Home Owner Resource Links (plumbers, electricians, HVAC, Insurance, etc)

Home Inspectors are constantly asked for referrals to different kinds of businesses and contractors to fix problems found during the inspection or to do improvements.  We have come to know some that are very exceptional, as well as some whose work is, shall we say, less-than-professional.

It must be stressed that we never ask for, invite or accept any money or gifts from the various contractors we refer to our clients.  That would be a violation of our Association's Code of Ethics and even more important, just plain wrong.

It is very important for you to understand that every contractor you hire should be licensed and insured.  The State of Illinois only licenses two building trades, Plumbers and Roofers.  All other 'licenses' are only limited licenses, usually issued by counties or local municipalities.  It is also important to hire only insured contractors.  They care enough about their work and about their clients to spend the extra money on insurance to protect the client if they make a mistake.  You should always ask any contractor you hire for their license number, insurance certification and a list of past client references.  Our rule-of-thumb is to gat at least 3 different quotes for any home improvement or repair and to make sure that the work quoted by each contractor is for the same job, using the same materials and doing the work in the same way.  This is so you can properly compare each quote in an 'apples to apples' manner.

Here as some web links and contacts to various contractors and other businesses that we have worked with, personally, know and can fully recommend with confidence.  These businesses have consistently displayed the level of professionalism, honesty and quality workmanship that we admire and we have no hesitation in referring them to our family, friends and our clients.


Appliance Repair (stoves, washers and dryers, microwaves, refrigerators, etc)

Tal P.

JP Service Company
3023 N Clark Street #168
Chicago, IL 60657
(w) 312-373-0499
(c) 847-373-2227


Appraiser (Residential):

Randy Barcella

Real Estate Appraisals

Office: (708) 301-6100

Cell:  (708) 870-9400



Terry Hillerich  (847) 609-8079

Hillerich and Associates

4305 Linderwood

Northbrook, IL  60062


Michael Hobbs, SRA, LEED GA

RahRoo Appraisal & Consultancy

1707 W. Roscoe

Chicago, IL  60657

(773) 388-0003



Candy, Nuts, Gifts:

David Levine

Illinois Nut and Candy

3745 W. Dempster

Skokie, IL  60076

(847) 677-5777


Carpet Cleaning:

Chicagoland Healthy Home

(847) 379-8788




Carpentry (Remodeling, Decks, Fences, Tile, Trim)

Bob Kelly

Kelly Carpentry (Specialists in Historic Preservation and Restoration and Cabinetry)

(847) 274-3389



Good Guys Carpentry

Alex Ayala

(708) 769-9879



Crawlspace Work:

Greg Mitchell  

A Better Crawlspace

830 Fariway Dr.

Bensenville, IL

(630) 860-2577, Cell: (630) 816-9793


Chimney Sweep / Repair

Jeanne Smith

Lindemann Chimney Services

28915 Herky Drive

Lake Bluff, IL

(847) 918-7994




Joyful Dental Care

Dr. Joy Poskozim

6314 N. Cicero

Chicago, IL  60646

(773) 736-7767



Drywall Repair:

Drywall MD

Brian Powers

(630) 355-2210


Duct Cleaning:

Mark Syster

Duct Cleaning

(312) 656-2539


Brad Lassila

Duct Doctor of Chicago

4027 N. Hamlin

Chicago, IL  60618

(773) 267-0799



Mr. Electric

Joe Goldman

1000 Corporate Drive

Northbrook, IL

(847) 983-8598



Cook Electric (Big jobs)                                      

1100 Florence Ave.                                                     

Evanston, IL  60202                                                     

(847) 328-8031


Get Power Now (Automatic Generators)

Steve Kruzich

(630) 742-4263



Mr. Floor

Igor Murokh

3828 Oakton

Skokie, IL

(847) 674-7500 Ext 11



Oscar Ruiz

Floor Specialists

(312) 735-3595




Ray Szumai

Afordable Garages

4001 Devon

Chicago, IL  60646

(847) 810-9009



General Contractors:

Ron Cowgill

D & R Services, Unlimited

2031 Johns Drive
Glenview, IL 60025





Bob Kelly

Kelly Carpentry (Specialists in Historic Preservation and Restoration and Cabinetry)

(847) 274-3389




HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning)

Bronson Shavitz                                                              

R. A. Shavitz                                                                   

4849 Main St.                                                                  

Skokie, IL                                                                       

(847) 678-1000


Jim McLeod

J. M. Mechanical Services (Western Suburbs)

8965 Berwick Ct.

Lakewood, IL  60014

(847) 417-1357                                             


Daniel Damian

High Efficiency Heating and Cooling

6114 Lincoln Ave.

Morton Grove, IL

(847) 470-9891



Tom Decker

Chicago Green Insulation





Brian Holtzman

Eco Tech Insulation (Foam insulation)

5200 W. Main Street
Suite 205
Skokie, IL 60077
(224) 234-1940



Insurance: (Auto, Home)

Louis Irmo                                                                       

Irmo Insurance Agency                                                   

3748 Oakton                                                                  

Skokie, IL  60076                                                           

(847) 677-0505 ext. 107


Neal Gallo

State Farm   

6666 N Western Avenue
Chicago, IL 60645-5024






Mike Galasinski

Arrow Masonry and Exteriors (Repair, Split Block Sealing)
420 South Vermont
Palatine, Illinois 60067
800-882-5768 (City)
847-776-6400 (North)
630-629-4300 (South)




Brent Moore

AAA-1 Masonry & Tuckpointing

5001 West Fullerton Avenue
Chicago, IL 60639
(773) 412-9161




Mold Remediation, Water Damage and Fire Restoration:

(Note:  Mold Remediation companies should not be used for mold inspections or testing because of the possibility of conflict of interest.)

Rainbow International Restoration

(847) 673-3473


Rich Franco (President)

Gwen Massey (Sales)

Night and Day Restoration Services

824 S. Kay

Addison, IL  60101

(888) 406-86710

Cell: (312) 388-1193






Tony Ardizzone

CertiPro Painters

2516 Waukegan Rd.

Glenview, IL

(847) 226-7418




Perfect Painters (Commercial and Residential)

William Wendorf

1N 657 Villa Ave.

Villa Park, IL  60181

Office: (630) 941-8362

Cell : (630) 542-8362




Kevin Shiffman                                                                

Village Plumbing

3224 West Lake Ave.

Glenview, IL  60026

(847) 998-6160


Fernando Diaz

Clear Pipe Inc. (Sewer pipe lining and repair)

(847) 374-0372

Cell: (847) 848-7114


Tangney & Sons, Inc. (General plumbing and interior pipe camera inspection)                                                   

2233 Northwestern Ave.                                              

Waukegan, IL  60087                                                    

(847) 599-0635 


Keith Schreiner

Parks Plumbing & Sewer (Basement flood control systems)

8121 N. Lawndale

Skokie, IL  60076

(847) 676-1931


Radon Mitigation:

DuPage Radon Contractors, Inc.

Mike Rumak, President

(630) 836-1918





Remodeling, Construction:

Rick Reiner                                                                  

Remodeling by the Tinman   (NARI Certified)                                       

8331 N. Kostner                                                            

Skokie, IL 60076                                                           

(847) 763-1800


Ron Cowgill

D/R Services Unlimited (NARI Certified)

2031 Johns Dr.

Glenview, IL 60025

(847) 998-1687



Ralph Richardson

Community Home Supply (Kitchen and Bath Showroom)

3924 N. Lincoln

Chicago, IL  50513

(773) 281-7010



J. R. Graves

Construction Made Simple, Inc.

Skokie, IL 60077



Shingle Company

Brian Washburn

1408 Robinswood Ln.

LaGrange, IL  60526

Office: (630) 728-2222

Cell:     (708) 310-8924



Hanson Roofing

2130 Jackson Ave.

Evanston, IL  60201

(847) 328-2550


Waukegan Roofing

1320 Gladstone

Waukegan, IL

(847) 623-1625


Security Systems:

Kevin Wallace

Keyth Technologies

1520 Berkley Rd.

Highland Park, IL 60035

(847) 433-0000

Cell: (847) 417-2500



Structural Engineer:

Joseph Farruggia, SE, AIA


216 S. Jefferson, Suite 200

Chicago, IL  60661

(312) 831-2000


Moshe Calamaro, SE

930 Pitner Avenue, Suite 7
Evanston, Illinois 60202
Phone No. (847) 733-0015
Fax No. (847) 733-0018


Stucco (Repairs and new installation)

David Hohmeier

Chicago Stucco Co. (GREAT for old stucco repairs and maintenance)

8123 N. Ridgeway

Skokie, IL  60076

(847) 674-6756