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Contractor Scams

Watch out for these contractor scams when it comes time to repair or replace your home windows. Perhaps you are planning to put your home on the market and need to complete some repairs prior to listing the home. You need to be extremely careful when choosing a contractor to perform the work. The same theory applies if you are undertaking any upgrades to a home that you have just recently acquired.

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replacement windows

The decision between buying replacement windows vs repairing your current windows is a common dilemma when selling your home. A home inspector will more than likely uncover any window issues during the pre-sale inspection. In many cases this will negate the sale of your home, depending on the scope of the repairs and the issues they discover. The problems the inspector finds could range from simple component repairs such as latches to far more serious issues such as wood rot from extended exposure to water. If any of these conditions exist, you will be far better off if you move forward with the window repairs, or if needed, buying replacement windows, before you list your home on the market. Read more

window seal issues

If you are about to purchase a home, you will need to obtain a presale home inspection report prior to closing. This is generally a requirement by the mortgage company to unveil any costly repairs that may be needed. Even if the lender doesn’t require a presale home inspection, you should take the initiative on your own to protect yourself financially.  If you are about to sell your home it’s in your best interest to keep the windows off the bargaining table.  Trust me on this! Read more

Inspecting Windows

You need to protect your home from the outside elements. Inspecting windows on a regular basis is an important step to eliminate water leaks and drafts. Both can create costly issues if left unattended. Water leaks can lead to very expensive repairs if the surrounding structure or the wood window frames themselves are rotted. Excessive air leaks will hit you in the pocket-book every month with higher heating and cooling charges.
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Row Window Sash Rot Inspection

With the fall season upon us in Illinois and now that the leaves have started turning colors; it’s time to prepare your winter window inspection checklist. You need to perform a thorough examination of your windows before the Illinois temperatures drop and well before the first snowflake falls. Preparing and following your winter window inspection checklist each fall can ensure your home is ready to fend off the cold temperatures and blustery winter weather.

Why should you inspect your windows before winter? Because, in the colder climate like we have in Illinois; the windows of your home are one of the primary sources of heat loss.

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