Thursday, February 22, 2018 / by Paul Wolfert
By: Paul Wolfert - "The Move-Up Expert"
Many older homes have lower values when they go up for sale because they have outdated materials and a design that is no longer contemporary.
Fortunately, there are many different ways to boost the resale value of any property and attract buyers. If you want to improve the quality and the appeal of your house, here are a few tips to follow.
Allow for More Light
Dim and dark interior settings can feel depressing and can reduce the value of older homes. Allow more light in by installing a skylight or a sun tube, which will use less energy and will create a well-lit environment. Sun tubes are popular options because they're affordable to install and can be used in smaller areas of the building.
You can also install sheer curtains on the window and remove blackout curtains to prevent natural light from being blocked during the day.
Install New Cabinetry
The cabinets are one of the most important features throughout the ...
Monday, March 13, 2017 / by Paul Wolfert
By: Paul Wolfert
SUNDAY, SUNDAY, SUNDAY! marked the annual “spring forward” sleep-robbing occasion: the switch to this year’s Daylight Savings Time.
“Springing forward” may sound like a spirited, energetic exercise, but for Michiganders like me who do our best to keep regular hours, this week it will probably produce, at a minimum, an extra yawn or two. Especially from my kids.
If it sounds as if I’m a bit grouchy about the whole thing, it’s only partially true. I hardly missed the hour between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. on Sunday.
Intellectually, I know that the hour is actually in the bank: come fall, everyone in Michigan will get the hour back. Without interest, though.
Despite the Daylight Savings enthusiasts’ objections, the way the Earth and Sun naturally cooperate with each other seems perfectly satisfactory. The gradual lengthening of daylight proceeds slowly enough to give everyone in Michigan ample time to adap ...
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 / by Paul Wolfert
By: Paul Wolfert
If you’re hunting for new ideas to make a relocation to or from Michigan easier, it’s amazing how often the words “stress” and “relocation” appear in the same paragraph.
The most common thing you’ll hear is to separate “stress” from “relocation” by hiring “relocation professionals” —not surprising since many of the most-read articles are written by people involved in that industry.
Since I’m involved in all sorts of moving-day drama reduction on behalf of my clients, I’ve seen/heard it all.
Here are a few of the tips I’ve seen work wonders. Pretty sure they’ll work for you too!
The first one is something you can get started on long before any move is on the calendar:
Stockpile cartons, bubble wrap, padding paper—even those peanut-shaped plastic fillers. More and more, people are buying everyday items online, so the shipping c ...