Owning a home in the vibrant Chicagoland area is a dream for many, but it’s a significant investment of time, effort, and money.

It’s a place to build memories, raise a family, and create a safe haven in the Windy City. But maintaining a house, especially a historic Chicago bungalow or a sprawling suburban two-story, can feel overwhelming.

Every homeowner dreads discovering a serious plumbing issue, disturbing structural damage, weather-related roofing problems, a mold infestation, or a disastrous major appliance malfunction. 

Scheduling regular inspections and performing routine maintenance tasks can help you avoid these expensive ordeals, ensure the continuous comfort of your loved ones, and protect the value of your home. 

Let’s take an in-depth look at how preventative measures can identify and address potential problems before they snowball into major headaches (and wallet-busters). 

Why a Home Inspection is Your Secret Weapon

A comprehensive home inspection is a powerful tool — whether you’re on the precipice of a purchase, looking forward to many happy years at the same address, or ready to sell and explore new horizons. 

This process involves a thorough evaluation of a property’s overall condition, as performed by a trained and certified professional. Our experts have the knowledge and experience to identify potential issues that may not be immediately apparent to the untrained eye, uncovering hidden concerns before they escalate into costly hassles or safety hazards.

An inspection identifies issues like foundation cracks, roof leaks, or faulty electrical wiring before they escalate, potentially saving you thousands on extensive repairs.

Extend the Lifespan of Your Home’s Essential Systems

Every home is comprised of various systems and components, such as the roof/ attic, HVAC system, plumbing, and electrical wiring, among others. These essential elements have a finite lifespan and require regular maintenance to ensure optimal performance and longevity.

Chicago’s distinct seasons can wreak havoc on a home. From harsh winter freeze-thaw cycles to blistering summer heat and severe thunderstorms, the region’s extreme weather can cause many potential problems that lurk beneath the surface. 

Your plumbing is arguably the most important system in your home, keeping toilets flushing and hot water on hand, and enabling the smooth operation of modern conveniences like washing machines and dishwashers. 

But depending on the age of your home, you could be dealing with aging copper or rusted galvanized piping, which can cause clogs, leaks, or most distressingly, a highly unpleasant sewage backup.

Outdated or overloaded electrical systems are a fire hazard. Regular inspection by a licensed professional can ensure your wiring can handle the demands of today’s technology-rich lifestyles. 

A visual inspection of your attic, crawl space, windows, doors, and HVAC can also yield valuable clues about your property’s overall energy efficiency and what steps you can take to improve it

You may also want to have a home energy audit performed, either DIY or by a qualified energy assessor. Inadequate insulation or inefficient heating and cooling systems could be costing you a fortune.

Ongoing Care and Attention

While professional home inspections are invaluable for identifying potential headaches and ensuring the overall well-being of your home, there are also proactive maintenance tasks that every homeowner should regularly perform

These simple yet crucial tasks make monitoring your home’s many components easier and prevent more significant problems from arising, giving you more time to budget appropriately. 

Here are some key areas where Chicago homeowners can take action to safeguard their biggest investment

  • Change HVAC filters and check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to maintain safe indoor air quality. Schedule professional maintenance for your heating and cooling system before the summer heat arrives.
  • Clean gutters and downspouts: Spring showers can quickly overwhelm clogged gutters, leading to foundation issues and water damage. Regularly clear debris and ensure proper drainage away from the house.
  • Watch for signs of foundation movement: Extreme heat can exacerbate foundation issues in the Upper Midwest. Look for cracks in walls, uneven floors, or sticking doors and windows.
  • Check faucets, drains, and toilets for leaks or clogs regularly. Fix leaky faucets promptly to avoid water damage. 
  • Monitor moisture levels: High humidity can lead to condensation and potential mold growth in basements. Ensure proper ventilation and consider a dehumidifier.
  • Trim tree branches: Overgrown branches can scrape against your roof and siding, causing damage. Call a professional arborist if branches are interfering with your power lines.
  • Check all heating and air vents for obstructions and remove dust. Make sure that the dryer vent is appropriately venting to the outside. 
  • Evaluate your landscaping and be on the lookout for poor drainage, potential hazards, and invasive plants. 

Partner with the Best

Investing in yearly home inspections and performing preventative maintenance is a cost-effective strategy that ensures your property remains comfortable, safe, and valuable for years to come.

At Windy City, we have 25 years of experience evaluating this region’s many unique buildings and educating buyers, owners, and sellers. 

We specialize in residential, commercial, and mold inspections and also offer services for radon, termite/ pest, and EIFS/ DryVit. Now is the perfect time to get started — click to schedule your comprehensive home inspection today!