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Boost Your Home's Value With These Fixes

Your home is usually your largest investment. Here's how you can make sure it holds its value.

Your house isn't just a place to live, it's also a major investment and vehicle for accumulating wealth. While homes generally appreciate over time if you keep them in good shape, there are also things you can do to help generate an extra return when it comes time to sell. At the end of the day, investing in a more livable home is the best way to boost your sale price.

Here are some top recommendations from our real estate agents to maximize your home value:

  • Focus On Curb Appeal
    The view of your home from the street is so important when it comes to selling because it's usually front and center in your listing photo. Good curb appeal is critical for garnering online attention, but it's also the first thing buyers see when they pull up to the home. Simple things like painting the front door, installing a new mailbox, and keeping up with lawn care are all great ways to keep your curb appeal top-notch. Some of our favorite Grand Haven homes for sale have stunning curb appeal!

  • Focus On Energy Efficiency
    Green living is an important characteristic for buyers today, so energy-efficient features are a must. You don't have to install solar panels to make your home energy efficient — there are many simple things you can do, including:
    • Install a smart thermostat to optimize heating and cooling costs.
    • Reapply caulking around your windows.
    • Replace incandescent bulbs.
    • Invest in double-pane windows for extra insulation
    • Install ceiling fans in bedrooms and living rooms to minimize cooling costs.

  • Fix-up Your Kitchen and Bathrooms
    If you're planning a remodel or a major renovation, prioritize the kitchen and bathroom over other areas of the house. These are often the two most important rooms when it comes to attracting buyers. Installing new flooring, lighting, sinks, or counters in the kitchen and bathroom are often considered to be some of the best ways to improve home value. Need some inspiration? Check out some of the beautiful kitchens in these Hudsonville homes for sale.

  • Finish The Basement
    An unfinished basement presents an excellent opportunity to unlock additional value in your property. Buyers seek finished basements to serve as game rooms, dens, extra living rooms, or even home offices. Make upgrading unfinished basement space a top priority.

  • Upgrade The Major Appliances
    Buyers don't want to worry about making major replacements or upgrades shortly after moving in. Furnaces and hot water heaters typically last 10 to 15 years, so if yours is reaching the end of its lifespan, it might be worth upgrading prior to listing your home. Convincing buyers they won't need to worry about major fixes for years to come can really help increase the home's appeal.

  • Take Care Of The Roof
    An aging roof comes with an expensive price tag, and this could quickly turn off buyers. You may want to consider a roof replacement prior to listing your home. However, depending on the cost — it can be difficult to recover your entire investment. At a minimum, make sure to take care of any cracked, missing, or warped shingles that may be leading to leaks in the attic.

When thinking of what repairs and upgrades can drive value, put yourself in the shoes of a buyer. Try to imagine what would make your home more comfortable, liveable, and convenient. Contact us today for more home improvement tips.


The Best Local Italian Restaurants

Looking for your new favorite restaurant? Here are the local Italian staples you have to visit.

Few meals are more satisfying than a warm bowl of pasta topped with your favorite sauce and paired with a nice glass of wine, especially when celebrating a special event with your family. When we heard National Meatball Day was on March 6th, we thought it'd be a great excuse to head out to our favorite local Italian eatery and indulge in our favorite pasta or pizza.

Italian cuisine has always been a favorite of our real estate agents, so it wasn't too difficult for us to compile a list of our favorite Italian restaurants around Western Michigan. Here are six of our favorite restaurants:

  • Porto Bello - 41 Washington Ave, Grand Haven, MI 49417
    Located in the historic Piano Factory building, Porto Bello is a laid-back Italian restaurant just down the street from these Grand Haven homes for sale. Choose from all your favorite pasta dishes or share a delicious specialty pizza. Don't forget to finish your meal with a piece of Italian Lemon Cake or Tiramisu. Looking for a place to host a special event? Porto Bello also caters meals at the beautiful Harbourfront Grand Hall which is adjacent to the restaurant.

  • Noto's At The Bil-Mar - 1223 S Harbor Dr, Grand Haven, MI 49417
    This upbeat, modern Italian restaurant on the lakeshore offers a variety of shared Italian plates, pizzas, salads, and an eclectic wine list, to mention great views of sunsets over Lake Michigan from the dining room. The combination of great food, spectacular views, and a fun atmosphere makes Noto's At The Bil-Mar the perfect date night location.

  • Two Tonys - 723 E Savidge St Suite E, Spring Lake, MI 49456
    Enjoy authentic Italian cuisine in an old-world atmosphere at Two Tonys Kitchen and Wine Bar. Start off your meal with Two Tonys Meatballs, which are topped with fresh marinara and fresh mozzarella cheese. For dinner, choose your favorite pasta, risotto, or Italian entree and finish your meal with some sweet, savory cannoli. The casual vibe and great food at Two Tonys make it a local favorite.

  • Stomboli's Express - 6210 96th Ave, Zeeland, MI 49464
    If you're craving a gourmet pizza, handmade Stromboli, or some tasty subs, we recommend stopping by Stromboli's Express. This carry-out only dining establishment is known to have some of the best pizza in town. It's always fun to pick up a pizza at Stromboli's and take it to a nearby park for a picnic in the summertime.

  • Scooters Cafe & Pizzeria - 322 Culver St, Saugatuck, MI 49453
    Scooters Cafe & Pizzeria
    is known for its big bright dining room and delicious pizza and pasta. Choose from a wide selection of specialty pizzas or try the classic Spaghetti with Meatballs. If you still have room, Scooters S'mores Pizza is the highlight of the dessert menu.

  • Licari's Sicilian Pizza Kitchen - 3627 Baldwin St, Hudsonville, MI 49426
    Home of MLive's 2016 Best Pizza award, Licari's Sicilian Pizza Kitchen's pizzas feature homemade dough and a secret homemade sauce that can't be beaten. While they're known for pizza, they also offer pasta entrees, sandwiches, salads, and more. There is also a great wine selection, cocktails, and happy hour specials. Best of all, you'll find some spectacular Hudsonville homes for sale just down the street.

The quality, variety, and taste of our local Italian restaurants are what make them special. For more information on the wonderful local businesses around Western Michigan, contact us today.

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