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Three Easy Spring Cleaning Tips

Spring cleaning doesn't have to be a time-consuming or costly affair. Want to tidy your home without being overwhelmed? These tips can help:

  • Designate and delegate. Give every member of the household a duty. Who said one person has to do all the work?
  • Tackle one room at a time. The job seems more manageable when you break it down into smaller chunks.
  • Don't do it all at once. It's ok to spread your spring cleaning out over a few weekends.

Before you start cleaning, you also might consider going through closets and storage areas for potential donations. Why clean items you don't need or use?

Five Closing Day Tips to Avoid Last Minute Headaches

There are a few key details to remember on the day you close on the purchase of your home. These five closing day tips can help save you a few headaches and keep the closing on track:

  1. Keep extra money in your account. Something unexpected can pop up during the closing that will require more money out of pocket.
  2. Take time to review your closing documents. If your name is misspelled, that could cause a delay. Go through them carefully.
  3. Your personal ID is needed. A driver's license, passport, or other acceptable photo ID will do.
  4. If time permits, complete a before-closing inspection. It is always a good idea, if possible, to walk through the property to make certain everything is in order.
  5. Utilities. Remember to arrange in advance to have the water and electric meters read on closing day and the service switched to your name to prevent interrupted service. The same applies for properties that have fuel tanks.

In other words, be a good scout: Be prepared!

Five Must-Do Improvements for Resale

Most buyers want a move-in ready home that's clean, updated and functional and they're willing to pay more to get what they want. Here are just a few improvements you can do that will go a long way with buyers.

  1. Update the finishes. If you're going to improve a room, update everything, even the light switches. Get rid of popcorn ceilings, which are universally reviled by buyers. If you have wood floors, pull up your old carpet and polish the wood until it gleams.
  2. Reconvert the conversions. Conversions are usually awkward, such as garages turned into living spaces. The house and garage elevations are rarely the same, giving a cheap add-on vibe to the conversion. The driveway leads nowhere and there's no place to park cars away from the next hailstorm.
  3. Paint neutrally. Nothing improves a home like fresh paint.
  4. Fix obvious problems. If you can see it, your buyer will see it, too, so fix the sticking door, the running toilet, the leaky faucet, the busted sprinkler head, the wobbly ceiling fan, the loose doorknob, and so on. Buyers are so turned off by dirt, so plan to deep clean every nook and corner.
  5. Say "Welcome!" with curb appeal. Fresh modern paint on the front door, a new welcome mat, potted flowers, shiny new porch lights all show pride of ownership – something you want your buyers to feel, too.

Lynn Caldwell
313.884.2293 (Direct)

Sine & Monaghan, REALTORS® Real Living
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Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236
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