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

‘Tis The Season To Get The Home Ready For Holiday Entertaining

Orland Park Home Inspection's smart tips to prepare the kitchen and dining room for holiday entertaining. As the year winds down, social calendars fill up with merriment-filled gatherings among friends and family. When hosting a seasonal gathering at home, being proactive can help streamline tasks and reduce stress. From whipping up a feast to toasting in the New Year, here are five ideas for getting the heart of the home - the kitchen and dining spaces - ready for holiday entertaining. Simplify measurements Chopped veggies and pre-measured ingredients can streamline any cooking adventure and save precious time. Fill the fridge and pantry with ready-to-go items as much as possible and consider smart kitchen enhancements that make measuring a breeze. For example, the Beale MeasureFill touch kitchen faucet from American Standard provides an adjustable set amount of water on demand, giving holiday cooks the precise measurement faster than using conventional measuring [...]

By |2018-12-19T16:25:27+00:00November 26th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

What’s Making Noise In Your Attic?

Was that a squeak you just heard? A thump? What could possibly be making those noises inside your house, and what can you do to help get rid of whatever pest has decided to move in? The experts at Orland Park Home Inspection have some information on what might be going bump in your attic. Birds Chirping or flapping coming from your attic area indicates that a bird (or two) may have decided to make a home up there. If your attic area has high ceilings or open beams, birds will have ample room to fly around, perch and maybe even roost or nest. Baby birds hatching in your upstairs might sound cute, but you probably don't want to deal with unsanitary bird droppings all over your attic. Rats and mice If you hear scratching, gnawing, scurrying or squeaking noises coming from your attic, you could have a rat or [...]

By |2018-11-19T06:49:08+00:00November 19th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Top Exterior Trends To Inspire Your 2019 Home Projects

Thinking of adding a deck? How about replacing the tired, worn siding on your house? Now that the weather is colder, it's the perfect time to curl up with a hot beverage and start planning. Orland Park Home Inspections' 2019 home projects can nail the budget and settle on the look you're after. "Updating your home's exterior can make an older home look more modern, but it can also make a new build feel warmer and more established," says Kristine Swint, an in-house design expert at Royal Building Products. "Whether you plan to sell, or stay and enjoy your new features, anything you do to update the exterior can maximize the value of your home." Swint shares these insights and tips that will help you get inspired and plan your exterior home projects in 2019. Think "cool neutrals" for the color story When someone suggests a neutral tone for your [...]

By |2018-11-13T15:08:53+00:00November 12th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

4 Insurance Myths And Misconceptions Dispelled

Orland Park Home Inspector Identifies several myths and misconceptions that exist when it comes to insurance. For example, true or false? It costs more to insure red cars. The answer is false. Car color has no impact on insurance premiums; however, factors like your driving history, annual mileage driven, the cost of your vehicle and other things will affect how much you'll pay for insurance. Insurance is one of the most useful investments. You can make to help safeguard your belongings and financial assets, but it's important to know what you're purchasing. Here are four things you should know about auto, homeowners or renters insurance policies. Insurance ensures adequate protection in the event of an unforeseen or unexpected loss. 1. Myth: Auto insurance covers all vehicle-related issues Most states require drivers to carry auto liability insurance. This coverage provides financial protection. If you're found to be legally responsible for causing [...]

By |2018-11-07T03:04:41+00:00November 5th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

5 Steps To Protect Your Home From Rodents This Fall

Between the potential health issues and possible damage to your home, the last thing you want to hear is the scurrying of little rodent feet in your walls or attic. Luckily, Orland Park Home Inspection has these steps you can take that will help keep those critters out. Once they're inside, rats and other rodents can do a lot of harm to your home. This includes damage to electrical wiring, metal or plastic pipes and insulation found in walls and attics. On top of structural damage, the critters aren't good for the people who live in your home. Some species of mice and rats can transmit diseases like hantavirus through their urine and droppings.   Block possible points of entry Be aware of any holes or cracks in the exterior of your home. You may think a small hole is too narrow for a rat to squeeze through, but a [...]

By |2018-10-26T09:48:26+00:00October 29th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments