The Power of Proactive Maintenance: How a Home Inspection Saves You Money in the Long Run

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 [...]

2024-06-03T10:43:32-05:00June 3rd, 2024|Home Tips|

HVAC 101: A Guide to Maintaining Your Home’s Heating and Air Conditioning

Maintaining a comfortable and energy-efficient home should be a top priority for many homeowners, especially in the Chicagoland area. From scorching summer days to bone-chilling winters, our heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems work tirelessly to keep us comfortable. But just like any hardworking appliance, regular maintenance is key to ensuring your HVAC runs efficiently and avoids costly breakdowns. Proper care and upkeep of your HVAC system are essential to preserving the [...]

2024-04-26T12:13:00-05:00April 26th, 2024|Home Tips|

Termite Inspections 101: What Homebuyers Need to Know

Your home should be a sanctuary where you and your family can make lasting memories and feel safe and secure — not a 24/7 buffet for bugs. Unfortunately, Chicagoland’s wild winters offer little protection against tenacious pests, with the area ranking 13th on Orkin’s 2023 list of the most termite-infested cities in the US, just behind other cold weather communities such as Washington, DC and New York.  Even the most luxurious, well-kept, or [...]

2024-04-05T13:28:26-05:00April 5th, 2024|Home Tips|

HVAC Systems Demystified: What a Home Inspection Can Reveal

When it comes to buying or selling a home in the Chicagoland area, there's a crucial aspect that often gets overlooked: your HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning).  These essential home systems are the unsung heroes of your family’s comfort, quietly working behind the scenes to keep us warm in winter and cool in summer. Yet, despite their importance, many homeowners are unaware of the intricacies of their HVAC systems and the potential [...]

2024-03-13T10:14:30-05:00March 13th, 2024|Home Tips|

Illinois Home Inspection Regulations: What Homebuyers Need to Know

Buying a home is a highly exciting time, but it can also be nerve-wracking and stressful. It’s a significant investment, and ensuring the safety, habitability, and structural integrity of your potential new property is critical.  If you're house hunting in Illinois, a home inspection should definitely be on your to-do list. Getting an independent and thorough evaluation of its condition before you close on a real estate purchase can save you from expensive [...]

2024-02-01T15:55:48-06:00February 1st, 2024|Home Tips|

Hidden Dangers Unveiled: The Importance of Mold Testing in Home Inspections

A professional home inspection thoroughly evaluates the observable condition and function of a property prior to purchase. But some threats lurk out of sight where only targeted testing can detect them — like potentially hazardous mold growth. Mold is a silent intruder that can compromise both the structural integrity of your home and the health and well-being of your household. Certain strains of fungi can rot wood or cause asthma-like symptoms and breathing [...]

2023-11-27T10:55:04-06:00November 27th, 2023|Home Tips|

Chicago Bungalows: A Guide to Assessing the Unique Characteristics of this Iconic Architecture

Photo credit: ThShriver via Wikimedia The city of Chicago is known as the birthplace of modern architecture and offers some of the most forward-thinking designs of the 20th century.  One of the area’s most iconic styles, with their instantly recognizable brick exteriors and pitched roofs, Chicagoland’s bungalows present a ubiquitous architectural style across the city’s neighborhoods and beyond. Between 1910 and 1940, over 100,000 were constructed in Cook County and over 20,000 are [...]

2023-10-18T10:39:33-05:00October 18th, 2023|Home Tips|

Chicago’s Basement Blues: How a Home Inspection Can Detect and Address Common Basement Issues

When it comes to buying a home in Chicago, basements can be both a blessing and a burden.  They can be one of the most useful and versatile areas in a home, providing storage, recreation space, laundry facilities, and a safe, warm place to create memories with your family. However, basements are also prone to a variety of problems that can make them unusable, unsafe, or detract from their value and enjoyment.  Let’s [...]

2023-10-05T12:46:57-05:00October 5th, 2023|Home Tips|

The Top 5 Benefits of Including a Sewer Scope in Your Chicago Home Inspection

Plumbing problems can turn into a homeowner's worst nightmare. Costly repairs, inconvenience, and unpleasant surprises are enough to make any homeowner cringe.  While the inspection process allows buyers or current owners to learn about the condition of the home, one essential aspect that's often overlooked is the sewer system. A sewer scope inspection might not be required by InterNACHI's Home Inspection Standards of Practice, but it can be a game-changer, giving you peace [...]

2023-08-16T11:37:58-05:00August 16th, 2023|Home Tips|

The Hazards of Owning a Home with Concrete or Split Face Block

Chicagoland has always been a center of exciting architectural developments and has seen several building booms throughout its history. In the late 1990s, as demand for affordable residential housing skyrocketed, many single-family homes and condominium developments utilized concrete block, or its fancier cousin, split faced block. Split faced block is simply an inexpensive 16” concrete block split into two 8” pieces, each with a roughened face that resembles much more costly rock masonry. [...]

2023-06-07T10:47:49-05:00June 7th, 2023|Home Tips|
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