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

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
Lindemann 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:

Mr. Electric
Joe Goldman
1000 Corporate Drive
Northbrook, IL
(847) 983-8598
joe.goldman@mrelectric.com

Cook Electric (Big jobs)
1100 Florence Ave.
Evanston, IL  60202
(847) 328-8031

Get Power Now (Automatic Generators)
Steve Kruzich
(630) 742-4263

Flooring:

Mr. Floor
Igor Murokh
3828 Oakton
Skokie, IL
(847) 674-7500 Ext 11
mrfloor.com

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.)

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
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