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Home Inspection Reveals if that Flip’s a Flop

Buying a flipped property can mean finding your dream house … or it can be a nightmare. A home inspection reveals if a flip has been done well or if shoddy work could put your family at risk. House flipping, in which buyers purchase a home, make improvements and then hope to sell quickly for […]

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Should I Follow My Home Inspector?

The home inspector has arrived, but what do you do? Can you follow the inspector? Do you wait in the yard or elsewhere in the house?  The social etiquette of the situation can leave many first-time home buyers feeling awkward and unsure, but rest easy, most home inspectors WANT you to follow them. A home […]

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Home Inspections Head to the Basement

When purchasing a home, buyers might focus on the number of bedrooms or if the kitchen needs updating. Home inspectors, however, turn their eyes downward. The basement is a key component in any home inspection. The invention of concrete helped popularize basement construction In Chicago and throughout the Midwest, basements are a common feature. Clay […]

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Third-Party Plan Reviews Ease Inspection Workload

Delays are costly for developers and builders. If a municipality develops a reputation as being slow to make inspections, growth and economic development are hindered. The solution is third-party plan reviews and inspections. With a third-party plan review, a qualified private firm provides review or inspection services to suit a municipality’s needs. Utilizing third-party plan […]

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Checklist: Maintaining Your Home

By maintaining your home yourself, when and if it comes time to sell your home you will retain more value. Preventative maintenance is one of the best things you can do to maximize the value of any property. Here is a to-do list to check off every year. Spring and Summer are a great time […]

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Could Solar Panels be Required on Homes?

Solar has been a hot topic for the last decade to say the least. In the recent past it has been a talking point on the energy front, but more recently there is quite a bit more to talk about. California has become the first state in the US to actually mandate solar panels for […]

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