Realcomp, our MLS and v98.7, Detroit’s Smooth Jazz station, have teamed up to promote MoveInMichigan.com. As part of their promotion, they invited Realtor members to send in tips for home buyers and sellers. We sent in a couple, and are listing them here for you:
In addition to looking at proximity to schools, work and shopping, before you choose your next neighborhood, you may wish to also consider your future property taxes. The State of Michigan provides a great property tax estimator that will allow you to ballpark your property tax costs for your new home. You’ll find it on Oakland-County-Homes.com
Michigan home buyers are fortunate to have a phenomenal resource for evaluating our public schools. Standard & Poors is behind SchoolMatters.com, a site that allows visitors to compare teacher qualification, test score results, funding, graduation rates and more. Comparisons can be made on a district level or on a school level.
For a seller, landscaping can be one of your best investments. Curb appeal helps to draw buyers in. A well landscaped home is more photogenic for internet shoppers and stands out to those driving by.
Light can make a room look bigger, and it makes your home more inviting to a prospective buyer. Make sure to pull back the drapes during the day, and turn on the lights at night.
If your home is vacant, and you are selling during the winter, it makes sense to have your home winterized. A plumber will turn off the water and blow out the pipes. Doing this can help to prevent expensive water damage repairs from a burst pipe.
Try to keep out of the house when it is being shown. If you do stay at home, let the Realtor do her job; stay in the background and try not to distract the tour.