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
email: 
tal@jpservicecompany.com
 

 

Appraiser (Residential):

Randy Barcella

Real Estate Appraisals

Office: (708) 301-6100

Cell:  (708) 870-9400

RandyBarcella@aol.com

 

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

Hobbs@RahRoo.com
 

 

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

www.ChicagolandHealthyHome.com

 

Computer Sales & Repair

Solomon Computer Clinic

3560 Dempster Street
Skokie, IL 60076

(847) 676-6666

wmsolomon@gmail.com

 

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

Bob Kelly

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

(847) 274-3389

www.KellyCarpentry.net

 

Good Guys Carpentry

Alex Ayala

(708) 769-9879

a.ayala78@yahoo.com

 

Crawlspace Work:

Greg Mitchell  

A Better Crawlspace

830 Fariway Dr.

Bensenville, IL

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

 

Chimney Sweep / Repair

Jeanne Smith

Lindeman Chimney Services

28915 Herky Drive

Lake Bluff, IL

(847) 918-7994

 

 

Dentists:

Joyful Dental Care

Dr. Joy Poskozim

6314 N. Cicero

Chicago, IL  60646

(773) 736-7767

JoyfullDentalCare@yahoo.com

 

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

 

Electricians:

Cook Electric (Big jobs)                                      

1100 Florence Ave.                                                     

Evanston, IL  60202                                                     

(847) 328-8031

 

Get Power Now (Automatic Generators)

Steve Kruzich

(630) 742-4263

 

Flooring:

Mark Gustin

Home Carpet One

3071 N. Lincoln

Chicago, IL

(773) 935-9314 Ext 112

 

Oscar Ruiz

Floor Specialists

(312) 735-3595

ruizfloors@gmail.com                                  

 

Garages:

Ray Szumai

Afordable Garages

4001 Devon

Chicago, IL  60646

(847) 810-9009

raschumal@msn.com

 

General Contractors:

 

Ron Cowgill

D & R Services, Unlimited

2031 Johns Drive
Glenview, IL 60025

847-998-1687

http://www.restorethenorthshore.com/

 

 

Bob Kelly

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

(847) 274-3389

www.KellyCarpentry.net

 

 

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

 

Insulation:

       

Tom Decker

Chicago Green Insulation

847-987-3626

ChicagoGreenInsulation.com

tom@chicagogreeninsulation.com

 

Brian Holtzman

Eco Tech Insulation (Foam insulation)

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

brian@ecotecinsulation.com

                                                                              

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

773-743-6565

http://www.nealgallo.com/

                        

 

Masonry:

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)

Mike@tuckpointing.com

www.tuckpointing.com

 

Brent Moore

AAA-1 Masonry & Tuckpointing

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

www.aaa1masonry.net

 

 

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.)

 

Rich Franco (President)

Gwen Massey (Sales)

Night and Day Restoration Services

824 S. Kay

Addison, IL  60101

(888) 406-86710

Cell: (312) 388-1193

rich@nightanddayrestoration.com

gmassey@nightanddayrestoration.com

 

 

Painting:

Tony Ardizzone

CertiPro Painters

2516 Waukegan Rd.

Glenview, IL

(847) 226-7418

northshore@certipro.com

CertiPro.com/northshore

 

Perfect Painters (Commercial and Residential)

William Wendorf

1N 657 Villa Ave.

Villa Park, IL  60181

Office: (630) 941-8362

Cell : (630) 542-8362

 

 

Plumber:

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

www.dupageradon.com

MikeR@dupageradon.com

 

 

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

Ron@RestoreTheNorthShore.com

 

Ralph Richardson

Community Home Supply (Kitchen and Bath Showroom)

3924 N. Lincoln

Chicago, IL  50513

(773) 281-7010

www.CommunityHomeSupply.com                                                           

 

J. R. Graves

Construction Made Simple, Inc.

Skokie, IL 60077

 

Roofing:

Shingle Company

Brian Washburn

1408 Robinswood Ln.

LaGrange, IL  60526

Office: (630) 728-2222

Cell:     (708) 310-8924

sales@shingleco.com

 

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

Keyth.com

 

Structural Engineer:

Joseph Farruggia, SE, AIA

GFGR Inc.

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
moshe@moshecal.com

 

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

www.ChicagoStucco.com

 

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