Resources For Home Owners

Painting A Home’s Exterior

Wooden features of your home’s exterior need to be maintained to protect them from damage and to keep your house looking good. Wooden window frames, wood doors that are directly exposed to weather, and porches or stairs that are made from untreated wood all fall into this

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How to Prepare for a Home Inspection

If you’re selling property, at some point the buyer will want to have your home inspected. Most offers to buy your home will require an inspection as a contingency; If the buyer isn’t happy with the result, they can cancel the sale without penalty. A home inspection

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Electrical Wiring In Homes

We usually don’t think about the electrical wiring in our homes until something goes wrong. Power outages have us scrambling to power the essentials. It pays to be familiar with the electrical situation in your house. It will pay off when a circuit is tripped and you

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Spring Cleaning For the Laundry Room

Your washer gets things clean and your dryer handles things that are already clean. So, they probably don’t come to mind when you think of things that require cleaning. But even these cleaning machines occasionally need a clean up of their own. Deep cleaning your laundry room

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Dealing with Icy Gutters

Gutters backed up with ice can be a stressful sight for homeowners. When temperatures hover around freezing snow on your roof can melt and refreeze causing ice dams. Although ice spilling out of your gutters may look like an emergency, waiting it out can sometimes be your

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Keep the Pipes Flowing in a Home

Clogged pipes can be anything from a nuisance to a real emergency. Maintenance and preparation can help prevent these problems. Avoid visits from the plumber by keeping your pipes running smoothly. Major causes of kitchen sink backups include food debris and cooking grease. If you have a

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GFCI Outlets

A GFCI or ground fault circuit interrupter outlet is the type of outlet that is usually found in kitchens, bathrooms, and other sources of water. Chicago codes require that GFCI outlets installed within six feet of a sink. These outlets are an important safety feature in any

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How to Prepare a Home for Winter

With fall finally hear, now is the time to start preparing your home for winter. A little preparation will go a long way toward keeping your home warm an toasty on the inside while keeping your energy bills low. Windows and Doors Check all the weatherstripping around

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Backup Generators for Homes

On a hot summer day the lights in your house dim for a moment and then brighten. A storm hits and your lights flicker on and off. You worry that a brownout or blackout might affect your house. What would you do? Would you have to spend

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Why You Should Install a Sump Pump

In the Chicago area summer brings thunderstorms. Over half of the thunderstorms in the Chicago area happen during the summer months of June, July and August.

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