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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

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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

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The Underlying Dynamic of the Home Inspection: Liability Hand-off from Client to Inspector and Back Again.

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Many buyers and even some realtors don’t understand the true nature of a properly performed home inspection. When a home buyer has an offer accepted on a property and engages the services of a home inspector (hopefully after doing extensive research and comparing inspector backgrounds, inspection reports, online reviews, etc.) they are placing a significant burden upon that home inspector. That burden or expectation is that the inspector will find all significant defects in the subject property and report upon them in a clear and useful manner. What the home buyer may not understand, however, is that upon completion of the inspection report the inspector is handing that burden back to the homebuyer. In other words, by ferreting out the conditions and defects in the property and providing the buyer with a clearly worded report, the inspector gives the liability back to the homeowner to read the report, call back with any questions, and follow up on recommendations contained within the report.
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Zen and the Art of Home Inspecting: Pursuing Non-Attachment

Now, I’m not a card-carrying Buddhist but I’ve read a bit about that wisdom tradition and I admire its practitioners. I am though a card-carrying home inspector and have been one for about 20 years. Over those two decades, I’ve noticed that some of the principles of the Dharma (Buddha’s teachings) can be applied to the process of inspecting homes. One of those principles, non-attachment, means that one should not attach oneself to outcomes, to fame, to fortune, to pleasure, etc. lest this lead to Dukkha (usually translated as suffering or dissatisfaction).
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Introducing Our “Kick-the-tires” Home Inspection

Saving Home-buyers Time and Money

Business and marketing experts tell us to find the “pain points” in our client’s experiences and to find ways of solving those problems. One such issue we’ve noted over our two decades of inspecting homes has been the unfortunate need for clients to have multiple home inspections performed. Occasionally, we’ll end up doing three or even four inspections for our clients before they find a house that is in acceptable condition and which meets their needs.   Continue Reading

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A Chicago Alley Tale

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If you live in or around Chicago then you know that a huge ‘buzz’ in the real estate industry lately is the new ‘606 Trail’ aka ‘Bloomingdale Trail’. It’s a section of an abandoned railroad line that has been converted to a very pleasant hiking/biking trail. If you live in or around Chicago you also know that our politicians have a long history of taking advantage of real estate opportunities. Continue Reading

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