Weather-Proofing Your Home for a Chicago Winter

Winter is coming.  Winters in Chicago are legendary for bringing freezing temperatures, blustery winds, and piles of snow. In short? Around here, winter can be rough — and it’s important to take steps to prepare your home ahead of time, before we see the worst that the season has to offer.  And just think: the more time you devote to getting your home ready now, the more time you can focus on staying [...]

2019-10-25T12:22:31-05:00November 4th, 2019|Home Tips|

These Stunning Stats Highlight the Importance of Home Inspections

Buying a home is one of the biggest financial decisions most of us will ever make. For homebuyers, ordering a home inspection is one way to help make sure that your dream home is going to be safe and comfortable, for years to come.  A home inspection is a non-invasive visual examination of the readily accessible systems and components of a home. Throughout the inspection, the inspector will look for structural and mechanical [...]

2019-09-30T16:54:24-05:00October 8th, 2019|Home Tips|

Why Home Inspections Are Not Pass/Fail

You’ve conducted the ultimate search and finally found the Chicagoland home of your dreams. So, what comes next?  As a prospective home buyer, one of the most important steps you can take before moving forward with a home purchase is to bring on the services of a professional home inspector. In a buyer’s inspection, an experienced home inspector will perform a visual examination of hundreds of elements around a property, to look for [...]

2019-09-18T15:14:44-05:00September 23rd, 2019|Home Tips|

Getting Your Property Ready for Fall

Whether you’re one of the Chicagoans who lives for summer, or you can’t wait to enjoy the fall season, it’s important to get your property ready for the cold days and serious weather still to come.  There’s a lot of beauty that comes along with autumn in Chicagoland. The changing leaves, the crisp air, the fields full of pumpkins… The list goes on. But as you take your kids out Halloween shopping and [...]

2019-09-03T15:52:31-05:00September 9th, 2019|Home Tips|

The Benefits of a Pre-Listing Home Inspection for Sellers

It’s time to sell your home. You may have spent years between those walls, and gathered countless unforgettable memories. After all, “there’s no place like home,” as the old saying goes.  Now, it’s time to move on — and make sure your home is in the best possible condition to sell quickly, efficiently, and at the best possible price.  Over the years, any number of structural concerns may have stacked up around your [...]

2019-08-16T09:31:09-05:00August 20th, 2019|Home Tips|

‘Why Can’t I Perform My Own Home Inspection?’

Whether you’re getting ready to purchase your dream home, put your house on the market, or remodel your space, getting a thorough, professional home inspection is a vital part of the process.  When it comes to buying a property, it’s vital for a homeowner to know exactly what they’re getting into, before they get their hands dirty. For most of us, purchasing a home is a major investment — and one of the [...]

2019-07-29T16:40:42-05:00August 6th, 2019|Home Tips|

What’s the Difference Between an Appraisal and an Inspection?

When you think about the process of finally buying your dream home, you’re most likely going to be focused on “the big picture” of what it takes to secure your ideal property. It’s easy to dream big about your dream home – but it’s also important to remember the many steps and moving parts that go into making your real estate purchase a reality, including the appraisal and inspection.  Both the bank appraisal [...]

2019-07-15T15:22:54-05:00July 23rd, 2019|Home Tips|

What Are My Next Steps If My Inspection Revealed Problems?

You’ve spent weeks combing through social media posts, having meetings with your real estate agent, and touring listing after listing. Now, you’ve finally found the home of your dreams, and you make an offer. At this point, you hire a home inspector, and perform a thorough home inspection, a key part of the process of finally locking down your dream home.  A home inspection is a non-invasive examination of all the systems and [...]

2019-07-11T10:12:11-05:00July 12th, 2019|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 [...]

2019-06-20T10:37:45-05:00June 25th, 2019|Home Tips|

What to Expect From a Home Inspection

When you want to purchase your dream home, or make plans to remodel your current property, a thorough and diligent home inspection is an absolute must. Broadly speaking, a home inspection is a non-invasive visual examination of a home’s accessible systems and components. During an inspection, the inspector looks for structural and mechanical concerns and potential safety hazards, and tries to determine the age of major systems including roofing, heating and air conditioning, [...]

2019-06-20T10:41:38-05:00June 11th, 2019|Home Tips|