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Nov
12

Bathroom decor: Big bang ideas for less than $100

(BPT) – When it comes to bathroom decor, tastes and preferences are as common and varied as wrinkles on elbows. A look that delights one homeowner may disgust another, but one trend suits everyone’s taste: saving money. You may want your bathroom redo to look like you spent a million bucks on it, but you can get a whole new look for a lot less than that.

In fact, some downright cheap upgrades can be quite dazzling. Here are a handful of high-impact ways to achieve a whole new look for less than $100:

A little fresh paint and new lighting will do wonders for your decor.

A little fresh paint and new lighting fixtures will do wonders for your bathroom decor.

* Paint is always a cost-effective upgrade, and you can buy a good gallon for $30 or less. The simple act of changing wall color can impart a designer look, and if you’re careful with those edges, no one will ever know you did it yourself.

* Wallpaper is costly, messy and best left to the professionals, right? Wrong. Whether you shop online or in a big box store, you can find appealing wallpaper murals (www.muralsyourway.com) for less than $100 – and installation is as easy as pulling it out of the package and positioning it on the wall. Modern wallpaper options like SmartStick by MuralsYourWay.com, a high-tech peel and stick material, adhere to any surface, and can easily be pulled down, repositioned and even reused in a different room. If you can’t find just the right image from the 750,000 available through the website, you can create your own wall mural www.muralsyourway.com/create-your-own-mural by submitting your original photography.

* Sometimes bathroom tile starts to look faded, outdated and tired without being chipped or cracked – two problems that would require you to replace damaged tile. If your tile is in good shape, but just not perky enough for you, repainting it is a cheap, easy way to create a whole new look without the work and expense of retiling. It’s easy to find a variety of tile paint colors at your local home improvement store, and prices average around $30 a gallon. While you’re at it, do a little something with the grout – either regrouting entirely or using a stain to dye the grout to complement the tile.

* Treat yourself to a new showerhead. You may not realize the unhappy impact of an old, inefficient or dated showerhead until you’re standing under a new one enjoying the fall of water. You can certainly spend a lot to get a new showerhead with all the bells and whistles, but you can also find plenty of attractive, efficient and stimulating options for much less than $100. Installation is well within the abilities of your average DIYer.

* Sadly, bathroom lighting often goes to one extreme or the other: either it’s a bright, overhead fixture that casts enough glare to land a plane by, or it’s a dinky band of bulbs above the bathroom mirror that doesn’t provide adequate illumination to brush your teeth, let alone apply makeup. Most people move into a house and live with the current bathroom lighting, but switching it is easy, cheap and a great way to improve the room’s safety, usability and looks all at the same time. Not sure what you need? The American Lighting Association offers a great guide to choosing bathroom lighting at www.AmericanLightingAssociation.com.

Taking your bathroom from boring to “bam!” doesn’t have to cost big bucks. Just look for low-cost improvements that deliver big impact, and you can achieve a million-dollar look on a shoestring budget.

If you are planing to sell your Dearborn or Westside Detroit suburban area home or if you are planing 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 west side suburbs.

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May
28

2 Family Home For Sale Near Downtown W. Dearborn

Hot New Home Listing

This is a 2 family home! Live in 1 unit and rent out the other.

21732 Homer, Dearborn

Price: $159,900

Great Location! Just a short walk to Downtown West Dearborns restaurants, bars, coffee shops, markets, library and more.

Great Location! Just a short walk to Downtown West Dearborn’s restaurants, bars, coffee shops, markets, library and more.

    Brick Tudor Income
    2 Units – each w/2 Bdrms
    Baths: 1 per unit
    Square feet: 2,100
    Year built: 1931
    Lot size: 40 X 109
    Property taxes: $3,565
    Basement: Yes – Separate
    Heating: Gas Forced Air – Separate
    Cooling: Central Air – Upper unit
    Garage: 2 Car
    Schools: Dearborn
    Rare Find!! Upper/lower income property in West Dearborn!
    Great location… short walk to Downtown West Dearborn coffee shops, restaurants, clubs and bars
    Here’s a Sweet Deal… live in the lower unit and have your upper unit tenant approx. 1/2 of your payment!
    Beautiful brick tudor w/ covered porch off upper unit and lower units
    Each unit has 2 bedrooms, living room, dining room, kitchen and bath
    Separate utilities, basements and entrances
    Each basement is partially finished basement and has has a commode
    Central air in upper unit
    Upper unit fully renovated
    Lower unit recently updated
    In-ground sprinkler system

Appliances: Upper unit – stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, washer and dryer. Lower unit – stove and refrigerator.

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.

For more information about this home visit my web site at: www.HomeMoves.com There you will also find complete and in-depth information about Buying or Selling real estate in the Dearborn Michigan area or any one of the other Detroit Michigan west side suburbs.

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May
07

Dangerous home buying pitfalls…Myths Revealed!

Having been a full-time professional Realtor® for over 25 years,  I have seen many home buyers get wrong advice and basically end up completely stressed out, disappointed and upset because they didn’t make the right decisions.

I hope that by outlining some key points below, you will benefit from my many years of experience and as a result, end up  having a smooth and rewarding home buying experience!

Selecting a buyer’s agent:
Unless you completely luck out when you call on a home and get that 1 great agent out of hundreds…you better do your homework!

Buying a home should be a happy time not a stressful one.

Buying a home should be a happy time not a be a stressful experience!

The complexities of today’s home buying processes should not be taken lightly and quite frankly, the captain at the helm of your ship needs to have many years of experience and be HIGHLY QUALIFIED. Anything less than that and your ship may just sink before you pull into port.

So, select your agent wisely! I have been selling homes for many years in communities from Dearborn, Canton, Plymouth, Northville and Novi to downriver communities like Allen Park, Southgate and Taylor Michigan (and many communities in-between). I feel that I’am “highly qualified” and have the knowledge and expertise you’ll need throughout your home buying process.

My friend/relative is a real estate agent:
Honestly, I have never seen people taken advantage of more or get the worst deals more than when I have seen someone work with a real estate agent just because they are a friend or family member. Not to mention some of the strains on relationships I have seen unfold! Read more…

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Mar
25

Expanding outdoor living space adds value to your home

(BPT) Even during a challenging economy, the outdoor living trend remains popular as homeowners seek to add lasting value and functional living space under the sky and stars. Whether it’s a do-it-yourself patio or a professionally installed outdoor kitchen, the beauty, usefulness, value and ease of maintenance in outdoor living space is limitless.

Extending living space outdoors is as old as time itself. “Creating an outdoor room is a natural extension of your indoor living space,” says landscape architect John Johnson of Burnsville, Minn. “By creating a space in the open air and adding elements like fireplaces, pergolas, water features and greenery, you get a very different feel. People want and need that connection to the outdoors.”

Adding value

Without erecting the traditional four walls and roof, outdoor living space can be easily added to large, small, twin or town homes. Enhancing an outdoor space with hardscapes adds value and can be adapted for multiple uses.

“Homeowners continue to embrace the trend of maximizing outdoor living space, whether it’s an outdoor kitchen or patio living room with a fire pit,” says Lonny Sekeres, a landscape designer with Villa Landscapes in Oakdale, Minn. “Real estate experts say that for every dollar you invest in landscaping projects, you could see up to a $2 return when you sell your home.”

Do-it-yourselfers will find easy-to-install, maintenance-free pavers and segmental retaining wall systems are budget-friendly for patios, walkways, courtyards,

Says a homeowner in Minnesota whose project is pictured: “We used pillars, different colors and patterns to define the various spaces in our outdoor living area. It really adds a ‘wow’ factor, and definitely adds value.”

Says a homeowner in Minnesota whose project is pictured: “We used pillars, different colors and patterns to define the various spaces in our outdoor living area. It really adds a ‘wow’ factor, and definitely adds value.”

raised gardens, fire features and wall projects. New construction should include plans for exterior hardscapes, and remodels can benefit from the advice of design-build professionals or experts from a landscape supplies retailer, says Sekeres.-

“There are so many solutions to fit any budget and need,” says Sekeres. “Products like Willow Creek permeable pavers allow rainwater drainage if needed, and retaining walls come in colors that complement any environment.”

Al fresco living

As a natural extension of the home’s ground floor, a patio expands a family’s living and entertaining space significantly. It provides a perfect gathering spot for guests and family who will be drawn from indoor dining areas to this enticing space.
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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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