This summer, we battle the heat but also the bills to keep the house cool. The infographic shows helpful tips on saving energy and keeping the house cool during this summer season.
Summer is the season for grilling. Cooking out can be done anywhere outside the house: poolside, patio, and beyond. It is also worthy to note that using gas and charcoal grills leads to 16,900 emergency room visits and $96 million in property damage every year. Indeed, the safety of our family and home is of utmost importance. It is dependent whether we follow guidelines in grilling.
Here are a easy to remember tips on keeping your family and your home safe. Consider printing a list and posting near the cooking area to remind you or anyone grilling before getting started:
- Maintain distance. Keep the grill well away from your home and deck railings, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
- Keep the barbeque grill clean. Remove grease or fat buildup from the grill and in trays below the grill.
- Never leave your grill unattended, and keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill at all times.
- Always make sure the lid of a gas grill is open before lighting.
- Give the grill special attention.If using starter fluid for a charcoal grill, use only charcoal starter fluid, and never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquid to the fire. Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources.
- If your charcoal grill has an electric starter, use an extension cord.
- When finished grilling, let the coals cool completely, then dispose in a metal container.
Source: National Fire Protection Association, DTE, PA Insurance
In Champaign County, sales of homes dipped in May this year compared with the same time last year. In May this year, 271 homes were sold, a decline of 3.9% from 282 last May 2016.
“I think they’re right around where they need to be,” said CCAR President Jim Waller. “Last year was a good year, and we’re not that far down from that.”
“We’re still lacking some inventory,” he said. “We’d love to see some more listings. There’s a lot of buyers, and they’re not all able to find what they want.”
Of the homes sold this May, 124 were in Champaign, 60 in Urbana, 23 in Mahomet and 14 in Savoy. Homes stayed listed for 61 days though as compared to 69 days last year.
The median price of homes currently listed is $155,00 in May, a 5.8% increase from $146,500 in May 2016.
“Low mortgage rates are still triggering more buyer demand in this market but some buyers are finding it taking a bit longer to find the right property that suits their prerequisites. The number of new listings and inventory of homes for sale continue to decrease in the Champaign market area,” said Jim Waller, president of the Champaign County Association of REALTORS®. “REALTORS report inventory sales and strong buyer demand is leading to more multiple offer situations in this hot spring/summer selling market and buyers have to proceed quickly on their offer if they find the home they wish to purchase.”
Sellers should note that buyers are eager to purchase and are searching the market right now. In fact, Waller expounds that Champaign County is a still a viable place to reside despite the dip in sales.
“It’s economically stronger than most of the state,” he said. “And we have some companies in town that are hiring.”
Walk through homes for sale scheduled for Open House this weekend. Get remodeling ideas as you look your way around and some ideas of what is available in the Champaign County real estate scene.
Here are three open houses of note this weekend:
An upgrade is commendable when it can either serve to lower your average cost for basic items while you remain in the home or increase the value of the home’s sale price when you choose to make it available.
1. Barn Doors
The sliding entryway is an extraordinary approach to add a redesigned look to the room, and it’s a generally straightforward upgrade with little cost. If your closet doors have been overused, a barn door is a good replacement.
The fastest approach to make a room look new again is to include a new layer of paint. Homebuyers frequently observe the measure of work that would go into painting over a splendid red divider, and may even request that the seller paint over it themselves.
3. Working fireplace
Don’t remove that fireplace. 54 percent of agents polled by Angie’s list said a gas-burning fireplace builds the home’s estimation most, however, a review of 2,000 mortgage holders and homebuyers showed 58 percent want to have a fireplace that burns wood at home. It is clear that having a fireplace is a positive for your home value.
Frequently underestimated by homeowners when they put their home available is the home’s curb appeal. As the first thing any buyer will see when they come to visit the house, it’s critical to seed dead grass, mow the lawn or garden regularly and add some blossoms or shrubberies without overpowering the yard.
5. Minor Bathroom Remodel
Expel dated wall covers and apply a crisp layer of paint. Spraying on the surface gives speedy scope. For that old tub, re-caulk or re-caulk it for a like-new look
6. Minor Kitchen Remodel
Cover old vinyl with floor leveler. Light up the kitchen by sanding and painting existing cupboards. It’s a great deal less costly than purchasing new ones. Change curtains and window molding.
7. Deck, Patio or Porch Addition
Include planters on the front porch. Give a yard an amazing passage with a unique gate. Ensure patio railings are safe and alluring. Cover cooling units with a wooden trellis.
8. Light Fixtures
Outside lighting is a simple and practical approach to adding magnificence and security to your home. Consider adding lighting to the walkway, a hanging pendant light to the front entryway. Also, an extra light close to the garage works Discover styles that supplement your home.
9. Windows and Trim
Replace broken glass. Sand, scrape and paint the trim. Clean within and outside of the windows until they sparkle. Include a few window boxes to offer a homey appeal.
Some homeowners choose to sell their homes thinking they could save time and expenditures. The term For Sale by Owners is used in reference to properties put by the market by owners.
However, there are several reasons why deciding to do an FSBO might not be a good idea for many sellers:
1. Too Many People To Deal With
Sellers who want to sell their own homes have to prepare to meet and negotiate with different kinds of buyers, buyer’s agents, home inspections and appraisers as dictated by prospective buyers.
Scams may happen and FSBOs may even find hiring a representative which is an added expense.
2. It is Too Complicated and Difficult
The 2015 National Association of Realtors’ Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers revealed that the paperwork involved is just too much and can be daunting for owners wanting to sell their homes. Aside from the legal forms that has to be filled in, understanding them as well as customizing the contract to a one-size-fit-all can be difficult and time consuming.
3. Online Search Results More Common
Many FSBOs may not get the right selling price and get stuck in the market. Another reason for this is that more buyers find their homes in the internet:
44% on the internet
33% from a Real Estate Agent
9% from a yard sign
1% from newspaper
4. Dealing with Prospective Buyers
Most real estate agents have online marketing campaigns for their listings. FSBOs may simply rely on their circle of friends and family and also social media. But these have setbacks and limitations as well.
With technology on their side, it won’t take long before a real estate agent sells a home in their listing. A homeowner may take longer to sell.
5. Earn More Net with an Agent
Homeowners decide to sell their homes with the purpose of saving money. Little do they know that they spend a considerable chunk of money for extras like flyers, home warranty, home inspection, contracts and so on.
Studies also have shown that an FSBO in markets have lower price points.
So, before making any decisions whether to sell your home on your own or to work with an agent, contact a real estate professional, listen and see what they have to offer.
View the list below of acceptable electronic items to recycle. There is a limit of 10 items per household.
– Computers, printers, copiers, monitors*, keyboards, speakers, mice, cables, PDAs
– Software, CDROM/floppy disks, UPS, tablet computers
– Computer parts including but not limited to: circuit boards, hard drives, optical drives, power supplies, ribbon cables, RAM
– Networking equipment, hubs, switches, routers, cables, modems, scanners
– Ink cartridges
– Televisions*, VCRs, Radios, stereo equipment, tape recorders, record players, remote controls, MP3 players, compact disc players,
– Electronic toys, amplifiers, electronic keyboards
– Hand-held gaming devices, game consoles, Walkmans, sewing machines
– Digital cameras, camcorders
Communication Devices and Other Office Electronics:
– Cash registers, typewriters, adding machines, calculators
– Copiers, duplicators, voice recorders
– Label makers
– Portable power banks and coin counters
– Telephones, PBX systems, answering machines, fax machines,
– CB radios, ham radios, cell phones, pagers, Black Berry/ Palm Units, GPS units, Bluetooth serial port adapter
– Rechargeable batteries, battery chargers and adapters, surge strips
– Video recorders, video monitors, security systems, walkie-talkies
Miscellaneous: – cables/cords/wire
* not accepted: broken glass cathode-ray-tube televisions or broken glass cathode-ray-tube monitors – not accepted:
For a complete listing of items not accepted, please visit the Champaign County RRR webpage at www.co.champaign.il.us/rrr
Wedge Tequila Bar and Grill, which already has a location in downtown Champaign, has just opened a second location at Village at the Crossing in the old Cabo’s spot. Not your normal Mexican food fare! Wedge offers great ambience, over 100 different types of tequilas, fantastic food and outdoor seating in the warmer months! Since out Keller Williams office is just steps away from this new location, I forsee many team lunches there in the future 🙂
Sun-Tues: 11am – 11pm | Wed-Sat: 11am – 2am
415 North Neil Street, Champaign, IL 61820 | 217 398 2869
2411 Village Green Crossing, Champaign, IL 6182 2 | 217 355 3855
Hardy’s Reindeer Ranch in Rantoul is always a local favorite this time of year! Just a $4 fee to get up close and personal with the reindeer. The staff lets visitors pet and feed them while they provide a brief history about reindeer and answers any questions. A lot of fun for the little ones!
Hardy’s also has a very cozy gift shop….a great place to stop in from the cold. You can sit around a potbelly stove sipping hot cocoa that’s for sale and browse through the lodge and gift shop.
You can finish up your day at their Christmas tree farm. They have a pre-cut selection or you can cut your own if you prefer.
Hardy’s Reindeer Ranch: 1356 County Rd. 2900 N. – Rantoul, IL
November 22nd through December 23rd: 10 am – 7 pm daily
Christmas Eve: 10 am – 2 pm ( Closed Christmas Day )
After Christmas hours: 10 am – 5 pm daily. Our Last Day: December 28th
It is Halloween and the perfect time for some Alfred Hitchcock thrillers. And the setting for this weeklong Hitchcock film series is the lovely restored Virginia Theatre in the heart of downtown Champaign.
Tickets for the Hitchcock series can be purchased online or at the door and they are only $5. Shows are at 7p and 10p every night this week through Halloween.