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Help is Here- You Only Need To Ask

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Full disclosure- Welcome Home to the Fox Valley is mostly a Real Estate blog but it is also about all things Fox Valley. I not only sell real estate, but I sell our community and neighborhoods. Welcome Home to the Fox Valley focuses on why we should chose to live in an area that features frigid winters and beautiful, short summers.

Raising children is the most important and hardest job  you will ever have in your life. I often see posts on Facebook from Mom’s experiencing difficult times. Their little ones are driving them crazy, they need a break, and they are either single or their significant other is out of town or working several jobs. While commiserating on Facebook with other Mom’s allows venting, there is free help right in our community.  B.A.B.E.S, Inc. offers free respite care and counseling for young parents up to the age of 27 in order to help prevent child abuse before it happens.

The mission of  B.A.B.E.S., Inc. is committed to the prevention of child abuse and neglect by providing safe no-cost respite care, educational support and services, and counseling to young families. Many young parents lack support from family because of our mobile society, or their families’ are just too busy to help. Asking for help doesn’t make you a lesser parent. B.A.B.E.S, Inc doesn’t judge who you are or your economic status, they just want to help. For instance, B.AB.E.S., Inc. recently honored a beautiful young military family. Dad was deployed and not only did Mom worry about him, she had the responsibility of single parenting. She knew that she needed help and reached out to B.A.B.E.S, Inc. The family spoke highly of the help and respite care they received. It really made a difference in their lives.

Over the last year, I helped plan and execute B.A.E.B.E.S, Inc, biggest fundraiser of the year, HAT’S OFF to BABES 2018, Lip Sync Challenge 3.0 which took place last week. We had a great turnout and 5 fabulous teams helping to raise money through their Lip Sync teams. I encourage you to get involved, either with a team for next year, volunteering, or as a parent who needs some time away from their little ones.

Often times, parents don’t know where to go or how to ask for help. We are so blessed to have a non profit free organization such as B.A.B.E.S, Inc. in our community. Please don’t be afraid to ask for help.

 

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Buying a Home for Man’s/Woman’s Best Friend

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It may sound crazy but many of us buy a house for our best friend, the family dog. Given that 99% of pet owners feel that the dog is part of the family it isn’t really all the crazy. Many Buyers undertake projects to improve the house they fall in love with if it isn’t pet friendly.

Although we personally never require a fenced in yard, doggy door, or dog wash, we always look for ease of letting the dog out on a chain and having a place to dry the dog’s feet off. 52% of dog owners surveyed under take projects to benefit their dogs. If the yard isn’t fenced, 23% build one. Dog owners also change the flooring in their homes to make maintenance easier. They prefer not to have carpeting where the dogs enter from the yard and 10% install laminate or luxury vinyl tile instead of wood. Wood floors scratch easily, especially if you have a larger dog. Although, I notice scratches on my floor and I have a 24 lb. cavachon. We installed luxury vinyl tile where we let the dog goes in and out and the clean up is easy.

Buyers should ask if fences or outdoor kennels are allowed in the neighborhood before purchasing a home. Many neighborhoods have covenants that forbid fences; especially chain link ones, kennels, and dog houses. Know your options before you buy. Is a laundry room sink important for bathing your dog when they come in from the mud? Or do you need a faucet in the garage? Today, we find clients who are building a home request a dog was either in the garage or the laundry area.

As a Buyer, do you look for a pet friendly home? What is the most important feature for you?

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The Fearless Home Inspection

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Many Sellers fear the home inspection once they accept an Offer to Purchase and wait with baited breath for the report. There are several steps Sellers can take to reduce their stress.

1. Disclose , disclose, disclose. Anything that gets disclosed on the Real Estate Condition Report won’t be held against the Seller because the Buyer is made aware of the possible defect or issue.

2. Practice home maintenance. Don’t put off repairs for a later date. Replace light bulbs, check all outlets to make sure they are in good working order and grounded, unclog drains, fix leaky faucets, and  install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Check electrical boxes and wiring for mice damage.

3. Check all windows. Make sure they all open and stay open. Repair any cracked panes or sashes.

4. Although an inspector isn’t there to check on your cleaning skills, a nice clean house shows it is well cared for and not  subject to neglect.

5. Have your own pre-inspection. While most Buyers should order and pay for there own inspection, a pre- inspection allows Sellers to fix any issues that may affect the sale or to disclose them in the Real Estate Condition Report. A pre-inspection by the Sellers is especially beneficial in a Buyers market when the inventory exceeds the number of Buyers.

Although a well maintained home doesn’t guarantee any surprises during the home inspection, it can eliminate larger problems and reduce Seller stress.  During the down market, I always had my Sellers order a pre- inspection. As a Seller, I followed my own advice and discovered that our chimney needed to be repaired by a professional. The pre- inspection actually eliminated the Buyers inspector from finding any defects.