What to Remodel Before Selling Your Home

“Fixer-upper” is one word you don’t want your house referred to during the home selling process. Unfortunately, any out-of-date rooms in your home could lead to your house receiving this label as you attempt to sell it.

In this month’s post, we’ll take a look at renovations to make before selling your home to avoid the dreaded “fixer-upper” label.

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Benefits of Built-In Bookshelves and Other Home Built-Ins

Built-ins are a great way to integrate storage and furniture into your Chicago home design. In addition to utilizing unused space, keeping your home safer, and being high-quality furniture in their own right, built-ins allow you to enjoy a fully integrated home design.

At Patrick A Finn, we love integrating built-in features into our Chicago area home remodeling projects. In this month’s blog post, we’ll outline the benefits of built-in storage and furniture. We’ll also take a look at some of our favorite home built-in features.

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Thinking About a Home Remodel? Read Our Home Remodeling Tips!

Considering a home remodeling project for your Chicagoland home? Renovation projects are a great way increasing the value of your investment and tailor your space to your lifestyle at the same time.

In this post, we’ve compiled some tips for those considering a home remodeling project. Questions about any of our tips? Let us know by contacting us!

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8 Timeless Ways To Improve Your Home

Every homeowner should always be considering ways to improve their home. Whether the projects are small or big, tailoring your dwelling into a space that reflects the needs of your lifestyle will add value and increase your enjoyment in your house.

In this post we’ll review timeless ways to improve your home. Questions on anything you read here? Contact us and let us know!

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Our Favorite Aging in Place Features

At Patrick A. Finn, we believe that people are able to live happier and healthier when living independently. Not only will it allow you to retain your own lifestyle in a home you love, but it lets you live somewhere you feel proud of.

In this month’s post, we’ll take a look at the best way to take advantage of an independent lifestyle as you get older – aging in place remodels.

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Our Favorite Luxury Kitchen Features

Today’s luxury kitchen features combine function and beauty to create breathtaking results. Not only do they look great, but they’ll give you the resources to be a home chef, make your family more comfortable, and much more.

In this month’s post, we’ll go over some of our favorite appliances, materials, and layout designs for a beautiful luxury kitchen remodel.

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8 Reasons to Add On to Your Home

No matter how much you love your home, there are always ways to improve your space by adding onto your house. Even if your home was recently built, additions to your family, an unexpected need, or outdated appliances may force you to reconsider the limitations of your current space.

In this month’s post, we’ll go over 8 common reasons for adding onto your home to improve your life (and often the value of your home, too).

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How to Plan a Kitchen Remodel

Even if you love your home, you may not love your kitchen. That’s why kitchen remodels are among the most common remodeling projects undertaken by homeowners in the Northwest Suburbs. Many homes in the area feature outdated kitchens with antiquated appliances and layouts that don’t make efficient use of space. Additionally, kitchens in older homes aren’t designed with the needs of modern families in mind.

In today’s post, we’ll help you understand how to plan a kitchen remodel. We’ll share a few of the best practices we’ve learned over the years. We’ll also help you avoid common mistakes that homeowners make when undertaking a major home remodeling project.

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Top 4 Tips for Winterizing Your Home

With the cold temps, winter has arrived early, which means it’s time to put a rush on those home-winterizing projects you haven’t yet completed.

Here Are Our Top 4 Tips for Winterizing Your Home

Some are designed to keep your family nice and cozy inside the house all winter long, while others are meant to help protect your home from the harsh winter elements.

1. Clean the gutters – The leaves have fallen, so give your gutters one final cleaning so the snow melt of winter can safely make it off your roof, along the gutters and down the spouts without backing up and creating ice dams.

00-ice-dam-300x3002. Check your doors and windows – After the warm weather of summer, the caulking and weather stripping along your door and windows may have warped a bit and need replacement. This can cause drafts, which will leave you wanting to crank the heat or huddle under blankets all winter long.

3. Hire a professional to clean your vents and fireplace chimney – If it’s been a year since your HVAC system was last cleaned, the air blowing through those vents might be distributing dust and pollens that have accumulated. Read More

Energy-efficient upgrades for your home

New energy-efficient homes are all decked out with the latest technology, saving residents money on energy bills and giving them plenty to like about their homes. If you have an older home, this is the perfect time to incorporate some energy-efficient upgrades, especially since energy rates increased for residents in Arlington Heights and neighboring communities in May, according to a March 14 article in the Chicago Tribune.

Here are some ways you can update your house to be one of the most energy-efficient homes on the block. If you’re planning a remodel or expansion, be sure to include these ideas in your plans:

1. Utilities – HVAC systems aren’t glamorous, but when they’re energy efficient, you’ll notice. Illinois Home Performance with the ENERGY STAR program offers rebates for homeowners looking to improve their heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems, making it a better deal to replace your older model today.

2. Capture the sun’s power – Energy-efficient homes are good at capturing the warmth of the sun during the winter months. If your home has a south-facing sun room with windows, make certain you plant deciduous trees in front. They’ll keep the heat out during the summer months and let it in all winter long. Solar power is also a great element for residential homes. It can be used for water heaters and electricity generation.

3. Beautiful new top-of-the-line appliances – One of the biggest areas where homeowners can increase their energy savings is with new appliances that are ENERGY STAR rated. From dishwashers to refrigerators and bathroom faucets to toilets, replacing older appliances in your home with the newest models will result in huge energy savings on electric and water bills. Read More