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When It Comes to Home Staging, Start Small

Home Staging to Attract More Buyers

The secret to selling your home for more money in less time is all in how you present it. Your home should look so beautiful—both online and in person—that home buyers can’t help but fall in love at first sight. The best way to create that wonderful first impression? Start small and focus on the details. Here are a few simple home staging tips that can have a significant impact on your home sale.

Start with Your Entryway

front door of a homeBuyers decide whether a home is worth a visit based on how it looks in listing photos. You can impress them in seconds by paying special attention to the area around your front door. Make sure your entryway is well lit, free of clutter, and looks inviting. Feel free to ask for a second opinion from a friend, neighbor, or even your real estate agent!

When it’s time for showings, don’t let a squeaky front door ruin a buyer’s first impression of your home. Spray WD-40 on creaky hinges, tighten any screws that are loose, and take care of any other issues well before the first home buyer steps over the threshold.

Move On to the Kitchen

Kitchens and bathrooms sell homes, as the saying goes. Follow these tips to enhance your kitchen’s appeal:

  • Replace old knobs and handles with stylish new hardware to give your kitchen an updated look.
  • Decorate your counters with bowls of fruit or potted plants to create an artsy pop of color.
  • Store unnecessary appliances and clutter out of sight.
  • Replace any light bulbs that have burned out.
  • Prior to showings, bake cookies to make your kitchen smell like home.

Focus on the Bathrooms

bathroom that is clean and clutter-freeNothing makes a better first impression than a squeaky-clean bathroom. Wipe down all surfaces including the inside of your toilet, eliminate any surface mold and grime from the bathtub or shower, and lay out a stack of carefully positioned hand towels as a finishing touch.

Make Your Windows Sparkle

Clean your windows inside and out, and replace any screens if necessary. Since it’s a smart idea to open your windows and let the natural light in, you can impress potential buyers with how well you have maintained your home.

Want More Home Staging or Home Selling Tips?

When you focus on these small home staging tips, it will be easy to attract home buyers to your front door and impress them with the details. If you would like additional home staging and cleaning tips, or if you’re considering selling your home and want to know what it’s worth, contact us at The Bouma Group, Realtors at 734-761-3060 or email info@bouma.com. We are happy to help!

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7 Signs You’re Ready to Buy a Place of Your Own

Are You Ready to Buy a Place of Your Own?

Living in an apartment or rental home does have its perks: You can test out different neighborhoods and locations, you have the flexibility to move, and you have access to great amenities like a gym or pool. But there’s a reason that owning a home, rather than renting one, is a highly desired achievement.

Maybe the thought of having your own place has crossed your mind only recently, or maybe you’re regularly saving a chunk of your paycheck for that future down payment. No matter where you are in the process of considering home ownership, here are the unmistakable signs that you’re ready to buy your first home.

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1. You Want to Get to Know Your Neighbors

Because renters don’t tend to live in one apartment for very long, it can be difficult to meet people who live in your building. But when you buy a home and are more invested in your community, it’s easier to forge lasting friendships.

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311 Wilton Street, Ann Arbor Home For Sale

311 Wilton Street, Ann Arbor MI 48103311 Wilton Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48103 Ann Arbor Home for Sale

Just Listed! This 1920s colonial is located in a popular west side Ann Arbor neighborhood within walking distance to Veterans Park, Plum Market, and much more. It also offers:

  • 1,654 square feet featuring 4 bedrooms and 1 1/2 bathrooms
  • Timeless features like coved archways, gleaming hardwood floors, and a cozy wood-burning fireplace
  • Updated kitchen with new cabinets and granite counters
  • Spacious yard with deck and large garage
  • More photos and features
  • MLS# 3247639
  • Listed for $434,900

To learn more about The Bouma Group’s new real estate listing at 311 Wilton Street, Ann Arbor give us a call at 734-761-3060 or email info@bouma.com. See more Ann Arbor homes for sale here!

319 Gralake Avenue, Ann Arbor Home For Sale

319 Gralake Avenue, Ann Arbor MI 48103319 Gralake Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48103 Ann Arbor Home in Lakewood Neighborhood

Just Listed and Open Sunday! Visit us on Sunday, April 9, 2017, 2pm – 4pm at this impressive ranch in a popular west side Ann Arbor neighborhood close to parks, shopping, and entertainment. Features include:

  • 1,040 square feet with 3 bedrooms and 1 full bathroom
  • Large kitchen with new stainless appliances, granite counters, and plenty of storage
  • Third bedroom has flexibility to be an office or formal dining space with large glass door to deck and fenced yard
  • HUGE 32′ x 24′ insulated garage with full walk-up second floor
  • All major systems updated in the last 7 years
  • More photos and features
  • MLS# 3247173
  • Listed for $285,000

Find out more about The Bouma Group’s new low-maintenance real estate listing at 319 Gralake Avenue, Ann Arbor by calling us at 734-761-3060 or email info@bouma.com. See more Ann Arbor homes for sale here!

1167 Joyce Lane, Ann Arbor Condo for Sale

1167 Joyce Lane, Ann Arbor MI 481031167 Joyce Lane, Ann Arbor MI 48103

New Listing! Upper level ranch-style unit at Walnut Glen on Ann Arbor’s south west side! Features include:

  • 1251 square feet with 2 bedrooms and 2 full baths
  • Large master suite
  • Open kitchen overlooking living room
  • Screened in porch with a view
  • More photos and features
  • MLS# 3247129
  • Listed at $185,000

To learn more about 1677 Joyce Lane, or to schedule a private showing, contact Ann Arbor’s Premier Realtors of The Bouma Group at 734-761-3060. Or email us at info@bouma.com. View all Ann Arbor condos for sale here.

1050 Wall Street 3E, Ann Arbor Condo for Sale

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New Listing! Hi-rise luxury condo at Riverside Park Place that is steps to UM Medical Center. Features include:

  • 1209 square feet with 2 bedrooms and 2 full baths
  • Kitchen with granite counters and stainless appliances
  • Balcony overlooking downtown Ann Arbor
  • Walk to Kerrytown and Farmers’ Market
  • More photos and features
  • MLS# 3247550
  • Listed for $279,900

To learn more about 1050 Wall Street 3E, or to schedule a private showing, contact Ann Arbor’s Premier Realtors of The Bouma Group at 734-761-3060. Or email us at info@bouma.com. View all Ann Arbor condos for sale here.

2677 Wayside Drive, Ann Arbor Home for Sale

2677 Wayside Drive, Ann Arbor MI 481032677 Wayside Drive, Ann Arbor MI 48103

Featured Listing! Contemporary ranch on park-like setting that is minutes from downtown Ann Arbor.  Features include:

  • 1,966 square feet with 3 bedrooms and 2 and a half baths
  • 1,568 finished square feet in lower level
  • Newer roof
  • Newer furnace and A/C
  • New septic field
  • Vaulted living room
  • Hardwood floors
  • More photos and features
  • MLS# 3247306
  • Listed for $549,900

To learn more about 2677 Wayside Drive, or to schedule a private showing, contact Ann Arbor’s Premier Realtors of The Bouma Group at 734-761-3060. Or email us at info@bouma.com. View all Ann Arbor homes for sale here.

2942 Hunley Drive, Ann Arbor Condo for Sale

2942 Hunley Drive, Ann Arbor MI 481052942 Hunley Drive, Ann Arbor MI 48105

New Listing! Upper level ranch on Ann Arbor’s north side. Features include:

  • 1201 square feet with 2 bedrooms and 2 full baths
  • Living room with vaulted ceiling and gas fireplace
  • Spacious master suite with plenty of closet space
  • More photos and features
  • MLS# 3247167
  • Listed for $235,000

To learn more about 2942 Hunley Drive, or to schedule a private showing, contact Ann Arbor’s Premier Realtors of The Bouma Group at 734-761-3060. Or email us at info@bouma.com. View all Ann Arbor condos here!

2241 S. Huron Parkway #4, Ann Arbor Condo for Sale

2241 S. Huron Parkway #4, Ann Arbor MI 481042241 S. Huron Parkway #4, Ann Arbor MI 48104

New Listing! Ranch condo at Arlington Place within walking distance of shops and restaurants. Features include:

  • 1053 square feet with 2 bedrooms and 2 full baths
  • Freshly painted in neutral colors
  • Balcony
  • 1 Car attached garage
  • More photos and features
  • MLS# 3247305
  • Listed for $169,900

To learn more about 2241 S. Huron Parkway #4, or to schedule a private showing, contact Ann Arbor’s Premier Realtors of The Bouma Group at 734-761-3060. Or email us at info@bouma.com. View all Ann Arbor condos here!

711 N. 5th Avenue, Ann Arbor Condo for Sale

711 N. 5th Avenue, Ann Arbor MI 48104711 N. 5th Avenue, Ann Arbor MI 48104

New listing! Huge condo in the heart of downtown Ann Arbor. Features include:

  • 2436 square feet with 2 bedrooms and 3 full baths
  • Formal living room with gas fireplace
  • Dining room with soaring ceiling
  • Master suite with gas fireplace and luxurious bath
  • Huge deck
  • Finished lower level
  • More photos and features
  • MLS# 3247177
  • Listed for $934,900

To learn more about 711 N. 5th Avenue, or to schedule a private showing, contact Ann Arbor’s Premier Realtors of The Bouma Group at 734-761-3060. Or email us at info@bouma.com. View all Downtown Ann Arbor condos here!

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