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Five Quick Home Makeovers

It’s time for a younger, fresher look for your home. Whether you’d like to sell this spring or just need a touch-up, injecting new life into your property doesn’t have to be costly or time consuming. Paint  — Keep extra paint cans of both your trim and wall colors for touch-ups. When potential buyers and […]

Spring Into Action on Home Maintenance

If you’re a college basketball fan, you might be setting your DVR to catch the March Madness games. But did you notice something else on the calendar? It’s officially Springtime in Chicago. That means besides the TV, there’s much more in your home that needs your attention. Just like it was wise to prepare your […]

Show Your Best Home

The timing is perfect for buyers. They’ve received their bonuses. Mortgage rates are low. Despite the flurries and frigid temperatures, the spring home sales market is blossoming.  If you’re a seller, this means you need to get in gear quickly. There are several ways to whip your home or condo into shape to make the […]

Everyone From Foodies to Fido Inspiring Spring Home Trends

With Valentine’s Day behind us, it’s time to look forward to something else we all love in Chicago: Spring. The warmer weather means home sales heat up as well. If you’re buying or selling during this busy season, here are some in-demand trends to watch for. Foodie Kitchen and Baker’s Kitchen – You’ve heard the […]

Home Automation Competition Turns up the Heat

Everyone has been there. It’s the middle of the night and one of your smoke detectors is beeping nonstop. You think there’s no way it’s a fire. The dumb thing must be malfunctioning/needs new batteries/is such a pain because all you want to do is sleep. So you stumble around the house trying to figure […]

Planning a Winter Getaway? Don’t Leave Your Home Out in the Cold

The average January temperature in Honolulu is 80 degrees. The average January temperature in Miami is 75 degrees. The average January temperature in Chicago is… a balmy 24 degrees. That actually sounds relatively warm compared to some of the frigid temps we’ve endured this month here in the Windy City.  If you’re a snowbird or […]

Warm up to High-Tech Snow Removal

Where’s the snow? It’s mid-December and the white stuff is nowhere in sight. For kids and snow removal services, that’s awful news. For many others, it’s a welcome break from traffic snarls and shoveling hassles that snow creates. But some homeowners are warming up to the idea of letting technology lessen the burden of snow […]

Smartphone Apps Make DIY Fall Cleanup a Snap

It’s time for some DIY fall cleanup around your home or condo. Don’t groan. Just grab your smartphone. Even home improvement has gone high tech.  Whether you’ve snatched up a new iPhone 6 or you’ve been a Samsung fan all along, you’ll be able to find a home improvement app that fits your needs. Here […]

Keep Your Home Dry in Chicago’s Wild, Wet Weather

The heavy storms in Chicago lately have seemed more tropical than Midwestern. It can be sunny one minute and a downpour drenches you the next minute. When the storms hit, some homeowners run for their basements to make sure everything is dry. But you have several choices to help keep the water outside your home. […]

Grilling in the City

Summer grilling season is heating up. So it’s a good time to talk about some home improvements that might make grilling in the city more convenient. Here’s the perennial debate: Do you buy a charcoal grill or a gas one? Charcoal boasts unbeatable smoky flavor and is budget-friendly. If you have a small, urban patio […]