Tuesday Tips: Remodel or Relocate?

DSC_5652

The Sue Prins Group had a booth at the Grand Rapids Remodeling and New Homes Show last weekend and our goal was to help people with a big question that many homeowners have -  Remodel or Relocate? Are you debating this dilemma yourself? Well we can help you! First: We would ask the question, what you like or don't you like about your home?  Some of the negatives can be changed by remodeling and renovating. Some changes may be too expensive to make, or ones that you cannot change (location). If you can make your home better by remodeling, we like to help you research and obtain estimates of how much the changes would cost, and if they will make sense for you financially. Second: We conduct a market analysis on your home. We can look at how much your home would sell at it's current state, and then how much you could sell your home with the new renovations. This will help guide you as to not go overboard on cost with any renovations. If you have decided that relocating is better … [Read more...]

Remodeling and New Homes Show & Wood Tv’s Eight West

screenshot_20161215-142543

The Sue Prins Group is very excited for this weekend as we will have a booth at the Remodeling and New Homes show! We are hoping for a great turn-out, and hope that you will come visit us! It will be at the Devos Place from January 6th-8th (Friday through Sunday). We are also very excited to announce that Wood TV's Eight West will be interviewing us on Friday to talk about how the Sue Prins Group operates and goes to work for our clients! Click below to access more information about the show! CLICK HERE … [Read more...]

Tuesday Tips: Fun and Unique Gifts for Your Host or Hostess

© O'Malley King

We cannot believe that Christmas is just 19 days away! This year has gone by very fast, and as we reflect back, we have lots to be thankful for. This week we wanted to give you some Christmas inspiration by offering up some fun and unique ideas for whomever is hosting your party. Some of you may think hostess gifts are a thing of the past, but when you host a party of your own, it's a nice surprise when your guests come in with a little something to thank you for hosting. Below are some fun ideas for you! Click on all the links to view where to buy these items Felt Soap: This is so fun for the kitchen, and something your friends and family have probably never seen before! Funny Hand Towels: Make your guests laugh with these funny holiday hand towels. Check out the Get Stuffed towel, and we as the Whip It towel. Super Soft Throw Blanket: Who wouldn't want to cuddle up on the couch with this warm and fluffy blanket. Your host will be very grateful to receive this throw. … [Read more...]

Tuesday Tips: Christmas Tree Safety

imag4720

We want everyone to stay safe this year for Christmas, so we decided this week would be a great week to go over some safety tips for trees, lights, and candles. Watch a live Christmas tree fire demonstration on the Today Show. Picking a Tree: If decorating with a real tree, make sure to pick a very fresh tree, or one that has just been cut down. If going to a Christmas tree lot, ask when the trees were cut down, and check if they have been in water. Placement: Place tree away from heat sources (fireplaces, radiators, candles, vents, etc) WATER: Make sure your tree always has water,. The more dried out it gets, the more dangerous it is. Check the water level on a daily basis. Lights: Make sure your lights are working properly and are not damaged (frayed or worn). All sockets should be filled with a bulb & do not connect more than 3 strands of mini lights together. Candles: Keep candles away from trees or garland, and never leave them unattended. Lights Off: … [Read more...]

Tuesday Tips: 6 Ways to Give Your Home Better Curb Appeal

imag4585

Is the outside of your home looking a little tired? Are you feeling like it needs a change or a face lift? Our team has come up with several ways to make your home stand out and have more curb appeal.  These changes can easily be done on a budget! Paint the front door, trim, and shutters: When picking out a new paint color for your door, GO BOLD! This makes your house "pop" and can really change the look of your whole house. But make sure that the color you choose matches your home and are of the same color scheme.  Liven up the color of your trim & shutters with either going light to dark, or possibly from dark to light.  Hint: talk to your local paint store professionals to discover what colors are "in" right now. Install new house numbers: A unique way to jazz up your house numbers is to mount them on a wood board, or metal sheet before installing them on your home. If there is extra room you can even add something like a small floral or greenery planter box under it. … [Read more...]

Tuesday Tips: Foundation Cracks

imag4503

With all this rain we have been getting and the snow coming soon, now is a great time to talk about foundation cracks: the good, the bad, and the ugly. The Good: There aren't any good cracks, however, there are common cracks that are easier to fix than others. Michigan soil creates lots of settling, so it's very common to see small cracks in the floors of your basement. Unless there is a large change in elevation, these are cracks that shouldn't give you any issues with water, moisture, etc. The Bad: Vertical cracks are a little more concerning.  In Michigan it is very common to see them stemming from basement windows. These vertical cracks tend to allow water or moisture through them into your basement. Vertical cracks aren't "the ugly" because most often the are less expensive to fix than a horizontal crack repair. Contractors will drill holes on either side of the crack and pump the holes with an epoxy. This allows the epoxy to fill in all cracks and fissures, hold out water … [Read more...]

Tuesday Tips – 7 Ways to Get the Outside of Your Home Ready for Fall

dsc_0158

It's that time of year again, many of you don't want to admit it, but it's getting colder and Winter is just around the corner. This means we need to get the outside of our houses ready for the change in seasons. Below are some tips to help you get ready :) OUTSIDE YOUR HOME 1.  Roof Check:  Ensure you don't have loose or missing shingles. 2.  Clean fireplace: If you have one & use it, have it professionally serviced. 3.  Clean gutters and add extenders: Get those leaves out!  Extenders are necessary to push water away from your foundation. 4.  Check Sump pump: If you have one,  make sure it's in good working order.  It is recommended to have it professionally serviced once a year. 5.  Turn off outside faucets & remove hoses:  This will prevent freezing of your pipes from built up water inside the pipes. 6.  Blow out Sprinklers. 7.  Fertilize lawn:  It's not too late to have this done now.  It's recommended to have one last fertilization done before the 1st snow fall … [Read more...]

Tuesday Tips-6 Ways to Prepare the Inside of Your Home for Fall

imag0845

It's that time of year again, many of you don't want to admit it, but it's getting colder and Winter is just around the corner. This means we need to get the inside of our houses ready for the change of seasons. Below are some tips to help you get ready: 1.  Change furnace filters: Best practice is every 3 months. 2.  Winterize A/C: The best way to do this is a tarp over the unit and place board that's the size diameter of the unit on top of it to protect it from falling branches or icicles. 3.  Program thermostat:  Change your settings to accommodate the cooler weather. 4.  Test carbon monoxide and smoke detectors:  Make sure your batteries are newer and the units are properly working. 5.  Clean humidifiers: Make sure your humidifiers are clean & working with new filters. 6.  Change screens to storm windows. Now with the cooler weather, put up those storm windows to conserve energy! We hope these tips keep you safe this Fall and Winter season, and hopefully it … [Read more...]

Tuesday Tips: Why a Buyer’s Agent is the Smart Choice

unnamed

Are you thinking about purchasing a home? Have you debated whether to try purchasing a house by yourself, use a buyers agent, or have you thought about just talking to the listing agent? Below are a couple key points to remember when you are deciding who you want to help you purchase your home. Free of Charge: Not many buyers realize that the Sellers of a property pay the buyers agent's commission. This means, you will not be paying your buyers agent, unless you have signed a contract with them that specifies a different way of compensation. Negotiating: We are experts at negotiating. I think buyers forget that Realtors are negotiating on a daily basis if they are a full time agent. Full time agents, like the Sue Prins Group, have been taking classes, practicing, and refining how to negotiate with listing agents as well as sellers (when dealing with a for sale by owner). This is so we are ready for any type of negotiating needed because price is not always the most important … [Read more...]

Tuesday Tips: Getting Your Home Ready to Sell

Are you getting ready to sell your house? Or maybe just thinking about, and wondering what you would need to do to get it ready for the market? Below are some steps to follow. These are the steps that the Sue Prins Group goes over for each of our potential sellers/listings. These steps help to make your home the best it can be,  in order to sell at the highest price. Meet with Realtor: Your first step is to meet with your Realtor, or if you don't have one call us. You will want to do this first because you want to find out what your home will sell for in the current market. Before spending time and money on the steps below De-clutter: Remove any and all unnecessary Knick-Knack items and all family pictures. We like a little decor, but not too much. You want the buyer to be able to visualize themselves and there things in your home. The less clutter in the home, the bigger the room looks. The buyers will then focus their attention to the room size and flooring instead of looking … [Read more...]