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How to Keep Your Home Free of Pet Odors

by Allyson Hoffman

One of the first things a prospective buyer will notice about a home is the smell. Because we can become accustomed to odors in our home, those odors may not stand out to us as they would to potential buyers.  Even if they love animals, pet odors can discourage a buyer before they even see the rest of the house. So it may be wise to remove pets while you have your home on the market or, at a minimum, keep them out of sight and out of mind when showings occur.

Here are some suggestions to address telltale pet scents before a potential buyer views your home.

Make your home fresh by thoroughly cleaning. Carpet, window treatments, fabrics, and upholstery can trap odors, so pay special attention to these areas. Consider professional ozone-based carpet cleaning. If you choose to use air fresheners, scented candles and cleaning products, keep in mind that even some of these can be bothersome to certain visitors and could cause an allergic reaction.

If you have a cat, be sure to keep the litter box clean at all times and placed in an inconspicuous location. Pet bedding should be cleaned thoroughly and grooming the dog, if you have one, might be also be a good idea.

Weather permitting, open windows to let cool, fresh air circulate through your home.  This is an easy way to minimize distracting odors and to naturally achieve an inviting clean atmosphere.

Lastly, ask a friend to walk through and do a sniff test. Because owners are desensitized to the odors within their own homes, an objective opinion from a trusted friend may be the best way to be your home is ready for visitors.

Your Realtor can also provide that independent nose you may need, so feel free to contact me today.  I will be happy to offer suggestions to prepare your home for potential buyers, and/or help you determine the value of your home.

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4th Annual Inside Art & Wine Show

by Allyson Hoffman

November 21-23, 2014

Highland Park Country Club, Highland Park, Illinois

Amdur Productions believes that the art festival season should never have to end, so this weekend, they will be hosting their 4th annual Inside Art & Wine Show at The Highland Park Country Club. This two for one event, couples an art show extravaganza with a fine wine tasting opportunity -- the perfect pairing for a must-attend experience!

Returning for its 4th consecutive year, the Inside Art & Wine Show features a jury-selected group of 40 acclaimed artisans, showcasing their original artwork.  Attendees can expect to find a variety of art mediums, including ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, paintings, drawings, photography, wood, sculpture, furniture, and more.  The artists will interact with the public through art demonstrations and booth chats.  In addition, and complements of the Vinic Wine Company, extraordinary art shopping will be accompanied by red or white wine samples. The delicious selection of beverages for tasting includes wines from the United States, Italy, and France.

Admission to the 4th annual Inside Art & Wine Show is free, with a $10.00 charge to partake in the wine tastings. So this weekend, plan on attending this unique juried art festival and wine tasting event where there is sure to be something for everyone!

Where: Highland Park Country Club, Highland Park, Illinois

When:

  • Friday November 21st from 4:00 PM-8:00 PM
  • Saturday November 22nd from 10:00 AM-6:00 PM
  • Sunday November 23rd from 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

For more information regarding the 4th annual Inside Art & Wine Show event, please click here.

Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
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Serving Chicago's North Shore, North and Northwest Suburbs

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Carbon Monoxide Safety

by Allyson Hoffman

With winter upon us, there will be an inevitable increase in the number of fuel-burning appliances used in homes. Carbon monoxide detectors should be a must in all homes with water heaters, furnaces, grills, ranges, cooktops, gas-started fireplaces or homes utilizing a generator during power outages.  Homes solely running on electricity are the exception. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, carbon monoxide poisoning is the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in America and so it’s important to install carbon monoxide detectors to safeguard your family. 

Carbon monoxide, an odorless, tasteless, invisible gas, results from the incomplete combustion of fossil fuels, such as wood, kerosene, gasoline, charcoal, propane, natural gas, and oil. It can form in any home with a flame-fueled system.

If you are considering the purchase of a carbon monoxide detector, it is good to know that these devices trigger an alarm based on an accumulation of carbon monoxide over time. Carbon monoxide can be dangerous whether you are exposed to high levels in a short period of time, or to lower levels of carbon monoxide over a longer period of time. They range in price from $30 to $150 with most effective models providing back-up battery power.

To avoid potential problems with carbon monoxide, consider the following tips:

  • Have fuel-burning appliances inspected by a technician every year to ensure safe operation and proper ventilation.
  • Do not warm or run your car’s engine in the garage -- this can cause CO to leak into the home.
  • Install CO detectors at least 15 feet from every fuel-burning appliance, on every level of your home, and outside every sleeping area.
  • Check the batteries on your CO alarms at the same time you do your fire detectors and replace the batteries twice a year.
  • Professionally inspect and clean your furnace before each heating season to prevent any problems.

To ensure your family’s safety this winter, review and complete these important tasks.  For additional tips, feel free to contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have about buying or selling a home in Chicago's North Shore, North and Northwest Suburban communities.

Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
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Vintage and Design Weekend Market in Highland Park

by Allyson Hoffman

November 15, 2014

The old Restoration Hardware building, Highland Park, Illinois

Vintage Promotions L.L.C. will feature their wildly-popular Vintage and Design Weekend Market in Highland Park this Saturday and Sunday. Exciting offers include a unique collaboration of design and vintage wears providing visitors an opportunity to gather home décor inspiration, vintage-style.

Roughly 20 merchants of vintage goods including Gillian Bryce Fine Art of Atlanta, D. Brett Benson Inc. of Chicago, Acorn Antiques, and 214 Modern Vintage will show and sell a unique blend of home décor items and wearables. Selections of estate jewelry, decorative objects, fine art, modern furniture, chic lighting, and gift items will be available. Design, art, and antique experts will also be present to answer questions and aid in the quest to design with vintage flair. A cash and carry, relaxed atmosphere will be one that your entire family can enjoy.

Admission to the Vintage and Design Weekend Market in Highland Park event is $8.00 per person.  To purchase your tickets online, please click here.

The North Shore is in for a very exciting ride this weekend as the Vintage and Design Weekend Market rolls into town.  So indulge in this rare shopping opportunity that promised to provide a whole new respect for all things vintage, coupled with an inspiration to design outside of the traditional box!

Where: The old Restoration Hardware building, Highland Park, Illinois

When:

  • Saturday November 15th from 11:00 AM-6:00 PM
  • Sunday November 16th from 11:00 AM-5:00 PM

For more information regarding the Vintage and Design Weekend Market in Highland Park event, please click here.

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Cost-Effective Ways to Stage Your Home

by Allyson Hoffman

When it’s time to sell your home, staging is great way to prepare your home for prospective buyers.  They need to be able to visualize themselves living there and staging helps to make that possible. Some sellers think that staging is costly, but it can be accomplished without a great deal of money.

Here are a few tips to help you successfully stage your own home.

Say Goodbye to Grandma’s Picture (for now)

Gather some free boxes from local stores, buy a $3 roll of packing tape, and start packing all those items that identify you and what you love. By making the landscape more barren, you give prospective buyers the chance to imagine their own things in place.

De-personalizing your home is one of the most important, and easiest, steps in staging your home to sell.

Garage or Storage Facility

Once you’ve packed up all those heirlooms, you’ll need to stash those boxes in an unobtrusive place. If you have a garage, try using a corner for an easy way to be prepared to move.  This part of the staging process also whittles down the packing time you’d need to spend later.

If you don’t have a garage, a small storage facility might work – and without a great deal of added expense since most furniture will stay in place.

Fresh Coat of Paint

While rearranging your rooms and de-cluttering are two ways to maximize space and appeal, adding a fresh coat of paint really makes rooms pop and typically returns more in added value than the cost of the painting. Fresh, neutral paint makes everything feel clean and new. So a few extra dollars invested in painting to make your rooms shine is a worthwhile step to strongly consider.

Curb Appeal

First impressions are generally lasting, but certainly each home gets only one chance to make that a good one.  Dressing up and cleaning the outside of your home could make the difference between a drive-by prospect and a viewing. Before people ever enter your home, they’ll judge it from the street.

So clean and clear your driveway, mow the lawn or shovel the snow, and season-permitting, plant some colorful flowers. If the outside looks worn, buyers will expect the same within.

You may want to consider a power wash or exterior paint and making repairs that will show a buyer your home is well maintained.  Also, don’t forget your front door – buyers will definitely be checking things out while waiting to enter.

Smells Linger

Because many buyers have sensitive noses, try to eliminate cooking and pet odors, smoke or obvious air fresheners.  Too much of a good thing makes some buyers suspicious.  If weather permits, open the windows to let the fresh air in.

For personalized recommendations on how to prepare and stage your home to sell, feel free to contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and/or help you determine the value of your home.

Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
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Serving Chicago's North Shore, North and Northwest Suburbs
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Antiques + Modernism Winnetka

by Allyson Hoffman

November 7-9, 2014

Winnetka Community House, Winnetka, Illinois

This weekend the affluent Antiques + Modernism Winnetka event will definitely be the talk of the town.  Fusing the long-standing Winnetka Antiques Show with the Winnetka Modernism Show, the occasion features an exciting blend of traditional antiques with early to mid-20th century design pieces.  The happening has become a shopping mecca for attendees seeking fashion creativeness in their homes while expressing their personal style.

The Antiques + Modernism Winnetka event includes over 40 dealers from across the country and Europe showcasing American, European, and Asian antiques.  Pieces from the Arts and Craft, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, and Mid-Century design movements will also be highlighted.  Visitors will find a variety of furniture, lighting, jewelry, silver, ceramics, rugs, textiles, fine and folk art, architectural artifacts, and more.  The affair prides itself on offering items for collectors, designers, and hobbyists --suited for varied budgets and tastes.

Admission to Antiques + Modernism Winnetka event is only $16.74 for a 3-day admission ticket.  To purchase your tickets online, please click here.

This tradition in both Winnetka and up and down the North Shore, a truly spectacular style and design event, is absolutely not one to forego.  So join the excitement at the Winnetka Community House this weekend and shop the extensive inventory of antiques and modern-age pieces displayed by some of the most elite dealers in the world.

Where: Winnetka Community House, Winnetka, Illinois

When:

  • Friday November 7 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Saturday November 8 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Sunday November 9 from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

For more information regarding the Antiques + Modernism Winnetka event, please click here.

Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
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Serving Chicago's North Shore, North and Northwest Suburbs

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Avoid These Home Selling Mistakes

by Allyson Hoffman

Selling a home can be a daunting task, especially if you’ve never done it before. It can be time-consuming, emotionally trying and/or costly. Mistakes or delays can occur, especially when guided by inexperience, as opposed to a disciplined and skillful plan.  So, you’ll want to know how to navigate the pitfalls that are associated with selling a home.

Disconnect Emotionally

To the maximum extent possible, it’s best to approach the sale of your home like you would any important business transaction. To enhance your likelihood of coming out on top, focus on financial considerations, remain willing to stage your home for showings to prospects, and distance yourself emotionally.  Buyers need to be able to imagine themselves in your home, will investigate every inch, and judge it from their perspective and perception. 

Hire an Agent

Don’t let your independent streak lead you down the wrong path.  Statistics consistently prove that in the majority of cases, sellers who hire a full-service Realtor® walk out the door with the highest net profits, even after paying commissions.  Since you will likely not need to pay your Realtor® until he or she succeeds, it’s typically a win-win situation for sellers to select an experienced agent.  Your Realtor® will help you navigate the muddy waters of paperwork, price your home competitively, do all the marketing, and interact with potential buyers and their agents.  Additionally, your agent will bring critical objectivity to the process and result, something that most owners find difficult – after all, it’s their home. 

Price it Right

Ninety percent of good marketing starts with good pricing.  When the asking price of a home substantially exceeds the market value, time on market increases, showings decrease and offers, even low ones, are rare to non-existent.  A high priced listing often helps to sell its own competition.  So, accurate pricing should always consider the recent sale prices of similar homes in the area as well as the nature of the competition.  Successful sellers who list their homes at market value pricing will typically sell, sometimes with multiple bids and almost always closer to asking price than their overpriced competitors.

For assistance in determining the accurate value of your home, how to generate extensive market exposure or for a customized marketing plan designed for you and your situation, feel free to contact me for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
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Serving Chicago's North Shore, North and Northwest Suburbs
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