Monday, January 12, 2015

Inexpensive Fixes for Your North Shores, IL Drafty Windows

Conserving Heat inexpensively through your home's windows
No doubt about it, winters get downright cold in the North Shores, IL area. But while it is cold outside, your North Shores home doesn’t have to be. Did you know that between 10 and 25 percent of your home’s heat escapes through the windows?  And while sometimes the best solution to a drafty home is replacing the windows, this can be a very costly project and one that isn’t always feasible.  Here are some DIY ideas to lessening the heat that escapes through you’re the windows in your North Shores home.

Plastic Film
There is plastic film you can buy that you apply to the window using double-sided tape and the heat from a hair dryer. This plastic wrap can be as inexpensive as $13 for two three packs and retains as much as 55% of the room’s heat.

Draft Snake
You may not have known the name for these helpful gadgets but you have surely seen them before. Draft snakes can be used under doors or in windowsills and are tubes of fabric filled with dry rice. It is also fairly simple and inexpensive to make a draft snake yourself. These help prevent cold air from coming through the windowsills and under doorways.

Foam
For basement or attic windows that you don’t need to see out of, use a piece of foam board glued to a piece of drywall that is 3/8 inch thick and cover the pain with this. When you want sunlight, you can simply pop the piece of drywall out of the window.

Perhaps now with the holidays over, you are considering listing your North Shores, IL home or searching for one that better fits your family’s definition of a dream home. Now is a perfect time to list your home. With years of experience as a North Shores realtor, it would be my pleasure to work with you.

Janie Bress
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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

North Shores Post-Holiday Events

Don't Miss the Indoor Farmer's Market Starting Jan. 10 in Evanston, IL
The holidays are officially coming to a close and it is almost the start of a new year. Perhaps one of your New Year’s resolutions involves getting out of your North Shores home more often to enjoy the culture that if available to you across the North Shores area. Whether you enjoy sports, art, theatre or anything in between—you are sure to find it all within a very close distance from your suburban home.

Here are a few ideas of upcoming North Shores’ events.

Elvis Tribute Artist Spectacular
On January 8, we are celebrating the “King’s” 80th birthday at the Center Theatre at North Shore Center in Skokie, IL with an annual concert. This exciting event will feature the musical career of Elvis Presley and shift through the songs era by era. Tickets range from $22-51 each.

The Odd Couple Play
January 8 through February 22, the comedy The Odd Couple will be performed at the Oil Lamp Theatre in Glenview, IL. This play features two mismatched roommates, which leads to a number of hilarious antics.  The cost of the performance is $35 a person.

Indoor Farmers and Artisan Food Market
On January 10 at the EvanstonEcology Center in Evanston, IL there will be over 30 vendors at the indoor farmer’s market where they will be selling fresh produce and meats. This venue has hours from 9am-1pm every Saturday from January 10 until April 25 (when it becomes warm enough for an outdoor farmer’s market).

With the holidays past, have you considered listing your North Shores home to buy a home that better suites your family’s needs? If so, I am a seasoned North Shores real estate agent and would be happy to help you. Contact me today!

Janie Bress
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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Redecorating Your North Shores Home After the Holidays

Dedecorating Your North Shores Home
Christmas is going to be here in just a few short days. When the beloved holiday we all cherish so much is over, it can feel a bit sad packing up all the decorations.

But oftentimes people forget to focus on all the winter decorating that can still make their house feel like a home. And not all “Christmas” decorations need to be packed up—some can be repurposed for winter! Take a look at your North Shore home and decide which items are truly “Christmasy” and which can be repurposed into a beautiful winter decoration.

For example, sparkly silver or gold decorations can be just as much for winter (with snow and how it glistens) as it is for Christmas. Red can also work well for winter, as long as the Santas and greenery are no longer involved. Lanterns are another theme that can really last the whole winter long and don’t have to be holiday or Christmas specific. Snowmen of course can carry all winter through as long as they aren’t wearing Santa hats.

You may not have enough decorations in one color to spread across your entire house, but you can do small vignettes of one color in a specific area of your home (for example silver or gold) and in another area of your North Shores home, vignettes of another color (red or blue).

Now that the Christmas season is over, are you considering listing your North Shores home so you can find one better suited for your family? I’m an experienced North Shores real estate agent and would be happy to help you find what you need in this area. There are still a variety of homes on the market, and some of them are offered at a great value since it is still far enough before spring. Give me a call today and I would be happy to assess your needs and learn of the characteristics that would make a house a “dream home” for you!

Janie Bress
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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christmas Events in North Shores, IL

North Shore Christmas Events
Christmas is just a little over a week away…I don’t know about you but for me this holiday season always seems to just fly by! There are so many fun events in the North Shore, IL area to participate in this time of year and there are few of us who feel organized and on top of all the holiday shopping and wrapping and making sure we didn’t miss anyone!

There are a number of exciting upcoming events in the NorthShore, IL area that you wont want to miss.

Dec. 17 (Tonight) Members’ Night Wonderland Express at Chicago Botanic Garden
Tonight the Chicago Botanic Garden: Members’Night Wonderland Express is taking place  at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe from 5-7:30pm. This event costs $10 for adults and $8 for children under age 12 and senior citizens. Children under the age of 2 are free of admission. Come take part in an evening full of caroling and light refreshments and snacks.

Dec. 18 Christmas at the White House
While we don’t live anywhere near that White House, it is still so interesting to see how Christmas is celebrated there. At the Skokie Theatre, we will have performance of ChristmasAt the White House featuring a dynamic singing due of Jenny Riddle and Elizabeth Doyle. This performance will bring to life the lives of First Families at the holiday season. Tickets are $20 each. 
Dec. 19 A Diamonds Cherry, Cherry Holiday
This
Cherry, Cherry Holiday event takes place at the Skokie Theatre and features Denny and his sons, Lucas & Spenser, performing holiday songs from Neil Diamond’s “A Cherry, Cherry Christmas.” Admission is $20 each.

If you are considering giving yourself the gift this Christmas of a new home, there is still time to find a home that is perfect for your family. I have been a North Shores real estate agent for a number of years and have a lot of experience in this market. Give me a call today!

Janie Bress
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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Deerfield Market Stats for November 2014

City Active Listings: There are a total of 90 properties actively on the market with the average price of $582,470 in Deerfield.
City Sold Listings: 18 properties closed last month in City with an average sales price of $471,944, the average time on market for these properties was 58 days. 


To view the complete report including additional detailed data, charts ad graphs, please view the Deerfield market statistics!

Janie Bress
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