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Are You Aware of What May Be Growing in The Corners of Your Home?

by Allyson Hoffman


As homeowners we should be aware of the existence and dangers of mold in our homes and how to address the issue before it gets out of control.

A lot of times we are unaware that mold may be growing in the corners behind appliances after a water leak, or in the walls of our bathrooms without proper ventilation which is definitely a concern if you are looking to sell your home.

Steve Rodriguez, Columnist for Realty Times has outlined 6 important things to know about mold. Additional information about mold can also be found on the EPA and CDC websites.

1. Molds are everywhere and have been around forever.

2. Use common sense in your approach to mold.

3. You cannot spot the feared "Toxic" or "Black" mold simply by looking at it.

4. Most of the media attention surrounding Stachybotrys is overblown.

5. Mold can be cleaned and corrected.

6. Always get the home professionally inspected.

For a full description of each of these important things to know about mold, read Steve Rodriguez's article Mold Must Go: 6 Things to Know.

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Staging Your Home to Sell

by Allyson Hoffman

You want potential buyers to look at your home and be able to envision themselves living there, but how do you draw these buyers into your home? With impressive curb appeal. This is where the home staging process begins. By following a few important staging tips, you will be prepared to "wow" potential buyers and create an unforgettable first impression. 

1.       Begin with your front yard. It should be inviting and clean. A good wash or fresh stain to the exterior of your home will present a fresh clean look.

2.       Your lawns, shrubs and trees should be trimmed and flower beds and pots weeded so as not to take away from the exterior view of your home.

With a well groomed exterior and front yard, buyers will want to continue inside your home. Now that you have attracted a buyer into your home, first impressions don't stop there. A buyer will know within minutes of stepping foot into your home if they want to take a thorough look through the home.

A few things to consider when staging the interior of your home include the following:

3.       Keep your home clean and free of clutter

4.       Limit the "personalization" in your home by removing any collections, knick-knacks and family photographs.

5.       Eliminate any strong scents that may be in your home (i.e. pet odors, candle scents, cigarette smells, etc.) A fresh coat of paint could help freshen and clean-up a room.

6.       Some rooms in your home may appear small to some buyers so you may want consider removing extra furniture in a room to give the illusion of more space. The same effect can be achieved by eliminating clutter from closets.

Don't miss out on a possible sale. Home staging is a growing trend that agents are using regularly with sellers to attract more buyers and sell your home faster. Visit Home Seller Tips for more home staging tips and home seller reports.

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Backyard Living Areas - Chicago Style

by Allyson Hoffman
Summer is here and most of us love nothing more than to be outside enjoying the warm weather after a long cold Chicago winter. What better way to enjoy the outdoors than in your own backyard. We don’t realize that our backyard is, and can be used as an extension of our home.
For years we have been hearing about “bringing the outdoors in” by creating a garden oasis inside our homes, however more recently there has been a new movement of people bringing the comforts of indoors into their backyards. As reported in the Chicago Sun Times, homeowners are transforming their backyards into “specialty rooms” that may include outdoor kitchens, bars, TV’s and heaters for those cooler nights.
In the Chicago Sun Times article, Our backyards are new extra room, author Frank Fontana goes into detail about some of the things homeowners are doing to create this extra outdoor living space for entertaining or simply to enjoy as your own personal retreat.
A few of the new backyard summer trends mentioned include:
  • Fire Pits and Full Fireplaces
  • Outdoor Lighting
  • Outdoor Kitchens
  • Backyard Theaters
Read more about how to transform your backyard into an extension of your home for gathering, entertaining and enjoying the summer, outdoors.
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Your Home and Air Quality

by Allyson Hoffman

In a time when the environment and air quality is a growing concern, how many people take the time to consider how everyday household items and appliances can affect the air we breathe in our own homes?

It is alarming to find out that it has been suggested that the air we, and our families, breathe in our homes is more polluted than the air outside. As a homeowner we can tackle and improve the air quality in our homes by following a few basic maintenance tasks listed in this article titled "Time to clear the air".

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306 W. Northwest Highway
Barrington IL 60010
Allyson: 847-310-5300
Paul: 847-913-6100

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