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|

How to Prioritize Issues Revealed in a Home Inspection Report

In the market for a new home? Then it’s critical to get a thorough home inspection from a highly reputable firm. Doing so can potentially save you many thousands of dollars and help you avoid unwanted surprises after closing. Many buyers who feel they’ve found their dream home will use their inspection report as part of the negotiation process to get a reduced sale price or concessions from the seller to address red [...]

2024-02-28T09:44:56-06:00January 24th, 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|

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|

Top 5 Things the Best Chicago Home Inspectors Do

Whether you’re planning on buying a new residence or selling your property and moving to greener pastures, a thorough home inspection by a licensed, experienced professional is an absolute necessity. Even if you have no plans to relocate any time soon, an inspection can help you maintain your beloved family home and avoid sudden costly repair bills. How do you know what to look for when hiring a home inspection firm? Many companies [...]

2022-07-29T12:10:54-05:00July 29th, 2022|Uncategorized|

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|
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