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|

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|

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|

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|

3 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home

The start of a new year is a great time to start thinking about what you’d like to achieve in the months ahead. Every January, people here in Chicago and across the country start setting down their biggest resolutions for the year. In fact, studies show that roughly 60 percent of all Americans set down New Year’s resolutions each year.  For some people, this list of resolutions may include exercising more, starting up [...]

2019-12-30T13:06:03-06:00January 6th, 2020|Home Tips|

Protecting Your Chicago Home from Snow and Ice

It’s December 2019. The beginnings of both a new year and a new decade are just on the horizon — and winter has decided to settle in early here in Illinois.  This year, the Chicago area got a thick dusting of snow as far back as Halloween, and temperatures in early November rang in at record lows. Monday, November 11 saw temperatures descend to a record-shattering low of 13 degrees. Just a day [...]

2019-12-04T12:33:20-06:00December 9th, 2019|Home Tips|
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