3 Non-Obvious Signs Your Roof is in Danger

by Charles Bellefontaine • October 9, 2019

Your roof is the most important part of your house. Regular roof cleaning and maintenance can save you money in the long run and protect your property value. Whether you live in a calm or busy climate, there can be signs that your roof needs repairs. We’ve put together a quick guide to find signs […]

3 Things You Need to Know About Adding Exterior Lighting to Your Home

by Charles Bellefontaine • June 11, 2019

Dressing up the exterior of your home can increase its outward appeal and market value as well as reflect a potential for indoor beauty. Exterior lighting is a powerful means to draw positive attention to your house. However, there are a few details that you need to address regarding exterior lighting to prevent stumbling blocks. […]

3 Hidden Home Dangers That Are More Common Than You Think

by Charles Bellefontaine • May 14, 2019

An important part of being a responsible homeowner is keeping an eye out for any signs of hidden conditions that could damage your property. Catching problems early is imperative when it comes to protecting your home and health from long-term harm. Here are three things to look out for in your home. Radon One of […]

3 Signs That Your Home’s Foundation is in Trouble

by Charles Bellefontaine • April 25, 2019

Most home maintenance issues that you run into aren’t going to be emergencies, but foundation damage is one problem that you should never ignore. That type of damage can quickly spread to other parts of your home, and a relatively minor fix early on could help you avoid expensive repairs down the road. Here is […]

3 Reasons You Should Never Procrastinate a Home Inspection

by Charles Bellefontaine • April 22, 2019

Home inspections can be beneficial for a range of reasons. They can help property owners assess curb appeal and value, first and foremost. They can also help owners determine whether they should take on any renovation or remodeling projects in the near future. If you have any concerns that involve the condition of your home, […]

What Are the Biggest Causes of Damage to a Home’s Exterior?

by Charles Bellefontaine • April 21, 2019

You likely wish to protect the things you love. And you probably like your home a lot. Years may pass without experiencing any weather-related damage to a home. Don’t fall into a lull and assume no natural threats to the property exist. The elements can turn wicked without warning, and you must prepare yourself for […]

One Year Warranty Inspection

by Charles Bellefontaine • February 3, 2019

A Northbrook Home Inspection (New Construction), we found a missing mortar joint. It may not seem like much, until the stone comes loose and needs to be repaired. Charles BellefontaineCharles is a home inspector and a home inspector trainer. He started as a professional home inspector in 1993. He works for Chicagoland Home Inspectors, Inc. […]

Fire Separations in Attached Garages

by Charles Bellefontaine • January 30, 2019

If a fire starts in a garage, you do not want it to spread to the attached house. Additionally, if you start up your vehicle in the garage, you do not want carbon monoxide entering your home. Homeowners (me included) have a tendency to store an assortment of flammable materials in garages.   Gas, diesel […]


by Charles Bellefontaine • January 29, 2019

What does efflorescence mean to the home inspector? Efflorescence is the salt deposits on a masonry or concrete surfaces that is associated with water moving through walls. Water in the walls dissolves salts from the mortar and concrete or masonry.  As water evaporates off of the wall surface, the salts are left behind as crystals […]

Basement Walkouts

by Charles Bellefontaine • January 26, 2019

The most important item with any exterior drain is to keep it clean.  This includes window wells, bottoms of driveways, patios, and also these walkout basement stair that we are talking about here.