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Home buying advice for Detroit residents by the Mark Z Home Selling Team with Keller Williams Advantage.

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Selling your home involves several steps. One of the steps includes getting an inspection. Inspections can be unsettling for some people because they may not know what to expect. However, homeowners find that an inspection is helpful because it tells them what things might be wrong with the house, which gives them an opportunity to correct things.

 Although it can be unnerving if your inspection has several flagged areas, some of these things are fixes you can do yourself. Even if the flagged things aren’t safety issues or emergencies, it makes sense to correct what you can because it will give you more leverage to negotiate the price you want. Here are five DIY projects that may want to consider fixing.

Seal Window and Door Gaps

Whether it’s

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Every new homeowner knows the feeling of joy when they finally find the house they want at the price they can afford. It's exciting when you get to the closing day, and you move into your new home. 

Maybe your move was an upgrade to a larger home or perhaps you moved to an entirely new area. No matter what type of house you get, you need homeowner’s insurance to protect what is probably your single most significant investment. 

Many people have an agent handle their homeowner’s insurance policy, but they don’t know how their policy coverage works. Most people don’t take the time to read all the small print of the policy, and even if they did, it might not make sense to them. However, if something goes wrong and your house gets damaged, you will want

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If you’ve decided to sell your home, you are no doubt dealing with a lot of mixed emotions. You’re probably excited by the prospects of finding a new house. Maybe the move itself is indicative of something new and thrilling in life — like a better job or a growing family.

Pretty young woman making a decision with arrows and question mark above her head

At the same time, you may be experiencing some trepidation about selling your home, finding another home you like, and everything in between. Rollercoaster emotions are typical for most people in your position. These tips offer guidance on how to get through the home selling process and keep your emotions calm.

Connect With a Quality Real Estate Agent

Your first step and one that will significantly ease your emotional turmoil is finding a superb realtor. You want someone who

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Selling a property involves many documents. Understanding what materials you require will help the process run smoothly. Those working with an agent may benefit from the escrow company assisting in retrieval. However, any home seller should be aware of the types of documents that are typically necessary to facilitate the expedient sale of a home. The required documents vary slightly depending on the state in which one owns a home. Other factors play a part, as well.

What Documents Are Useful?

Sellers who list their home for sale with an agent need to gather valuable information about their home. The necessary documents depend on various factors such as the type of community in which you live, the kind of property you own, and whether the buyer is

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Now that the New Year is rolling in, homeowners wonder what new design trends are hot for 2019. We checked in with some of the experts to find out what home designs will put your house in the top spot for the year. Here are trends that are sure to prompt remodeling dreams.

What’s Cooking in the Kitchen?

The kitchen is often the focal point of many homes. It’s the place where loved ones gather to enjoy home cooked meals and talk about their day. Homeowners want this room to be functional as well as attractive, and that is reflected in the 2019 kitchen trends:

  • A full-length backsplash takes center stage in the kitchen creating a wide-open, clean feel. You’ll see some of these in bold patterns adding interest.
  • Look for darker and warmer tones
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Selling a home means different things to different people. For some people, it means they are moving on to a new job and new location. For others, it may mean upgrading to a larger home because they outgrew their current home. Some people sell their home because they want to downsize; maybe the kids have grown up, got married, and a large house is too much to keep up. Whatever the reason for selling a home, everyone will go through a lot of the same steps. One of these steps is getting an inspection

A home inspection can bring anxiety to some homeowners because they don’t know what to expect. They may wonder if the inspection will indicate costly problems they didn’t know existed, or they may worry about the issues they do know about. How severe are

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The Problem with Unpermitted WorkUnpermitted work can be a serious issue for homeowners, potential buyers and sellers. Uncovering that work performed proceeded without necessary permits may make it likely that the work was not done according to current codes, such as with electrical work. In addition, once it is known, it will be necessary to disclose any unpermitted work to potential buyers. However, what happens when this was not done and a new homeowner stumbles upon work which has not been properly permitted?

Review the Blueprints

A homeowner may get a better idea of unpermitted repairs by reviewing the blueprints. In this way it can be easy to notice whether or not a closet or sunroom was part of the original plan of the home. This may not provide information on the

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Best High-ROI Home Improvement ProjectsFor many homeowners, one of the most important things to consider when trying to decide which home improvement projects to take on is return on investment. The right home upgrades can boost the sale price of a Commerce home and help homeowners recover their costs.

Deck Addition

Adding a deck is an inexpensive upgrade that typically costs between $5,000 and $10,000. A successful deck addition can deliver as much as 70% ROI. Containing costs is important for getting a high return on investment. This is done by using pressure treated wood instead of composite decking and by keeping the design of the deck relatively basic. It's also a good idea to landscape in the vicinity around the deck to make the new structure is as attractive as possible.

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