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Home Buying Tip: Ensure Storage Spaces Are Easily Accessible

Here is week 38 in our series of home buying tips: Ensure Storage Spaces Are Easily Accessible. If you’re close to retiring, make sure you don’t have to bend, stretch, or climb ladders to reach storage spaces. A fixed-attic staircase is better than the flimsier pull-down stairs, to make attic storage...

Home Buying Tip: Decide How Much Maintenance You Want To Do

Here is week 37 in our series of home buying tips: Decide How Much Maintenance You Want To Do. Some newer communities have a homeowners association that requires maintenance of the exterior, as well as provides lawn maintenance and snow removal. If the home you want is not in an association...

Home Selling Tip: Flesh Flowers On Tables

Here is week 36 in our series of home selling tips: Fresh Flowers On Tables. A single upscale hotel can spend upwards of $135,000 a year on fresh cut flowers. Hotels know that strategically placed fresh flowers can offset the need for property upgrades and renovation. The good news is you...

Home Selling Tip: Clear the Fridge of All Magnets

Here is week 35 in our series of home selling tips: Clear the Fridge Of All Magnets. Make the kitchen special without those personal items. As odd as it sounds, buyers have a hard time buying a property that has “Little Johnny’s T-Ball Photos” all over. This is actually one of...

Home Buying Tip: Consider Geology

Here is week 35 in our series of home buying tips: Consider Geology. A breathtaking view can be a huge selling point of a home. Who wouldn’t want a clifftop view overlooking Lake Michigan? But that same vantage point can also pose serious issues for you in years to come. Hillsides...

Home Buying Tip: Zoning

Here is week 34 in our series of home buying tips: Zoning.  Zoning isn’t just a potential problem for commercial real estate. Imagine this – a property that is two separate parcels is being sold together, and they are each zoned differently. The lot the home sits on is zoned residential,...

Home Selling Tip: Have All Windows Cleaned

Here is week 33 in our series of home selling tips: Have All Windows Cleaned. Do the cleaning inside and out. It gives better lighting and view to the outside. A $.99 bottle of window cleaner and a roll of paper towels can do wonders! If you have a larger house, consider...