Whether you attended the Ideal Homes Show at McCormick Place this past weekend or not, Chicagoland homeowners looking for remodeling inspiration and help have a handy new tool at their fingertips.  
The National Association of the Remodeling Industry in Greater Chicagoland has a new and advanced website where users can search contractors and compare options by a chosen radius from their zip code, by trade, specialty, or by name.

With photo galleries, links, designations, referrals and more, this website is a one-stop shop for finding the right contractor for your next project.
But… update wisely!
Remember to start with the not-so-glamorous updates first.
While buyers love to see modern amenities and features throughout a home, it is mostly the unseen or timeless updates that will swing the buyer-on-the-fence into your yard.  A new roof, new siding, or a new HVAC system may very well make or break their decision to purchase your home.  Shiny new stainless steel appliances won’t matter if the roof is leaking! 

Once the essentials are up to date, it’s a safe time to move on to more exciting projects.  Updates like energy efficient appliances, hardwood flooring, new countertops, or custom lighting can also set your home above the comparable nearby listings.  Before you begin your next renovation project, give considerable thought to the effect on resale value.  Remember that taste is subjective, and be mindful of the nature of your changes. Ask your professional how they think your modifications could potentially help, or hurt, your resale value.

For more helpful tips about your home investments, visit us on the web at www.gmregroup.com, give us a call at 630-441-5570, or stop by our office!