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|

7 Ways to Keep Your Home Cool Without Sacrificing Energy Efficiency

Do you feel it in the air? Believe it or not, summer is on its way to Chicagoland —  and plenty of people are excited. With warm breezes, sunny skies, and more reasons to get out of the house and enjoy the outdoors, the pleasant weather can bring some much-needed relief from those chilly Chicago winters. With that said, however, often those pleasant warm breezes can turn into sweltering heat in no time. [...]

2019-05-16T16:18:21-05:00May 21st, 2019|Home Tips|

Which Home Inspection Items Should I Worry About, and Which Are More Minor?

When it comes to your home, it’s important to get all of the details. You want a place that looks and feels like home – and a space where you can feel safe and secure for years to come. For buyers, that’s what a home inspector brings to the table. Your home inspector will be an objective eye, providing an impartial and experienced look into one of the biggest purchases you will likely [...]

2019-05-02T12:33:21-05:00May 7th, 2019|Home Tips|

Buying a Home? Here’s What to Look for in a Home Inspector

Before you purchase a home, hiring an inspector is more than just important, it’s virtually necessary. A home inspector helps ensure the structure is sound, secure, and safe, and grants you peace of mind, helping buyers identify serious issues with a house, townhouse, condo, multi-unit building, or any other type of home. Many lenders and mortgage companies require a home inspection before signing off on a loan, too. It’s hard to overstate the [...]

2019-04-16T15:27:10-05:00April 23rd, 2019|Home Tips|

Forced Air Furnace vs Radiator Heat: Which is Better?

Chicago can be a wonderful city, for many different reasons. But when it comes to the weather? Sometimes, it’s not quite so wonderful. As anyone around here will tell you, sometimes you need a strong will to make it through our legendary winters. Even when the spring arrives and starts to warm things up, you still may have to keep the heat on while the thermometer gradually crawls upwards. Adjusting to this cold [...]

2019-04-01T17:48:41-05:00April 9th, 2019|Home Tips|

Home Maintenance Tips: Springing Back From a Harsh Winter

After a long, harsh winter, spring’s sunny days and gentle breezes are a breath of fresh air. However, the bright sun seems to shine a light on all that winter has left behind. Here are a few tips to get your home ready for spring, as this is often the best time to inspect your home for problems. Check for loose or leaky gutters Gutters that are not draining properly can lead to [...]

2019-03-27T14:04:56-05:00March 12th, 2019|Home Tips|

We’ve Decided to Sell Our Home…Now What?

So you’ve decided to put your home on the market. Like any seller, you’re hoping to sell your home quickly, and for top dollar. Unfortunately, it takes more than luck to make that happen. The good news, however, is that there are things that you can do to prepare your home to sell which will have buyers reaching for their checkbooks. First Thing First: Have a Pre-Listing Inspection Having a pre-listing inspection gives [...]

2019-03-27T14:05:22-05:00March 12th, 2019|Home Tips|