up. If you are a first time home buyer, you’ll need as much information as you can get to before you start your home search and ultimately make a home purchase.

I am sure you will find this short video entitled “Shopping For Your Home” that was produced by HUD to be a great help in understanding the various steps involved in finding and purchasing your dream home.

 

 

 

If you are in the market to Buy a home or if you are planning to Sell a 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.DearbornHomes.com for in-depth information about Buying or Selling a home or Real Estate in the Dearborn area or the west side Detroit suburbs.

This video was produced by HUD – U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

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Sep
29

What you need to know when buying a Bank Foreclosure…

 

Before you pursue a bank owned property there are some very important facts you need to know!

Keep in mind that bank owned properties are not the only good deals out there. In fact, when it is all said and done, sometimes the bank owned properties, etc. will not end up being as good of a deal as one might think. Read on to find out why!

Bank owned foreclosure properties are homes that someone purchased, defaulted on the mortgage meaning they didn’t make their payments and the bank has taken the property back and now owns the property. From the time that the person defaults on the mortgage until the time that the bank actually takes the property back, processes it through their intrnal system and puts it back on the market is often a very long time meaning several months.

Often prospective buyers think that bank owned foreclosure homes / REO properties will all be a great deal when in fact that is NOT always the case. Some of these properties are in such poor condition that it will literally cost 10’s of thousands of dollars to fix them up. Of course, sometimes one thing leads to another meaning that what you initially see as work that will be required could turn your purchase into the money pit!

Here are some common condition scenarios when it comes to bank foreclosures:

  • Homes have no power on – sometimes this has lead to mold growth in the home
  • Furnace, plumbing, fixtures, ductwork, kitchen cabinets, toilets, hot water heater, siding, etc. missing.
  • Extremely dirty, holes in walls, trash strewn about. 
  • Other damage to the house due to neglect.
  • Water damage due to leaks, water left running, sump pumps not operational.
  • Broken/missing windows, doors, etc. Read more…

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