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Floor Cleaning 101

Home Inspection Orland Park: Floor Cleaning 101   Flooring trends change through the years as homeowners acquire new tastes and technology allows for a larger variety of flooring designs. Deep ebony and driftwood finishes peaked in 2017, while 2018 trends are pushing toward wider planks, gray tones and even durable porcelain tiles designed to mirror wood grains.   As today's flooring choices evolve, the importance of maintaining a clean floor remains constant, especially if you have kids and pets. But, clean floors don't need to translate to hour-long scrubbing sessions on your knees. Instead, it should take minimal work to get the job done and it shouldn't matter what type of floor you have. Here are some tricks and tips on the best ways to get your floors looking new and spotless in no time:     Laminate floors Even though your laminate floors might look like hardwood or tile, you [...]

By | 2018-08-13T09:37:21+00:00 August 13th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Dream Bathroom Sanctuary

Home Inspection Orland Park: 3 Elements To Create A Dream Bathroom Sanctuary     Bathrooms reign supreme, overtaking kitchens as the most popular remodeling project, according to a new survey by the National Association of Home Builders. In the study, remodelers reported on the most common projects in 2017 and 81 percent performed bathroom remodeling.     Whether you're hiring the project out or taking the DIY route, fashioning the bathroom of your dreams can enhance your home's value and add enjoyment to your daily routine. A leading trend in bathroom design is to create a space that is not only functional but is a true sanctuary. To craft a spa-like bath setting that you'll love for years to come, consider these elements.     1. Sinks and vanities Clutter causes chaos that can add to daily stress. To establish a peaceful retreat without the disorder that commonly overtakes bathrooms, [...]

By | 2018-08-07T14:10:40+00:00 August 6th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

5 Kitchen Safety Tips

Watch what you heat: Orland Park Home Inspection 5 kitchen safety tips   Cooking equipment is the top cause of home fires, and the second leading cause of home fire deaths, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).   "Considered to be one of the more preventable types of fires, kitchen fires can be avoided by following a few common-sense guidelines," says Tarsila Wey, director of marketing at First Alert. "Home safety experts recommend having at least one fire extinguishing product conveniently located in the kitchen, as well as on every level of the home and in the garage."   Be prepared to fight the small flames by following the below tips to stay safe in the kitchen. Properly equip your home. Keep your family and house safe by ensuring that functioning smoke alarms are installed throughout your home. The NFPA recommends one alarm on every floor, including the [...]

By | 2018-08-02T02:49:53+00:00 July 30th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Home Improvement Projects

Orland Park Home Inspection's Quick DIY Home Improvement Projects   The words home improvement usually conjure up images of major undertakings like tiling your bathroom or kitchen or tearing down a wall, taking hours or even days to complete. The fact is there are some meaningful home improvements you can finish in under two hours.   1) Need more daylight? Have you ever wished your home had more daylight? Maybe you want to bring light to a small place like a closet or laundry room. Or maybe you have a room with a window but still not enough light. One solution is a daylighting system from Solatube. This product can be installed in under two hours and floods the interior with natural light.     2) Concerned about security? Installing a video doorbell takes just a few minutes and you can monitor visitors at your front door on your smartphone through [...]

By | 2018-07-27T06:53:03+00:00 July 23rd, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

4 Unusual Homeowners Claims

You're covered: Orland Park Home Inspection 4 unusual homeowners claims you didn't think would ever happen   Homeowners insurance is a practical investment to help protect you, your family and your property in the event of unforeseen and unexpected losses. Traditionally, it's associated with fire damage, burst or leaking pipes, or stolen property, but occasionally it covers unusual events that make for sensational news stories and viral videos.     Here are four claims homeowners never thought would happen to them.   1. Bear B&B Bears are notoriously curious and intelligent creatures that also have an acute sense of smell.   People who live in areas with bears for neighbors must not entice them with the aromas of food. Keep doors and windows on ground floors closed and locked while cooking or if you leave the house. A bear can easily get through the screen of an open window or [...]

By | 2018-07-27T12:38:00+00:00 July 16th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Smart Steps To Beat The Heat

  Home Inspection Orland Park: Smart steps to beat the heat in favorite outdoor spaces   Are summer's sizzling temperatures causing you to retreat from your favorite outdoor spaces? Garages, patios, sheds, gardens and other outdoor areas should be enjoyed throughout the year. Unfortunately, heat and humidity can quickly make being outside intolerable during the dog days of summer.   The good news is keeping outdoor spaces comfortable doesn't have to be a challenge. With the right tools and some thoughtful planning, you can stay cool and continue your favorite hobbies, no matter how high the temperatures rise. Whether it's wrenching on a car, in the garage tackling a DIY project, tending to your patio container garden or simply kicking back on the deck, the following steps can help you stay cool and safe.   Step 1: Shade Direct sun on decks and patios can make it nearly impossible to [...]

Paint Like A Pro

Paint like a pro with Orland Park Home Inspection 5 easy steps Nothing transforms a home quite like a fresh coat of paint. In fact, painting your own house is one of the smartest and easiest DIY upgrades a homeowner can accomplish on their own.   "Summer is the ideal time to tackle a painting project, as the warmer temperatures lead to faster drying times, and you can comfortably leave the windows open for better ventilation," said Megan Youngs, Product Manager at DAP. "Just remember, a little bit of preparation goes a long way toward creating a professional look that will last for years to come." Before reaching for a paintbrush, follow these paint preparation tips from the experts at DAP.   Clean Up Your Act  Paint adheres better to a smooth, clean surface. While living room walls may only need a dry dusting, kitchens, and bathrooms, where dirt, [...]

Top 4 Factors That Affect The Cost Of A New Roof

Orland Park Home Inspection Explains The Cost Of A New Roof No one wants to pay more for something that they have to, especially when it comes to a large home improvement purchase. So, why can there be thousands of dollars difference between contractor bids for neighboring homes? And how can homeowners get an idea of what a new roof will cost? In general, labor for a new roof should make up 60-65 percent of the cost and most of the remaining cost, 30-35 percent, should be the cost for materials, according to Rick Taylor, a longtime roofing contractor now working as a training manager for TAMKO Building Products, Inc. After labor and materials, the remaining costs, approximately 5-10 percent of the total, should consist of disposal for any building materials that need to be removed and any additional fees like paying to have the shingles craned up to the [...]

By | 2018-06-20T11:03:05+00:00 June 25th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

First-timers In Fast-paced Housing Market

Orland Park Home Inspection's Top tips to help first-timers navigate the fast-paced housing market   Across the U.S., the housing market is picking up pace moving into the peak of the summer homebuying season. In city after city, home prices are on the rise, up 2.3 percent on average between April 2017 and 2018, according to the RE/MAX April 2018 National Housing Report. And there are fewer houses on the market to choose from, with total housing inventory down by 11.3 percent.   Based on home sales in April 2018, the national supply of inventory was at 2.5 months, making it a strong seller's market. (A 6-month supply of inventory historically indicates a market that is balanced equally between buyers and sellers.)   What's fueling the demand? More members of the millennial generation entering the housing market, among other factors.   If you're ready to stop renting and start enjoying [...]

By | 2018-06-27T14:43:15+00:00 June 18th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Products To Improve Your Home In 2 Hours Or Less

Products To Improve Your Home With Orland Park Home Inspection's Help The words home improvement usually conjure up images of major undertakings like tiling your bathroom or kitchen or tearing down a wall, taking hours and hours to complete the project. The fact is there are some meaningful home improvements you can do that can be accomplished in under two hours. First, have you ever wished your home had more daylight? Maybe you want to bring in daylight to a small place like a closet or laundry room. Or maybe you have a room with a window but still not enough light. One solution is a daylighting system from Solatube. This product can be installed in under two hours and floods the interior with natural light. For more information, visit www.solatube.com/residential. Concerned about security? Installing a Ring doorbell takes just a few minutes and you can monitor visitors at your front [...]

By | 2018-06-27T14:43:43+00:00 June 11th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments