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Create A Cozy Outdoor Living Space This Fall!

by Rose Price

Champaign-Urbana is truly spectacular in the FALL! As the days get cooler, the landscape is filled with stunning shades of orange, red, and yellow. Take advantage of the beauty of the season and remaining warmer days of the year by sprucing up your outdoor space. Create an autumnal oasis for you and your family to enjoy by following these top suggestions for transitioning your home’s exterior for fall.

 

  1. Add natural, seasonal color to the space with groupings of your favorite fall plants. The perfect flowers to use are chrysanthemums, mums, and sunflowers. Arrange these flowers into a collage of floral pots. You can also add wood or seasonal (pumpkins of course!) elements for added interest.

  2. Hang lighting that creates new areas for you to entertain and gather. Light strands, pendant lights, and lanterns can all instantly make the space seem brand new and create incredible atmosphere.

  3. Focus on natural and metallic elements that fit within the fall season but can also easily transition throughout the year.

  4. Update with simple accents, such as throw pillows, blankets, and outdoor area rug. Buy these and other accessories in autumnal colors.

  5. Create the perfect cozy spot for you to stay warm by adding a modern outdoor fireplace.

 

 

For additional homeowner tips, visit my website http://www.champaignrose.com/.

 

Wishing everyone a colorful and happy Fall in Champaign-Urbana!

 

 

Resource: HouseBeautiful

 

Tips for Spring Home Buyers and Sellers in Champaign/Urbana!

by Rose Price

Spring is fast approaching. As the flowers bloom and the weather warms, home buyers and sellers start looking to enter the real estate market. If you are ready to Buy or Sell you home in Champaign/Urbana this spring, it is important to be prepared and know what to expect. Here are my helpful tips for spring buying and selling in our area.

 

Spring Buyers!

As a buyer, your first step is to know the Champaign/Urbana market. Research what housing options are available to you as well as the current list prices. Before you begin to seriously search for your new home, it is important to have your Financing situated ahead of time. This allows you to accurately know what you can afford and makes you a more attractive buyer when you enter negotiations with a seller. Realize that the spring market means increased competition from other potential buyers. Once you find your dream home, you want to stand out from other offers. Consider writing a personal letter to the seller expressing why you love their home and know that it would be a good fit for you and your family. Also, remain flexible during the negotiation process to ensure that you can get the home you want.  


 

Spring Sellers!

As a seller, you need to know Your Home's Value before you list. This will enable you to price your home correctly. Since other sellers will be listing their homes this spring, you want to stand out from the competition. You can do this by improving your home’s curb appeal, staging your home, and completing any home improvement projects. Consider some updates to your home that will give you a great return on investment. To get top dollar for your home and sell it quickly, work with Champaign/Urbana’s Top Realtor!






Champaign Rose is here to help you buy or sell this spring!  Give me a call today or visit my website at http://www.champaignrose.com/ to get started today.

Ways to Take Care of Your Champaign Home this Winter

by Rose Price

Although winter is slowly winding down, there is still a chance for more snowfall in the Champaign-Urbana area before the season is through. It is important to protect your home during these cold winter months to make sure that you do not have any lasting problems into the future. Before and after the next snowfall, examine these areas where damage can occur and take measures to prevent and correct any potential issues. Doing so will keep your Champaign-Urbana home looking and working its very best!

 

Driveway and sidewalks. Ice and snow on concrete can lead to cracks. On top of that, it makes for hazardous walking conditions for your family and your guests. Be sure to remove all ice and snow immediately. Use eco-friendly gravel or salt to melt ice and remove those slippery areas.

Dead, large branches. Large branches that hang over your home, garage, or yard can cause serious damage. When the branch is dead, it can easily break away under heavy snow. On nicer days, go outside and cut away these branches to avoid any potential problems.

 

Roof. Large accumulations of snow on your roof can lead to cracking. This can turn into water leaking into your home and causing damage. After the snowfall, make sure to remove any areas with heavy accumulation. Also, check inside your home for water spots or bends that could indicate that the roof has already been damaged this season. If you find any problems, hire a professional to fix it as soon as possible.

 

Foundation. Moisture can enter into your foundation if there is too much ice and snow up against your home. After the snowfall, be sure to shovel around the base of your home. Also, check inside your home to make sure that there aren’t any new cracks.


Pipes. Pipes will burst if they become too cold. This can lead to a huge expense if they do due to flooding. Always keep your home’s temperature at least at 55 degrees. Add insulation to the pipes if they feel cold to the touch.

What Happens Before, During, and After the Home Inspection

by Rose Price

You’ve found your dream home in Champaign/Urbana! Congrats! You are ready to head into the final stages of the home buying process, namely closing. But before you start packing the moving truck to head over to your new address, it is important to take one last look at your potential new home….this time with a Home Inspector!

 

A home inspection is an important step to protect the buyer. It allows you to find out about any potential structural or mechanical issues with the home. It will help you determine whether or not you want to move forward and close on the home or if you need to renegotiate the agreement with the seller. No matter what is revealed in the home inspection, it is important to remember that knowledge is power and you are getting the necessary assurances for your investment. Don’t know where to begin or what to expect in the home inspection? Don’t worry! Champaign Rose is here to help.

 

 

Before the inspection

 

Your first step is to find the best home inspector for the job. In order to do so, you should interview several different inspectors to discover their background and areas of expertise. Ask to see their past inspection reports. If you find one with a highly detailed report that offers recommendations for found issues, they are a keeper. If you would like a list of great home inspectors in our area, contact me today!


During the home inspection.

 

The inspector will spend several hours examining the home. They will look at the physical structure of the home, including roof, ceilings, walls, doors, windows, and floors, as well as mechanical and electrical systems. The plumbing and major appliances will be reviewed. It is highly recommended that you attend the home inspection. This allows you to find out about issues as they are find and ask any questions. There is one important thing to remember during the home inspection. It is not a total x-ray of the home. There are still some issues that can remain hidden within the home or that the home inspector simply isn’t qualified to recognize. Keep this in mind as you continue to budget for your new home. While you can renegotiate your deal based on the findings of the home inspector, you should still expect some potential costs once you move in.

 

After the inspection.

Review the home inspection report. Discuss the findings with your realtor to determine how your deal can be renegotiated if issues were find or if it makes more financial sense to walk away from the home and find a different property. 

 

Check out my other Home Buying Tips! Give me a call today or visit my website at http://www.champaignrose.com/ so that I can help you find your dream home in Champaign/Urbana today.

Champaign-Urbana Christmas Gift Ideas!

by Rose Price

Christmas is fast approaching! There is so much to do before the holiday with preparing your home, baking cookies, and, of course, Christmas shopping. If you still have people on your list to shop for, why not shop locally? There are so many great stores in the Champaign-Urbana area filled with gifts that everyone in your family is sure to love. Here are our Champaign-Urbana Christmas gift ideas!

 

 

Whether your family member loves dance, music, theatrical performances, or film, tickets to an event at the beautiful Virginia Theatre (203 West Park Avenue, Champaign) will surely please them. Tickets can be purchased on their website. The 2016-2017 performing arts season lineup has been released.

 


Treat the whole family by giving a family membership to the Orpheum Children's Science Museum (346 North Neil Street, Champaign). This museum is fun for the whole family and offers endless educational and interactive exhibits. The museum sells numerous packages to fit however many people you would like to include.

 

There is no better gift for the sports fan in your life than tickets to the Fighting IlliniThe University of Illinois Athletics offers many different holiday deals for football and basketball events. Check out their website today to see all the incredible ticket discounts you can get between December 13th and December 24th. Be sure to throw some orange and blue gear in the gift so they can show off their pride at the game!

 

There are so many stores that are unique to the Champaign-Urbana area that you should check out for your holiday gift shopping. If you have little ones to buy for, be sure to stop in Dr. G's BrainWorks (2000 North Neil Street, Champaign). This favorite store sells toys, games, puzzles, and more for all ages that help your brain while you have fun! It is the perfect spot for unique gifts for children. If you have any foodies on your list, swing by Art Mart (1705 South Prospect Avenue, Champaign), a staple of the Champaign-Urbana area. Here you can create an amazing gift filled with imported meats and cheeses, pastries, wine, and more. They also sell a variety of unique toys and housewares making it a one stop shop for anyone you still need to buy for. 

 

Happy holiday shopping in Champaign-Urbana!

 

What is Normal Wear and Tear in your Champaign Home?

by Rose Price

Update Your Champaign Home to Sell With These Hot Kitchen Trends

by Rose Price

5 Fall Home Staging Ideas for your Champaign Listing!

by Rose Price

Home maintenance is considered a chore for a reason. Between work, taking care of the kids, and other cleaning that needs to be taken care of around the house, it often gets pushed to the side. It’s something that no one wants to spend their free time doing and can seem tedious. However, it can help cut energy costs and preserve your Home's Value the future. By doing regular, easy home maintenance tasks you can keep your Champaign/Urbana area home in tip top shape! Follow these Top 10 Tips for simple home maintenance.

  1. Do a Deep Clean

Perform a deep clean on everything inside of your house. Remove accumulated dust, dirt, and grime buildup throughout the rooms in your house. Clean appliances. Get rid of any mold and mildew buildup in rooms where moisture accumulates. Not only will this clean help your home looking its best but it will also allow to identify any potential problems in your house that might need further attention and repair.

  1. Clean Your Dryer Vent

A clogged dryer vent is one of the leading causes of house fires. Ensuring that this does not happen is incredibly easy to do! Along with cleaning out your dryer lint trap every time you use the dryer, you should regularly clear the dryer connection. The dryer connection is the tube/pipe that attaches the appliance to the outdoor vent. Pull the tube out and vacuum it clean of all the lint that has been accumulating within the pipe and the pipe connection. After cleaning it out, reattach the pipe to the dryer and make sure that it is properly connected.

  1. Clear Out Your Drains

No one wants to shower while standing in water up to your ankles. Make sure to keep your drains cleared out to avoid more serious problems such as a sewer backup. For less severe drain clogs, pouring boiling water down the drain can fix the issue. If that doesn’t fully clear it up, use a snake to remove the blockage. Always keep your plumber’s phone number handy if problems persist. Purchase a hair strainer to prevent the issue in the future.

  1. Replace Your Toilet Flapper

A leaky toilet tank can prematurely wear out the toilet and cause water damage to the bathroom floor. If you notice that your toilet is leaking, the flapper needs to be replaced. After turning off the water supply to the toilet using the valve in the back, empty the tank by flushing the toilet. Remove excess water left in the tank and the flush chain from the lever. You can then slide the existing flapper off and replace it with the new one. Reconnect the chain and turn the water supply back on.

  1. Fill Holes and Cracks in the Wall

There are very simple and cheap fixes to cover small holes and cracks in your drywall. A cosmetic sponge can be used to fill those holes. Cut it down to size, push it into the hole, and spackle over it. For those small cracks, add a bit baking soda to strong, fast acting glue and spread the mixture over the crack. This will create a strong surface that can easily be smoothed down by sanding it.

  1. Fix Your Windows

Avoid high energy bills by ensuring that your windows are keeping in the cold air or heat. With the cold winter months approaching in Illinois, you want to make sure that heat does not escape your home. Check the caulking around your windows. If there are any cracks or holes, remove the existing caulk with a box cutter and then apply a new line of it along the seam. To get a straight line of caulk, use painter’s tape. Remove the tape while the caulk is still wet. You can also fix a drafty window by applying an inexpensive insulating window film to the glass. Find a tiny hole in the glass? You can repair it with clear nail polish! Allowing the nail polish to dry in between applications, keep adding layers of the polish until it is flush with the glass.

  1. Get Rid of the Squeak Below Your Feet

Do you hardwood floors squeak when you walk of them? There is an easy fix for that. The culprit of the creak is moisture. Identify the floorboards that are creaking and sprinkle talcum powder on them. Take a makeup brush and sweep the powder in the cracks between the boards. This will help to soak up the moisture and remove the noise.

  1. Clean Your Fridge Coils

Your refrigerator is one of the items in your home that uses up the most energy. To help cut your utility costs, there is a simple fix. By vacuuming the coils underneath or in back of your fridge, you will keep it running as efficiently as possible.

  1. Inspect the Safety Features in Your Home

Make sure you and your family stay safe in your home by inspecting your fire extinguishers and smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. For the fire extinguisher, make sure that it is in an easily accessible spot, check for adequate pressure, and ensure that no wear and tear has occurred. For the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, dust them off, ensure that they are working properly by pushing the test buttons, and replace batteries if necessary.

  1. Take Care of Your Gutters

Protect the exterior of your home and avoid more serious damage by regularly clearing your gutters of debris and buildup. If your home isn’t too tall, you can safely clean the gutters yourself by using a ladder. Remove all the muck that has been accumulating in the gutters. Then, take your garden hose to flush any remaining debris out and to make sure that water flows properly through them. If you notice that your gutters are sagging or pulling away from the house, replace the fasteners and hangers. As the leaves begin to fall this Autumn, it is important to make sure that your gutters are ready for any weather that comes our way. 

The Great Farmer's Markets of Champaign County!

by Rose Price

Summertime means the return of fresh produce to Champaign/Urbana and the surrounding communities. There is a FARMER'S MARKET throughout the area almost every day of the week!! These great weekly events connect local farmers and artisans to the community, help economic development and promote a healthy lifestyle. Stop at any of these markets to stock up on fruits, vegetables, meat, dairy products, baked goods, flowers, handmade goods, and so much more!!!

Tuesdays

Land Connection Farmer's Market

When: Every Tuesday afternoon from 4:00 to 7:00 pm, May through October

Where: Downtown Champaign in Parking Lot M (310-330 North Neil Street)

 

Wednesdays

Rantoul Farmer's Market

When: Every Wednesday afternoon from 4:00 to 7:00 pm, June through October

Where: Rantoul Market (133 South Gerrard Street)

Homer Farmer's Market

When: Every Wednesday evening from 5:00 to 7:00 pm 

Where: Caboose Park (Corner of Main Street and First Street)

 

Thursdays

Sustainable Student Farm

When: Every Thursday from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm (or when supplies run out), May through November 

Where: University of Illinois Quad (1401 West Green Street)

Paxton's Market on Market

When: Every Thursday afternoon from 4:00 to 7:00 pm 

Where: Majestic Park (135 South Market Street)

Monticello Farmer's Market

When: Every Thursday afternoon from 3:00 - 6:00 pm, June 16 through October 6th

Where: Corner of State Street and Livingstone Street

 

Saturdays

Urbana's Market at the Square

When: Every Saturday morning from 7:00 am – 12:00 pm, May through November

Where: Downtown Urbana, Corner of Illinois Street and Vine Street

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