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Are Dragonflies in your Future?

by Allyson Hoffman

Did you know … A dragonfly is a very strong and good flyer, and can fly at speeds of up to 36 miles per hour?  Have you ever wondered what dragonflies eat or where they live?  There are a lot of fun and interesting facts about dragonflies so this is sure to be a unique experience for kids of all ages.   Enjoy an opportunity to bring the family out to learn everything you want to know about Dragonflies at Glenview Park District. 

When:  June 30, 2012

Time:  11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Location:   The Grove – Glenview Park District

Glenview Park District

2400 Chestnut

Glenview, IL  60026

847-724-5670

Price:  $12.00 to $15.00 – This is a fee listed per adult-child pair and additional children are $6.00 each.

You can register by visiting the Glenview Parks website.

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Quick and Easy Curb Appeal

by Allyson Hoffman

If you are preparing to sell your house, you’ve probably got a lot to consider.  One of the biggest tasks on your agenda may need to be a modest makeover -- not necessarily redecorating or remodeling, but certainly a thorough cleaning followed by strategic decorating.   This means your house needs to look its best from the outside as well because first impressions really count and you’ll only get one chance to make that a good one.   Even if you have a lot to do, the importance of this is not to be lightly dismissed.  So here are three ideas that can be done quickly and inexpensively.

Spruce up the Front Door Area

The entrance to your home should be a potential buyer’s elegant introduction to the house. So, make sure that the front porch (if you have one) is immaculately clean. Clear out the cobwebs, wipe off the dust, repair damaged spots and then give everything a tidy new coat of paint. Make sure metal door handles and knockers are polished, too!   If you have furniture outside the door, or on your porch, make sure it’s clean and in good condition.  Lastly, put down a new welcome doormat as well.

Dress up the Yard

Take a good look at your landscaping and decide if there are places where planting some inexpensive annuals could add a dash of color.   Check your beds, bushes and shrubbery and definitely make sure that those areas are weeded, pruned and attractively trimmed.  You might want to consider planting some fragrant herbs in window boxes or attractive pots.  If you take just a few minutes each morning to check for and remove dead or dying flowers and scan for wind-blown debris, your yard will certainly look much better.  Also don’t forget those garbage cans outside – try to keep them hidden if possible, but also clean and odorless.

Make it Look Like Home

You’ll definitely want a potential buyer to easily picture their family living in your house.  So, take the time each day before you leave to make sure a buyer’s first impression of your home is a purely positive one. This may include sprucing up your mailbox.  If it needs some attention, try spray painting it in a color that will accent or nicely contrast the color of your home.  You might even want to replace it with an attractive one that is new.   Also, make sure your house numbers are visible on the mailbox and/or the front of your home.

None of these ideas are costly, and none of them will take more than a few of hours of effort at the most.  So, investment of your time and modest/minimal expense should be well worth the effort as buyers begin to visit your home for the first time.

When you are ready to buy or sell, please contact me and I will be happy to answer any questions about the real estate process.  Should you have questions about making your home stand out for today’s buyers, let me know and I will be happy to share additional ideas with you. 

 

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ATTENTION: GOLFERS WANTED!

by Allyson Hoffman

For the golf enthusiast or those just looking to have some fun under the stars on these great summer nights, Glenview Park Golf Club offers you some tremendous fun. 

Family Night Golf

Saturdays and Sundays – after 5 PM

Glenview Park Golf Club

800 Shermer Road

Glenview, IL 60025
$30 flat fee for up to six players

847-724-0250


Family groups can participate (some restrictions may apply) throughout the months

June, July and August.

For more information visit Glenview Golf Park

Glow-in-the-Dark-Golf

Join in the fun on Saturday nights this summer at the Glenview Park Golf Club throughout the months of June and July.

Why not plan a date with your sweetheart, an evening with your friends or just bring the family and grab your clubs for an evening of fun on the golf course after dark!

Tee Time Reservations are required and available from 8 pm through 10 pm. Green fees run $18/player with deposits held for “Glow Balls” used for your twilight round.

For more information visit Glenview Golf Park

 

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Home Safety Has Become A Main Concern With Homeowners

by Allyson Hoffman

Keeping your family safe at home is what all North Shore homeowners want, and most people feel that that their home is a safe place.  The reality is that even if you have taken extra precautions to make your home a safe place, you might be surprised by some of the common safety hazards that can make your home dangerous. The good news is that most safety concerns can be easily fixed!  Below are some of the common concerns and how to remedy them.

1. Wiring and electrical cords. Check all electrical appliances, cords, and outlets. Are your electrical appliances in good condition without loose or frayed cords or plugs? Are your outlets overloaded with plugs from the TV, computer, printer, video game system, and stereo?  Solution: Replace or professionally repair any appliances that spark, smell unusual, or overheat. Replace worn out extension cords, don’t run electrical wires under rugs, and don’t overload outlets or power strips.

2. Gas leaks and sources of carbon monoxide.  You may or may not smell a gas leak before it is too late, and you will NOT smell carbon monoxide. Solution: Make sure that your gas appliances are serviced regularly. Check any unusual variances on your gas bill – those could be the result of hidden leaks. Mostly importantly, invest in a carbon monoxide detector and keep the batteries up to date just as you should do with your smoke alarms.

3. Cluttered hallways and stairways. It sounds simple, but toys or other items that are left blocking stairwells, hallways or exits can not only provide an obstacle to trip over, but can also prevent a hasty exit in the event of fire or other emergencies. Solution: Simply try to ensure that walkways are clear of any obstructions that can cause accidents.

4. Toxic chemicals. From severe toxicity like asbestos and lead paint, to daily household cleaners, your home may contain toxic chemicals that are harmful to your family, especially children, the elderly, those with compromised heath and your pets. Solution: If you live in an older home, have it inspected for asbestos and lead. As for household chemicals, try switching to some of the new organic or natural solutions. Always keep any kind of chemical solutions up high and out of reach or locked away.

5. Recalled products. Some products, especially imported products, are subject to recall.  These can range from toys and cribs to everyday appliances and vehicles. Solution: Register your household goods and appliances when you bring them home – it’s easy and it ensures that you will receive recall notifications. You can subscribe via email for recalls as well as stay alert to recall information that is broadcast over TV and radio or in print and online.

Most home safety hazards are easy to prevent or fix with just a little due diligence. Do you have any tips you can share with other homeowners? Please share your tips.

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Arlington International Offers Some Summer Fun!

by Allyson Hoffman

Miller Lite Saturday Summer Bash
Saturday, June 15, 2013

Enjoy summer with the sounds of local bands during the Miller Lite Saturday Summer Bash.  Every Saturday through Labor Day there will be a different band on stage.  You will enjoy a full day of excitement at Arlington International.  From thoroughbred racing to great food you are sure to enjoy a Saturday offering everything you are looking for and expect.

For more information visit Arlington Park

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Family Day at Arlington International

Daily Herald hosts the Family Day every Sunday through Labor Day weekend and this is where the family is sure to have a good time.   The kids are going to love all the activities – pony rides, petting zoo, face painting, magicians, and so much more.  The activities are from 1:00 to 5:00 PM. 

LEGOLAND Discovery Center is the place to be – featuring LEGO challenges.

For more information visit Arlington Park

So, pack up the family, bring the sunscreen and have a fun summer day!  After all, isn’t that what summer is all about? 

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Packing For Your Move – Have A Plan

by Allyson Hoffman

When you decide to make a move to a new home there are a number of things to accomplish including the dreaded task of packing. Not many people enjoy this process, but it can be a lot less stressful if you are organized and make a plan.

Here are a few tips to get you started.

  • Plan ahead and budget for the move. Will you be moving yourself or will you require the assistance of a moving company? If you are planning to use a moving company it’s a good idea to price this out ahead of time by using a moving calculator.
  • Make sure you have plenty of the following: strong packing boxes (more than you think you will need), markers and tags to label boxes, rolls of packing tape, bubble wrap for fragile items, packing paper, scissors and a knife for opening boxes and a spiral notebook.
  • Use your spiral notebook and number pages to correspond to the packed box numbers.  Write the contents of each box on its numbered page.  This will allow you to easily find the things you need most in the unpacking process at your new destination.
  • Pack room-to-room keeping similar items together.
  • Use smaller boxes for heavier items so it is easier to lift.
  • Consider using towels, linens and curtains to line the bottom and sides of boxes with fragile items. All fragile items should be individually wrapped. Clearly mark these boxes FRAGILE.
  • Make sure that any opened boxes or jars are tightly sealed before packing them.
  • Use colorful tags to number and identify the contents of the box including which room it will be taken to in your new home.
  • Pack any rugs last so that they will be the first thing unpacked and placed in the home.
  • Make a master list of all household items and personal belongings.
  • Finally pack a box with all the essentials and mark it “Open Me First”. This box may contain items such as: a few basic tools (flashlight, pocket knife, masking tape, light bulbs), bathroom essentials (toilet paper, soap, shampoo, toothbrushes & paste, hand towel), Kitchen items (paper towels, coffee maker & filter, paper plates, cups, utensils, pet food, trash bags).

Planning ahead will make all the difference to an overwhelming move. Do your research and make a plan.

If you are considering buying or selling and the thought of moving is holding you back, please contact me.  I will walk you through the entire process and offer some great moving information.  Click here to download my free reports on moving.  I offer moving tips on how to move with children, pets and so much more.

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30th Annual Chicago’s Blues Festival

by Allyson Hoffman

Rolling Up The River is the theme for the 30th annual Chicago’s Blues Festival.

Thursday, June 6th

Millennium Park
201 E, Randolph Street
6:30 -9:00 PM

Friday, June 7 – June 9th

Grant Park
Jackson and Columbus 

Come on out and enjoy a great line-up of 4 fun consecutive nights celebrating the largest free blues festival in the world.  The festival begins June 6th through June 9th.

Click here for more information and the line-up:

30th Annual Chicago Blues Festival

Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
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Do You Know What Is and Isn’t Covered?

by Allyson Hoffman

A survey released in May by InsuranceQuotes.com shows that many Americans are not fully aware of what their homeowner insurance covers or doesn’t cover. It shows, for example, that about half of those surveyed did not know their insurance policy would not cover damage caused by an earthquake.

"Many consumers are purchasing insurance without really [comprehending] what they're buying," InsuranceQuotes.com Laura Adams told TheStreet.com.

Here are some of the more common misconceptions:

  • Homeowner’s policies usually do not cover replacement of all of your possessions.  Check for coverage caps on personal belongings in your home. These can include jewelry or firearms, for example, which you may require extra fees for complete coverage.
  • 55% of those surveyed didn’t know that damage from mold resulting from a leak is frequently not covered.  Mold remediation can cost thousands of dollars, but you may not be covered if it happens to you. Mold damage coverage may come at an additional cost.
  • As noted above, your policy probably does not include damage caused by earthquakes, tornados and floods.
  • Since you policy probably is not likely to cover flood damage, you’ll need a separate flood policy if you want to protect yourself.  This is particularly important if you live in a flood zone where you may be required to have such a policy.  But, even if you only live near such a zone, you should consider a flood policy. They can be and usually are quite inexpensive if you don’t live close to water.
  • Make sure you’ve got enough coverage to replace your house.   But that isn’t the market value of your home which also includes the price of the land on which it sits.
  • The report also showed that 73% of those surveyed didn’t know their homeowner’s policy covers thefts from a self-storage unit or even your car, no matter where it was when the crime was committed.

The key takeaway from this report is that you need to read and understand your policy.  Your insurance agent should be more than happy to spell out the ramifications of your policy in plain English.  If not, perhaps you need another agent!   As a homeowner this is critically important -- you really need to know that your investment is as protected as it can be.

If you have any questions or need an insurance agent, please contact me.  I would be happy to introduce you some of the best insurance agents in the area.

 

Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
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