Getting the Most Value Out of Your Home Inspection

Illinois law requires that professional and licensed home inspectors successfully complete 60 hours of pre-license education and pass the Illinois Home Inspector License Exam. The law does not require a home inspection be performed when a house changes hands, but many financial institutions require the step before the buyer can obtain financing. As you might … Continued


Top 3 Things that Go Wrong with a Radiant Heat Floor

Almost no one can resist the temptation to walk barefoot on a heated floor. Invented by those savvy ancient Romans (who installed slaves to fan wood-burning fires under elevated marble floors) radiant heat flooring is a heating system that is installed under the floors of your home. It conducts heat through the floor surface rather … Continued


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5 Home Remodeling Tips for a Great Renovation

Have you noticed how many contractors are working in the neighborhoods these days? The summer season is remodel season – especially for homeowners who have put off their renovation work until the warmer months and for those who have taken advantage of the still-low interest rates and moved into a new home. It’s renovation season. … Continued


5 Ways Infrared Saves Homeowners Time and Money

By measuring thermal, or infrared energy, an infrared thermography camera can detect insulation, water, heating, air leakage and cooling problems – all without destructive exploration and saving homeowners hundreds, even thousands of dollars. You may have had a standard home inspection before and you may or may not have been surprised by what you discovered … Continued


Water Damage in your Home

3 Tips to Prevent Water Damage in Your Home

Water damage is one of those slowly building catastrophes that most homeowners don’t discover until it’s too late and costly repairs are necessary. Water damage is one of the top causes of loss for homeowners and much of the damage can be prevented with regular inspections and routine home maintenance. The following are some expert … Continued


Tips for home remodeling projects

5 Tips to Prepare for Home Remodeling Projects

Many homeowners put off big home remodeling projects until the weather is mild, and that means we’re heading into the big remodeling season in Illinois. You’ll save loads of money – as well as energy, heartbreak, and stress – if you prepare carefully for your home improvement projects. Of course, some home remodeling projects could … Continued


Infrared for home electrical inspections

Why Infrared is Great for Home Electrical Inspections

While the advantage of infrared (IR) imaging in the home inspection process is clear, infrared has particular advantages when it comes to inspecting electrical systems. Because the components of a home electrical system almost always overheat prior to failing, and you can only really identify the overheating with an infrared camera, infrared is key to … Continued


Where is that musty odor coming from?

Water leaks or conditions of high humidity in your home can lead to mold and mildew. If the conditions are severe, mold and mildew can lead to: wood rot structural damage premature paint destruction tile damage not to mention a host of health problems. When you notice a musty odor in your house, it’s never … Continued