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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
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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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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Jun
01

Dearborn MI Area Real Estate Update For June 2012

Below you will find a brief summary of the current Dearborn and Dearborn Heights Michigan real estate market as of June 1, 2012.

If you would like a more in-depth and detailed report on the local Dearborn area real estate market please contact me by using the “Contact” Steve Hatfield link below or visit my web site at: DearbornHomes.com

 

Dearborn Real Estate Market Update

Active Real Estate Listings – Currently on the market and for sale

  • 220- Single Family Homes
  • 32 – Condominiums / Town Homes
  • 29 – Multi-Family Homes

Pending Real Estate Sales – Sold but not yet closed

  • 275 – Single Family Homes
  • 9 – Condominiums / Town Homes
  • 15 – Multi-Family Homes

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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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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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Nov
26

Dearborn Heights Home W/ Family Room & Finished Bsmt.

Hot New Home Listing

26633 Midway, Dearborn Heights

Price: $139,900

“Take a Virtual Tour”

Features and Amenities:

    Great inside curve Cul-De-Sac Location!

    Extra 48 X 65 foot easement at rear of property – part of yard

    Over 1,700 square feet of living space on the main floor! – Fabulous open layout!

    Large family room with fireplace and doorwall to covered rear deck!

    3 Spacious bedrooms – each with generously sized closets

    Master bedrooms features private 1/2 bath.

    Extra room adjacent to main floor bath is perfect for a separate powder room or use for a future bath expansion or you could even close it in to make a large walk-in closet!

    The flow of the open kitchen, dining and family room areas are perfect for entertaining!

    Good sized kitchen with island features new flooring and formica counters. All appliances included!

    You love the 23 x 15 family room!! Features include a lovely brick front fireplace, beamed ceiling and a doorwall to the rear yard deck.

    The finished basement offers many possibilities! Features include a 24 x 22 recreation area, half bath and a wet bar with new flooring (a great start to adding a 2nd kitchen to the basement)

    12 X 11 Bonus room in basement could be used as a home office, exercise room, workshop or even an additional storage room…many possibilities!

    17 x 11 Laundry room with built-in cabinets/countertop and 2 storage closets

    Tons of storage space in basement

    Glass block basement windows

    Gas forced air furnace

    Central air conditioning

    Newer roof shingles on house (approx. 5-6 yrs old – stripped to boards)

Appliances Included:

    – Stove

    – Refrigerator
    – Microwave (free standing
    – Washer
    – Dryer
    – Freezer

If you are planing to sell your Dearborn or Dearborn Heights Michigan 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 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 your home or real estate in the Dearborn Michigan area or any one of the other Detroit Michigan west side suburbs.

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