Category Archives: Ann Arbor Real Estate

Keep Your Home Ready to Show with These 4 Tips

As a seller, you have to be able to get your home looking fantastic at the drop of a dime if an interested buyer schedules a tour. And unless you have the time to constantly clean, keeping your space prepped for showings might seem like an endless (and stressful!) ordeal. Luckily, we have a few tips that can help you avoid any pre-showing panicking.

The Easiest Ways to Stay Ready for Showings

The biggest secret to keeping your home ready for buyers is to do most of the work ahead of time. It might be tempting to put off cleaning or wait until the last minute to add your finishing touches, but all that procrastinating can easily backfire right before a showing! Here are some easy ways to keep your home looking spotless at all times…without any added headaches.

Declutter and reorganize

Decluttering a living room

Before you even think about listing, take some time to declutter and reorganize your belongings. This can help decrease the amount of stuff you have to put away before a showing, as well as reduce how much you’ll pack when you inevitably move. Remember, you want buyers to focus on the best parts of your home, not your clutter.

Not sure where to start? Try sorting your possessions in “keep,” “donate,” and “throw away” piles so you can narrow down what you really need. And if you have items that don’t get used every day that you’d like to keep, you can always rent a storage unit until you move into your new place.

Do an initial deep clean

Cleaning a kitchen

After you’ve thoroughly decluttered, you’ll want to do a thorough cleaning of every single room in your home, including your closets. It might seem like a lot of work at first, but it’ll be worth it when you don’t have to completely scrub down your house each time a buyer comes knocking on your door. Don’t shy away from getting into every nook and cranny—you want everything to look perfect!

Many professionals recommend using the top-to-bottom and left-to-right rule. That means starting by cleaning things up high, such as ceiling fans and bookshelves, and ending with your floors and carpets. Going from left to right can also keep you on task and make the entire process go by much faster.

Have a routine for tidying up

Making a bed

Let’s be honest—if you have kids, pets, or actually live in your home, it’s not easy to keep it looking like a showroom at all times. Establishing a regular tidying routine can help you maintain that initial deep clean you did before listing. Assigning tasks—like making beds or vacuuming the floors—to everyone in your household also allows you to divide and conquer!

To minimize the amount of cleaning you have to do, consider keeping some rooms that you don’t use off limits. You can even designate a certain area, such as an ottoman or a storage bin under a bed, for everyday clutter that needs to be hidden right before a showing.

Create an escape plan

Family on a walk

Keeping your home ready for showings is only half of the battle—you also need to know where you and your household will be going before the buyers show up! Not every tour is conveniently timed, so you’ll want to have a few options in place for different times and days of the week. If you have kids or pets, don’t forget to make arrangements to accommodate their needs, too.

Don’t know where to go? Try using your time to run errands or plan some fun (and practical) outings with your kids, like an outdoor study session or afternoon at the pool. Your furry friend can also be included in the fun—just head to a pet-friendly park for a little sunshine and fresh air!

Want to Get Top Dollar and Sell Fast?

Selling your home might seem difficult, but working with the right agent can make all the difference! We’re ready to help you navigate every step of the selling process, so just give us a call at The Bouma Group, Realtors to see what we can do for you. 734-761-3060 or

1509 Golden Avenue, Ann Arbor Home in Burns Park

1509 Golden Avenue, Ann Arbor MI 48104

Classic Tudor style home with tons of charm and character in the coveted Burns Park neighborhood. 1509 Golden Avenue features:

  • 1761 sq. ft., +1001 in finished lower level, 3 bedrooms, a study, and 2.1 baths.
  • Hardwood floors, built-ins, arched doorways, and coved ceilings.
  • Living room has a cozy, stone fireplace and large picture window.
  • Spacious master bedroom suite with a private, spa-like bath.
  • Brick paver patio looks over the completely fenced back yard.
  • More photos and features
  • Virtual tour
  • Listed for $535,000

To request more info for 1509 Golden Avenue or a private showing, contact the Ann Arbor Real Estate specialists with The Bouma Group today at 734-761-3060 or Learn more about the Burns Park neighborhood here!

2758 Whispering Woods Drive, Ann Arbor Home at Walnut Ridge

2758 Whispering Woods Drive, Ann Arbor MI 48103

Featured Listing! Custom finishes throughout this stately Walnut Ridge executive home. Features include:

  • 4152 sq. ft., plus 1457 in the finished lower level, 5 bedrooms and 4.2 baths.
  • Elegant crown molding, diagonal maple wood flooring, tray ceilings, and 2-story maple surround fireplace are just a few of the custom finishes.
  • Desirable first floor master bedroom suite with 2 walk-in closets and a lavish bath.
  • Lower level is finished with a family room, kitchenette, exercise area and half bath.
  • More photos and features
  • Virtual tour
  • Listed for $995,000

To request a private showing or more information for 2758 Whispering Woods Drive, contact the real estate specialists with The Bouma Group today at 734-761-3060 or View photos and amenities for Walnut Ridge subdivision here!

Vernon Downs, Ann Arbor Real Estate Update

Vernon Downs Real Estate Report – June 2020

As a wonderful Ann Arbor neighborhood, Vernon Downs not only offers robust homes with brick exteriors and fireplaces but it also is well located near many schools. Currently, 9 homes are listed for sale and 8 have been sold so far this year, 1 of which The Bouma Group was involved with.

Homes for Sale:

  • $425,000. 2140 Runnymede Boulevard, Ann Arbor. 1897 square feet with 3 bedrooms and 2.0 baths. Sale Pending
  • $425,000. 1516 Warwick Court, Ann Arbor. 2387 square feet with 3 bedrooms and 1.1 baths.
  • $399,900. 1730 Dunmore Road, Ann Arbor. 1131 sq. ft., + 986 in the finished lower level; 4 bedrooms and 2.0 baths. Sale Pending
  • $399,900. 1546 Covington Drive, Ann Arbor. 1444 sq. ft., + 1200 in the finished lower level; 3 bedrooms and 3.0 baths. Sale Pending
  • $379,000. 1808 Weldon Boulevard, Ann Arbor. 1092 sq. ft., + 800 in the finished lower level; 3 bedrooms and 2.0 baths.
  • $375,000. 1809 Saxon Street, Ann Arbor. 1308 sq. ft., + 523 in the finished lower level; 3 bedrooms and 1.1 baths. Sale Pending
  • $365,000. 1801 Waverly Road, Ann Arbor. 1218 sq. ft., + 800 in the finished lower level; 3 bedrooms and 1.1 baths. Sale Pending
  • $363,000. 1730 Covington, Ann Arbor. 1208 sq. ft., + 900 in the finished lower level; 3 bedrooms and 2.0 baths. Sale Pending

If you would like a complete list of Homes for Sale at Vernon Downs, contact us at (734)761-3060.

3176 Otter Creek Court, Ann Arbor Home at Foxfire

3176 Otter Creek Court, Ann Arbor MI 48105

New Listing! With a great north side Ann Arbor location in Foxfire subdivision, this traditional style home is move-in ready with trendy decor. Features include:

  • 2234 sq. ft., +470 in the finished lower level, 5 bedrooms and 3.1 baths.
  • Kitchen has crisp white cabinets, granite countertops, a tiled backsplash, and stainless appliances.
  • Formal living and dining rooms are perfect for entertaining.
  • Large 2-tiered deck has an awning and overlooks the private back yard.
  • More photos and features
  • Virtual tour
  • Listed for $445,000

To request a private tour or more information for 3176 Otter Creek, contact us at The Bouma Group at 734-761-3060 or View photos and details for Foxfire Subdivision here!

2529 Timber Hill Drive, Ann Arbor Home at Walnut Ridge

New Listing! Absolutely stunning contemporary home in the upscale Walnut Ridge subdivision. Features include:

  • 4123 square feet of living space with 4 bedrooms and 3.1 baths.
  • A sweeping staircase highlights the foyer with hardwood flooring that extends throughout the first level.
  • Serene wooded views from the 3-season conservatory.
  • Fine details include: wainscoting, crown molding, tray ceilings, and trendy fixtures.
  • More photos and features
  • Virtual Tour
  • Listed for $975,000

To request a private showing or more information for 2529 Timber Trail, contact us at The Bouma Group today at 734-761-3060 or View photos and amenities for Walnut Ridge subdivision here!

8 Simple Ways to Get Your Outdoor Spaces Ready for Summer

The weather’s getting warmer, summer is (finally!) just around the corner, and we’re all staying at home more than ever before. If you plan on spending your days relaxing in nature, now is the perfect time to give your outdoor space a little upgrade. And if you’re thinking about selling soon, you might even impress some summer buyers, too.

These Easy Projects Can Totally Transform Your Outdoor Space

You don’t have to spend a lot of money or time to get your outdoor space looking stellar. Here are eight quick, cost-effective DIY projects to help usher your yard, patio, porch, or balcony into the new season.

Do a little tidying

Gardening supplies

Did you forget to do your spring cleaning? Before you start on any big projects, take some time to tidy up your outdoor spaces. Sweep away any dust on your balcony, patio, or deck, and clean off your furniture. If you have a yard, be sure to clear out any lingering debris, trim back your trees or shrubs, and uproot any pesky patches of weeds. Continue reading

3 Over-the-Top Home Improvement Projects that Just Aren’t Worth It

If you’re planning on selling your home within the next year or so, you’ve probably already started thinking about the best ways to increase its value. But if you’re not an experienced home flipper or contractor, it can be tricky to know which projects are worth it and which simply aren’t.

To save you time and money (and a lot of hassle), here are some home improvement projects that just aren’t worth it (and what you can do instead).

Replacing Old Cabinets

Beautiful completely upgraded kitchen with new cabinets.Depending on what kind of cabinet material you choose, you could be looking at an estimate anywhere between $1,000 to over $9,000 to completely replace your kitchen cabinets. Materials like laminate are certainly less expensive, but prices on real wood can quickly skyrocket.

As an alternative to completely re-doing your cabinets, you might consider sanding them down and re-staining them yourself (or painting, if they’re laminate) to give them an upgraded appearance.

Extensive Master Bathroom Remodel

Sure, there are plenty of homeowners dreaming of a spa-like master bathroom, but with a bathroom remodel averaging anywhere from $5,000 to over $14,000, it’s probably not worth it.

Instead of dropping thousands of dollars into a complete overhaul, consider some smaller upgrades that can still significantly boost your value. You can give your bathroom a much-needed uplift simply by replacing old sink fixtures, re-caulking the tub and shower, or adding in a stylish backsplash.

Adding on a Room

Man using a power-saw to cut through a floor.The national average for building an additional room on to your home is $42,000. And even with the added square footage, there’s no guarantee it will add much (or any!) resale value to your home. How badly do you need that extra room?

A more worthwhile alternative might be removing or adding a wall to create more space (or another room) without increasing the square footage. Another option is to add a deck, which typically costs only around $6,000 and adds desirable outdoor entertaining space (which has been shown to positively affect home values).

Get More Money From Your Home Sale

With so many home improvement options, it can be tough to decide which ones are best for adding resale value to your property. That’s why it’s so important to work with an experienced Realtor to sell your home.

If you’re interested in selling your home, or simply want to chat about your real estate plans, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. We would love to assist you in making your real estate goals a reality.

Up Your Home’s Resale Value with These 5 Outdoor DIY Projects

Spring is here, and summer is closer than ever. That makes it a great time to get outside and spruce up your home’s exterior!

If you’re planning on selling your home soon, a little outdoor maintenance can go a long way. In fact, here are five outdoor projects you can do yourself that are sure to add resale value to your home.

Install a Fire Pit

Fire burning in a backyard fire pit.

Imagine spending a warm summer evening out back, sipping cool drinks and roasting marshmallows over an open fire. The truth is, installing a fire pit is easier than you might think!

A fire pit is made out of fireproof materials and should sit on a flat surface at least 15 feet away from your home and any trees. Here’s a how-to guide for building a backyard fire pit.

Remember, check your local building codes before beginning any type of construction!

Don’t have a yard for a fire pit? Turn your balcony into a cozy dining area instead!

Add Some Outdoor Lighting

Transform your backyard space for summer with lights that add both ambience and security. You can safely add low-voltage lighting or solar lights to your front or backyard by yourself, even if you don’t have extensive electrical experience.

Whether you opt for motion-activated LED lights or hanging fairy lights, you have some great options to consider for your yard!

Have a nice back deck or balcony? Add some lights to make it a great place to gather any time, day or night.

Fix the Front Door

A front door with a key in the lock.

Your front door should be clean, bright, and welcoming! After all, it’s the first thing potential buyers will see when they enter your home.

There are a couple of different options to freshen up your front door. If it’s very old or damaged, you could replace it altogether. Other options for sprucing up your door include painting it a different color, touching up the paint job, or replacing the doorknob or knocker.

Live in a condo with an interior front door? You can still spruce up your entryway with a nice welcome mat and some potted flowers.

Power Wash the Exterior

Dirty siding on your home can make it look old and neglected, which can be a major turn-off for buyers! A simple solution to get your home’s exterior looking like new is to rent a power washer, when you are able to, to take care of any dirt. We recommend renting a heavy-duty, gas-powered pressure washer, as these are the most efficient.

Depending on your home’s specific material (vinyl, stucco, brick, etc.), you will need to obtain a specific type of detergent to power wash your home. Be sure to opt for an environmentally friendly version!

Refresh Your Landscaping

The front exterior of a home that's been manicured with trimmed shrubs and flower beds.

Taking the time to properly maintain your landscaping—and adding a few new features here and there—can both increase your home’s resale value and attract more buyers. After all, real estate is all about the curb appeal!

Installing an attractive stone walkway, mulching your flowerbeds, planting new flowers or shrubbery, and planting trees are all great ways to improve your home’s landscaping.

Don’t have a yard? You can still spruce up your entryway and outdoor areas with potted flowers or hanging planters.

Looking for More Home-Selling Strategies?

We can help you increase your home’s value and get it sold fast. Contact us at The Bouma Group, Realtors today to learn more. 734-761-3060 or

Allen Creek Condos, Ann Arbor Market Update

Allen Creek, Ann Arbor Condo Report – April 2020

Due to the small size of Allen Creek condo complex, there are rarely listings and sales. There was 1 sale in 2016 and 1 sale in 2015.

Condo Sales:

  • $276,500. 1890 W. Liberty, Ann Arbor. 1144 sq. ft., +500 in the finished lower level, 2 bedrooms and 2.1 baths. Sold in 2017
  • $223,950. 1870 W. Liberty, Ann Arbor. 1144 sq. ft., +411 in the finished lower level, 3 bedrooms and 2.1 baths.

Keep up to date with what is going on at Allen Creek condos and any other Ann Arbor condos here. Contact us at 734-761-3060 or to be instantly notified when a condo does come to market or if you have any questions on the market!