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Thursday, February 22, 2018   /   by Paul Wolfert

Tips for Boosting the Resale Value in an Older Home

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Many older homes have lower values when they go up for sale because they have outdated materials and a design that is no longer contemporary.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 home an. ...

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Thursday, January 25, 2018   /   by Paul Wolfert

5 Inspections to Make Before You Sell Your Home

By: Paul Wolfert - "The Move-Up Expert"

When you're getting ready to sell your home, you want to make sure you can get top dollar for it.
Because who wants to get "bottom dollar" for anything? Not me.
You’ve probably cleaned everything multiple times, you’ve cleared out extra junk, and you may have even staged the place so that it looks "picture perfect".
So are you ready? Not quite.
Before you list your home, there are a couple of inspections that you should probably do.
I'll make this list short and sweet. If you'd like the full list of what to do before selling, click here for my full PreSelling Checklist PDF.

1. Roof 'O Rama!

When was the last time you scooted up onto your roof? For most people, the answer is "never".
Well, you should do it, or have it done before a buyer hires an inspector to lug his gear up there. Finding out you problems beforehand is always better than the alternative.
If repairs are necessary on the roof or in the ...

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Friday, December 8, 2017   /   by Paul Wolfert

Someone's mad at me for not being "salesy" enough.

Well, I did it. I’ve made someone mad because I’m not “salesy”.

Recently, I sent out an email about a bunch of animals living alone in a Central Park apartment because I thought it was humorous & worth sharing. Who out there got it?

Most people thought it was funny, one did not.

This guy was MAD that I would send a non-sales related email and had to let me know.

Check out the video and share your thoughts.

If you'd like to read along, here's the email and response:

Subject: Pet Apartment
Hey
 
I just read that somewhere on Central Park West, three parrots, a feral cat, and a Russian tortoise are living it up in a 650-foot studio (on their own.) What would you say if you went to welcome your new neighbors and found these unusual roommates living it up instead?
 
I hope you’re happy with your current neighbors! If not, I'm happy to help.

Best,
Paul
Response
Paul -
 
Let me be frank.  I’; ...

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Monday, June 5, 2017   /   by Paul Wolfert

8 Ways to Boost your Michigan Home Resale Value

By: Paul Wolfert - "The Move-Up Expert"

From time to time it can be fun to scour the latest “Top Ten” lists of cost-conscious ways to increase the value of your Michigan home.
Some make more sense than others. Upgrading bathroom vanity cabinets appears on some of the house value lists, for instance—but those lists were probably whipped together in a hurry since the return on investment is admitted to be 66%. When an investment returns two-thirds of its cost, it’s hardly competitive. For Michigan homeowners preparing to sell, vanity cabinets don’t belong on the action list.
The best idea lists are the ones which show ROI: the return on investment. Here’s a new compilation, offered purely as food for thought (since the “return” number for any individual case can’t actually be verified)—

Yard improvement, AKA Landscaping. Return on investment registers at a hefty 303% according to the NAR® (and even 400%, per This O ...

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017   /   by Paul Wolfert

Inertia & Clutter (and Selling Your Michigan House)

By: Paul Wolfert

Selling your Michigan house is a lot easier when you have an experienced professional relieving you of the lion’s share of the work. I spend full time dealing with the ins and outs of marketing, dealing with qualified prospective buyers, and making sure the Michigan technical requirements are met to the letter. That means that the lion’s share of what you need to deal with are the finishing touches of showings and open house presentations.
But long before any marketing can get under way; before an eye-pleasing Michigan listing can be created—and even before a final choice the right Realtor® is made—two formidable opponents have to be met and conquered. Taken individually, neither is nearly as imposing as when they team up. But when they work together, they can stall the initiation of any Michigan house selling initiative for months—even years. Unfortunately, they’re always hanging around the house, waiting to cause trouble. ...

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