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April 22, 2017

Guide to Summer Camps on the North Shore

roasting marshmallows at summer camp

Copyright: serrnovik / 123RF Stock Photo

No matter what your kid is into, there's a camp for him or her. Here's your handy dandy guide to day camps on Chicago's North Shore, including traditional day camps, sports camps, tech camps, theatre camps and everything in betweenIn addition to the camps listed below, the park districts in Evanston, Wilmette, Winnetka, Glencoe, Glenview, Deerfield and Highland Park offer a variety of highly regarded fun and affordable summer camp options as well.

Traditional Camps

Banner Day Camp
847-295-4900
1225 Riverwoods Rd., Lake Forest
 www.bannerdaycamp.com
Ages 3 – 6th grade + CIT/SIT (7th – 9th  Grades)
Banner Day Camp offers a tremendous range of sports, aquatics, arts and adventure activities. At Banner, it's all about growing as an individual, embracing new opportunities and having fun. And it's more than just fun. Banner campers develop positive self-esteem as they achieve new accomplishments, socially and athletically.

North Shore Country Day School Summer Camp
847-441-3350
310 Green Bay Rd., Winnetka
www.nscdscamps.org
Ages 4 – 10
The Day Camp's diverse programs allow for all campers to try new activities in a setting where individual growth is fostered by a caring staff. The goal is to actively involve all campers while offering encouragement and support as they tackle new endeavors and age appropriate activities. Additional camp offerings include expedition camp, language immersion and little explorers (three year olds).

Apachi Day Camp
847-272-7050
3050 Woodbridge Lane, Northbrook
www.jccchicago.org/
Ages 4 yrs – 6th grade + CIT
Located on 10 beautiful secluded acres in Northbrook, the JCC "Z" Frank Apachi day camp has been bringing magical summers to Northshore children for over 25 years. With virtually every sport imaginable, an array of cultural arts activities and door-to door bus service, your child will expand their interests, have fun, grow and make new friends while developing greater independence.

North Suburban YMCA Day Camp
847-272-7250
2705 Techny Rd., Northbrook
www.nsymca.org/programs/day-camp
Ages 2 yrs  – 8th grade  + CIT 

The YMCA knows children and they know they need to spend time outdoors practicing social and decision-making skills. And they know they need to be inspired and mentored. Y Day Camp offers all of these things plus safe and value-based programming focused on caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility to help children discover and reach their full potential.  Options include preschool camp, traditional day camp, sports day camps and special interest camps with lots of scheduling flexibility.

Good Times Summer Day Camp
847-729-4884
300 Waukegan Rd., Glenview
http://www.goodtimesdaycamp.com/
Ages 4 ½ yrs – 14 yrs

Good Times Day Camp’s mission is to provide a fantastic  experience for each camper in a safe, fun-filled atmosphere where children create memories as well as build important skills that will last a lifetime. The camp offers many convenient locations for you to drop-off and pick-up your camper. From which they will be safely transported to their main base camp in Glenview. This is where campers go through morning rituals (song, dance, daily announcements, camper challenges, counselor challenges, birthdays, etc.) before they start a great day of fun and activities! In the afternoon, everyone has a chance to enjoy special treats and purchase concessions before being shuttled back to satellite bases.

Decoma Day Camp
847-945-4455
4350 Walters Ave., Northbrook
www.decomadaycamp.com
Ages 3 - 13

This family run camp has been providing wonderful camp experiences for more than 67 years. Decoma offers a vast program of activities geared to each child's level of development, including daily swimming lessons through their American Red Cross based swim program. They offer four through 8 week options, weeks do not need to be consecutive, you can choose 3 or 5 days per week and they have additional extended camp and specialty camp options. They also provided door to door transportation which is included in the tuition.

North Shore Day  Camp
847-433-6001
800 Clavey Rd., Highland Park
www.jcys.org/
Ages K – 8th grade

Summers are never dull at North Shore Day Camp! With energetic counselors, Camper’s Choice theme days and daily swim lessons, there’s something for everyone, including: sports, art, drama, music, dance, field trips, overnighters at Camp Henry Horner. NSDC grows with your child, providing challenging, fun activities and experiences tailored to each age group.

 canoeing at camp

Sports Camps 

GoodSports!
847-997-7567
Lincolnwood School, 2600 Colfax, Evanston
www.goodsportsyouthcamp.com
Ages K - 6th grade
At GoodSports! your child is exposed to a well-rounded variety of sports and activities aimed at developing a whole range of skills and abilities. Campers follow a daily schedule of rotating sports instruction, games and fun activities including art, baseball, basketball, floor hockey, golf, gymnastics, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, volleyball, wrestling, and more! It's great fun that builds your child's sportsmanship, athletic skills, and confidence under the enthusiastic guidance of experienced and dedicated professionals.

Illinois Baseball Academy
847-386-6308
Various locations (Exact details TBD as of this posting)
www.illinoisbaseballacademy.com
IBA is back again with a full slate of Summer camps, including their NEW MVP Summer Camp, that are set to begin the first full week of June. This summer, they are offering over 40 camps throughout Chicagoland area! No matter your campers’ age or ability level, they are guaranteed to have a camp that is right for you! All of the summer camps are led by current high school or college coaches who all played college baseball. 

Wildcat Sports Camp
Patten Gymnasium, 2407 Sheridan Rd., Evanston
www.nurecreation.com
Ages 2nd-5th grade (current 6th graders must be returning campers).

Wildcat Sports Camp has been a Chicagoland tradition since 1939 and continues its success as one of the best quality multi-sports day camps on the North Shore. When children are offered fun, exciting and challenging fitness experiences, they discover and learn to appreciate the many pleasures of being active and fit throughout life. Wildcat Sports Camp is administered through the Northwestern University Department of Athletics and Recreation and counselors are students and student-athletes from Northwestern and other universities, past Wildcat campers, area teachers, as well as year-round Recreation Department Staff. Capacity is capped at 75 campers. Transportation provided for these designated areas only:  Door to door: Evanston, Kenilworth, Winnetka (south of Tower Road), Wilmette (east of the Edens) and Skokie (north of Howard & east of Crawford), Glencoe: Central School.

Northwestern Specialty Sports Camps & Clinics

In addition, Northwestern provides a multitude of specialty sports camp with various dates, ages and locations. For more information on specific sports camp, click here and for sailing and windsurfing camps go to: www.northwesternsailing.com/camps

Run by many of the top intercollegiate coaches in the country, sports camps held at Northwestern University provide a fun and exciting learning environment for youth of all ages.  

Game On! Sports Camp for Girls
847-229-9959
Woodlands Academy, 760 E. Westleigh Rd., Lake Forest
www.gameonsportscamp.com
 Ages 4 – 7th grade + CIT
 Located on the impressive and expansive athletic campus of Woodlands Academy, campers of all athletic abilities are treated to a quality, multi-sport experience with all but the golf and horseback riding activities on site. Door to door transportation within approved zones and lunch program provided. 

Loyola Academy Sports Camps
847-920-2491
1100 Laramie Ave., Wilmette
www.goramblers.org/

The Loyola Academy provides a multitude of specialty sports camp with various dates and ages. The goal of Loyola’s summer sports camps is to provide boys and girls with the opportunity to learn and develop skills that will help them compete at a higher level in their given sport. They will also get a chance to meet Loyola Academy coaches and other boys and girls who are in the Loyola community; all of this in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere. For information about specific sports and dates and ages, click the link above.  

Finished Strong Athletics (FSA) Sports Camp (Boys only)
847-780-3148
Lake Forest Country Day School, 145 S Green Bay Rd., Lake Forest
www.finishstrongathletics.com/
Ages 1st – 6th grade

FSA’s goal is to create well-rounded campers and will stop at nothing to accomplish that. They want campers to discover and cultivate a passion for athletics including competition, socialization, self-esteem, and the ultimate experience…contributing to something bigger than themselves! Friday Fun-Days, USA vs. UK, Tribal Takeover & Blue vs. Red bring out the most camaraderie, teamwork, competition and fun! Transportation and hot lunch provided for additional fees. 

Hi Five Sports Camp
847-977-0044/danny@hifivesports.com
Christian Heritage Academy, 315 Waukegan Rd., Northfield
www.hifivesportsclubs.com
Ages PreK – 7th Grade + CIT

Hi-Five Sports Camp is a sports camp dedicated to a full menu of team sports for boys and girls. The camp is about so much more than winning and losing - it is about teamwork, playing hard and playing fair. And it is about making new buddies and enjoying the camaraderie. A camp that is as encouraging as it is challenging. As safe as it is high-energy and as instructional as it is fun.

North Shore Day Camp Sports
847-433-6001
800 Clavey Rd./1195 Half day Rd., Highland Park
www.jcys.org
Ages K – 8th Grade

A summer day camp at a sports training facility – right in your backyard! NSDC Sports is a non-competitive day camp that enables your sports-loving camper to eat, drink and live sports! Working within varying age and skill levels, NSDC Sports introduces and improves skills in a variety of sports – including baseball, basketball, soccer, hockey, tennis, flag football, ultimate Frisbee, swimming and more through skill drills, games and tournaments. Includes daily swim lessons with American Red Cross certified swim instructors. Athletes start their day with camaraderie at North Shore Day Camp, then head to the Lillian Lutz Recreation Center (The Lil’) to train and recreate on a multi-sports court, two Max Davidson tennis courts, and in the pool.

Chicago Bulls/White Sox Camps
630-324-8221
Various dates and locations throughout the Summer
www.bullssoxacademy.com/

The mission of the Chicago Bulls/Sox Academy is to create a fun, safe, and invigorating environment, teaching the games of basketball, baseball, and fastpitch softball, maximizing skills and building self-esteem of each boy and girl with whom they have contact. They are dedicated to nurturing the athlete in every child who comes through our doors.

 
Fonseca Martial Arts Camp
847-866-0200
Ages 7-12: Evanston, Various Dates, Full day and Half Day options
Ages 4-6: Wilmette, Various Dates, 3 x a week, 9:30 -12 pm
www.fonsecamartialarts.com/programs/summer_camp 

FMA offers a variety of summer camps for students of every age and level. At the Evanston location, campers will advance through their karate curriculum including belt tests and dojo tournaments while developing skills, increasing their level of fitness, making new friends, and having fun. Afternoons are spent having fun with fellow campers at local parks, beaches and sites. At the Wilmette location, which is offered 3 days a week, campers engage in 2-1/2 hours of interactive fun while building coordination, strength, character and focus. 

 

Fine Arts Camps 

Art Center of Highland Park
847-432-1888
1957 Sheridan Rd., Highland Park
www.theartcenterhp.org
Ages 4 – 17 

Through a wide range of mixed media activities (digital photography, film, print making, drawing, painting, ceramics etc) this summer let your child explore, imagine and create through art! Camps are offered in 2, 4, 6, or 8 week sessions. New projects offered each session.

 

Theatre & Dance Camps

Piven Theatre Workshop
847-866-6597
927 Noyes St., Evanston
www.piventheatre.org
 Grades 4 – 12
 Various classes including improvisation, story ensemble and musical theatre.

Actors Training Center  at the Wilmette Theatre
847-251-8710
Wilmette Theatre, 1122 Central Ave., Wilmette
www.actorstrainingcenter.com
 Ages 5 - 18
Several programs available, including Performance Intensive (by audition only), Acting Lab, Page to Screen and Actors Toolbox. 

Citadel Theatre Summer Musical Performance Camp
847-735-8554, ext 2
300 S. Waukegan Rd., Lake Forest (1st – 5th grade)
145 S. Green Bay Rd., Lake Forest (6th – 12th grade)
www.citadeltheatre.org
Ages Grades 1st – 12th

This year, A.C.T. presents two camp opportunities for young artists that are looking for a real world professional performance experience. Taught by a staff of seasoned professionals, students will be immersed in the world of theatre. The conservatory style training will expose students to many important aspects of performance art including auditioning, rehearsing, set design, costuming, and the final production.

LoMastro Performing Arts Academy Camps
847-615-5400
840 S. Waukegan Rd., Lake Forest
www.lomastro.com
Ages 2.5 yrs – 18 yrs

Since opening our doors in 2007, LoMastro Performing Arts Academy has become one of the North Shore's premier performing arts academies. During the summer, they offer a plethora of dance camps and classes for boys and girls of all ages and skill levels to improve upon their current techniques or try something new!

 

Musical Theatre Summer Camp at Music Institute of Chicago
847-905-1500
www.musicinst.org

SmashUp!  Ages K – 3rd

Music, acting, dance and storytelling are "smashed up" into an original musical. Perfect for young elementary-age students who love creating and performing. Enjoy one, seven or any combination of these week-long camps. Each week culminates with a mini-musical created by campers.

Broadway Bound Camp Workshops Ages 4th – 8th

Campers participate in the production of classic Broadway and Disney musicals with inventive staging and a focus on fundamentals. A great learning opportunity for more serious young performers.

Music Camps 

Camp Jam
800-513-0930
Lake Forest Academy
1500 West Kennedy Rd.
www.campjam.com/chicago
 Ages 11-17
 Camp Jam's multi-level curriculum schools students in every aspect of playing in a real rock and roll band. From playing techniques, plenty of band rehearsal, song writing, to stage presence, Camp Jam's variety of classes will turn the bedroom player into a bona fide rock star. Not only do you learn from a rock legend, you get to take the big stage on Friday.

Music Institute of Chicago
847-905-1500
Evanston, Winnetka and Lake Forest
www.musicinst.org 

MIC offers summer camps designed to meet a wide range of  interests.  Youth and adult campers have the chance to work with MIC's  award-winning faculty and ensembles in residence through various course offerings including jazz, oboe, piano, brass and more.  

School of Rock
9 Prairie Ave., Highwood, 847-433-7625
1311 Sherman Place, Evanston, 847-864-7625
www.schoolofrock.com
Ages 7 - 17 

Through workshops, clinics, and private instruction, this comprehensive camp experience is designed to hone music performance and ensemble skills in a creative and fun environment.Students work in a hands-on atmosphere that includes, learning the nuts and bolts of live performance, studio/band rehearsal time, Instruction and clinics with music professionals, music theory and songwriting, music appreciation and interacting with other young musicians, plus performing in a live rock show! Special artist-themed weeks as well.

Academic Camps 

Baker Summer Discovery
847-425-5814
201 Sheridan Rd., Wilmette
bakerdemschool.org
Ages 3 – 8th grade

Baker's Summer Discovery is designed to spark the imagination, engage the intellect, and, at the same time, offer an equally important dose of fun and physical activity. Exciting, hands-on, progressive educational activities taught by experienced teachers, a wide variety of games and play, and small camp groups led by fun and caring counselors are the hallmarks of Baker Summer Discovery. Open to all in the community. Specialty camps offered as well.

Galileo
800-854-3684
Sacred Heart School, 1095 Gage St., Winnetka
www.galileo-camps.com
Camp Galileo Ages PreK – 5th

Grouped by grade, campers take on art, science and outdoor activities tailored to their level, and they learn lasting innovation skills like collaboration and reflection. As campers grow, the curriculum evolves to include more advanced concepts, complex projects and creative freedom. All this engrossing learning is wrapped in four, fresh, weekly themes. This summer, your camper might build a rocket in Space Explorers, take Ansel Adams-inspired photographs in National Parks Adventure, engineer an archery bow in Galileo Olympics or design a kaleidoscope in Galileo Makers: Toys. Every week is an eye-opening new adventure.

Galileo Summer Quest 5th – 8 th grades

Galileo Summer Quest is where kids get to dive deep into something that inspires them. Designed for burgeoning visionaries, Galileo Summer Quest empowers 5th – 8th graders to take the next step. Campers choose from 12 immersive majors, picking something they already love or a new area they're excited to explore, then spend the week diving in. Mentored by expert instructors and equipped with professional tools and materials, campers make short films, engineer catapults, whip up inventive dishes, design custom video games and much, much more. Each confidence-building, collaboration-packed week gives them an opportunity to realize their personal vision in a new inspiring subject.

Technology Camps 

Digital Adventures
844-KID-CODE (844-543-2633)
406 Linden Ave., Wilmette, IL 60091
www.digitaladventures.com
Grades 1-8

Ultimate Digital Adventures Camp leverages cutting-edge technology, knowledgeable instructors, and the coolest toys (robots, 3D Printers, Makey Makey, Rasberry Pi) on the planet to create a fun, interactive environment that teaches kids (1st-8th) how to code computers. Activites include robotics, minecraft modding, video game design, visual based coding and 3-D printing. Our mission is to inspire the next generation to develop creative solutions to the world's most difficult problems using technology as their platform.

iD Tech Camps
888-709-8324
Lake Forest College, Lake Forest
www.idtech.com
Ages 7-18 

The #1 camp in summer tech education, with 150+ locations nationwide and an expansive lineup of courses in coding, game design, app development, web design, film, photography, and more. At the LFC location, they strike the right balance between off-computer activities (creative games, sports, life skills, etc.) and essential cutting-edge technology education to foster STEM skill development (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) in an inspiring, collegiate setting. Students experience personalized learning with a maximum of 8 students per instructor and use the best brand name products from industry leaders like Adobe, Apple, Autodesk, Google, and Microsoft. Kick-start your dream job and gain a competitive edge for college! Co-ed and girls only options as well as day and overnight options.

Nature Camps 

Camp CBG at the Chicago Botanic Garden
847-835-8361
1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe
www.chicagobotanic.org/camp
Ages 6 months – 15 yrs 

The Chicago Botanic Garden’s signature day camp provides exciting, fun, and enriching outdoor learning experiences for your child. Science, nature, art, ecology, and cooking camps draw kids from all over Chicagoland. All staff members participate in annual training, are first-aid certified, and love teaching. Camp CBG offers morning and afternoon camps, supervised lunch, and full-day camps, as well as extended care to give parents flexible scheduling options.  Spend a week or the whole summer at the Garden!

 

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April 20, 2017

Fun Things To Do on the North Shore: Apr. 21 – 23

This weekend is all about recognizing and honoring our diverse world. There are multiple events celebrating Earth Day and Holocaust Remembrance Day – including two powerful musical performances, as well as a Cultural Faire. In addition, two author events will have readers of various ages and interests intrigued. But that’s not all!  Lambs Farm has an awesome Model Train Day event, Smelt-O-Rama is back again and the Wilmette Children’s Theatre begins its run of High School Musical Jr.!

Author Meet & Greet: Julia Donaldson
Apr. 21: 4 – 5 pm
The Book Stall, 811 Elm St., Winnetka 

Meet Julia Donaldson, author of beloved titles “The Gruffalo” and “Room on the Broom”, for an afternoon of story, song, and music. Julia’s new book is, “The Giant Jumperee!” Joining Julia from England for this rare U.S. appearance is her husband Malcolm, a musician and singer—and special guest star at the Gruffalo, in person! Laughter and delight is promised for ages 3 and up. For more info on this and other upcoming author events, click here.

 

Author Book Signing: AJ Mendez Brooks aka AJ Lee
Apr. 22: 2 – 3 pm
The Book Stall, 811 Elm St., Winnetka 

 

WWE star and Chicago author AJ Mendez Brooks (aka AJ Lee) will be signing copies of her new memoir, Crazy is My Superpower: How I Triumphed by Breaking Bones, Breaking Hearts, and Breaking the Rules. Brooks is a former WWE wrestler and three-time Diva Champion under the name AJ Lee. She is an animal rescue ambassador for the ASPCA and works with Girls Make Games, a program encouraging young women to pursue science and tech-based careers. This is a ticketed event, and the purchase of a copy of Crazy is My Superpower from The Book Stall is required to enter the signing line. Please call The Book Stall at 847-446-8880 to reserve your place in line.

 

High School Musical Jr.
Apr. 21 & 22: 7 pm; Apr. 23: 2 pm (Apr. 28 – 30 as well)
Wilmette Community Rec Center, 3000 Glenview Rd., Wilmette 

Enjoy this entertaining and energetic production of the modern high school experience by the Wilmette Children’s Theatre! Tickets: $9. To purchase, click here.

 

Model Train Day
Apr. 22: 10 am – 3 pm
Lambs Farm, 14245 W. Rockland Rd., Libertyville 

Fun for all ages at the Model Train Day at Lambs Farm, Magnolia Cafe & Bakery and Visitors Center. Children of all ages can don their conductor’s hat and operate the model trains courtesy of Valley Model Railroad Club. The club’s portable layout features a CTC computerized signal system which will be in the Magnolia Cafe & Bakery. Admission is FREE! Nominal fees for some crafts, activities and fun pass apply. Plus, head over to the Visitors Center for some fun train related crafts and activities. Purchase a Fun Pass and chug to each Lambs Farm stop and collect a special treat at each. Stay afterwards or come before to eat at the Magnolia Cafe & Bakery, and visit the Farmyard and Attractions. Discounted rates for the Farmyard & Attractions will be available. For more info, click here.

 

Smelt-O-Rama
Apr. 22: 7 - 10 pm
Forest Park Beach Boating Pavilion, Lake Forest Beach, 220 E. Deerpath Rd., Lake Forest 

Don’t miss out on this FREE family event! Join the Lake Forest Recreation Department as they rediscover a Lake Michigan tradition. Osmerus mordax, otherwise known as smelt, return to our shores each spring to spawn in the warm water near piers and beaches. Seasoned anglers will be on hand to demonstrate the dip netting method. You will learn how to catch, clean and cook these tasty little critters! A limited number of nets will be provided. Please wear warm clothes and bring any smelting equipment you have on hand. Parents must supervise their children at this event. For more info, click here or call John Eldridge – 847-810-3940.

 

Earth Day Celebration
Apr. 23: 12 - 4 pm
Emily Oaks Nature Center, 4650 Brummel, Skokie 

Discover how different Skokie cultures recognize and celebrate Earth Day in their home countries, and join in Earth Day rituals, ceremonies and activities from around the world! Earth-friendly foods will be available for sale. The event includes games, activities, music, food and a native plant sale. For more info: 847-674-1500, ext. 2500.

 

Northshore Concert Band: Giving Voice to the Silenced
Apr. 23: 3 pm
Pick-Staiger Concert Hall (Northwestern University), 50 Arts Circle Dr., Evanston

This powerful musical program tells a story of vitality, loss, contemplation and possibility. The music of Jacques Press, Jack Stamp, John Williams, Francis McBeth, David Maslanka and Gustav Holst is combined to create a program that honors Holocaust Remembrance Day and Earth Day. Highlights include a specially constructed and memorable “Remembrance Suite” that includes John Williams’ Theme from Schindler’s List. Tickets: $10 - 20. For more info, click here.

  

The Salaam Shalom Music Project
Apr. 23: 1 pm (Doors open 12:30 pm)
SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston 

A Jew, a Muslim, and a Christian walk into a club…and fill the room with heart and soul. The Salaam-Shalom Music Project comprises artists from the Chicago Muslim music community and the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band. They have performed at mosques, synagogues, seminaries and colleges, and were recently featured on WBEZ’s “Worldview.” Enjoy an intimate musical experience exploring a fusion of different folk cultures with songs in Arabic, Urdu, French, Yiddish and Hebrew, and a message of good will. Tickets: $20 – 30. For more info, click here.

 

Celebration of Cultures Faire
Apr. 23: 2 – 4 pm
North Suburban YMCA, 2705 Techny Rd., Northbrook 

 

Organized by the Northbrook Community Relations Commission, this free family event will include dancing, singing, art, traditional costumes and tasty food representing diverse cultures. There will also be a gallery of personal immigration stories and photos contributed by individuals and families in the community. For more info, click here.

 

Holocaust Survivors Presentation
Apr. 23: 2 – 3:30 pm
Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette  

Holocaust survivors and Wilmette residents Gitta Fajerstein and Sheila Gerber will share their first-hand memories of life during the Holocaust. Both women were children when they were sent into hiding. Their stories are included in the 2013 anthology, “Out of Chaos: Hidden Children Remember the Holocaust.” This event is part of One Book, Everybody Reads, the Library’s annual community reading and book discussion series, which features Affinity Konar’s Holocaust novel, “Mischling” this spring. Each year, residents are encouraged to read the selected title and participate in a series of events related to the book and its themes. For more info: 847-256-6930.

 

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April 13, 2017

Easter Fun and More on the North Shore: Apr. 14 – 16

Thornwood Park Egg Hunt

This weekend is sure to be hoppin’! There are plenty of Easter Egg Hunts and Doggie Egg Hunts to choose from. Plus, don’t miss out on a fun and informative Earth Day celebration and cap of National Library Week with a family friendly event in Lake Bluff!

 

Thornwood Park Egg Hunt
Apr. 15: 10 am
Thornwood Park (in Kenilworth Gardens), Thornwood Ave & Dartmouth St, Wilmette 

Sponsored by our very own Come Home North Shore Team of Coldwell Banker and Tracy Kearney of Guaranteed Rate. This intimate, community egg hunt starts promptly at 10 am, but come early to meet the Easter Bunny, guess the number of jelly beans and enter a drawing to win fun prizes! For more info, click here.

 

Easter Egg Hunt
Apr. 15: 9:45 am
Howard Park, 830 17th St., Wilmette 

Children will be organized into 4 different age groups, with hunts going off every 15 minutes starting at 10 am. Most eggs will contain candy, and prizes with some containing special prizes handed out at the end of the hunt. A special visit by the Easter Bunny will provide photo opportunities. Pre-registration is required by clicking here. Tickets are $7 for residents and $9 for non-residents. Bring your own basket.

 

1st Annual Doggie Egg Hunt
Apr. 15: 1 pm
Gillson Park, 800 Gillson Park Dr., Wilmette

Put your dog's nose to the test!! Dogs will sniff out eggs filled with treats or coupons for special prizes. Doggie hunts will be organized by age group beginning at 1 p.m. One handler per dog who must be 18 years of age or older. All dogs must remain on-leash for the entire event and be at least 4 months old to participate and wearing current rabies tags. Tickets are $7 for residents and $9 for non-residents per dog. Bring your own basket. You MUST pre-register to participate by clicking here. This event may be cancelled due to inclement weather. 

 

Winnetka Park District 44th Annual Egg Hunt
Apr. 15: 10 – 11 am
West Elm Park, 1155 Elm St., Winnetka 

Join the fun and excitement of hunting for goody-filled eggs in Winnetka’s Annual Egg Hunt. After the eggs are all cracked, stick around and get your picture taken with the hare himself, EB the Bunny.  All parents and children will have the opportunity to get their picture taken, bounce around on inflatables, and check out the live petting zoo! Children under three should hop on over to the “Bunnies-in-Training” pen where they can safely explore unfilled eggs. Bring your own basket. For more info, click here.

 

Doggie Egg Hunt
Apr. 15: 12 – 1 pm
West Elm Park, 1155 Elm St., Winnetka

This egg hunt is just for dogs and will immediately follow the children’s egg hunt. March with your dog in an Egg Hunt Parade, take your dog through the Doggy Obstacle Course, and scour for treats hidden in plastic eggs. Those registered by April 13 will be guaranteed a goody bag. Those registered after this date will receive goody bags while supplies last. Tickets: $10R/$15 NR before April 13, prices go up $5 after April 13. For more info and to register, click here.

 

Highland Park Egg Hunt
Apr. 15: 10 am
Sunset Woods Park, 1801 Sunset Rd., (middle pavilion) Highland Park 

Gather colorful eggs filled with toys and fun surprises. One special egg will hold a family pass to Hidden Creek AquaPark for Summer 2017. Children will be divided into groups by age and should keep an eye out for a special guest. No registration needed. For more info: 847-831-3810.

 

Earth Day Celebration
Apr. 15: 10 am – 2 pm
Kent Fuller Air Station Prairie, 2400 Compass Rd., Glenview

Celebrate Earth Day at this free community-wide event filled with family activities, nature walks, environmental exhibits and more. Find out what local organizations are doing to promote environmental stewardship and learn how you can make a difference! For more information, call 847-724-5670 or click here.

 

National Library Week Spectacular
Apr. 15: 1:30 – 3:30 pm
Lake Bluff Public Library, 123 E. Scranton Ave., Lake Bluff 

Celebrate the last day of National Library Week! Beginning at 1:30 renowned balloon artist Holly Nagel will amaze you with her ability to transform ordinary balloons into everything from animals to superheroes! At 2:00, enjoy some light refreshments as the National Library Week Butterflies are released and at 2:30, try your hand at 10 Minute Trivia. There will also be activities including coloring and origami available throughout the day. For more info: 847-234-2540.

 

Easter Egg-stravaganza
Apr. 16: 1 – 3 pm
Workshop HP, 1929 Sheridan Rd., Highland Park  

Come dip, dye, marble, and speckle basketfuls of colorful (hard boiled) eggs. Kids (ages 7+) and parents are welcome to attend together. $25. Register online here

 

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April 10, 2017

Thornwood Park Egg Hunt - Saturday, April 15

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You're invited to the 8th annual Thornwood Park Egg Hunt, this Saturday, April 15. The hunt is sponsored by Coldwell Banker's Come Home North Shore Team and Tracy Kearney of Guaranteed Rate.

For those not familiar with Thornwood Park, it's in Wilmette's Kenilworth Gardens neighborhood, on the corner of Thornwood Ave. and Dartmouth St., catty corner to Harper School.

The hunt will start at 10:00 am SHARP...but come a little early to meet the Easter Bunny, guess the number of jellybeans and enter our drawing for fun prizes from local businesses. Many thanks to Homer's Ice Cream, Marco Roma, Wilmette Theatre, Rock House and Cafe Lucci for their generous donations!

Everyone always has a great time, even the parents. Check out this video from last year's hunt.

Hope to see you Saturday!

 

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April 10, 2017

Best Brunch on the North Shore

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If there is one thing that people on the North Shore take seriously, it's brunch! And who can argue? What's better than spending a leisurely morning/early afternoon dining on all of the sweet and savory treats that a serious brunch has to offer. And if you are really lucky you might even score mimosa or two.

For the purposes of this list, we are not going to include the traditional pancake/breakfast type places that serve "brunch" on a daily basis. That's a whole other list for another day! This list is focused solely on those restaurants where brunch is more of a special event, served only on the weekends to hungry folks looking for an indulgent meal to last them the whole day – well at least until dinner.

Firefly Kitchen
111 Green Bay Rd., Wilmette, 224-408-2464

If you love eggs benedict, you'll find lots to love about Firefly...you can have your eggs benedict with crab cakes, smoked pork or spinach Florentine. Pus there's lots of other fun twists on breakfast favorites and lunch menu items, including a foot long grilled cheese sandwich! Brunch is served Sundays 10:00 am - 2 pm.

Prairie Grass
601 Skokie Blvd. Northbrook, 847-205-4433

The brunch at Prairie Grass is a North Shore favorite. With its extensive a la carte menu offering a variety of tasty benedicts, fluffy omelets, gourmet pancakes and savory prairie grass favorites, it's hard to choose just one thing. They also have a great kids menu. Brunch served: Sat: 10 am -2 pm; Sun: 9:30 am – 2 pm.

Pinstripes
1150 Willow Rd., Northbrook, 847-480-2323

Don't be fooled that it's a bowling alley. Pinstripes is an upscale venue whose bistro style restaurant stands on its own merit. And their Sunday brunch takes it to a whole other level. Served every Sunday from 10 am - 2 pm, the buffet style brunch offers made-to-order omelets, prime rib, fresh seafood, waffles, mimosas and bloody marys (extra fee), delectable desserts including a chocolate fountain and a whole lot more. Adults $25, kids 6-12 $12, 5 & under free! It's quite a deal.

Jolanes Restaurant & Bar
1100 Milwaukee Ave., Glenview, 847-375-6986

With its unique location in the ABT Design Center, Jolane's offers patrons a casual yet contemporary dining experience with a bit if European flair and their a la carte brunch does not disappoint. Offering tempting sweet choices such as Nutella crepes and brioche French toast served with real maple syrup, diners can also dabble in savory selections – we've heard the wagyu burgers are a must, not to mention their quiche of the day. Patrons love the enclosed sun room and their coffee also gets raves. Brunch served Sat & Sun: 11 am - 3 pm.

Peckish Pig
623, Howard St., Evanston, 847-491-6778

This fun gastropub hits all the right spots. From its fun and lively atmosphere, to its cool and inviting décor, to the great service and we haven't even mentioned the food. The a la carte brunch menu has a little something for everyone, but they had us at "Warm Bag Of House Made Donuts." The food is fresh, tasty and reasonably priced and they usually have some great brunch specials not on the menu. Brunch served Sat & Sun: 11 am – 3:30 pm.

Hearth
1625 Hinman Ave., Evanston, 847-570-8400

The food is yummy and home-made, and it's quiet enough to carry on a conversation. We suggest the cinnamon roll pancakes!  Brunch is served Sundays from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm.

Happ Inn
305 Happ Rd., Northfield, 847-784-9200

The Happ Inn is a great upscale family restaurant that always delivers. Although the brunch menu itself is somewhat limited, patrons are welcome to order off the main menu as well. Nothing here is too fancy, yet the atmosphere offers a bit more sophistication than your typical family style joint. Brunch served Sat & Sun: 11 am – 3pm.

Guildhall
694 Vernon Ave., Glencoe, 847-835-8100

Everything at Guildhall has a quality of perfection, and the same can be said for their brunch. The a la carte menu features staples such as bagels and lox, oatmeal buttermilk pancakes, and eggs benedict Guildhall style, to the more innovative chorizo and hominy hash and chilaquiles and housemade doughnuts! In addition their menu of handcrafted cocktails and signature sodas is not to be missed. Brunch served Sunday: 10 am – 2pm.

Saranellos
601 N Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling, 847-777-6878

Probably one of the best kept secrets on the North Shore is Saranello's Champagne Sunday brunch. Known as an upscale family Italian restaurant, its brunch offering is sometimes overlooked, but for those in the know, it's quite a delicious feast. For $34.95 (children under 12 half price), the buffet brunch features a chafing station, carving station, build your own waffle bar, eggs & omelet station, cold fish table, sweets table, salad, fresh fruit and more. Price includes 2 glasses of champagne or mimosas or selections of specialty coffee drinks and juices. (Bloody Mary bar, extra). Brunch served Sunday 10 am – 2 pm.

Deer Path Inn
255 Easy Illinois Rd., Lake Forest, 847-234-2280

Although on the pricier side ($48 per person), the Champagne Brunch buffet at the Deer Path Inn is a true bruncher's dream. They have everything from bagels, eggs, meats to sushi and shrimp. The quality is top notch and if you come in the warmer months you can burn off some of your meal by strolling through the beautiful grounds and gardens. Brunch is served on Sundays from 11 am - 2 pm.

Ten Mile House
1700 Central St., Evanston, 847-905-0669

A broad a la carte brunch menu featuring salads, wood fired breakfast pizzas and lots of other mouth-watering breakfast and lunch entrees. Brunch is served Sat & Sun: 10 am - 2:30 pm. 


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April 8, 2017

North Shore Real Estate Report - March 2017

North Shore Market Report - March 2017 vs. 2016

North Shore Real Estate trends March 2017

 

 1st Quarter 2017 vs. 2016

1st quarter 2017 real estate data north shore chicago

 

Accepted Offers - March 2017 vs. 2016

Accepted offers March 2017 vs. 2016

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April 5, 2017

Fun Things To Do on the North Shore: Apr. 7 – 9

Start your Easter celebrations early. Test your improv skills. Explore the many ways to enjoy bacon. Discover lost gems from Paul McCartney performed in a jazz style. Enjoy a free classical music concert. It’s all waiting for you this weekend on the North Shore!

 

Vivid First Friday Art Opening/Hubbard Woods First Friday
Apr. 7: 5 - 8 pm
Vivid Art Gallery, 895 Green Bay Rd., Winnetka 

 

A lively evening of art, music and light fare. Featured artist, Ron Parent. Featured local artist, Amy Woodbury. Featured artists will be on hand to discuss their work. Parent, a Detroit area artist, creates richly textured and colored landscapes in pastel. Woodbury, who is Evanston-based, sketches portraits of pensive women. The work of 12 other artists in an array of styles and media also on display in this warm and welcoming gallery. Part of the larger Hubbard Woods Design District First Friday. Visit Vivid first, then browse the other participating shops nearby for exclusive deals and unique offerings. For more info, click here.

 
Family Theatre Improv Night
Apr. 7: 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Wilmette Community Rec Center, 3000 Glenview Rd., Wilmette 

Children and adults together will learn scene work fundamentals such as sharing the stage, characters, body language, scene starts, comedy, listening, and acting. Build skills of confidence, risk taking, letting go of mistakes, and being more present–as a family. Explore scenes and comedy show games while having fun and celebrating risk taking with the family! Ages 3- 18 with an adult. $9.25R/$11.25NR. For more info and to register, click here.

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March 30, 2017

Fun Things To Do on the North Shore: Mar. 31 – Apr. 2

While it is still relatively quiet on the North Shore due to Spring Break, there is still plenty to do and see. For the nature enthusiasts, there are two wonderful free opportunities to explore the benefits of nature. Lovers of the arts can take in the annual Dennis Downes Art Show (Lake County sculptor/painter) or a though-provoking satire about Edward Snowden. There is also a fabulous wine dinner and if you are really lucky, you can catch a performance by music legend Peter Frampton.

 

Tuscany Restaurant Spring Wine Dinner
Mar. 31: 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Tuscany Restaurant, 550 S. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling 

Tuscany Restaurant, a Phil Stefani class located Wheeling, will host a wine dinner on featuring wines from the Sonoma County based Rodney Strong Vineyards. Wine representative Jim Donato will lead guests through a five-course dinner as he explains the wine selections and pairings. Created by Executive Chef Bolla Loza, menu highlights will include Ahi Tuna Tartare with avocado, green onions, lemon juice, Italian parsley, evoo, and fried capers, Risotto with Quail, Beef Braciole with creamy organic polenta and more. Tickets: $70 per person (plus tax and gratuity) Space is limited. Reservations required by calling 847.465.9988.

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March 23, 2017

Fun Things To Do on the North Shore: Mar. 24 – 26


Staycationers rejoice! With many folks heading out of town for Spring Break, it’s the perfect time to check out a new venue or explore a different part of the North Shore! Plenty of live action as well as BINGO and a great opportunity to get a head start on your fruit garden! 

Rose Hill Revival
Mar. 24: 9 pm
210 Restaurant & Lounge, 210 Green Bay Rd., Highwood 


Rose Hill Revival features veteran Chicago-area professional musicians who share a mutual love for the iconic southern rock sounds of the Allman brothers. Rose Hill Revival offers a true Allman Brothers experience by blending stellar vocals with the signature slide and harmony guitar riffs that defined the Allman Brothers’ sound. “Rose Hill Revival” keeps the torch going, playing all the favorites, just the way you remember them. If you liked listening to “Live at The Fillmore East”, you’re going to love seeing “Rose Hill Revival! $5 cover. For more info, click here.

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March 22, 2017

Home Inspection Advice for Home Buyers and Sellers

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What You Need to Know About Home Inspections on Chicago's North Shore

When you buy a home, it is common practice to have the property professionally inspected. Based on the standard Illinois purchase contract, the inspection must take place within the first five days of offer acceptance, and this happens concurrent with the attorney review period. The purpose of the inspection is to verify that the structure is sound, that systems and appliances are in good working order and that there are no safety or health hazards on the property. Based on the inspection report, a buyer has the option to cancel his contract or negotiate with the seller to remedy some or all of the defects.

Keep in mind that a home inspector is a generalist, not a specialist. He will identify things that might be problems and recommend if you should get an expert in the particular area of concern (e.g., structural engineer, HVAC repair company, chimney specialist, etc.) to confirm whether or not there is a problem.

Also, keep in mind that you are hiring him to do a visual inspection only. He can only inspect what he can see or access, so things like underground pipes, septic systems, wiring inside the walls, are not covered by a normal home inspection.

Do I Need to Have a Home Inspection?

I ALWAYS recommend that my buyer clients get the home they wish to buy inspected. Even a newly built home should have an inspection, because all houses have issues and you want to identify them right upfront so they can get dealt with as part of the transaction.

The only instance in which I would not necessarily urge someone to get an inspection is if they are planning to tear down the building. Even then there are two things I would want to make sure of: 1) there is no underground oil tank, and if there is, has there been oil leaking from it? If an oil tank is present it doesn't mean you shouldn't buy the property. Just know that you will incur costs for removal and possible clean-up. 2) there is no asbestos, as this will need to be remediated by a qualified professional and will add to your costs. If you already have a contractor you are working with, he can identify the presence of an oil tank or asbestos and provide an estimated cost for removal.

When Should I Do the Home Inspection?

Normally an inspection takes place right after your offer is accepted by the seller. In the standard purchase and sale contract there is a five (business) day period called the attorney review and inspection (A/I) period that begins the day following the date of written acceptance.

In some cases, for example, in a multiple offer situation, you may opt to do the inspection BEFORE your offer is accepted. That can give you an edge over other buyers because the seller is assured that there will be no surprise demands from you if they accept your offer.

How Do I Choose a Home Inspector?

First and foremost, you should make sure the inspector you hire is licensed and insured in the state in which the property is located.

There are a couple ways to find a good inspector: 1) your real estate agent will have a handful of reliable people he/she has worked with in the past; 2) check the reviews in Angie's List or Yelp; 3) ask friends who have recently purchased a home if they would recommend their inspector.

You should interview them and make sure you feel comfortable with how they work, what they charge and whether they are available in your time frame.

Your options may be limited as you will have only a few days to get an inspection done once you have an accepted contract. Some of the inspectors will not be available on short notice, particularly in a hot market.

Before the inspector starts work he will ask you to sign an agreement that outlines the scope of his work and his fee. Inspectors normally expect to be paid at the conclusion of the inspection, so bring your checkbook or arrange to pay by credit card ahead of time.

Inspectors to Watch Out For

One word of caution about inspectors. There are some inspectors that we in the business call "deal killers." There are two of these that work in our market who make the process unnecessarily difficult and stressful for everyone. Their modus-operandi is to be antagonistic to sellers and their agents and to scare the living daylights out of the buyers, to the point that they back out of the deal. I have even seen them convince the buyers that a beautiful, solidly built and meticulously cared for home was about to fall down any minute. Buyers often think these guys are their champions and are looking out for their best interests, but I have my doubts. I have seen them grossly exaggerate the problems with a home or be dead wrong identifying an non-existent problem (based on a follow up inspection by an expert). Interestingly, I have seen them kill two successive deals for a given buyer and then on the third one (after getting paid three times for three inspections) they'll finally deem a home acceptable and give it their stamp of approval. Seems just a little suspicious to me.

Do I Need to Attend the Inspection?

Yes! I highly recommend you attend the inspection. First, because, you will learn about the house and how all the mechanical systems work, where the shut off valves are, where the filters for the furnace go, whether there is a back-flow prevention system, etc. The inspector will explain everything as he goes through the inspection and let you know which issues are big problems and which things are relatively minor.

What Do Home Inspectors Look For?

There are four main areas the home inspection covers. The inspector is looking for defects, damage and excessive wear.

  1. Structure
    Foundation, roof, chimney, framing
  2. Systems
    Plumbing, electrical, heating and cooling
  3. Exterior Features
    Siding, porches, railings, driveway, walkways
  4. Interior Features
    Walls, windows, doors, ceilings, stairs, appliances

A normal home inspection does not cover swimming pools and hot tubs, lawn irrigation systems, burglar alarm systems, termites or radon. You should hire a specialist if you are concerned about any of these areas.

How Long Does it Take? When Do I Get the Inspection Report?

It depends on the size of the property, but count on 2-4 hours (longer for a large house). Usually the inspector will give you the highlights verbally at the end of the inspection and identify any major red flags. You should get a written report within 24 hours with details and photographs. The report can be up to 40-50 pages, but will include a summary of the main areas of concern.

How Much Does it Cost?

Inspections normally cost between $350-650, depending on the size of the property. It can be more if the home is large, with multiple HVAC zones, etc.

If you elect to test for radon or termites, this will usually be handled by a different inspector, at an additional cost. For example, a radon test costs around $200.

What Are Some of the Most Common Problems the Inspection Will Identify?

There are some things we see in almost every older home. One is missing GFCI (ground-fault circuit interrupter) outlets. Those are the three-pronged outlets that should be in areas near water (bathrooms, kitchens, outdoor areas).Old houses often don't have these where they should, but they are necessary to prevent electrocution.

Mark McCaffrey of McCaffrey Home Inspection says that the most common problems he sees are 1) faulty electrical outlets (reverse polarity, loose etc.), 2) Plumbing leaks, and 3) Mold in the attic. 

I can't tell you how many inspections I've attended where there was mold in the attic. The cause is often lazy contractors who vented the bathroom exhaust fans to the attic instead of to the exterior where they should have. The moist air from the shower goes into the attic and over time the mold grows unnoticed and unabated because the homeowner never goes up there. It really irks me that contractors take these shortcuts knowing that the homeowner will never know what they've done until they go to sell the house.

The thing that most freaks out a potential buyer here on the North Shore is water....seepage, leaks and floods. It's pretty well-known that on the North Shore we have had problems when there are heavy rains. Whether it's from storm water that backs up through  floor drains in basements, seepage through the basement walls or rainwater entering from window wells, buyers fear water. They (and their inspectors) will be hyper-vigilant about looking for signs of seepage or water damage (and resulting mold).

Other things buyers fear, according to McCaffrey: Dated electrical panels, outlets & cloth-insulated outlets, and windows that are old, difficult to operate or not energy efficient.

I Am Buying a House in "As Is" Condition. Should I Have a Home Inspection?

Yes. Unless you are planning on tearing down the house, you should have a home inspection. This will identify problems with the house and help you understand what you are in for as the new home owner. And, if you learn that the house has more problems than you were expecting, you also have the right to cancel the contract after the inspection.

What Happens After the Inspection? What Can I Get the Seller to Fix?

The inspector will give you a detailed report plus a summary of the main issues. From there you will decide which of the items you want to ask the seller to repair or provide a credit for at closing.

Some perspective and words of advice for a positive outcome to the negotiation of inspection items:

This is perhaps the most sensitive part of the transaction and where it's most likely to go off the rails. Emotions run high on both sides. The sellers probably feel that most of the defects were visible at the time you made the offer, and were built into the sale price you agreed on, so they will feel offended if they think you are using the inspection to further reduce the price.

On the other hand, you as the buyer will feel your demands are justified, and you may even wonder if they were trying to hide some defects from you. Try to put yourself in the sellers' shoes and understand where they are coming from. Pick your battles and prioritize those things that are most critical.

Don't give the seller a huge laundry list of big and small repairs. It will overwhelm them and they will have a negative reaction to being "nickeled and dimed." I have seen this kill the deal.

If you still want the home, be judicious about the things you ask for. Prioritize them and organize them into logical groups (e.g., electrical, plumbing, etc.). Focus your request on those things that are really important to you and let the small stuff go.

Can the Buyer Walk Away From the Deal After the Inspection?

Yes. If the inspection uncovers something that the buyer was not aware of, or did not understand the implications of, the buyer can cancel the contract during the attorney review period and have his earnest money returned. In reality, this is the point in the process when you can walk away for any reason.

What If the Inspector Misses Something Important?

Many inspectors have contracts limiting their liability to the cost of the inspection. But some also carry Errors and Omissions (liability) insurance to protect themselves in the event of a lawsuit.

I Am Selling My Home. Should I Have a Pre-Listing Inspection?

Although it's not common practice, there are a few really good reasons why you should have a pre-listing inspection before putting your home on the market:

  1. It will identify any major issues with the structure or the systems, so that you can get them repaired before selling. It will allow you time to get multiple bids to fix it and select the hire the appropriate company to fix it. In all likelihood, you will end up paying less than the credit the buyer will ask you for after the problem is revealed in the inspection. Even if you decide for some reason not to fix the problem, you will have competitive bids for the work and you can use them to counter requests for a higher credit.

  2. It will identify minor repairs that are needed. When we live in a house for a long time, we tend to overlook or not worry about small issues like drippy faucets, loose doorknobs, broken downspouts. But the buyer will notice these things and will wonder if the house is being well-maintained. He will worry that if these small things are broken, what other problems might be lurking behind the walls.

  3. Getting a pre-listing inspection and being able to provide the buyer with the report plus the receipts for the repairs you have made mitigates the risk for the buyer. Even if they have their own inspection (and they should), they will go into the transaction feeling more comfortable and will be less likely to have buyer's remorse and back out of the deal.

Which Inspection Items is a Seller Obligated to Remedy?

Most inspection items are negotiable. Items related to health or safety are normally expected to be remedied by the seller. Everything else is open to negotiation. One of the main areas of contention is when a major mechanical (e.g., furnace) or roof is nearing the end of its useful life, as these are expensive to replace. The buyer may try to get credit to replace this item and the seller will balk because it "still functions." The purchase contract actually states that being near the end of its useful life is not sufficient reason to demand remedy, but that doesn't stop buyers from asking. Here's what the purchase contract says:

Section in contract

As a Seller, Should I Give the Buyer A Closing Credit or Make Repairs Myself?

There are pros and cons to both, and the buyer may also have a preference. Sometimes, they want the repairs done ahead of closing so they can move right in and not have to worry about it. However, since they know it was an issue, they will be hyper-alert to whether the job was done well or not. Their attorney should ask that the repairs be done by a licensed tradesman and for the receipts from the work.

For the seller, it can be less expensive to have the work done themselves than what the buyer will ask for as a credit. However, there is generally a list of things to repair, often requiring multiple tradespeople, so it can be a hassle to hire and oversee the them. It's a lot easier to provide a credit at closing. That way you don't have to worry about a bungled repair job coming back to bite you at the final walk-through.

If you have any questions about inspections or real estate in general, or you would like to schedule a buyer or seller consultation with Anne West and the Come Home North Shore Team, please give us a call at 847.881.6657 or email us at ComeHome@cbexchange.com.

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