Before + After: 21 Chestnut Ave in Clarendon Hills

Before + After: 21 Chestnut Ave in Clarendon Hills

  • Mike McCurry
  • 06/1/22

As we prepared for the sale of a luxurious family home located at 21 Chestnut Avenue in Clarendon Hills, we counseled the sellers to complete a few home updates prior to listing.

The updates we recommended were strategic and selected carefully based on the current local market and buyer expectations. Ultimately these updates aided in the sale of the home, to both the sellers’ and buyers’ satisfaction.

So, what were the updates that helped the sellers close on this $1.24M transaction?

Whole-Home Updates

Updates across the entire home included:

  • Refinished floors
  • Painted trim
    • The trim was originally stained, and we instead recommended painting for greater appeal
    • All trim throughout the home was painted – including baseboards, moulding, window and door trim, and banisters
  • Landscaping
    • Included plant and material removal as well as replanting for enhanced curb appeal
  • Staging




In the office, the sturdy, well-crafted built-ins were refinished for a more modern look and feel.



Updates and replacements in the kitchen included:

  • Painted the stained kitchen cabinets white, to create a fresh and bright kitchen space
  • Replaced the kitchen countertops with modern, clean material designed for durability
  • Installed a luxurious marble-style backsplash
  • Updated all fixtures, both plumbing and lighting



The basement was completely finished for the new owners, which aided in selling attractiveness as well. Lower-level bonus space such as this is seen as a major benefit to buyers, especially buyers who value additional livable square footage, those with a multi-generational living arrangement, or just families who love to entertain.



There were also some minor updates made in the mudroom to achieve attractive form and function, including:

  • Paint
  • New sink
  • Plumbing replacement and relocation


If you’d like to learn more about this particular home and see the full extent of pre-listing home updates, check out the 21 Chestnut: Case Study Video.




Depending on the property, the sellers’ goals, and the current market, some homes benefit from pre-listing updates. Our group is experienced not just in selling the home, but also preparing it for a successful sale. If you’re considering a meaningful move and are curious if your unique home would benefit from some updates prior to listing, we’d love to talk with you!





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