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, you’ll 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 – or at least freshly scrubbed – front door. If it’s autumn, rake the leaves. If it’s 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
    Here’s 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 you’re 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. Don’t let little problems detract from what’s right with your home.
  4. Don’t Shut Out a Sale
    If cabinets or closet doors stick in your home, you can be sure they will also stick in a prospect’s mind. Don’t 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. They’re 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. Now’s 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 60148

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 60148

  • 2783
  • 3102
  • 3094
  • 3097
  • 3156
  • 3133
  • 3123
  • 3179
  • 3410
  • 3669
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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 60148

  • 51,468
  • 50,689
  • 52,788
  • 2012 Census
  • 2014 Estimated
  • 2019 Projected

Households

  • Total (2010 Census):20,136
  • Estimated (Present):20,048
  • Projected (2019):20,821
  • Household Change (2010-Present) -0.44%
  • Household Change (2010-2017) 3.4%

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 60148

  • Name
  • District
  • Grades
  • Address
  • City
  • Students
  • GLENBARD EAST HIGH SCHOOL
  • GLENBARD TWP HSD 87
  • 9th-12th
  • 1014 SOUTH MAIN ST
  • LOMBARD
  • 2,622

  • GLENN WESTLAKE MIDDLE SCHOOL
  • LOMBARD SD 44
  • 6th-8th
  • 1514 SOUTH MAIN ST
  • LOMBARD
  • 1,095

  • BUTTERFIELD ELEM SCHOOL
  • LOMBARD SD 44
  • PreK-5th
  • 2S500 GRAY AVE
  • LOMBARD
  • 270
  • DEAF/HARD OF HEARING PRGMS
  • SCH ASSOC SPED EDUC DUPAGE SASED
  • PreK-PreK
  • 543 EAST TAYLOR
  • LOMBARD
  • 0
  • MADISON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
  • LOMBARD SD 44
  • PreK-5th
  • 150 WEST MADISON ST
  • LOMBARD
  • 481
  • MANOR HILL ELEM SCHOOL
  • LOMBARD SD 44
  • PreK-5th
  • 1464 SOUTH MAIN ST
  • LOMBARD
  • 299
  • PARK VIEW ELEM SCHOOL
  • LOMBARD SD 44
  • PreK-5th
  • 341 NORTH ELIZABETH ST
  • LOMBARD
  • 244
  • PLEASANT LANE ELEM SCHOOL
  • LOMBARD SD 44
  • PreK-5th
  • 401 NORTH MAIN ST
  • LOMBARD
  • 307
  • SCHAFER ELEM SCHOOL
  • SD 45 DUPAGE COUNTY
  • PreK-5th
  • 700 EAST PLACEEASANT LN
  • LOMBARD
  • 505
  • STEVENSON SCHOOL
  • SD 45 DUPAGE COUNTY
  • PreK-2nd
  • 18W331 15TH ST
  • LOMBARD
  • 232
  • WESTMORE ELEM SCHOOL
  • SD 45 DUPAGE COUNTY
  • PreK-5th
  • 340 SOUTH SCHOOL ST
  • LOMBARD
  • 426
  • WM HAMMERSCHMIDT ELEM SCHOOL
  • LOMBARD SD 44
  • PreK-5th
  • 617 HAMMERSCHMIDT AV
  • LOMBARD
  • 406
  • YORK CENTER ELEM SCHOOL
  • SD 45 DUPAGE COUNTY
  • 3rd-5th
  • 18 WEST 701 14TH ST
  • LOMBARD
  • 180

Private Schools in Zip Code 60148

  • Name
  • Grades
  • Address
  • City
  • Students
  • CHICAGOLAND ACADEMY
  • PreK-4th
  • Lombard
  • 37
  • CHRIST THE KING ELEM. SCHOOL
  • PreK-8th
  • 115 E 15th St.
  • Lombard
  • 174
  • COLLEGE PREP. SCHOOL OF
  • PreK-12th
  • LOMBARD
  • 409
  • CREATIVE MONTESSORI LRNG CTR
  • PreK-K
  • 550 S EDGEWOOD St.
  • Lombard
  • 70
  • FOUR WINDS SCHOOL
  • PreK-11th
  • 815 S FINLEY ROAD
  • Lombard
  • 81
  • KINDERCARE LEARNING CENTER
  • PreK-K
  • 1214 MEYERS
  • Lombard
  • 18
  • KINDERCARE-LOMBARD COMUTER CTR
  • PreK-K
  • Lombard
  • 50
  • MONTINI CATHOLIC H.S.
  • 9th-12th
  • 19W70 16th St.
  • Lombard
  • 681
  • PIONEER DCC
  • PreK-K
  • 820 SOUTH FINELY
  • Lombard
  • 13
  • SACRED HEART ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
  • PreK-8th
  • 322 W Maple St.
  • Lombard
  • 274
  • ST. JOHN'S LUTHERAN
  • PreK-8th
  • 215 S Lincoln St.
  • Lombard
  • 244
  • ST. PIUS X ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
  • PreK-8th
  • 601 Westmore Meyers Rd
  • Lombard
  • 466
  • T L C MONT CHILD DEVELOP CNTR
  • PreK-K
  • 30 NORTH PARK AVE
  • Lombard
  • 36
  • TRINITY LUTHERAN SCHOOL
  • PreK-8th
  • 1008 E Roosevelt Rd
  • Lombard
  • 139
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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).
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