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Spring Maintenance for your Champaign/Urbana IL Home!

by Rose Price

It's spring in Champaign/Urbana and time to get our homes ready for the spring real estate market, which is already moving full-steam ahead. Is your home ready for the many buyers who will see it in the coming days? In order for your Champaign/Urbana home to stand out among the many that a potential buyer will take a look at, and for it to get the BEST OFFER possible, you want to have it looking it's absolute best!   That means you don't leave ANY stones unturned!  Make this spring's home maintenance and preparation top notch. 

HERE ARE TIPS TO GET YOUR HOME LOOKING GOOD:

Exterior Windows- Get those windows shining like the commercials we see on Television! No streaks or smudges and definitely no dirt from the winter season! Check all caulk and weather stripping too.

Decks & Patios- Power wash your decks and patios, then stain and reseal. They'll be looking like new again. If you have outdoor furniture, make sure it is staged appropriately.

Exterior Walls- Check for damage from the winter months. This can be cracks, stains, or holes. Repair as needed and be mindful of problem areas that may need more than just a minor repair.

Lawn- Pick up sticks and other debri from the long winter months, mow the grass and trim all shrubs and overgrown trees.  Lay down any herbicides and start your spring lawn care programs. 

In-ground Sprinkler Systems- Maintenance any in-ground sprinkler systems on the property so that they are in good working order.

Roof- Inspect for any missing or cracked shingles? Make sure to address any issues from winter damage or ice dams to keep your roof in top shape.

Chimney- If you have a stone chimney, check the bricks looking for efflorescence, a white calcium deposit that means your chimney is absorbing water. If you find this is the case, you need to reseal the chimney.

Downspouts & Gutters- Your favorite job! Clean the gutters and make sure all the downspouts are in the right position so water is directed away from your house.

Next Blog post I'll tackle Spring Maintenance on our Home Interior's! For more Home Maintenance Tips visit my Facebook Page and my Website.

If you are looking to put your Champaign/Urbana Home up for Sale, you'll want to do that very soon! Give me a call or you can find out what your Champaign/Urbana Home is worth by visiting this link for FREE: Get a free CHAMPAIGN/URBANA HOME VALUE REPORT

I are here to help in any way I can. I'd love to partner with you to sell your home and get you the Value and Price you deserve for your Champaign/Urbana Home! Give us a call anytime.

It's an Easter Egg Hunt Weekend in Champaign/Urbana!

by Rose Price


 

 

With the Easter holiday just a week away, the Champaign/Urbana area is filled with Easter Egg Hunts and Bunny Breakfasts this weekend!  Here are some of the great activities taking places this weekend:

March 28- 9:30-11:30 am- Vineyard Church’s The Great Egg Chase, Urbana  It's an Easter Kids eggstravaganza with donuts, an Easter message, giveaways and, of course, an egg hunt. Everyone is invited to attend!

March 28- Noon to 2:00 pm- Meadowbrook Community Church- Champaign   14th Annual Easter Carnival and Egg Hunt:  Children up to age 12 , admission is fee and every child receives a coupon for a free hot dog, chips and drink.

March 28- 10:00 am 7th Annual Monticello Parks and Recreation Department Easter Egg Hunt: Kids 10 years and under are invited to bring their Easter Egg baskets and get ready for some serious egg hunting! The Easter Egg Hunt will be held at the Forest Preserve Park in Monticello.

These take place next week:

April 4- 11:00  Champaign Park District’s 25th Annual Egg Hunt: Thousands of eggs are waiting to be found at Champaign's West Side Park!  Free hayrack rides will take place before the event from 10:00- 10:45 am for children 10 and under. 

April 4- 11:30- 1:00pm Champaign Park District’s EGGS-PLORATION!:  Join us at Douglass Park for a good, old-fashioned egg hunt. Before the egg hunt, kids will be able to get their face painted and play in inflatables. The hunt will start promptly at noon, so don’t be late! Remember your basket for all your goodies. Kids ages 1-13, free. 

April 4- 11:00 am- Farmer City’s Annual FREE Easter Egg Hunt: Over 10,000 EGGS! Candy! Prizes! Registration opens at 11 a.m. and hunts will start at noon on April 4, For Ages Birth to Sixth grade. South Park, Farmer City.

Anthem Veterans Memorial Phoenix Arizona

by Rose Price

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Once a Year at 11:11 am the Sun Shines Perfectly on this Memorial At precisely 11:11 a.m. each Veterans Day (Nov. 11), the sun's rays pass through the ellipses of the five Armed Service's pillars to form a perfect solar spotlight over a mosaic of The Great Seal of the United States.

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Photograph by Mike Spinelli

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Anthem Veterans Memorial, located in Anthem, Arizona, is a monument dedicated to honoring the service and sacrifice of the United States armed forces. The pillar provides a place of honor and reflection for veterans, their family and friends, and those who want to show their respects to those service men and women who have and continue to courageously serve the United States.  

The memorial was designed by Anthem resident Renee Palmer-Jones. The five marble pillars represent the five branches of the United States military. They are staggered in size (from 17 ft to 6 ft) and ordered in accordance with the Department of Defense prescribed precedence, ranging from the United States Army, the United States Marine Corps, the United States Navy, the United States Air Force and the United States Coast Guard.

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Photograph via Anthem Community Council

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Photograph via Anthem Community Council

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Photograph via Anthem Community Council

Additionally, the brick pavers within the Circle of Honor are inscribed with the names of over 750 U.S. servicemen and women, symbolizing the support for the Armed Forces. The pavers are red, the pillars are white, and the sky is blue to represent America's flag. The circle represents an unbreakable border. Anthem resident and chief engineer, Jim Martin was responsible for aligning the memorial accurately with the sun.

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Anthem Veterans Memorial
41703 N. Gavilan Peak Parkway 
Anthem, AZ 85086

 In God We Trust

 

I'm so excited about my new Walking Tours of Champaign City Parks, along with my favorite pals...Simon & Pharis;  my two Spaniels! 

Springtime in Champaign is just lovely, and having the company of you and your pups along with us in the fresh morning air in the awesome city parks is such a treat.  And, we all get to spend some quality time with our pets, getting to know more of our Champaign neighbors, and seeing more of the beautiful parks that our great city of has to offer.  Doesn't get much better than that!

This week we'll be meeting on Monday, March 23rd at 7:00 am at West Side Park, northeast corner. I'll be giving a little history and some background information on the park as we walk and then we can stop for coffee and something to eat when we are finished.  Of course we'll find one of the wonderful area restaurants that accepts our furry friends on their patio too.

I look forward to seeing you Monday!  ( I'm getting the..."WOOF, WOOF" from Simon & Pharis too!)

Calling all Dog Owners! It's a beautiful springtime in Champaign and I'd like to invite you to bring your lovable furry family members and walk with me through our wonderful city parks!  It will give you  a chance to get some great bonding time in with your doggies, a bit of fresh air and exercise and learn some history about the fantastic Champaign City Parks!

I'm so excited for these walks with my Spaniels Simon and Pharis, so they can meet other buddies, and I can share my love of the city of Champaign!  We'll meet once a week at a City Park to go for our walk, and can stop at a Coffee Shop that allows for dogs on their patio for food and drink afterward.  The first walk is scheduled for Monday, March 16th at 7:00 am at West Side City Park in Champaign.

Hope you and your doggies will join me!  For more information just follow this link:  

ChampaignRose Walking Tours

As always, if you're interested in becoming a homeowner in the Champaign/Urbana area, please contact me or visit my website at www.champaignrose.com!

10 Tips To Get Your Champaign/Urbana Home Ready To Sell!

by Rose Price

As I already reported, if you're thinking of selling your CHAMPAIGN/URBANA home this spring, don't wait on preparing it to be ready!

With Housing Inventories still at their lowest levels in recent years, it's driving up demand and setting the market up for a very competitive spring season. What that means to you is this: the sooner you get your home on the market the LESS competition you will have in getting YOUR HOME SOLD! With that said, preparing your home NOW is critical. Below are 10 Tips to help you get your home in tip top shape and on the market quickly:

FIRST IMPRESSION Make your Front Door & Entry Way inviting. A splash of color in the form of potted plants on the porch, a beautiful wreath on the door, or a nice display in the foyer. Each of these can and will say "Hello, welcome" to your potential buyers. Remember, you only get 1 chance to make a great first impression and it sets the tone for the viewing of the rest of the home.

MUST BE FRESH & CLEAN Your home must be "White Glove Clean", but it also must be free of all overpowering scents and smells. If you have pets, pay close attention to pet odor's. Also be sure to clean your refrigerator regularly.

KEEP IT NEUTRAL While you may be great with color & color palettes, your potential buyer may not. Best Bet: Keep it neutral throughout the house. Stay away from ANY extreme colors or themes anywhere in your Cheshire Home.

CLOSETS & STORAGE AREAS It's very important not to overstuff storage areas of any kind. When this is done it gives the illusion that your home is not "big enough" or does not have ample storage space. Make sure closets, drawers and storage area's are all Clutter-Free!

MAKE IT UN-PERSONAL All our houses are personalized...that's what makes them our homes! But when we are putting them on the market to sell it is important to take the "personalization" out of them. Why? So that your potential buyer can "visualize" the space as "THEIR own space", and that is very hard to do with all YOUR personal belongings inside.

REPAIRS Make all the small repairs around the home that are necessary. Replacing light bulbs, cracked faceplates, broken window screens, loose door handles, etc.

LESS IS DEFINITELY MORE If possible, remove some of your furniture to make your rooms more spacious. This is where a great Staging Home Specialist can come into play! Contact our office for some referrals in this area.

DETAILS Replacing things like outdated hardware on cabinets can give you a nice boost on the home sale as well as replacing outlet covers for a new update look. Small changes, paying attention to the smaller details, can pay-off in big ways!

CURB APPEAL First impressions are VITAL! Make sure your lawn is maintained, pathways are manicured and you give a boost of color (especially when spring is still just starting to bloom!

SURPRISE! You will most likely get unannounced, interested buyers from time to time when they see a For Sale Sign in your yard. Make sure your home is Clean at all times for these Surprise Guests!

Set yourself up for the BEST success possible! Make sure your home is ready, you have the BEST Real Estate Agent on your side, your house has the BEST pricing and you'll be set to have your home SOLD in the BEST time possible!

If you are interested in more information about the benefits of home ownership in CHAMPAIGN/URBANA, please contact me. I'd be happy to come and meet with you and show you around our wonderful community!

Champaign/Urbana Real Estate Property Expert

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