Keep Safe During the Holidays

There are a number of things to look forward to throughout the holiday season, including the opportunity to decorate your house and Christmas tree with festive lights. Unfortunately, decorative lights can be safety hazards if not installed and managed properly, so don’t overlook any potential problems. Let’s take a look at some of the most… Read more »

Thermography – From Your Inspection to the Pyramids

When it comes to home inspections, thermography can be used to uncover a number of hidden details about a property. Thermography is able to show a portion of electromagnetic wavelengths not visible with the eye, just like x-rays and ultraviolet rays. However, thermographers in residential buildings rarely find anything as interesting as what a team… Read more »

Home Inspections: Should You Have One Done?

Some homebuyers in different areas of the country don’t really look at having a home inspection done as a valid investment.  However, going ahead with something like this might actually end up saving you money in the long run.  When considering getting a home inspection, one must consider what exactly is being examined.  An inspection… Read more »

The Importance of a Good Smoke Detector

Smoke detectors are vital in keeping homes, families and belongings safe. But, as the saying goes, nothing lasts forever, and that includes smoke detectors. You may not think about your smoke detector when looking for things in your house that require regular maintenance and attention, but just like any other fixture or component in your… Read more »

Water-Powered Options for Sump Pump Backups

We recently discussed why it’s important to have backup batteries and secondary pumps installed in the event that your primary sump pump fails. However, there’s a third option that is a viable option for many homeowners – water-powered backup sump pumps. How exactly does a pump powered by water work, and how is it different… Read more »

Drones Offer Opportunities for More Thorough Inspections

Unmanned aerial vehicles – more commonly known as drones – have been a hot topic in recent years. Many criticize the safety of using these small aircrafts in crowded areas, while others cite concerns with privacy or surveillance. However, one great advantage that drones offer is in the area of property inspection. A More Complete… Read more »

Finding the Right Inspector Is Much More than Just Cost

Finding a good home inspector is a bit like hiring a new employee. You want to make sure you’re getting a fair and reasonable price, but you also want to make absolutely sure that you’re hiring a certified home inspector who is the right person for the job – even if that means that you… Read more »

Importance of Backup Batteries and Secondary Sump Pumps

Sump pumps are one of the first lines of defense that keep your basement from flooding whenever heavy rains fall or spring snows melt. However, how do you protect your home and your belongings against flooding if your sump pump fails or the power goes out for an extended period? Installing a backup sump pump… Read more »

Looking at Smoke and CO Detector Requirements in Illinois

Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors have been around for many years, and we often find that homes don’t meet the requirements of Illinois state law. Let’s take a look at what’s necessary under the law to keep your home or apartment both safe and compliant. Smoke Detectors The state of Illinois’ Smoke Detector Act governs… Read more »

Why You Should Inspect Your Home Before Selling

We typically hear that you should always inspect a home before you buy it. It turns out though, that the inspection isn’t just for the buyer. Homeowners (sellers) can also benefit from home inspections. Homeowners that are looking to sell their houses and move on to the next phase of life can and probably should… Read more »