The Importance of Protecting Your Home’s Foundation

The foundation is one of the most important parts of any home, if not the single most important structural system. After all, the foundation is the base of the house, in every sense of the word. It’s what everything else is built on or built around — and it’s an important part of keeping you and your loved ones safe, comfortable, and secure. But while it’s one of the most critical components of [...]

2020-09-18T16:56:58-05:00September 17th, 2020|Home Tips|

Who Needs to Be Present for a Home Inspection?

Here in the Chicago area, scheduling a home inspection is an incredibly important part of the homebuying process. A professional home inspection can empower you to purchase your next home with confidence and peace of mind. However, if this is your first time taking part in such a major transaction, you’re bound to have questions — including who should be present during the home inspection. Curious about whether or not you should be [...]

2020-08-27T16:13:18-05:00August 25th, 2020|Home Tips|

Why DIY Is Not Good Enough for Your Home Inspection

There’s plenty of reason to celebrate the DIY spirit. But when you’re buying a home or getting your property ready to sell, it’s important to remember that “do it yourself” methods won’t ever be able to replace a professional home inspection.  Let’s explore what goes into a standard home inspection — and why a DIY approach will never be a substitute for the knowledge and experience of a licensed and certified home inspector.  [...]

2020-07-02T16:34:30-05:00July 7th, 2020|Home Tips|

How a Home Inspector Can Help You Protect Your HVAC

If you’ve ever spent a summer day at home sweating away the hours, or had your heater fail in the middle of a tough winter snowstorm, you know the incredible importance of protecting your home’s HVAC systems.  Short for “heating, ventilation, and air conditioning,” your home’s HVAC system includes many critical components that work together to keep you safe and comfortable, including the home’s furnace or boiler, air conditioning system, vents and ducts, [...]

2020-06-12T13:55:56-05:00June 15th, 2020|Home Tips|

When Should You Schedule Your Home Inspection?

Owning a home is an exciting opportunity, and an incredible way to make an investment in your future. Purchasing a home is a step toward enjoying the lifestyle you’ve always wanted, helping your children get into the best schools, or living in a neighborhood that puts you close to work or family.  For many of us, buying a home will be one of the biggest financial decisions that we ever make. As a [...]

2020-05-20T15:32:44-05:00May 25th, 2020|Home Tips|

Why Home Inspections Are So Important In Chicago

Whether you’re buying or selling a Chicago home, or looking to better protect the property you already own, a home inspection is an important part of your real estate journey. A home inspection is a visual examination of the readily accessible systems and components of a home. During an inspection, the inspector looks for structural and mechanical concerns, as well as potential safety hazards. Your inspector will also try to determine the age [...]

2020-04-15T12:54:35-05:00April 20th, 2020|Home Tips|

Mold, Radon, and Pests: What to Know in Chicago

Whether you’re buying a property, selling a property, or looking to maintain the special spot you already call home, Windy City Home Inspection, Inc. has an inspection for you — including services and inspections for mold, radon, and pests.  What’s Hiding In Your Home? From the city to the suburbs, the Chicago area has a rich history — and the unique homes in our region all have character and stories of their own.  [...]

2020-03-24T08:51:45-05:00March 30th, 2020|Home Tips|

COVID-19: How Can We Help?

We hope this message finds you and your family well during this trying time. The uncertainty and continuing evolution of our new "normal" has been challenging for all of us, to say the least. As the COVID-19 situation continues to develop, we wanted to take a moment to answer some questions. We also have an important question for you: How can we help? As you know, per Governor Pritzker's "Shelter in Place" order, [...]

2020-03-26T10:42:25-05:00March 26th, 2020|Home Tips|

5 Everyday Steps You Can Take to Protect Your Plumbing

Where would we be without safe, reliable plumbing? From the minute you wake up in the morning until just before you go to bed, odds are good that you’re using your plumbing in one way or another — whether you’re washing your hands, brushing your teeth, filling up a pot to boil pasta at dinnertime, watering your outdoor plants, flushing your toilets, or taking a nice, relaxing shower.  Here in Chicagoland, it’s easy [...]

2020-02-27T16:37:39-06:00March 3rd, 2020|Home Tips|

How to Improve Your Chicago Home’s Energy Efficiency In the Winter

One day, the weather outside is frightful; the next, it’s comfortable, sunny, and oh so delightful. Welcome to wintertime in Chicagoland! This winter has been an unpredictable one here in Chicago, with temperatures fluctuating wildly and winter storms passing through in quick fits and spurts. It can be hard to know exactly how to care for your home in such extremes. In particular, it can often prove tricky to monitor your home’s energy [...]

2020-02-05T11:08:02-06:00February 6th, 2020|Home Tips|