Paulo Da Silva

Broker Associate

20 Tips for Selling Your House

As a homeowner, you can play an important part in the timely sale of your property. When you take the following steps, youíll help your RE/MAX Sales Associate sell your home faster, at the best possible price.

The easiest and most reliable way to improve the appeal of your home is to enlist a quality home service professional. The right professional can help you get everything in order - from repainting the kitchen to providing a thorough cleaning - so you can stay focused on more important things.

  1. Make the Most of that First Impression
    A well-manicured lawn, neatly trimmed shrubs and a clutter-free porch welcome prospects. So does a freshly painted Ė or at least freshly scrubbed Ė front door. If itís autumn, rake the leaves. If itís winter, shovel the walkways. The fewer obstacles between prospects and the true appeal of your home, the better.
  2. Invest a Few Hours for Future Dividends
    Hereís your chance to clean up in real estate. Clean up the living room, the bathroom, the kitchen. If your woodwork is scuffed or the paint is fading, consider some minor redecoration. Fresh wallpaper adds charm and value to your property. If youíre worried about time, hire professional cleaners or painters to get your house ready. Remember, prospects would rather see how great your home really looks than hear how great it could look "with a little work."
  3. Check Faucets and Bulbs
    Dripping water rattles the nerves, discolors sinks, and suggests faulty or worn-out plumbing. Burned out bulbs or faulty wiring leave prospects in the dark. Donít let little problems detract from whatís right with your home.
  4. Donít Shut Out a Sale
    If cabinets or closet doors stick in your home, you can be sure they will also stick in a prospectís mind. Donít try to explain away sticky situations when you can easily plane them away. A little effort on your part can smooth the way toward a closing.
  5. Think Safety
    Homeowners learn to live with all kinds of self-set booby traps: roller skates on the stairs, festooned extension cords, slippery throw rugs and low hanging overhead lights. Make your residence as non-perilous as possible for uninitiated visitors.
  6. Make Room for Space
    Remember, potential buyers are looking for more than just comfortable living space. Theyíre looking for storage space, too. Make sure your attic and basement are clean and free of unnecessary items.
  7. Consider Your Closets
    The better organized a closet, the larger it appears. Nowís the time to box up those unwanted clothes and donate them to charity.
  8. Make Your Bathroom Sparkle
    Bathrooms sell homes, so let them shine. Check and repair damaged or unsightly caulking in the tubs and showers. For added allure, display your best towels, mats, and shower curtains.
  9. Create Dream Bedrooms
    Wake up prospects to the cozy comforts of your bedrooms. For a spacious look, get rid of excess furniture. Colorful bedspreads and fresh curtains are a must.
  10. Open up in the Daytime
    Let the sun shine in! Pull back your curtains and drapes so prospects can see how bright and cheery your home is.
  11. Lighten up at Night
    Turn on the excitement by turning on all your lights - both inside and outside - when showing your home in the evening. Lights add color and warmth, and make prospects feel welcome.
  12. Avoid Crowd Scenes
    Potential buyers often feel like intruders when they enter a home filled with people. Rather than giving your house the attention it deserves, they're likely to hurry through. Keep the company present to a minimum.
  13. Watch Your Pets
    Dogs and cats are great companions, but not when you're showing your home. Pets have a talent for getting underfoot. So do everybody a favor: Keep Kitty and Spot outside, or at least out of the way.
  14. Think Volume
    Rock-and-roll will never die. But it might kill a real estate transaction. When it's time to show your home, it's time to turn down the stereo or TV.
  15. Relax
    Be friendly, but don't try to force conversation. Prospects want to view your home with a minimum of distraction.
  16. Don't Apologize
    No matter how humble your abode, never apologize for its shortcomings. If a prospect volunteers a derogatory comment about your home's appearance, let your experienced RE/MAX Associate handle the situation.
  17. Keep a Low Profile
    Nobody knows your home as well as you do. But RE/MAX Sales Associates know buyers - what they need and what they want. Your RE/MAX Associate will have an easier time articulating the virtues of your home if you stay in the background.
  18. Don't Turn Your Home into a Second-Hand Store
    When prospects come to view your home, don't distract them with offers to sell those furnishings you no longer need. You may lose the biggest sale of all.
  19. Defer to Experience
    When prospects want to talk price, terms, or other real estate matters, let them speak to an expert - your RE/MAX Sales Associate.
  20. Help Your Agent
    Your RE/MAX Associate will have an easier time selling your home if showings are scheduled through his or her office. You'll appreciate the results!

Economic Data for Zip Code 60089

Household Income Graph

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  • 200k+

Note: Household Income figures are based on total household income.

* All numbers in this section are 2016 projections provided by Geolytics Inc

Demographics Data for Zip Code 60089

  • 1913
  • 2218
  • 2322
  • 2488
  • 2544
  • 2456
  • 2248
  • 2070
  • 2156
  • 2521
  • 2798
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  • 2256
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  • 943
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  • 55-59
  • 60-64
  • 65-69
  • 70-74
  • 75-79
  • 80-84
  • 85+

* All numbers in this section are 2016 projections provided by Geolytics Inc

Population Data for Zip Code 60089

  • 41,533
  • 38,142
  • 36,876
  • 2012 Census
  • 2014 Estimated
  • 2019 Projected

Households

  • Total (2010 Census):14,566
  • Estimated (Present):14,944
  • Projected (2019):14,432
  • Household Change (2010-Present) 2.6%
  • Household Change (2010-2017) -0.92%

Notes:

  • Figures in the Population Change graph represent total population for the zip code.
  • Estimated Change 2014 shows the percentage of population change between the 2012 Census and 2014.
  • Projected Change 2019 shows the projected percentage of population change between the 2012 Census and 2019.

* All numbers in this section are 2016 projections provided by Geolytics Inc

Public Schools in Zip Code 60089

  • Name
  • District
  • Grades
  • Address
  • City
  • Students
  • BUFFALO GROVE HIGH SCHOOL
  • TOWNSHIP HSD 214
  • 9th-12th
  • 1100 WEST DUNDEE RD
  • BUFFALO GROVE
  • 2,192

  • APTAKISIC JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL
  • APTAKISIC-TRIPP CCSD 102
  • 7th-8th
  • 1231 WEILAND RD
  • BUFFALO GROVE
  • 483
  • COOPER MIDDLE SCHOOL
  • WHEELING CCSD 21
  • 5th-8th
  • 1050 PLACEUM GROVE CIRCLE
  • BUFFALO GROVE
  • 739
  • MERIDIAN MIDDLE SCHOOL
  • APTAKISIC-TRIPP CCSD 102
  • 5th-6th
  • 2195 BRANDYWYN
  • BUFFALO GROVE
  • 456
  • TWIN GROVES MIDDLE SCHOOL
  • KILDEER COUNTRYSIDE CCSD 96
  • 6th-8th
  • 2600 NORTH BUFFALO GRV
  • BUFFALO GROVE
  • 585

  • EARL PRITCHETT SCHOOL
  • APTAKISIC-TRIPP CCSD 102
  • PreK-4th
  • 200 HORATIO BLVD
  • BUFFALO GROVE
  • 485
  • HENRY W LONGFELLOW ELEM SCHOOL
  • WHEELING CCSD 21
  • PreK-5th
  • 501 SOUTH ARLINGTON HTS
  • BUFFALO GROVE
  • 430
  • IVY HALL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
  • KILDEER COUNTRYSIDE CCSD 96
  • 1st-5th
  • 1072 IVY HALL LN
  • BUFFALO GROVE
  • 438
  • JOYCE KILMER ELEM SCHOOL
  • WHEELING CCSD 21
  • PreK-5th
  • 655 GOLFVIEW TER
  • BUFFALO GROVE
  • 545
  • PRAIRIE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
  • KILDEER COUNTRYSIDE CCSD 96
  • 1st-5th
  • 1530 BRANDYWYN LN
  • BUFFALO GROVE
  • 414
  • TRIPP SCHOOL
  • APTAKISIC-TRIPP CCSD 102
  • PreK-4th
  • 850 HIGHLAND GRV
  • BUFFALO GROVE
  • 601
  • WILLOW GROVE KINDERGARTEN CTR
  • KILDEER COUNTRYSIDE CCSD 96
  • PreK-K
  • 777 CHECKER DR
  • BUFFALO GROVE
  • 305

Private Schools in Zip Code 60089

  • Name
  • Grades
  • Address
  • City
  • Students
  • BUFFALO GROVE MONTESSORI school
  • PreK-K
  • 950 ELLEN DR
  • Buffalo Grove
  • 135
  • KINDER CARE LEARNING CNT
  • PreK-K
  • 1395 NORTH ARLINGTON HEIGHTS
  • Buffalo Grove
  • 41
  • NORTHWEST SUB JEWISH COMM CTR
  • PreK-K
  • 1250 RADCLIFF RD
  • Buffalo Grove
  • 183
  • ST. MARYS SCHOOL
  • PreK-8th
  • 50 N Buffalo Grove Rd
  • Buffalo Grove
  • 668
  • Temple Shir Shalom
  • -
  • 352 Lexington Dr
  • Buffalo Grove
  • 0
  • THE LAVIN EDUCATIONAL CENTER
  • PreK-11th
  • 701 APTAKISIK ROAD
  • Buffalo Grove
  • 98
Community demographic data is provided by Geolytics Inc. Information is deemed reliable but is not guaranteed.

Schools listed are those in the Zip Code of the listing, but may not serve this address.
School Data provided by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).
All information provided is deemed reliable but is not guaranteed and should be independently verified. All properties are subject to prior sale or withdrawal. Data may not be reproduced or redistributed and may not be used for any purpose other than individual consumer's use.