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REAL ESTATE LOCAL | 10 Outdoor Clean-Up Time Tips & Tricks by Penny O'Brien, Baird & Warner

10 Outdoor Clean-Up Time Tips & Tricks by Penny O'Brien, Baird & Warner


Outdoor Clean-Up Time Tips & Tricks

Swing into Spring; Outdoor spring clean-up time tips & tricks!

Spring is a time of new beginnings & time to get your outdoor living space cleaned up for summer enjoyment.

1. Clear leaves & debris from flower beds & lay some fresh mulch.

2. Prune any dead or damaged branches from trees & bushes.

3. Clean out those gutters before the spring rains!

4. Power wash outdoor surfaces to remove dirt & grime.

5. Clean your windows & screens to let all that sunlight in!

6. Clean patio furniture.

7. Plant flowers in your yard & in pots to add a pop of color to your landscape!

Often overlooked exterior maintenance items that become inspection issues when you sell your home are chimney repair & uneven sidewalks & driveways.

• Chimneys should be cleaned to prevent chimney fires & carbon monoxide leaks.

• Over time, chimney caps can become damaged or worn out. Chimney caps protect against water, debris & animals entering your chimney. Replacing chimney caps is easier during warm weather.

• Chimney mortar repairs are also easier during warm weather as the materials used will set more quickly & effectively.

Uneven sidewalks & driveways will be the first impression of your home to guests & potential buyers. They are also a safety issue as they can pose a tripping hazard.

• Mudjacking is a cost-effective solution for repairing uneven concrete surfaces. it is far less expensive than tearing out & replacing the entire surface.

• Mudjacking is a process that involves injecting a mixture of water, cement into the voids beneath the concrete surface to lift it back into space.

• Mudjacking is best done in the summer months when the ground isn't frozen. So, get a jump on this repair this summer if you are thinking of listing your home!

Penny O’Brien is among the top 1% of all Chicagoland Brokers serving buyers and sellers throughout the western suburbs. Her track record of success has helped her build a solid repeat and referral client base.

• Sold $53 Million in 2021

#1 Realtor Baird & Warner Naperville 2021

• Top 1% of all Chicagoland realtors

• Glancer Magazine Reader’s Choice Award 2022, 2021,2020

• Chicago Agent Magazine Who’s Who 2021,2020, 2019


BAIRD & WARNER – One word that consistently comes to clients’ minds when they think of Penny O’Brien is “hustle.” As a Seller Representative Specialist, she loves meeting with sellers to discuss pre-market home improvements and guide them to make their home “showtime ready” when it hits the market. She strongly believes in professional staging and offers it as a complimentary service. With a reputation for “good-looking listings,” she helps clients realize a higher return and quicker sale. Penny says “Staging transforms a home from average to amazing”.

Penny O'Brien Broker, Relocation Specialist and Negotiation Expert (630) 207-7001 •


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