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11 Tips That Will Supercharge Your Move

by The Jamey Kramer Group

11 Tips That Will Supercharge Your Move

Moving can be stressful. It is a lot of work, a lot of cleaning, and a lot of organizing. To help supercharge your move and keep stress levels down, we’ve put together these top 11 moving tips.

These tips will help to make your move go more smoothly. That way, you can enjoy your new home faster and get settled sooner.

11 Moving Tips That Will Make Your Move Go Smoother

  1. Collect boxes prior to your big move. You can collect boxes from friends, neighbors, family, grocery stores, warehouse stores, book stores, and liquor stores. Purchasing boxes is also an option, but it can be costly.
  1. Moving is a great time to go through your things and de-clutter. Spend some time before the move to go through your things, throw out what needs to be thrown out, and donate what can be donated. The less stuff you have, the less stuff you have to move.
  1. A fantastic moving tip from Lifehack.org recommends taking a picture of your of the cords on the back of your television and electronics cords before you unplug them. This way, setting them up in the new place will be an ease.
  1. Better Homes and Gardens offers a helpful tip called The Dresser Trick. With the dresser trick, you do not have to take everything out of your dresser when moving. Instead, fill your dresser with lightweight items like, clothing, linens, sheets, and towels.
  1. Pack your books or other heavy items in suitcases with wheels that can be easily pulled during the move. 
  1. Another Lifehack tip that is genius is to pack a first night box. This box can contain toiletries, clothes, some dishes, silverware, your coffee maker, and maybe your hair dryer.
  1. For clothes on hangers, simply poke a hole through the bottom of a garbage bag. Fit the hooks into the hole and cover your clothes with the rest of the garbage bag.
  1. One way to save money while moving is to use items you already have to wrap fragile objects instead of buying bubble wrap. You can use items including blankets, towels, old sheets, and clothes.
  1. Zillow offers a useful tip when packing shampoos and other liquids. They suggest using plastic wrap to cover the opening and then putting the top back on. This will help to prevent spills during your move.
  1. Label your boxes. Good House Keeping recommends labeling your boxes on the top and the bottom. The Six Sisters Stuff uses a sticker system when they move. Each color sticker has a corresponding room with it. For example, the red stickers on boxes will be for the kitchen and the pink stickers will be for the playroom.
  1. Another Six Sisters Stuff helpful tip is what to do with the food in your refrigerator before you move. They recommend planning a grocery trip about 2 weeks before you move. When planning this trip, take stock of all the items you have on hand and plan meals around those items. In addition, plan on cooking freezer meals like frozen lasagna. That way you will have few meals when you move in to easily pop in the oven. Pack as many condiments as possible in a cooler to help restock your new kitchen.

Summary

Moving to a new home can be stressful. By using these 11 tips from collecting boxes prior to your move to preparing freezer meals in advance, your move will go smoother.

Bonus

If you are planning a move to the Novi, Northville, or South Lyon area, make sure to check out our annual gardening guide. The guide is full of gardening tips and tricks specific to those areas.

Weekend Events in Novi, Michigan April - May 2015

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Are you a mother looking for a way to bond with your daughter?

Did you hear about the Grand Opening of the Power Park Adaptive Playground?

Over the next two weekends, the city of Novi is full of events from the second annual Half Marathon race and a Mom and Me Tea to planting trees for Arbor Day and more. This article is full of information on the latest events in Novi, Michigan. Be sure to get out your calendar so that you won’t miss a thing.

Power Park Adaptive Playground Grand Opening

  • Friday, April 24, 2015
  • Time: 12:00 pm
  • Ella Mae Power Park
  • 45715 W Ten Mile Road, Novi, Michigan 48375

Head over to the new Power Park Adaptive Playground at Ella Mae Power Park for its grand opening. The Ella Mae Power Park is located behind the Novi Civic Center in Novi. The Power Park is home to the Novi Parks’ adult softball programs and tournaments.

The Power Park Adaptive Playground is a fully-accessible playground. It provides the opportunity for all kids to play with its inclusively designed ramps, bridges, and transfer stations. According to the City of Novi’s website, there is also are sensory-rich and tactile surfaces to help encourage the imagination.

If you cannot make the grand opening, be sure to stop by the park this weekend.

Arbor Day

  • Saturday, April 25, 2015
  • Time: 9:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Lakeshore Park
  • 601 South Lake Drive, Novi, Michigan 48375

This spring, Novi is going green. One of the first going green events is this weekend. On Saturday, April 25th, join the Novi community at Lakeshore Park. Volunteers will be planting and mulching trees.

Would you like to learn about more Novi going green events? Please see, Novi, Michigan Goes Green This Spring.

Novi Half Marathon

  • Saturday, May 2, 2015
  • Time: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Novi Middle School
  • 49000 W 11 Mile Rd, Novi, MI 48374

The second annual Novi Half Marathon event is next weekend. You can choose to run a Half Marathon, a 10K, a 5K, or a Mile. According to the City of Novi’s website, the courses will be flat and scenic.

The course will start and at the Novi Middle School. Runners will enjoy views of the beautiful Island Lake and run on both paved and country roads.

Every participant will receive a Leslie Jordan brand short-sleeve Tech shirt. In the 10K and Half Marathon, finisher medals will be handed out. Half Marathon finishers will receive the official Half Marathon finisher sticker decal. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Novi Parks Foundation and the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute.

Cost

  • Fun Run: $20.00
  • 5K: $35.00
  • 10K: $40.00
  • Half Marathon $55. (Before Mar 8, 2015)
  • Prices rise to $23, $40, $45, and $60 until May 1

To register and for more information please see: Novi Half Marathon.

Mom and Me Tea

  • Sunday, May 3, 2015
  • Time: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
  • Novi Civic Center
  • 45175 W 10 Mile Rd, Novi, MI 48375

Bring your daughter to the first annual Mom and Me Tea at the Novi Civic Center on May 3rd. Your daughter and you will enjoy tea, punch, finger sandwiches, sweets, crafts, and even a fashion show.

For residents of Novi, this event is priced at $10.00 per person. For non-residents, the event is priced at $12.00 per person. For more information, please call the Novi Parks and Recreation to find out if there are spots available at 248-347-0400.

Take Away

Novi, Michigan is a great place to live with a number of exciting events for you and your family to enjoy. From the Power Park Adaptive Playground Grand Opening to the Mom and Me Tea, you will have a wide variety of things to choose from.

 

How to Choose a Real Estate Agent - What you need to know

by The Jamey Kramer Group

The purchasing and selling of your home is one, if not the biggest financial transaction you will ever make. Having a Realtor by your side that is not only knowledgeable and experienced, but also one that places a high value on customer service is critical.

If you are selling your home, you should look for a Realtor that is interested in getting you the most money in the least amount of time, with the fewest hassles. If you are buying a house, you should look for one that is dedicated to getting you the best value for your money.

This article is meant to help you find that Realtor. Use these 3 tips to help find a competent real estate agent.

3 Tips to Finding a Competent Real Estate Agent

  1. Testimonials and References

According to Dana Dratch at Bankrate.com, you can feel comfortable asking agents for a list of what they have listed and sold in the past year.

If you are buying, you will want to look at what the houses that were listed at and what they sold for. If you are selling, you will want to look at properties that are similar to yours in price, location, and important features.

Don’t be afraid to ask the Realtor for a list of references. If possible, follow up and contact a few of the references directly to see how the previous clients' real estate transactions went.

  1. Experience

Malcolm Gladwell wrote in his book, Outliers, about the importance of the 10,000 hour rule. The book examines why some people are so successful including Bill Gates and the Beatles. Obviously these successful people had talent, but they had something else as well.

One commonality that Gladwell found was that these successful people had practiced or apprenticed for 10,000 hours before they made it big. Bill Gates had the ability to start coding in his teens at a Seattle high school. The Beatles played eight-hour gigs in German clubs before they ever set foot in America.

Whether or not the there is magic in 10,000 hours of practice isn’t the point. What we are trying to say that experience is valuable.

When choosing a Realtor, it is important that the Realtor has experience. It is essential that he or she has seen the ups and downs in the market. It is critical that your Realtor has sold houses similar to what you are selling.

In an article by U.S. News Money, author Susan Johnston points out that it is important to ask the Realtor not just how many years they have been in business, but also how many houses they have sold and how many buyers he or she has worked with that have similar needs.

  1. Credentials

Make sure to pick a Realtor that has extra training. Here are two examples of credentials to look for:

  • CRS (Certified Residential Specialist): This credential means that they have additional training in handling residential real estate. 
  • ABR (Accredited Buyer's Representative): This credential means that they have additional education in representing buyers in transactions. 

Take Away

Choosing a competent Realtor is one of the most important decisions you will be making when you are buying or selling a home. These three tips will help you make an educated decision.

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Bonus

Not sure if right now is the best time to purchase a home? You won’t want to miss, One More Reason You Need to Buy Your Dream Home Now, to find out why now is a great time to buy.

 

 

Novi, Michigan Goes Green This Spring

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Are you looking for way to help your community to go green?

Novi, Michigan is known for amazing shopping, great schools, and as a fantastic place to raise a family. The city is also known for its initiative for going green.

The City of Novi defines going green as,

        “Going Green generally means practicing an environmentally friendly and ecologically responsible lifestyle as well as decision making, which can help protect the environment and sustain its natural resources for current and future generations.”

In 2014, the City of Novi was recognized as a part of the Michigan Green Communities Challenge for environmental leadership. The criteria that the Challenge measured included progress in implementing energy, economic development, and environmental improvements. According to the city’s website, Novi achieved silver status for exemplary action in a variety of categories for projects that include:

  • Installation of twenty-four 270 watt overhead light fixtures to a new LED fixture to realize a reduction of over 4000 watts of electricity per use

  • Replacement of Novi Civic Center boiler (20+ year old) to increase efficiency from 70% to 89%

  • Installation of water bottle filling stations to divert thousands of plastic water bottles from landfills

  • Investment in motion sensing lighting to reduce the amount of wasted electricity from lights being left on for long unoccupied periods of time;

  • Incorporating recycled-content building materials into projects including carpet, furniture, and tile.”

Not only has the City of Novi provided helpful information on how to go green on its website, but in the next month, it is offering five different go green community events.

2015 Novi Cares Events - It takes a community to be green!

Cemetery Clean Up Day

  • Saturday, April 18, 2015
  • 9:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Novi Cemetery
  • 25445 Novi Road, Novi, Michigan (just south of Main Street)

The City of Novi Beautification Commission invites you to join in helping to honor the deceased at the Novi Cemetery by cleaning up and beautifying this resting place.

Arbor Day

  • Saturday, April 25, 2015
  • 9:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Lakeshore Park
  • 601 South Lake Drive, Novi, Michigan

Arbor Day is officially April 24 this year and is a day that is dedicated each year to care and plant trees. This is an annual celebration that allows you to give back to our community. Join other volunteers at Lakeshore Park to plant and mulch trees on Saturday, April 25. This is a great event to teach your children about the importance of trees and how to plant and care for them.

Earth Day

  • Saturday, May 9, 2015
  • 9:00 am – 11:00 am
  • MSU Tollgate Farm
  • 28115 Meadowbrook Road, Novi, Michigan

Earth Day is an annual event celebrated across the globe to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Although officially recognized worldwide on April 22nd, the City of Novi has partnered with the MSU Extension Tollgate for this year’s Earth Day event on Saturday, May 9th. During this event, volunteers will be planting trees, mulching, weeding, Garlic Mustard Weed pulling, and more. This is another opportunity to involve your children and teach them about the importance of protecting our environment.

River Day

  • Saturday, May 30, 2015
  • 9:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Rotary Park
  • 22220 Roethel Drive, Novi, Michigan

River Day will be held on May 30 this year. During this event, volunteers will help out with “spring cleaning” Rotary Park, which is part of the Rouge River Watershed. Spring cleaning activities include planting, weeding, and clearing the walking trails. All volunteers will be treated to a picnic lunch at 12:00 pm. Lunch will be provided by the Novi Rotary Club.

It Takes a Community to Go Green

All of these events offer a great opportunity for you and your family to take part in helping the community of Novi. They will take place rain or shine, and no registration is required. While gloves will be supplied, hand tools and shovels are recommended. For more information, please call the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Service Department at 248-347-0400.

One More Reason You Need to Buy Your Dream Home Now

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Are you currently renting?

Are you considering purchasing a home, but are not sure if now is the right time?

Back in February, I published an article that highlighted three reasons why chief economists are saying to buy a home now. In this article, I will review those three reasons and add a fourth. This fourth reason may be the one that will finally convince you that now is the time to buy your dream home.

4 Compelling Reasons to Buy a House Now

  1. Mortgage Rates
    Chief economics everywhere are predicting that while mortgage rates are low today, they will likely not be tomorrow. Realtor.com predicts that affordability for home purchases could decline as much as 10%.

    CNN Money reported that the Feds patience is failing, and we could see an increase in interest rates as soon as June.

    While it may not seem that an interest rate increase could make that big of a difference in affordability, it can. In my article, Low Mortgage Interest Rates and What You Need to Know, I explained what the difference of a 1% change could make.

    For a loan of $300,000 with a 20% down payment, there is a big difference between a 4.5% interest rate and a 5.5%. How much difference? Over the course of a month, that difference is about 40 Starbucks Grande Caffe Lattes.
     
  2. Decelerating Housing Prices
    Forbes is predicting that the rebound in housing prices will decelerate this year. They reported that Zillow is predicting an increase of approximately 2.5% in home prices this year.

    What that means is that for most of the country, the home values are back to where they were in 2005 and they are likely to stay close to those figures.
     
  3. Job Growth
    Job growth has increased. Gas prices are down. Foreclosure rates have dropped. Consumer confidence is up. The housing market has finally returned to a healthy shape. Realtor.com predicts that the pace we are creating jobs this year hasn’t been seen in 15 years.
     
  4. Increasing Rents
    Nationwide, rents have increased 15% from 2009 to 2014. At the same time, the realtor group [National Association of Realtors] estimates that household income has gone up just 11%. - CNN Money

    Detroit, Michigan was included among the 70 metro areas that were tracked by the National Association of Realtors. Detroit, however, is only one of four cities where income has outpaced rent. This year that may change.

    Recently, CNN Money reported that rent will be rising. It can be hard to justify renting when you could own your home.

    The biggest problem with high rents is the difficulty in saving for a down payment. The good news is now there are new mortgage programs that require only a 3% down payment.

Take Away

These compelling reasons do not just make right now a great time to buy a home, but also a great time to sell your home. If you would like to start your search now, please see, How to Start Your Search for Your Dream Home and call our office today.

248-348-7200

 

Northville Upcoming Events You Don’t Want to Miss

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Have you heard about the new restaurant that just opened in Northville, MI?

Are you planning on attending Northville’s Girls’ Night Out?

The next two weeks are busy ones in Northville, Michigan. This week, a new restaurant opens its doors, next week is the annual State of the Community Luncheon, and next weekend is the Northville Girls’ Night Out. Be sure to mark you calendar so that you won’t miss any of these exciting events.

Granite City Food and Brewery

  • Grand Opening, Wednesday, April 8, 2015
  • 39603 Traditions Drive, Northville, Michigan
  • Phone: 248-662-3400

The Minnesota-based pub and restaurant is now open in Northville, Michigan. This is Granite City’s second location in Michigan and the first one is in Troy.

According to Hometownlife.com, the restaurant is a 10,200 square foot restaurant with a modern design. There is comfortable dining both inside and out, a private room available, as well as a full-service bar. There is a central wood-fired pizza oven and an onsite brewery. 

Here are a few of Granite City’s signature brews,

  • The Duke - a pale ale
  • The Bennie - a bock
  • The Batch - Double IPA
  • The Northern - American Style Light Lager

There are also seasonal beers offered all year long. However, beer isn’t the only reason to visit this pub. This pub is a classic American restaurant that also offers high-quality menu items made from scratch. Some of the signatures include,

  • Ponzu salmon
  • Braised bison short ribs
  • Pulled pork waffle sandwich
  • Handcrafted burgers
  • Steaks
  • Salads
  • Flatbreads

State of the Community Luncheon

  • Tuesday, April 14, 2015
  • 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
  • Meadowbrook Country Club
  • 40941 W. 8 Mile Road, Northville, Michigan

This year’s State of the Community Luncheon will be hosted by the Northville Chamber of Commerce on April 14 at the Meadowbrook Country Club. The luncheon is open to the residents and businesses of the community. It is a great opportunity for all to hear from their city, township, school district and state officials. The topics of the luncheon will be last year’s successes and the future plans.

According to the Downtown Northville website, here is a list of the speakers that will be at the luncheon,

  • Northville Township Supervisor Robert Nix
  • City of Northville Mayor Chris Johnson
  • School District Superintendent Mary Kay Gallagher

If you would like to attend the luncheon, reservations may be made by contacting the Northville Chamber of Commerce at 248-349-7640 or by emailing - tracisincock@northville.org. Tickets are $40 per person.

Northville Girls’ Night Out

  • Friday, April 17, 2015
  • 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Downtown Northville

Every year in April and November, Northville hosts its popular Girls’ Night Out. This special event starts at 5:00 pm when the local Northville businesses open their doors and offer special deals, drawings, discounts, and complimentary refreshments.

Ladies will have the opportunity to shop art galleries, boutiques, home decor, and more. There will be something for women of all ages and styles.

According to the Downtown Northville website, once the shopping is over, you are invited to walk over to one of the many bars and restaurants to enjoy a meal. Some of the restaurants will be offering deals for the Girls’ Night Out shoppers.

Take Away

There are a number of exciting events for you to enjoy over the next two weeks in Northville, Michigan from visiting the newly opened Granite City Food and Brewery to the popular Girls’ Night Out shopping evening.  

Bonus

Are you wondering when the local Farmer’s Markets open? To find out, please visit, Farmer's Markets in Northville, Novi, and South Lyon, Michigan.

Annual Guide to Gardening in the Northville, Novi, and South Lyon Area

by The Jamey Kramer Group

First impressions are important. They set a tone, good or bad. The curb appeal of your home sets a tone. Whether or not you are trying to attract a buyer, these gardening tips will tell you what you need to know to set a fantastic tone for your home’s curb appeal.

You will find tips on when and what to plant, how to care for your yard during the winter, and so much more. Every month is tailored specifically for the Northville, Novi, and South Lyon area.

Your Annual Gardening Guide

January Gardening Tips

When you visit the article above, you will not only find gardening tips, but you will also find tips for winter lawn care, heavy snow, and protecting your landscape during winter months. You will even see information on how to recycle your Christmas tree.

February Gardening Tips

Gardening in February means thinking of spring. You will learn that you can start some flowers indoors in the month of February. Find out more by visiting the article above.

March Gardening Tips

As the temperatures get warmer there is a lot to get done in the garden. Your March check list should include items like dividing perennials, vegetable planting, and how to take care of your lawn.

April Gardening Tips

Find out when you should plant your favorite vegetables this spring and how The Old Farmer’s Almanac recommends caring for any dead spots in your grass.

May Gardening Tips

This article provides you with what you need to know to boost your home’s curb appeal. You will find ideas from planting flowers to add some color, adding mulch near your trees, and much more.

June Gardening Tips

Not sure how short to cut your grass or how much to water your plants? As the temperatures get warmer, don’t miss out on tips and tricks to keep your yard looking fantastic.

July Gardening Tips

In this July article, we dive deep into tips and tricks on keeping your lawn looking gorgeous even when you have watering restrictions in your area.

August Gardening Tips

August is the time to start thinking fall and for planning your fall garden. This article is full of tips like when to plant trees, shrubs, and perennials, and what flowers will add a special touch while also being low maintenance.

September Gardening Tips

In this article, you will find 11 tips on how to prepare your landscape for fall. These tips cover everything from planting spring bulbs to lawn care and much more.

October Gardening Tips

October in Michigan means a fall clean up, more planting, harvesting, and even more gardening tips. Don’t miss out on these important tips by visiting this article.

November Gardening Tips

Make sure your garden, lawn, and landscape are ready for the long winter months. Check out this article and add these 10 to-dos to your gardening check list.

December Gardening Tips

This article has helpful tips including:

  • Christmas Tree Tips - From selecting to care for your Christmas Tree
  • Snow and Ice Tips
  • Backyard Gardening Maintenance Tips

Summary

From protecting your lawn in the cold winter months to tips on watering your lawn in the summer’s heat, this annual guide has been prepared for the Northville, Novi and South Lyon area. Knowing what to do each month will help you on your way to creating an attractive landscape and garden that will make your home’s curb appeal sparkle.

Bonus

If you love fresh fruits and vegetables, but do not want to grow them yourself, make sure to check out the any of the Farmer’s Markets in Northville, Novi, and South Lyon.

 

 

Farmer's Markets in Northville, Novi, and South Lyon

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Are you looking to buy local fruits and vegetables this spring and summer?

There are many great things about fresh local fruits and vegetables. There is a pride that comes with buying local, and for some reason, the food always tastes better.

Since spring is here, we wanted to take some time to share where the local farmer’s markets are, when they will be open, and how to get there. In the Novi, Northville, and South Lyon area, we are very fortunate to have three local farmer's markets.

Our Local Farmer’s Markets

Novi Winter Farmer’s Market

  • April 4th and April 18th, 2015
  • 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Novi Civic Center
  • 45175 Ten Mile Road, Novi, MI

Due to popular demand, the Novi Farmer’s Market was extended all winter long. These next two dates, April 4th and April 18th are the last of the Winter Farmer’s Market.

This winter market showcases Michigan made products and Michigan grown food. This Saturday and on the 18th, you will find food, decor, and unique gifts.

Novi All Season Market

  • Saturdays, May 2nd - October 24th 2015
  • 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Novi Civic Center
  • 45175 Ten Mile Road, Novi, MI
  • Wednesdays, June 17 - October 21st
  • 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
  • MSU Tollgate Education Center and Farm
  • 28115 Meadowbrook Rd, Novi, MI

It’s time to mark the Novi All Season Market’s opening day on your calendars. Make sure to like The Novi Farmer’s Market on Facebook for updates, tips, recipes and much more.

There are two locations and two options for your farmer market needs this year. Make sure to check them both out this summer.

The Northville Farmer’s Market

  • Thursday, May 7th - October 29th, 2015
  • 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Northville Downs Parking Lot
  • Northwest Corner of 7 Mile and Sheldon Rd., Northville, MI

In only one month, the Northville Farmer’s Market will open. This farmer’s market boats over 75 stalls of Michigan grown and Michigan made products. These products include bread, local honey, flowering shrubs, produce, jewelry, crafters, furniture, vegetables, seasonal berries, and much more.

From 9:00 am to 12:00 pm there will be master gardeners on site and starting in June, chefs will be at the market starting at 10:00 am.

The South Lyon Farmer’s Market

  • Saturday, May 2nd - October 24th, 2015
  • 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Parking lot on the northwest corner of Pontiac Trail and Liberty Sweet
  • Direct adjacent to Sweetwater Bar and Grill
  • Across the street from the Post Office

Buy directly from the people who grow your fruits and vegetables. Learn how they were grown and different cooking methods at the South Lyon Farmer’s Market.

Summary

The great thing about living in the Novi, Northville, and South Lyon areas is that there are great opportunities with three different farmer’s markets that provide local produce and products.

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