Budget Checkup For Homeowners And Future Homeowners

Posted on: December 10, 2018 by in Blog
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A budget is an important tool for first-time homebuyers and current homeowners. Throw out any negative feeling you may have toward budgeting. Chicago Home Inspectors are here to tell you that budgeting is a great exercise, and can free your financial mind! A budget is meant to be a guide to where you should spend your monthly income. Budgeting can mean guilt-free fun. By making and sticking to your budget, you can spend money knowing exactly how much you need to set aside for necessities, Continue Reading ...

How To Protect Against The Silent Killer Carbon Monoxide

Posted on: December 3, 2018 by in Blog
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This year's colder weather has already brought an increase in the number of carbon monoxide (CO) incidents across the country. While this poisonous gas can impact individuals at any time of the year, 50 percent of CO poisonings occur between November and February, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). The Silent Killer A colorless and odorless gas, carbon monoxide is known as "the silent killer," and impossible to detect without a CO alarm. Estimates Continue Reading ...

‘Tis The Season To Get The Home Ready For Holiday Entertaining

Posted on: November 26, 2018 by in Blog
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Chicago Home Inspection's smart tips to prepare the kitchen and dining room for holiday entertaining. As the year winds down, social calendars fill up with merriment-filled gatherings among friends and family. When hosting a seasonal gathering at home, being proactive can help streamline tasks and reduce stress. From whipping up a feast to toasting in the New Year, here are five ideas for getting the heart of the home - the kitchen and dining spaces - ready for holiday entertaining. Simplify Continue Reading ...

What’s Making Noise In Your Attic?

Posted on: November 19, 2018 by in Blog
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Was that a squeak you just heard? A thump? What could possibly be making those noises inside your house, and what can you do to help get rid of whatever pest has decided to move in? The experts at Chicago Home Inspection have some information on what might be going bump in your attic. Birds Chirping or flapping coming from your attic area indicates that a bird (or two) may have decided to make a home up there. If your attic area has high ceilings or open beams, birds will have ample room to Continue Reading ...

Top Exterior Trends To Inspire Your 2019 Home Projects

Posted on: November 12, 2018 by in Blog
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Thinking of adding a deck? How about replacing the tired, worn siding on your house? Now that the weather is colder, it's the perfect time to curl up with a hot beverage and start planning. Here are Chicago Home Inspections' 2019 home projects that you can nail the budget and settle on the look you're after. "Updating your home's exterior can make an older home look more modern, but it can also make a new build feel warmer and more established," says Kristine Swint, an in-house design expert Continue Reading ...

4 Insurance Myths And Misconceptions Dispelled

Posted on: November 5, 2018 by in Blog
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Chicago Home Inspector Identifies several myths and misconceptions that exist when it comes to insurance. For example, true or false? It costs more to insure red cars. The answer is false. Car color has no impact on insurance premiums; however, factors like your driving history, annual mileage driven, the cost of your vehicle and other things will affect how much you'll pay for insurance. Insurance is one of the most useful investments. You can make to help safeguard your belongings and Continue Reading ...

How To Make Sure Your Door Hardware Makes The Grade

Posted on: October 29, 2018 by in Blog
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Short, chilly days mean more time spent indoors with family and friends. This is the perfect time to focus on home improvement, starting with finding the right door hardware. Chicago Home Inspection tells us on how to make sure your door hardware makes the grade. Home security is typically top-of-mind. Door hardware such as locksets and deadbolts are generally overlooked and purchasing new locks is not a simple decision. Does it need to withstand repeated, long-term use? Or heavy impact, in Continue Reading ...

Why Our World Needs Wood

Posted on: October 22, 2018 by in Blog
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More than 30 years ago, the United Nations General Assembly established World Habitat Day, an important step in acknowledging that everyone deserves a safe place to live. Chicago Home Inspection tells us why our world needs wood. However, housing availability in many cities is at a crisis level, where families have to choose between daily essentials and keeping roofs over their heads. Half of U.S. renters are living paycheck to paycheck because they're spending more than 30 percent of their Continue Reading ...

Prevent These 4 Winter Home Problems Now

Posted on: October 15, 2018 by in Blog
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Chicago Home Inspection tells how to prevent these 4 winter home problems. When you start feeling those first hints of winter, the instinct to get ready kicks in. You may dig out your car's snow brush, blanket, shovel, and winter survival kit and place them in the trunk of your car. The winter coats and boots come out of storage, and you may pick up some extra mittens. But what do you do to protect your house against the hazards of winter? If you don't take time for maintenance and Continue Reading ...

Places Where Germs Are Hiding In Your Kitchen

Posted on: October 8, 2018 by in Blog
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Your kitchen may look clean, but here's the dirt on what's really happening. Chicago Home Inspector identifies 3 alarming places where germs are hiding in your kitchen. Although a quick daily clean might keep some of the bacteria at bay, it's important to remember that germs are lurking in the dark corners often overlooked! Since the kitchen tends to be where family and friends congregate, not only is it alarming to discover that things may not be as clean as you thought they were, bacteria Continue Reading ...