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|

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|

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|

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|

What to Expect When Buying a Historic Home

Are you dreaming of owning an elegant Victorian mansion, a Queen Anne cottage with soaring ceilings, a classic Arts & Crafts bungalow, or a stunning Mediterranean Revival residence from the roaring 20s? Chicagoland has tens of thousands of gorgeous historic places and is a fierce competitor for the title of “the architecture capital of the world.” The Oak Park community boasts more buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright than anywhere else in the [...]

2023-02-17T10:58:48-06:00February 17th, 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 Importance of Radon and Mold Testing for Your Home

Just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean it’s not a threat.  Your indoor air quality impacts your entire household, and the presence of radon, mold, or mildew can create serious health hazards for your loved ones.  Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that can get trapped in your home and increase the risk of lung cancer. Various types of mold can cause mild to severe respiratory complaints, skin problems, and allergic [...]

2022-12-20T11:54:06-06:00December 20th, 2022|Home Tips|

Sewer Scopes: Who Needs Them, What They’re For, and Why

Plumbing problems are one of the main things every homeowner dreads. Repairs can be painfully expensive as well as inconvenient and, let’s face it, highly unpleasant.  While a sewer scope inspection of your plumbing system isn’t required by InterNACHI's Home Inspection Standards of Practice, it is one of the many additional services proudly offered by WCHI so you can get peace of mind — and avoid being unpleasantly surprised by a poorly-timed plumbing [...]

2022-10-14T10:27:10-05:00October 14th, 2022|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|

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|
Go to Top