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Making Maple Sugar Tours in Southeast Michigan – Maybury Farm & More

by The Jamey Kramer Group

One of the most Michigan things you can do is to attend a Maple Syrup or Maple Sugar tour at one of our many parks throughout Southeast Michigan. You may not know how popular and fun it is to learn how to tap Maple trees for their syrup.

There are several ways you can participate in this annual ritual, and even take home some of the sweet stuff for yourself. And, there is still time!

Maybury Farm Making Maple Syrup Tours

Maybury Farm

  • 50165 8 Mile Rd., Northville, MI 48167
  • March 31, 2018
  • 1:00 pm, 1:45 pm, 2:30 pm, and 3:15 pm
  • Cost: $7.00 per person and children 2 and under are free.  

This is a full family event and your kids will love it. If you have ever wondered how maple syrup is made or have read about it but never seen it in action, you can take a tour to find out.

Tours begin with a wagon ride out to Maybury Farm’s Sugar Bush. Upon arrival, a guide will take you to the maple woods to learn about which trees give sap good for syrup, how best to “tap” a tree for sap, and how it is collected so as not to waste it. Participants can even taste the sap straight from the tree!

Another wagon ride takes you to the “sugar shack” for the cooking down demonstration. You will get to see firsthand how the sap is cooked to make maple syrup we know and love. In addition, you will learn all about how it gets graded, and why, and how you can make your very own maple syrup at home!

Your tour concludes with the chance to warm up at the Maybury Farm Welcome Center with hot drinks, snacks, and a blazing wood stove reminiscent of pioneer times. You can buy your own jug of Michigan maple syrup to take home and a book of free recipes that work well with maple syrup - not that you’ll have any problem eating it up!

Kids of all ages will benefit from the outdoors and learn a lot about one of the oldest gathering techniques in America!

This is a very popular event and space is limited. The earlier you arrive, the better, to reserve a spot. Private farm tours are available for groups of 15 or more: call 248-374-0200.

The cost for the Making Maple Syrup Tours is $7.00 per person and children 2 and under are free.  

Visit www.mayburyfarm.org to learn more or please call 248-916-3033.

Kensington Metropark: Maple’s Sweet Story

Kensington Metropark Farm Center

  • 4570 Huron River Parkway, Milford, MI 48380
  • March 31, 2018 and April 1, 2018
  • Time: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Cost: $5 adult, $3 child*

Kensington Metropark is one of Southeast Michigan’s great treasures. It is also offering guided Maple Sugaring tours March 31.

This is a guided walk through Kensington Metropark’s Farm Center sugar bush. You can learn everything from how the ancient Native Americans collected maple sap and turned it into sugar and syrup, to how to choose the right tree for sap, to how sap has been collected and boiled down over time.

This process hasn’t changed very much over the years. Samples at the end of your tour and syrup available for purchase. Or step into the Farmhouse Grille to down a stack of pancakes with pure Michigan maple syrup.

Tours begin every half hour and last about 1 hour. They are entirely outdoors, so dress appropriately!

* Please note that a Metropark vehicle entry permit is required to enter any Metropark. The cost is $35 annually for regular admission, $21 annually for seniors or $10 daily.

For more information, please see www.metroparks.com/facilities-education/kensington-farm-center/ or call 248-684-8632.

Deep Cleaning Checklist to Sell Your Home Fast

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Deep cleaning checklist

There’s nothing like walking into a home you know has been taken care of. You may not realize it has been deep cleaned just by walking into it, but you know a clean house when you experience it. It smells nice, it feels nice.

In fact, this one single thing is more important than almost anything else you can do to get your house sold fast.

Not everyone deep cleans their house every spring and fall, so you may be playing catch up in this area when it comes time to sell your house. Trust me, though. You will be so glad you put in the work up front.

Taking the time to deep clean, purge and make your home inviting helps to keep it clean during the selling process and makes moving that much easier.

We realize not everyone has a good idea of how to deep clean a house. These days, with both parents working and families moving more frequently, you may not have been called-upon to deep clean a house.

Even if you elect not to deep clean your house yourself before selling, a checklist is a good idea to give a house cleaner to make sure you’re not paying for something you’re not getting.

Deep Cleaning Checklist

Basic Tips

  • Carry all supplies in a tote you can easily carry with you from room to room.
  • Make it green by carrying clean rags and a bucket for dirty rags.
  • Always clean left to right, back to front and top to bottom.
  • De-clutter every room before cleaning - throw out useless items and donate things you haven’t used in 6 months.
  • Create a filing system and small storage system for papers, keys, and things that would normally fill up a junk drawer.
  • Create a mail sorting system to avoid piling.

Deep Cleaning Room by Room

Every Room

  • Wash windows, sills, and screens. You’ll be amazed at how much cleaner this makes a room feel.
  • Clean all light fixtures and bulbs. Replace burnt out bulbs. Your home may be much brighter than you’re used to by now.
  • Light switches.
  • Ceiling fans: blades and lights.
  • Using a hose attachment, get all cobwebs from corners and the joints between walls and ceilings.
  • Dust the tops of everything: doors, cabinets, trim, appliances, etc.
  • Clean under and behind all furniture.
  • Remove all trinkets to clean and dust, around and underneath.
  • Polish the furniture.
  • Wash all rugs and mats.
  • Clean switch plate covers and door knobs.
  • To clean walls: Grease, smoke, and dust build up on your walls over time. Resist the urge to spot clean, as it can make the rest of your wall look dingy in comparison. Instead, wash walls using a general-purpose cleaner with hot water. Start at the top of the wall to avoid drips and in a corner so that you wash one wall at a time. Use a clean mop. Rinse the mop head frequently in clean water. Press lightly, as flat paint doesn’t absorb much water. If a wall needs serious scrubbing, you may want to consider re-painting. This may also be a necessity if there is smoke damage - or you have smoked inside your home for any length of time. If this is the case, all drapes and upholstery will need to be steam-cleaned as well.
  • Empty and clean all trash cans
  • Vacuum or lint roll lampshades
  • Vacuum upholstery

Entry

  • Hose down/scrub around front door and light fixture.
  • Polish exterior light fixtures and door hardware.
  • Clean up your yard and landscaping.

Kitchen

  • Clear off countertops, scrub.
  • Polish faucets and sink.
  • Deep clean inside of fridge and freezer - make sure to take out and clean the drip pan.
  • Take your stove apart, remove knobs, scrub thoroughly with degreasing cleaner.
  • Clean the inside of your stove and oven door along with the broiler drawer and ledges.
  • Inside/outside of the microwave.
  • Clean chairs/barstools
  • Wipe cabinets inside and out.
  • Wipe baseboards.
  • Vacuum and mop floors, paying special attention to corners and cracks along cabinet bases.

Bathrooms

  • Wash all walls and tile. You may need to use a grout cleaner for mildew or discolored spots in your tub or shower. Use an old toothbrush to get the corners and cracks. Hair products do tend to coat the walls and build up over time just as with grease in the kitchen.
  • Clean towel racks and toilet paper holders.
  • Use an old toothbrush and whitening cleaner on sinks, toilets, tubs, and showers.
  • Bleach shower pan if necessary and remove drain cover and scrub clean.
  • Clean glass shower doors.
  • Scrub and disinfect every surface of the toilet.
  • Wash and polish all mirrors.
  • Clean or put away all items on the countertop.
  • Wash and replace all linens in use - towels and area rugs.
  • Scrub floors and baseboards.

Laundry Room

  • Clean washer and dryer. Remove lint and knobs and wipe down inside and out. This is a good time to clean the lint from under your dryer drum.
  • De-clutter the top of your dryer and all surfaces, corralling all products into one cupboard or basket.
  • Scrub floors and baseboards.

Garage

  • Make sure everything is well lit, well organized, and clean.

Closets

  • Vacuum the floors.
  • Dust the walls and the shelves.
  • Consider not only categorizing, ironing, and straightening all hanging clothes but also investing in matching hangers for a uniform look. Make sure all storage items are stacked neatly and shoes are all clean and lined up nicely or on a rack.
  • Place cedar blocks in the closet to freshen the air and prevent moth

Extra tips

To eliminate smells:

  • Wash the inside of your fridge with baking soda and water.
  • Boil lemon juice in your microwave.
  • Add lemon juice to your dishwasher.
  • Put lemon rinds down your garbage disposal.
  • Put activated charcoal in the fridge to keep bad smells away.
  • The best smell for your home is clean - don’t attempt to cover up bad smells with heavy air fresheners
  • Have your carpets professionally cleaned before showing your home and put large rugs at the front door to control dirt tracked in. You can also ask those viewing your home to take their shoes off when they tour the house.
  • The best time to wash windows is on an overcast day. 1 part vinegar to 8 parts water and two drops of dishwashing liquid make a great window cleaner. Spray on and wipe with newspaper.

Takeaway

It's a common fact that clean homes net more money. If your home is squeaky clean, you will not only sell your home faster, you will make more money.

When you are ready to put your house on the market, please give us a call. We would be honored to help!

248-348-7200

How to Buy a Home Even if Debt Has You Worried

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Young couple that bought a home

It used to be that no one even considered buying a home if they had any other debt to their name. This was when you could pay for college by working full-time while you studied, and whole families existed on one income.

In this country, credit has become such a huge part of our lives that we hardly think about it anymore. Until we get those bills piling up, right?

Of course, you shouldn’t buy a house if you are deeply in debt and are not able to pay the bills you already have. If you have abused your credit cards in the past, rest assured that you are like many Americans.

However, you may also need to reduce your spending drastically until you can get your debt to income ratio under control. The highest recommended debt to income ratio is 43%. That is usually the rate under which you have to fall in order to qualify for a home loan.

Rent or Buy

You have heard that it makes more sense to own a home than to rent. This is true even if you have to borrow money to buy it. Most people do have to borrow. Every payment you make on your purchased home goes toward building equity in your property, and it will increase your net worth.

When you rent, you are paying someone else and they get all the equity. It makes the idea of a home loan sound more attractive.

It can be good, in this situation, to think about why you are longing for that home. Are you taking your cues from the home renovation shows which make owning your dream home easily attainable? Are you simply hoping for a way to be on your own and to build credit? Do you want to increase your family size?

Even with school debt, it can be doable. There are two main ways to think about owning a home despite being in debt.

Going Small

So many options exist for this, but it may be necessary to think outside the box. Once you have convinced yourself that you must go small, you have much more freedom to consider the possibilities.

Are there smaller homes in your dream area that you overlooked before? Maybe the kids could share a bedroom and you can jump on that minimalist bandwagon. A big backyard could be a potential place to add a bedroom down the road when things aren’t so tight.

Maybe you have a relative with a large property or want to live in an area with available plots of land. In most cases, you can get the zoning to have a tiny house built right. The tiny house movement is becoming more and more popular as they are both environmentally sustainable and economically easy.

In any case, a small home is cheaper to maintain, heat, and cool than a larger one, so you will also save on utilities once you live there.

Becoming a Landlord

Another way to afford a home with a restricted budget is to buy a home with an accessory dwelling unit, or ADU, or the potential to create one. If you can rent out a basement or attic space, you can use the rent to help with mortgage payments.

Another Helpful Option

An FHA loan is a good option for some potential homeowners. These loans commonly allow you to pay a small down-payment, only around 3% of the home’s value rather than the more common 20%.

Conclusion

Just because you have some debt may not mean you can’t afford to buy a home. By re-thinking your idea of what buying a new home means or looking for something with a potential rent-able spot, you could potentially afford to be owning your own home and building your own equity.

When you are ready, please give us a call. We would be honored to help!

248-348-7200

Easter Egg Hunts in Novi, Northville, and South Lyon, MI 2018

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Easter Egg Hunts 2018

It’s hard to believe that Easter is right around the corner. The holiday falls on April Fool’s Day this year too! While we are all waiting for warmer temperatures, now is the time to start planning your holiday activities and make brunch plans.

Novi, Michigan: Paradise Park Easter Egg Hunt

  • Saturday, March 24, 2018
  • Time: 10:30 a.m. (Doors open at 10:15 p.m.)
  • Location: Paradise Park, 45799 Grand River, Novi, MI 48374
  • Cost for Easter Egg Hunt: $8.00 per person
  • Optional Buffet Lunch (11:00 am to 12:30 pm): $10.95 per person (6 and over) $7.95 (Children 5 and younger)
  • Pre-registration is required – call 248-735-1050

If you live in the Novi, Michigan area, you won’t want your children to miss this popular event. The Paradise Park Easter Egg Hunt festivities start at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 24.  Your little ones will have the opportunity to collect some of the thousands of eggs!

After the Easter egg hunt, an optional buffet lunch will be served for the additional fee. The buffet will be served from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm and will include appetizers, homemade pizza, breadsticks, salad, and unlimited beverage.

Please note: Due to the popularity of this event, advanced reservations and payment is required. For more information, please visit the Facebook page at Paradise Park Novi or call 248-735-1050.

Novi, Michigan: Eggstravaganza

  • Sunday, March 25, 2018
  • Time: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Location: Fuerst Park, 45325 10 Mile Road, Novi MI 48375
  • Ages 2 and up
  • Cost: $5 per child

This highly anticipated (by all children) event has everything you could wish for in Easter Egg hunts. There will be a hunt for every age from toddlers on up, so all the kids come away with prizes. There will also be crafts for different age groups and Easter Bunny visits throughout the afternoon.

Please note:

  • Leave Easter baskets at home.
  • No registrations will at the door. To register online, please see www.cityofnovi.org.

For more information please see the City of Novi Eggstravaganza flyer or call the Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Services Department at 248-347-0400.

South Lyon, Michigan Annual Easter Egg Hunt

  • March 31, 2018
  • Location: Volunteer Park, 21620 N. Dixboro,  South Lyon, MI 48178
  • Time: TBD

The Kiwanis Club of South Lyon will be stuffing thousands of Easter eggs on March 19. The eggs will be stuffed for the Annual Easter Hunt on March 31 at Volunteer Park in South Lyon.

For more information, please check the Kiwanis Club of South Lyon's Facebook page.

Northville, Michigan: Maybury Farm Annual Eggstravaganza Easter Egg Hunt

  • Saturday, April 14, 2018
  • Time: 11 a.m. (gates open at 9:30 a.m.)
  • Location: Maybury Farm, 50165 8 Mile Rd., Northville, MI 48168
  • Admission Cost: $5 per vehicle (cash only)

Maybury Farm’s annual Easter egg hunt happens a little later this year - after Easter. That will give you time to make more plans for Easter weekend, and it will give the weather time to warm up!

Come see the animals, get your face painted, see the Easter Bunny, Smokey the Bear and, much more. Easter egg hunts are separated by age, so every child can come away with a prize! The egg hunts are limited to the first 700 children, so be sure to get there early for a spot.

Please note: There will be limited free parking at Maybury Farm. Additional parking will be available at Maybury State Park, however, an annual Recreation Passport is required for $11 available at a Secretary of State's office or at park entry.

Easter Egg Hunt Schedule:

11:00 a.m.: 2 to 3-year-olds

11:30 a.m.: 4 to 6-year-olds

12:00 p.m.: 7 to 10-year-olds

For more information, please see Northville’s Eggstravaganza.

Conclusion

There are so many ways to make this Easter a wonderful and celebratory time for the whole family. Happy planning and Happy Easter!

 

 

 

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