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Now that the weather is getting colder, it’s important that you have your furnace professionally inspected to make sure it’s working properly.


As the weather turns colder and we move closer to winter, it’s all the more important to make sure your home’s furnace is in good working order. That’s why today I’ve brought in Denise and Julie Wood of Dan Wood Plumbing and Heating to talk about the importance of maintaining your home’s furnace.

Having your furnace inspected on a yearly basis increases its longevity and protects your family from any unknown hazards. A certified professional can check its safety features and make sure the heat exchanger is in good condition. If it’s cracked at all, that can cause carbon monoxide emissions, which can be dangerous and, in some cases, even fatal.

The average lifespan of a carbon monoxide detector is eight years. If you need a new one, we can provide one free - courtesy of the Perna Team


If you want to get your furnace checked before winter starts, you can sign up for Dan Wood Plumbing’s Wood Home Comfort Program. By signing up for this program, they’ll make two visits to your home per year—once in the fall to check your furnace and once in the spring to check your air conditioning unit. If you sign up now, you’ll also receive 10% off for the first year of service. During the winter, especially, Dan Wood Plumbing takes great care to check your home’s furnace both visually and with their own combustion analyzer.

On a final note, remember that the average lifespan of a carbon monoxide detector is eight years, so if you think your carbon monoxide detector is outdated, just reach out to us and we’d be happy to provide you with a new one.

If you have any more questions for Denise and Julie, you can give them a call at (248) 348-4242 or visit their website at

As always, if you have any other real estate questions, don’t hesitate to give us a call or send us an email. We’d be glad to help you.

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How to Bring Your Plants Inside for Winter


Metro Detroit Bringing Plants in for Winter 

By Ashley Miller 

Winter season is sneaking up on us and as you find yourself becoming less inclined to explore nature and be outside you’ll find that some of your favorites plants around your home feel the same way. Most native plants within your yard will do well throughout the winter given their ability to adapt to the colder Michigan conditions. However, you may have some plants that prefer a more tropical winter climate that will need to come indoors soon. Consider these ways on how to bring your plants inside for winter to make them last.


Identify Plants

Knowing what kind of plants that you have within your yard is a massive part of assessing what needs to be moved indoors to escape the cold temperatures. Walk through your yard and consider each plant’s ability to weather snow and freezing conditions. Many favorite plants that homeowners move indoors include ferns, yucca, lilies, and aloe. If there was a plant that barely made it through the winter last year, you might consider moving them indoors this year to keep it alive. Any healthy plant that you love should always come indoors while those that can handle low lighting conditions and low humidity should also be moved indoors as well. Many potted plants should also be moved indoors during the winter as they have a hard time keeping their root systems warm outdoors.


Watch the Temperature

Similarly to the time of the year that you’ll be wrapping up your fall lawn and garden care, you’ll know that is it time to move plants indoors when the low temperature at night is consistently under 60°F. Fall can be a tricky time of year, and these low temperatures may sneak up on you more quickly than you expect. If you can’t immediately move the plants, consider draping them with sheeting to keep them warm at night until you have time to move them indoors.


Place in Sunlight

Bringing plants into your home does require some forethought in knowing what will do well in some regions of the house. Plants that thrive indoors typically need bright to moderate, indirect light. Southern facing windows are always a good choice as the plant will get the most sunlight during the winter season. Allow each plant to have enough sunlight each day without being overcrowded from other plants nearby.


Be Aware of Air & Water

Make sure that the air circulation is ideal for the plant type as well. Most plants placed near windows will get an adequate amount of air circulation. Others plants will need a ceiling fan or other fan turned on to prevent damp soil and soggy conditions. Refrain from placing a plant near a heating vent or heat source in the winter that could compromise its ability to do well indoors.

Water indoor plants sparingly to mimic normal outdoor conditions. Also, remember to make sure that all the pots have good drainage and sit on drainage pans to keep the soil watered without ruining your home with seeping water. Those plants that have browning leaves may do better in a room with a humidifier as well.


Watch for Dust

Plants are often times not adjusted to collecting dust when brought indoors. Make sure to clean off the plant as it gathers dust to keep it healthy and robust. Just a thin layer of dust can compromise leaves and become an issue of concern for indoor plants. Wipe them down gently with a wet cloth to keep them clean while indoors.

Once spring returns in your area you’ll be able to transplant these indoor plants to the garden again. Caring for them well during the winter will help protect them from cold Michigan winter conditions as well as offer elements of natural life to the interior of your home. Consider all of these ways to bring your plants inside for winter.

Ashley Miller is a home decor and lifestyle writer who cures her HGTV obsession by refurbishing anything and everything she can get her hands on into something new.

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If you’re a seller and you don’t price your home correctly to begin with, you might end up having to reduce its price and accept a lower offer.


We’re joined today by Lauren Younga, one of our awesome agents, to give a quick word of advice to sellers out there. First, price your home right to begin with. Don’t price it high when you put it on the market.

We’ve seen a lot of price reductions from home sellers lately, and those sellers are getting offers that are lower than what they would’ve gotten if they had priced their home correctly to begin with.

Price your home right to begin with.


If you price it right, you might attract multiple offers, get a much better deal overall, and end up with more cash flow in your pocket. To hear our full message, watch out latest video.

If you have any other questions or would like more information, feel free to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

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Heatherwyke Homes for Sale Novi MI

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 3 Bedrooms  1.5 Baths  0 Fireplace  2-Car Attached Garage

Home Property Summary

This Charming Colonial Style, split-level home is a must see! Home features 3 Bedrooms, 1.5 Baths and over 1600 Sq Feet! Open kitchen with granite counter tops, an abundance of cabinets, ceramic tile flooring & stainless appliances. Separate dining room perfect for your family dinners. Living room with new carpet, nice size picture window and plenty of natural light flowing through. Spacious Family room is on the lower level also with new carpet and perfect for family time! Half bath and laundry area both on the lower level as well. All 3 bedrooms including the master bedroom are on the upper level and feature plenty of closet space as well. Updated full bath on upper level. Large fenced in yard with double deck. 2 car attached garage with direct access. Enroll just in time to award winning Novi Schools w/purchase agreement in hand! Perfect family home and neighborhood! Close to area shopping, freeways and restaurants! Call today for your private showing!

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School Info

Students of Heatherwyke attend Novi School District. Novi community school district operates 1 high school, 2 middle schools, and 5 elementary schools.

1 mile north of the property is Village Oaks Elementary School. This school has 470 students enrolled, grades K-4. Novi Meadows School is 5 miles northwest. This school teaches 5 languages; French, German, Japanese, Mandarin and Spanish. There are 1,022 students enrolled and they offer before and after care. Novi High School is 3.3 miles west. They got a Blue Ribbon Award status in 1986-1987 and 1999-2000. Novi High School has 2,000 students enrolled. It also houses adult education and several community recreational events like swimming and basketball games in the gym and field house.

There are also several private schools near the property.

Koby International Academy, now known as Sundai Michigan International Academy, is a private school 1.4 miles north. It is across PNC Bank. The school accepts grades K-12, with a student to teacher ratio of 29:1.

Another private school near this home is Novi Northville Montessori Center which is 2.4 miles northwest. Novi Northville Montessori has 75 students enrolled and accepts PK-8. This school accepts Spanish students.

South University is 3.9 miles north. Main focus of the university is health professions and business. The school also offers online classes. There are 18,370 enrolled and acceptance rate is 33%.

Eastern Michigan University in Livonia is 5 miles south. It is a public, co-educational school which belongs to Mid-American Conference. This school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.


Neighborhood Info

This is just one of the Heatherwyke homes for sale. Be sure to contact us at 248-221-1224 to see this or any home in the neighborhood, or to sell your home.

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Commerce Twp Homes for Sale

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 3 Bedrooms  3.1 Baths  1 Fireplace  2-Car Attached Garage

Home Info

Buyers agent is required to be physically present for all showings unless prior written consent is given by the seller, which specifically allows showings to occur without a licensed agent present. Contact agent Valerie Justice 313-404-0133, for any additional questions or submit offer at Excludes: Washer, Dryer, pool table and air hockey.

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School Info

This property is in Twin-Sun Subdivision. Twin-Sun students attend Walled Lake Consolidated Schools. Closest schools are Look Lake Elementary School, Sarah G. Banks Middle School and Walled Lake Central High School. 

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Landscaping ChangesIf you’re looking to sell your home, you might be wondering how you can increase its resale value without having to spend a ton of money. Simple landscaping updates can help increase your home’s value by up to ten percent or more, and they’re often easy to complete or hire out.

1. Design with purpose

Make sure your home’s landscaping meshes well with your home’s overall style and vibe. For example, a Victorian home should be landscaped with classic country styles, such as English gardens and rose bushes. Modern homes should be landscaped with lots of greenery and contoured beds, instead of formal gardens. Keep your design in mind as you select landscaping services, and remember that you should opt for easy-to-maintain landscapes with a mixture of shrubs and perennials. Remember to invest in regular trimming (which costs around $50 per hour) and fertilizing (averaging $50 per yard) to keep your lawn looking healthy as well.

2. Plant a variety of seasonal blooms

While you may enjoy the appearance of spring daffodils, they’ll only bloom once a year and will leave your home looking drab if they’re the only point of attention. Instead, plant a variety of spring bulbs as well as colorful shrubs for the fall. This will allow your home to showcase some show stopping beauty no matter what time of year it is. Overseeding or seeding is often done at the same time as the lawn is aerated, and usually costs around $90 for the whole yard.

3. Keep the lawn mowed

This one should go without saying, but keeping your lawn neatly trimmed can help increase the appearance of your home. While lawn mowing is a cheap, easy fix, many home sellers get busy in the process of listing their homes and don’t find the time to trim the grass. This oversight can cost you thousands in lost sales as a result. According to data from LawnStarter, the price of lawn mowing in Detroit is $42.94 per service, with most residents opting for monthly service.

4. Incorporate some edging

An edged lawn looks great and gives it the appearance of being easier to care for. Edge along driveways, raised beds, and sidewalks to give your property a meticulous appearance and to help create visual boundaries between areas designated for different uses.

5. Add trees

Trees are great for the environment, helping to remove carbon dioxide and pollutants, and they also help to keep the home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. This can reduce a home’s heating cost during the colder months, and also creates a nice shady area for relaxing in the summer. You don’t have to plant expensive varieties, either - simply pick a few species that blend well with your existing landscape. Just make sure you plant them a safe distance away from the house and be sure to maintain them so that they don’t become damaged or weak.

6. Use a watering system

A thoughtfully-installed water system can help increase your home’s resale value in a number of ways. If you have a functional watering system in place, your plants are likely healthier and more vibrant, a win in itself. Plus, these automatic systems wll make lawn care easier for future homeowners, making them more likely to invest in your property.

7. Establish energy-efficient landscaping features

A bit of strategically placed mulch, which costs roughly $75 to $130 per cubic yard of mulch, can help the home stay cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, and will also help to protect plants’ delicate root systems. Just make sure you don’t use wood mulch too close to the home’s foundation, which can attract termites and carpenter ants. While you don’t necessarily need to implement all of these changes at once, try to avoid a hodgepodge approach that has you incorporating new landscaping features in a haphazard way. Instead, consider hiring a professional who will work with you to create a gorgeous, verdant landscape over a period of time. Invest five or more years in developing your landscape before you decide to sell, and you will have a complete landscape renovation that will seriously increase the value of your home

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Brownstown Twp Homes for Sale

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 3 Bedrooms  3.1 Baths  1 Fireplace  2-Car Attached Garage

Home Info

Don't pass by this one! Incredible Brick Ranch style home featuring 3 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths and over 2100 sq feet! Open and spacious living room with cathedral ceilings, hard-wood floors, gas fireplace and plenty of natural light flowing through the entire room. Eat-in kitchen with hard-wood floors, cabinets galore, stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops! All bedrooms on the entry level including the large master bedroom with attached master bath featuring jetted soaking tub and stand-up shower. Half bath and laundry room with storage also featured on the entry level. Finished basement with kitchenette area, full size bath, 2 additional bedrooms and family room area. Screened in porch to enjoy your morning coffee and the view of your large backyard. 2 car attached garage with direct access. Great family home and neighborhood! Location is perfect! Award Winning Gilbratar Schools! Come check out this home today!

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School Info

This property is in Stefano Meadows Subdivision. Stefano Meadows students are assigned to Gibraltar School District. Closest schools are John M. Barnes Elementary School, Shumate Middle School and Oscar A. Carlson High School. 

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Homes for Sale in Northfield

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  4 Bedrooms  3.2 Baths  2 Fireplaces  2-Car Attached Garage

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Immaculate home in the heart of Farmington Hills! This Colonial Style Home features 4 Bedroom, 3 Full Baths & 2 Half Bath & is over 3100 Sq Feet! Eat-in kitchen with center island, recessed lighting, cabinets galore, hard-wood floors & appliances included. Formal dining room perfect for your family dinners. Living room features a gas fireplace and big beautiful bay window allowing for plenty of natural light to flow throughout! Family room also has a gas fireplace and door-wall leading to patio area. Create your in-home office in the front study & enjoy the view of the neighborhood. 1st Floor Full size bath & half bath and mud/laundry room . All 4 sizable bedrooms are on the upper level of the home including the Large master bedroom with walk in closet & full bath. Finished basement with wet bar, half bath & rec room. Beautiful patio area leading to the in-ground pool in your backyard oasis! 2 car attached garage. Farmington Public Schools! Great place to call home! Location is key!

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School Info

This property is in Heather Hills Subdivision. Heather Hills students attend Farmington Public Schools. It provides services for students in Farmington, Farmington Hills and a portion of West Bloomfield. The school district operates 2 early childhood centers, 9 elementary schools, 2 upper elementary schools, 2 middle schools and 4 high schools.

Gill Elementary School is 1 mile south of the community. It has 456 students in grades K-4. Power Upper Elementary School is beside Gill Elementary School. There are 690 students enrolled. It is rated 7/10 by East Middle School is 6 miles northeast. The school offers after care to its 960 students. Farmington High School is 3.5 miles northeast. It is ranked 26th in Michigan by US News. It is rated 9 out of 10 by

The GreatSchools Rating is a simple tool that helps you compare schools based on test scores and other available data, including student academic growth and college readiness.

There are also private schools near the this home.

Stepping Stone School is 4 miles east of the sudivision. It is located along Grand River Avenue. The school accepts grades PK-8 and it has 72 students enrolled. The school's Magnetic Resonance Training Center is the recipient of a Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Students graduate from the 8th grade performing in the 95-99+ percentile for academic achievement.

4.5 miles northeast is Country Hills Montessori along Orchard Lake Rd. The school was established in 1985. It is privately owned and operated licensed by the State of Michigan Department of Human Services Bureau of Children and Adult Licensing. It is also a member of the American Montessori Society.

St Fabian Elementary School is 5.5 miles north along 12 Mile Rd. The school accepts students from PK-8. Educational excellence is equally matched by their strong commitment to the teachings of the Catholic faith and the spiritual, moral and social developments of all students.

Mercy High School is 7 miles northeast. It's a Catholic college, all-girls preparatory school at the northeast corner of 11 Mile and Middlebelt Roads. The Mercy tradition began in 1945 when the Sisters of Mercy opened Our Lady of Mercy High School at Outer Drive and Southfield Roads in Detroit. Throughout its 70 years as an exemplary high school, over 14,000 students have graduated from Mercy.

The International School is 8 miles northeast. Foreign language learning is a cornerstone of The International School program. Students are accepted on the basis of previous school records, academic aptitude, interest in bilingual ability and an international program. The International School enrolls students from a wide variety of geographical, social and economic backgrounds. Upon acceptance, a non-refundable registration fee of $500.00, and the non-refundable deposit of $2,000.00 are due.

Oakland Community College is 5.5 miles north. OCC has 5 campuses and Orchard Ridge Campus in Farmington Hills is the largest. It's award-winning Culinary Studies Institute is found in Orchard Ridge Campus. The campus is also known as the fine and performing arts campus, and offers visual and performing arts programs as well as several design programs. Throughout the year, the Wallace F. Smith Theatre offers cultural events, including theatre and dance performances open to the community and students.

Walsh College - Novi Campus is 5 miles northeast. It serves the residents and students of western Oakland and Wayne counties. The Novi Campus is a technology-enriched facility that operates as a full service campus with 35,000 square foot of classrooms, open computer labs, a library, bookstore, student lounge and meeting space. Founded in 1922 and celebrating more than 90 years of business education, Walsh College offers 19 business and related technology degree programs at the bachelor's and master's levels that are responsive to student, employer, and community needs. Walsh is a private, not-for-profit institution offering courses and services at locations in Troy, Novi, Clinton Township, Port Huron, and online.

South University is 6 miles northwest. Established in 1899, South University is a private academic institution dedicated to providing educational opportunities for the intellectual, social, and professional development of a diverse student population. The Novi, Michigan campus offers focused and balanced curricula at the bachelor's degree level in the areas of business administration, criminal justice, healthcare management, and psychology. Other degree programs offered include a Master of Arts in professional counseling and a Master of Business Administration. South University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees.

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 Homes for Sale in Northfield

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  3 Bedrooms  1.1 Baths  1 Fireplace  2-Car Attached Garage

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Great 3 Bedroom, 1.5 Bath, 1800+ Sq Foot Quad-level Home! Eat-in Kitchen with plenty of cabinetry, counter space, custom back-splash, ceramic tile flooring and leads into the formal dining room area which features a door-wall to deck. Spacious formal living room with hard-wood floors and big picture window allowing for plenty of natural lighting to flow throughout. Large family room area with natural brick stove and brand new flooring. Laundry area is on the lower level of the home with a Half Bath on entry level. Master suite is on the upper level and features a Jack & Jill full bath. 2 addition bedrooms on the upper level of the home as well. Finished basement area, great for a rec room or play room area. Two-tier deck deck over-looking the large fenced in wooded lot. 2 car attached garage with direct access. Large pole barn (36 x 48) with electricity. Award Winning Huron Valley Schools. Perfect family home and neighborhood! Location is key! Close to area shopping & freeways!

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School Info

This property is assigned to Huron Valley Schools. The district is made up of fifteen schools, including three high schools, three middle schools, and nine elementary schools. Students here attend Brooks Elementary School, White Lake Middle School and Lakeland High School. Brooks Elementary is rated 4/10 by, White Lake Middle School is given 6/10 and Lakeland High School is 8/10.

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What’s the best way to prepare your property as we head into the winter months? To help me cover this topic, I’m joined by Jim Levine from Levine & Sons.


Today I’m joined by special guest Jim Levine of Levine & Sons to talk about something very important for this time of year: heating, cooling, plumbing, and ways to prepare your property for the coming winter months.

One of the first things I want to go over is the importance of getting your furnace checked on a yearly basis. Doing this is almost like going to the doctor for an annual physical.

For one, you need to change your filter to ensure proper airflow for the furnace. If there isn’t proper airflow, the heat exchanger can get overworked and crack.

This could lead to you losing heat altogether. Ultimately, changing the air filter is probably the most important thing you can do for the health of your furnace. Not maintaining your furnace properly can absolutely lead to costly repairs.

Changing the air filter is probably the most important thing you can do for the health of your furnace.


Also, it’s incredibly important that you have a carbon monoxide detector. This gas is a silent killer. It is tasteless, odorless, and you won’t know that it’s affecting you until you already begin to feel sick.

Because these issues are so important to my team and I, we’re partnering with Levine & Sons to give our past clients and friends of The Perna Team 10% off furnace checks. Also, we want to offer you two free carbon monoxide detectors. Even if you have a detector already, you absolutely need to replace it if it is more than eight years old.

Levine & Sons was started in 1927 by Jim’s grandfather, and the business is still going strong. They provide services like plumbing, heating, cooling, sewer line cleaning, and excavation. Everyone at Levine & Sons provides high-quality service with a smile on their face.

If you have any other questions or would like more information, feel free to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

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