Summer Home Maintenance 101

What comes to mind when you think of summer in the Windy City? Warm weather? Trees swaying in the breeze? Going for a long walk on a peaceful evening? Enjoying a day at Wrigley Field, or listening to the tunes at Ravinia? As the days get warmer and longer and we move further away from the harsh winter months, it’s important to remember that taking on some common summer maintenance tasks can help [...]

2022-07-22T11:50:03-05:00July 22nd, 2022|Home Tips|

Who is Responsible for Fixing Common Elements in Condo HOAs?

Condominiums offer a world of convenience for potential owners due to their reputation for low maintenance, affordability, and a glorious lack of yard work. But buying a condo is still a major investment, and it’s always best to do your due diligence before signing the final paperwork. You should also ask yourself if the condo lifestyle is right for you. In a competitive market, they can be easier to buy than a single-family [...]

2022-06-15T10:03:19-05:00June 15th, 2022|Uncategorized|

What Do I Do If My Home Inspection Reveals Issues?

Unfortunately, even the most elegant of homes can have problems that might affect your purchasing timeline, make the selling or buying process much more difficult, or even derail the sale altogether. You don’t want to be saddled with a piece of real estate that needs costly repairs to be livable or worth your investment. But there’s no need to panic. After you’ve found a highly experienced home inspector you can trust and a [...]

2022-05-31T10:53:54-05:00May 17th, 2022|Home Tips|

Home Buying Nightmares: Can A Home Inspection Save You?

Buying or selling your home can be scary — but it doesn’t have to be. Imagine purchasing a house, thinking everything is fine, and then finding out days or months later that your home needs thousands of dollars of repairs. In order to prevent any expensive, unwanted surprises in your new home, it's crucial to choose a highly qualified home inspector who knows how to uncover these dreadful home inspection nightmares before it’s [...]

2022-05-31T10:49:00-05:00April 19th, 2022|Home Tips|

Home Inspection “Worst-Case Scenarios”

You’ve found your dream home. You’ve made an offer, it’s been accepted, and you’re under contract. Your financing has been approved. Only one thing stands between you and closing on your dream home: the home inspection.  While paying for a home inspection may seem like little more than an added cost to the homebuying process — after all, someone is likely living in the home you purchase exactly as it is — it [...]

2021-11-17T17:25:24-06:00November 17th, 2021|Home Tips|

How To Get Ready For A Home Inspection

In most ordinary consumer transactions, settling on a sale price is the last step before finalizing a transaction. In home sales, however, it is only the first step in the process. Entering into contract on a home sale usually requires sellers to satisfy a number of conditions, or contingencies, before a sale can be finalized and title transferred to a new owner. In a worst case scenario for a home seller, a buyer [...]

2021-10-12T19:11:27-05:00October 12th, 2021|Home Tips|

How a Home Inspection Can Help Keep Your Home Safe

For most of us, the word “home” is a pretty powerful one. Home is where we relax and unwind with family and friends. It’s an oasis from stress, and an investment in the future. When we think of home, we think about love, togetherness, peace, and respite. Tied up in all of those ideas is one simple, important concept: safety.  The events of the past year have made the idea of having a [...]

2021-08-11T20:13:16-05:00August 16th, 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|

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|
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