4 Crucial Reasons to Get a Home Inspection

Home inspections are a common part of buying a new home. However, a lot of buyers find themselves tempted to overlook this process, because they either want to speed up the process of getting into their new property, or they simply want to cut costs.

While home inspections might not seem like much of a big deal at first glance, they can help to protect you from making a purchase that’s going to come back to haunt you in the not-so-distant future. The last thing you want is to move into your new property with our friends over at Bellhops Moving Chicago and find a number of problems you weren’t aware of when you signed on the dotted line. Here are just four reasons why everyone should consider a home inspection.

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Signs that Termites are Invading Your Home

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Often referred to as “silent destroyers,” termites cause more than $5 billion in property damage every year [1]. Unfortunately, most standard homeowners’ insurance policies do not cover these costs, because the damages could have been prevented with regular home maintenance. This leads to a huge question. If termites are able to do so much damage without drawing attention to themselves, how are you supposed to stop them?

To help you, we’ve created a list of signs that termites are invading your home. We’ve also provided a list of tips to help you ward them off.

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A Warning Checklist for Buying a Home

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A Warning Checklist for Buying a Home

Buying a home is always exciting. This is true whether you are a first-time homebuyer or you have bought and sold multiple properties in the past. Of course, this will almost certainly be the most expensive purchase you’ll ever make. Thus, there are numerous things you must do and consider before finalizing your purchase.

Before you go any further, you’ll want to hire a qualified company like Domicile Consulting to perform a complete home inspection. Although they aren’t always required, a home inspection gives you the best opportunity to identify and address any potential issues, both large and small, a home may have before you close on it. To help make this process easier for you, we’ve compiled a warning checklist for buying a home. Continue Reading

War on Radon and What You Need to Know

War on Radon and What You Need to Know

By Carolyn Koke, Spruce Environmental Technologies, Inc. | WorkingRe.com

Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in both men and women. According to American Lung Association, American Cancer Society, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 158,040 American citizens will die from lung cancer this year—more than colorectal, breast and prostate cancers combined. Continue Reading

Why Indoor Air Quality is So Important

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Why Indoor Air Quality is So Important

Indoor air quality has recently become more significant to building occupants and homeowners.  Increased data and research have been made available concerning the negative effects of indoor air quality. It is therefore imperative that builders, landlords, and occupants know how to properly address any indoor air quality issues.

Indoor air quality is a significant concern because the EPA reports Americans spend about 90% of their time indoors; whether it is at the office, school or in their home. The amount of time a person is exposed to indoor air pollutants has therefore increased. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, of all the chemicals a person inhales more than 70% of them are in the home. Continue Reading

10 Tips for Saving Energy During Cold Temperatures

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10 Tips for Saving Energy During Cold Temperatures

If your energy bill seems to skyrocket during the cold winter months, you are not alone. Thanks to higher fuel costs and temperatures that have reached record lows, this is a common problem that many people are dealing with.

Unfortunately, Punxsutawney Phil seems to believe that winter is far from over, meaning that your energy bills won’t be decreasing on its own anytime soon. Fortunately, there are ways you can save energy (and money), even when temperatures are at their lowest. Here are ten tips to help you get started. Continue Reading

Residential Forced-Air Ducted Heating and Cooling

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Something Old

I’ve been doing a lot of studying about Indoor Environment Comfort (IEC) and HVAC systems. For those that don’t know, the acronym stands for Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning. I’m hoping my learning experience will help others. Bare with me as this will be a multi-part blog. There is so much information, and history, a single blog post would be TLDR.

First, some facts and a bit of history.

If you live in the United States, there’s a 70% chance your home is being heated by a forced-air, ducted furnace. Today’s heating systems are based on ideas and designs that date back hundreds, if not thousands of years. Forced-air ducted heating has been around since about 1935, It has long been the ‘go-to’ system for most residential HVAC contractors. Continue Reading