The Home Buying Process

Are you getting ready to buy a home in Michigan? It’s an exciting time! But it can also be a little overwhelming.  At Mitten Made Properties, we’ve been working in Metro Detroit real estate for quite some time, so we thought it might be useful for us to share some of what we’ve learned over … Continued

Tips for Showing Your FSBO Home

When you’re selling your Michigan home yourself – without a real estate agent – you definitely save money, but you also become fully responsible for marketing your home, showing your home, and finalizing the sale of your home.  While all three of those tasks have challenges for homeowners who opt to go the “For Sale … Continued

Paperwork for Selling a Home

If you’re selling a house in Michigan for the first time, be forewarned that an avalanche of paperwork is coming your way.  If you’re selling for the second or even third time, you may be scratching your head trying to remember what exactly all those documents were that you spent hours signing during your last … Continued

Setting a FSBO Sale Price

If you’re selling your Michigan home yourself (known as “For Sale By Owner” or FSBO for short), how do you determine the value of your home?  And more importantly, how do you set a fair sale price for your home that is both appealing to buyers in the current market AND to you as the … Continued

Troubleshooting Your HVAC System

If your home’s heat or air conditioning stops working, there’s probably something wrong with your HVAC system.  HVAC stands for “heating, ventilation, and air conditioning,” and figuring out problems on your own can be daunting.  At Mitten Made Properties, we’ve been buying, selling, and fixing Metro Detroit properties for quite some time now, and we’ve … Continued

Should You List Your Home on the MLS?

Selling your Michigan home without a real estate agent helps you avoid a lot of extra fees, and you’ll also have the freedom to do things on your terms. You’ll call the shots as you market, show, and sell your home to the right buyer for the right price.  A lot of autonomy comes with … Continued

Replacing Carpet

Are you thinking of replacing the carpet in your Michigan house? New carpet can make a big difference in giving your home a fresh look and feel, especially if your existing carpet has been subject to pets, kids, or high foot traffic – or maybe the color is dated or it has just seen better … Continued

Getting a Good Deal on a New Home

When you’re buying a Metro Detroit home, how can you tell if you are REALLY getting a good deal or not?  Real estate agents might say it’s a good deal… The seller might say it’s a good deal… But is there a way that you can run the numbers for yourself?  Well, at Mitten Made … Continued

Fixing Hardwood Floors

For today’s buyers, hardwood floors are a desirable aspect of a home. Hardwood floors have more universal appeal than carpet – and they are MUCH easier to keep clean. In fact, most Michigan real estate agents agree that homes with hardwood floors are easier to sell!  But that’s not true if the floor is damaged.  … Continued

Working Remotely and the Freedom to Relocate

Due to the ongoing challenges of current events, more Michiganders than ever before are now working remotely — from home, at coffee shops, or in co-working spaces. And in many professions, it seems like the virtual office may be here to stay. Maybe YOU — for the first time ever — find yourself working remotely.  … Continued

Damaged Rental Property

Who pays for damages to a rental property: The renter or the homeowner/landlord?  That’s a good question.  We’ve been working in Metro Detroit real estate for quite some time, and we’ve seen a lot of disputes between renters and landlords about who should pay for damages to a property.  The truth is that it really … Continued

Bathroom Remodeling Tips

Thinking of remodeling your bathroom? That might be a good idea! An up-to-date bathroom can increase the value of your Michigan home, making it easier to sell and more appealing to buyers.  But we don’t recommend remodeling your bathroom ONLY to increase your home’s value. That’s because the average bathroom remodel costs about $20,000 – … Continued

Concrete Driveway Repair

How do you fix a cracked driveway?  At Mitten Made Properties, we’ve been working in Metro Detroit real estate for quite some time, so we’ve seen our fair share of cracked driveways — and we’ve also FIXED our fair share of cracked driveways! 😉 Michigan winters (and spring thaws) are hard on concrete. In addition … Continued

Gardening and Home Value

Do you love gardening? Well, there just might be a way to use your green thumb to increase the value of your Michigan home! In today’s market and especially this time of year, there are many buyers who love seeing a well-kept garden when they view a home. It’s an amenity on its own, but … Continued