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Posted on 01/18/2021
Why You Should Create an Estate Plan When You Own a Home
Photo by Aymane Jdidi via Pixabay Most people do not think of creating an estate plan before they are in their 40s or even their 50s. However, if you own a home, regardless of the cost of the home and regardless of your age, you should create an estate plan. Even if you are in your 20s, your...
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Posted on 01/11/2021
Ideas for Minor Bathroom Remodeling Projects
Photo by Christian Mackie on Unsplash Fixing up your bathroom can add considerable value to your home, which is important to keep in mind if you plan on selling in the near future. If you would rather avoid having to make major changes to your bathroom, there are several minor remodeling projects to consider instead. The following remodeling...
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Posted on 01/04/2021
Weekend Project: Repaint Patio Furniture
Image by MikesPhotos from Pixabay The bistro table and chairs or patio set that welcomed your guests to gather outdoors and gave your porch a pop of color is now less than beautiful with its peeling paint and orange-brown crust. Your outdoor space deserves a freshening up and the best way to go about it for both your...
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Posted on 12/28/2020
Unexpected Cost Home Buyers Should be Aware
Photo by Gerd Altmann via Pixabay There’s no denying that purchasing a home requires a huge investment from buyers. Not only will you need to have a down payment in place, but you’ll need to consider closing costs, home maintenance, property taxes and more over the years. While these are all expenses that most buyers are aware of,...
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Posted on 12/21/2020
House-Hunting for Extended-Family Households
Photo by cottonbro from Pexels Multi-generational homes have grown in popularity as the benefits of communal living become more recognized and celebrated. If you are searching for a home to share with both your children and parents, there are many options open to you. Single-family home with apartment: Some single-family homes have been built or renovated to include...
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Posted on 12/14/2020
Smart Home Technology That Can Boost your Energy Efficiency
Image by Dan LeFebvre from Unsplash Smart home tech makes it easy to find information in an instant, turn on or off the television without getting up and even see who just rang your doorbell, but it can also help you be more energy efficient. Saving energy does more than just cut your electric bills, it allows you...
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Posted on 12/07/2020
Make Your Own, Environmentally-Friendly Trellis without Breaking Your Budget
Image by Mark Dixon from Pixabay Maybe it's time to get your garden ready, or maybe you already have a few scraggly plants that need some support; but pre-made trellises can be both pricey and flimsey. Instead of spending a lot to get a product that will fall apart after one, wet spring, why not make this sturdy...
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Posted on 11/30/2020
Incorporating a Touchless Kitchen
Photo by Sarah Biesinger via Shutterstock You’ve probably heard how important it is to go hands-free in your car, but it can be just as important and useful to be hands-free in the kitchen. If you’re busy washing dishes or prepping for dinner, you can use hands free devices to do everything from answering calls to looking up...
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Posted on 11/25/2020
Another Property Sold - 1317 Chesterfield Avenue, Birmingham, MI 48009
Meticulously maintained Quarton Lake Estates Colonial. This four bedroom, two and one half bathroom provides over 2400 square feet of living space. The interior features a spacious formal Living Room with lovely Bay Windows and a fireplace. The Kitchen offers light wood cabinets, hardwood floors and French Doors leading to the cozy Florida Room. The Florida Room provides a charming space to relax and enjoy the beautiful views of the grand private backyard. The Florida Room leads out onto the lovely brick paver patio in the backyard. The first floor also features a Den/Library with built-in bookshelves, a Powder Room and a Formal Dining...
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Posted on 11/23/2020
Benefits of Indoor Gardening
Image by vistawei from Pixabay Did you know people are generally happier when they have something to nurture and tend to in life? That’s right. Taking care of plants can make you a happier person and improves your sense of well-being, which in and of itself might be motivation enough to start an indoor garden. If you need...
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Posted on 11/19/2020
Another Property Sold - 1832 Stanley Boulevard, Birmingham, MI 48009
Are you looking for that ready to move in starter home in Birmingham? This one is it, and it’s price to move. Simple, clean and charming curb appeal with front porch. When you walk into the home, you see hardwood flooring t/o all the way to the back Great Room addition, 19 x 15 with cathedral ceiling, skylight, updated windows, gas fireplace and door wall to back yard patio / 2 car garage. Updated kitchen and 2 bathrooms. Includes all kitchen and laundry appliances. The master bedroom (updated in 2015) is upstairs with plenty of closet & storage space and features hardwood floors. "If you sleep on it, you won't sleep in...
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Posted on 11/16/2020
5 Steps to Flipping Your First House
Photo by Skitterphoto from Pexels House flipping has been made particularly trendy in recent years, in part due to the popularity of shows like Flip or Flop and Property Brothers. If the trend has caught your eye as well, here’s an overview of the steps you’ll need to take to get the job done right. 1. Know Your...
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