Preparing Your Home For Sale
Whether you're ready to sell
now or just curious about the process, we can help. Many
homeowners begin thinking about selling long before they are really
ready to move!
The sale of property in IL
involves legalities that even a For Sale By Owner must conform
to. We provide the following services in preparing your home for
- Provide a free, no obligation market
evaluation for your property.
- Recommend that you consult with your
favorite real estate attorney.
- Provide an estimate of your cost of sale
and your net equity based on your property.
- Inform you of village ordinances which
may apply to your property.
- Explain Fair Housing Laws.
- Provide you with a copy of the IL Seller
Disclosure Act form.
- Explain why offering a home warranty for
your property may be in your best interest.
- Help you decide if your property should
be inspected by a certified home inspection service.
- Locate your real estate property index
- Help you determine which repairs are
necessary and which are not.
Garage Sale Time
Now is a great time to get
rid of all those unnecessary things you accumulated - things you no
longer want or need - and bring in a little extra cash at the same
A garage sale is not hard to
prepare for and can be fun! Enlist the help of the whole family
in organizing and pricing your merchandise. Perhaps you could
arrange a joint sale with a few neighbors. Advertise the sale in
your local paper and with signs placed around the neighborhood.
Be prepared to bargain and drop prices, if necessary, to clear out your
inventory. Make arrangements with a local charity to collect all
the leftover items after the sale.
Tax Deductible Moving Expenses
Many of the expenses
connected with moving may be tax deductible, if the move is job
related. Some of these include:
- The cost of moving your household goods.
- Expenses incurred while house-hunting.
- Travel expenses during the move for you
and your family.
- The cost of meals and temporary lodging
for up to 30 days after you get the new job.
- The expenses, of selling your house and
buying a new one.
To substantiate your claim,
keep an accurate, detailed account of your moving expenses, including
Special Care for Pets & Plants
Moving companies are not
allowed to handle the shipment of pets, so you you will need to explore
Shipping animals by air is
the fastest and most convenient method. Most airlines are
familiar with the care and handling requirements of animals.
If you must take your pet
with you in the car, call ahead to make sure pets are allowed at your
overnight stop. Check with your veterinarian for hints that could
make the trip more enjoyable for both you and your pet. Before
moving, be sure licenses and all vaccinations are up-to-date.
House plants do not travel
well in the dark interior of moving vans. Plants are difficult to
pack and may have to survive several days without light and
water. Moving companies will not guarantee the condition of
plants that are shipped and some states will not allow you to bring
plants across their state line due to the possible transportation of
harmful insects or diseased vegetation. Check ahead before
bringing plants with you to ensure that you will be allowed to cross
state borders with them.