To Log in or Sign Up for My Property FinderClick Here

David Taljonick

Direct: (810) 686-3900
Send me an EmailPreview Mobile Site
Short Sale Explanation

4/24/2015 Getting Ready to Sell

Preparing your home to sell is an important part of the entire sale process. It starts from the time you begin to considering listing your home through the day the first potential buyer enters your home.

 

Remove Yourself Emotionally

One of the hardest things to do when starting to prepare your home is removing yourself emotionally from the situation. Start to look at the house like a product instead of as a place where your family has created memories. Disassociating with the home is difficult, but is an important step to help you start to getting the house “show ready”.

 

Take Personal Items Out of Home

The next step is to walk through your home and to remove any personal items. Photographs, mementos and family heirlooms should be taken out of every room. Think about turning your house into a model home instead of one that includes personal touches in each room. Removing personal items allows potential buyers to visualize themselves living in the space.

 

Organize, Organize, Organize

Finally, remember anyone considering the purchase of your home will take time to look in cabinets, closets and other storage areas. Make sure kitchen cupboards are organized and closets do not have things jammed inside. There is nothing worse than having a potential buyer open a closet and then have an item fall on their head.

 

It is also important to work on organizing your basement, garage or attic. If a space is too crowded with boxes and other clutter it can be difficult for individuals to judge the true size of the area. Boxes, storage containers and other items thrown into a space can make it appear crowded and may be overwhelming to a buyer. If you have lot of stuff consider renting a storage unit or having a friend or family member keep some boxes for you until your home is sold.

 

These are just a few tips to help prepare your house to be put up for sale. Remember if you are thinking about selling your home remember when it comes to real estate, "Dave is the Man"! - Dave Taljonick, RE/MAX Right Choice at 810-686-3900

4/17/2015 Local Farmers Markets Provide Great Options for Families

Now that spring is here it is a great time to talk about the area farmers' markets. Some markets are open all year while others are only open during the summer months.

 

Flint Farmers' Market

The Flint market is open all year on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The market relocated in 2014 to its new location at 300 E. First Street in Flint. An array of vendors are housed at the facility. In addition, cooking demonstrations are held several times a week in open-air kitchens. A complete schedule is available on their website. The market hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. On Saturday, it is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Davison Farmers' Market

The Davison market features over 70 vendors from across the region. It is located at 8110 E. Court St. in Davison at the corners of Irish Rd. and Court St. The market is opened on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Each month the market features special events including a spring craft show on Saturday, April 18, a flower show on May 9th and a gardening seminar on May 23.

 

Frankenmuth Farmers Market

The Frankenmuth market is held from May to October. They are currently fundraising to build a permanent location. The market is open on Saturdays starting on May 16 until October 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. It is also open on Wednesdays from June 10 to September 16 during the peak harvest season.

 

Other area markets include Grand Blanc , Fenton and Linden which are open during the summer. Take time to bring your family to one of these great markets. From fresh produce to tasty treats, the markets each offer a wide array  of options to satisfy everyone's appetite. 

 

These markets add appeal to potential buyers looking for a new community to call home. So, if you are thinking about selling your home remember when it comes to real estate, "Dave is the Man"! - Dave Taljonick, RE/MAX Right Choice at 810-686-3900

4/11/2015 Tornado Safety Tips for Your Family

April is Tornado Awareness Month, so this week I want to provide some useful information to protect your family. I will be sharing some facts on Michigan tornadoes, how to know when a storm is coming and how to protect yourself if a tornado strikes near your home.

 

Here are some Michigan facts. On average, our state has 15 tornadoes each year. In the last 60 years, there have been almost 1,000 tornadoes here. Most of these storms occur in May, June, July and August although they can take place at other times of the year. Genesee County has had more tornadoes than any other Michigan counties. There have been 45 tornadoes recorded in our area since 1950.

 

The National Weather Service (NWS) will issue tornado warnings and tornado watches depending on the weather conditions. A watch is issued when conditions are favorable to develop a thunderstorm which could lead to a tornado. The NWS issues a warning when a severe thunderstorm is capable of producing a tornado or if an actual funnel cloud has been observed in the area.

 

When a warning is issued by the NWS local media outlets will alert the public of the warnings/watches. In Genesee County, there are 80 warning sirens throughout the region. These sirens are activated when a tornado warning is issued for a storm with winds 70 miles per hour or higher. So, remember not all storms will trigger the sirens.

 

Now that you know facts about tornadoes, here are some tips to protect your family in case of a storm. It's important to have a disaster supply kit put together for your family. A kit should include first aid materials including any prescription drugs taken by members of your family. Other items that you need to keep at hand are blankets, flashlights and a battery-powered radio along with batteries. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) suggests having a three day supply of water and non-perishable food for your family too. When taking shelter you should also grab your wallet and keys.

 

Finally, when a warning has been issued make sure to take shelter in your home. Find a safe place like a basement, storm cellar or interior room on the lowest level of your home that has no windows. Conduct practice family tornado drills to make sure everyone knows where to go in your home. Put someone in charge of making sure your animals are brought to the shelter area with you. In emergency situations make sure that pets are only brought when time allows to ensure the safety of all the people in your home first.

 

Michigan will celebrate Severe Weather Awareness Week starting on Sunday. Download their Severe Weather Toolkit here. When it comes to tornadoes, make sure your family is prepared for the next storm in our area with these simple tips.

 

As for a market update, I am pleased to report that the cold winter months were unusually busy!  Buyers got out in the cold and moved quickly on the well priced homes that fit their needs. We are very low on inventory as a whole in the Genesee County market area. If you know of someone that tried to sell without success in the past few years, now might be the time!  Please send them my name and I will provide a FREE market analysis to let them know where they stand in today's market.  When it comes to Real Estate, "Dave is the Man"! - Dave Taljonick, RE/MAX Right Choice at 810-686-3900

4/3/2015 Best Spring Cleaning Projects For Your House

Spring cleaning is important to do every year to ensure your house is in good shape whenever you might decide to sell your home. In this post, I will review some essential spring cleaning projects for both inside and outside a house.

 

First, start on the outside washing all windows on the ground level. You will also wash all your windows on the inside once working through each room in your home. It is also important to wash window screens. Use a mild mix of warm water and dishwashing liquid to create solution that you apply to screens using a brush. Make sure to completely rinse out the screens to remove any residue.

 

While outside also remove any debris that has gathered in your flower beds or along walkways. In particular, take time to rake out any remaining leaves that you missed during the fall. It's good to start bringing out lawn ornaments, flags or other decorative items for your porch or yard at this time too.

 

Moving on to the inside of your home, take time to wipe down walls and ceilings. If you have a vacuum with an extended wand this can help aid you in this task. In the kitchen make sure to remove any grease or grime that may have accumulated from cooking. Many sites recommend using a solvent-free degreaser, but make sure to test any new cleaner in a small area before applying to a large surface area.

 

In addition, while cleaning inside your home shampoo and clean any carpets, furniture and rugs for a deep cleaning. If you do not own a shampooer they are typically available to rent at home improvement and hardware stores. You should also wash or dry-clean any curtains.

 

Spring cleaning is also a perfect time to clean out your pantry and your medicine cabinet. Go through your kitchen and check the expiration dates on all your products. If you have extra food products (that are not expired) your family may not be eating soon consider donating these items to a local food pantry.

 

When cleaning out your medicine cabinet remember not to just throw these items in your trash or to not flush medication down the toilet. In particular, it is important to dispose of prescription medications at designated drop-off locations. Here is a list of Genesee County area facilities where you can drop them off for disposal.

 

Finally, remember every home is different, so make sure to consider any special maintenance you may need to do on your property in the spring. Also, try to spread out spring cleaning over a several days or even several weeks. Trying to complete all the tasks at once can be overwhelming.

 

Once your spring cleaning is complete, you may decide your home is ready to put up for sale. If you want to sell your home this year, contact me Dave Taljonick, RE/MAX Right Choice at 810-686-3900.

4/3/2015 Best Spring Cleaning Projects For Your House

Spring cleaning is important to do every year to ensure your house is in good shape whenever you might decide to sell your home. In this post, I will review some essential spring cleaning for both inside and outside projects.

 

First, start on the outside washing all windows on the ground level. You will also wash all your windows on the inside once working through each room in your home. It is also important to wash window screens. Use a mild mix of warm water and dishwashing liquid to create solution that you apply to screens using a brush. Make sure to completely rinse out the screens to remove any residue.

 

While outside also remove any debris that has gathered in your flower beds or along walkways. In particular, take time to rake out any remaining leaves that you missed during the fall. It's good to start bringing out lawn ornaments, flags or other decorative items for your porch or yard at this time too.

 

Moving on to the inside of your home, take time to wipe down walls and ceilings. If you have a vacuum with an extended wand this can help aid you in this task. In the kitchen make sure to remove any grease or grime that may have accumulated from cooking. Many sites recommend using a solvent-free degreaser, but make sure to test any new cleaner in a small area before applying to a large surface area.

 

In addition, while cleaning inside your home shampoo and clean any carpets, furniture and rugs for a deep cleaning. If you do not own a shampooer they are typically available to rent at home improvement and hardware stores. You should also wash or dry-clean any curtains.

 

Spring cleaning is also a perfect time to clean out your pantry and your medicine cabinet. Go through your kitchen and check the expiration dates on all your products. If you have extra food products (that are not expired) your family may not be eating soon consider donating these items to a local food pantry.

 

When cleaning out your medicine cabinet remember not to just throw these items in your trash or to not flush medication down the toilet. In particular, it is important to dispose of prescription medications at designated drop-off locations. Here is a list of Genesee County area facilities where you can drop them off for disposal.

 

Finally, remember every home is different, so make sure to consider any special maintenance you may need to do on your property in the spring. Also, try to spread out spring cleaning over a several days or even several weeks. Trying to complete all the tasks at once can be overwhelming.

 

Once your spring cleaning is complete, you may decide your home is ready to put up for sale. If you want to sell your home this year, contact me Dave Taljonick, RE/MAX Right Choice at 810-686-3900.

3/26/2015 Easter Activities for Your Family

Easter is just around the corner, so I have gathered together some fun events happening in the area for you to enjoy with your family.

Davison - Wojo's Greenhouse

Plan to visit Wojo's Greenhouse in Davison on Saturday, April 4 for their annual Easter Egg Hunt. The event will take place from 10-11 a.m. and is for children up through age 12. There is no cost for the event, but you need to bring a container to hold any eggs found by kids.

Frankenmuth - Bronner's Christmas Wonderland

The Easter Bunny is available for visits up through Saturday, April 4. The hours he is available for visits are as follow:

  • Monday-Saturday: 10-10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-noon, 1-1:30 p.m., 2:30-3 p.m., & 4-4:30 p.m.
  • Friday evening: 6-6:30 p.m., 7:30-8 p.m. Bronner’s is closed noon to 3 p.m. on Good Friday Special Easter Bunny appearance Good Friday 3 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Sunday: 12-12:30 p.m., 1-1:30 p.m., 2:30-3 p.m. & 4-4:30 p.m.

Make sure to bring your camera for a great photo opportunity with the kids.

Linden - EggCiting Easter Fun

The Fenton Regional Chamber of Commerce is hosting a day of Easter fun on Saturday, March 28. The event will take place at Hyatt Elementary located at 325 Stan Eaton Drive in Linden from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Breakfast will be served starting at 8:30 a.m. and is just $5 per child. After breakfast, the Bunny Hop Fun Run will begin at 10:45 a.m. The cost is $2 per child to participate and prices will be awarded for the different age categories (ages 1-4, ages 5-8 and ages 9-12).

The event ends will an Easter egg hunt for everyone to enjoy. There is no additional charge for the Easter egg hunt for anyone who participates in the run or who purchases breakfast.

Flint Children's Museum - Easter Egg Treasure Hunt

Join in the Easter fun at the Flint Children's Museum on Friday, April 3. The outdoor treasure hunt allows children to search for jewels and candy with a treasure map.

The event will take place from 11-11:30 a.m., 1-1:30 p.m. and again from 3-3:30 p.m. The cost is $8 which includes regular admission to the museum. The museum is located at 1602 W. University Avenue in Flint.

Now that spring is here take time to enjoy one of these great events with your family. - Dave Taljonick of RE/MAX Right Choice, , 810-686-3900.

3/20/2015 Home Improvements With the Least Return
Many homeowners make investments on their home with the hope of adding value to their property. However, there are several home improvement projects that do not recoup their value when you sell your home. As a follow-up to my posting on the best return on investment, I wanted to share some renovations that do not always add value to a property.
 
One of the worst return on investment is the addition of a home office to your home. The cost of such a renovation can be upwards of $20,000, but do not add much value to your home. According to Remodeling Magazine most home office remodels only return around 50 percent of their original cost. While these rooms have practical use, they are not very exciting and are not a good selling point when you put your house up for sale.
 
Another home improvement which does not add much value is a sunroom or a Michigan Room (four season sunroom). While these are beautiful additions to homes, living in Michigan they do not have as much practical use. Even the four season additions do not return the same value here as compared to warmer climates. Consider instead the addition of a nice deck on to your home. Decks add value and are attractive to buyers.
 
Some homeowners also invest a lot of money in upgrading a master suite in their home. On average, experts estimate these bring in less than 40 percent of your initial investment for their cost. Instead of expanding a master suite, work within your home's existing blueprint and upgrade amenities like the closet or existing bathroom.
 
Finally, the last improvement which provides minimum values is the adding on to your existing garage. Depending on your hobbies and interest a bigger garage may be a necessity to store tools, snowmobiles or other items. However, do not expect to add a lot of value to your home from this addition. Some buyers are turned off by large garages if other storage exists in your home. Since most Michigan homes have a basement a large garage addition often does not provide as much value to your home.
 
Remember it is important to make your home a place you love living. If you have your heart set on a sunroom or a huge master suite do not be deterred from completing these projects. The amount of time your family will be living in the same home is the biggest factor in determining whether or not these projects are worth spending the money on at your home. - Dave Taljonick, RE/MAX Right Choice, 810-686-3900.
3/13/2015 Gardening Tips for the Spring

With the first official day of spring coming next week, I thought it would be a great idea to share with you some gardening tips for this season. After gathering inspiration at one of the home and garden shows we shared with you in last week's post, you should be ready to soon start work on your yard.

 

First, remember any planting done in the spring is for bulbs that will produce blooms in the summer. Some of the more popular bulbs to plant at this time of year include dahlias, gladiolus, day lilies, irises and begonias.

 

The general rule of thumb to follow when planting your summer blooming bulbs is to wait until the soil itself begins to warm up. Some of the heartier bulbs like irises and day lilies can be planted when the soil is still a little cooler. However, you will want to wait until later in the spring to plant dahlias, gladiolus and begonias.

 

There are lots of great online tools that will help you determine which plants can survive in our climate. The United States National Arboretum provides an easy to use plant hardiness zone map online.

 

Finally, it's important to remember that many spring blooms such as daffodils and tulips are actually planted in the fall. Experts say the best time to plant these blooms is from mid-October to early November. Do not forget to mark your calendars to plant these bulbs later in the year.

 

So, in a few weeks once the ground begins to warm up start making your plans for spring planting. Then later this summer you will be able to enjoy the beautiful blooms. - Dave Taljonick of RE/MAX Right Choice, 810-686-3900.

 

3/6/2015 Best Home Improvements for Your Home

It’s that time of year when we all start thinking about making home improvements.

I wanted to share with you a really useful list I found detailing the average costs of home renovations (all under $1500) and what your expected Return On Investment (ROI) will be.

Whether you are buying a home in the near future, preparing to sell your home or just want to get the most bang for your buck as you “Spring Clean”, this list is a great way to help you decide where to prioritize:

1. Cleaning and decluttering ($290 cost / $1,990 price increase / 586% ROI)
2. Landscaping ($540 cost / $1,932 price increase / 258% ROI)
3. Repairing electrical or plumbing ($535 cost / $1,505 price increase / 181% ROI)
4. Kitchen and bathroom upgrades ($1,265 cost / $3,435 price increase / 172% ROI)
5. Replace or shampoo carpets ($647 cost / $1,730 price increase / 169% ROI)
6. Paint interior ($1,012 cost / $2,112 price increase / 109% ROI)
7. Repair floors ($931 cost / $1,924 price increase /107% ROI)
8. Paint exterior ($1,467 cost / $2,222 price increase / 51% ROI)

If you want to make some of these improvements to your home this spring, I keep a list of local vendors (that I trust and have worked with many times) that I’d be happy to share with you.

Let me know if you would like me to send that list over to you today!  - Dave Taljonick of RE/MAX Right Choice, 810-686-3900. 

2/28/2015 Local Home & Garden Shows in Full Bloom

Despite the bitter cold temperatures we have been facing, spring is just around the corner.  As a homeowner, visiting local home and garden shows is a great way to find inspiration for projects at your house.

 

The fun begins this weekend with the Cottage & Lakefront Living Expo. Anyone with a cabin up north might be interested in driving to Novi from February 26 to March 1 at the Suburban Collection Showplace.  Admission is $10 per person and $4 for children ages 6 to 14 (children 5 and under are free).  You can request a $2 coupon for this show online.

 

During the month of March, there are two shows being held locally.  The first will take place on March 21 and 22 at the Saginaw Valley State University Ryder Center.  The show will be held on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

 

The annual show will include over 200 exhibitors and admission is $5 for adults over the age of 17.  If you visit the Home Builders Association of Saginaw's web site to save a $1 on admission to the show. 

 

The week after the Saginaw show, Perani Arena will host the Spring Home & Garden Show on March 28 and March 29.  The annual show includes a wide array of vendors ranging from outdoor landscaping, windows, pool sales and more.  Last year over 60 businesses were present at the show. Additional information will be available on the Perani Arena and Event Center web site in the coming weeks.

 

If you are dreaming of warmer weather and are already making plans for outdoor improvements this year, plan to spend a day at one of these shows to ignite your imagination. For affordable living in Clio, check out this 3 bedroom ranch with a big fenced back yard, 2 car garage and full basement!  - Dave Taljonick of RE/MAX Right Choice, 810-686-3900.  

 Page:  of 000  |    

© 2001-2015 Reliance Network and RE/MAX of Michigan. All rights reserved. US Reg. Copyright TX-5-910-991, TX-5-910-992, TX-5-910-993, and TX-5-910-994.
Each RE/MAX® Office is Independently Owned and Operated. Equal Housing Opportunity.

RE/MAX of Michigan agents are licensed in the state of Michigan.

Remax.com RE/MAX of Michigan

 Site Map