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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

The Ultimate Home Seller To-Do Checklist

Here's a link to a guest article with advice for would-be home sellers. - The Ultimate Home Selelr To-Do List.. Enjoy and learn about the things you might need to do to get your home ready for the market.

Norm

Friday, May 11, 2018

Bathroom remodeling - how to save some money

It's remodeling season, when [people stop just thinking about doing those remodeling projects and actually start doing them. Kitchens and bathrooms are the most often remodeled rooms in most people's homes (not considering just painting any other room to be remodeling) and most costly rooms to remodel.

Here's an infographic that has some good advice on how to cut the cost of doing a bathroom remodel -  http://luxurycommercialbath.com/blog/how-to-save-money-on-your-bathroom-remodel-infographic/

Friday, February 23, 2018

Norm's Real Estate Tips - Title Insurance

Great interview video with Renee Copper of Title Connect on what Title Insurance is and why you need it. Watch now at -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0a-nIJFs78

Monday, January 29, 2018

Guest post on HVAC tips - Know when to replace your furnace

I've partnered with the folks at PickHVAC.com to provide some useful information about your home HVAC system. Their first post in on my Milford Team Web site at - http://www.themilfordteam.com/hvac_posts.html

I hope to bring you a whole series of informational posts from these HVAC experts, so stay tuned in.

Monday, December 11, 2017

My first YouTube video


I just posted my first YouTube video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mk8PHG5N-AU

The topic is the same as my last written post here - Before you start looking  - for first-time buyers.

I will be posting a lot more videos for first-time buyers and will keep you posted here. So, check out my first effort. It's a little rough around the edges, but I'll get better at it over time. 


Monday, December 4, 2017

First-time Buyers - Before you start looking

This is the first in a series of posts that will try to provide some advice and guidance to first-time
buyers or those who may not have purchased a home in a while and need to better understand the real estate process as it works today.

There is a temptation to just jump in and start looking at homes, once you have decided that you want to become a homeowner; however there are a number of things that you should accomplish before you start searching for home to visit.

I get it that you can search for a house on-line by yourself. Great! Go for it; however, buying your first house involves a lot more than just finding something that you like on line. Navigating through the real estate process to get to closing on that house is an involved process that is not all that easy.

Here are some tips to help you get the right start, before you start searching for houses.

1. Make a list
Write down the things that are “must haves” and the things that are “would be nice to have”. 
Prioritize the list, share it with your Realtor® and keep it with you as you search. If you make changes, share those with your Realtor, too.

2. Find a good Realtor®
The real estate process is not rocket science, but it is something that you probably don’t know enough about. You need a guide, a Realtor to help you through the process.

To understand why having your own real estate agent is important, read this article -
https://www.thebalance.com/top-reasons-to-hire-a-real-estate-agent-1798906


3. Get pre-approved
Find a good mortgage person and get your mortgage pre-approval lined up. This will help you “get real” about what you can afford and will prepare you, so that you can make an offer when you do find the right house. Your Realtor can probably recommend 2-3 good mortgage agents to call.

More helpful hints and tips about the real estate process in future posts.

For a more in-depth post about things to do before you start looking see the article that I posted to one of my web site - http://www.themilfordteam.com/before-looking.html

Norm Werner is a Realtor® working for Real Estate One in Milford, Michigan. Norms helps people buy and sell houses in Southeastern Michigan, in Oakland, Livingston and Macomb Counties You can contact Norm about finding a new home or about getting a Market Analysis for your current home by texting  or calling him at 248-763-2497 or click here to go to his web site and fill out a Help Form for buyers and sellers.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Winterizing your Air Conditioner

I guess that it took snow flakes flying in the wind this weekend to get me to think about posting this
guest post on how to winterize you air conditioners(s). The post is from Bob Wells, a retired HVAC pro. read more about Bob at the end of the post. I wan to thank him for sending me this.

The deep freeze is near, and you’re probably running through your checklist to make sure you’ve got a supply of salt, a snow shovel or two and everything else in place for winter. One question I often get asked by homeowners is how to get their air conditioner unit ready for Winter. There’s not really much involved, but it’s good to be aware of the do’s and don’ts.

The main thrust of this article is going to be on central air units since more and more homes have these. I’ll touch a bit on portable and window units at the end, though.

What to Do Before the Snow and Ice Hit 

There are several steps to take once the cool weather starts and the onset of the cold begins.

First, clean your unit thoroughly while the temperatures are still mild. Get rid of any grass clippings, twigs and leaves on or around it - be sure to check underneath too, if it’s raised even a tiny bit off the ground. Wipe off any bird droppings, dirt and whatever else may have accumulated. Take the garden house and spray through the unit as well. To be thorough, do it from all sides. Then allow it to dry out.

Once the unit’s had a chance to dry, you can turn it off. We know how volatile the weather can be and that there’s likely to be that one warm day that would kick the air conditioning back on. But that would push water back through which could then freeze as soon as the temperature drops back down again.

You’ll also want to cover the pipes with pipe insulation.  This foam is already shaped for the pipe; you just have to cut it to the right length. This kind of insulation is available at practically any hardware store, and the store should be able to recommend the right diameter for the pipes on your model of air conditioner. Helpful hint: it’s easiest to get the right fit if you cover the corners and “T”’s first.

When Should You Use An Air Conditioner Cover

There are a lot of air conditioner covers on the market. At the same time, there’s not a lot of agreement on whether you should use them. My own recommendation is to not use them for the whole winter. Instead, just toss them all when needed. Let’s look at some reasons.

Air conditioner units are built to withstand the elements. They’re constructed as sturdy, outdoor equipment. So they don’t need a lot in the way of extra protection.

Covering them can also trap moisture inside. That can lead to mold and mildew on the inside of your unit. Definitely not ideal when it has a chance to grow for four or five months protected from the frigid temperatures.

That bit of shelter from the elements can also be attractive to mice, rats and other small animals, who may find your air conditioner now makes a great place to stay relatively warm. You may end up with a nest and even a new, unexpected family of rodents.

None of that is to say you should never use an air conditioner cover. If a bad storm is predicted, a cover can be a great way to provide protection for your unit. Even if it’s just high winds, it helps keep out leaves and dirt, as long as it’s a high-quality cover that fastens down securely.

After a snow or ice storm, clean off the cover (or the unit itself), including brushing out the vents. Also, shovel around the base to create a little distance. Try to be alert to any drifting that might occur in the coming downs and keep the unit unblocked.

Once you remove the cover, make sure you leave it somewhere so that it can be spread out and allowed to dry as well.

By following this advice, you’ll have a unit that has the protection it needs and is kept in great shape from season to season.

What About Window Units? 

Not everyone has central air, of course. Or there may be a part of your house where a window unit or portable air conditioner just works better. Let’s look at those cases.

A portable unit vents through the window. This is the easiest to stow since there’s no heavy equipment to remove. Just remove the hose and the vent from the window. Be sure to drain the unit according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Clean it up and store it.

A window unit should be removed if it all possible. These air conditioners allow a great deal of cold air to pass through the unit itself as well as through the accordion panels on the sides.
Remember that these are heavy and awkward pieces of equipment. It’s not a one-person job. Be sure to have at least one other person around who can help with removing the units.

Store the unit on a flat surface. It’s not a good idea to store it on its end because all the refrigerant inside will run to the wrong section. To keep it clean, you can toss an old bedspread over it.

If you absolutely cannot remove your window unit, be sure to invest in good insulation for it. There are a variety of brands available that can be used on the inside or outside of the unit. Using both can be great, although sometimes it’s impractical to use the outside cover - like when the unit’s in a 2nd- or 3rd-floor window.

In this case, you can leave the cover on all winter, since it serves as insulation, not just protection for your unit.

Conclusion

Your air conditioning unit definitely should be part of your preparation for the cold weather. Cleaning it up and making sure it’s ready to face the bitter Michigan winter is important, but fortunately it’s not complicated. Take the time now while the weather’s still mild to start the process and help extend your unit’s life!

Bio
This is a guest post by Bob Wells, a retired HVAC tech who now dedicates himself to sharing knowledge on his website HVAC Training 101. Bob worked over 30 years in the field, 23 of which he ran his own contracting business. He’s dedicated to keeping up with the latest developments in the field and helping others to learn the trade better and advance their own careers.

Bob is on Twitter with the handle @hvactraining101 and you can also find him on Facebook.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Open House today at 730 MIlford Glen

Hey everybody; I'll be holding 730 Milford Glen open today - Sunday, November 12, from 1 PM until 3 PM.

Come visit this nice 3 bedroom 2.1 baths home just blocks from downtown Milford. It's an easy walk from this home to the shops and restaurants of Milford. The hoe features a rare (in the Village) first floor master suite with huge walk-in closet and a master bath with separate shower and tub , plus dual sink vanity.

For a preview watch this video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CxC6MnQ9ngQ

I'll have fresh cookies there, too.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Open House on October 22

I'm holding 730 Milford Glen open on Sunday, October 22, from 1 - 4 PM. Come out and see this wonderful 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath Cape Cod in the heart of the Village of Milford. This home features a very had to find first floor master suite, with huge walk-in closet and bib master bath with separate tun and shower and dual vanity sinks. The open floor plan on the entry level is sure to please. The kitchen features an island and granite tops. I'll have fresh cookies for visitors, so come on out.