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Spring Maintenance Projects

by Allyson Hoffman

With winter having taken its toll, now is the time to begin thinking ahead to spring-related home maintenance projects, especially if you are planning to sell your home. So, here’s a list of projects to consider for planning in the coming weeks.

Roof Inspection

Even if you haven’t detected any leaks inside or see any outside damage, consider hiring a professional roofer to inspect your roof and eliminate potential problems if any are found.

Pressure Washing

Houses occasionally need careful cleaning to eliminate excess buildup of dirt, grime and mold that can accumulate on the exterior walls.  Also, if outdoor furniture if left uncovered, it may also benefit from cleaning-up as well.

Landscaping

When the temperatures begin to rise, that may signal the time to begin focusing on lawn and landscape maintenance. Trees can be especially vulnerable to windy spring storms.  So in if you have a lot of trees on your property, be sure to have a tree service professional check the trees for needed trimming before spring storms that can lead to serious tree damage or damage to your home from branches that come loose.

Outdoor Pools

Unless you’ve got built-in heaters to risk keeping your pool open in the winter and love to watch your heating dollars literally float into the air, pools will “close” before cold weather arrives.  Spring is the time to have your pool checked, conditioned and re-opened in anticipation of your future pool use in warm weather.  Homes with pools clearly show better when the pool looks an inviting blue color than like the murky pond it can become during the off season.  So pool owners should think ahead if they plan to sell their home this pool season.

Spring is also a time when many people begin thinking of finding a new home for their family. If you’re one of those people, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I’ve had decades of experience helping home buyers find their dream homes. Maybe you can be next!

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“Something About the Color Red”

by Allyson Hoffman

February 28, 2015

Long Grove Artists Guild, Long Grove, Illinois

What is it about the color red that evokes such a wide range of human emotions?  Although we may never know, the “Something About the Color Red” event will pay homage to the hue, emphasizing the significant sentiments that it induces.  Once again, the Long Grove Artists Guild will host the occasion this year.

Returning by popular demand, the “Something About the Color Red” art show festival, features the works of both youth and adults.  Visual artwork in all media forms will be on display and available for purchase.  The diversity of art styles will undoubtedly please enthusiasts of all creative genres.  These local artists have amassed a fantastic gallery of work, all paying tribute to the color red.

After you’ve explored the “Red” exhibit, consider dining at one of the many eateries that are nestled within the “turn-of-the-century”, Long Grove Village.  Restaurants that will be participating in the “Something About the Color Red” celebration include Enzo & Lucia Italian Restaurant, The Village Tavern, Long Grove Café Restaurant, and Chatterbox. 

Admission to “Something About the Color Red” is free.  So this weekend, check out the originality of local artisans.  You’ll have the unique opportunity to browse, purchase, and discuss the wide array of art, all while attempting to discover what exactly it is about the color red that enchants our emotions.

Where: Long Grove Artists Guild, Long Grove, Illinois

When: Saturday February 28th from 11:00 AM-5:00 PM

For more information regarding the “Something About the Color Red” event, please click here.

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Making the Most of Your Garage

by Allyson Hoffman

The inside of a typical garage often displays a cluttered array of tools for the yard, car, or house, and shelves filled with infrequently-used items. The garage generally pulls double duty as not only a place to keep a car, but is also a messy storage area.

With a bit of planning and moderate effort, your garage can become more than just an afterthought. As a home seller or a new home buyer, consider the following steps to transform your garage into a value-added asset.

Start by taking an inventory of items stored in the garage. Then sort items and separate things you really don’t want or need. These can be donated, or sold in a garage sale. Next, consider ways to better organize what you do keep.  To free up some space and keep items off the floor, install shelving, if possible. Storage systems from Closets by Design are a great option. 

Once you have organized, you may want to check out options for adding some fresh new style. The garage doesn’t have to have a gray concrete floor and plain white walls. With additional space created, a coat of fresh paint can go a long way to crafting a brighter, cleaner look. For more information on garage makeover tips and ideas, visit BobVila.com or DIYNetwork.com.   Should you be considering a home sale or purchase this year, feel free to contact me for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and/or help you determine the value of your home.

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Let’s Wine About Winter

by Allyson Hoffman

February 21, 2015

Main Street, Historic Downtown Libertyville, Libertyville, Illinois

This weekend take a step back in time and stroll down the picturesque streets of Historic Downtown Libertyville, tasting savory wines along the way.  The Let’s Wine About Winter event provides an ideal opportunity to indulge in what the Downtown district has to offer.

Historic Main Street is lined with a number of antique shops, boutiques, gift stores, gourmet food & wine shops, taverns, and restaurants.  And this weekend participating retailers will be opening their doors and inviting visitors to taste a variety of flavorsome wines, coupled with an assortment of tasty treats.  Over 30 selections of both red and white wines will be available to sample.  A commemorative tasting souvenir glass is included in the registration fee.  Also included is a complementary $10.00 coupon, redeemable at participating stores.  Special prizes will also be offered along the route, so be sure to visit all merchants partaking in the occasion.

Registration to participate in the Let’s Wine About Winter event is $30.00 per person.  You are encouraged to register online in order to purchase your wine glass before the day of the event.  To register in advance, please click here and then choose the location for your glass pick-up.

So this weekend, be sure to visit Historic Downtown Libertyville and partake in the Let’s Wine About Winter event. Cheers!

Where: Main Street, Historic Downtown Libertyville, Libertyville, Illinois

When: Saturday February 21st from 1:00 PM-4:00 PM

For more information regarding the Let’s Wine About Winter event, please click here.

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2015 Chicago Auto Show

by Allyson Hoffman

February 21-22, 2015

McCormick Place, Chicago, Illinois

This weekend don’t miss your chance to experience the world-renowned Chicago Auto Show at McCormick Place, an exciting event that’s appropriate for your whole family.

The Chicago Auto Show was first staged in 1901 featuring over one million square feet of space for this exhibition which gives it the distinction of being the largest in the USA. Whether or not you are an auto enthusiast, the Auto Show is certain to be impressive. Every year the Chicago Auto Show displays the most innovative cars and accessories as well as antique, exotic, and project cars. In addition to The Show, many special guests will appear during the event, including Kerry Wood, Tony Esposito, Angie Stone, Dora the Explorer and many more.

Admission is $12 for adults, $6 for seniors 62 and older, and $6 for children aged 7 to 12 (free for children 6 and under). Click here to purchase tickets for The Show.

So if you’re a gearhead, or just looking for something fun and different this weekend, the 107th anniversary of the Chicago Auto Show is a perfect event for the entire family.

Where: McCormick Place, Chicago, Illinois

When: February 14-22, 2015

-Saturday 2-21 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
-Sunday 2-22 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

For more show times and information regarding the Chicago Auto Show, click here.

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Preparing for Spring Gardening

by Allyson Hoffman

Getting a head start on springtime projects can save you time and money, and of course, boost your property's beautification. If you're already tired of winter’s drab appearance, planning ahead for spring landscaping and gardening may offer you some needed relief. So here are some steps you can consider today to get a jump on your springtime plans.

If a spring garden is in your future, start now to create a list of what you intend to grow.  Next, assess the best time to plant.  If you have planned for multiple types of plants, break your projects into individual planting jobs based on the best time to plant. For example, tomatoes grown from seed need to be started now to be ready for transfer into the ground later in the season.  By starting with seeds as opposed to developing plants, you can produce as many as fifty plants for the same cost as buying just one plant.

When buying your gardening necessities early, such as fertilizers, ties, tomato cages or nets, you’ll likely find that garden centers are much less crowded than they will be in the height of the planting season.  Moreover, by purchasing supplies off-season, you may benefit from early discounts.

For really serious gardeners, you might also want to consider testing your soil now to balance its pH level for suitability to the types of plants that you’ve planned.  Testing is actually quite easy and balancing can be achieved by potentially adding lime, sulfur, mulch or other organic material. 

If your landscape plans include the addition of trees, bushes or other non-garden plants, these more expensive investments will also benefit from your being prepared with the right tools and the knowing the most opportune timing for planting.  By planning in advance, the likelihood of unsightly or expensive disasters with less-than-beautiful results should be significantly reduced.

For more information on landscaping or garden planning, you can visit FreshHome.com or VegetableGardenPlanner.com. For information on how landscape appeal can enhance the value of your home to sell or one you would like to buy, feel free to contact me for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the buying or selling a home in Chicago North Shore, North or Northwest Suburbs.

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January 2015 Midwest Real Estate Market Reports

by Allyson Hoffman

The January 2015 Midwest Real Estate Market Reports are now ready for your review. These market reports provide an insight on the real estate market statistics for Cook County and Lake County. These statistics are helpful when you are considering buying or selling in today’s real estate market.  And, remember should you need tailored reports on a subdivision or neighborhood in the North Shore, North and Northwest Suburban Chicago, Illinois area, please let me know.

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The Orchid Show

by Allyson Hoffman

February 14 - 15, 2015

Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, Illinois

This Valentine’s Day weekend, treat your special someone to over 10,000 of the most gorgeous tropical orchid blooms to be found.  Returning by popular demand, The Orchid Show promises to be even bigger and better than last year’s event. The Chicago Botanic Garden will host what has been called, the “best eye candy show ever”.

The Orchid Show will feature a kaleidoscope of colorful orchid displays, walls of photographic images of orchids, bamboo poles wrapped with orchids, orchid tree structures, and much more.  The Regenstein Center, Nicholas Hall, the Bridge Gallery, and the Greenhouse Gallery will all be “bursting at the seams”, with orchids crawling the walls, suspended overhead, and filling every nook and cranny from floor to ceiling.  There will be clusters of yellow Oncidium, vibrant Vanda, bright Phalaenopsis, Lady Slipper, lime-green Cymbidium, and many other varieties – all in all, in excess of 10,000 orchids!  Be sure to bring your camera and capture the magnificence of this special occasion.

Admission to The Orchid Show costs $10.00 for adults, $8.00 for seniors ages 62+ or children ages 3-12, and free for children under the age of 3.  To purchase your tickets online, please click here and then select your desired day of visit, followed by the time.

A must-attend event for couples and families alike, The Orchid Show guarantees to provide something for everyone.  So come on out this weekend to take in the sights, smells, and ambiance of this unique paradise!

Where: Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, Illinois

When:

-Saturday February 14th from 10:00 AM-3:30 PM
-Sunday February 15th from 10:00 AM-3:30 PM

For more information regarding The Orchid Show event, please click here.

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Should You Buy or Rent?

by Allyson Hoffman

Trying to decide between buying or renting? There are several benefits to consider for each. Perhaps the most important decision to make is which one would be best for you financially. Everyone’s situation is different, so consider the following information when making your choice.

Buying: The Benefits

One major benefit to buying a home is avoiding the rising cost of rent. In recent years, demand has caused rental costs to substantially increase. In addition, several other benefits of buying include the ability to remodel your home, stability, tax deductions, and equity building, amongst others.

Renting: The Benefits

When renting, the property owner typically bears responsibility for maintenance and repairs – and these could be costly. As an owner/buyer, you will pay for repairs and also need to plan for costs relating to a down payment, mortgage, and closing costs that include title fees, insurance, and inspections. Though the cost of renting typically goes up every year, it can be less expensive and preserves your ease of relocating.

Tools to Help

Realtor.com offers this calculating tool to compare the cost of renting vs. buying over time. Additionally, you can also visit MortgageCalculator.org to help determine if buying or renting is right for you. Feel free to contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and/or help you find your dream home.

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The Morton Grove Farmers’ Market

by Allyson Hoffman

February 7, 2015

American Legion Memorial Civic Center, Morton Grove, Illinois

Do the words homegrown, handmade, and one-of-a-kind sound good to you?  If so, don’t want to miss out on the opportunity to attend this weekend’s Morton Grove Farmers’ Market. The Market spectacular will be taking place indoors at the American Legion Memorial Civic Center where your whole family can choose from an assemblage of diverse goods provided by locally-owned producers, handcrafters, and more.

The Morton Grove Farmers’ Market offers area residents the unique chance to shop for fresh fruits, vegetables, and flowers, even in winter.  In addition to the food selections, handmade gift items and decorations will also be available for purchase.  Over two dozen vendors will be present, including Benhart Farms, Lyons Fruit Farm, Maier’s Bakery, Sugar Mammas, and The Cheese People, just to mention a few.  All products sold are guaranteed to have been grown within approximately 150 miles of this area and promise only fresh, locally-grown quality.  All non-edible merchandise must be handmade and original.  These assurances are key to the Market’s popularity and what keeps people coming back, season after season.  And to top off this unique shopping experience, be sure to check out the prepared foods, café area, and ongoing children’s activities located upstairs.

Admission to The Morton Grove Farmers’ Market is free for your whole family.  So this Saturday, be sure to enjoy the “fruits” of local producer’s labor and shop for fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, unique craft items and more – even during the cold weather!

Where: American Legion Memorial Civic Center, Morton Grove, Illinois

When: Saturday February 7th from 9:00 AM-2:00 PM

For more information regarding The Morton Grove Farmers’ Market, please click here.

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