Steve Burke, SSP

Broker , SSP

Resources

Foundation Cracks
Serious structural problems in houses are not very common, but when they occur they are expensive to repair. Some can’t be fixed at all. This report won’t turn you into an expert, but it will give you some of the common indicators.
60 Amp Electrical Service
Electrical service in your home.
Synthetic Stucco
Synthetic stucco or “EIFS” (Exterior Insulating and Finishing Systems) has been a concern for many homebuyers, sellers and agents alike. Its use increased sharply in the 1990s. In North America, about 300, 000 homes have an EIFS exterior. It is inexpensive and relatively easy to install and attractive. Most importantly, EIFS has been connected to concealed rot in exterior wall cavities.
Village Information
Links to Rolling Meadows, Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates, Elk Grove, Inverness, Barrington, Arlington Heights, Palatine, Roselle, and Streamwood.
Wet Basements
The words are all-too-familiar and many times “blow the deal” between buyers and sellers. But a wet basement or crawlspace does not necessarily mean a significant problem exists. It has been reported that more than ninety-five percent of all houses have had, or will have, basement leakage at some point. If your inspector sites a wet basement or crawlspace, keep a cool head and listen carefully if he or she recommends further investigation.
Old Wiring
Discussion of wiring types
Uplifting Experience (Trusses)
A truss is a prefabricated roof structure, which holds up the roof decking wood, shingles, and top floor ceiling.
Glossary Of House Terms
Glossary of common house terms.
Outlet Buttons - GFIs
GFCI’s are designed to shut power off to the outlet if there is a very small variance, interruption, or “leak” of any electricity, which ordinary outlets don’t detect.
Housing Recovery Set to Continue
Are You A Renter? Insure Your Stuff!
Q: How Do You Decide Whether to Add on to an Existing Home or Purchase a New One?
Getting Smart About Your Debt
Top 5 Ways to Lower Your Mortgage Payment
Q: What Causes a Foreclosure?
Homeowners Insurance: What's Covered, What's Not?
How-To: Prioritize Your Debt
How-To: Improve Your Credit Score
Low Credit Scores and Mortgages - How One Affects the Other
Smart Advice for Bathroom Renovations
Keep Decks Looking New with Proper Maintenance
Moving or Improving? Tips for a Flawless Painting Project
Avoid These Costly Central Air Mistakes
Do-It Yourself: Deck Staining
Four Factors for Choosing the Best Heating/Cooling System
5 Ways to Boost Home Security
Protect Your Home from Ice Dams this Winter
Simple Solutions For A Ship-Shape Home
Understand the Real Estate Closing Process
Understanding Disclosure and Its Role in a Real Estate Deal
Why Homebuyers and Sellers Should Work with a Real Estate Agent
Can a Home Be Sold For Less Than It's Mortgage?
Create an Outdoor Space that 'Wows'
How to Prepare for Unexpected Home Repairs
Q: If Faced with Foreclosure, What Are My Options?
8 Ways to 'Green' Your Home
Create Your Dream Green Kitchen
Fall Lawn Care Tips
Kitchen Remodeling 101: Making the Space Your Own
Small Changes to Upgrade Your Home
Tackle Fall Home Improvement Projects Now to Improve Your Home
Ten Easy Steps to Go Green and Save Green at Home
Top Winterizing Tasks for Your Home
Q: What guidelines should I follow to find a contractor?
Take the Stress Out of Preparing for Moving Day by Starting Early