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129 W. Upton Reed City

$129,900 # 19055819

Beautiful country views from this charming home within the city limits. Close to shopping, dining, schools, and parks. Sitting on 2.5 acres this home offers a private setting with frontage on Twin Creek. Enjoy the unique character and charm of this bi-level, with custom quality touches throughout. Spacious rooms, oak woodwork, hardwood floors, builtin bookcases, sunroom, attached garage and large pole building. Pole building offers office, plumbed for bathroom, work bench, 220 electric, 10’ doors and is heated.

$58,000 # 19055010

ATTENTION OUTDOOR ENTHUSIASTS!! Affordable cabin, Lake access to Austin Lake AND near 1000’s of acres of State Land. This cozy cabin is situated on 2 wooded lots with deeded access to private 30 acre Austin Lake, which offers ample fishing opportunities for crappie, large mouth bass, northern pike and yellow perch. The cabin boasts new flooring in the kitchen, dining & bathroom, fresh paint throughout, new smooth top electric range along with other kitchen updates. Cabin is heated with propane that does not require power. Also offers a garage/workshop and large deck for enjoying your up-north getaway...Can be sold with 19053 Austin Ave MLS# 19055464 & Lot 35 190th Ave MLS# 19055358 for $105,900

$129,900 # 19051178

Irons area on 3.25 wooded acres! This 3 bedroom 2 bath style chalet style home with main floor master and laundry. Addition in 2016 offers family room/bath that could easily serve as a master bedroom. Currently 2 bedroom +loft. Sits on 5’ crawl space and huge 36x40 attached garage with 10’ ceilings. About a mile on county paved road and close to Little Manistee River and Federal land for hunting, Close to trailhead for hiking.

$155,000 # 19059115

This beautifully updated 4 bedroom, 2 bath home is located just outside the city limits! Open floor plan, hardwood floors, cozy fireplace, air conditioning, master suite situated on main level, comfortable covered porch with swing, great privacy in the over sized backyard with large shade trees, 2 large garages, one which could hold 6+ vehicles and offers 3 phase electric, this rare find could be all yours! Call today for a personal tour!




# 19055464

ATTENTION OUTDOOR ENTHUSIASTS!! Affordable cabin, Lake access to Austin Lake AND near 1000’s of acres of State Land. This cozy cabin is situated on 2 wooded lots with deeded access to private 30 acre Austin Lake, which offers ample fishing opportunities for crappie, large mouth bass, northern pike and yellow perch. The cabin boasts new flooring in the kitchen, dining & bathroom, fresh paint throughout, new smooth top electric range along with other kitchen updates. Cabin is heated with propane that does not require power. Also offers a garage/workshop and large deck for enjoying your upnorth getaway...Can be sold with 19053 Austin Ave MLS# 19055464 & Lot 35 190th Ave MLS# 19055358 for $105,900



# 19055358

Deeded Lake Access to private, 30 acre, Austin Lake. This rare opportunity to own your very own vacant lot allows you to park your R.V., set up camp, unpack your fishing gear and enjoy the weekend relaxing on the lake. (Can also be sold with 19050 Austin Ave MLS# 19055010 & 19053 Austin Ave MLS# 19055464 for $105,900)


# 19051787

Little Manistee Riverfront lot. 80’ right by Johnson Bridge for fishing or kayaking this beautiful trout stream. Possible building site for walk out basement. Sits on sloping site, property at rivers edge gets wet when heavy rains. Great spot to camp or possibly build.


# 19054729

GREAT HUNTING- Beautiful 10.32 acres of land right across from 100’s of acres of State Land. Great recreational spot to ride your ORV and snowmobiles right to the trails. The older mobile home has an addition on it with a living room & bedroom with roof over. There are 2 sheds offering lots of storage.

$88,900 # 18016677

# 19055500

Looking for a hobby farm? Look no further! This 4 BR, 2 Bath Farmhouse on 20 acres offers a 1 stall detached garage, 40 x 60 barn with cut stone basement, 16 x 40 barn, 30 x 40 pole building with 12’ sidewalls, fenced in pastures for horses and an additional well to the barn, the home offers newer siding and windows, hardwood floors, main floor laundry, spacious rooms, updated bathrooms, fresh paint throughout, 3 seasons porch, and so much more.

# 19050493 Hewitt Lake waterfront home. This 3 bedroom, 2 bath year round home overlooks this nice 40 acre lake in Northern Osceola County. Also includes spacious pole barn garage. Great condition, move in ready.


Hunter’s Delight!! Location is key for this 3 bedroom home. Home offers newer windows, hardwood floors, & large deck to enjoy the quiet country setting. This home can be purchased with 10 rolling, wooded acres. State Land surrounds this little piece of heaven.

# 18004104

Location! Location! Location! Exquisite building site offers paved road, serene setting, and just minutes to FSU, Hospital, & other Big Rapids conveniences. Property has been surveyed & perked.

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$61,900 • Baldwin #19022517

This home offers 3 bedrooms & 1 bath and completely rebuilt and reinsulated in 2000. Property has a wide array of fruit trees including Apple, Plum, Peach and Crabapple. Adorable outside gazebo, fire pit and garden area. The 24x32 garage has 11 foot ceilings, 200 amp electric hooked up, air conditioning and a pellet stove. With 4 separate wells on the property the possibilities are endless.


$119,900 • Stanwood #19040048

Location! Location! Location! Adorable home with Creek Frontage 2 bedroom 2 bath, open floor plan- Huge master bedroom suite, alarm system, central air, huge 3 seasons room, partially landscaped, large pole barn with 2 drive in doors, cement and electric. Great Location close to Highway Rogers Heights and Stanwood. Move in Ready.

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$63,500 • Barryton #19027742

Motivated seller! 3 bedroom, 2 bath manufactured home on a quiet country acre offers seclusion, park like yard, fruit trees, perennials - close to a main road just north of Barryton, and centrally located between larger cities of Big Rapids, Evart and Mt. Pleasant. Super clean, well maintained home that is move in ready and priced right!!

$130,000 Cadillac #19052439 UP NORTH GETAWAY Looking for that Up North get away or year round home? Like to ski, downhill or cross country, this is the place for you. Caberfae Ski Resort is just down the road. Home butts up to Public Land. Tons of trails for the outdoor person. This is a 2 bed 1 bath home with plenty of sleeping area. Home has a basement. Home is being offered with approx. 1 acre with 2 separate 1 acre parcels also available for $12500 each. Land split will be done upon an accepted offer, pending township approval. This is also being offered as a business opportunity including the motel.


$229,000 • Big Rapids #19041697

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$295,000 • Reed City #19055937

Welcome to your dream 4 Bedroom, 3 bath custom built home on 10 wooded acres. Open floor plan, hardwood floors, gourmet kitchen with custom cabinets and granite countertops. Master bedroom includes tiled floor, walk-in closet, gorgeous master bath with tiled walk-in shower and heated Jacuzzi tub. Heated/finished over-sized 3 car garage with plenty of storage cabinets for all your tools. Backyard is perfect for entertaining with Horse shoe pits, bonfire pit and children’s playscape, paved circle driveway.

Adorable ‘’Up North’’ Hunting Retreat/Cabin, lakefront, pond front, wooded acreage, 24x48 pole barn for all your toys. 4 bedroom 2 1/2 bath full finished walkout basement, wrap around deck incredible views from every window. If you desire peace, serenity with wildlife surrounding you this is your dream home look no further.



$149,900 • Reed City #19036049

Historical building on the popular and heavily traveled Main Street of Reed City has a lot to offer! (former Reed City hardware site). 14,000 square foot building is a diamond in the rough. Has potential and room for 3+ businesses and an upper level apartment. Has beautiful wood flooring & tin ornate ceiling tiles. So much potential!! Needs some TLC but the end result would be so worth it.

$389,900 • Fremont #19035937

Horse Lovers Dream! 4,800 sq. ft custom home is what dreams are made of. Quiet country hilltop setting boasts 4 beds, 3 baths, formal dining, 2 kitchens, 3 living rooms, cathedral ceilings, tons of natural light from abundant windows, balconies give amazing views. Structure is large enough to be a family retreat. 14.5 acres is all fenced and ready for horses! 4,000 sq. ft barn complete with stalls, water, electric, automatic waterers. Spring fed pond on property. 4 car heated attached garage.

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$99,900 • Hersey #19042497

Muskegon Riverfront Dream Home!!! Remodeled in 2019!! Updated plumbing, new ceramic tile, new carpet, fresh paint. This amazing home features 4 bedrooms, 2 baths an open floor plan, Master bedroom suite, screened in porch, buried LP tank, flowerbeds, large deck. Move in ready sold with appliances and Home warranty. Move in and enjoy all the nature, serenity & peace that riverfront property brings.


$139,900 • Big Rapids #19050706

Country Charmer only minutes from Big Rapids. This quaint home has been recently updated and new roof installed in 2019. Main floor laundry, 2 sources of heat LP and wood. Home is nestled in the trees with a large patio to relax on. Beautiful she shed, garden area, nice area for a few animals. Beautiful views of the 1.8 acres of peace and serenity. Who could ask for more?? This home has been loved and it shows.


$29,900 • Rodney #18047340

Incredible campsite or home site near Lower Evans Lake. Annual permit allows for camping year round on this site. 3 lots almost 1 acre. Chippewa creek meanders through property. Well, septic and electric are installed on this site. Lower Evans lake boat launch just 2 minutes away, part of the Martiny Chain of Lakes. Boat from one lake to the next. Excellent fishing, swimming, skiing and tubing! Nature at its finest! Fire pit, landscaping, patio and more.


$3,500,000 • Comstock Park #19051777

28 +/- Acres of Development Opportunity Highlights of Property • Class A Roads • Master Plan Zones for Commercial & Light Industrial • Utilities on Property • Alpine Location with 20,000+ Daily traffic count • Easy Access to US 131 • Excellent Visibility.


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Simple ideas to keep yourself organized and stay on task.

TWO MONTHS BEFORE MOVING r Sort through your belongings to reduce the number of things you move. r Have a garage sale or donate items you no longer need to charity. r Decide whether to move yourself or hire professionals. Make reservations with a moving company or truck rental company. Tip: Call three companies for estimates to compare.

r Gather packing supplies: boxes, packing material, tape, felt markers, and scissors. r If you’re moving a long distance, make travel arrangements with the airline, hotel, and rental car agency. If you’re driving to your new home, get maps and plan your travel route. r Save all moving receipts, because some moving expenses may be tax deductible. Check the current tax code for requirements. r Place your legal, medical, financial, and insurance records in a safe and a accessible place. r Purchase insurance coverage for valuables to be moved. r __________________________________________________ r __________________________________________________ r __________________________________________________ r __________________________________________________ r __________________________________________________


r Start packing items that aren’t regularly used such as off-season clothes and decorations and items in storage areas (garage, attic, and closets). r Make travel arrangements for your pets. r If you’re driving, get your car tuned up. r Get medical records from your doctors, dentist, optometrist, and veterinarian. r Send items (rugs, drapes, clothing, quilts, bedding) to the cleaners. r Back up important computer files to floppy disk. r __________________________________________________ r __________________________________________________


r Contact your utility companies (gas, electric, water, cable, trash collector, and local phone service providers) and notify them of your move. r Sign up for services at your new address. r Contact your long distance phone company and notify them of your move. r Call friends and family and recruit help for the moving day if necessary. r Confirm your travel reservations. r Arrange to close or transfer your bank account, if appropriate. Pick up items from safety deposit box. r __________________________________________________ r __________________________________________________


r Pick up items from the cleaners, repair shops, or friends. r Pack a survival kit of clothes, medicines, special foods, and so on to carry you through the day after arrival in your new home. r Finish packing all boxes minus what you will need in the final week. r Inform the post office of your upcoming move. Send change-of-address cards with your new address and phone number to: r Friends and family r Banks, insurance companies, credit card companies, and other financial institutions r Magazines and newspapers r Doctors, lawyer, accountant, Realtor, and other service providers View it online at

r State and federal tax authorities and any other government agencies as needed r Workplace, schools, and alma maters r Voter registration office and motor vehicle bureau r __________________________________________________ r __________________________________________________


r Set aside moving materials, such as tape measure, pocket knife, and rope. r Pad corners and stairways of house. r Lay down old sheets in the entry and hallways to protect floor coverings. r Remove hanging fixtures. r If moving yourself, pick up the rental truck and a hand truck or dolly to move heavy boxes. r If you’re driving, check oil and gas in your car. r If you’re traveling, make sure you have tickets, charge cards, and other essentials. r __________________________________________________ r __________________________________________________


Carry with you: r The keys to your new home. r Map of new town and directions to your house. r The telephone number of the moving company. r Cash or traveler’s checks. r Documentation related to the sale of your home. r Your insurance policies and agent’s phone number. r Your current address book or personal planner. r Prescription and non-prescription medicines. r Enough clothing to get by if the movers are late. r Any important personal records and documents. r Any items of great personal value to you that are virtually irreplaceable (for example, a photo album). r Back-up copies of important computer files. r Sheets and towels for the first night in your new home. r Personal hygiene items (for example, toothpaste, soap, razor) r __________________________________________________ r __________________________________________________


r Show movers where to place furniture and boxes. r Check inventory to ensure that everything was delivered before signing delivery papers. Note any damages on the inventory sheet. Tip: It’s helpful to have the movers read off the inventory numbers on boxes and furniture while you check the inventory list.

r Unpack any valuable items, such as silver, art, and jewelry, upon arrival. r __________________________________________________ r __________________________________________________


r Walk and drive around your neighborhood and community to orient yourself and your family. r Get new drivers licenses, library cards, voter registration cards, and bus passes. r Enroll children in school. r __________________________________________________ r __________________________________________________


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$99,900 19054940

Clean 3 bedroom 1.5 bath ranch home located on 2.4 acres of land offers a fireplace in the living room, a full unfinished walkout basement and an attached oversized 2 car garage. Located in between Reed City and Evart on US-10.

$193,900 • 19032458

Beautiful Log Home on The Muskegon River With 250 FT Of Water Frontage on 6.67 Mostly Wooded Acres, Including a Large 32x48 Pole Barn With Lots Of Storage and 12’’ doors. It also Has French Doors Leading To The Wrap-Around Deck With A Stunning View! iOak Flooring Throughout The Main Floor And Custom Built kitchen cabinents.Log Furniture is a option to buy. If you are looking for seclusion on a paved Road You Have Found it You Must See!


Beautiful 2 Story Duplex Both Units is Currently Being Rented. It has been a very good rental income for several years, Each Unit Has a 2 Bedroom 1 Bath with full Kitchen. Has Newer Flooring and kitchen Cabinets , The Plumbing and Electrical System has Recently Been upgraded. Don’t pass up the great deal set up your showing today! $81,900 19050965

$121,900 • 19031887

100 feet of private serene Muskegon River frontage with this 1800 sq. ft. ranch home. Panoramic views of the river from the livingroom, dining room, and family room. Large master bedroom offers a slider that overlooks the river heading out to a nice deck. Lots of updates on this home too. Detached 2 car garage, forced air propane heat as well as an outdoor wood boiler. A fantastic getaway or year round residence!


Large 4 bedroom 3 bathroom home on a double corner lot in the village of Marion. Gas fireplace in the livingroom, large master suite, lots of room here! Ideal candidate for a renovation mortagage! $59,900 • 19056340

This 2.073 acre wooded piece of land is located on the edge of town in Big Rapids on a paved road. Fantastic building site! $30,000 • 19021715

$75,000 • 18038960

Absolutely beautiful 50 acre parcel of land located on a paved road just a couple of miles outside of the city. Rolling wooded land with some open area too. A hunters paradise and only $1500 an acre too! Land contract possible with $20,000 down. $75,000 • 18038960

Beautiful 1.24 acre commercial lot in the city of Reed City. $9,900 • 19024820

$194,900 • 19020332

Remodeled 3 bedroom 3.5 bath condo offering panoramic views of the Muskegon RIver! Family room and livingrooms, master suite, an attached 1 car garage and a detached 1 car garage on paved roads located just outside of Big Rapids. This is turnkey move in ready!!

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$599,000 19047373

Be sure to check out the virtual tour and drone video...they are a MUST SEE!!! Location, View and MOVE IN READY!!!!! Overlook your approximately 15 acre pond on 38.9 acres! Convenient location, country feel but only 1.5 miles to US131 freeway, all of what the Big Rapids area has to offer. Completely remodeled home in 2019, all new appliances, bathroom and lighting fixtures, flooring, drywall, siding and deck. 60’x136’ Morton pole building, set up for the horse enthusiast with 8 stalls and tack room (36x60), riding arena (100x60), hay loft, separate well, septic and electric.. $599,000 19047373

$109,900 • 19052681

Well kept home on 10 wooded acres in Deer Lake Estates. Access to private Deer Lake, state land, ORV/snowmobile trails close by. 24x40 detached pole building/garage. 5 miles off of US-131 expressway, paved road to Deer Lake Estates. $109,900 19052681

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$159,000 • 19035677

Very nice updated river front home! Remodeled in 2008 with additional updates in 2015/2016. Beautiful frontage on the river, huge yard with easy access on to the river. Open concept, lots of natural light, main level mater bedroom, bath, 2nd full bath & laundry, 2 car attached garage. $159,000 19035677

Great corner property on the NE corner of US10 & Lakola Rd. Land cleared and leveled, ready for you to build. $60,00018023702

Wooded 16 acres, has a nice hill top site with a 10’x10’ elevated deer blind, site would make a great location to build a cabin or home. Deep rolling wood covered valleys on county maintained road. $36,000 • 19013075


Recently updated home in 2019 with new siding, paint, and main level flooring. Big yard in town on a quiet small village street. Walking distance to LeRoy Elementary School, Post Office, stores and restaurants. Convenient location for access to the Rails to trails, expressway, surrounding lakes, rivers and state land.

$76,900 • 19052490

This 3 bedroom home offers a huge family room with a fireplace, a 24x24 detached garage and two storage sheds, all located on a double lot in Rose Lake Forest subdivision. This would make a great year round home, or a great getaway as well! $74,900 19021773

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Exterior renovations that can improve home value Renovating a home to improve its value can be a smart investment. Interior improvements, such as updating kitchens and baths, offer good return on investment, but there are plenty of exterior renovations that can add value to a home and give it that coveted “wow” factor.

LANDSCAPING Abundant and well-planned landscaping can instantly boost curb appeal. According to the landscaping company Lawn Starter, 71 percent of prospective home buyers say a home’s curb appeal is an important factor in their buying decisions. As buyers use the internet to look for their dream homes, there’s no denying a beautifully landscaped, nicely photographed property can entice buyers to click and read more about a house. ADDRESS INSECTS AND MINOR REPAIRS Improving home value may come down to fixing areas of the home that can negatively affect its appeal to buyers. Hire an inspector to look at key components of the house and recommend what needs to be fixed. This way it is discovered before home buyers come in and do their own inspections. Termite infestations, deteriorating roofs and hidden water leaks are some things that might need fixing. IMPROVE THE ENTRYWAY The front door is the focal point of a home’s exterior. Invest in a new door or paint it a striking color to add appeal. Remodeling magazine’s “Cost vs. Value Report 2019” indicates changing an entry door to a steel replacement can offer 74.9 percent ROI. Such a door provides visual appeal and added security — things buyers look for. In addition to the front door, make sure that the entryway has a level walkway, steps that are in good repair, accents that are free from rust or tarnish, and decorative plants. OUTDOOR LIGHTING Outdoor lighting can add to the ambiance of a property and serve as a security feature. Utilize different lights, such as a bright light by the entry, uplighting in trees and shrubs for drama, a light-lined path to the door to improve visibility, and motion-detection lights to improve the security of the property. REPAINT (OR RESIDE) THE EXTERIOR A fresh coat of paint or new (or cleaned) siding can instantly give homes a facelift. Neutral, warm and inviting colors tend to have the widest appeal. Adding manufactured stone veneer to the home can offer a return on investment when selling. KNOWING WHICH IMPROVEMENTS ADD VALUE TO A HOME CAN HELP HOMEOWNERS TAILOR THEIR EFFORTS TO THOSE THAT ARE MOST FINANCIALLY BENEFICIAL. This information provided courtesy of Century 21 Forward Realty, Bill Myers

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HELPFUL PACKING TIPS & CHECK LIST r Gather boxes in all sizes from friends, neighbors, and stores. r Collect cushioning material such as bubble wrap, foam pellets, furniture pads, old blankets, plastic bags, tissue paper, newspapers, and small towels to use as padding inside boxes. r Create a portable packing kit with marking pens, a tape measure, packing tape, twine, and scissors. Carry it with you as you pack up items around your home. r Reinforce the bottom of boxes with extra tape for added strength. r Label each box with the name of the room in your new home where it should be placed. r List the contents of the box on the side of it. r Number the boxes and keep a list of which boxes go in which room in your new home.

r Label boxes containing fragile items with large red lettering. r Place china in plastic bags and stack plates upright on their sides, not flat. r Pack your TV, stereo, and computer in their original boxes whenever possible. r Keep boxes to 50 pounds or less. r Pack heavy items into their own smaller boxes and place lighter items together into larger boxes.

KITCHEN r Cupboards r Closets r Drawers r ___________________________ r ___________________________ r Box numbers for kitchen: ____________ DINING ROOM r China cabinet or hutch r Light fixture and lamps r Furniture: tables and chairs r ___________________________ r ___________________________ r Box numbers for dining room: _________ LIVING ROOM r Bookcases and contents r Entertainment center and contents: stereo, TV, CDs, videotapes, and so on r Knick knacks and artwork r Lamps r Furniture: couch, chairs, and tables r ___________________________ r ___________________________ r Box numbers for living room: _________ FAMILY ROOM r Entertainment center and contents: stereo, TV, CDs, videotapes, and so on. r Knick knacks and artwork r Furniture: couch, chairs, and tables r Lamps r ___________________________ r ___________________________

r Box numbers for family room: _________ MASTER BEDROOM r Closet r Dressers and contents r Furniture: bed, dressers, night stands, and desk r ___________________________ r ___________________________ r Box numbers for master bedroom: BEDROOM #1 r Closet r Dressers and contents r Furniture: bed, dressers, night stands, and desk r ___________________________ r ___________________________ r Box numbers of bedroom #1: _________ BEDROOM #2 r Closet r Dressers and contents r Furniture: bed, dressers, night stands, and desk r ___________________________ r ___________________________ r Box numbers for bedroom #2: _________ BEDROOM #3 r Closet r Dressers and contents r Furniture: bed, dressers, night stands, and desk r ___________________________ r ___________________________

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r Don’t move flammable, combustible, corrosive, or explosive items such as paint, gasoline, and ammunition. r Pack a bag of personal items you’ll need during the move (change of clothes, toiletries, medicine, maps, food, and drinks). Keep it in an easy-to-find place when you pack.

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GENERAL MOVING TIPS r Disconnect and bundle cords on television and stereo components. Label each cord with masking tape and a description of where to connect it. r Plan and measure where your furniture will be placed in your new home. It’s helpful to draw a layout of your new home and sketch in the major furniture pieces. r To save time on moving day, move your boxes from the basement, upstairs, or attic to the main floor prior to the move date. Consider carrying items from the back yard to the front yard or garage ahead of time. r Keep your phone connected through moving day to stay in touch with friends, family, and the moving company.

r Box numbers for bedroom #3: _________ STUDY/OFFICE r Computer equipment: CPU, monitor, and printer r Desk and contents r Bookshelves and contents r File cabinets and contents r ___________________________ r ___________________________ r Box numbers for study/office: _________ BATHROOM r Cupboards and contents r Linens and towels r Knick knacks and wall hangings r ___________________________ r ___________________________ r Box numbers for bathroom: __________ ATTIC r Trunks r Boxes r ___________________________ r Box numbers for attic: ______________ GARAGE r Yard equipment and garden tools r Home maintenance equipment and tools r ___________________________ r Box numbers for garage: BASEMENT r Cupboards and shelves r ___________________________ r ___________________________ r Box numbers for basement: __________


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PLUMBING Faucets & shower heads Drains Pipes Kitchen & bathroom cabinets Toilets Water heater INTERIOR Wood cabinets and trim Interior doors Garage door Window and door tracks Basement or crawl space Ceramic tile ELECTRICAL AND APPLIANCES Heating and cooling systems Kitchen exhaust fan Refrigerator Dishwasher Wiring, electrical cords, & plugs Smoke detector GFI outlets EXTERIOR Foundation Landscaping Concrete and asphalt FALL PLUMBING Plumbing shut-off valves Outside faucets Water heater Faucet aerators


Countertops Tiled areas Shower doors/tub enclosures Weather stripping Sectional garage doors Fireplace ELECTRICAL AND APPLIANCES Heating system Cooling system

DATE LAST COMPLETED Check interior and exterior faucets for leaks Clean aerators - Replace washers if necessary Clean with baking soda Pour water down unused drains Inspect visible pipes for leaks Check under and around for leaks Check for stability and leaks Check area around water heater for leaks If you have hard water drain 1-2 gallons water

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Apply a wood protection Lubricate hinges Lubricate hardware - Inspect mechanism for free travel Check to see if weep holes are open Clean out dirt and dust Lubricate rollers and latches Check for cracks or any sign of dampness or leaks - Check for any evidence of termites or wood-eating insects Check and clean grout

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Clean and replace filters if necessary Remove and clean the filter Clean accumulated grease deposits from the fan housing Clean dust from top - Clean refrigerator drain pan - Clean and defrost freezer if necessary Check for leaks Check for wear or damage - Replace if necessary Test for proper operation and replace batteries if necessary Test for proper operation


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Inspect for proper operation Drain Flush out hot water to remove accumulated sediment Check for proper flow of water - If the flow is reduced, clean the aerator screens - During the first two months, the faucet aerators could require more frequent cleaning Examine for evidence of any leaks - Check insulation and remove or add if necessary Check for evidence of birds, squirrels, raccoons, etc - Check for proper ventilation Inspect for separations at sinks and backsplash - Re-caulk where required Inspect for loose or missing grout or caulking -Regrout or recaulk if necessary Inspect for proper fit - Adjust if necessary Inspect caulking and recaulk if necessary Check caulking around windows and doors Check window and door screens Adjust or replace if necessary Adjust the travel and tension Inspect flues - Clean if necessary - Inspect fireplace brick and mortar for cracks or damage Service heating system and heat pump Remove debris from around units and clean with garden hose - Remove window air conditioner or protect with weatherproof cover Clean and replace filters if necessary

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Clean Inspect and service if necessary Check for leaks - Check for damaged, loose, or missing shingles - Check vents and louvers for birds, nests, squirrels, and insects - Check flashing around roof stacks, vents, and skylights for leaks Clean and check for deteriorating bricks and mortar - Check for leaks - Check for birds, nests, squirrels, and insects Clean and check for leaks, misalignment, or damage Check for deteriorating bricks and mortar Check siding for damage or rot Check painted surfaces for flaking Trim shrubbery around walls - Remove tree limbs, branches, or debris that can attract insects (no wood or shrubbery should be closer than 3 inches to your house) Maintain grading Check for cracks or deterioration Reseal or repair if necessary Examine septic system drain field for flooding and odor - Have tank pumped yearly Clean and store or cover with weatherproof material

Flush out hot water to remove accumulated sediment Examine for evidence of any leaks - Check insulation and remove or add if necessary Check for evidence of birds, squirrels, raccoons, etc. - Check for proper ventilation Inspect for separations at sinks and backsplash - Recaulk where required Inspect for loose or missing grout or caulking - Regrout or recaulk if necessary Inspect for proper fit - Adjust if necessary Inspect caulking and recaulk if necessary Check caulking around windows and doors Check window and door screens Adjust or replace if necessary

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General furnace inspection: Look for rust, scaling on heat exchanger, and proper flame color; note odd sounds or smells; and check condition of venting. Remove debris around units _____________ Exercise _____________ Clean coils _____________ Scrub mildewed areas and treat for water stains, mildew, and fungus Clean - Check for leaks - Check for damaged, loose or missing shingles. Check vents and louvers for birdsnests, squirrels, and insects Check flashing around roof stacks, vents, and skylights for leaks Clean and check for deteriorating bricks and mortar - Check for leaks - Check for birds, nests, squirrels, and insects Clean and check for leaks, misalignment, damage Clean Check for deteriorating bricks and mortar Check siding for damage or rot Check painted surfaces for flaking Trim shrubbery around walls - Remove tree limbs, branches, or debris that can attract insects (no wood or shrubbery should be closer than 3 inches to your house) - Maintain grading Check for cracks or deterioration Reseal or repair if necessary


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Oakmont & Associates, Inc. Is Our 1003 N. State Street • Big Rapids, MI 49307 Best Business 231-796-4564 • Fax 231-796-6312 Resource

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Karla Roebuck

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19038920 - Sitting on 5 acres is this 4 bedroom 2 bath Bi-level home near Hillview Lake in Mecosta County. Home has had many updates. Lots of yard and wildlife. Near Hillview lake public boat launch and just around the corner from the Haymarsh State Game Area. $134,900

19041606- Check out this totally remodeled Brick home , All new solid surface counter tops thru-out the home , Kitchen & both Baths All updated flooring thru out. The showers have been redone , all ceramic tile. The home has been redecorated with very tasteful color choices. This home also features a spacious back yard, nicely landscaped property. Partly finished basement with a large laundry room. $159,000

19042107 - Check out this awesome 1 room cabin All the luxury of home, Washer & dryer, full bath with shower. Ceramic and wood laminate floors. Large deck off the back of cabin. This cabins sits on 2+ acres and is attached to hundreds of acres of state land. Just a short ride thru the woods to the ‘’Tin Cup’’ trail system . ( see Plat map) Electric heat plus a wood burning stove . Your bedroom is your pull-out couch in the living room . Perfect location for hunters, four wheelers & snowmobiles Submerged well, and over sized septic & drain field. $72,500

19050508 - Large and roomy 3 bedroom 2 bath home with main floor laundry, new furnace and hot water heater, full walkout basement with amazing potential and 2 and 1/2 car attached garage with paved drive near expressway but far enough away for peace and quiet $139,900

19049027 - Singlewide mobile on nearly 5 acres. Added front porch and another 15 x 11 addition on the back of the home. 30 x 40 pole barn with a lean-to added on. 8 x 8 tool shed 6 x 6 utility shed. $65,000

19028997 - 4 BR 1 BA Home with basement. Needs TLC. Currently occupied. Call us for more information. $44,900

19042787 - Check out this Great cottage with 120 foot of frontage on Pogy lake All sports lake.. 93 acre lake Check out the pictures showing the entire lake side of the cottage with windows. Killer views of the lake . Current owners have done most of the work. Just put your finishing touches 2 Stall attached garage gives plenty of storage for all the lake toys. $99,000

19018518 - Truly a rare find, 3/4 bedroom home on 34 acres with a 5 to 6 acre pond and some woods large 36x42 building would make a great workshop with electric and cement floor, near town and ready to view $220,000

19045606 - Corner lot, 2 bedroom 2 bath home with main floor laundry comes with appliances and some furniture attached one car+ garage and storage building rear deck and fenced in yard nicely landscaped. $88,000



19028982 - Currently used as a duplex but could easily be converted to a 7 bedroom home. 2 car garage. Corner lot. $85,000 22

19054735 - Roomy ranch home located on a paved road just 3 miles from Big Rapids. Very energy efficient. Features include an open floor plan with vaulted ceilings; large kitchen boasting a walk-in pantry, tons of oak cabinets, breakfast nook, & snack bar; master suite has a private bath and walk-in closet; mostly finished basement with egress window. Features marble windowsills & lots of natural light. 24x32 detached garage and concrete driveway on a 1-acre lot that abuts the White Pine Trail State Park. $139,900

19028997 - Large and roomy 4 bedroom home with newer furnace and roof, needs a little TLC. $44,900

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19036222 - Location, location Location, High volume liquor and convenience store located 1 block from Ferris state collage . This building (6,645 Sq Ft.) has many updates, New Roof, New interior , lighting, heating & air conditioning. and electrical updated. Price includes Real estate, ( valued at Aprox $270,000 ) Also includes equipment and transfer of all licenses. Inventory sold separate. Monthly rental income from business next door. Full Basement, with many possibilities, Strong sales history, Sales information available with offer. $750,000

19010335 - Present use is real estate, lots of options. Also has a 2 bedroom apt currently rented with 200 ft of frontage on North State St. Next to St Vincent DePaul. Good parking. $109,000

19054224 - 18 acres of oaks, pine and mixture of hardwoods with a 3 bedroom 2 bath home with main floor laundry a great hunting camp or year around living in the woods with privacy with the convenience of nearby shopping center $69,900

19039807 - 5 Heavily wooded acres with oak and pine borders National Forest property has 5 inch steel 265 ft deep well and septic system Great Lakes Energy for electric 20x30 concrete slab for garage or work shop + 16x70 concrete slab with 1993 Monarch 2 bedroom 2 bath home with steel roof and newer windows free with full price offer. $39,900

19042651 - 50 acre parcel, mostly tillable. Close to town, paved road, easy access to U.S. 131 expressway. $141,900

19042650 - 37.5 acres available. Two ponds, some woods. Great for hunting and also could easily build on this property. $99,900

19032958 - 39 Acres + on Black Top Rd app 35 acres tillable and app 4 acre pond, build or or farm pond is not visible from 7 mile but is on 200th which is gravel. $68,000

19012946 - 28 acre wooded parcel, looking for private building spot or hunting area on black top road. $56,000

18013293 - Muskegon River frontage awaits someones new home or great recreational value. $19,900

18043729 - Dejong 0.45 Acres Baldwin $18,900



19002253 - Check out this 6 acre piece of land with 1,500 feet + or - of frontage on the beautiful Muskegon River $25,000

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E REED CITY OFFICE • 231-832-8322 I NEW LOCATION: 230 W. SHAW SUITE B HOWARD CITY 49329 • 231-937-2182 E $29,900

00 Howard Street • Reed City - Great location for this 5.7 acre parcel that is platted for residential, but can be used for commercial business. Cleared and ready for your building. Contact us today for your personal viewing! #18058124 $53,900

6543 Tampa Drive • Idlewild - Cute 2 bdrm, 1 bth ranch home just across the road from Paradise Lake. New roof and a fresh coat of paint on interior, ready for you to move right in and enjoy the peace and quiet. #18053651 $95,000

409 Marion Avenue • Big Rapid - Investment opportunity! This property offers 2 units with a 3 bedroom unit on the main floor and a 3 bedroom unit upstairs. Tenants pay all utilities. Both units are leased until May 2020. #19033222 $69,900

226 N Main Street • Evart - This building on Main St would make a great brewery or a retail establishment. Check out the unique facade! #19040197 $36,900

00 30th Avenue • Evart - Beautiful wooded 20 acres. Plenty of room to bag that trophy buck or build that dream home. Take a look before this property is gone. #19041115



6947 Bird Drive • Evart - Riverfront ranch offering 350ft on the Muskegon River. This 3BD, 2BA home, sits back off the road with the river and trout stream right out your door. The living room has large windows and a wood burning fireplace. A few extras are a 3 season room, covered porch/patio area, 4 acres, Artesian well and large yard. Newer carpet, furnace, and central air. #19002911


10618 20 Mile Road • Tustin - Seclusion at it’s finest. Log home sits on 10 acres of land, well off from the main road. The lake is estimated to be approximately 50 feet deep and is spring fed, keeping the temps down which in turn keeps the algae at bay. Wildlife is abundant on the property. Home sleeps approximately 18 people give or take a few. Skiing, golfing, trail riding, horse back riding, all within an hour drive. #19020663


10217 S Yates Trail Road • Idlewild - Ready to be finished cabin on nearly 21 acres in historic Idlewild, Lake County. Perfect as a weekend getaway, hunting/outdoors paradise, or primary residence. 2 bedroom, 1 bath, ‘’off the grid’’ cabin is wired for 110 and 12 volt, has LP lanterns, well & septic with an additional 250 gallon gravity fed water tank, and two 800 gallon septic tanks. Remote generator powers the entire house or electric is available at the road. Five hunting blinds surround the property with wildlife abound. #18037421


13482 Craft Road • Hersey - This cozy, immaculate home sits on over 4 gorgeous acres less than a mile from public access to Muskegon River! Featuring 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, large kitchen and living room, and several outbuildings, this home also boasts a fencedin back yard and road frontage on 2 roads! Located nearly halfway between Reed City and Evart, you won’t have to travel far for much of anything! #19040282


00 Hawthorne • Chase - Great parcel for your weekend getaway or your hunting cabin. Give us a call for your personal tour! #19042042


208 W 4th Street • Hersey - Newly redone 3 bedroom on 2 acres in the historic village of Hersey. A newer steel roof to battle the harsh Michigan winters and a barn to hold all your projects and toys. The owners have just finished the last coat of paint, new flooring, and trim, and are ready for you to take your private tour. #19012229 $104,900

3552 Appletree Lane, Farwell - Check out this nice home located on a small brook that feeds into the channel at Surrey Lake. This is a well cared for home that has large decks for outside entertainment, a walkout basement which is divided into three areas, and washer / dryer located in the basement. This home also comes with lake privileges to all sports Surrey Lake. #19024083


13876 170th Ave. • LeRoy - Cozy 3 bedroom home on McCoy Lake with 160 ft of lake frontage. Recently remodeled, all appliances stay. Three stall detached garage. Move in ready for our summer fun! This is a barn styled home with two bedrooms upstairs and could have a half bath - all the plumbing is there. Stop and take a look at this beautiful home! #19031519


00 Locust Avenue • Paris - Nearly 80 acres of mature woods on this hunters’ paradise. Build your hunting camp or your dream house with total seclusion. Schedule your showing today. #19040789 $59,900

7019 S Rosecrans Street • Chase Cute home on a corner in Chase with 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, and a two stall garage. Call for your private tour! #19006259


00 Pine River School Road • Leroy - Spectacular hunting on this 16+ acre parcel with road frontage on Pine River School Rd and 17 Mile Rd. The parcel is mostly wooded with some cleared areas and a small amount of marshy area all ideal for wildlife habitat. Property is buildable. #19017261 $21,900

4850 US 10, Chase - Beautiful 6.4 acres of land between Idlewild and Chase. Build your new home or set up your camp site and enjoy! #19027421 $114,900

9046 Hillcrest Drive • Reed City - Newly renovated cottage with 89 feet of private waterfront on Todd Lake. Featuring an open floor plan, this could be your weekend retreat or efficient year round home. The double sliders open to a wrap around deck looking down on the large backyard, leading to your private dock. With a walk out basement for extra storage. The well pump, windows, and roof all new as of 2017. Accessible features available including 36’’ doorways, level door handles, and accessible bathroom sink. Call today to schedule a private showing! #19038623


7532 E 32nd St • Chase - Beautifully wooded 40 acres on a peaceful country corner. Mobile was used as a weekend get-away and hunting cabin. Enjoy the natural beauty of Lake county and be a short drive to the expressway. Snap the gem up before it is gone. #19041082 $90,000

75 Andre Street SW • Grand Rapids - Great opportunity for a first time home owner or investor. With some vision and sweat equity this gem could shine again. Work currently being done. Schedule your showing today #19042427

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Gary B. Bailey, Sr. ePro, AHS Broker/Owner

Gail Bailey

We work on commission only, No administrative fees when you list your home with us!

Assoc. Broker/ Owner

Minnie Allen

Gary B. Bailey II

Josh Kamptner

Nathan Bailey

Lowell Pratt

Rob Helsel

Byron Smith

Judy Hoffman

Kurt Snyder

E REED CITY OFFICE • 231-832-8322 I NEW LOCATION: 230 W. SHAW SUITE B HOWARD CITY 49329 • 231-937-2182 E $184,000

16877 Schofield Road • Hersey - Beautiful 3 bedroom, 1 bath, ranch home completely remodeled and ready for you to enjoy the 200’ of Muskegon River Frontage and 1.7 acres of land. Two large decks, 2 stall detached garage and room to grow! Give us a call for your private tour. #19044059


998 9 Mile Road • Sears - Great location for your hunting club or get away spot. Hunting cabin and 40 acres ready for your next big hunt! #1904405


00 Allen Road • Alger - 60 Wooded acres with ponds, deer blinds, and locations for your food plots. Some marshy land and a couple ponds, make this a great hunting area. Just bring the guys and gals and enjoy! #19045231


1502 N State Street • Big Rapids - This home has been totally updated in 2019 to include new bath, new floor coverings and paint, kitchen counter tops, new kitchen appliances, just to name a few. Home also features new front and rear exterior doors with a new front deck. This property also has access to the Muskegon River. This is a must see with all the updates, contact us soon for a walk through! #19045208


6684 S Green Avenue • Fremont - Gorgeous 3 bdrm, 2 bth farmhouse on nearly 10 acres on a paved road just south of Fremont. Beautiful sunsets from your front porch! Features exposed brick, solid woodwork, pellet stove fireplace in the family room, main floor master.! Large barn with several box stalls, hay loft and water and several other outbuildings! Enjoy your own private swimming hole on Brooks Creek! #19050432


832 Sheridan Street • Big Rapids Three bedroom, one bath on corner lot with 2 car detached garage. Close to downtown for all the amenities. Close to rails to trails and city parks. #19051267


3333 6th Street • Muskegon Heights - Don’t miss out on this great value - it won’t last long. Two bedroom 1 bath home, well taken care of. Plenty of updates, full basement. Nice yard with storage shed. Call today to set up a personal showing! #19054274


114 N Harbor Drive • Grand Haven - Enjoy this Beautiful, highly desired Habour front condominium that overlooks the Grand Haven harbor & marina with great views of both Lake Michigan Grand River. Many features included in this condominium, call for info. Master Suite has walls of windows, luxurious updated full bath with walk in tiled shower, as well as its own wrap around deck. The 2nd bath has high ceilings with a full bath. Lower level has a large family room with 10’ ceilings and access to your own private garage with laundry area and lots of storage with an additional deeded parking space just outside. Give us a call for your private tour!! #19054262


1058 165th Avenue, Hersey - Beautiful 3 bdrm, 2 bth ranch home on .7 acres of land with a large 3 stall insulated and heated detached garage. Just minutes from town, give us a call for you personal tour! #19056752


6701 150th Avenue, Hersey - This excellent starter home is beautifully located on 5 wooded rolling acres with excellent hunting possibilities. Newer 2-car garage. Home has plenty of storage with a excellent full basement. This home is move-in ready, don’t miss out will not last long!!!!!#19057574

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23391 Bluegill Road • Sears - Nice 3 bedroom, 1 bath weekend/ year round home with private lake access to Merrill Lake. Boat launch, and playground. Home is in the process of being remodeled, newer roof, vinyl siding, electric is 90% complete, interior has been stripped to the studs. Waiting for you to put your finishing touches on. Easy access to M-66 and US-10. Merrel Lake and Campground right around the corner. #19044127


00 Lakola Lot 1, Reed City - Nice Corner lot ready for you to build your new home. Other lots are available next to this one if you would like more property. #19048747 $69,900

7053 S Geneva • Idlewild - 2 bdrm, 1 bth

log style home on several lots just a short distance from access to Idlewild Lake. Views of Lake, two road frontages, and fenced side lines. Give us a call to set up your personal tour. #19053008 $210,900

561 Hunter Ridge • Marion - 2 Bedroom 2 bath log home on approximately 3.34 acres. Clear view to the Clam River with over a 1000’ of river front. New steel Roof installed summer of 2019. All new appliances come with the purchase. Well insulated, heated 30x48 pole building with lean to for outside storage. Walk out basement with covered deck overlooking the river. Wildlife is abundant here with deer in the yard daily and Turkeys roaming through the property. Partially finished walkout basement with views of the river. #19055606


2769 Northland Drive, Big Rapids - Large six bedroom, 1 bath home only 2 miles south of Big Rapids on just under 2 acres of land and a 1 stall attached garage. Home needs some TLC and updating. #19058656


9541 S Jenks Road • Baldwin - Beautiful 3-4 Bedroom, 2 bath ranch home on 10 wooded acres. Outside wood boiler system, large back yard, nice decks and 2 acres of underground dog fence to keep your animals near by. Large 2 stall attached garage with lean-too and storage sheds. Give us a call for you private tour! Motivated Sellers looking at all offers!!! #19045230


00 Lakola Road Lot 3, Reed City Nice building lot approx. 5 miles from 131 expressway. Several other lots also available. #19048746 $10,000

00 N Peacock Trail • Baldwin, MI 49304 - Land Contract Terms Available! This 2.3 acre parcel is in the heart of everything Lake County has to offer. Recreational trails and state land nearby, less than 10 minutes from Baldwin and 40 minutes from Ludington. Call today for more information! #19053229


7158 E 17 Mile Road, Reed City - Check out this nice 2 bedroom one bath home. Nice country setting on five beautiful acres. Home has a partially finished basement (possible 3rd bedroom and extra bathroom) and attached garage. Large deck, 3 season room, and storage shed. Sit and relax in the 3 season room while you check out all the wildlife. Call today to set up a personal showing! #19056356


00 Alpine Drive, Reed City - Check out this gorgeous piece of prime hunting and fishing property in the Swiss Alpine subdivision. You’ll have 63 feet of frontage on Horseshoe Lake, and a private tree stand with gorgeous views of the lake! The high bank makes it a perfect building location too! Schedule your appointment to see it today! # 19028980




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Helpful Homeowner Tips ENERGY EFFICIENCY There are many ways to reduce a household’s energy use from simple adjustments in behavior to comprehensive home improvements. The main reasons to conserve energy are to save on utility bills and protect the environment. Some of the more common ways to conserve energy are: Replace your light bulbs • Traditional incandescent light bulbs consume an excessive amount of electricity and need replacing more often than energy efficient bulbs. • Halogen incandescent bulbs, CFLs and LEDs use 25-80% less electricity and last 3-25 times longer than traditional bulbs. Install a programmable or smart thermostat • Automatically turn off or reduce heating and cooling during times when you’re away or sleeping. • Depending on the model, programmable thermostats can save you $180 per year. Install energy efficient windows • To prevent heat loss through your windows, replace single-pane windows with double-pane ones. • In warmer climates, heat gain through your windows may be a problem. • Window shades, shutters, screens and awnings can also provide an extra layer of insulation between your home and external temperatures. Weatherize your home • Sealing air leaks around your home is a great way to reduce your heating and cooling expenses. • Apply caulk or weather stripping to seal air leaks or cracks Purchase energy efficient appliances • On average, appliances are take up about 13% of your total household energy use. • Energy efficient appliances may have higher purchase prices but cost less to operate Consider a new water heater • Purchasing an energy efficient water heater will reduce your water heating expenses. Use smart power strips • Advanced power strips can shut off the power to electronics when not in use. • Can be turned off at an assigned time, during inactivity or through remote switches. Adjust your day-to-day behavior • Energy conservation is as simple as turning off lights or appliances when not in use. • On occasion, to save energy hang dry clothes, wash dishes by hand, turn down the heat and use your air conditioner less in the summer as heating and cooling expenses constitute nearly have of an average home’s utility bill. View it online at



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Ron Gardner with his family Bob, Blake and Luann have been remodeling homes and businesses in the Western Michigan and Grand Rapids area for over 50 years. They complete over 1,500 jobs per year. They try hard to make everyone happy. Honest prices, good workmanship and low pressure selling using excellent materials has been the secret to the Gardner’s long career in the business. Honesty is the key say Ron Gardner. Customers that are treated honestly will almost always return for more work or refer someone else. It’s

been proven and it works says Gardner. There is a lot of high pressure selling going on out in the marketplace, but that’s not our way. When people get estimates from contractors, they should always call the Grand Rapids Better Business Bureau. Get the report from the BBB and make a decision not forced or pressured by a salesman or sign now in hurry contracts are usually not to the customers benefit says Ron. Be smart and look at all the facts. The Gardner Family plans on being around another 50 years to serve its customers. They thank all its past customers and clients for their trust and confidence in Professional Home Improvement - Ron Gardner and Staff

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Helpful Homeowner Tips TOO HOT? TOO COLD? JUST RIGHT? As we know, weather can be unpredictable and so is the cost of living. Heating and cooling can account for up to 48% of home energy consumption. While setting your thermostat to the most comfortable temperature is valuable, so is the price per degree. Programmable thermostats can save you money without sacrificing your comfort. KNOW THE BENEFITS • User-friendly • Lower energy bills/Increased efficiency • Newer models of programmable thermostats have Wi-Fi ability or technology that allows you to control your thermostat from • Adjust the temperature to match your personal comfort. By just raising your handheld device. or lowering the temperature in your home, you can save up to 2% on your utility bill. WHAT TO CONSIDER • Programmable thermostats can help maintain a consistent temperature • Daily routine – consider your sleep schedule and personal preference, all throughout your home. then program accordingly • Create a schedule that follows your routine by keeping the • Occupant schedules – if there is a time of day when your home is temperature set when you’re there, and ease up on energy usage unoccupied for several hours, adjust the temperature when you’re gone. • Installation/Location – thermostats must be on an interior wall away • With an increase in efficiency, your home can utilize resources from direct sunlight, drafts, doorways, skylights and windows, more effectively. and located where natural room air currents occur.


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Helpful Homeowner Tips FIXING THAT LEAKY FAUCET Fixing a leaky faucet may not be as difficult as you might think. For most faucets it’s usually a simple fix and can take less than an hour. Faucets are an important part of your home but can be annoying when they start dripping. TOOLS YOU MAY NEED • Screwdriver • Slip-joint pliers • Penetrating oil • Allen Wrench, depending on the faucet Depending on the faucet and the type of issue it has, you may need other items. You might also consider purchasing a new faucet as they come in different price points, styles, models or it may just be time to get a new one. HOW TO STOP THAT DRIP STEP ONE – You will first want to shut off your water supply. If your house does not have shutoffs for individual fixtures, you will need to shut off the main supply. STEP TWO – Assess your faucet. Where is the leak coming from and what type of faucet is it? Is the leak coming from the base or the spout? Disassemble the faucet where the leak comes from. There are many different types of faucets and different parts based on the faucet type. There are one-handle, two-handle, pull-out, pull-down, just to name a few. STEP THREE – Disassemble the faucet. Use your Allen wrench, screwdriver and/or your slip-joint pliers to get to where the problem is with the faucet. STEP FOUR – Once you have found the problem, replace what may be worn or broken. This could be as simple as a washer or an O-ring, or be a little larger like a cartridge. STEP FIVE – Make sure that the faucet is clean before reassembling. Inspect the pieces or holes in the faucet and clean them out if they are clogged or dirty, and then you can reassemble the faucet. SAVES YOU MONEY! In the end, by investing some time to fix this problem, you wind up saving money. A small leak could waste anywhere from a few gallons of water to hundreds of gallons over the course of a year. View it online at


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