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Siding Tips - Homeowners - Remerica Hometown Realtors

Re-siding your home offers a great opportunity to not only improve the visual appeal of the exterior, but also to boost your home's energy efficiency. The key to gaining these benefits is choosing the right material. There are a number of distinctive and attractive materials available for re-siding, so how do you know what to choose?

Further, there are some caveats that go along with selecting siding contractors that every homeowner should know about.

And remember, our REALTORS® can help advise you on all the right moves to make when you're getting ready to place your home among Ann Arbor homes for sale.

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Washing Machine Cleaning Tips - Remerica Hometown Realtors

When you wash a load of laundry, you expect your clothes to come out clean. But they may not be as clean as they could be if your washer has built-up dirt, grime, soap residue, and even mold and mildew.

Our REALTORS® suggest cleaning your washing machine at least once a month if don't do laundry very often and once every week or two if you use your washer nearly every day. This will also banish unwanted odors that could turn off potential buyers if you plan to put your home on the market soon.

The following steps will ensure your washer, as well as your clothes, stay clean.

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Deep Cleaning Tips - Remerica Hometown Realtors

Daily and weekly cleaning is necessary to keep your home clean, but occasionally, a deep cleaning is needed. Our REALTORS® suggest deep cleaning some of the following five things this weekend:

  1. Walls
    Cleaning your walls can make the entire room look brighter. The key is to deep clean them enough to be effective, but not so much that you'll damage the paint.

    Start by removing any objects hanging from the walls and dust the walls with a cheesecloth. Put towels or newspapers on the floor against the baseboards to help soak up any excess water. Fill a bucket with mild soapy water and have a second bucket of water for rinsing. Use a soft cleaning sponge to gently wash the walls, starting at the top and using a circular motion.

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Maintenance Toolbox - Remerica Hometown REALTORS

You're finally settled in your new home, and you have everything you need right at your fingertips – or so you think. Unexpectedly, a minor repair needs to take place, and you realize you weren't as prepared as you thought. Having some common – and not-so-common – tools lying around can be the difference between an easy fix or an unnecessary headache. New homebuyers tend to overlook these necessities, but you can equip yourself with these tools, and it doesn't have to cost you a fortune. Our REALTORS® will help get you into the perfect home, but here's a starting guide to ensure you have the right tools to maintain the upkeep of your home.

Tools of the Trade to Keep Your Home in Order

Plumbers and other repairmen can cost you upwards of one hundred dollars each time you need to call them. While you may need a professional sometimes, you don't need to spend a lot of money to acquire common tools that will allow you to do the job yourself. However, you also shouldn't run directly to the discount tools section for cheaper options. A basic toolbox purchased at your local hardware store will have many of the basics for you to use. This includes pliers, screwdriver set, adjustable and open-ended wrenches, level, hammer, Allen wrench set, and tape measure among others. These tools alone can help you fix a leaky faucet, repair furniture, tighten loose screws in appliances, or simply hang pictures.

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Historic Homes - Remerica Hometown REALTORS

Some people love the blank slate offered by a brand new home. Others prefer the quirky charm and lived-in ambiance of an older home in a historic neighborhood. After many years in the business, our REALTORS® have sold just about every kind of home there is.

If you're out looking for Ann Arbor homes for sale, you have a wide range of options to choose from. Some of those options will be historic homes that come with plenty of charm and, in a lot of cases, may need a lot of work. Here's what you need to know about buying that historic home. 

Pros of buying a historic home

  • Historic homes are unique. 
    Older homes often have unique features that range from charming to downright odd, but one thing's for sure: You won't find them in a newer house. From intricate crown molding and hand-carved railings to antique fireplaces and quirky fixtures, historic homes are often packed with one-of-a-kind features. You're not likely to find them anywhere else. 

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Add On or Move On - Remerica Hometown REALTORS

Is your home starting to feel a bit crowded? Perhaps your family has grown, and you need more bedrooms or another bathroom to accommodate everyone comfortably. Maybe you need extra space for an aging or ailing loved one, or office space to accommodate a new or growing home-based business. If your home no longer meets your needs, you have two basic choices in resolving this problem: Adding on or moving on to a new home.

So how do you know which option is best for you? Are you better off looking into local builders, or is shopping Ann Arbor homes for sale your best bet? The answer to that question depends on your particular circumstances, and here we'll outline some important considerations that can help you make a solid decision on whether to add on or move on.

  1. Do you love your home?
    Does your home have unique features that would be difficult to find in a new one? Perhaps your neighborhood is perfect for your family, with an awesome community, great local schools, and wonderful neighbors. If so, adding on and settling in for the long haul may be the right choice for you. If, on the other hand, you're not emotionally attached to your home or neighborhood, moving on might be a more practical route for getting into a home that has enough elbow room to meet your needs.

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Paint to Sell-Remerica Hometown REALTORS

A fresh coat of paint is one of the most affordable ways to attract buyers' interested in Ann Arbor homes for sale. In addition to allowing for appealing photos, popular neutral colors let people imagine themselves living in your house more easily. With a few hours of work, or some help from professional painters, you can add value to your property. Here are some of the ways that paint can help you sell your home.

  • A Perfect First Impression
    Without a beautiful exterior, buyers won't want to spend time checking out your home's interior. Before you take pictures for your listing or have an open house, you should trim your hedges, powerwash your driveway and sidewalks, and touch up any parts of your exterior with faded or peeling paint. While trendy, "greige," a blend of beige and gray, goes with most other colors and looks more appealing than beige or gray alone.

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Fireplace Safety Tips
Throughout the year, our REALTORS® enjoy showing potential buyers homes for sale in Ann Arbor complete with fireplaces perfect for warming your home. During Michigan's cold winter days, please consider these eight fireplace safety tips.

  1. Clean It
    The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) reminds us that a clean chimney is less likely to lead to a chimney fire. Removing creosote deposits, soot, and ash can go a long way toward preventing these often unseen fires deep within your chimney. 

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Michigan Snow Storm Prep Tips

Michigan winters are known to bring freezing temperatures, icy stairs, and snowy eaves. As a first time home buyer, our REALTORS® want you to enjoy your first winter in your new home. The best way to stay snug and secure is to follow these eight tips and prepare your home for Mother Nature's whims before she blows into town.

  1. Inspect Your Furnace 
    Make sure your air vents are clean and free of ice and other debris. You will want to change the filters and take care of any required maintenance before snowstorms make their way into the weather forecasts.

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Plymouth Home Ready for Fall
Whether you are searching for Plymouth homes for sale or have already made your purchase, there are things you should know about getting your house ready for fall – especially if this will be your first fall season as a homeowner. Our real estate agents offer this fall maintenance checklist to help you maintain your home throughout the colder months ahead.

  1. Schedule HVAC System Maintenance
    The end of the summer means it's time to get your heating system inspected by a professional HVAC technician. Scheduling that service call before the cold weather will keep your HVAC system in top shape throughout the heating season. It can also save you money by ensuring that your system is working as efficiently as it should. Also, if you aren't yet familiar with your heating system, your HVAC tech can show you what to do to keep things running this fall and winter.

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Update Don't Renovate to Sell Your Plymouth Home
If you're planning to sell your home, you'll want to get started on getting it ready to list. While your home will be competing with other Plymouth homes for sale, take a minute to evaluate changes that need to be made. Don't commit to expensive home remodeling projects when a simple update will do.

Our REALTORS® understand that when you're preparing your home for the market it's easy to go overboard. When you're ready, we can help you through the process. In the meantime, our best advice is Update, Don't Renovate.

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Tips to Amp Up Your Home's Curb Appeal

Tips to Sell Your Home with Curb Appeal

If you're looking for an easy way to amp up your home's curb appeal, think green. As one of your home's biggest outdoor features, your lawn can be a major factor in bringing buyers to your door. The NAR study, "Remodeling Impact Report: Outdoor Features," confirms this. It ranked "standard lawn care" as number one on a list of outdoor projects that appeal to sellers. It was number four among projects that added value to a home. Those are good reasons to get your lawn into shape before you enter the market of Plymouth homes for sale.

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Plymouth Home Spring Sale
If you've been waiting for spring to add your home to the list of Plymouth, MI homes for sale, you don't have to wait much longer. Spring officially arrives on March 20. When buyers are searching our local real estate market, you must be ready to open your door when they are. That means you should start preparing right now. 

Our REALTORS® work with local buyers from pre-listing to closing. We understand what it takes to undo the effects a cold winter wreaks on your home. To get you started, we recommend these three things to get your Plymouth home ready for a quick spring sale.

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