Dympna Fay-Hart
Serving Chicago Area Sellers & Buyers

(773) 230-3800

Send me a message

Real Estate

Why First-Timers Can’t Capitalize on Ripe Market

NAR Daily News Magazine - October 29, 2017 - 11:00pm

Though economic conditions are highly favorable for first-time home buyers, their share of overall purchase activity is approaching a 36-year low...

Categories: Real Estate

How Your Attractiveness Affects the Sale

NAR Daily News Magazine - October 29, 2017 - 11:00pm

Learn what researchers discovered about whether an agent’s looks could influence buyers’ overall impression of online property...

Categories: Real Estate

Rise in Vacancies a Sign of Inventory Relief?

NAR Daily News Magazine - October 29, 2017 - 11:00pm

More than half of U.S. housing markets saw an uptick in the annual rate of vacant properties in the third quarter of this year, according to the...

Categories: Real Estate

10 Cities That Can Survive an Apocalypse

NAR Daily News Magazine - October 29, 2017 - 11:00pm

Where you live may be the most important determining factor when it comes to whether you will make it through an extinction-level disaster.

Categories: Real Estate

The Housing Hot List for October

NAR Daily News Magazine - October 29, 2017 - 11:00pm

Find out the top-performing housing markets this month, based on the pace of sales and online clicks. 

Categories: Real Estate

Ask the Expert: How Should I Prepare a Home to Sell in the Fall?

RisMedia - October 29, 2017 - 11:07am

Today’s Ask the Expert column features Dan Steward, president of Pillar To Post Home Inspectors.

Q: What are your top tips for preparing to sell a home in the fall?

A: First and foremost, use the beauty of the season. If you’re lucky enough to live in a region that experiences changing seasons, take advantage of everything the season has to offer by incorporating autumnal flowers, plants and floral arrangements into the mix. Whether it’s colorful mums or adding intense color and drama to the home’s exterior with perennials, feature a variety of fall floral arrangements both inside and outside the home.

Next, be sure to check the roof and gutters. While a roof’s drainage system diverts thousands of gallons of water from a home’s exterior and foundation walls, it’s important to keep the process moving in order to avoid water damage. In addition to taking the time to unclog and clean the gutters, now is also a good time to inspect the roof from top to bottom. In addition to looking for damage to metal flashing in and around vents and chimneys, check ridge shingles for cracks and wind damage.

While outside, take the time to check driveways, walkways and steps for any noticeable damage. Fixing any problem areas during the fall is critical in order to prevent little problems from becoming expensive headaches down the line. Look for cracks that are more than 1/8-inch wide, uneven sections and loose railings on steps.

Before the bitter temperatures of the winter season move in, take the necessary steps to ensure that outside faucets and in-ground irrigation systems don’t freeze and burst. Close any shut-off valves serving outside faucets, then open the outside faucet to the drain line. If you don’t have shut-off valves, or freeze-proof faucets, you can buy faucet covers at your local home improvement store.

Moving inside, check the home for air leaks, as gaps in caulk and weather-stripping can account for 10 percent of a home’s heating bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. While weather-stripping is the most cost-effective way to control heating and cooling costs, it should be checked and replaced as needed every six months.

And last, but not least, bring in a professional to inspect the home’s heating system to ensure it’s working properly before the cold weather arrives.

For more information, please visit www.pillartopost.com.

For the latest real estate news and trends, bookmark RISMedia.com.

The post Ask the Expert: How Should I Prepare a Home to Sell in the Fall? appeared first on RISMedia.

Categories: Real Estate