Shop Like a Pro This Black Friday

‘Tis the season for Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday deals! But how do you get the best bang for your buck when shopping for your home? If you are in the market for new appliances, furniture, home décor, or more, we gathered some helpful tips below so you can shop like a pro!

Tip #1

Check big box stores for early Black Friday or even early Cyber Monday deals. Many will offer deep discounts and extra perks like free delivery or installation. If you do want to venture out for Black Friday sales, make sure you plan your trip ahead of time. Will the stores I want to check be open early? Are there anticipated lines to wait in? All good things to think about and plan for before you hit the road.

REALTOR® tip: Check reviews to make sure you’ll be happy with your purchase and think about talking with your favorite BHHS agent as well – we love offering tips on what type of features homebuyers are looking for and what can give you the best return on your investment!

Tip #2

Consider shopping local on Small Business Saturday. Money you spend with a small, local business often results in money that directly benefits your local community. Plus, a local business can likely provide ongoing support for your purchase if needed – which sure can come in handy if the new fridge goes on the fritz.

Read about Small Business Saturday here.
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REALTOR® tip: Talk with your favorite BHHS agent when shopping local – we often have some extra savings and connections with area businesses! And be sure to share your Small Business Saturday shopping with us on Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/bhhsmichiganrealestate/

Tip #3

Do your research. Some ‘Black Friday deals’ are actually anything but. Reviewing things like model numbers, price histories and reviews to make sure the item you are buying is actually the one you want. Many companies provide those Black Friday and Cyber Monday discounts by creating a similar product that may have fewer features or enhancements.

Tips from the Today Show

Advice from Consumer Reports

REALTOR® tip: Take a look at what you want to purchase ahead of your Black Friday trip. Write down model numbers and prices so you can compare on the day. Just like shopping for a dream home, you have to know what you’re looking for, so you can strike when the time comes!


Tips for Homeowners in Winter

Winter is here!

As REALTORS®, we know that winter can be a lot of fun (snow forts and hot cocoa, anyone?), but it can also cause a lot of headaches for homeowners.  When the ground begins to freeze, and snow starts to stick, there are a few things homeowners can do to prepare! Have you checked these off your list yet?

Outside:
  • Clean your gutters and drainage pipes – clogged pipes could prevent water and snow from draining off your roof
  • Insure your roof is in good shape to avoid leaks or ice dams throughout the winter
  • Be sure to rake your leaves and mow that lawn one last time before the snow hits
  • If you celebrate the season with outdoor décor, get those lights or characters up before it becomes too cold
  • Disconnect and store any garden hoses or patio furniture
  • Cover or protect any plants for the season
Inside:
  • Have your heating system inspected or maintained and replace filters if needed
  • Insure furniture or other items are away from heating vents
  • Clean and test any fireplaces or chimneys
  • Check windows and doors for any air leaks – sealing, repairing or replacing these can save you lots of $$ in energy costs
  • Stock up on blankets, hot cocoa, and your favorite winter snacks
  • Get the jackets, gloves, snow pants and boots out of storage – when the snow hits, you don’t want to delay making that snow man!

 

What else do you do to prepare for winter? Share your tips in the comments below!