Reducing Risks While Taking Care Of Business: Tips To Avoid Distracted Driving

Posted on: April 7, 2017 by in Blog, Home Inspection
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The pace of business never seems to stop, and thanks to the convenience of cell phones, many people work on the go, even while they’re driving. Yet cell phone use is one of the most common type of distracted driving, and it claims thousands of lives and causes thousands more injuries every year. More than a quarter of all car crashes involve cell phone use, both hand sets and hands-free, the National Safety Council (NSC) reports. In 13 percent of fatal crashes, the drivers were using Continue Reading ...

Six Factors Driving The Cost Of Your New HVAC System

Posted on: March 31, 2017 by in Blog, Home Inspection
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More than half of homes in the U.S were built before 1980, according to U.S. Census figures. With most home heating and ventilation systems lasting around 20 years, millions of American homeowners will be looking at replacing their HVAC systems this year. If you’ll be among them, understanding the factors that influence the cost of a system could help save you money in the long run. “The cost of HVAC systems can vary widely, and most people who face replacing a system have never gone Continue Reading ...

5 Easy Ways To Keep Your Family Comfortable During A Power Outage

Posted on: March 24, 2017 by in Blog, Home Inspection
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Losing power at home is inconvenient. When it happens, the worst part is not knowing if the outage will last for a couple hours, or if it will stretch on for days. But if you take a little time to get organized and round up a few items today, you will be ready to keep your family comfortable when the lights go out. "This time of year, a variety of causes can lead to a power outage and affect the length of the outage, as well," says Ed Del Grande, a home improvement TV host, author and Continue Reading ...

Security In An Insecure World

Posted on: March 17, 2017 by in Blog, Home Inspection
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The year 2016 was devastating for some safe deposit box holders. In New York, thieves cut holes in the roofs of three banks and brazenly emptied hundreds of safe deposit boxes, leaving the victims' pillaged boxes on the roof and strewn around the vault. A stealthier thief in Florida picked safe deposit boxes in several banks, emptying the contents without damaging the box or leaving any visible sign of the theft. These are not isolated incidents. On average, there are between 15-18 Continue Reading ...

Hosting Guests? 9 Easy Steps To Prep Your Home

Posted on: March 10, 2017 by in Blog, Home Inspection
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Fast tips to protect your home when hosting guests Hosting friends and family at your home is a guaranteed way to make long-lasting memories. Not only will your guests be reminiscing about the wonderful chats and laughs you shared, but thanks to some quick tips from Minwax(R) spokesperson, Bruce Johnson, they'll remember how great your home looked, too. To prepare your home for guests, no matter how long they plan to stay, consider these 9 easy tips: Mats and rugs: The sand and dirt Continue Reading ...

Where To Find Rebates, Tax Credits And Rewards For Energy-Efficient Home Improvements

Posted on: March 3, 2017 by in Blog, Home Inspection
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If you're planning to make some home improvements this year, you're probably thinking about energy-efficient options, knowing they can save you money in the long run. However, many eco-friendly home improvements that help lower your energy bills can also pay off right away in the form of rebates and tax credits. Whether you're considering installing an energy-efficient tankless water heater, putting solar panels on your house, or adding a skylight, chances are you can find a program that Continue Reading ...

4 Tips To Keep Your Home Warm And Energy Efficient With Home Inspector Chicago

Posted on: February 24, 2017 by in Blog, Home Inspection
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With winter comes the holiday season, a time that's supposed to be associated with "comfort and joy." But how joyful will it be if pests invade your house, or if your home is cold and drafty? Help stay warm all winter long by addressing factors like air leaks from gaps and cracks that can make your home feel uncomfortable. "Drafts and heat loss are common problems in the winter, and they affect homes of every age, size and construction," says Gary Parsons, fellow at The Dow Chemical Company. Continue Reading ...

Buying Your First Home? Follow This New Year’s Plan

Posted on: February 17, 2017 by in Blog, Home Inspection
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So buying a new home tops your list of New Year's resolutions. As you picture the big moment - the one where you pull up to your dream home in your moving truck, sprint up and unlock your front door - you probably understand there's something you need to do first. You need to get your finances in shape. Just like those who make resolutions to run a marathon, making this big investment starts with a plan. Runners know that if they run a certain distance each day, it gets them closer to Continue Reading ...

4 Questions Homeowners Must Ask Remodelers And Their Chicago Home Inspector

Posted on: February 10, 2017 by in Blog, Home Inspection
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If you're like millions of Americans, you're doing some sort of home improvement project within the next year. Have you thought about how you'll select your remodeler? Don't be wooed by beautiful before-and-after photos - they are created to grab your attention and impress you, but they don't tell the whole story. For example, when you review a restaurant, you don't base your rating just on the food. You expect an excellent experience, including a welcoming atmosphere and attentive service Continue Reading ...

4 Easy Ways To Pest-Proof Your Home With The Help From Home Inspector Chicago

Posted on: February 3, 2017 by in Blog, Home Inspection
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It’s late and you’re in your favorite, cozy pajamas. You get in bed and pull up the warm comforter. You turn out the light and are just about to drift off to sleep when you hear a noise coming from the attic. You sit up to listen, but it quickly goes quiet again. You lay back down and close your eyes, and just as you fall asleep, the noise is back, this time it’s coming from inside the wall. You have a visitor — an unwanted visitor. As much as we all enjoy our cozy homes, they are Continue Reading ...