The Daily Herald from Arlington Heights, Illinois on March 9, 2008 · Page 172
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The Daily Herald from Arlington Heights, Illinois · Page 172

Arlington Heights, Illinois
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Sunday, March 9, 2008
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SUNDAY, MARCH 9, 2008 Dafly Herald Home repair Home inspector Homes} SECTION 8 Quick read "Easy Container Gardening" (Color Garden Publishing, $19.95) Beautiful container gardens look easy, but they're not. For tips on how to do it, check out Pamela Crawford's easy-to-follow, photo-filled new book. Crawford is one of the best container gardeners in the country. So if she can't help you, no one can. CONTAINER GARDENS European flowers — Home & Garden, Section 4 ~e Touring a gorgeous Model Home is always fun Touring 16 could be positively exhilarating. Seven communities, Sixteen new models-what can be more superfabulous than that? On Friday, March 14th, Pulte Homes unveils a bevy of gorgeously decorated new model homes, just waiting for your inspection! Nobody in Chicagoland does model homes quite like Pulte-and every room is full of ideas that allow you to visualize the home of your dreams! For photos, a downloadable list and a map, go to And start practicing your ooohs and aahhhs! CUCORGE I.KC LAI RK/glcclnircCri.'cta how to change the furnace filter in her new Elgin home. headaches '"SINGLE FAMILY Yorkville Autumn Creek 888.513.2933 SINGLE FAMILY Oswego Prescott Mill 888.513.2947 Lockport Cedar Ridge 888.513.2942 16 i , new^ f decorator -i models. Lake Zurich Meadow Wood L888.495.9142 Oswego Prescott Mill 888.513.3892 2 New Models Now Open! SINGLE FAMILY ' 111 SI NGLE 1FAM ILY Lindenhurst Grant's Grove 888.495.9154 Zlon Cypress Park 888.495.9155 2 New Models Now Open I Superfabulous. Single Family Townhomes ^^^^^^^^^•M ^•••i^HB^MH ^^^^^D^B IBODDDB $100$ *200's 200-s $400's Carpentersville *«•«»« 888.495.9140 fnduded! Lindenhurst LockpOft close to the New 888.495.9145 Amazing Value! 888.513.2943 I-385 Extension TAN1T JAKUSAN/ljiirusaii(u<dailylu-rald.fuiii nstruction manager for Bigelow Homes, explains to Janet important to clean the clothes dryer vent in her new house lurora. lispenses water and heating season, ik. Filters designed for drinking central air condi- water — whether on the refrigera- Iter on your furnace tor or under the sink — should be nged once a month ot just during the See CHORES on PAGE 3 it a real workout also is carpet and a few wall mirrors. Packer trains in his gym with fellow power lifters. "I like it because there are no distractions," says Packer, who is co-owner of a fitness equipment shop in Fresno, Calif. According to Kevin Mulligan, a partner and president of Image Homes, which builds homes in central California, rooms designed specifically for fitness have become a trend in the last five years. Image Homes offers a 15-by-15-foot bonus room See GYMS on PAGE 5 Association, between 2000 and 2006 there was about a 30 percent increase in the number of people who exercised at home, primarily due to aging baby boomers concerned about their health. Packer converted a two- car garage into a hard-core strength-training gym when he moved to his Clovis, Calif., home a year-and-a-half ago. His $20,000 worth of equipment includes an eight-station machine with two weight stacks, 2,000 to 3,000 pounds of free weights, an assisted chin dip, bench press, squat rack and power cage. There On homes and real estate Fixtures with house have to stay put Q. We are selling our home. We have shelves on our wall in our children's rooms. Can we take them with us or are we required to keep them with the house? A. If you've already signed a sales agreement with buyers who saw the shelves up there, they stay. In general, something that is permanently attached becomes a fixture and goes with the real estate. But if you're just putting your house on the market, you can always state in die listing contract that the seller reserves the right to remove the rosebushes, the dining room chandelier, what""""""""""" ever. (For some Ellitll reason > it' s almost 7 always the dining Lli HsfC room chandelier.) A much better idea is to replace the light fixture or take down the shelves before ever showing the property. What they don't see, they won't want. Q. Why does an agent advertise his property, which is for sale, as owner agent? A. Potential buyers are entitled to know that the property is owned by a real estate agent. In the same way, the licensed broker who is buying property must let sellers know they're negotiating with a professional. License law, and Realtor ethics, require disclosure of the fact that a seller — or a buyer — holds a real estate license. Q. My wife and I are thinking about an RV lifestyle. How would we turn our primary residence into rental real estate? A. You investigate how much similar property in the neighborhood is renting for; talk with your lawyer about what form of lease agreement to use, and with your accountant about setting up bookkeeping. You put an ad in the paper, and read up in the library about how to judge a good tenant. But if you're going to take off and leave town, you'd better have someone close by who's willing to take on the job of "landlording." When the water heater goes in the middle of the night, who's going to take the phone call, arrange for delivery of a new one, make sure the house is open, get a plumber in right away and dispose of the old heater? Who's going to.keep after the tenants if they're late with the rent? Get that lawn mowed if it's neglected? Deal with the neighbors about loud parties? "RV-ing" is supposed to be carefree. Better think twice about becoming absentee landlords. Q. My father-in-law heard that the ownership and use provisions regarding the sale of a primary home have recently changed, that you now must live in a home as your principal residence for five years (rather than two) in order to be able to exclude any capital gain on the sale. Is this true? A. Two years' ownership and occupancy are enough for the home sellers' tax exclusion, if See UNKonPAGES

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