Home Checklist for a Worry-free Vacation

Posted on: May 1, 2018 by in Blog
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When it’s time to embark on your well-deserved getaway, the last thing you want is to worry about the things that could go wrong at your unattended house. It’s pretty common to wonder if everything is OK while you're on vacation, says Chip Wade, an HGTV expert. Especially since there are plenty of hair-raising tales out there of people discovering a bad situation awaits them at home, from burst water pipes to a break-in. “If you have this nagging thought following you around that Continue Reading ...

Insider Tips and Tactics for Buying a Home in a Seller’s Market

Posted on: April 23, 2018 by in Blog
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Whether you're a millennial looking to buy your first home or a boomer thinking about downsizing your empty nest, you're probably aware that it's a seller's market out there. Homes are selling at lightning speed, bidding wars are commonplace, buyers often have little to no room for negotiation and the price of those homes keeps rising. But don't worry! Just because it's a seller's market doesn't mean you can't get a good deal on the home of your dreams. Here are some insider tips and Continue Reading ...

Home Improvements To Help Your Home Sell Faster and For More Money

Posted on: April 17, 2018 by in Blog
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The real estate market is heating up, and if you're planning to sell your home in the future, you want it to sell quickly and for as high of a price as possible. By taking proactive action now, you can make a few strategic home improvements that can help you achieve both your goals. To boost your home sale and reduce time on the market, consider these top home improvement ideas to catch buyers' eyes. Garage door When potential buyers visit your property, you want to make the best first Continue Reading ...

Keep Your Home Pest Free This Year

Posted on: April 11, 2018 by in Blog
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Now is a great time to establish year-long goals and resolutions, including home improvement goals you’d like to tackle this year. The first step is to create a pest control plan for your home. It’s important to establish good habits early in the year to help prevent potential pest problems. Unchecked, pests can wreak havoc in your home, but there are several steps homeowners can take to help avoid an infestation and keep their home safe and their family happy. Sanitize Clean your Continue Reading ...

4 Tips For Festive Flourishing Flowers, Vibrant Plants And Hardy Herbs

Posted on: April 5, 2018 by in Blog
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Spring is in full bloom, but are your plants keeping pace? If the answer is anything but a resounding yes, don’t worry. There’s still plenty of time to get into the spirit of the season and grow your most beautiful bed of flowers. “There’s nothing like the start of the season,” says Emily Murphy of Pass the Pistil blog. “I love planning my space, buying seeds and starts, and making sure I have the right tools to make the gardening season a success. Before I start any project, I Continue Reading ...

Don’t Re-roof Until You Do These 5 Things

Posted on: March 30, 2018 by in Blog
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With spring officially arriving, home improvement season is swinging into full gear. Fair warning to homeowners looking to hire a professional, 2018 is predicted to be a record-breaker. A recent study by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University projects home improvement spending will approach $340 billion this year — the strongest gain for remodeling in more than a decade. Among the costliest of projects is roofing, a large expense with serious implications if put off or Continue Reading ...

House Hunting? Use This Handy Checklist Before You Make The Offer

Posted on: March 22, 2018 by in Blog
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House hunting can feel like an adventurous new chapter in your life. If you're lucky enough to find the property that checks off all the "must have" boxes — appearance, size, price, location — it’s easy to fall in love. Not so fast. Before making an offer on any property, it’s smart to take a deeper look at the overall structure and its systems, just to make sure warning signs of major and costly problems are not hiding in plain sight. If the house holds more issues than your budget Continue Reading ...

Silent Destroyers: Tips To Spot Termites And Prevent Infestation

Posted on: March 14, 2018 by in Blog
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There are many reasons that termites have gained the nickname "silent destroyers." Five billion reasons, in fact. Termites cause more than $5 billion in property damage in the U.S. each year. If left unchecked, they can silently chew through the structural stability of a home, eating away at wood, flooring and even wallpaper. To make matters worse, the damage they leave behind is not typically covered by most homeowners’ insurance policies. How to spot termites Spring is prime time for Continue Reading ...

Add Fire Safety To Your Family’s Routine

Posted on: March 6, 2018 by in Blog
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Think of all the items you replace regularly — your cellphone, lightbulbs and even your toothbrush. But when was the last time you replaced your smoke alarm batteries, or even the alarms themselves? It’s easy to overlook, but the time to think about fire safety is now — before an emergency strikes. Many assume that because they have smoke alarms in their homes, they’re protected in the event of a fire. In reality, smoke alarms need to be installed, maintained and tested regularly to Continue Reading ...

Why You Need A Home Inspection In Chicago?

Posted on: February 27, 2018 by in Blog
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Buying a home is not like a simple purchase of a doll house that you can change and buy a new one anytime you encounter a problem or find damage in it. A home inspection of the entirety of the house you are planning to buy is of the utmost importance in consideration of your wants and needs for your comfort and convenience. So to make your purchase right and worthy, make a checklist of what you want for a home and do it before you visit the house offered to you. Usually, the first things Continue Reading ...