Wednesday, July 1, 2015

How to Add Elegance and Sophistication to Your North Shore Home

When you move into a new home on Chicago's North Shore, the first step is unpacking— the next? Decorating! It's one of the tasks that can make the property feel like a home and gives you an opportunity to incorporate your style in the spaces.

But before you start purchasing new furniture and hanging pictures and art on the walls of your North Shore home, consider how you can add touches of sophistication. Not only will these ideas boost your home's overall aesthetic and appearance, but it can quickly become the envy of the neighborhood!

Add natural elements
Think about bringing the outdoors inside your home with fresh flowers and plants in varying colors. The easiest way to do this is to place simple vases on the dining table, the island in the kitchen and adding houseplants around the living spaces. You may have to replace the fresh flowers once a week, but it gives the space they're in that put-together feeling.

Add moldings
Once you've moved into your new home in Glencoe, Deerfield, Highland Park, Winnetka or Northbrook, you'll likely pick up the paintbrush to give the walls a fresh coat. In a past blog post, I shared how to paint your home like a pro, but let's look up even farther— the moldings! Add crown molding to the ceiling, the floorboards or even at chair height. Molding is easy to install and remember— the wider, the better!

Replace doorknobs
A quick and easy fix and shows you pay close attention to the details in your North Shore home! Swap out the humdrum doorknobs with brass or bronze or silver, depending on your color scheme. You can do the same with light switches! The change can be made within a few minutes and it quickly adds elegance to your home.

Hide your electronics
When you keep your cords, television and gadgets hidden behind closed doors or in storage units, it allows your home to truly shine! If you're hanging your TV, place it among framed art and photos to disguise it. Place it in an entertainment system that has doors and close them when the TV is off! When you have company, it will be much easier to socialize without the focus on your electronics.

With years of experience as your North Shore real estate expert, I can help you find a beautiful home in Glencoe, Winnetka, Highland Park, Deerfield, Northbrook and beyond to call your own. Give me a call today and you could be enjoying decorating and settling into a new space very soon!

Janie Bress
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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Northbrook Market Stats for May 2015

City Active Listings: There are a total of 269 properties actively on the market with the average price of $751,916 in Northbrook.

City Sold Listings: 53 properties closed last month in Northbrook with an average sales price of $493,565. The average time on market for these properties was 60 days. 




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Highland Park Market Stats for May 2015

City Active Listings: There are a total of 303 properties actively on the market with the average price of $941,606 in Highland Park.

City Sold Listings: 61 properties closed last month in Highland Park with an average sales price of $463,904. The average time on market for these properties was 61 days. 




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Winnetka Market Stats for May 2015

City Active Listings: There are a total of 190 properties actively on the market with the average price of $1,920,188 in Winnetka.

City Sold Listings: 24 properties closed last month in Winnetka with an average sales price of $1,499,750. The average time on market for these properties was 38 days. 




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Deerfield Market Stats for May 2015

City Active Listings: There are a total of 135 properties actively on the market with the average price of $654,144 in Deerfield.

City Sold Listings: 24 properties closed last month in Deerfield with an average sales price of $462,441. The average time on market for these properties was 64 days. 





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Glencoe Market Stats for May 2015

City Active Listings: There are a total of 97 properties actively on the market with the average price of $1,438,373 in Glencoe.

City Sold Listings: 7 properties closed last month in Glencoe with an average sales price of $1,136,429. The average time on market for these properties was 149 days. 





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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

5 Proper Tips for Painting Your Home on Chicago's North Shore

Summer is typically the season that North Shore homeowners decide to tackle all of the necessary home improvement projects. Whether they include landscaping, cleaning out the garage or renovating the kitchen, each project has a proper way to achieve the look you want.

Painting is no exception either! If the rooms in your North Shore home could use a fresh coat of paint this summer, keep the following in mind to achieve great results and impress your guests (and if you're planning to sell, homebuyers!).

Clean the ceiling and walls
Before you can start rolling on a fresh coat of paint, it's important to clean the surfaces you intend to makeover. Remove any dust, dirt or grease spots as they can ruin the look of a smooth finish. You can clean these spots with water, a mild dishwashing detergent and a sponge. After, simply rinse with water to remove residue.

Cut in around the edges
Using a two inch trim brush, "cut in" with about three inches of paint along the edges where the ceiling meets the wall. Alternate between cutting in and painting the ceiling to keep a wet edge and prevent any lines from showing.

Paint the ceiling width-wise
Remove any excess paint on your roller by rolling it back and forth on the paint tray. Make sure you're painting across the width of the ceiling, instead of length-wise, and roll across your body instead of along your body. Start near the corner of the room and always blend the paint into the ceiling line painted prior.

Next, the walls
Once the ceiling has dried, "cut in" once again with a trim brush in the corner of the room where you started. Cut in about two to three inches from doors, windows and moldings and then use your roller to fill in the rest of the field.

Paint the trim
You can begin painting the trim when the walls have dried, using painter's tape to tape along the where the trim meets the wall. Start by painting the tops of the doors and windows first and then work your way down so you can remove drips as you go. The baseboards should be the last thing you paint.

Giving your home in Glencoe, Winnetka, Deerfield, Northbrook, Highland Park a fresh coat of paint is just one of many ways to impress homebuyers on the North Shore this summer. If you have questions about the real estate market or how you can go about selling your home, do not hesitate to contact me!

Janie Bress
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