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8/28/2015 Get to Know Your Library

Anyone who is a resident of Genesee County has the great resources provided by the Genesee District Library available to them at no cost. The library is funded through property taxes and offers a wide array of services beyond just checking out books. In honor of National Library Card Sign-Up Month which begins next week, I want to share with you some of the services offered by our library.

 

Community Events

Every branch of the library hosts an array of events for the entire family to enjoy. Activities include traditional story time for the kids and book clubs for the adults, but other activities include concerts, craft sessions and movie outings. Check out their calendar to search for activities by branch location.

 

Technology and You

Perhaps you are thinking that your family has touched a regular book in years, so what good is it to visit the library? Well, the good news is the library offers check out services on an array of eBooks, eMusic, eMagazines and audiobooks. Many of these services can be accessed right from the comfort of your own home if you already have a library card.

 

Business Center

The Grand Blanc-McFarlen branch is home to the Robert T. Bolo, Jr. Business Center. Here entrepreneurs can get one-on-one assistance with creating a business strategy for their company. They can also access periodicals on an array of business related topics including human resources, banking, taxes and investing. The center is certified by the Michigan Small Business Development Center. Its hours vary, so make sure to check the times it is open. The center is always closed on Fridays and Sundays.

 

There are 19 branches of the Genesee District Library including one in the Genesee Valley Mall, so do not delay head out to your closest branch today to get your card. The library even offers services for individuals who are homebound. Books are delivered by mail at no cost for anyone who is permanently or temporarily homebound can register for the service.

 

Residents of Genesee County can also receive library cards for the Flint Public Library. The library's main branch in the Cultural Center in downtown Flint offers a variety of resources including access to genealogical records and research databases. Dave Taljonick, RE/MAX Right Choice at 810-686-3900.

8/21/2015 Home Showing Process

Sellers are often not sure what to expect when their home is being shown to potential buyers. Many people do not understand how the process works or even what they need to do as a seller.

 

Typically a lockbox will be placed on one of the entrances to your home. The box will allow other realtors easy access when planning to show the property. You will typically be notified at least 24 hours in advance of a showing. Be mindful that many showings will take place in the evening and on the weekends, so plan your schedule accordingly.

 

When a showing is set up plan to be away from your home for that entire period of time. Leave a little early and stay away a little longer than the scheduled appointment in case the meeting runs over in time. In addition, during plan to take your pets with you if at all possible or have them put in your home somewhere out of the way. It is important to avoid any potential distractions during the showing.

 

In addition, remember to protect your privacy by putting away all valuables, prescriptions and mail with personal information. These items should be stored in a place that is not accessible to anyone at the viewing such as a locked desk drawer or safe.

 

Also, make sure to keep your house at a reasonable temperature. Even if you prefer your home hotter or colder, set your thermostat at an average temperature that is comfortable for most people.

 

Finally, check your home for any unpleasant smells. Remember to take out the trash from every bin in your home, clean your dog's crate or change your cat's litter prior to a showing. In addition, avoid cooking any foods with strong odors that day which might linger in the home.

 

The real estate professional you hire will do the actual showing, however these are a few things you can expect when your house is being shown. If you want to sell your home this fall contact me Dave Taljonick, RE/MAX Right Choice at 810-686-3900.

8/14/2015 Family Fun Month

Are you new to the area? Do you want to know where to find fun activities to do with your family? If so, you have came to the right place. August is Family Fun Month and I want to share with you some resources to find great family activities nearby.

 

Genesee County Parks

One of the best places to look for fun activities throughout the county is through the Genesee County Parks. Did you know Genesee County has over 11,000 acres of park land and 21 different parks? We also have one of the largest park systems in the entire state. This is amazing news for your family because that means there are plenty of activities available for everyone to enjoy.

 

There are activities every week and sometimes every day at different parks across Genesee County. Check out their calendar page where you can search by location and date. Some events require pre-registration while others do not require any advance notice. The great news is that almost all events are free aside from admission to Crossroads Village/Huckleberry Railroad.

 

GeneseeFun

If you are still looking for more ideas check out the GeneseeFun website where you can search for events by keyword, venue and date. It includes an array of selections ranging from films to festivals with fun for both kids and adults. The website is operated through the Greater Flints Arts Council and is constantly updated with new activities.

 

Other resources for finding out about area activities include the Flint Family Fun website and the GeneseeFree Facebook page.

 

Flint Cultural Center

From museums to performing arts, the Flint Cultural Center offers a lot of choices of activities, classes and exhibits for your family to enjoy together. The area is home to the Sloan Museum, Buick Gallery, Longway Planetarium, Whiting Auditorium, Flint Youth Theatre, Flint Institute of Music, Flint Public Library and the Flint Institute of Arts.

 

Throughout the year, Whiting hosts a wide range of performers from musical acts to Broadway shows. In addition, the Flint Youth Theatre features local artists in an array of performances. The Sloan Museum, Buick Gallery, Flint Institute of Arts and Longway Planetarium also host a changing array of exhibits and programs for everyone in the family. Every Saturday, you can visit the Flint Institute of Arts for no cost. The "Free Saturdays" are sponsored by First Merit bank.

 

Remember family is important, so whether or not you are new to the area or have lived here your entire life, take time to explore these outstanding family activities. -  Dave Taljonick, RE/MAX Right Choice, 810-686-3900.

8/7/2015 Back to the Bricks Week

Back to the Bricks, one of Genesee County's biggest events, kicks off on Tuesday running through Saturday, August 15. The fun started this week with the Tune Up Party Week. I want to run over some of the schedule's highlights in this week's blog.

 

Tuesday, August 11

Two of the biggest event start off the week. A popular event is the open house at General Motors Flint Assembly Plant on Van Slyke in Flint from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tours of the plant are available from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 

Later that night, the US-23 Drive-In will host the annual drive-in cruise with a free showing of the classic "Smokey and the Bandit" movie. There will be $100 gift cards given as prizes given to the best single dancer and couple dancers.

 

Wednesday, August 12 & Thursday, August 13

The rolling cruise begins with an opening ceremony at 4:00 p.m. at 4300 S. Saginaw St. on Wednesday.

 

Then on Wednesday and Thursday the rolling cruise will run from 5-9:00 p.m. The cruise will start in Flint and will continue through Burton and Grand Blanc. The night also includes a Miniature Toy Car Tournament at First Baptist Church of Grand Blanc and 500 Pinewood Derby car kits will be given away for free at Thomas Appliance to children 18 and under. Learn more here.

 

Friday, August 14

Duke's Car Stereo on S. Dort Hwy. will be hosting a free hot dog lunch to all the cruisers from 11:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. this will be followed by the nightly cruise down Saginaw St. from 5-9:00 p.m.

 

The evening ends with the Back to the Bricks Cruise 'N' Concert featuring Heartbeats at 5:00 p.m. and Dave Bennett at 7:00 p.m. The concerts will be held at the General Motors facility on Saginaw St. Any University of Michigan-Flint alumni are also invited to join in the fun at the alumni association's annual Back to the Bricks event at the University Pavilion in downtown Flint.

 

Saturday, August 15

The week culminates with car showings all day in downtown Flint. From Buicks to Corvettes to Drag Racing Cars, there will be something for everyone to enjoy. The cars will be shown starting at 8 a.m. Anyone attending the events downtown can start their day off with the Hillbilly Breakfast Buffet at the Masonic Template located at 755 S. Saginaw St.

 

A free youth football clinic is being held at Atwood Stadium from 10 a.m. to noon with registration beginning at 9 a.m. The event is for children 9 and up and will be ran by former Michigan State University football players. Learn more about the clinic on the program's Facebook page.

 

Take time to enjoy some of the great activities and to view the classic cars next week during Back to the Bricks. To learn more about these events visit their website. -  Dave Taljonick, RE/MAX Right Choice, 810-686-3900.

7/31/2015 Back to the Bricks Kicks Off Tune Up Week

One of the biggest events in Genesee County will kickoff next week. The 10th annual Back to the Bricks event will be taking place. Grab the kids and check out some of the fun events happening throughout the area.

 

Next week the fun kicks off with the Tune Up Week.  Unlike the main events which are held downtown, during this week the cities surrounding Flint host some of the festivities. The schedule for the week is as follows:

  • Monday, August 3 in Flint Township: Driving through the decades theme complete with parties throughout the area including a ‘60s themed Party at Genesee Valley from 2 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 4 in Clio: Just a few miles away from my office, you can take your car for a spin around the Auto City Speedway track from 2 to 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 5 in Linden: Enjoy a concert in the park from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. featuring the band Captain Meteor & The Rockets.
  • Thursday, August 6 in Fenton: Stop by to check out the cars at Fenton High School from 4 to 8 p.m.
  • Friday, August 7 in Davison: The car show will take place at John’s Pizzeria starting at 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 8 in Beecher/Mt. Morris: Features a Dancing in the Streets party in downtown Mt. Morris all day along with a music festival in the old Kmart parking lot on N. Saginaw Street.

 

Stay tuned to next week’s blog to learn about all the fun happening during the Back to the Bricks week taking place from August 10-15.

 

7/24/2015 Finding a School for Your Children

The decision to purchase a new home is often impacted by the school district where your children would attend after the move. Finding a community with the right school district for your family is important. In this post, I am going to provide you some online tools to research the districts you may be considering moving into this year.

 

One of the first places to start is on Michigan Department of Education's website. They share information on graduation rates, college readiness and MEAP scores for each district. The department also publishes a list of school rankings throughout the state. The full list is available online here.

 

If you're not sure what district fits your family best geographically, a map of all the public school districts in the Genesee County is available through the Genesee Intermediate School District. A map of schools in the Saginaw Intermediate School is also online.

 

Maybe your dream home is not in the district of your choice. Do not worry because in Michigan, families can take advantage of Schools of Choice. These options allow a select number of students outside a district to enroll in a particular school.

 

Each district has a choice whether or not they will participate in the Schools of Choice, so do not assume a school participates. In addition to being optional, there are limited number of seats for transfer students in participating schools, so it is important to see available seats before making a final decision on a move. Learn more about Schools of Choice here.

 

Finally, remember you are not limited by the public schools located near your home. There are a lot of private and charter schools in the area expanding the educational choices for your children. A search tool for charter schools in Michigan is available online.

 

Learn more about the education choices in a community before picking your perfect home. Do the research to find the best school for your children then find your dream home to match that choice. -  Dave Taljonick, RE/MAX Right Choice, 810-686-3900.

7/17/2015 Laundry Room Makeovers

Are you looking for an easy home improvement project that will make a big difference in your everyday life? If so, then consider giving your laundry room a makeover. Not only will these improvements help with your daily routine, they are also great enhancements when you decide to sell your home.

 

One of the easiest things to do in a laundry room is to provide better storage space. Adding shelving above your washer and dryer can get your cleaning products in a space that is organized and easy to access. If your laundry room is in an area that is viewed by guests consider purchasing cabinets to hide away your cleaning supplies. You can also buy inexpensive curtains to hide away your laundry area from prying eyes.

 

In order to make the task of doing laundry easier for you consider installing rods to hang up clothes as they come out of the dryer. You can also add in bins to allow for easy sorting of colors before washing.

If your space is limited, consider reconfiguring your area by buying a stackable washer and dryer set. You can also utilize the space for other purposes too. Install a counter of the top of your washer and dryer (if they are both front loading machines) then you can use the space to wrap gifts or even as a work bench area.

 

Instead of improving the efficiency of small laundry rooms, some homeowners have the opposite problem. Many laundry spaces are large and waste valuable space in a house. If you have this problem, consider making the laundry room into a multi-purpose area. Create a space for crafts or hobbies that might otherwise have to be tucked away when not in use. The addition of storage cabinets and a small table can help best utilize the new area for both purposes.

 

Consider making over your laundry room this summer. These simple home improvement projects are sure to make life easier for everyone in your family. Remember if you are considering selling your home reach out to me and I will make the sale happen for you - Dave Taljonick, RE/MAX Right Choice, 810-686-3900.

7/10/2015 Packing Tips for Moving

Now that summer is in full swing many people are preparing to move to a new home and have started the packing process. Moving is never easy, but I hope these tips will help make the process a little easier for you.

First, wait to pack essential items for everyday living until right before you move. Items you only periodically use along with seasonal and holiday items should be packed first. Wait until as close to your move date as possible to pack essentials such as clothing, dishes and towels.

 

Make sure to pack essential items to ensure they are easily accessible.  Try using a clear plastic bin to make these items stand out. You should also consider packing an overnight bag for each member of your family, so they have all the necessities when arriving at your new home.

 

Some items that can be difficult to transport are toiletries and cleaning products. Cover open tops of liquid products with saran wrap and then put the tops back on the bottles. This will help prevent spillage from these products while moving.

Organizing boxes can sometimes be overwhelming. A simple way to keep boxes in order is to put numbers, letters or another label to show which ones should be opened first at your new home. For instance, boxes with the letter "A" or number "1" are priority boxes that are to be opened first. Kitchen utensils, bathroom essentials and bedding would receive this designation while holiday items may be labeled "C" or number "3" helping to prioritize the unpacking process.

In addition to organizing by number, label the destination for the box in your new home. By putting the room where it should be delivered on the outside, it will be easier for professional movers or family members to help you sort boxes.

 

Reduce the number of boxes you pack by keeping some items intact. Items in drawers can be kept in place by stretching press and seal or stretch wrap around them. Use baskets, hampers and suitcases for other loose clothing items further reducing the number of boxes you need for packing.

 

Packing materials can be expensive, so try to utilize existing resources to help protect glass items. Pack stemware, glasses and other breakable items inside clean socks protecting them from breakage while moving. Other pieces of clothing can protect dishes and any glass items reducing the amount of bubble wrap you need for your move. Remember to purchase packing paper which is free from any printing. Compared to using regular newspaper this will ensure that newsprint does not rub off onto any of your items.


If you are looking for a new home this summer or want to sell your current home contact me Dave Taljonick, RE/MAX Right Choice at 810-686-3900.  

 
7/1/2015 Michigan Holiday Travel Tips

Lots of national websites provide tips for anyone traveling over the upcoming holiday weekend. In this week's post, I hope to provide you with some local resources for travel throughout Michigan. So, if you are planning to head up north to camp or to visit friends on the lake I want to help make your travel a little easier.

 

First, AAA offers a great online resource that allows you to get live traffic and construction updates. You can look up the information based on region and even map your route to see any problems along your journey. The Live Traffic Reports and Construction Updates site is a great resource to check before leaving your home and while you are on the road for live updates.

 

The good news from the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is they have suspended most construction for the July Fourth Holiday. Work will be stopped from 3 p.m. on Thursday, July 2 through 6 a.m. on Monday, July 6. AAA has estimated 1.3 million drivers will take to Michigan roads this weekend, so this is good news for anyone who will be driving in the next couple of days.

 

Last year, MDOT even launched a free app for motorists. The Mi Drive app is available for download through iTunes and Google Play. Some of the features are similar to those offered by AAA, however it includes several other things on your designated route. Rest areas, traffic updates and real-time traffic camera views are available. Besides downloading the Mi Drive app, users can still get updates online through their website.

 

Remember to be safe and to plan in advance while making your Fourth of July travel this weekend. Have a safe and happy holiday. - Dave Taljonick, RE/MAX Right Choice, 810-686-3900.

6/26/2015 Holiday Fun for Your Family
The Fourth of July holiday weekend will bring a wide array of free events for your family to enjoy. Ranging from concerts to fireworks and parades, there is something for everyone across Genesee County.
 
The Music in the Parks concert series continues with their annual concert at Crossroads Village on Thursday, July 2 located at 6140 Bray Road in Flint. The village opens at 5 p.m. and the concert begins at 7 p.m., admission is free. The Flint Symphony Orchestra will be performing the concert.
 
Clio Family Fun Day
The annual Clio Family Fun Day will be held on Saturday, July 4 at Clio City Park located at 402 N. Mill Street. The event includes a wide array of rides and carnival food for your family to enjoy. The day ends with fireworks at dusk.
 
Fenton Freedom Fest
In southern Genesee County, Fenton’s annual Freedom Festival will be held on Saturday, July 4.  The fun starts with a parade at 10 a.m. The day concludes with fireworks at dusk.
 
Downtown Flint
The Fourth of July weekend carnival returns to downtown this year with plenty of fun to be had for everyone. The carnival kicks off on Thursday, July 2 at 4 p.m. and runs through Sunday evening. It will be located at the DDA-owned Flat Lot, located between First Street and Kearsley Street. The fireworks will be held on Friday, July 3 and will be set off from Chevy Commons near Kettering University.
 
Frankenmuth
Our neighbors to the north in Frankenmuth will host their annual Volksläufe race (German for People’s Race) on Saturday, July 4. Race activities include a spaghetti dinner, beer garden and more. The fun kicks off on Friday, July 3 with their annual fireworks display at 10:15 p.m. The show is shot off from Heritage Park located at 601 Weiss St.
 
These are just a few of the great events taking place next weekend. Consider spending time with your family while enjoying the Fourth of July holiday.
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