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Fall Furnace Checkup Time

September 11, 2018

The days are getting shorter and nights are getting cooler. Fall is right around the corner and now is a good time to get your furnace inspected and cleaned. Summer is winding down and AC usage is decreasing, as a result, the HVAC technicians’ schedules are not packed with AC related service calls. Calling now…

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Aging in Place

August 29, 2018

Baby boomers are retiring in larger numbers every year.  They want to maintain an independent lifestyle and stay in the house they worked so hard to pay off. Because of this, there is a real need to make sure that these houses are safe. An “aging in Place” home inspection is great idea if you…

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Doing a house inspection is more than just the technical process…

August 7, 2018

Doing a house inspection is more than just the technical process… I did an inspection a few weeks ago for a young couple, it was their first house purchase. They were great to work with. They had a ton of great questions and were very involved with the inspection process. As a Home inspector, the…

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Inspecting and cleaning your siding

July 24, 2018

One of things inspectors look at, in great detail, is the condition of your houses exterior covering -AKA- your siding. Siding is your houses first layer of defense against the elements. Siding that is dirty or damaged can lead to issues. Keeping your siding clean and in good repair is very important. The most common…

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Help prevent clothes dryer fires

July 11, 2018

Dryer vent safety. This is an item in many homes that is seldom or never maintained properly, and it should be regularly. The NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) reports from 2010-2014, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 15,970 home structure fires involving clothes dryers or washing machines each year. These fires caused…

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Summer Outside Home Maintenance

June 19, 2018

Summer home maintenance on the outside of your home is something no one really wants to do. Maintenance is not exciting by any means, but it is important. Fixing small cracks or caulking around windows and doors, early on, can prevent water from penetrating your homes exterior weather envelope. The old saying “An ounce of…

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Home security systems

June 12, 2018

Home security systems are a big business and there are a wide range of options when it comes to picking one. Security systems can cost several thousand dollars or a couple hundred bucks. There’s also a wide range in the monthly monitoring fees. As always do your homework. I’m not recommending a service or company…

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Recalls

April 4, 2018

Kidde just released a massive recall on 500,000 smoke detectors. A yellow cap inadvertently left on the smoke alarms during the manufacturing process could cover one of the detector’s smoke sensors, potentially blocking its ability to detect smoke and warn people of a fire in their houses. Check the recall to see if it applies…

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Home Warranties

April 4, 2018

As a home inspector I’m often asked if a home warranty is worth the cost. My first response is “Do your homework.” All home warranties are NOT created equal. I’m not going to recommend or advise you stay away from a specific home warranty provider, that isn’t the purpose of this post. What I want…

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Real Estate/Property Management Inspection

February 21, 2018

Recently, I performed a home inspection in Palatine for a real estate/property management company. Very little information about the house other than its address was provided. Upon arrival I was surprised to see a village notice on the door that the house was already condemned. At that point I figured this would be an interesting…

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