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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

Champaign/Urbana IL Christmas Tree Farms & Stands

by Rose Price

It's that wonderful time of year to purchase your Christmas Tree....but where do you go to find that perfect one?  Lucky for you Champaign/Urbana is home to some of the most beautiful Christmas Tree Farms and Trees available due to the fact that our local growers are "Top Notch" in their field of expertise! Whether you'd like to cut your own, pick out a live tree and have someone cut it down for you, or casually peruse the ones available and pick it out and put it in your vehicle already cut, wrapped and ready to be brought into your home. Champaign/Urbana IL Nurseries and Tree Stands are sure to have want you are looking for! If you plan on cutting your own Christmas Tree, make sure you take a look at the tips at the following link so that you have the proper tools necessary and you know what to expect:  WHAT DO I NEED TO CUT MY OWN CHRISTMAS TREE.

CHRISTMAS TREE FARMS & STANDS IN CHAMPAIGN/URBANA:                                                       

  1. Tate Trees- 2659 County Road 900 East, Champaign IL
  2. BE Farms- 1128 County Road 1500 East, Urbana IL
  3. Hardee's Reindeer Ranch- 1356 County Road 2900 North, Rantoul 
  4. Seifert Tree Farm- 1414 River Bend Lane, White Heath, IL
  5. Sunset Christmas Tree Farm- 1417 E 2950 North Rd, Mansfield
  6. Prairie Gardens- 3000 W Springfield Ave, Champaign IL
  7. Forest Hills Tree Farm- North 1365 East Road, Danville IL

 

All the tree farms offer a variety of trees: Balsams, Fraser Firs, Douglas Firs, Concolor Firs, Scotch Pines, and White Pines. Many offer the option to cut down your own trees and all have Pre-cut options from which you can choose. Please check out the website of each of these companies by clicking on their name, prior to driving to their locations, so you know what they offer and any other information you may need.

WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT TO PAY

The prices of Christmas Trees have not changed much over the last five years so we don't expect much of a change this year. The prices below reflect the averages in the Champaign Area and should be viewed as such. They do not represent an offer by any of the companies listed above, or by Champaignrose.

  1. Balsams- $25 and Up ( 8 FT Tree approx $30)
  2. Fraser Fir- $32 and Up  ( 8 Ft Tree approx $45)
  3. Concolor Fir- $38 and Up ( 8 Ft Tree approx $55)

**All prices include the trees being trimmed, tied and bagged...by a wonderful staff of individuals at any one of these locations you may choose.

This is such a joyous time and we love the great smell that the Christmas Tree brings into our homes. I love the festive mood I instantly find myself in when I see my home transform into the Christmas Wonderland of my youth. Enjoy the season and try not to stress!  Instead, look at it through the eyes of a child, with the pure joy. amazement and excitement that each day brings.

If you're looking for a home in the Champaign/Urbana IL area,  give me a call or check out my website at www.champaignrose.com

 

Champaign IL Energy Saving Tips for the Winter Season

by Rose Price

For many of us in Champaign/Urbana IL the winter season brings visions of the holidays, winter sports and nights sitting around the fireplace wrapped up in a comforter sipping on our favorite hot drinks. For others it causes headaches and sleepless nights of cold or worries over a soaring energy bill.

Instead of worrying, there are things that can be done to limit the damage to our wallet, and still keep you and your family safe and comfortable during the winter months.  Here are some “easy to do” energy saving tips to try:

  • GET A HOME ENERGY AUDIT-most companies will do this for free.
  • CLEAN & MAINTAIN YOUR HEATING SYSTEM
  • REPLACE BROKEN WINDOWS & DOORS                                           
  • INSULATE YOUR WINDOWS
  • SEAL ALL LEAKS IN YOUR HOME- including where cables come into the home, around sump pump, and where pipes are.
  • WEATHERSTRIP- Windows & Doors                                                                    
  • REPAIR ROOF DAMAGE- REPLACE IF NECESSARY
  • MAINTAIN, REPAIR OR REPLACE WATER HEATER
  • WRAP (INSULATE) WATER HEATER
  • CLEAN FIREPLACE/CHIMNEY BEFORE SEASONAL USE
  • ADD ADDITIONAL INSULATION to attic, basement, exterior wall

A few other things to do ……:

  • Unplug all unused appliances,  and electrical components
  • Use Energy Star Products
  • Install Programmable Thermostats
  • Always Turn off Lights in rooms not being used
  • Turn down your thermostat at night time
  • Make sure your curtains are open during the daytime (Sunshine) hours
  • Make sure all your Heating Vents are free and clear of any furniture or blocks of any kind

Keep in mind that if you are planning on selling your home, buyers are very conscience of energy costs associated with a home. Buyers will always ask for the prior heating and cooling records for that home. So anything you can do to make your home more energy efficient will not only help you, but will also help you sell your home at a later time.  Buyers at this time are not just looking for the home to be the “beautiful home” on the outside….they need it to be the “energy efficient” home on the inside for them to grab it when it goes on the market.  

If you are a Champaign/Urbana homeowner and find yourself in need of assistance this home heating season, follow this link for more information:  CCRPC

If you're interested in more tips or information on becoming a homeowner in the Champaign/Urbana IL area give me a call, stop in my office or check out my website at www.champaignrose.com.                                                      

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 ratio...you 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.

 

Clean.

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. 

 

Painting.                                                                                                                                            

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. 

 

Landscape.

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 way.....in 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Champaign/Urbana IL Home Selling Tips

by Rose Price

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