**$299,000** 346 Hawthorne Ave., Bensenville

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Lovely curb appeal in this custom built Victorian-style home featuring a spacious covered porch, complex rooflines, charming Gingerbread trim and the distinctive Victorian-turret. Welcoming foyer opens to a beautiful living room with wood-burning fireplace. Sunny dining room. Roomy kitchen with loads of counter space leads to the breakfast room overlooking the pretty backyard. Huge master bath with jetted tub and separate shower. Hardwood floors throughout the main and second floors. Full basement with family room and rec room. Gazebo and deck. Two car garage. Tear off roof – 2010. A beautiful place to call home!

Listing Price: $299,000
Address: 346 Hawthorne Ave.
City: Bensenville
State: Il
ZIP: 60106
MLS # (if any): 09776239
Square Feet: 2006
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2.5
Basement (full, 1/2, finished, unfinished): full, finished

**SOLD** 2240 S. Grace St. #104

 

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Beautiful three bedroom unit in a lovely building. Former model with many upgrades. Gorgeous hardwood floors in main living area with French doors to a roomy balcony. Spacious kitchen opens to formal dining room. Sunny and absolutely huge master bedroom with large master bath and big walk-in closet. Jetted tub and walk-in shower. Washer and dryer in unit. Underground heated parking. Secure building – first floor is NOT ground level. Close to shopping and restaurants. A beauty – don’t miss it!

**SOLD** 130 N. Illinois Ave., Villa Park

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Stunning ranch on a lovely street! Desirable open layout with beautiful hardwood floors throughout. Two elegant full baths with tile surround and glass tile in-lays. Fabulous kitchen with granite counters, subway tile backsplash and all stainless appliances. Huge and bright lower level family room. Loads of storage. New furnace, roof, windows, driveway…too much to list! Walk to train. A real show stopper – don’t miss it!

CURB APPEAL…YOU CAN ONLY MAKE A FIRST IMPRESSION ONCE

CURB APPEAL…YOU CAN ONLY MAKE A FIRST IMPRESSION ONCE

Today’s home buyer often drives by a home before scheduling a showing.  Want to make sure they don’t cross your house off of their list?  Take a moment to really assess your home’s curb appeal.

Curb appeal isn’t only about selling your home.   A well-tended property is a pleasure to come home to.   A curved stone path up to a neat front porch bordered by colorful flowers draws you in and is a preview of what lies inside.

So what does it tell you about a house when you are greeted by last year’s leaves piled in the flower beds, a tangle of weeds and overgrown bushes?  Remember, you can only make a first impression once.

The answer doesn’t have to be expensive.  Although professional landscaping is always a plus – with a few DIY projects, you can have a big impact on how your home presents – probably in one weekend. To get started take a slow walk around your property with a pen and pad of paper.  Look at it with a critical eye and make a list of what you would like to accomplish. Here are a few ideas.

~   Cleaning is number one.  Remove all dead leaves and debris from the property.  Limit lawn ornaments and make sure they are in excellent condition.

~   Consider power washing the home’s exterior, decks, patios, sidewalks, etc.  If that’s not possible a good rinse off with a strong hose can work wonders as well.

~   Replace or “top-off” all mulched areas.  Cedar mulch looks great a and smells wonderful.

~   Evaluate the inside of your home’s window treatments.  How do they present from the curb?

~   Consider replacing your house numbers.   An inexpensive job that can have a large impact.

~   Consider replacing your mailbox or front porch light.  Coordinating these items has the best effect.

~   Install a new front door mat – and don’t scrimp, make it of high quality.

~    Lastly, add colorful annual flowers, in pots or in the flower beds.  It’s best to choose a color or two and stay with them for uniformity, then add a splash of multi-color in an area where you wish to draw the eye.  Maybe in the back of a yard which you want to appear larger.

Today’s home buyers are tired of the distressed properties of the last several years.  They are looking for a home to fall in love with.  You can start by getting them in the front door.

Jeanne Jordan, Realtor

630-334-1520

IS STAGING YOUR HOME REALLY IMPORTANT FOR A SALE?

The simple truth is that staged homes sell faster and for a higher price than non-staged homes. In our current market it can mean the difference between selling and not selling.

When you decide to list your home for sale you are putting it “on the market.” Listing a home for sale is not the same as “marketing” a home. Marketing is advertising a product and the first step is preparing that product in a way that will appeal to the most buyers.

Below you will find a breakdown of the steps to staging your home. When the staging is complete and your home hits the market it will be necessary to maintain you’re the staging discipline for the duration of the listing.

THE FIRST IMPRESSION
A common strategy for homebuyers is to take a drive by a home prior to scheduling a showing. Often a home is eliminated from consideration before a buyer even takes a step inside. To make sure buyers want to see more, the exterior of your home must be inviting. Stand at your curb and take a good long look at your house. What you are trying to achieve is a neat, tidy and welcoming appearance. Here are a few ideas:
1. Lawn should be mowed and leaves raked
2. Trim bushes
3. Add mulch to all shrub or flowerbeds. New mulch makes everything look fresh and neat and can give an appealing border to your property.
4. Touch up any peeling paint. Make sure exterior colors match.
5. Wash or paint the front door.
6. Wash windows.
7. Add a splash of color – a new doormat or potted plant if appropriate.

ONCE YOU GET THEM IN THE FRONT DOOR
The buyer’s first impression of the interior of your home will most likely be the living room. Staging a living room and a family room more often then not entails minimizing. Removing excess furniture, photos, nick-knacks, etc. Here are a few guidelines:
1. Arrange the furniture in a “conversational” way. It’s inviting.
2. Clear the room of family photos or any personal items.
3. Paint a warm and neutral color.
4. Remove older mismatched furniture or cover with slipcovers.
5. Add a few accent items, such as a vase of flowers, hang a picture, a soft throw pillow, a green plant, etc. Be careful to keep it minimal.

NEXT…THE KITCHEN
Buyers will spend a lot of time in their new kitchen, so they want it to be big, clean and bright. Here are your guidelines:
1. Clean, clean, clean! Wash all cabinets, counters, sinks, doors & windows.
2. Clear counter tops, including appliances.
3. Install higher wattage “warm light” light bulbs.
4. New throw rugs, or a larger rug if the floor is older
5. Wash the walls, paint them if necessary
6. If it’s an eat-in kitchen, Set the table and add flowers.

NOW THE BATHROOMS
“Sparkling clean” should describe your bathrooms. No one wants to purchase a home with an unkept bathroom.
1. Clean-clean-clean! Scrub the tub, enclosure, shower doors & sink.
2. Fixtures should sparkle or be replaced
3. Wash or paint walls
4. Develop a color scheme – add new plush towels & a fashionable soap dispenser.

AND FINALLY THE BEDROOMS
Bedrooms should say “comfort.” They should be welcoming and cozy.
1. Use soft, neutral colors such as browns or greens.
2. Remove excess furniture so room appears larger.
3. Remove clothes from the closet so it appears larger
4. Invest in a new comforter with matching pillow shams.
5. De-clutter dressers. Only one or two items should remain.

Look over the rest of your home and apply the same strategy. The back yard should be clear of any junk. The deck or patio swept. The most important staging tools are cleaning and de-cluttering. If you do nothing else these two are a must. Walk through each room in your home and make notes on what you will do to “stage” the room prior to listing.

Home staging is a part of my listing services. For the staging of an entire home, or for large pieces of furniture a staging service would be required. Referrals to a fabulous staging service are available upon request.