The Importance of a Home Inspection After a Virtual Home Tour

It goes without saying that COVID has changed the world — and that includes the world of real estate transactions. For buyers and sellers here in Chicago and around the country, pandemic restrictions changed how people did their research, looked at properties, and completed transactions. One of the biggest trends to emerge in 2020 was the explosion of popularity for virtual home tours.  Many signs indicate that virtual tours will remain popular, even [...]

2021-04-02T14:36:51-05:00April 5th, 2021|Home Tips|

The Value of a Spring Home Inspection

There’s nothing quite like springtime in Chicago. The air is crisp and warm, the sun is shining, and the city comes to life after hunkering down for the long, dark winter.  And as our area transitions from winter to spring, the real estate market typically heats up right alongside it — with buyers entering the market, and sellers getting ready to put their homes up for sale.  Whether your real estate goals are [...]

2021-03-03T16:55:41-06:00March 8th, 2021|Home Tips|

What Questions Should You Ask Your Home Inspector?

Getting ready for a home inspection here in Chicago? You’re sure to have questions — and that’s a good thing! After all, your inspector is there to be your resource and guide.  A certified and experienced home inspector can offer some great insights about many of the questions that you’re likely to have about a property; they can also help answer any questions you have about the home inspection process as a whole, [...]

2021-01-04T10:08:42-06:00January 11th, 2021|Home Tips|

How to Avoid Heat Loss In Your Chicago Home

Chicago winters can be brutally cold, sending residents of even the comfiest homes to hide under cozy blankets. As we head out of the fall season, now is a good time to prepare your home for winter in the Windy City – including taking steps to minimize heat loss and keep your family warm and safe.  As of 2017, more than half of Chicago’s homes were built before 1950. This means that many [...]

2020-12-07T15:47:18-06:00December 14th, 2020|Home Tips|

Why Winter Is Such an Important Time for Chicago Home Inspections

While spring and summer are typically the biggest times of the year for real estate, winter can also be an active time for buyers and sellers. Plenty of people move forward with their biggest real estate goals during the cold, gray, and snowy days of winter — making home inspections just as important as ever! Curious about what you may be able to learn from a winter home inspection — and what you [...]

2020-12-23T11:52:58-06:00November 17th, 2020|Home Tips|

How to Avoid These Home Inspection Horror Stories

It’s October, which means Halloween is just around the corner. This is the time of year when people here in Chicagoland and around the country bundle up on couches to watch their favorite horror classics, or tell spooky tall tales around a campfire.  Being smack dab in the middle of the season of ghosts and ghouls got us thinking: What are some of the everyday horror stories that homeowners face?  Whether you’re buying [...]

2020-12-23T11:54:51-06:00October 19th, 2020|Home Tips|

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 [...]

2020-12-23T11:56:46-06:00September 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 [...]

2020-12-23T11:57:16-06:00August 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|