The Importance of a Home Inspection When Buying a Second Home

Many people dream of owning a second home as a private getaway, a place where they can go with their families for a vacation from the everyday. For others, owning a vacation home is a source of passive income through the vacation rental and home-sharing markets. And for plenty of people, the dream of owning a second home is about having a place to retire in the future, whether that means a quiet [...]

2021-09-13T20:53:40-05:00September 14th, 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|

The Importance of a Home Inspection in a Seller’s Market

Have you been following any news or updates about the Chicagoland real estate market? If you’re interested in buying or selling a home anytime in the near future, you’ve probably had your eyes glued to market updates and news stories. And you’re probably seeing one trend pop up again and again, no matter where you look — buyers are getting competitive, available inventory is tight, and we are firmly in a seller’s market.  [...]

2021-07-07T14:39:10-05:00July 12th, 2021|Home Tips|

Moving from the City to the Suburbs: How a Home Inspector Can Help

The pandemic has caused millions of people here in the Chicago area and around the country to reflect on how they live — and, just as importantly, where they would like to live next. If you’re among the large group considering a move from the city to the suburbs, it’s important to remember to make a home inspector part of your team. A professional home inspection is one of the best ways to [...]

2021-06-14T15:50:50-05:00June 14th, 2021|Home Tips|

How to Read a Home Inspector’s Report

For most of us, the purchase of a home will be one of the largest financial investments we ever make. When considering what home to buy, it’s important to keep many different factors in mind — the lifestyle you want to live, the proximity to schools and businesses, the location of the neighborhood, the size and style of the property, and so on. One of the most important things to factor in is [...]

2021-05-04T16:57:32-05:00May 10th, 2021|Home Tips|

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|

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 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|

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|

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|
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