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Urbana IL Sweetcorn Festival celebrates it's 40th Year!

by Rose Price


ARE YOU READY?  It's time to help Urbana IL celebrate this festival's "Sweet" 40th Anniversary!   What am I referring to?  The 40th Annual Urbana SweetCorn Festival! 

WHEN:   Friday (08/28)- Saturday (08/29)

WHERE: Downtown Urbana IL

TIME:     Friday- 5:00- 11:00 pm, Saturday- 11:00- 11:00pm

COST:     Admittance to the festival is FREE, and that includes see the bands! You will need to purchase tickets for food, drinks and games. The tickets are $1.00 each.

 A little HISTORY of the fest:

The first Urbana SweetCorn Festival  took place in the parking lot at Main & Race St, downtown Urbana, and was put on by the Busey Bank employees.... in August 1975. 

The Urbana Business Association is now responsible for the planning of the festival, over the years adding a local car show, an expanded family area, live music on multiple stages, food, vendors, and beer all in the heart of downtown Urbana. It is also the LARGEST FREE FESTIVAL in Champaign County!

FESTIVAL FACTS:

  • Around 30,000 ears of sweet corn are consumed each year at the festival.
  •  The wonderful Sweet Corn comes from FRESH, our own LOCAL FARMERS! It's what makes it so delicious! 
  • Bet you didn't know that they use an antique steam engine to cook the corn. (I thought that was amazing!)
  • The festival promotes "Green Efforts" by offering recycling receptacles throughout the festival, and they even compost all the corncobs!

                      

Some Common Q & A:  Check out this link- Commonly Asked Questions

There is a FANTASTIC line-up of music this year!  Bands from the The Psychedelic Furs to the Urbana High Marching Band! For the Complete Schedule click here: Musical Line-Up

Vendors, Vendors and more Vendors! Check out this link for a complete list: VENDORS

This is going to be a KIDS DREAM ZONE! From Bounce Houses to Meeting Box Turtles and more....the kids will have a blast! Here's the complete kids schedule: KIDS ZONE

BELOW IS THE ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE FOR THE ENTIRE FESTIVAL:

                         

I hope you all enjoy the festival as much as I have over the years! If you've never attended, make this year your first.  It's the 40th Anniversary after all, there's never a better reason that that!  HAPPY 40TH ANNIVERSARY URBANA SWEETCORN FESTIVAL!!                 

Get Your Champaign IL Home Ready For Fall

by Rose Price

It may seem like summer has just ended, but before we know it, the blustery winds and  cooler temperatures of Fall will be upon us. Now is the best time to prepare your home for the change of seasons, before the actual change begins. Just think of the cash you will save by taking care of the weatherizing of your home now. Here are a few area's to check out on your home:

Raise the Roof

Few home problems are more frustrating than a leaky roof, as it’s often hard to find the exact source of the problem.  So, taking care of these things before the rain and snow begin is a good idea. 

Inspect your roof from top to bottom, searching for missing or damaged shingles. Check shingles for cracks and other damage. Look for damage to metal flashing around vents and chimneys. Look in your gutters. If you find large granules, it could be a sign that you are losing your roof’s coating. Finally, make sure your gutters are flowing freely of any type of debris; leaves, sticks, sludge from rains and storms throughout the summer months.

Get your mind IN the Gutter

The drainage system on your roof is extremely important, as it diverts thousands of gallons of water from your home annually, protecting your foundation and walls. Obviously you want to keep these drains flowing smoothly.  Clogged gutters lead to basement flooding and other hard to detect damage.  They are not immune from rust and erosion, so you need to keep them cleaned out, especially BEFORE the Fall leaves start falling into them. Once they have been cleaned, we'd recommend using a mesh guard over the top to protect them from future debris, and it makes keeping them clean  & your job, a whole lot easier!  

Hunt your Home for Drafts

Many homes have air leaks around windows and doors, which can account for an increase of  10% in your energy bill (according to the U.S. Department of Energy).  So, check for gaps in caulk and weather stripping.  If you don’t have weather stripping…you’re missing out!  Seriously, weather-stripping is by far the most cost-effective way to control heating and cooling costs. It will reduce drafts and keep your home comfy cozy year round.  However, this stuff can deteriorate over time, so even if you already used it, you want to inspect it annually.  

There are a couple easy techniques for checking your stripping:

  • 1) Close your door or window on a strip of paper…if the paper slides up and down easily, you have some work to do.
  • 2) Light a candle and hold it near the frame of the closed door or window…if you find the flame flickers at any point near the frame…you have a leak!

You’ll also want to check your caulking, especially near entry points for cables.  This can also deteriorate over time, so look for area's you may have to re-caulk.  

Brrr.....It's Getting Chilly!

Winter is coming, and we all must protect our pipes or deal with a very messy & expensive aftermath! Close any shut-off valves to outdoor faucets…then drain the water line, by opening the valve outside.  

*If you don't have shut-off valves or your faucets are not "freeze-proof “, you may benefit from styrofoam faucet covers sold at home centers.

In-ground irrigation systems should come with instructions from the manufacturer on how to freeze proof. 

Where’s your Filter?

Furnace filters trap dust that would otherwise be deposited around your home.  Clogged filters also make it harder to keep your home at a comfortable temperature, and can seriously increase your utility bills. It’s easy to manage by a simple monthly cleaning to keep the filters breathing free and clear.

Disposable filters can be vacuumed once before replacement. Foam filters can also be vacuumed but these don't need to be replaced unless they are damaged. Use a soft brush on a vacuum cleaner. If the filter is metal or electrostatic, remove and wash it with a firm water spray.  Boom, your filter is good as new.

Professional Help

It's a good idea to have your Heating System inspected by a professional once a year. People often wait until the last minute, so beat the rush and schedule this for the early fall, before the heating season even begins.  Here are some of the signs that your Heating Systems isn't functioning properly:    

  • Noisy belts Weird screeches or whines may signal that belts connected to the blower motor are worn or damaged.
  • Poor performance. A heating system that doesn't seem to work as well as it used to could mean a lot of different problems. Your heating ducts could be blocked, the burners might be misadjusted or the blower motor could be on its way out.  But before you panic, check that the filter is clean.   
  • Erratic behavior. This could be caused by a faulty thermostat.

Come on Baby Light your Fire

Even if you rarely use your fireplace, you should check it annually for damage. 

Inspect your flue for creosote. Creosote is a flammable by-product of burning wood, so if it accumulates in your chimney, you could be victim to a devastating fire. Have your chimney inspected annually for creosote buildup. If you use a fireplace frequently, then have the flue inspected after each cord of wood burned.

The best option is to have your entire chimney system inspected by a chimney sweep. Once you know what to look for, you can perform the inspection by shining a bright flashlight up the flue, looking for any deposits approaching 1/8 inch thick, though the actual cleaning of these deposits should be performed by a professional.  

  • Look for flue blockages. Birds love to nest at the top of an unprotected flue. A chimney cap is an easy way to prevent this.  If you don't have a cap, just take a look up the flu to be sure.
  • Exercise the damper. The damper is the metal plate that opens and closes the flu just above the firebox. Test the open and closed positions to ensure that it is working properly.
  • Check for damage. Make certain that the flue cap is in place. Inspect brick chimneys for loose or broken points. If access is a problem try using binoculars.

Keep your Humidifier Happy 

Really dry winter air is bad for your health, but did you know it can make fine wood crack easier? You and your home will feel more comfortable if you keep your Central Humidifier running properly. 

  • Inspect the plates or pads. You can clean them with laundry detergent. You should also rinse and scrape off mineral deposits (use a wire brush or steel wool). 

Gassy 

Anything involving gas is a huge safety issue.  Heaters that are not maintained properly can spew poisons into the air of your home, or at least it may be costing you more to operate. Have a professional check these devices annually. 

Smoke and CO Detectors 

Replace batteries in all of your smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors. Then vacuum them with a soft brush attachment. Test the detectors by pressing the test button or holding a smoke source (like a blown-out candle) near the unit. If you haven't already, install a smoke detector on every floor of your home, including the basement.

Fire Extinguishers 

You’d be surprised how many homes don’t have a fire extinguisher.  Every home should have at least one fire extinguisher rated for all fire types (look for an A-B-C rating on the label). Keep one near the kitchen;  though having one per floor isn't a bad idea. Check the indicators on the pressure gauge to make sure the extinguisher is charged. Make sure the lock pin is intact and in place, and then make sure the discharge nozzle is not clogged.  

  • Fire Extinguishers should be replaced every 5 Years.
  • With every replacement, use a permanent marker to mark the date clearly on the new unit

​​For more Homeowner Tips and Fall Maintenance, visit my website and Facebook page. If you're looking to Buy or Sell a home in the Champaign/Urbana IL area in the fantastic Fall season, give me a call or stop in our office. You can contact me anytime at 217-202-8843 or view local homes at this link: Homes for Sale in Champaign IL.

Have a POWERFUL day!

Items That Can't Be Moved By Your Champaign IL Moving Company

by Rose Price

It's Moving Day, you've waited for this day for a long time and it's finally here! It's early morning and you're armed with your Moving List, Breakfast is ready for the family and everything in the house is packed and ready to go. You're super prepared,  just like you always are....it's going to be a SMOOTH MOVING DAY!

Just one thing, are you aware of the list of items that are banned by Federal Law from being moved from your home?  Common sense tells us that they won't be able to move things like a Gas Tank, Propane Tank and Ammunition, but the list is actually much longer than that! So we've put together the list for you so you're not caught off guard and left having to make other choices for these items and taking up valuable time on moving day, or holding up your moving day altogether, until you can take care of these items before you can leave the home.  

It's important to pay special attention to this list because your Moving Company WILL NOT move these items, under any circumstances, and you can't just leave them in the home your vacating.

HERE'S AN UP-TO-DATE LIST:  

  • Gas Tanks
  • Propane Tanks
  • Ammunition
  • Car Batteries
  • Charcoal
  • ​Darkroom Chemicals
  • Batteries
  • Nail Polish
  • Scuba Tanks
  • Liquid Bleach
  • Household Plants
  • Lawn Chemicals:  Weed Killers & Pesticide
  • Pool Acids & Chemicals

* Some Movers will NOT take Lawn Movers or Generator's you'll need to check ahead of time. If your mover does take these, remove as much gasoline as possible before moving day!

** We have provided you with a complete list as it stands within our resources. Because Federal Guidelines change & Moving Companies have their own rules and regulations, it is critical that you check with your Moving Company PRIOR to your move to find out exactly what THEY will and will not move for you.

For more helpful Home Selling and Moving Tips, check out my website and Facebook Page, or give me a call anytime at 217-202-8843.

Have a POWERFUL day!

Top 10 Restaurants in Champaign IL

by Rose Price

Champaign/Urbana has so many GREAT restaurants to choose from depending on your mood and purpose of the meal. 

Here are the Top 10 Restaurants in Champaign....according to Yelp.
Do you agree?  If not, tell us who you'd pick!
 

1. Bacaro

Definitely a special occasion or date night restaurant!  Best of Italian fine dining in the classic Italian date night atmosphere.  The wine menu is terrific and you may just find yourself greeted with free Prosecco.  The staff is incredibly knowledgeable and will help you pair the perfect wine. Chefs Thad Morrow and Drew Starkey work with over 12 local and sustainably driven farms to prepare these delicious meals, and the menu certainly reflects that.  They also host Market Monday, which features a weekly prix fixe dinner menu inspired by the local farmers market, where guests can enjoy the flavors of the season.  

2. Maize Mexican Grill 

Absolutely Amaize-ing, sorry couldn't help myself.  Maize is an authentic Mexican grill inspired by the wonderful restaurants in the owners home town of Mexico City.  Maize emphasizes fresh ingredients in order to make true authentic Mexican food.  

3. Hot Pot Lab

You can never go wrong with homemade noodles! It's been called the best hot pot place in town.  Completely authentic Chinese made with the freshest ingredients.  The staff are friendly.  Perfect place to grab some quick food with friends.  

4. Golden Harbor Restaurant

Another great authentic Chinese joint.  This place has a lot more variety than Hot Pot, May be the biggest menu I've seen in a Chinese place.  Portions are great. Quality is great and service is quick!  The meats are of incredibly high quality.  

5. Sakanaya 

Sakanaya means fish market, so it's no wonder this place has the best Sushi joint in town!  Sakanaya orders more fish than any other place in town, so they naturally get the first pick, so if it's quality you're looking for, you've found it.  The prices are a little higher than neighboring restaurants, but once you eat here you'll understand why.  The place is always packed, call before and make a reservation so you don't have to wait.  

6. Papa Dell's Pizza

Papa Dell's never disappoints!  It's been compared to Gino's East and Giordano's in Chicago.  The reviews are some of the best reviews I've ever read on Yelp.  Dine in, take out, delivery, whatever you need.  They also ship their pizza anywhere in the USA, so if you're really craving Papa Dell's, they'll make it happen. 

7. Destihl Restaurant

Upscale gastropub known for it's award winning microbrews and unique entrees, featuring new twists on classic brewpub foods (stout ice cream sandwich anyone?!). Celebrate by enjoying a handcrafted draft brewed on site.  The selection of wines and specialty cocktails is extensive.  

8.  Seven Saints

Great upscale pub, known for it's sliders and easy going fun atmosphere!  Get a side of cheese curds and wash it down with a Bloody Mary and you have the perfect lunch or dinner!

9. Miga

Miga, which means "beautiful place" in Korean, is brought to you by the same people behind Sakanaya (also on this list) this modern restaurant and lounge won't disappoint.  The exposed brick offers a unique industrial dining experience, add the old projected movies and your in for a real treat.  Chef Jae prepares Asian influenced American cuisine, using as many fresh local ingredients as possible.   

10. Big Grove Tavern

This place is fantastic!  Big Grove offers the very best in fresh Farm-to-Table-New American Cuisine with a wide selection of house cocktails, Midwestern craft beers and carefully curated wines.

8 Things You Should Do When Moving Into A New Home

by Rose Price

Buying a home is obviously a BIG investment.  There are factors you've been considering for months: location, amenities, neighbors, schools, and more.  Once the papers have been signed, it's easy to relax and forget key chores every homebuyer should do once they move into their new home, but don't worry, here is a list of 8 important things you don't want to forget.   

1. Change the locks

You really don't know who else has keys to your place...when it comes to security, it’s always a good idea to make sure you’re the only one with keys, and the only way to really be sure is to get new locks. This is done by either re-keying or buying an entirely new lock set.  You can replace dead bolts yourself for around ten dollars.  Another option, becoming popular these days, is digital locks.  These open with a code and work with a home automation system (smart home).  So, you can live "key free" as well as lock or unlock your doors remotely.  

2. Look for leaks

Ok, so you've probably had a home inspection done before you bought the property, however, even if this report came back clean, theres no harm in double checking.  The risk is too great.  One way people are combating these water issues is with a set of sensors linked to their smart home system.  These sensors give you real time information for- if and when- a water leak develops.  This way you can be absolutely sure leaks have been taken care of, and if one occurs, you can handle it before a lot of damage can occur.   

*TIP: Here’s a neat trick: Check your water meter at the beginning and end of a two-hour window in which no water is being used in your house. If the reading is different, you have a leak.


3. Kick out the pests

 Pests are tricky.  You may not even know you have a pest problem. The previous homeowners may not have known about the issue, or maybe they simply "forgot" about the “friendly” squirrel living in the attic.  Well, there are a number of ways to get rid of these critters, some are more squeamish than others.  But, the easiest way is to hire a professional, which will run you usually costs about $100-$300, and there is a way to ensure these professionals don't miss anything; similarly to the water sensors, you can place motion sensors where suspected pests are, which will then alert your mobile device when motion is detected.  Now you know exactly where these pests have been hiding and can call a pest control company and point them right to where the problem exists.  

4. Inspect your Furnace / AC

Get familiar with your new HVAC system as soon as possible. Make sure to take a close look at the duct work around your furnace for broken or torn ducts and excessive taping.  Also, stand near the furnace while it’s running- the air should move through the system not into the room.  

Digital thermostats are also a great investment.  Especially ones you can control with your smart phone or tablet.  They give you the ability to set your temperatures remotely... say if you're on vacation and it is a super hot day back home.  

5. Update your Lighting

Everyone has their own unique lighting preferences.  I like being able to change the brightness of lights in each particular room, so I like the dimmable ones. Once you've lived in the house for a couple weeks, you start to get a feel for your preferences in this particular space.  Make it YOUR home.  And yes, you guessed it, you can also set these up digitally and control them from your phone! 

6. Get to know your Circuit Breaker 

It's always a good idea to figure out what fuses control which room and then label them accordingly.  It will take two people: One to flip the switch and and yell "How about now?" and the other to stand in the different rooms and yell back "yeah, that one!".  All kidding aside, it's good to figure out your new circuit breaker before you may really need it. If you need some assistance, your local hardware store is usually a good source for some of the more basic questions.

7. Get to know the Main Water Valve 

You want to make sure you can turn this valve off incase of an emergency; tornado or plumbing emergencies are common.  Another smart idea is to turn this valve off when you leave town.  You don't want to come home from vacation to find a pool of water in the basement.  It could be located outside or inside the home; find it and make sure you can turn it off.  Then test it by going inside and turning on the faucet.  

8. Steam Clean your Carpets

If you really want to get off to a fresh start, steam clean your carpets before you move any of the furniture in. You can hire a professional for around $50. a room or you can rent a steam cleaners and do it yourself.  Either way, you won't regret it.  

 

Champaign IL It's Back 2 School Time!

by Rose Price

School is right around the corner or in most cases in the Champaign/Urbana area, has already begun.  It can be a rocky transition from summer to school for many kids, here are some tips to help your child make the transition into a happy successful school year.  

Get on a regular school year sleep and meal schedule, and keep that schedule.  Talk about school, make sure they are familiar with their school environment and what will be expected of them.  Let them know what to expect moving up into a new grade.  Help them make a gradual adjustment rather than waiting until the last minute.  They will be better prepared physically and mentally, and will get off to a great start, which is important, as getting off to a lousy start can impact the rest of the year.  

START NOW

Build Excitement! 

Get your children ready for school, by making it fun.  Back to school shopping is a perfect way to do this.  Bring the whole family out for a shopping trip!  Have your child make a list.  Let them pic out their folders, notebooks, etc.  Have them cross things off the list as they get them…this will keep them engaged and excited during the process.

 

Establish a school year schedule

It's important to start getting back into your school-time routines.  That means everything from meals, showers, friend time and bedtime. Summers are the time when we eat differently, at different times and usually not at the dinner table. Get yourselves back to the routines that help children get into the "Good Habit's" that also help them get better grades.  Believe it or not, doing the same routines with meals, bedtime, friends, etc, help a child feel safe & secure and definitely boost their confidence in school with schoolwork, and with friendships.  So let's start the school year off right and give our children the best start we can. A schedule and routine that they can count on at home....everywhere else may be a little chaotic, but at home, they know what to expect!

Talk about school often

Discuss anxieties.  Keep the door of communication open and ask a lot of questions.  Stay engaged with your child. Don't let them get off with one word answers to your questions....engage them in a conversation before allowing them to go off and do other things.

It Begins:

Back To School Activities
Find back to school activities for your school; meet and greets with teachers, back to school picnics, a Back to School night where all the kids and teachers meet as school for an informal get to gather.  Many schools also offer athletic events, contests and fun things to get the kids relaxed about coming back to school.  Check their websites or visit the school office.

Practice your morning routine
It may sound funny but getting yourself ready for the beginning of school is as important as the kids routines.  For you to be calm, confident and positive & upbeat in the mornings, sets the tone for your kids day.  So figure out how ahead of time how long it takes to get everyone ready and out the door.  If your kids are walking… walk the route with them.  If they ride the bus, meet the driver with them.  Lay out their clothes, schoolbags, and shoes the night before. Help them feel completely confident about the process and the day.

 

Check yourself
Know what you need in order to keep these busy morning smooth.  Any prep you can do the night before, do it.  Make lunches. get the coffee ready, review homework & notes, etc. All of this makes for an easier morning.  Practice your own routine before the school year stresses accumulate. Believe me, it helps!

 

A little planning can make back-to-school time more exciting and fun rather than hectic and exhausting!  

 

Follow the links below for more information and upcoming activities for you school!

Champaign Unit 4 School District  Fisher CUSD 1  Gifford  Heritage CUSD 8  Mahomet-Seymour

Monticello  Paxton-Buckley-Loda  Prairieview-Ogden  Rantoul City Schools  Rantoul Township High School  St. Joseph CCSD 169   St. Joseph-Ogden High School 305  Tuscola 301 Unit 7 Schools

Urbana School District 116 Villa Grove

                            HAVE A POSITIVE SCHOOL YEAR!

Setting Good Vibes In Your New Home!

by Rose Price

Ok, so you’ve just moved into your new home, but it feels a little strange.  Don’t worry, it’s normal, its a totally new space after all.  So, here are a few tricks to help you set your own positive welcoming vibes in your new place.  

1. Deep clean

Clean!  Clean like you’ve never cleaned before.  It’s even a good idea to hire a professional cleaning service.  It’s totally worth it.  It’s hard to get everything when cleaning on your own; high windows, cobwebs on the high ceilings… that weird faint smell that is probably stuck in the walls… a professional service will take care of all of these things and truly allow you to start fresh.  Speaking of fresh, if there is a weird smell coming from the garbage disposal or drains… simply put some citrus fruit in them… this will kill bacteria and help freshen things up.  

 

2. Sage your cage

Ok, this may be a little new-agey to some of you, but it really helps!  Sage means “to heal” in Latin.  Saging has become quite popular, it is great for cleansing old energies and is really easy to do.  

Grab a fire-safe bowl and a cup of water.  Open all your doors and windows and then light your sage stick.  Hold the bowl under the burning end to catch the falling ash.  Then walk slowly through your home.  Let the smoke touch every area of the space, don’t forget the corners (old energy likes to hang out here).  After you’ve hit every room in the home, put the sage out in your cup of water.  Want some extra cleanse?… Buy yourself a sage spray and spray old belongings, furniture etc..  Now you can really start fresh! 

3. Make way for the new energy

Ok, everyone has heard of Feng Shui and theres something to this ancient art.  One of the most important principals in Feng Shui focuses on the entrance, which greatly impacts the flow of Chi (energy) into a home or room.  So, to ensure this energy enters your home, you want clear the entrance of any obstacles that may block this Chi.  Get rid of leaves, rocks, and other debris that may be blocking Chi from entering your home. Want to maximize your Chi, add plants on either side of your door.  Money Tree plants are great for this.  Money Trees help maintain balance and harmony in the home.  

4. More Plants!

So, you have your money trees at the front door, now lets add plants through the rest of the home.  Lucky Bamboo anyone?  Lucky Bamboo plants are said to attract auspicious Chi energy.  Another great indoor plant is the Rubber Plant, which, according to NASA, is a top house plant for removing air pollutants.  Now all you have to do is keep your plants happy!

5. Decorate intentionally

Add symbols of abundance in you home.  Baskets of fruit, even paintings of baskets of fruit, can help your home feel abundant.  Keep fresh flowers around, fresh fruit and veggies, all of these things will help your home feel abundant and happy. 

6. Color Power

There are strategies of color decoration.  Strong entrances tend to be black or deep charcoal, to generate strong energy.  Living rooms are better with a happy, cheerful color, yellows and bright colors.  Bedrooms, well, red is a very powerful color…but don’t get carried away, it is a really strong color.  Kitchens do well with lighter shades of green… consider natural lighting when making color decisions as well.  Abundant natural light in a home does a lot to keep the good vibrations strong. 

*Great Info From Trulia.com

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Rose Price
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One East Main Street, Suite 200
Champaign IL 61820
217-202-8843
217-352-1933
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