The Moving Process


Posted by Park Ridge Real Estate | Posted in Moving, Park Ridge Movers | Posted on 27-02-2017

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Park Ridge, IL Movers

Whenever anyone hears the word “moving”, usually the response is “ugh!”

Moving from home to home is a huge project and like most huge projects, there’s really only one way to tackle it – by starting…

The only way to finish a project is to start it – this old adage has been burned into my brain and it is something that helps me get things done for my clients and for my personal tasks.

Moving can be intimidating and for most people, it really is just that.  Here’s a few ways to make this seemingly insurmountable task tolerable:

  • Declutter and throw away anything you cannot donate or give away
  • Decide what you want to sell before you donate items
  • Create a pile for your favorite charity and keep receipt for taxes after you drop it off
  • Have a garage sale and make sure you post the event in Craigslist at least a week ahead of the sale
  • Toys, Tools, Electronics, Bikes, Lawn Equipment will all sell easily
  • Once you’ve pared down your wardrobe and unnecessary items for the move, start putting in boxes that are labeled for their respective rooms (kitchen, BR1, BR2, Bathroom 1 etc)

After decluttering, it’s time to repair walls.  Now, you have to decide if you are going to give the home a fresh coat of paint.  If so, please go with neutral colors; this will help the viewings.  Repair anything you can that needs to be addressed before putting your home up for sale.  Obviously, there will be repairs that you may not be able to do yourself.  An inspection will bring those items to light and this can be negotiated with a prospective buyer.  Just do the best you can to get your home show-ready.

To stage or not to stage? This depends on your home and price point.  If you are selling a home in Park Ridge that will list for more than 400k, staging is something you may want to consider if your décor and furniture is possibly outdated.  If you think your home shows well “as-is” then staging might not be necessary.  I’m happy to give you my professional advice once we’ve had a chance to talk and go over setting the price of the home.

Once you’ve done your best to eliminate old items or items you just don’t use anymore, you can then contact the movers (if you are doing that).
If you are moving yourself, you can contact the major truck rentals and see who is offering best deal if you know when you are moving.  For most 2-3 Bedroom homes, a 26′ truck will do the job and if not, it will definitely do it in 2 trips. Most moving truck rentals give you a full 24 hours so you can pack the truck in the evening and unload it in the morning and then go back to finish the job before dropping the truck off.  Renting a truck and moving yourself will save you thousands of dollars.  That being said – it’s back-breaking work unless you have several helpers…

To summarize:
Declutter your home – get rid of any unwanted items – clean/repair the home best you can for showings – research moving options – start packing!

If you need moving referrals for the Park Ridge area, please feel free to contact me.  I can help by providing reputable movers and save you the aggravation of trying to work with movers that you’ve never worked with.

I wish you the best of luck with your move…..

US Home Prices Back Near The 2006 Level


Posted by Park Ridge Real Estate | Posted in Market Stats, Park Ridge | Posted on 30-11-2016

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According to a private analysis, the US home prices have fully-recovered from the housing bust and Great Recession of the last decade. This is phenomenal news for homeowners. The Standard & Poor’s CoreLogic Case-Shiller national home price index, released today, shows that home prices are slightly above the peak of July, 2006. This is the peak after four years of steady gains and it bodes well for the housing market.

That being said, Real Estate has always been about location; not all cities have recovered fully, but the upward trend shows reason for optimism across the board. Couple the increase in jobs with the historically low mortgage rates and we have a seller’s market. On top of all that, the incoming administration is talking about eliminating or curtailing some of the most restrictive measures put forth in the Dodd Frank act, which has stymied mortgage writer’s abilities to place buyers into their products.

For all of the good news, there are other sides to this boon – for one, inventory is tight, especially at the entry level of the market. This is great for owners in the rental market, but this tends to keep out a lot of first-time-buyers as they are priced out with the quick-moving inventory.

All in all, this is fantastic news for homeowners – the tricky part is getting more renters to make that jump into ownership. This will happen organically as they start to find that renting is more expensive than owning – especially when you consider the tax breaks afforded to homeowners.

If you have any questions about the Park Ridge market, please feel free to contact me for a detailed analysis of your home or prospective move into this area.

Building Permits for Park Ridge


Posted by Park Ridge Real Estate | Posted in Building Permits, Park Ridge, Real Estate Info | Posted on 10-02-2016

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Building permit from 1921

Building permit from 1921 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This question comes up a lot at parties, gatherings, picnics, etc. – Do I need a permit to Build a BLANK?

Oftentimes, I can offer up a definitive yes or no – but in other instances, it’s important to check the source as permit requirements can change from year to year.

Here’s the building permit info straight from the source…The City of Park Ridge…

“A building permit is generally required for most construction, including new building construction and additions, garages, interior and exterior alterations, driveways, heating and air conditioning work, electrical and plumbing work, swimming pools, fences, patios, decks, sheds, re-roofing and siding. Routine maintenance that does not change existing electrical, plumbing or mechanical system or any structural walls will not require a permit. No permit is needed to change windows unless the window opening is being enlarged. Reshingling a roof does not require a permit.  Building Permit Application Form.

Citizens of Park Ridge can call the Building Department at 847-318-5291 or 5292 to find out if a project requires a building permit.

Most Building Permit applications are processed in less than a week; however, it may take up to 15 working days to obtain a Building Permit for larger construction projects. The time it takes to obtain a permit depends on the type of construction work being done and what needs to be reviewed.

Building Permits for residential structures are valid for a period of one year. If work is not completed within one year, the applicant may request up to a six month extension. A permit may be extended only once. Permits may be renewed after expiration but the applicant will have to pay half the cost of the original permit fee.

When considering building a new home, the size of the house that may be built is determined by the Zoning Ordinance. The floor area ratio, the amount of open (green) space, amount of lot coverage and the required setbacks all influence how big and where a house may be built on a zoning lot.

All new construction, including residential construction and major additions, but not including detached accessory structures on single family residential parcels, must be approved by the Appearance Commission prior to the issuance of a building permit. Permits should be applied for well in advance of the proposed construction starting date.

A permit is for your protection — it assures that the work is permitted under the law and that it is checked by City inspectors to make sure the work was done properly.”

Click here for a list of Construction Guidelines that may assist you in the permit / building process.
Click here for Permit Submittal Requirements.
Click here for Right-Of-Way/Easement Encroachment Agreement

Of course, if you have any questions about building a new home, please feel free to call on me to help answer any questions you may have about the Park Ridge or surrounding area of NW Chicagoland…..

Hinkley Park Townhomes – Uptown Park Ridge, IL


Posted by Park Ridge Real Estate | Posted in Hinkley Park Townhomes | Posted on 27-01-2016

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I’d like to tell you about the Hinkley Park Townhomes in Park RidgeVIDEO TOUR – FLOOR PLANS

ENJOY THE ROOF DECK VIEWS of Hinkley Park and downtown Park Ridge from your new residence! Just steps to the Metra, shopping, park and eateries, Hinkley Park Town Homes is a new development of 23 three story town homes. Beautifully designed by Baranyk Associates, Ltd, these 3 story 3/4 bedroom 2 ½/3 1/2 bath 2 car attached garage town home will have approximately 2850-3200 square feet of upscale living space with excellent natural lighting, open floor plan and quality finishes. The terrace, balcony off the master suite and huge enclosed roof deck are a definite plus!

The model located at 200 N Northwest Highway is open daily from 4:00pm -7:00pm; Saturday from 10:00am-5:00pm and Sunday from 12:00pm-5:00pm.

Interior Details

  • Interior Size: 2850-3200 sq ft
  • Bedrooms: 3/4
  • Bathrooms: 2.5/3.5
  • Garage: 2 car
  • Laundry Room: Washer/Dryer side by side on 2nd floor

Exterior Details

  • Roof Deck: Above garage
  • Master Balcony
  • Kitchen Terrace
  • Cooling: Central Air
  • Roof: Architechtural shingles with ice/water shield protection; lifetime high wind upgrade
  • Construction: Masonry and wood frame construction

Room Dimensions

Approximations. Units vary.

  • Living Room:  22×24
  • Dining Room: COMBO
  • Family Room: 19×18
  • Kitchen: 15×22
  • Master Bedroom: 23×15
  • Bedroom 2:  13×11
  • Bedroom 3:  13×11

The residences are conveniently located in the coveted uptown area adjacent to Hinkley Park, Trader Joes, Park Ridge Library, historic Pickwick Theater and wonderful Park Ridge eateries. Metra is just a block away. In the summer, Concerts in the Park, Farmers Market and other activities are hosted close by. The new Formula Fitness Club On Touhy(Opening fall of 2016) is less than .2 miles away!


Chicago Condo Collection has been delivering results since they were founded in 1996. Their goal is to provide both a superior customer experience and tremendous value for our customers.

C3 has helped to redefine the concept of urban living with its innovative designs of modern and traditional buildings. The company has participated in development of over 500 million dollars of residential projects and its current pipe line consists of over 150 million of exciting residences with delivery dates in 2015 and 2016. C3 pursues a quest for quality, innovation and value with each development project. The company is known for their unprecedented 10 years third party transferable warranty, concierge services and leading-edge materials and technologies.

C3 has over 20 years of experience in condominium development and is passionate about exceeding your expectations.

It is C3s commitment to every Homeowner to provide not only very competitive price but also exemplary customer serviceconsistent quality of construction, continual loyalty and trustworthiness, timely response and follow through. They do this through constant open communication, dedication and professional commitment in all that they do.

About Park Ridge

“Park Ridge is a picturesque suburb of 37,480 residents located 14 miles northwest of downtown Chicago, convenient to O’Hare Airport, major expressways, CTA and Metra trains.

Incorporated as the village of Park Ridge in 1873 (and reorganized as the City of Park Ridge in 1910), Park Ridge is a prime residential community that retains its distinctive, small-town charm. The City’s vibrant Uptown shopping area includes the Metra station, Public Library and several charming parks where live musical concerts and special events are held in the summer. Throughout the City, tree-lined streets, pleasing architecture, excellent schools and ample parks help make Park Ridge one of the most desirable family communities in the Chicago area.

Unique shops, famous-name stores and popular restaurants fill the Uptown area, where award-winning new buildings in The Shops of Uptown blend serenely with historic ones. The Uptown Park Ridge skyline is graced with cupolas, church spires and the 100-foot tower of the Art Deco Pickwick Theatre, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.

In addition to the charming Uptown shopping area, Park Ridge offers other shopping and dining convenient to every neighborhood, including South Park, Village Green, the Dee Park area bordering Oakton Ave. and the Higgins Corridor bordering Chicago.” – City of Park Ridge website

I am the listing agent for these properties and I’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have about the Townhomes, Park Ridge, Real Estate or relocation to the Chicago area.

What’s Happening around Park Ridge


Posted by Park Ridge Real Estate | Posted in Interesting Events, Park Ridge, Park Ridge Community Events | Posted on 29-10-2015

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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So much going on in and around Park Ridge – Here’s a short list of upcoming events around our great town of Park Ridge and some of the bigger concerts coming to All State Arena and some deals on Groupon that are local.

Deals in Park Ridge on Groupon – These deals include the following:

Massage, Acupuncture, and Adjustment at Ideal Healthcare Solutions/Parkway Chiropractic Center

Two-Hour Cooking Class with Wine for One or Two at Affresco Pizzeria/Lounge

$13 for $20 Worth of Organic and Healthy Breakfast Fare for Dine-in at The Original Pancake House

Allstate Arena Upcoming Events

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey: Circus Xtreme – November 5th to November 15th

B96 Jingle Bash – December 12th

Capital One Presents 103.5 KISS FM’s Jingle Ball – December 16th

WWE Live Holiday Tour! – December 27th

Trans-Siberian Orchestra – December 28th

Harlem Globetrotters Celebrate 90 Amazing Years – December 29th to December 30th

Park Ridge Upcoming Events

Friday, Nov. 6th and Saturday, Nov. 7th at 7:30 pm – Main East Variety Show in the Auditorium

Saturday, Nov. 7th and Sunday, Nov. 8th from 9 am – 3 pm – Fall Book Sale at Park Ridge Library

Saturday, Nov. 7th at 10:00 am – Senior Center Annual Holiday Bazaar

at 12:30 pm – Pumpkin Smash and Bash at Centennial Park Sled Hill
at 4:00 pm – Park Ridge Chorale Cabaret at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church
1 pm – 4 pm – Main South Art Students Exhibit at Iannelli Heritage Studio

Sunday, Nov. 8th from 1 pm – 4 pm – Book Signing by David Jameson at Iannelli Heritage Studio

Wednesday, Nov. 11th at 11:00 am – Veteran’s Day Memorial Service at Hodges Park
at 11:30 am – Commemorate Vietnam War 50 Years at PR Country Club

 Thursday, Nov. 12th at 7:00 pm – “Holiday Arrangement” by Mari Mackenbach at Senior Center

Friday, Nov. 13th at 12:15 pm – Bunko Lunch Parties at Park Ridge Country Club
6:30 pm – Bunko Dinner Parties at Park Ridge Country Club and Daddy Daughter Ball at Maine Park

Saturday, Nov. 14th at 7:00 pm – Middle School Open Gym and Swim at Centennial Fitness Center

Tuesday, Nov. 17th at 9:00 am – PRPD Senior Breakfast at Centennial Activity Center
1:00 pm – Terry Lynch presents Ben Franklin at PR Presbyterian

Wednesday, Nov. 18th at 6:30 pm – Turkey Table Toppers at Wildwood Nature Center

Thur. Nov. 19th, Fri. Nov. 20th and Sat. Nov. 21st at 7:30 pm – Maine South Variety Show in Auditorium

Saturday, Nov. 21st at 1:00 pm – Thanksgiving Skate at Oakton Ice Arena

Friday, Nov. 27thWinterfest, annual Holiday Open House in Uptown and South Park, with the arrival of Santa.