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Exterior Spring Cleaning

by Tom Stachler,ABR,CDPE - Group One Realty Team

Spring Maintenance Checklist

Spring is here! Last week we did a blog on Spring Cleaning the interior of the Home. This week we will focus on exterior tasks that are good to do every year to make sure your house is functioning at its best. Being a property owner in Washtenaw County is fulfilling when you take care of your home and spring time in Michigan is the best time to do so. 

 

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Exterior 

  • Repair glazing and caulk around windows and doos
  • Repair cracked bricks and missing motor 
  • Repair freeze/thaw cracks in drives and walks 
  • Repair, prime, and paint areas with peeling paint 
  • Remove debris from yard and high traffic areas 
  • Search for signs of colonized insects or pests 

Roof 

  • Check your roof for damage or missing shingles 
  • Check for cracked flashing or damaged caulk seals 
  • Trim branches and trees away from the roof 

Structure 

  • Check basement and foundation walls for cracks 
  • Check your chimney for cracks and leaks 
  • Check your crawl for moisture 

Water Control 

  • Test your sump pump for proper operation 
  • Clean your gutters and window wells 
  • Extend downspouts away from your foundation 
  • Make sure grading flows water away from house or other structures 

Fuel Services 

  • Check your gas/oil tank for odors and leaks 

Property 

  • Test your lawn mower and trimmer 
  • Treat your lawn with fertilizer and pest control 
  • Power wash and seal your deck and patio
  • Remove your outdoor furniture from storage 
  • Dewinterize and start lawn sprinklers 

Tom Stachler is a Michigan licensed real estate Broker and Builder working in the Ann Arbor, Saline and Dexter Real Estate markets.  Please refer to the helpful Links above for more information about Buying or selling real estate, homes and condos when searching for one of the area's best real estate brokers. 

Spring Maintenance Interior Checklist

by Tom Stachler,ABR,CDPE - Group One Realty Team

Spring Maintenance Checklist

Spring is here! That means Spring Cleaning. In Michigan, we experience all four seasons, and it is important we take care of our homes during those transitions. From winter to spring is an important transition for your Home. Here is some tips on how to maintenance the interior of your home to avoid future problems. Check back next week for tips on spring maintenance for the exterior of your home. 

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Interior

  • Remove storm windows, install screens
  • Clean and lubricate window channels
  • Clean glass on windows and doors
  • Reverse ceiling fans to direct heat upwards

 

Insulation and Ventilation

  • Test your dehumidifier
  • Check attic for proper ventilation
  • Clean your dryer vent
  • Check vent for birds or other pests

 

Electrical Systems

  • Test all smoke detectors and CO detectors, replace batteries
  • Test and reset your GCFI and AFCI outlets/breakers

 

HVAC

  • Change your filters
  • Hire an HVAC contractor to service your system
  • Install window AC units and ensure proper fit

 

Plumbing

  • Fix all fixtures for leaks
  • Check tile joints, grout, and caulking
  • Remove hoses from storage and open spigots
  • Check faucets and valves for leaks or damage
  • Check washing machine hose

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Tom Stachler is a licensed broker and builder in the Washtenaw area. working in the Ann Arbor, Saline and Dexter Real Estate markets.  Please refer to the helpful Links above for more information about Buying or selling real estate, homes and condos when searching for one of the area's best real estate brokers. 

Ypsilanti's Best Restaraunts

by Tom Stachler,ABR,CDPE - Group One Realty Team

There are many great places to eat in Washtenaw County. For this post, we wanted to highlight the Ypsilanti restaurants. Check back to find highlights for Ann Arbor, Dexter, Chelsea, and other surrounding area places to eat, lounge, and have a great time.

Beezy’s Cafe

A quaint eatery with a motto of ‘simple, honest food,’ Beezy’s Cafe is the place to go for some good homemade, original eats. A colorful interior, complete with sunny yellow walls and exposed brick adorned with eclectic art, is welcoming to guests. The menu is made up of sandwiches on freshly baked bread, salads with house-made dressing, and comforting made-from-scratch soup.

Beezy’s Cafe, 20 N Washington St, Ypsilanti, MI, USA, +1 734 485 9625

Bill’s Drive-In

Bill’s Drive-In is hard to miss with its bright yellow exterior. A seasonal no-frills joint, Bill’s is iconic fixture on Ypsilanti’s dining scene, delighting guests with its tasty hot dog eats. There is no menu at Bill’s, just tasty hot dogs with a variety of toppings like chili. Bill’s is also known for their root beer. While the menu may be small, the flavors definitely are not.

Bill’s Drive-In, 1292 E Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti, MI, USA, +1 734 485 2831

 

Bomber Restaurant

Featured on the Food Network's 'Top Five Over Indulgences' for its Bomber Breakfast, you know that plate has got to be a hefty portion of deliciousness and that's right. It's one pound of ham, bacon, or sausage, and four eggs plus one pound of breakfast potatoes. The Bomber Restaurant is an aviation themed, mom-and-pop diner. For those who are not quite that hungry, the menu has an array of Home-style eats.

Bomber Restaurant, 306 E Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti, MI, USA, +1 734 482 0550

Bona Sera

Bona Sera is a charming restaurant specializing in eclectic global cuisine with Italian and Southern influences. The inviting interior features lofty ceilings, exposed brickwork often adorned with local art, and large picture windows allowing the light to flood in during the day. Bona Sera offers a host of seasonal comfort dishes that are sure to suit many tastes.

Bona Sera, 200 W Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti, MI, USA, +1 734 340 6335

Café Ollie

Located in Depot Town, the historic district in Ypsilanti, Café Ollie is a wonderful café adorned with bright colors and art-filled walls. The Rubenesque sandwich with house-made corned beef, stout-simmered sauerkraut, Swiss, and Thousand Island dressing and the Yardbirds On Fire mac ‘n’ cheese with Buffalo chicken and blue cheese are two enticing choices. They have delicious vegetarian options available as well.

Cafe Ollie, 42 E Cross St, Ypsilanti, MI, USA, +1 734 482 8050

Casablanca

Casablanca serves up delicious and authentic Moroccan and Mediterranean delicacies, and features an inviting interior decorated with Moroccan touches, adding to the wonderful culinary experience. The menu includes a variety of options with highlights being the bistilla, or layers of chicken and spicy omelet stuffing topped with fried almonds flavored with orange blossom water, powdered sugar plus cinnamon; and the vegetable tagine for those guests wanting something meat-free. Wash it all down with a refreshing Moroccan mint tea.

Casablanca, 2333 Washtenaw Ave, Ypsilanti, MI, USA, +1 734 961 7825

 

Dom Bakeries

Dom Bakeries is open 24 hours a day seven days a week. A family-owned and operated bakeshop, Fea and Ly Chov purchased this bakery in 1996. Using only the best ingredients, the bakery’s selection is endless with an array of sweet goodness, including custard-filled long johns, maple-glazed cinnamon rolls, and the ever-popular apple fritter.

Dom Bakeries, 1305 Washtenaw Rd, Ypsilanti, MI, USA, +1 734 485 3175

Hana Korean Restaurant

Hana Korean is the place to dine if your craving calls for some home-style Korean fare bursting with incredible flavors. The menu has vegetarian recipes such as the ya chae chap chae, or sweet potato noodles stir-fried with vegetables, and the chae sig deanjahng jikae, which is tofu and vegetable soup with bean sauce flavoring and rice. You’ll also find kanpoongki, or fried chicken wings in garlic sauce; kimchi jakae, or kimchi soup with pork and tofu; and kalbi, or traditional Korean BBQ beef short ribs.

Hana Korean Restaurant, 1346 E Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti, MI, USA, +1 734 483 2455

Red Rock Downtown Barbecue

Red Rock Downtown Barbecue is a great place to enjoy refreshing drinks and tasty eats. The relaxed feel of the interior is further enhanced by the exposed brickwork and use of dark woods throughout. The restaurant’s menu features everything from sandwiches to mac ‘n’ cheese and much more. The bar offers 20 beers on tap, ensuring that you’ll find something to complement the meal. Red Rock also has happy hour twice a day every day.

Red Rock Downtown Barbecue, 207 W Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti, MI, USA, +1 734 340 2381

Sidetrack Bar & Grill

Sidetrack Bar and Grill is a railroad-themed pub located in Depot Town. This happening establishment is always hopping with folks just looking to have some fun with friends and family and have a great night out on the town. The interior is warm with exposed brick, dark wood, and several taxidermied animals on the walls. As for the food, there are plenty of sharable plates, handcrafted, juicy burgers, sandwiches, and entrées like Yankee pot roast.

Sidetrack Bar & Grill, 56 E Cross St, Ypsilanti, MI, USA, +1 734 483 1490

 

Tom Stachler is a licensed Ann Arbor area real estate agent and broker also working real estate home and condo sales in the Saline, Dexter, Chelsea, Ypsilanti, Milan and many of the surrounding markets in both Washtenaw and Livingston County.  Please click on the inventory or MLS search tab above for the latest residentialincome and commercial realty property listings for sale.  

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