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October
24

Stop By These Fun Halloween Events In Holland

Halloween is almost here! Visit these Holland events that are fun for the whole family.

Halloween is one of our favorite times of the year. Our real estate agents love decorating for Halloween and preparing for trick-or-treating, and we also try to attend one local Halloween event every year. We truly can't get enough of this spooky time of year!

From Halloween concerts to kid's parties, there are Halloween events around town suitable for all age groups. If you're looking for a great way to celebrate the holiday with the family, here are some Halloween events to put on your calendar this year:

  • Totally Rad 80's Halloween Bash - 248 S River Ave, Holland, MI 49423
    This Holland Halloween party at Park Theater is sure to be a hit. The Totally Rad 80's Halloween Bash features musical guests Boys Hone Mild and Momz Attic. Costumes are encouraged and there will be prizes for the best. There will also be a guitar giveaway. The event is Friday, October 28, at 8 pm, and tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Tickets can be purchased online.

  • Cool & Classic Trunk Or Treat - 12330 James St, Holland, MI 49424
    Half classic car show, half Halloween party -- Cool & Classic Trunk Or Treat combines the best of both worlds! Check out some local classic cars and enjoy Halloween activities like trick or treating and a costume contest. This event takes place on October 29 from 4 to 6 pm at the Holland Town Center. The event benefits a non-profit called Hope Packages. Admission is free, but a donation of tear-free kid's body wash or kid's toothpaste is suggested.

  • Ridge Point Community Church Trunk Or Treat - 340 104th Ave, Holland, MI 49423
    This annual Halloween event is one of the most family-friendly Halloween events in Holland. There are lots of activities and trunks full of treats, so it's great for kids.  The Ridge Point Community Church Trunk or Treat takes place on October 29 from 10 am to 12 pm, and admission is free. Plus, this great event is just a few miles from these Holland homes for sale.

  • Bam! Trick-or-Treat - 478 E 16th St, Holland, MI 49423
    The Bam Entertainment Center is hosting a Halloween Celebration for kids and adults. Enjoy Halloween-themed bowling, a Halloween cupcake decorating contest, and other games and activities at Bam! Trick-or-Treat. Plus, there are eight trick-or-treat stations. Guests who arrive in costume get one free laser tag session. The event is Sunday, October 30, from 12 to 4 pm.

  • Halloween Movie Night - 14 S Church St, Zeeland, MI, 49464
    Looking for an easy-going Halloween day activity for the kids? The Howard Miller Public library is hosting a Halloween Movie Night on October 31 from 10 am to 12 pm. Kids can watch a G-rated movie called "Spooky Buddies," and free popcorn will be available. Admission is free!

With costume parties, trick-or-treating, and concerts, Halloween is sure to be a blast around Holland, Michigan.  Our community events are just one of the many great things about living in this town. Contact us today to schedule your tour of one of our local listings.

October
12

How To Prepare Your Home For The Appraisal

The appraisal is an important step in selling your home. Here's how you can prep for it.

While a home appraisal is a normal part of the closing process, it's common for sellers to be a bit nervous about the outcome. The purpose of an appraisal is to gain an independent third-party valuation of your property. Naturally, sellers want the appraised value to come back as high as possible. If the appraisal comes in lower than the offer price, then you may need to return to the negotiating table to determine who is going to cover the difference, which could ultimately eat into your return.

While a good portion of your appraisal will be based on recent sales of nearby homes, some of the assessment is subjective. Therefore, doing everything you can to make a good impression can impact the outcome. Our real estate agents suggest these tips for preparing for your home appraisal.

  • Put Yourself In A Buyer's Shoes
    It's easy to overlook defects and blemishes when you spend every day in your home, but many small issues will stick out to outside parties. Go through your home with a critical eye and look at it from the appraiser's or buyer's perspective. You'll want to make sure to take care of the small stuff: replace light bulbs, repair broken doorknobs, and fix any leaks. Large issues deduct an average of $500 from your appraised value.

  • Clean From Top To Bottom
    You want your home to appear and smell clean during your appraisal, so clean like you've never cleaned before. Scrub every nook and cranny, shampoo the carpets, and dust every surface. Don't forget to clean and powerwash the exterior too! You may even want to consider hiring a professional cleaning company to make your home really shine.

  • Work On Your Landscaping
    Remember, your appraisal is an assessment of your entire property, so you'll want your yard in top shape too. Mow your grass, trim your shrubs, and eliminate any debris. Focus on improving your curb appeal by painting your front door and porch, adding new sidewalk lighting, and planting some flowers. If you need some inspiration on how to make the most of your facade, check out these Holland homes for sale.

  • Talk To Your Neighbors
    If you have any neighbors who recently moved in, speak to them about their experience with the appraisal process. Ask about any major issues that led to deductions in home value. You might be able to learn from their experience and resolve issues before they impact the appraisal.

  • Notify The Appraiser About New Appliances Or Upgrades
    Make sure to let the appraiser know about any recent investments you've made in the property. Things like kitchen appliances may be visible and apparent, but if you recently replaced your sewer line or had the roof or chimney repaired, it might be worth calling it out.

Determining a home's value is an important part of a real estate transaction. We always recommend sellers take steps to improve your appraised value, as it could ultimately help you earn as much as possible on your home sale. If you're thinking about putting your home on the market, contact us today. 

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