Open Houses THIS SUNDAY!

1140 Jackson Ave, River Forest – Open from 1-3pm

1206 Lathrop Ave, River Forest – Open from 1-3pm

142 S. Scoville Ave, Oak Park – 1-3pm

744 Hayes Ave, Oak Park 1-3pm

1847 N. Neva Ave, Chicago – 1-3pm

7320 Dixon Street, Unit 203, Forest Park – 1-3pm

 

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Open Houses THIS SUNDAY!!!

727 Jackson Ave, River Forest – Open from 1-3pm

1140 Jackson Ave, River Forest – Open from 1-3pm

1426 Jackson Ave, River Forest – Open from 1-3pm

142 S. Scoville Ave, Oak Park – Open from 12-2pm

106 Rockford Ave, Forest Park – Open from 12-1:30pm

1217 N. Marion Street, Oak Park – Open from 1-3pm

132 Des Plaines Ave, Forest Park – Open from 1-3pm

713 N. Marion Street, Oak Park – Open from 1-3pm

34 Forest Ave, River Forest – Open from 1-3pm

532 N. Oak Park Ave, Oak Park – Open from 1-3pm

 

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A New Year Checklist For Your Home!

If you’re looking to start a-new this coming year, why not have a checklist of things you can do for your home to give it a fresh start to 2019? There’s nothing better than a clean home, and it’s a great way to begin a brand new year.

Many of us, whether we rent or own, tend to overlook the little things. But even the little things can make a huge impact on our homes. Add these to your home’s new year checklist:

Check batteries on fire/smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. We hate hearing the chirp of a dying smoke detector in the middle of the night – be proactive and change out all the batteries now!

Clean your clothes dryer. Vacuum out lint from the dryer vent. Too much lint can be a fire hazard if it’s accumulated over time. Also, if you have too much lint build up, your dryer may not even work at maximum power.

Clean vents and registers. Things can get stuck in and even build up in your home’s vents and registers. Wipe down vent covers and vacuum out the register to help remove dirt and debris.

Vacuum under all and flip most mattresses (you CAN vacuum your mattress!). Mattresses are often overlooked when it comes to TLC, and they shouldn’t since they’re used every day!

Vacuum your fridge coils. For many of us, we rarely move the fridge out of its place, meaning that you could have a nice buildup of dust behind, under, and on top of it. Don’t forget about the outside of your fridge this new year.

Clean your home’s faucets. Most faucets in your home have a small metal or plastic screen to block the passage of grit and other particles. Take time to rinse those out. You might be surprised at the increased water flow the faucet will now have.

Rotate and clean ceiling fans. Dust accumulates year-round, regardless of whether fans are being used or not. Wipe down the blades, and rotate clockwise in the winter; counterclockwise in the summer.

Clean out the pantry, fridge, and freezer. If you haven’t cleaned out your fridge, freezer, or pantry, now is a great time to do so. Bacteria can grow in your fridge. If you haven’t wiped it down in a while, do your health a favor and clean it out.

Change furnace air filters. If you have a forced-air furnace, and you haven’t changed out the air filters in a long time (or ever), now is the time to do so. The air filters prevent many pollutants from entering your living spaces, and if they haven’t been changed in a while, there’s a high possibility your furnace isn’t working at peak efficiency. That added strain on the motor can shorten its life. It is important to note that most should be changed more often than annually.

If you have a wood fireplace, have it professionally cleaned. This is important for those living in winter climates. Chimney maintenance is vital, and by cleaning it you’ll guarantee no blockages or buildup of Creosote, and it will work at maximum capacity.

 

Don’t Forget Outside:

Check weather stripping around doors and windows. Weather stripping is important because it keeps things out of your house (think rain, moisture, bugs and other stuff), and it keeps interior air inside. Weather stripping is important – do an audit and replace as needed.

Clean out your gutters. Cleaning out your gutters not only helps with leaf and debris buildup, it will also prevent gutter flooding in cases of extreme inclement weather.

Repair or replace damaged window screens. If you have window screens that are torn or broken, you should replace them. Window screens are not only helpful, they also add to the curb appeal of your home.

Clean out any dead or dying plants from your garden beds. If you have a yard, now is a good time to clean it out, especially if you live in a climate where fall and winter have taken a toll on your plants and shrubs.

The beginning of a new year is a great time to start thinking of things you’d like to work on or replace in the coming year. Think about how long tasks will take, the costs for any materials, how much time you’ll need to complete the tasks, and the best time of year for it to happen. If you’re looking to make some resolutions for yourself this year, don’t forget about your home! Happy New Year!

 

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Open Houses THIS SUNDAY!!

142 S. Scoville Ave, Oak Park – Open from 12:30-2pm – Listed at $

1426 Jackson Ave, River Forest – Open from 1-3pm – Listed at $719,000

34 Forest Ave, River Forest – Open from 1-3pm – Listed at $365,000

147 Rockford Ave, Forest Park – Open from 1-3pm – Listed at $329,500

532 N. Oak Park Ave, Oak Park – Open from 1-3pm – Listed at $749,950

1140 Jackson Ave, River Forest – Open from 1-3pm – Listed at $1,250,000

633 E. Woodland Road, Lake Forest – Open from 1-3pm – Listed at $1,150,000

1217 N. Marion Street, Oak Park – Open from 1-3pm – Listed at $485,000

 

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4 Easy Ways to Add Colorful Curb Appeal

Update your home’s curb appeal with pops of color that add a cheerful touch this time of year.

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Get a Step Up with Railings
Chipped, tired railings can make a home look outdated and unkempt, but making those pieces look new again is a relatively quick and easy project. Keeping the railing monochromatic in a color that complements the rest of the house’s paint and trim creates a clean look. If you want to add some variety, use a secondary shade in the same color family and apply it to the main posts or the spindles.

Create DIY Doormats
An affordable and unique way to create a “wow” moment at your home’s entry is to craft a DIY doormat with spray paint. A chevron pattern is an easy way to make a statement by simply using painter’s tape and two different colors of spray paint.

Put the Spotlight on Light Fixtures
Small splashes of color can go a long way, especially with a feature like exterior light fixtures. For light fixtures to stand out against a neutral-colored home, try spray painting them a bold hue, such as bright yellow, for a burst of color.

Refresh Patio Furniture
Over time, patio furniture loses its luster. If it’s still in good shape, you can bring it back to life with a fresh coat of spray paint. All the angles can make it difficult to cover every surface, so choose a product that promotes easy application. Remember to tilt furniture back and apply color to the feet and legs for an all-over finish that’s ready to weather the season.

Fall Home Considerations to Make Before Winter
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Smoke DetectorIt’s that time of year again. The fall season is winding down and we’re about to hit the thick of winter. Are you ready to stay warm and cozy, or does your home need a once over to be prepared? A final run at refreshing your living space before winter can pay real dividends. Here are a few ideas.

Safety first. Did you know that three in five home fire deaths are the result of fires in homes without smoke alarms, or with no working smoke alarms? Oftentimes, this is due to intentional device deactivation. Instead of getting frustrated at your beeping alarm, make sure the batteries are working now or install new alarms where needed. You should have a smoke alarm on every floor of your house, and in every bedroom.

Stay warm. Is your furnace in working order? You don’t want to find out the answer to that question when the temperature really drops. A maintenance appointment from a certified technician should cost about $80-$100 and will ensure that everything is functioning and that your furnace will be operating efficiently. The tech should also measure to see if there’s any carbon-monoxide leakage from your furnace.

Stop the leaks. Drafty doors and windows are not only a huge annoyance, they’re costly. Why pay all that money to just let the heat escape? You can find problem areas by running your hands close to windows and trying to feel a breeze. Use a quality silicon caulk or weather stripping to seal up any leaks. And if you notice a draft on an exterior door, consider installing a door sweep.

Open Houses THIS SUNDAY!

926 Ashland Ave, River Forest – Open from 1-3pm – Listed at $2,750,000

924 Ashland Ave, River Forest – Open from 1-3pm – Listed at $2,750,000

132 Des Plaines Ave, Forest Park – Open from 1-3pm – Listed at $474,000

236 Forest Ave, River Forest – Open from 1-3pm – Listed at $989,000

827 Lathrop Ave, Forest Park – Open from 1-3pm – Listed at $349,000

1206 Lathrop Ave, River Forest – Open from 1-3pm – Listed at $795,000

1140 Jackson Ave, River Forest – Open from 1-3pm – Listed at $1,250,000

1207 Jackson Ave, River Forest – Open from 2-4pm – Listed at $1,095,000

324 N. Marion Street, Oak Park – Open from 1-3pm – Listed at $248,000

 

 

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Open Houses THIS SUNDAY!

7320 Dixon Street, Unit 203, Forest Park – Open from 1-3pm – Listed at $164,900

147 Rockford Ave, Forest Park – Open from 12-2pm – Listed at $329,500

1028 S. Euclid Ave, Oak Park – Open from 2-4pm – Listed at $415,000

639 N. Lombard Ave, Oak Park – Open from 1-3pm – Listed at $449,500

744 Hayes Ave, Oak Park – Open from 12:30-2pm – Listed at $599,900

1206 Lathrop Ave, River Forest – Open from 1-3pm – Listed at $795,000

1140 Jackson Ave, River Forest – Open from 1-3pm – Listed at $1,250,000

1426 Jackson Ave, River Forest – Open from 2-4pm – Listed at $719,000

1213 Edmer Ave, Oak Park – Open from 1-3pm – Listed at $529,900

5633 W. 102nd Street, Oak Lawn – Open from 10:30-12:30pm – Listed at $339,900

132 Des Plaines Ave, Forest Park – Open from 1-3pm – Listed at $474,000

 

 

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Open Houses THIS SUNDAY!!!

310 Lathrop Ave, #205, Forest Park – Open from 12-2pm – Listed at $99,500

142 S. Scoville Ave, Oak Park – Open from 12-1:30pm – Listed at 675,000

236 Forest Ave, River Forest – Open from 12-2pm – Listed at $995,000

1521 Bonnie Brae Place, #1FL, River Forest – Open from 1-3pm – Listed at 129,500

1423 Lathrop Ave, River Forest – Open from 1-3pm – Listed at $899,000

1140 Jackson Ave, River Forest – Open from 1-3pm – Listed at $1,250,000

1206 Lathrop Ave. River Forest – Open from 1-3pm – Listed at $795,000

1213 Edmer Ave, Oak Park – Open from 2-4pm – Listed at $529,900

7637 Jackson Blvd, #3S, Forest Park – Open from 2:30-4pm – Listed at $102,500

555 William Street. River Forest – Open from 2:30-4pm – Listed at $619,000

424 Park Ave, #604, River Forest – Open from 1-3pm – Listed at $264,000

713 N. Marion Street, Oak Park – Open from 1-3pm – Listed at 442,500

7314 Randolph Street, #5H, Forest Park – Open from 10:30-12:30pm – Listed at $168,500

1426 Jackson Ave, River Forest – Open from 1-3pm – Listed at $719,000

324 N. Marion Street, #1N, Oak Park – Open from 12:30-2pm – Listed at $248,000

 

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