Home Staging – Why Should I Do It?

Yes! Many buyers shop online first, and they eliminate homes based on photos alone. The first impression of your home could be the ONLY impression it makes! Buyers tell Realtors all the time that they don’t like the photos, or that the house in question looks too dated, cluttered, small, or messy to bother to […]

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Selling a Home the Feng Shui Way

At the most basic level, feng shui is about paying close attention to space from a ch’i* perspective. In other words, it’s understanding how color, placement, furnishings, accents, neighbors, location, etc. impact its inhabitants. For example, if you have a chaotic office, you may be ineffective in your work. If you have a yang (active) […]

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Hazardous Waste Recycling Resources for Oakland County and Beyond

If you’re like most people when it comes time to move to a new home, you suddenly realize you’ve got stores of hazardous waste that the moving company won’t transport and you shouldn’t leave for your buyers. There are several events to dispose of hazardous waste throughout the year. Be proactive and get rid of […]

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Affordable Home Improvements: Time to be Floored

Never underestimate the value of an updated floor. New neutral carpeting in a room gives a quick lift. If you’ve got a variety of carpeting colors in each room, installing the same neutral carpet throughout the house provides a visual cohesiveness that makes the house feel larger and less compartmentalized. Another way of opening up […]

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Affordable Home Improvements: Mini Kitchen Lift

If you’re planning on selling and realize your kitchen is outdated, it doesn’t make sense to invest in a 5 digit kitchen renovation expense. There are a few mini-kitchen updates you can do to improve the desirability of your house. Home buyers still consider the kitchen the heart of a home and some will reject […]

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Affordable Home Improvements: The Un-Dating Panel

Ahhhh wood paneled walls. Originally expensive, the veneering process of the 60’s and 70’s made the installation of wood paneling easy and affordable. There’s hardly a house from that era that hasn’t seen wood paneling in the basement or den. If you are the owner of a home with sheets of wood paneling adorning the […]

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Affordable Home Improvements: Bathroom ReTREAT

Remember when the kids were little and you wished you could go to the bathroom by yourself?  Homeowners want a bathroom that feels like a retreat from the every day world.  A place to unwind and remind them of the all too distant spa visit. Bathrooms have moved beyond the functional and are a statement […]

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Affordable Home Improvements: Treat a Window Right

Window treatments tie in with the light issue mentioned in an earlier article. Using the correct window treatment for a room will emphasize the light in the room, draw attention to or detract from the shape and size of the windows themselves. Long drapes to the floor create a more formal ambiance whereas short curtains […]

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Affordable Home Improvements: Let There Be Light!

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, […]

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Affordable Home Improvements: Art is in the Eye of the Beholder

The buyer for your home is the eye of the beholder. Your grandchildren, although cute, are not interesting to the potential purchaser of your home – unless you’re including them in the sale. No strike that, I’m pretty sure it’s illegal to sell grandchildren, although in some cases the parents may thank you. Replace the […]

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