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Now's the perfect time to get your home thoroughly cleaned. Sellers and landlords generally leave homes "broom clean" for new tenants/owners—and "broom clean" is far from spotless. Whether you hire a cleaning company or do the cleaning yourself, you'll feel much better having the inside of the cupboards clean already when you're unpacking your dishes.

We provide Move in/Move out prep cleaning, rentals, and real estate cleaning for houses and apartments. We follow the checklist below for when we are cleaning the home that you are moving out of or moving into. Contact us at (217)330-8261 to schedule a free estimate. 

House Cleaning Tasks for all rooms including kitchen and bathrooms
1. Furniture dusted (if applicable)
2. Clean glass surfaces and mirrors
3. Wipe down baseboards and trim
4. Clean ceiling fans
5. Clean closet shelves and drawers
6. Wipe down doors and doorknobs
7. Clean light fixtures
8. Clean light switch plates 
9. Clean vent trap doors
10. Clean washer and dryer
11. Remove cobwebs
12. Remove trash
13. Carpets v... Continue Reading

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It's not just your home that needs a spring cleaning, your yard and landscaping needs a good spring cleaning as well.

Get that rake, leaf bags, and garbage bag out. It's time to clean up litter that has blown into your yard and landscape, doggie doo (what fun!), dead grass, leaves, sticks, pine cones, and those prickly balls that some trees drop. It will be time to mow and you will be very glad the yard got a thorough cleaning before that first mow. And a good thorough clean up will prevent a fungus known as "snow mold". 

Clean up those flower beds, trim up old dead plant material, fertilize your perennials, remove weeds, and get that mulch in. Clean up and prep those areas w... Continue Reading

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MARCH, WHAT CAN WE DO??? - by Marla


So, it's March. Still cold but with the promise of spring. What to do? What to do you ask? Well here are some ideas!

Around the house. Start off spring cleaning with cleaning out and organizing closets and cabinets. Start planning your garden! I saw some great non GMO, no pesticides, no insecticides, etc. seeds! Plant your own herbs and vegetables in starter pots so they are ready to put outside by Mother's Day. Share a packet of seeds with friends and neighbors, or start a group where each of you grows a certain herb or veggie and you all share. Have a party the Saturday before Mother's Day and swap plants! Eat healthy this summer!

For FUN! We have everything going on in Illinois from the Fox Valley Antiques show in St. Charles to HEAD EAST coming to the Decatur Civic Center on April 25th! I can't wait!!! The Decatur Civic Center is also offering SpringStock 2015, live southern music with fun, food and drinks on March 21st and Matthew West: The Live Forever Tour on April 4th. Please visit our website at http://gdhnl.com/ and look under Area Resources for more events and links to even MORE to do in Illinois! There are TONS of fun events!

March Holidays: March 5, Purim, a Jewish holiday commemorating the Jewish people being saved from extermination in ancient Persia. Learn more in the book of Esther. March 8 is Daylight Savings and International Wom... Continue Reading

For Sale: 2554 Ridlick Court, Decatur


TOTALLY REMODELED home- Brand NEW KITCHEN with all new Stainless Steel Appliances, new Island, new flooring in entire house. Great room is 22' x 23' and has beautiful wood product flooring. 3 large bedrooms, 2 have huge walk-in closets. Bathrooms have new vanities and toilets, master bath also has new shower. The basement is over half finished with new drywall. This is a great home!

  • Price: $120,000
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Full Baths: 2
  • Partial Baths: 1
  • Square Footage: 2037
  • MLS #: 613370
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Lynn Hermann

Featured Event: Events Around Illinois

Illinois Events:

Eagle Watching Opportunities!
Eagle Watching at Starved Rock through Feb 28
Bald Eagle Bus Tour Feb 14. Galena
Bald Eagle Trolley Tours at Starved Rock through Feb. 25
Eagle Watching in Alton through Feb. 15
Bald Eagle Days at Pere Marquette State Park, Grafton, Illinois through March 7

Feb 14 & 15 Galesburg Historical Society Annual Chocolate Festival, Galesburg, IL

Feb 14 thru March 28 Underground Railroad Shuttle Tours in Alton, IL

Feb. 14 thru 22 Chicago Auto Show

Feb. 19 thru 22 48th Annual Elmhurst College Jazz Festival

Feb 24 thru March 1 36th Annual Big Muddy Film Festival, Carbondale, IL

March 14 & 15 58th Annual Fox Valley Antiques Show, St. Charles, IL

March 14 thru 22 Chicago Flower and Garden Show

March 21 St. Patrick's Day Festival in Murphysboro, IL

April 11 & 12 Gem and Mineral Show, Marion, IL

April 12 Kane County Flea Market, St. Charles, IL

April 24 & 25 12th Annual Spores N More Mushroom Festival, Shelbyville, IL

Visit  http://www.enjoyillinois.com/en-us/events for TONS MORE EVENTS and INFORMATION!

Live Theater events:

Jan. 14 thru Feb. 15 The Who's Tommy at Paramount Theatre in Aurora, IL

Feb. 6 thru 15  Married Alive! Crystal Lake, IL

Feb 13 thru 22 Bye Bye Birdie, Oaklawn, IL

Jan. 28 thru March 29 La Cage aux Folles - Lincolnshire, IL

Feb. 20  The Golden Dragon Acrobats Present: Cirque Ziva. Grayslake, IL

March 7 - 4D Comedy Juggler Mark Nizer. Effingham, IL

March 18 thru 26  Paramount Theatrical Production: Les Miserables. Aurora, IL

March 20 thru 29  Jesus Christ Superstar, Oaklawn, IL

March 24  Gary Krinsky presents Toying with Science. Effingham, IL

April 10  The Second City Hits Home. Grayslake, IL


Feb. 21  Miranda Lambert at the Peoria Civic Center

Feb. 28 CLC's 31st Annual Salute to Gospel. Waukegan, IL

March 13  Newsboys. Effingham, IL

March 18 Phil Vassar  Genessee Theatre in Waukegan, IL

March 20 Foreigner   Genessee Theatre in Waukegan, IL

March 26  Mel Tillis    Effingham, iL

March 27   Loretta Lynn  St. Charles, IL

April 2   REO Speedwagon   Genessee Theatre, Waukegan, IL

April 25   Lynn Anderson   Effingham, IL

This is only a FRACTION of the things going on in Illinois! Please visit http://www.enjoyillinois.com/en-us/events for a much more extensive listing and information. There really are things to do in our city and nearby. Go! Enjoy Illinois!

  • Date: 04/30/2015
  • Time: Various
  • Location: Various - Illinois
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