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Do you remember the last time you cleaned your carpets? Here's how to clean them properly.

Carpeting can help give your home a warm, soft appearance and increase its comfort level. But it can also trap dirt and grain as well as stains, so you'll need to clean your carpets effectively in order to keep them clean and looking their best.
Our REALTORS® suggest the following steps to clean your carpets the right way:

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An eco-friendly lawn doesn't have to be a chore. Here's how you can easily go green.

A nice green, lush yard is attractive, but if it's loaded with chemicals, that beauty may come with a price. Chemicals can be harmful to the environment, and their warning labels may make you understandably wary of exposing yourself and your kids to these substances. That's why more people are going organic when it comes to lawn care. If you choose this route, however, you'll need to research exactly what works and what doesn't.

Our REALTORS® share the following organic lawn care tips that actually work:

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Gardening season is just beginning, and we have the tips to help your garden flourish all spring and summer long.

Whether you've had a garden for years or are planting your first one this season, now's the time to start preparing your garden, This will help increase the odds that you'll have a thriving garden and will also help you take care of some tasks now before the temperatures get warmer.

Our REALTORS® live and work in the Midland, MI area and know it well. They suggest these steps to start your garden prep now and give you the best chance of success:

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Drafty windows can make your home temperature inconsistent and even affect your heating bill. Try our tips to find the source and stop that leak.

Drafty windows can be a major annoyance. They can make the temperature inside your home consistently unpleasant, and even small leaks can affect your heating bill. If you've recently noticed a chill, try one of these tips from our REALTORS® to find the source and stop that leak.

  1. Look for possible leaks inside and out.
    Visually inspect around the windows for holes, cracks, or gaps in caulk, and damaged or missing weather stripping. These are all places the cold air can get in.

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Home Inspection How-To - Sellers - Ayre/Rhinehart REALTORS

Selling your home comes with many tasks, chores, and steps that all go toward closing. Most of these things are meant to make your home appealing to buyers and get that offer. But selling a home is more than just accepting an offer. After showing buyers how good your home looks, you need to convince them that it's in a state worth buying. This is where a home inspection comes in. A home inspection is often a deciding factor for the majority of home buyers, so you want to make sure it goes well. Here are our REALTORS® home inspection tips for sellers.

  • Rely on the Expertise of Your Real Estate Agent
    In addition to marketing the house, your listing agent should also help you improve your home to make it more appealing. Your agent will know what the inspector will be looking for and will be alert for issues that you may miss, such as insect and mold issues, furnace issues, roofing problems, leaks, or structural problems. They will also know how best to approach them. Real estate agents also have superior negotiation skills. When the inspection report arrives, they will know what constitutes grounds for negotiations and what does not. It's your agent's job to see to it that you get the best possible deal.

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House Maintenance - Ayre/Rhinehart REALTORS®

Spending more time at home provides a great opportunity to prepare your home and yard for the onslaught of summer heat. Every piece of your home needs maintenance to work efficiently and look great, especially if you'll soon be adding your home to the list of Midland homes for sale.

Our REALTORS® recommend this list of summer home maintenance tasks to complete while sheltering in place.

  • Test House Alarms
    Check your home's carbon monoxide and smoke detectors to make sure they are working properly. This easy home maintenance task takes less than five minutes to complete. Just push the test button and listen for the alarm. If there's no sound, put in new batteries and test again.

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Buy a House - Home Warranty - Ayre/Rhinehart REALTORS®

February 10th is National Home Warranty Day, and it's the perfect day to sit down and determine if the home you want to purchase requires a warranty. When our clients buy a home, our REALTORS® recommend carefully considering the options (and possible consequences) when making this critical decision.

Purchase a Warranty for Peace of Mind

Your home is one of the most significant investments you'll ever make. You'll invest time, money, and resources in the property as the years go by. Purchasing a warranty can give you peace of mind that if something goes wrong, all of the time and money you invest in the property won't go down the drain. At a typical cost of a few hundred dollars per year for a single-family home, a home warranty is a relatively inexpensive line-item in your budget.

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Spring Home Maintenance-Ayre/Rhinehart REALTORS

As the weather gets warmer, it's time to pack up sweaters, coats, and boots in favor of shorts, t-shirts, and sandals. Your home is also ready to shake off winter and get a fresh new look for spring. Follow this handy checklist from our REALTORS® to have your home in Midland ready to wow the spring buyers.

  1. Inspect the Roof
    April showers bring May flowers, but they can also bring mold and other interior problems if your home has a leaky roof. If you'd rather not climb a ladder, use binoculars to look for missing or damaged shingles. Contact a professional roofer to handle any necessary repairs.

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