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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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Furniture Stores - Ann Arbor, MI - Remerica Hometown Realtors

If you've bought a new home in or near Ann Arbor, MI, you'll want to make your house your own by ensuring it reflects your personal taste and preferences. Local furniture stores can help you by offering the pieces, expertise, and even customized options to help elevate your home's sense of style.

Our REALTORS® suggest going shopping for furniture at the following five local stores.

  • All About Furniture- 5301 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48103
    All About Furniture has been in business in the Ann Arbor area for over 15 years, offering a large selection and a no-pressure atmosphere. You'll find plenty of Amish and American-made furniture in their large showroom located near Ann Arbor homes for sale, including reclining sofas, custom dining room sets, and entertainment centers. Reviewers have praised All About Furniture's high-quality pieces as well as its superior level of customer service and attention to detail when your furniture is delivered, since the shop uses felt pads to protect your flooring.

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Virtual Game Night - Remerica Hometown Realtors

Has social distancing disrupted your fun? Don't worry — you can still have game night every night with virtual gaming. Old favorites like Monopoly, Clue, and other classic board games have been given a digital update, joining hundreds of other new and exciting games online. If your young ones are bored — or if the young at heart desire some nightly entertainment — our real estate agents know that your whole family will love playing these fun games remotely.

4 Virtual Games for Children

  1. Minecraft
    Chances are high that your children already know about Mindcraft, but if they don't, now is the perfect time to play. This kid-friendly game lets players build and explore extravagant worlds. A new Education Edition was created to help kids learn STEM while having fun.

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Home WiFi Solutions - Remerica Hometown Realtors

Whether you are working out of your current home or looking for Ann Arbor homes for sale, your WiFi connection is essential for success. With the recent health crisis, more people are working from home while their children attend school online. The new trend has many reviewing their current WiFi connections. If your WiFi is not up to the task, multiple users can create a significant strain on your current Internet system. The delay in your system can cause missed deadlines and overwhelming frustration.

Is Your WiFi Up to the Task?

Your home's location often determines the type of Internet provider available. When looking for a new home, our REALTORS® are knowledgeable in all aspects of each home listing, including top WiFi providers. The first step in determining if your WiFi is up to the task is to get acquainted with the current system. Learn about your existing router, your Internet speed, and all other aspects of your system to determine the type of changes to implement. If you need help determining if your WiFi is up to the task, consider the following areas.

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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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New Landscaping Prep - Remerica Hometown Realtors

As temperatures get warmer, it's time to prep your yard for new landscaping and fix any damage that's been done by winter temperatures and snow. You may have to wait to start planting, but there's a lot you can do now or in the near future to get your spring yard and garden off to a good start.

Our REALTORS® recommend the following steps to help prep your yard for new landscaping:

  • Prep your tools
    Check your landscaping and gardening tools, including your mower, trimmer, and pruning shears to make sure they're in good repair and ready for the new season. At the same time, inspect your outdoor lighting, patio furniture, deck, and porch for anything that need fixing and take care of it.

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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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Countertop Material Choices for Sellers - Remerica Hometown REALTORS

Countertops carry a heavy burden due to exposure to heat, water, sharp knives, and more. Go shopping for countertops, and you may be daunted by the number of choices on the market. There's certainly a lot of material choice based on colors, textures, and patterns. The right type of counter surface for your kitchen or bathroom will depend on your tastes, your needs, habits in the room, the overall style of your home, and your budget. Our REALTORS® have put together a list of these basic countertop types to help you make the right choice.

  1. Natural Stone
    Granite is one of the most popular countertop materials. It's available in a variety of shades such as whites, blacks, blues, browns, beiges, and corals, and no two pieces are exactly alike. Granite is available in polished and honed finishes. The cost depends on many variables, including origin, finish, and color of the stone. Natural stone materials are durable, long-lasting, and heat-resistant with no (or low) visible seams.

    Other natural stone materials, such as limestone, soapstone, marble are softer and require greater care and delicate use. They may show scars and need repeated sealing to resist stain. Natural stone is the most expensive countertop material.

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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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Home-Selling Anxiety-Remerica Hometown Realtors

Even though the real estate market is strong, the process of selling your home can be stressful. Take a deep breath and keep the end goal in sight as you sell your Ann Arbor home. To help you stay focused, our REALTORS® put together these seven tips help you remain less stressed throughout the process.

  1. Determine Your Motivation
    What is the main reason you're selling your home? It may be because you're expecting a child, and you need a bigger house. Or perhaps you got another job, and you need to transfer to a city. Whatever the reason, keep sight of your goals when the process becomes stressful.

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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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Staging Solutions
Setting the Stage for a Successful Sale

When it's time for an open house, putting your best foot forward is a must. You've probably already made repairs, deep cleaned, and worked on your curb appeal. But there are lots of other details that can make your home more inviting and appealing. That's where staging comes in. It's preparing your home for viewing by removing clutter, removing your personal touches, and giving it a more neutral look for wide appeal. Good staging will set your home apart from other Plymouth homes for sale .

Our REALTORS® can always offer some specific advice after they've seen your home. But making sure you pay attention to these general tips is a great place to start.

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Plymouth Home Inspections

What Buyers Should Expect From a Home Inspection

Our REALTORS® know getting your offer accepted on the home you love is exciting. But the work isn't quite done. Don't forget about the home inspection. You'll want to know for sure your new home is in good condition or what repairs need to be done before you move in.

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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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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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