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"Burning money in the fireplace" may sound like a drastic hyperbole, but it's an apt metaphor for the aftermath of certain home upgrades that homeowners often believe will increase the value of their property. In reality, you'd be better off skipping these eight common renovations if your ultimate goal is to sell your home for a higher price. These upgrades are not your golden ticket to a better home sale price; in fact, they might end up costing you more than you would recuperate. It's time to debunk the myth that you can simply "flip" your own home for an easy profit. Let's explore these eight home "improvements" that could actually decrease your home's value.

Repurposing Bedrooms

One common pitfall is the reduction of bedrooms in a…

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In the thrilling journey of crafting your dream abode from scratch, there comes an all-important final step that stands between you and the joy of moving in: the final walkthrough. This phase is far more than just a formality; it's your last chance to ensure that your investment is absolutely perfect down to the tiniest detail. Drawing from our wealth of experience, we've created an essential Final Walkthrough Checklist for New Construction Home Buyers. This comprehensive guide empowers you to carry out a rigorous inspection of your newly built home, encompassing everything from the functionality of your appliances to the effectiveness of your irrigation system. And if you think this seems too complex, worry not! We've got you covered every step of…

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Every summer, over a million awestruck spectators descend upon Detroit to bear witness to a spectacle that fills the night sky with an orchestra of lights, colors, and thunderous sound. The annual Ford Fireworks has become a cherished tradition, an electrifying event that symbolizes the spirit of this great city. As the sun sets and the first shell bursts into the inky expanse, you'll find yourself immersed in the heart of Detroit - among a crowd of friendly faces, all craning their necks skyward to see the stunning array of pyrotechnics. This, my friends, is more than a mere fireworks show, this is Detroit's own star-spangled ballet, and you're invited to join in this grand celebration.


With the dazzle and grandeur of the Detroit…

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Investing in a new home is one of the most significant financial decisions a person can make, and it's essential to ensure that the investment is a solid one. New home construction can present a myriad of challenges, from improperly installed insulation to over-fused circuits, which can lead to costly repairs down the line. Furthermore, such issues can have implications for the safety and comfort of the homeowners. This is why it's of utmost importance to conduct thorough inspections at several critical stages during the construction process. 

The goal is to catch and rectify potential issues before they become significant problems—either financially, structurally, or safety-wise. Ultimately, an upfront investment in comprehensive inspections can…

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As the warm winds of June usher in the zenith of Metro Detroit's festival season, prepare for a dazzling array of cultural events that paint a vibrant portrait of this dynamic region. From the serene spectacle of soaring balloons at the Howell Balloon Fest, to the pulsating rhythms of Electric Forest, and the explosive dazzle of Ford Fireworks, Detroit is set to transform into a cultural hotspot this summer. Each of these festivities tells a unique story, offering glimpses into the character of the area, its residents, and the quintessential Michigan spirit. Dive in and witness the mesmerizing fusion of tradition, innovation, and sheer revelry that these fairs and festivals bring to life, shaping a summer you won't soon forget.

Julia Child: A…

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With the mercury rising, the spotlight in Metro Detroit shifts onto a diverse cultural palette, kick-starting the golden season of entertainment! This June, the city is poised to serve a potent cocktail of soulful tunes and laughter. The lineup is as vibrant as it gets, featuring country phenomenon Morgan Wallen delivering his Billboard-topping hits, the legendary Santana spinning his classic tunes, and the irrepressible Impractical Jokers promising a night of high-spirited hilarity. Add to this mix Detroit's own comedic gem, John Heffron, and you're in for a whirlwind of a month. So strap in, Detroit – the stage is set for a summer steeped in unforgettable performances!


Kicking off the month with a bang, country star Dierks Bentley…

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With a legacy that dates back to 1841, Eastern Market in Detroit isn't just a marketplace—it's a living, breathing testament to Detroit's rich history and cultural vibrancy. This iconic location marries past and present, offering a vibrant hub where farmers, artists, and entrepreneurs converge. Whether it's the early morning hustle of farmers setting up their stalls, the infectious energy of Eastern Market Flower Day, or the blend of old-world charm and modern convenience, there's something here to captivate everyone.

Dive in, and let's take a journey through the historical streets of the Eastern Market District, a place that truly epitomizes the resilient spirit of Detroit.



Eastern Market traces its beginnings back to 1841…

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In the complex world of home buying, thorough inspections play a vital role in securing a safe and sound investment. With eleven common types of inspections to consider, from general home inspections to more specific evaluations like radon, mold, asbestos, or lead-based paint inspections, the process can seem daunting. However, understanding these inspections is essential for potential homebuyers, as each inspection serves a unique purpose, uncovering potential problems that can save homebuyers from future headaches and costly repairs.

In this article we’ll walk you through these various inspections, illuminating their significance and helping you make informed decisions about your future home. before continuing, it should be noted that when it…

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In the process of purchasing a home, obtaining a thorough home inspection is essential for making informed decisions and ensuring a sound investment. A comprehensive inspection, conducted by a qualified and accredited professional, can help potential homebuyers identify any visible flaws, potential safety hazards, and maintenance requirements. Understanding the scope of a home inspection, including its limitations and the importance of attending the inspection, empowers buyers to ask the right questions, address concerns, and negotiate confidently. With this knowledge, homebuyers can secure their dream homes at fair prices while avoiding costly mistakes and future regrets.

This article in particular will delve into the world of home inspections,…

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As Mother's Day approaches, there's no better time to celebrate the incredible moms in our lives. Metro Detroit is brimming with unique experiences and culinary delights, ensuring a memorable holiday for all. From picturesque picnics and outdoor adventures to exquisite dining options, this guide has something for everyone. So, let's embark on a journey filled with heartfelt moments, irresistible cuisine, and unforgettable experiences that are sure to make this Mother's Day truly special.


Before we dive into the festivities, let's journey back in time and unearth the fascinating history of Mother's Day. While the roots of this day can be traced back to the Civil War era, it was Ann Jarvis who truly brought it to life…

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