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|

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|

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|

How to Prepare for A Spring Home Inspection

Spring is almost here and soon you’ll see delightfully warmer temperatures, tulips blooming along Michigan Avenue, and cherry blossoms in Jackson Park — along with possible building damage caused by Chicagoland’s brutal winter weather. It’s also the perfect time to schedule a thorough inspection of your home by a licensed and experienced professional. Regular inspections are a crucial part of maintaining the value of your property, ensuring your family stays safe, and protecting [...]

2023-03-13T11:37:34-05:00March 13th, 2023|Home Tips|

The Challenges of a Winter Home Inspection in Chicago

Winter home inspections in Chicagoland add some unique challenges to a complex procedure. From extremely cold temperatures to potentially hazardous conditions, it’s critical for all parties to be properly prepared for this undertaking.  The needs of homeowners and hopeful property buyers in our bustling real estate market don’t go away during the winter months, and a comprehensive inspection is a necessary part of buying, selling, or maintaining a home, no matter what season [...]

2022-12-27T10:28:33-06:00December 27th, 2022|Home Tips|

The Best Air Conditioning Solution for your Space: Central Air vs The Rest

If you’re tired of sweltering and melting in your own home, join the club. Air conditioners are one of the country’s most in-demand major appliances right now. But which type of air conditioning is the most appropriate for your house? Central AC is awesome, but is it the right choice for you at this time? You’ve probably heard a lot about heat pumps — are they really more efficient than the other styles [...]

2022-09-14T10:19:18-05:00September 14th, 2022|Home Tips|

What is the Life Expectancy of Home Systems

Your home’s internal systems are what keep your family safe, secure, and comfortable. But what “systems” do we mean, and how long can you expect them to last before they need to be replaced? According to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, there’s a multitude of interlocking parts and products that ensure the smooth functioning of your daily life, both on the inside and the outside of your house. In this article, [...]

2022-08-22T10:59:10-05:00August 17th, 2022|Home Tips|

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|

The Most Common Home Inspection Findings

If you’re reading a home inspection report for the first time, it can seem overwhelming. The report can range from about 15 to about 50 pages, and contains a great deal of information about the home, the inspector’s process, and any defects or dangerous conditions found during the inspection process. Some of these conditions present real risks or potential expenses down the line, while others may not present any issues at all once [...]

2022-01-26T10:30:18-06:00January 24th, 2022|Home Tips|
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