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Elmhurst Open House List for March 2-3

by Thomas Makinney

608 W Babcock Ave, Elmhurst


319 E Butterfield Rd, Elmhurst


585 S Bryan St., Elmhurst

785 S Fairfield Ave, Elmhurst

210 S Pick Ave

Elmhurst

03/03/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$210,000

608 W Babcock Ave

Elmhurst

03/03/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$294,900

3N509 N Howard Ave

Elmhurst

03/03/2019

1:00-4:00 PM

$319,900

207 N West Ave

Elmhurst

03/02/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$347,500

451 W Elm Park Ave

Elmhurst

03/03/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$349,500

354 E St Charles Rd

Elmhurst

03/03/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$379,900

516 N Evergreen Ave

Elmhurst

03/03/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$389,000

947 S Fern Ave

Elmhurst

03/03/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$399,900

963 Chatham Ave

Elmhurst

03/03/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$409,500

651 W Gladys Ave

Elmhurst

03/02/2019

10:00AM-12:30 PM

$420,000

391 N Emroy Ave

Elmhurst

03/02/2019

12:00-3:00 PM

$449,990

319 E Butterfield Rd

Elmhurst

03/03/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$535,000

608 S Bryan St

Elmhurst

03/03/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$570,000

578 N West Ave

Elmhurst

03/03/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$585,000

210 S Fairview Ave

Elmhurst

03/03/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$615,000

618 W Belden Ave

Elmhurst

03/03/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$619,900

643 S Fern Ct

Elmhurst

03/03/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$639,900

541 S Berkley Ave

Elmhurst

03/03/2019

1:00-4:00 PM

$689,900

657 N West Ave

Elmhurst

03/03/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$719,000

585 S Bryan St

Elmhurst

03/03/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$749,900

785 S Fairfield Ave

Elmhurst

03/03/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$775,000

891 S Bryan St

Elmhurst

03/03/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$779,900

444 S Hillside Ave

Elmhurst

03/03/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$819,000

916 S Chatham Ave

Elmhurst

03/03/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$835,000

582 S Rex Blvd

Elmhurst

03/03/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$869,900

221 N Larch Ave

Elmhurst

03/03/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$915,000

142 N Walnut St

Elmhurst

03/03/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$1,079,900

165 S Kenmore Ave

Elmhurst

03/02/2019

2:00-4:00 PM

$1,250,000

135 N Willow Rd

Elmhurst

03/03/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$1,299,900

Quick Checklist for House Showings

by Thomas Makinney

So your house is officially on the market. The hard work is done—you’ve decluttered knick-knacks, touched up paint, trimmed bushes, and made sure the roof isn’t leaking.  Now you need to keep it up, which is one of the more trying aspects of having your house on the market.

We recommend giving your house a thorough cleaning once a week—scrub kitchen and bathrooms, run the vacuum, sweep, and dust. Then get in the habit of tidying up each night so you can be prepared for any unexpected showings.

Sometimes you know days in advance about a showing, but sometimes you may get only an hour notice. If that’s the case, what do you need to do? Go through this checklist and make sure that if nothing else, these major items are checked off. It shouldn’t take long. Just tidy first then go room by room.

  1. Tidy the house
  • Walk through with a large laundry basket and quickly scoop up anything that can be put out of sight—extra shoes, backpacks, toys, unsorted mail, old magazines. Tuck the basket away or better yet, put it in the trunk of your car.
  • Quickly wipe down major pieces of furniture that sit in a sunbeam’s path.
  • Check if any rooms need a quick sweep or vacuum.
  1. Kitchen
    This usually takes the longest as it typically gets the most use and is prone to spills, crumbs, stickiness, and funky smells. So get going.
  • Clean out the sink: rinse dishes before putting in dishwasher to cut down on smells then wash and dry the actual sink to give it some sparkle. Tuck sponges or dishcloths under the sink.
  • Run the garbage disposal.
  • Wipe down kitchen counters and put away clutter. Slip the toaster into a cabinet and make sure syrup isn’t sticking to the counter. (Granite countertops in particular are notorious for hiding crumbs and stickiness, which is a good and bad thing.)
  • Wipe down all handles and faucets. Grab a disposable wipe or microfiber cloth and swipe over refrigerator, oven, microwave, and dishwasher handles. Check oven knobs too. Then really wipe down the faucet. If you have stainless steel appliances, wipe down any fingerprints.
  • Empty the trash and put in fresh bag. You don’t want buyers smelling last night’s dinner or leftover onion peels.
  • Tidy up pet bowls. If you have to leave food out, make sure it’s at least inside the bowl and not strewn around. Better yet, take it out of sight.
  • Sweep crumbs off floor and consider running a damp mop.
  1. Bathrooms
    These are the second dirtiest part of the house so head here next.
  • Put away most items on the counter.
  • Take your disposable wipe or damp microfiber cloth and wipe down counters and faucets. Rub off the old toothpaste and make sure hairs aren’t clinging to the sink.
  • Polish the mirror/s.
  • Wipe down toilet. (And make sure it is flushed. Can’t emphasize that enough.)
  • Empty trash.
  • See if the floor needs a quick sweep or wipe to remove hair and dust along baseboards.
  1. Bedrooms
  • Pick up dirty clothes and anything on floors.
  • Make the beds.
  • Empty trash if needed.
  1. Outside
  • Sweep or shovel front stoop and steps. Check for cobwebs on porch walls and light fixtures.
  • Shake out doormat.
  • If you have a glass door or any sliding glass doors, wipe down any fingerprints or animal nose prints.

A clean house shows best so take the time to make it shine. Here at The Gracik Makinney Group, we want our sellers to get the best deal in the least amount of time. To learn more, call us at (630) 441-5540 or reach out through our website, www.gmregroup.com.

 

 

Elmhurst Open House List for Feb. 23-24

by Thomas Makinney


608 W Babcock Ave, Elmhurst


106 N Myrtle Ave, Elmhurst

450 E Ridge Ave, Elmhurst

608 W Babcock Ave

Elmhurst

02/23/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$299,900

664 N Indiana St

Elmhurst

02/24/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$343,000

558 S Hillcrest Ave

Elmhurst

02/24/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$360,000

516 N Evergreen Ave

Elmhurst

02/24/2019

12:00-2:00 PM

$389,000

947 S Fern Ave

Elmhurst

02/24/2019

12:00-2:00 PM

$399,900

651 W Gladys Ave

Elmhurst

02/24/2019

1:30-4:00 PM

$420,000

365 E South St

Elmhurst

02/24/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$425,000

203 N Berteau Ave

Elmhurst

02/24/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$429,900

220 N Oak St

Elmhurst

02/24/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$485,000

628 S Fairview Ave

Elmhurst

02/24/2019

1:00-4:00 PM

$487,500

841 S Bryan St

Elmhurst

02/24/2019

11:00AM-3:00 PM

$549,000

200 W Grandview St

Elmhurst

02/24/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$580,000

247 N Illinois St

Elmhurst

02/24/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$615,000

222 N Addison Ave

Elmhurst

02/24/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$650,000

657 N West Ave

Elmhurst

02/24/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$719,000

331 N Shady Ln

Elmhurst

02/24/2019

1:00-4:00 PM

$729,900

482 S Rex Blvd

Elmhurst

02/24/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$750,000

501 N Howard Ave

Elmhurst

02/24/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$759,000

374 E Harrison Ct

Elmhurst

02/24/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$830,000

106 N Myrtle Ave

Elmhurst

02/24/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$835,000

462 N Ida Ln

Elmhurst

02/24/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$864,900

450 E Ridge Ave

Elmhurst

02/24/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$950,000

588 S Swain Ave

Elmhurst

02/23/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$969,900

142 N Walnut St

Elmhurst

02/24/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$1,079,900

 

 

 

Prepping To Put Your House on the Market? Read This First!

by Thomas Makinney

Are you thinking of listing your house this spring? Great idea! It’s the best time to sell a home—the days are longer, the sun brightens up rooms, and buyers are eager to get settled before a school year. But as you assess what to do before you put your house on the market, we’ve got a few tips.

1. Beware the DIY

Before you try upgrading the electrical yourself or finally rodding out your plumbing line, stop and consider calling a professional. The money you save could also be money you have to pay back when a home inspection uncovers aspects of the house that aren’t up to code, and buyers can often quickly pick out projects done in a shoddy manner.

2. Don’t over-improve

Most people know that kitchens and bathrooms get the best return on the investment, however, a complete/gutted kitchen overhaul will only get you a 62% ROI while a minor remodel (cabinet doors, new countertops, new or newer appliances) typically returns 81% of the investment. Also, keep in mind comparable homes. Buyers of mid-market houses don’t expect top-of-the-line appliances, and by putting them in, you may find yourself priced out of your key demographic.

3. Fun amenities don’t appeal to many buyers

For some buyers, a swimming pool is the ultimate luxury, but for others it’s a liability or just another thing to take care of.Bidets, wet bars, and themed rooms also fall into this category.

4. Bold walls and floors

A room painted jade green or bright red might add a pop of color to a house, but it also makes the space seem smaller and can prevent buyers from imagining their furniture. Consider painting rooms in a neutral white, gray, or beige before listing. The same concept applies to carpeting. That bright blue carpeting in the bedroom might look great with your drapes, and the checkered carpeting in the family room might be a fun conversation piece, but for a buyer, it’s just one more thing to replace.

5. Over-decorating

You may love Precious Moments figurines, dried flowers, or three layers of draperies, but buyers have trouble seeing behind the visual stimulation. A good rule of thumb is to let in as much natural light and as you can and declutter surfaces as much as possible so buyers get a sense of how the space flows. The same goes for walls—limit your artwork or framed photographs.

Finally, listen to your real estate agent. We have years of experience in knowing what sells, and we genuinely want to help you get top dollar. We are happy to make recommendations, just don’t take them personally. Saying you need to weed out your bookshelves or take down framed family photos isn’t a reflection on you, it’s what will help your home sell quickly and at a good price.

If you’re thinking of listing your house soon, give us a call. We’re happy to give you a free consultation and offer our professional opinion. Reach out to us at (630) 441-5570 or www.gmregroup.com.

Elmhurst Open House List for Feb. 16-17

by Thomas Makinney

585 S Bryan St, Elmhurst

319 E Butterfield Rd, Elmhurst

743 N Willow Rd

Elmhurst

02/17/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$329,900

451 W Elm Park Ave

Elmhurst

02/17/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$364,900

558 S Hillcrest Ave

Elmhurst

02/17/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$368,500

606 S Cedar Ave

Elmhurst

02/17/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$389,000

651 W Gladys Ave

Elmhurst

02/17/2019

12:30 PM

$420,000

880 Chatham St

Elmhurst

02/16/2019

12:00-2:00 PM

$495,000

319 E Butterfield Rd

Elmhurst

02/17/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$535,000

608 S Bryan St

Elmhurst

02/16/2019

12:00-3:00 PM

$570,000

436 E Atwater Ave

Elmhurst

02/17/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$579,000

247 N Illinois St

Elmhurst

02/17/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$615,000

581 S Parkside Ave

Elmhurst

02/17/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$629,000

643 S Fern Ct

Elmhurst

02/17/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$639,900

444 S Hillside Ave

Elmhurst

02/17/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$819,000

585 S Bryan St

Elmhurst

02/17/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$749,900

462 N Ida Ln

Elmhurst

02/17/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$864,900

582 S Rex Blvd

Elmhurst

02/17/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$869,900

221 N Larch Ave

Elmhurst

02/17/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$925,000

588 S Swain Ave

Elmhurst

02/17/2019

11:00AM-1:00 PM

$969,900

142 N Walnut St

Elmhurst

02/17/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$1,079,900

135 N Willow Rd

Elmhurst

02/17/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$1,299,900

Elmhurst Open House List for Feb. 9-10

by Thomas Makinney


493 W Alexander Blvd, Elmhurst

608 W Babcock Ave, Elmhurst

478 S Holly Ave, Elmhurst

112 E Grantley Ave, Elmhurst

585 S Bryan St, Elmhurst

493 W Alexander Blvd

Elmhurst

02/10/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$279,900

608 W Babcock Ave

Elmhurst

02/10/2019

12:00-2:00 PM

$299,900

802 N Geneva Ave

Elmhurst

02/09/2019

11:00AM-1:00 PM

$334,880

323 E Harrison St

Elmhurst

02/10/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$374,900

606 S Cedar Ave

Elmhurst

02/10/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$399,000

833 S Cedar Ave

Elmhurst

02/10/2019

2:00-4:00 PM

$464,000

284 E St Charles Rd

Elmhurst

02/10/2019

12:00-2:00 PM

$464,900

391 N Emroy Ave

Elmhurst

02/10/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$474,900

749 S Fairfield Ave

Elmhurst

02/10/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$499,000

440 E Adams St

Elmhurst

02/09/2019

12:00-3:00 PM

$525,000

618 W Belden Ave

Elmhurst

02/10/2019

11:00AM-1:30 PM

$619,900

193 E St Charles Rd

Elmhurst

02/10/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$629,000

478 S Holly Ave

Elmhurst

02/10/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$640,000

222 N Addison Ave

Elmhurst

02/10/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$650,000

112 E Grantley Ave

Elmhurst

02/10/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$670,000

541 S Berkley Ave

Elmhurst

02/10/2019

1:00-4:00 PM

$689,900

502 N Van Auken St

Elmhurst

02/10/2019

1:00-4:00 PM

$728,900

617 S Linden Ave

Elmhurst

02/10/2019

12:00-2:00 PM

$729,000

331 N Shady Ln

Elmhurst

02/09/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$729,900

585 S Bryan St

Elmhurst

02/10/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$749,900

600 N Willow Rd

Elmhurst

02/10/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$775,000

916 S Chatham Ave

Elmhurst

02/10/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$835,000

582 S Rex Blvd

Elmhurst

02/10/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$869,900

221 N Larch Ave

Elmhurst

02/10/2019

12:00-2:00 PM

$925,000

142 N Walnut St

Elmhurst

02/10/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$1,099,000

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