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Home Warranty Highlights

by Allyson Hoffman

More sellers are now including home warranties with the sale of their homes to comfort buyer concerns. Ideally a home warranty provides some assurance to the buyer regarding systems, appliances or other failures within the first year of ownership by arranging for repair or replacement with only a minimal service call fee. Keep in mind that homeowners, themselves, can also purchase a home warranty at any time. Prior to purchasing a home warranty, homeowners should understand what they are and when they are most needed.

What is a Home Warranty?

A home warranty generally covers the major components of a home, such as heating and cooling systems, appliances and water heaters. Typically, minor repairs such as plumbing leaks are not included in coverage. It can be purchased for any age home, though the cost may increase with older properties with additional expense for larger homes or slightly lower costs for condominiums.

With some warranties, owners pay only a set amount regardless of the cost of the repair or replacement. With other programs, payment of a portion or percentage of the cost may be required. So it’s important to read the fine print before selecting a warranty. Know what is included and what can be added for an extra price.

The Benefits

For the buyer, a home warranty provides peace of mind by eliminating the possibility for hundreds of dollars in repairs or exhausting emergency funds for major issues during the first year of ownership. Even one repair can exceed the entire annual cost for the home warranty.

For the seller, a home warranty may attract additional buyers, especially if the home being sold is older with older systems and appliances. Because many first-time buyers may have limited funds to invest into the property, and a warranty can be an attractive asset.

The Downside

Paying for a warranty for years and never needing to use it for repairs may make the proposition appear as a useless cash drain with no rewards. This case is often seen with newer homes when a special home warranty may be unnecessary if the home is still covered under the builder’s warranty. For example, most appliances come with a two- or five-year manufacturer’s warranties, so you wouldn’t need a separate home warranty during that time.

In the end, the decision to buy or not to buy boils down to you and how prepared you are to pay for unexpected expenses. It also clearly depends on the age of the home you’re buying or selling. For additional information regarding home warranty options, feel free to contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to help you determine the value of your home, or find your next dream home.

 


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In the Tropics Orchid Show

by Allyson Hoffman

Sunday, March 24th is your last chance to catch the spectacular In the Tropics Orchid Show at the Chicago Botanic Garden. This year’s orchid show will feature more than 10,000 orchids in bloom, paired with sweeps of bromeliads and birds of paradise capturing the spirit of the islands, beaches, and rainforests in places like the South Pacific and the Amazon. Warm up inside the Orchid Show Greenhouses and Galleries and check out the live Morning Music with Orchids on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Visit the official Chicago Botanic Garden website for additional information and to purchase your tickets. Take a well-deserved break from this year’s grueling winter weather and enter a true respite in this tropical paradise full of breathtaking blooms.

 

 

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Clever Storage Ideas for Small Spaces

by Allyson Hoffman

Almost everyone who lives in a small home needs more storage. Typically, floor space is at a premium with the common solution of building wall shelving and other vertical storage systems. However, extra storage can be achieved in many fun and unique ways. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Baskets and Bins

Wicker baskets and vibrant plastic storage bins are great resources for adding storage. While they actually don’t hide your items, they make them look more attractive while out in plain sight. They can easily enhance the limited storage you already have. For example, if there’s minimal room for a dresser in your child’s bedroom, try placing storage bins their closet. Lay them on their side and stack them to create attractive, usable shelves.

Custom Shelving

Many older homes with nooks not large enough for a piece of furniture can easily be converted to storage areas by adding custom shelving.  To hide this area, if so desired, try hanging a curtain or blind to keep it concealed.

Crates

Try to find old wooden crates and paint them a bright color or a shade to match your walls. They can be hung in the bathroom to hold washcloths and toiletries, or in the kitchen to hold spices. Because they come in different depths and lengths, you can find a size to fit almost any space.

Ladders

Repurpose and refresh an old wooden ladder for your bathroom with a coat of matching or contrasting paint. Lean it against a wall to hang towels and washcloths. It could also be used in a bedroom if the ladder has wider steps to hold photos or even toys. Just make sure to securely attach it to the wall to provide a stable space for your belongings.  

Hanging Storage

For those who have only a few cabinets and drawers in your kitchen, space for everything is inevitably limited. Try purchasing small pegboards, or make your own to attach to the inside of your cabinets. This is the perfect space to hang measuring spoons and cups or other small items that take up extra room. 

Small spaces don’t have to be cluttered or cause for frustration. With a little creativity, finding unique storage solutions that fit your home and your needs doesn’t have to be overwhelming. For additional ideas regarding creative home improvements, 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.

 


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February 2019 Midwest Real Estate Market Reports

by Allyson Hoffman

The February 2019 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 ShoreNorth, and Northwest Suburban Chicago, Illinois area, please let me know.



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27th Annual Chicagoland Family Pet Expo

by Allyson Hoffman

Pet lovers, the 27th Annual Chicagoland Family Pet Expo begins this Friday, March 15th at the Arlington International Racecourse and runs through Sunday, the 17th. Browse through over 200 exhibits of products including pet-themed artwork, jewelry, clothing, cleaning supplies, security products, food, and more!  Don’t miss your chance to spoil your furry family members with the latest and greatest pet-related products. Bring the whole family and enjoy tons of entertainment and hands-on activities.

Visit the official Pet Chicago website for additional information. Come celebrate your love of four-legged friend at the Chicagoland Family Pet Expo – it’s sure to be a “pawsome” time!

 

 

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Downsize Your Life in Five Easy Steps

by Allyson Hoffman

If you’re planning to move to a smaller home, you’ll need to also scale back your belongings – undoubtedly a challenging task, especially for collectors of memories or memorabilia.  To make the process less painful, here are a few tips to streamline the job and increase the likelihood of enjoying your new home.

1. Start with the Less Sentimental Items

Begin with belongings that allow you to remain objective. It could be clothing, linens or kitchen cookware. Once you’ve pared down these practical items, it will be easier to work on your sentimental pieces.

2. Work with the Big Stuff

Rather than sorting through boxes and not truly impacting your living space, instead select large items that matter, such as furniture. Once you know where you’re moving, try creating the floor plan to help determine what truly suits that space. By choosing the most important and appropriate pieces, you’ll be able to decide what can be eliminated.

3. Have a “Just In Case” Box

To deal with items that truly tug at your heart strings, regardless of whether or not you need them, allow yourself to keep a few of these special pieces in a box reserved for “just in case.” Plan a location to store that box as well as a timetable for retrieving it for a second look.  By having that box to store those selected items, it should make it easier to part with rest of the “unnecessary”.

4. Give It Away

It’s often easier to eliminate items when they’re specifically going to someone else. If your family members know you’re downsizing, try inviting them to select things they’d want. That way those sentimental items will continue to have a loving home while you’ll benefit from additional space. For other useful, but less personal articles, consider donating them to charities.

5. Sell It

It can be easier to eliminate belongings when you benefit monetarily.  Yard sales, garage sales or selling online through Etsy or eBay could be a good choice. Depending on what you’re discarding, you might recoup several hundreds of dollars which could make the “parting” much less painful.

Successfully working through these steps will inevitably increase your ability to enjoy that new and smaller home without the distraction of clutter. For additional information on how to make to move from a larger to a smaller home, feel free to contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have about selling your home, and/or help you find your next dream home.

 


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For Sale - 28 Foxtail, Hawthorn Woods, IL 60047, $475,000

by Allyson Hoffman

Artistry and Ambiance!

Blend Designer Details, a Classic Sensible Floor Plan, Sunny Spaces & Airy Architectural Awe Here!

Magical Originality & Elegant, Artistic Design Combines with a Tranquil, Serene Setting in this Dramatic, One-Of-A-Kind, Custom-Built Two-Story!

Please stop by and visit our Open House, either Sunday, April 7th or April 14th from 12 PM to 3 PM and visit this one-of-a-kind custom-built two story where sunshine, magical originality and artistic design combine on a serene acre overlooking open, quite wetlands!

Custom-built and decorated with true artistry, this one-of-a-kind two story with a serene .98-acre setting and located near the end of a quiet cul-de-sac, features a sunny south-facing panorama of glorious trees and open land from two-story windows. Stepping into the two-story foyer, a front-to-back view greets you and a wide upper bridge-like loft filters abundant natural light to two floors. With center-entry design, the dramatic high foyer is flanked by both the formal separate dining room, and the step-down living room leading to a versatile study, library, den, or office. The family room, a two-story delight with windows on three sides, a cathedral ceiling, twin skylights, and a fireplace wall also opens to the study, the foyer, and the spacious island-kitchen with its large eating area, granite counters, stainless appliances, and patio-door access to a hexagonal deck and sprawling tranquil yard. Also located on the main floor are the lovely powder room, and a laundry room with access to the 3-car garage.

Upstairs you’ll find a loft-like lounge area leading to a family bath, three generous bedrooms and a grand master bedroom suite with a cathedral ceiling, an adjoining sitting room, a huge walk-in closet, and a luxurious spa bath with high ceilings and separate jetted tub and shower areas.

Downstairs you’ll find a full, high-ceiling basement with several daylight windows, a brand-new furnace and a large finished workroom. Ideal for future finishing, this abundant space can be tailored to suit your family’s special wants and needs.

Escape here and combine tranquility, sunshine and uniquely awesome artistry and ambiance!

To view the full description and collection of photos for this home please visit www.28Foxtail.com!

Contact Allyson Hoffman for more information or to schedule a showing.  Visit www.RealEstateNorthernIllinois.com or email Allyson@Allyson.com!

Chocolate, Wine, & Spirits Expo

by Allyson Hoffman

Calling all chocolate lovers, the Chocolate Wine & Spirits Expo begins this Saturday, March 9th at 11 AM. Bring your friends and family to the Stephen M. Bailey Auditorium at the Historic Randolph Street Market District and enjoy the most delicious event in town. Sample delectable treats and drinks from over 50 vendors and chat with the artisans. This is a perfect event if you are planning to expand your wine and spirits collection because you can try before you buy!

Tasting tickets are $1 each, and 100% of the proceeds benefit The Holiday Heroes, a children’s charity whose mission is to inspire long-lasting joy and happy memories for these children and their families by making a lasting impact in their lives. The event will also feature demonstrations and parings.

Visit the official event website for additional information. Impress your friends and family at your next dinner party with your new-found knowledge of wine pairings. Deciding not to come would be a ‘pour’ decision.

 

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Update to Sell Without Breaking the Bank

by Allyson Hoffman

If you’re considering putting your home on the market this spring or summer, you’ll undoubtedly want to ensure that it sells quickly and for top dollar. While you can’t control the market, you can influence what buyers see when they walk into your space. Here are a few suggestions to make your home look fabulous in the eyes of the buyers.

1. Paint is a Cheap Fix

Paint provides the biggest bang for the buck.  It can cover a lot of imperfections and it doesn’t break the budget. So strongly consider painting to provide a fresh, new look to your home.  From walls to cabinetry that would be costly to replace, paint can do wonders. To create an unforgettable first impression, repaint your front door in a distinct and attractive color to capture buyers’ instant attention.

2. Install New Lighting

Outdated light fixtures, a potential eyesore to buyers looking for an updated space, can typically be replaced economically with something brand new. By adding new lighting and possibly more fixtures, especially in kitchens and bathrooms, the space will generally appear both larger and brighter. Consider under-cabinet lighting in your kitchen workspace or sconces around the bathroom mirrors to enhance visual appeal.

3. Replace Faucets

Another inexpensive upgrade to make your kitchen and bathrooms feel fresh and new is to replace the faucets. Consider popular low-flow showerheads with spa settings and a kitchen faucet with a pull-out sprayer to entice buyers. By updating faucets with a new contemporary style, the entire sink or vanity will appear newer without the cost of replacement.

4. Re-glaze the Tub

If your tub is older or its color is not in vogue, rather than enduring the mess and costly expense of replacement, an inexpensive fix is to have it re-glazed. This process removes chips and cracks and provides a shiny new finish. Your bathroom will appear well-maintained and problem-free when you re-glaze the tub and re-caulk and re-grout the surrounding tile.

5. Declutter

One of the easiest and cost-effective ways to make your home look fabulous involves removing all excess clutter. So store those extra family photos and eliminate the majority of unneeded decorative items. Clear off counter tops, vanity tops and dresser tops as well as eliminating extra furniture. If needed, identify a section of your basement or garage where things can be stashed or even rent a storage unit which often can be obtained for minimal cost. A clutter-free space that looks larger and more inviting to buyers will go a long way toward improving your chances of a fast sell.

Following these tips will help to showcase your home in its best light and leave potential buyers with a distinctly better impression. For additional ideas regarding preparing your home for sale, 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.

 


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Panoramic Views!

Cash In to Great Living, Great Space, Great Amenities & Location -- Fulfill Great Expectations Here!

Combine Carefree Living with Resort-Like Amenities, Captivating Updates and a Prime Sunny Corner Setting in this "Ready-for-Prime-Time" Airy, End-Unit Condo!

Thumbs up! Don’t miss this super-special sunny, Southwest corner unit with six rooms, 2 bedrooms and a multi-functional family room or third bedroom. This “Winner’s Circle” gem features a beautifully updated kitchen, baths and stunning Cherrywood flooring. The cheerful, bright living room with windows on two sides, boasts both a fireplace wall and sliders leading out to the balcony overlooking a quiet, central courtyard. Entertain with ease or enjoy family gatherings in the separate dining room, conveniently-adjacent to the like-new kitchen with its cherry cabinetry, granite counters, stainless appliances, breakfast bar and planning desk.

The spacious master bedroom suite includes a huge customized walk-in closet and appealing-remodeled, private master bath. Enjoy an additional large second bedroom with easy across-the-hall access to the lovely renovated family/guest bath and a great den, library, or third bedroom with the carefree flexibility to accommodate your individual needs. Add a convenient in-unit laundry room, deeded and heated underground parking and fabulous resort-like amenities including two outdoor pools, tennis courts and renovated clubhouse to this best-value delight. Combine lovely grounds, aerated ponds and a great easy-access location in desirable Pheasant Creek. Stop, look, love and buy!

To view the full description and collection of photos for this home please visit www.3050PheasantCreek-304.com!

Contact Allyson Hoffman for more information or to schedule a showing.  Visit www.RealEstateNorthernIllinois.com or email Allyson@Allyson.com!

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