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Preparing your Champaign/Urbana IL Home for the Market

by Rose Price


It takes a lot of work to prepare your home for success on the market.....but it is definitely worth the reward at the end!  These tips will be your guide to help you get the best return on your investment, your home.

Get an Inspection.

Although your property may look up to par, it is beneficial to be aware of any potential problem that could come up later in the process. Every time a buyer walks through the door, they will be looking for the slightest reason to lower the price. The best way to eliminate this issue is to get an inspection on the front end.  Home inspections usually range from $300 - $700,  but will save you thousands in the end.


Repair What You Can.                                                                                                                        

After receiving your home inspection, it is time to tackle each problem one step at a time. Whether you revive your garden, replace an appliance or repair a broken screen... every improvement counts.  A new line of caulk in the shower and a fresh coat of grout on the tiles can make your bathroom look brand new. If you are ready to take on your next project, head over to your local hardware store for a great selection of tools, paint, grout and just about anything else you may need. Just remember, the old 3:1 want to make sure that for every dollar you spend, you are getting at least a return of three dollars back in your pocket.


Get Estimates on What You Can’t Fix.

While making repairs to your Champaign/Urbana home, keep in mind that the money spent on small projects will give you a positive return. However, there may be a few issues that stretch outside your budget, or the return on your investment may not be worth the dollars spent. In this case it is better to negotiate with your potential buyer than to lay out the larger sums of money at this time.



Image getting ready for a first date, trying on different outfits, and spending hours in front of the mirror. This is the same way you need to treat your home. Your potential buyer needs to fall in love at first site. It doesn't cost you any additional money, just your time...and it will pay off big. Your home needs a DEEP clean in every corner, nook and cranny.  Appliances, counters, bathroom sink, tub, toilet, closets...everything!  A home in pristine condition will ALWAYS garner a higher selling price point than one that is not. If you would rather call in a service to help you do a deep, thorough clean, you can contact my personal favorite....Wanda's Service.


Get Rid of the Clutter.

It may be hard to clean the house with a pile of boxes taking up all the space, or the childrens toy's all over the living room. In order to maximize your properties potential, you need to show off the beautiful square footage in every room. Take the boxes, toys, excess knick knack's, etc  out of the equation, you must clean up and out everything....even your storage space. Get rid of the clutter and stack up your boxes in the proper areas.  Getting a storage pod or space unit off site is always a good idea. 



Give your home a fresh look by changing up the color scheme. You won’t believe how far a can of paint can really go until you see for yourself. Give every room a new facial by tearing down that old school wallpaper and rolling on a shiny new color. When a buyer sees the fresh look and modern colors, it is sure to leave a positive impact on the offer and on your pocket. 



Aside from checking every nook and cranny inside the home, a smart seller would spend a day working on the outside as well.  When a buyer pulls into the drive, the first thing they notice is the welcoming look of the front of the home.  Taking extra time to mow the lawn, trim the greenery, laying fresh mulch or planting colorful flowers appropriate for the season are cheap and easy ways to make your house stand out and greet potential buyers with a warm and friendly welcome. If you aren't up for the labor, contact MJ Heckert Lawn Mowing,  he's the best!

Bottom line...Don't leave money on the table.  A little preparation goes a long way. Do the little things that will pay back in a big the form of an offer that you will find most acceptable.

For more Home Selling Tips check out my website or give us a call!  We'll be happy to come to you and go through your home with you to make sure that every room is absolutely "SHOW TIME" ready, to bring you the best offer and timeliest sale available today.




How To Get Your Home Ready For Winter

by Rose Price

With the cold months looming ahead, you've gotten your sweaters, coats and gloves out of your storage bins;  but what have you done to prepare your house for the brutal months ahead?

Readying your house for winter is just as important as preparing yourself.  So here are some tips to get you started:

1) Make sure you have blocked any "leaks" in your home.  This can be your windows, doorways, even electrical outlets on outer walls.  Get your weather stripping, door sweeps or caulking done both inside and out.

2) Clean out your gutters. out leaves and other debris that have gotten into the gutters, gives your home optimum drainage potential when snow and ice are gathered on your rooftop.

3) Check your furnace.  Sometimes overlooked by homeowners, but extremely important! Check for a prolonged smell when you turn it on, check and clean the filters each season, and have a professional clean and tune it before you need to use it on a daily basis.

4) Add insulation.  This may cost a little more than you want to spend, but adding insulation to your attic or leaky exterior walls, will save you a bundle on heating costs.

5) Check the duct work.  Did you know that you can lose up to 60% of your heated air if the ducts are not connected correctly, or are full of dust and other particles! 

6) Inspect your chimney. This is so important....doing the necessary cleaning and venting will not only close out leaks that may be present, but will also ensure that your fireplace is not a fire hazard.

7) Reverse those fans! When you reverse the direction of your ceiling fan from summer mode, you will force warm air downward, and keep it circulating throughout the home.

For more helpful tips make sure to visit my website regularly.

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