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March 2020

Whether you own a home or are looking to buy or sell one, here are some useful tips, ideas and advice. When you’re ready to make a move, let's talk about it!

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Michigan Real Estate
Stephanie Sherriff
Luxury Collection Specialist



How to stick with a renovation budget

It's all too easy to underestmiate costs involved in renovating, but a detailed budget developed working hand in hand with a reputable contractor who has dealt with unexpected "surprises" in the demolition phase, can help you avoid coming up short before completion.  Be sure to ask advice about any parts of the existing room being worth keeping.  Keeping the same general layout in baths and kitchens can save on plumbing and electrical costs.  Finally, wouldn't it be preferable to add a cushion in your cost projection rather than running out of funds?

Speaking of kitchens, since we are all more concerned about germs these days, here is a list of the germiest places in your kitchen: sinks, sponges,  hand towels, microwave turntables, cabinet knobs and handles, salt and pepper shakers, refrigerator door handles, unwashed fresh produce.


Maybe it's time for a new look!

Sometimes it's not the door, it's the details that make the difference.  Look at this photo and take note of the style and definition created by making the risers on the steps  match the trim around the doors and windows and the pillars, while the porch floor matches the siding.

Now imagine that this house had a plain door with no windows, and no adjoining windows.  Boring!!!  The addition of glass makes it so much more welcoming from the outside, and adds so much light to the foyer!

Easily overlooked items (because you see them every day!) are the door bell and the tarnished house numbers,  a fresh look at little cost!

March is a dreary month and seems to last forever, but take time to plan the facelift of your front entry and curb appeal so you can have it finished for spring blooms!

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