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Time for an update on Yelp.
No, we’re not obsessed with the online review site, but because we recognize its influence with consumers who are seeking information on anything from a good taco to a reasonably priced landscaping service, we feel that it’s
Remodeling our homes has become a great American tradition.
Whether it is to add living space, change the configuration of rooms or simply to give the old place a new look, Americans love to remodel. In fact, it is estimated that American homeowners spent a staggering $130
It’s a well-accepted fact that excess rain water near the foundation of a home is an invitation to a wet basement.
For example, homes have rain gutter systems to collect and channel rain water off the roof into a downspout instead of simply allowing it
In 1955 a young entrepreneur named Ray Kroc opened a restaurant in Des Plaines.
The menu was pretty limited – burgers, fries, shakes and sodas and there was nowhere to sit – dining was strictly take-out.
All the same, the restaurant was a big hit and
When shopping for an existing home, homebuyers are limited to making the best choice among houses available in their chosen area while they are in the market. This is not necessarily a bad thing as choosing an existing home works out well for the vast majority of buyers.<
DIY – Do It Yourself – is a popular practice among homeowners and there are plenty of commercial interests that make it easier – most of the time.
At the top of the pile is an entire television network devoted to DIY. Shows feature inexperienced homeowners being
Selling a home is never easy and economic events of the past few years have made it even more difficult in many parts of the country.
The climate for home sales has improved some, but it’s still a buyer’s market and home sellers
Can I Install Drain Tile Myself? Why DIY Can Become DON’T
Drain tile is one of the best solutions for a basement water problem.
Installed inside the basement it relieves hydrostatic pressure under the foundation and eliminates two very common sources of
Buying a home, especially for the first time, is a huge undertaking.
A bad choice or missed sign of trouble can result in costly repairs or financial losses at resale so homebuyers are well-advised to be painstaking in their search. There are lots of &ldquo
“It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity!”
That phrase has been said so many times it has lost almost all meaning but the thought behind it is true – humidity is uncomfortable and, when it occurs inside a house on a
The history of Mount Prospect begins with a failed entrepreneur.
In the 1870’s a settler named Ezra Eggleston purchased a large tract of land northwest of Chicago that encompassed most of today’s village of Mount Prospect. He platted out a town, built roads
Most homeowners don’t spend a lot of time thinking about their home’s foundations. They’re below ground and don’t require painting or cleaning or lubrication – they just sit there, day after day, and hold up the house.
One of the more famous axioms in American language originated with that bountiful source of quotes himself, Benjamin Franklin. Among many witty truisms, Franklin famously said that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
Of course, Franklin was writing in advocacy
The village of Oak Lawn can trace its history back to the early 19th Century but truly came into being in 1859 when the newly formed Worth Township financed the construction of Black Oak Grove Road, now known as 95th Street. This thoroughfare began to draw residential and commercial development
It seems logical that if you want to keep something dry, you wrap it in something waterproof, right? That’s why your morning newspaper is delivered in a plastic bag and we wrap ourselves in rain jackets when we go out in inclement weather.
Every homeowner looks at his or her basement differently.
For some, the basement is a regular part of daily life. They have a finished family room in the basement where they watch TV every day. They do laundry in the basement and regularly access belongings
Lake Forest is perhaps the ultimate North Shore suburb – small, quiet, secluded and definitely upscale.
Stemming from a few farms established to the west in the early 19th Century and large homesteads to the east, the city of Lake Forest was developed along with its academic
Basement waterproofing is generally not a topic of conversation around the dinner table for most people – unless they have a wet basement or they’re in the business.
Consequently, like many fields of home repair or construction, basement waterproofing remains a mystery to most people.
For a homeowner who has had trouble with water in the basement or who suspects they might, rain is always a bad sign. A forecast of heavy thunderstorms or a few days of persistent drizzle will often be the cause of frequent treks down the basement stairs to
Glenview IL is an upscale suburb north of Chicago. The village has a long history, with its oldest neighborhood dating back to 1894 and its incorporation having taken place in 1899. Glenview residents have been dedicated to preserving their town’s history and two properties, both owned and
A leaking basement is a very common occurrence in many homes. When a basement leaks it does not imply that the home was not built well or that some extraordinary catastrophe has taken place; most likely it’s just a combination of time and the forces of
A quick look out the window confirms the weather forecast – it’s raining. Again.
It’s not just a light sprinkle or a quick shower, either. It’s good old-fashioned, thunder-and-lighting, trees-bent-in-half, gully-washer of a summer thunderstorm. In other words,
These days, making the trip from Palatine IL to the nearby towns of Lake Zurich and Wauconda Is easily done in the family car and the distance can be covered in a matter of minutes.
In the early 20th Century, however, when transportation in the then undeveloped
One of the telltale signs of a basement water problem is stepping into a puddle on the basement floor.
Of course, any water that comes into the basement for any reason – hydrostatic or lateral pressure, gutter spillover or oversaturated soil around the foundation – or
Look at any do-it-yourself or home repair discussion board on the internet and one of the topics that pop up quite frequently is the sump pump. The discussions and (mostly) pleas for help have titles like:
“My sump pump died. What do I do?