How to Avoid 3 Costly Mistakes When Moving


Today we’re discussing the top three mistakes people make when packing and moving and how you can avoid them.

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Today, we have three tips on how to avoid three major mistakes when moving that we wanted to share with you. We are joined today by Sharon McRill, the owner of Betty Brigade, to help break down these three issues and how to avoid them when moving.

1. Not prioritizing. For example, Sharon sees people who pack up their kitchen when it’s the basement, garage, or attic that needs work first.

2. Not figuring out what to take to the new space. If you don’t measure the space and the furniture, it’s very difficult to find out how it will all work together. After figuring out the space, decide what you’ll keep and sell or donate the rest.

3. Relying on friends and family. Pizza doesn’t always cut it when it comes to moving! You have to motivate people with something else many times. That’s why Sharon recommends hiring professionals. If friends and family want to help, she says let them help, but don’t count on them for everything.


Pizza doesn’t always cut it when compensating movers!


Thanks to Sharon for joining us. If you find yourself in need of the Betty Brigade’s services, you can call them at (734) 994-1000.

If you have any questions about our market or you’re thinking about buying or selling a home, give us a call or send us an email. We’d be glad to help.



More Tips on Packing and Moving From Stevens Worldwide


Dani Hallsell is back with us today with move tips on how to stay sane when moving to your next home.

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Today I wanted to share some more great moving tactics that will help keep you from going insane during your next move. For a little help, I’ve brought back Dani Hallsell from Stevens Worldwide Van Lines, which is a national storage and moving company. So what does Dani suggest to help make a move go slowly? Now that you know where you’re going and your boxes are packed thanks to our first set of tips, these tips will make the next steps much easier.

1. Consider packing “Open Me First” boxes. Include familiar items that will make everyone feel at home right away, as well as items that you use on a daily basis.

2. Label each side of your boxes. No matter which direction they turn, you know what’s inside.

3. Label fragile items with an arrow to indicate which side is up. This is often overlooked but will help you when your house starts filling up with boxes.

4. Fill and label a box with tools, cleaning supplies, extension cords, and surge protectors. This will make unpacking a breeze if it’s the last box you put in the moving truck. Don’t forget—toilet paper is an essential item!


Make your life easier by packing essentials last in an ‘Open Me First’ Box.


So what should you plan on taking yourself? Dani says Stevens recommends taking all valuables like money, jewelry, coins, collections, important papers, and medications with you personally. For the safety of your items, Stevens does not ship anything combustible or explosive, living, or perishable.

Another interesting fact about Stevens is that they partner with Move for Hunger. People throw away a lot of stuff when they move, and unfortunately, much of it is food. That’s why Stevens lets its customers set aside non-perishable food items, which will be picked up by their crew and delivered to the local food pantry. They’ll even supply the boxes for these nonperishable items, Dani says.

If you have any questions for the experts at Steven Worldwide, you can call them at (517) 614-8037.

If you have any real estate questions or you’re thinking about buying or selling a home in  the Ann Arbor area, give us a call or send us an email. We’d be happy to help.

Happy Holidays from Toth Team Worldwide

Happy Holidays from our Family to Yours.

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2017 is almost here!

We hope that you had a wonderful 2016. We did, and it’s all thanks to you and your support. Thank you for allowing us to help you meet your real estate goals for 2016.

A new year brings new opportunities for all of us.  Whether you celebrate Kwanzaa, Christmas, Chanukah, Pancha Ganapati, Happy Holidays, Festivus, or Winter Solstice, we wish you prosperity.

A tradition in Greece is to hang an onion on the front door of their homes, and when the family wakes on January 1st, each get tapped on the head with the onion, for good luck.

Whatever your resolutions may be, we hope the new year brings you peace, joy, and laughter.



We hope the new year brings you peace, joy, and laughter.



Enjoy this holiday season and make some wonderful memories with your friends and family. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year.


As always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. We are happy to help you in any way that we can.

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What is your BIG GROWTH (GOAL)?

What are three PROCESS goals related to your big growth (goal)?
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What are three SYSTEMS related to your big growth (goal)?
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How can you GROW in the key skill areas of your big growth (goal)?
1) Exercisefirst thing every morning!
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“For things to improve, you have to improve. For things to get better, you have to get better. For things to change, you have to change. When you change, everything changes for you.” – Jim Rohn  

Share your resolutions and see you next year!

How to Save Money by Packing Yourself When Moving

Five packing tips to save money
Five packing tips to save money for buyers and sellers


If you’re packing your home yourself, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Today, Dani Hallsell from Stevens Worldwide Van Lines is here to share her top five packing tips to save money

Five Packing Tips to Save Money from Professional Movers
Learn how to save time and money when packing to move


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Moving to a new space is an exciting time, but it can also be overwhelming. Today, Dani Hallsellfrom Stevens Worldwide Van Lines is here with some professional moving tips to help make packing less stressful. She talks about 5 Tips to Save Money When Packing Yourself in the video.


With more than 110 years of moving experience, Stevens Worldwide Van Lines has a complete list of packing tips and best practices. Here are their top five to save you money and time:

1. Gather your supplies. You’ll need boxes, newsprint, bubble wrap, scissors, tape, and pens.
2. Use packing tape to seal the seams on the bottom of the box. You should also add some tape perpendicularly across the box for extra support. Remember to fill the boxes completely to keep them from collapsing. Pack heavy items in smaller boxes in order to avoid straining your back.
3. Prepare for the move early. Start assembling moving boxes. Place them around the house to help you remember to pack a little bit every day.
4. Set one box aside for donations. Use this time to determine what you’ll take with you and what you will give away.
5. Make sure your valuables are securely wrapped. If you can feel the items through the cushion wrapping, you will need more protection.


Start packing early!


Furthermore, follow these Five Packing Tips to Save Money and your home will be securely packed up in no time.

In addition, if you have any other questions about packing for Dani, you can give her a call at (517) 614-8037 or email her at As always, if you have any real estate questions, please reach out to us. Each person on Toth Team Worldwide Network is here to serve and we are happy to help you!

5 Signs It’s Time to Sell Your Home

5 Signs It’s Time to Sell Your Home
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If you’re unsure of whether you should sell your home or not, there are five signs you should look out for.
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Is it time to sell your home? Are you on the fence about selling your home? There are five easy signs to know when the time is right:


1. You’ve outgrown the space. If multiple kids are constantly fighting over the bathroom or have to share a room, you know you’ve got a problem.

2. Your neighborhood is booming. This means your home and its price range are in high demand. It might be time to sell to take advantage of a higher-priced home and tap into the savings on the price tag.

3. You’re letting things go. If your home needs improvement and the yard work just isn’t as much fun anymore, it might be time to transition into a low-maintenance situation so you can enjoy your weekends and travel more.

4. Your equity is back. If you tried to sell a while ago but the sale didn’t happen, it might be time to call us so we can re-evaluate your home value.

5. You’ve undergone a substantial life change. Maybe your family is growing or shrinking. Maybe you’ve lost your job, got a new job, or decided to retire. In any case, a new lifestyle needs a new crib to go along with it.


These signs will let you know it’s time for a change.


Consequently, if you’re thinking about selling your home, please don’t hesitate to contact us. In real estate, it’s all about the preparation, and we do that better than anyone. We look forward to hearing from you!


What Thermal Imaging Can Tell You About a Home


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Thermal Imaging Home Inspection reveals wiring issue


Today we’d like to answer a question asked by Amanda at our home buyer seminar about Thermal Imaging Home Inspection.  Amanda asked us, “When hiring a home inspection company, should you ask if they use a thermographic camera?”  

Because thermographic imaging camera costs have decreased recently, some home inspectors have begun using thermographic cameras to find issues that would be otherwise undetectable to the naked eye. Thermal imaging cameras can detect potential moisture, electric, and energy issues inside the home.

Thermal imaging cameras have been well-established as valuable inspection tools that can help reveal missing insulation, HVAC airflow and equipment issues, as well as radiant heating malfunctions, compromised roofing, and much more.

By detecting patterns and sources of heat loss, thermal imaging provides convincing evidence reports where improvements need to be made and will also clearly show how well those improvements have been completed.

In the video above, you can see the thermal imaging home inspection camera in action. It shows temperature changes that indicate a leak in a wall and even electrical issues inside the home being inspected.

Whether you hire a home inspector as part of the buyer inspection or a seller hires the home inspector before listing as part of a certified pre-owned program, always ask what the inspection includes. For example, one inspector told another Realtor’s client in the middle of the inspection that they did not test gas fireplaces. Everybody wished they would have known that before the inspection. As is true with most things, it’s the questions that you do not know to ask that will hurt you the most.

When you’re thinking about ordering a home inspection, be sure to ask your Realtor.  The Real Estate agent can connect you with a local, reputable company so that you know what you’re getting from them.  Interview them about Thermal Imaging Home Inspection, etc.  If you have any other questions about the home inspection process or anything else related to real estate in our area, give us a call or send us an email. We are here to serve and are happy to help you!

My Home Didn’t Sell. Now What?

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My Home Didn’t Sell. Now What?
My Home Didn’t Sell. Now What?
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My Home Didn’t Sell. Now What? If your home’s listing on the MLS has expired, you may be wondering which steps you should take next. You have three options to consider: relist right away, relist in the near future, or decide not to sell.

Those who decide to hire the same agent they used in the past can likely expect the same results as before. If you’re considering hiring a new agent, we always recommend interviewing a few different ones before making a decision. This will help you pinpoint what went wrong previously.

Success in selling your home is based on the home’s location, its price, and the condition of it as well as the market and the agent you select to sell it. After all, it’s the agent, not the company, who sells your house. So we address: My Home Didn’t Sell. Now What?

Hire an agent with a large buyer network who can attract buyers to the property. When deciding who to hire, ask the agent to show you their network of prospective buyers. Hire an agent based on their marketing strategy, marketing results, and ability to track global buyers to generate results.

Many clients say that they hire us based on our referrals, five-star online reviews, community and education videos, after watching us on House Hunters, or after hearing us on TV or radio. Other things to look for in agents are specialization in global promotion and luxury international marketing (we translate ads for your home into 19 native languages), as well as the implementation of modern technology to attract buyers. You’ll also want to find an agent with a great inside sales department; for example, we have a staff of client relationship associates whose only job is to find qualified buyers.

You wouldn’t want a general practitioner to operate on your kidney, would you? No, you would want to hire a kidney specialist. Be sure that the agent you hire fits your exact needs.

If you’d like any assistance finding an agent that specializes in your needs, please reach out to us by phone or email. We would love to hear from you!

Should You Be Worried About Radon in Your Home?

Should You Be Worried About Radon?   Are you buying?  Are you living in a home?  Are you selling?
Worried About Radon in Your Home?
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Today I’m joined by Dan Heilmann from D&D Radon and the Integrity Inspection Group. Dan is here to help buyers, sellers, and homeowners understand – should you be worried about radon in your home? Homeowners should not turn away from a home that may have high levels. He has tested more than 25,000 homes throughout Southeastern Michigan.  He  brings more than 29 years of knowledge and experience on this subject.

What is radon? It is a naturally occurring, cancer-causing radioactive gas. You cannot see, smell, or taste it, but it may be a problem in your home. The Surgeon General has warned that this is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. If you smoke and your home has high levels, you’re at a higher risk of developing lung cancer.

Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer for nonsmokers in the U.S. and is associated with more than 20,000 lung cancer deaths each year. Some scientific studies of this exposure indicate that children may be more sensitive to radon. This may be due to their higher respiration rate and their rapidly dividing cells, which may be more vulnerable to radiation damage.

Should you test for this gas? Absolutely—testing is the only way to know your home’s levels. There are no immediate symptoms that will alert you to its presence. It typically takes years of exposure before any health problems surface.

Elevated levels have been discovered in every state. The US EPA (Environmental Protection Association) estimates that as many as 8 million homes throughout the country have high levels. Current state surveys show that one in every five homes has elevated radon levels that test above the EPA action level of 4 pCi/L.


Worried About Radon in Your Home?
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Can you fix the problem? If your home has high concentrations, it can be fixed by a certified radon mitigation company. The cost usually varies between $800 to $1,200 and will fix the issue in most cases. Please consult your state radon office or the National Information hotline at 1-800-SOS RADON for a list of certified testing and mitigation companies or visit the National Environmental Health Association at You can also buy your own radon testing device.

If you are buying or selling a home, you will probably want to hire a professional testing company that uses a device called a Continuous Radon Monitor, or CRM. Contact your state radon contact for a list of certified service specialists. The Integrity Inspection Group can also be reached at 734-772-2789. They are certified in home inspections and testing.

Be sure to check out the USEPA’s Home Buyer’s and Seller’s Guide to Radon in its entirety to get a full understanding. Finally, if you have children, you should be more worried about this issue in your home as this could be more harmful to them, as reported by research.  You can read all the scientific research too.

To find more detailed publications on the effects of this gas, click here.

For more indoor air quality information based on your region and/or state, click here.

If you want to be part of our smart buyer plan, ask for a relocation package. If you have any other questions, please feel free to text or call 734-669-337. Email works too. We look forward to hearing from you in regard to your Michigan real estate!

Laurel Gardens Condominiums in Ann Arbor MI 48105 Video Tour

Take a quick video tour into Ann Arbor’s Laurel Gardens Condominiums in Ann Arbor, MI 48105.

Constructed between 1989 and 1996 this 103 Laurel Gardens Ann Arbor condo development contains a mixture of two and three bedroom townhouses and attached ranch style units with floorplans around the 1500 square foot mark.  Do you live here?  We invite your input and photos and your experience of living here – tell us.

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Ann Arbor Area Real Estate: 5825 Sunset Trail

5825 Sunset Trail

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Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 1.5 Square Feet: 1,425

Check out this Ann Arbor area, move in condition home with plenty of updates. If you’re looking for quality you are looking at the right home. Updated kitchen has granite counters and comes with all the appliances. Beautiful hardwood floors greet you at the front door and carries through to the family room with fireplace. Off the family room the sliding door is a newer Trax Deck that looks out on a well groomed fenced in back yard. Large bedrooms are located in the upstairs. Extra storage in the clean dry basement and two car attached garage. Updates include the following: Kitchen and granite counters, Roof, Deck, Water heater, Driveway, Flooring, Sump pump, and faucets and sinks. Show this to your fussiest buyer. You’ll be glad you did.

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