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When Saying ‘I Do’ Means a Move: 5 Tips for Combining Households

Getting married means a whole lot of changes, including combining households, not the least of which could be moving to a new house or apartment. Whether you’re getting a brand-new place for the both of you or one of you is shifting all your earthly possessions to join your spouse, it’s a good idea to take proactive steps to make crossing that new threshold is a little easier. Here are a few tips for taking some of the stress out of moving day — for both of you. * Declutter.  Before moving, go through your possessions, as individuals and then as a team. Even if you’re moving to a larger space, it’s better to start fresh with items you know you like or need, and it will save you moving things you don’t really want to keep. After you’ve each discarded old, unused or disliked items, take inventory of common household [...]

By |2019-02-11T14:44:23+00:00February 27th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

5 Ways to Create an Inviting Room Using Tile

Today’s tile trends extend so far beyond their traditional use as a staple of bathroom design that you may not recognize them. While once the most attractive and innovative tiles had to be imported, contemporary handcrafted tile and stone products for home design are now being made right here in the United States. Homeowners and interior designers alike are always seeking distinctive visual touches to make each home special. Here are five ways tile design can enhance a room. Elevate small spaces. Use tiles interchangeably to create a unique design. The Ann Sacks Radius Collection by designer Barbara Barry has five distinct modular designs that can be used independently or combined to create patterns to delight the eye. Creative use of a variety of tile shapes like these can easily elevate small spaces such as baseboards, fireplace surrounds or backsplash areas in a kitchen. Make a color statement Whether you choose a [...]

By |2019-02-11T15:21:53+00:00February 18th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Building a New Home? Protect Yourself Against Today’s Faster, Scarier Fires

If your new home is among the one million or so being built in the U.S. this year, congratulations! You’ll have the chance to customize it to your dream home preferences. One feature that should be at the top of your priority list is the best possible fire protection for yourself and your loved ones: home fire sprinklers. While choosing household systems may not be as fun as picking paint colors and carpeting, it’s even more important. And asking for fire sprinklers could literally save your life. That’s because home fires today are hotter and faster than fires of the past. Homes with unprotected lightweight building material and flooring burn faster, failing quicker (often collapsing in a fire). Common synthetic furnishings and belongings burn hot and fast and produce toxic smoke. Larger, more open layouts enable faster flashover. That means they can become deadly to people and pets in as [...]

By |2019-02-11T14:23:07+00:00February 11th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Mortgage Insurance: Added Cost to Homebuying or Smart Way to Get In?

The homebuying process is exciting, but can also seem fraught with added costs, like a home inspection, title insurance, and closing costs. And if you can’t afford a full 20 percent down payment on a conventional home loan, then you will most likely pay for private mortgage insurance (MI). Some people consider private MI yet another added cost, but it helps creditworthy middle-income homebuyers qualify for home financing sooner with a low down payment. Is it really an added cost if it saves time and money in the long run? For most people, low down payment home loan options include conventional loans with private MI and government-backed loans like those offered by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). While comparable, each of these options has important differences. For example, the minimum down payment for an FHA mortgage is 3.5 percent while it’s only 3 percent on a conventional, privately insured mortgage. [...]

By |2019-02-11T14:22:03+00:00January 25th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Catch Home Buyers’ Attention with a Bathroom in an ‘Impossible’ Space

Add a bathroom to an 'impossible' space to catch home buyers' attention When it comes to real estate, you've probably heard kitchens and bathrooms typically sell houses. While you may not have enough money for a kitchen remodel, adding a bathroom can be a more affordable way to enhance your property and catch home buyers' attention. By adding another bathroom to your home, you immediately increase your chances of the property getting noticed. Technology makes it simple for buyers to search properties of interest by their designated criteria. One of those is "minimum number of bathrooms." By adding to that amount in your listing, you'll be getting in front of that many more potential buyers. Adding bathrooms to difficult spaces Bathrooms increase a home's value and add to its functionality — both elements that buyers desire. Homeowners can begin to research opportunities to add bathrooms to their properties presale. This [...]

By |2019-01-18T12:58:16+00:00January 18th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Simple Bathroom Installations With Big Impact For 2019

Craving a more beautiful bathroom? Resolve to make this the year that you finally create the bathroom of your dreams by Orland Park Home Inspection Simple Bathroom Installations. Fortunately, you don't need a major remodel. Consider these ideas for simple changes with big impact. With a little planning and effort, you'll add to your home's value and functionality, while getting the "Pinterest-worthy" bathroom you know will make you smile every day. Project 1: Fresh, eco-friendly style Transitional style is today's most popular bathroom style, according to the National Kitchen and Bath Association, and with good reason: almost limitless design potential. The American Standard Town Square S bathroom collection, inspired by classic American architecture, makes it easy to create a 'put-together' look in bathrooms of all sizes, with a full suite of fixtures and faucets that are easy to install for a stunning refresh. Performing beautifully, you would never guess just [...]

By |2019-01-10T03:10:06+00:00January 7th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Home Security Tips For The Holidays

For many, the holiday season means travel! In fact, millions of U.S. residents travel more than 50 miles away from home during the holiday season. Unfortunately, burglars are also aware of these holiday season travel statistics. So, here are Orland Park Home Inspections Home Security Tips for the Holidays. While many families look forward to the holidays, it is easy to get carried away with excitement and forget to prepare your home for your time away. There's nothing worse than coming back from a relaxing vacation to a stressful situation at home. So it is best to be prepared and protect your home before you travel. Home security matters It may sound simple, but it is important for people to remember to set their home security systems to the appropriate settings before leaving for travel. Investing in a high-quality, easy-to-use security system grants the ultimate peace of mind for travelers. [...]

By |2018-12-25T04:23:00+00:00December 24th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

5 Steps To Help Improve The Value Of Your Prefabricated Home

While property appreciating is never a sure thing, here are Orland Park Home Inspection 5 simple steps that may help the value of your prefabricated home. The majority of Americans believe buying a home is a wise financial decision - 84 percent, to be exact, according to a recent survey. Why is this such a widely held belief? In short, buying a home brings the potential for home equity and appreciation into your financial situation. For some, including first-time homebuyers, this can be confusing. First, let's explain home equity. To calculate home equity, take the total value of the home and land and subtract the mortgage loan amount outstanding. For example, if your home is worth $150,000 and the mortgage loan balance is $125,000, you have $25,000 in home equity. Also, home equity isn't like cash on hand, but you can realize the money if you sell your home. Home [...]

By |2018-12-19T16:20:16+00:00December 17th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Budget Checkup For Homeowners And Future Homeowners

A budget is an important tool for first-time homebuyers and current homeowners. Throw out any negative feeling you may have toward budgeting. Orland Park Home Inspectors are here to tell you that budgeting is a great exercise, and can free your financial mind! A budget is meant to be a guide to where you should spend your monthly income. Budgeting can mean guilt-free fun. By making and sticking to your budget, you can spend money knowing exactly how much you need to set aside for necessities, and how much you can spend on other activities! Budgets are an important tool for the first-time homebuyer because it can help you make your move into a home with a payment that fits your lifestyle and circumstances. For existing homeowners, budgets can help you achieve or maintain financial freedom. Budgeting can be done by anyone   It just takes time initially to set [...]

By |2018-12-19T16:21:44+00:00December 10th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

How To Protect Against The Silent Killer Carbon Monoxide

Nationwide, temperatures have begun to dip as we prepare for winter storms. Whether your town is prone to nor'easters or milder winter temperatures, Orland Park Home Inspection knows it is important to be prepared for what winter brings. This year's colder weather has already brought an increase in the number of carbon monoxide (CO) incidents across the country. While this poisonous gas can impact individuals at any time of the year, 50 percent of CO poisonings occur between November and February, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). The Silent Killer A colorless and odorless gas, carbon monoxide is known as "the silent killer," and impossible to detect without a CO alarm. Estimates from the NFPA suggest that there are more than 80,000 CO incidents per year. What's more, CO poisoning is the number one cause of accidental poisoning in the United States according to the Journal of the [...]

By |2018-12-19T16:22:58+00:00December 3rd, 2018|Blog|0 Comments