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Posted on 02 December 2017 | Category: Specials

Contact us online or call 847-922-3418 for a free estimate and receive 10% OFF the total price through December!

 

2018 Remodeling Costs Are Expected To Break Records

Posted on 28 November 2017 | Category: Specials

Remodeling prices have skyrocketed since 2016 and the double digit increases we experienced this year are expected to continue throughout 2018. If you are considering a remodeling project in the near future, it may be wise to schedule a free estimate before December 31st to lock in 2017 pricing and enjoy significant savings.

Remodeling costs are expected to rise significantly starting January 1st, 2018.

In early spring of 2017, we were notified by lumber suppliers that their costs had risen an astounding 40% and that effective immediately, all future estimates would reflect those increases. Overnight, remodeling costs increased dramatically and have not slowed since. Early indicators show that remodeling prices have increased between 10 – 15% nationwide in 2017. With the wildfires out west and Hurricane Irma and Harvey, 2018 prices are expected to achieve double-digit increases starting as early as January.

If you want to save money on your next remodel by locking in 2017 prices contact us online or give our Office Manager, Sally a call to schedule a free estimate before December 31st.

Is Your Home Trustable?

Posted on 24 October 2017 | Category: General
We are frequently contacted by homeowners who have experienced major issues with their home that ultimately could have been avoided if a professional home maintenance plan had been in place. That is why, years ago, we developed the Trustable Home Plan.  Now, hundreds of our clients enjoy their home with less stress and worry because they know Get Dwell has completed their required home maintenance tasks on time, every time. Below are the 3 steps we would take to make your home as trustworthy as possible.

Step #1: Get Dwell’s Trustable Home Assessment

Our Trustable Home Assessment includes a complete home assessment from a IL Licensed Home Inspector who thoroughly examines all of your home’s trouble areas and maintenance needs. Once your home is accurately assessed, we provide a customized, step-by-step, maintenance guide detailing all the maintenance tasks your home requires throughout the year.
The Trustable Home Assessment is $149 for current Get Dwell clients and $229 for new clients (includes one attic assessment).

Step #2: Get Dwell’s Trustable Home Plan

Our Trustable Home Plan ensures that you would receive all the home maintenance your home requires throughout the year. We can manage some, or all, of the maintenance replacement products, like filters and keep all of your essential systems, like gutters and dryer vents, functioning properly. Clients tell us they are able to enjoy their home more with much less stress because they are on The Trustable Home Plan.

Step #3: Schedule Your Services Seasonally

This Pre-Winter Season may require the following:
 

Gutter Cleaning

The external watershed system of almost every house requires that gutters and downspouts be cleaned and inspected at least once per year. At Get Dwell, all work will be performed by a IL Licensed Roofing Contractor or CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep.
Gutter Cleaning: $249 for a low, simple roof system, up  to $499 for more complex and higher roof systems.
 

Chimney Inspection / Cleaning 

Regular chimney inspections can greatly reduce the risk of chimney fires and carbon monoxide poisoning in the home. All work by Get Dwell will be performed CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep.
Chimney Inspection: $99 for the first flue and $49 for each additional / Chimney Cleaning: $269 (includes inspection)
 

Attic Assessment

Attics are one of the most often overlooked trouble areas for any home in the Chicago area. They often hide the biggest and most avoidable energy loss for any homeowner and virtually all attics require periodic inspections to be safe and avoid more serious issues. Our Attic Assessment will be performed by a IL Licensed Home Inspector. If you order our Trustable Home Assessment, one of these are included.
 

Dryer Vent Cleaning

The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) recommends that your dryer venting be inspected and cleaned at least once per year.  They estimate that 16,000 home fires could be avoided every year with an clean and inspected dryer vent.
Dryer Vent Cleaning: $199
 Finally, If you have questions about any type of professionally scheduled maintenance plan or if you have another project in mind,  contact us online or give us a call M-F 8:00-4:00PM at 847-922-3418.

Thank you for voting us Make It Better magazine’s “Best Handyman” 2017!

Posted on 27 June 2017 | Category: General

Make it Better Best of 2017Get Dwell is proud to have been voted “Best Of” by Make It Better magazine readers five times (2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 and now 2017).

“Not only do we have the best clients in the world, but we have the best people serving them,” says Sally, the Office Manager at Get Dwell. “Our team is continually looking for new ways to ‘WOW!’ our clients.”

In addition to this honor, Get Dwell recently won the 2017 North Shore Choice Award, and was featured in Remodeling magazine’s Big50 issue.

We are very grateful to you for your support!

Get Dwell gives back

Posted on 04 May 2017 | Category: Events

Last Saturday, Get Dwell celebrated 12 years of giving back to our community, teaming up with Rebuilding Together North Suburban Chicago.

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This spring, Get Dwell donated its 10th Rebuilding Together project. “For this project, we donated a team of skilled labor to repair the roof, soffit and fascia area where water and animals were getting in and replaced an exterior door that did not close or lock.” said Brian Mazur, Production Manager at Get Dwell and this years’ House Captain. “Next, we prepped the home so we could maximize the volunteers on National Rebuilding Together Day.”

This last Saturday was National Rebuilding Together Day and while the Get Dwell team helped a homeowner in Evanston, other volunteer teams worked on 17 other projects throughout in the northern suburbs. Over the years, Sharon Riley, Don Trieschmann, Linda Baudhuin of Rebuilding Together North Suburban Chicago and their network have made a big impact on the lives of families in the north suburban community. “Helping these homeowners gives them a fresh start on things and provides the safety and security they need for their family.” says Darryl Rose, President of Get Dwell.

“Six years ago, I brought my young teenage kids and their friends to help a homeowner in North Chicago. It was the first time any of them had even been to North Chicago so it was a eye-opening experience for them. This year we had 4 Get Dwell employee’s volunteer and one of the guy’s brought his wife, who helped us organize the volunteers and another  brought his teenage son who we really put to work! This homeowner is a great grandmother who had multiple generations relying on her, so the team knew firsthand what a difference they made.”

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  • Rebuilding Together – Donated ten skilled home projects 2012 -2017
  • Sears Heroes at Home – Twice provided critical home repairs for a military veteran and their family.
  • Deborahs Place – Painted / upgraded a woman’s homeless shelter.
  • Chicago Cares – Repaired / painted two Chicago Public Schools.
  • New Trier Food Pantry – Replaced the floor and updated the food storage area.
  • Highcrest School – Created outdoor classroom structures
  • New Trier High School – Multiple school projects
  • Warming House Youth Center – Kitchen project
  • Evanston Y.O.U. – Repaired / painted youth development agency

If you are looking for professional help with your home or business and value businesses who give back to their community contact us online or give us a call 847-922-3418. We look forward to helping you.

Get Dwell wins the 2017 North Shore Choice Award for Best Handyman

Posted on 06 April 2017 | Category: Press

Get Dwell has won the 2017 North Shore Choice Award for Best Handyman Service.

We thank the readers of the Wilmette Beacon, Winnetka Current, Glencoe Anchor, Highland Park Landmark, Glenview Lantern, Northbrook Tower and the Lake Forest Leader newspapers for casting their votes and giving us this great honor.

 

 

“All of us at Get Dwell work hard every day to make sure our remodeling, repair and handyman services are the best in the business”, says Rocky Macias, Operations Manager at Get Dwell. “This, and the partnerships we have built with local family-owned hardware stores all across Chicagoland help ensure that our clients are getting the type of quality products and services that they can depend on. We are fortunate on the North Shore because we have some of the best hardware stores in the country (Lemoi Ace in Evanston, Millen Hardware in Wilmette, Bess Hardware in Northfield, Northbrook Ace, Mutual Ace in Highland Park, Lake Forest True Value and Libertyville Ace). Every one of these stores have served the North Shore community for multiple generations and allow us to give our clients much better products and quicker, more dependable services than having to rely upon the typical hit-or-miss, less service oriented stores like Home Depot or Lowes.”

Contact us online or give us a call at 847-922-3418 if you would like the best local and most dependable team to help with your next remodeling, painting or repair project.

You Said It: Shop at These Local, Family-Owned Hardware Stores

Posted on 09 February 2017 | Category: Press


By Darryl Rose for Make it Better

Local, trusted business relationships, especially those that last for generations, are hard to find. Fortunately, those of us who live in Chicago or the North Shore can find that kind of trusted advice right in our own neighborhood. Not only do we have some of the best hardware stores in the country, but our neighborhood hardware stores are also local, family-owned stores, the majority of which have been around for generations. Unbelievably, two of our hardware stores have been operating for five generations which means that the great, great, grandfathers and grandmothers of the current owners started the business by building the kinds of trusted relationships that continue today.

Like most of the small family-owned businesses that are no longer with us, Amazon and big-box stores such as Home Depot and Lowes have not been kind to the local hardware store. However, many of those stores who have worked tirelessly believed in superior customer service and built trust with every customer interaction have survived. According to a study by Independent We Stand, every time we spend a dollar at a local family-owned hardware store vs. a Home Depot or Lowes, two times the value of our money stays in our local community and supports the local economy helping to create local parks, Little League teams and bike paths.

Local family-owned hardware stores give us the kind of knowledgable help we can trust when we most need it and they add to the quality of life for our communities. The next time you have a project or need trusted advice think about supporting relative newcomers like Millen Hardware in Wilmette, Lake Forest Hardware and Libertyville Ace which have been serving our local communities for over two generations. Or visit Gordon’s Ace in Chicago and Northbrook Ace who have been giving us expert advice and the help we need for three generations. If you are in the neighborhood or live close by, stop by Lemoi Ace in Evanston or Mutual Ace in Highland Park who have been helping our neighbors with their home projects for over 5 generations. Now, those are businesses you can trust.

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NKBA Reveals What Design Choices Are Trending in Kitchen and Baths in 2017

Posted on 26 January 2017 | Category: General

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The National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) released the results of its 2017 Kitchen & Bath Design Trends Report during a press conference at the International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Florida. The report, which surveyed NKBA members, revealed what’s popular in colors, finishes, and design styles. Here are a few of the top trends revealed in the survey:

Kitchen trends

  • Cabinetry with clean lines and built-in styles are popular. More homeowners might be willing to go with a more modern look because of the new technologies being introduced in kitchens.
  • White and gray are still the go-to colors for many NKBA members. Two-tone kitchens are also trending.
  • Wood cabinets still dominate the kitchen, but metal cabinets (such as stainless steel, gold, and black) could be on the rise. Quartz is the top countertop choice.
  • Accessible and universal design features are trending as homeowners are choosing to age in place and more households are multi-generational.
  • Technology is on the rise with internet-connected appliances making their way into the kitchen as well as induction cooktops and steam ovens.

Bathroom trends

  • White and gray remain the popular choice for designers. Young homeowners also interested in blue, violet, and purple hues.
  • Wood vanities and linen storage cabinets are the most popular choice for storage solutions. Ceramic tile reigns supreme for flooring, but high-quality laminate seems to be gaining popularity.
  • According to the report, more than half of NKBA members surveyed said they eliminated a tub from a bathroom remodel, but half also specified including a free standing tub.
  • Homeowners are looking for safety and comfort in the bathroom: no-threshold showers, shower seats, lighting in the shower, etc.
  • Water-saving technology for faucets and toilets are becoming more mainstream.
From traditional and classic to modern and contemporary our designers work with clients to realize the ultimate design potential on any project. If you are considering remodeling a kitchen or bathroom in 2017, contact us today or call us at 847-922-3418. We will be happy to help you explore all the options, costs and design possibilities of any project.

The 2017 Top 10 Remodeling Paybacks in the Chicago area

Posted on 11 January 2017 | Category: General

Each year, the Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report (www.costvsvalue.com) helps realtors and homeowners determine which remodeling projects have the greatest return when a homeowner goes to sell their home. The 2017 report shares that in the Chicago area, rising new-home prices, curb appeal and energy efficiency all contributed to a gain in remodeling projects’ payback at resale. As a general rule, the simpler and lower-cost the project, the bigger its cost-value ratio.

insulation1The Top 10 Remodeling Paybacks in the Chicago area for 2017

1) Curb Appeal: 71 – 104%

  • Front Door (steel): 104%
  • Stone Veneer: 104%
  • Grand Entrance (fiberglass): 71%

2) Attic Insulation: 89%

3) Kitchen Remodel: 75%

4) Siding Replacement: 71%

5) Window Replacement: 71%

6) Two-Story Addition: 70%

7) Family Room Addition: 64%

8) Deck Addition: 62%

9) Bathroom Remodel: 61%

10) Master Suite Addition: 60%


Takeaways from this year’s report:

  • First impressions are important and “curb appeal” is essential to maximizing value. Many of the highest-scoring projects were for projects completed on the exterior of the home (front doors, garage doors, entryways, siding, etc.)
  • Every realtor will tell you, “kitchens and baths sell houses” and the cost vs. value data supports this assumption. Kitchen and bath remodels have some of the biggest impact on your home’s value. In Chicago, an upscale bath remodel had a slightly lower return than a midrange bath remodel and a midrange kitchen remodel had a slightly better return than a major kitchen remodel.
  • Not surprisingly, attic insulation projects increase a home’s retail value by 89%.
  • Outdoor living is one of the fastest growing areas in the remodeling industry and in the Chicago area it has one of the biggest paybacks. Maximizing time outdoors on a well designed composite deck (which has a slightly larger return than wood decking) has great appeal to the Chicago area home buyer.
  • In general, replacements cost less and therefore provide a bigger payback than remodels or additions but as the value of homes increase, the value of these remodels and additions keep increasing right along with them.

The important thing for every homeowner to realize is that year after year, the cost of the average remodeling project keeps going up. A Chicago area homeowner will pay 5% more for their remodeling project in 2017 than in 2016. According to Metrostudy, this trend will continue through this year and into 2018 with remodeling projects increasing in cost an average of 5% per year. While every home improvement we make does not always equate with returns on the dollar, most homeowners want to maximize their investment when considering a remodeling project.

In this market, the longer a homeowner waits, the more expensive their remodeling projects become. If you are a homeowner considering any type of remodeling project — and want to pay less now and start enjoying your home’s investment right away — contact us today for a free consultation or call us at 847-922-3418.

 

Complete data from the Remodeling 2017 Cost vs. Value Report can be downloaded free at www.costvsvalue.com. All data from the report © 2017 Hanley Wood Media Inc. 

The “Golden Key” to Fixing a Cold, Uncomfortable and Drafty Home May Not Be What You Think

Posted on 08 December 2016 | Category: General, Specials

januaryWe meet with many homeowners who have cold and drafty rooms in their house and do not know realize how to solve this issue. Many think the best solution starts with an expensive window and door replacement project. Unfortunately, many people end up spending a great deal of money on replacement windows and doors to alleviate this problem only to discover that they still have a cold and drafty house after the new windows and doors are installed. And while, it is true, that the new windows and doors on the market today are true marvels of thermal resistance, it does not mean that your home will cease to be cold and drafty after installing them. Which is just what one of our clients discovered after she had new windows installed by another contractor in her daughters bedroom. “Her room was so cold and drafty at night that we needed to find a way to keep her room comfortable,”  she related “we ended up buying top of the line replacement windows only to realize that her bedroom was still cold and drafty after the installation”.

What this homeowner did not realize is that the single biggest contributor to the cold and draftiness of her daughters bedroom was not the windows. The “Golden Key” to fixing her daughter’s cold and drafty bedroom was to be found in the attic. “No longer does an old house, or even a new house, have to be cold, drafty and difficult to heat,” says Fred Lugano in Fine Homebuilding Magazine. In “the attic are the keys to lower heating bills and a more comfortable house”

In order to better understand why all the leading experts agree that the attic is the “Golden Key” to eliminating a cold, uncomfortable and drafty house you must be aware of two basic concepts of building performance.

The first concept to know about is the stack effect, in which the warmer air inside your home is forced to rise to the uppermost portions of your house. Next, you greendream2need to understand that there exists a building envelope which is the physical separator between the interior and the exterior environments of any building. So, as the warm air in your home forcibly rises it will meet the upper envelope, or in this case, your upper ceiling area. If this envelope has been penetrated or left unsealed (can lights, bath fans, attic access panels are great examples of penetration) warm air will be forced to escape. This, in turn, produces a giant vacuum effect throughout your home which will forcibly suck the cold, outside air into your home through the weaker and more susceptible parts of your lower building envelope (like rim joists, doors and windows and anywhere else that is not properly sealed.) This giant vacuum effect — sucking cold, outside air into the home — is the cause of the drafts in your home and not your doors and windows or some other perceived phenomenon.

If you want to test this in your own home, wait for a next cold day when there is not a breath of wind outside. Next, put your hand near your doors and windows. That frigid rush of air you feel will not be a breeze from any wind outside but the force of cold, exterior air being sucked into your house by the giant vacuum effect. The best way to eliminate this and stop the drafts is to seal the penetrations in the upper building envelope of your home which will prevent the warm air from forcibly escaping and causing the giant vacuum effect in the first place.

The Golden Key to fixing a cold, uncomfortable and drafty home is to seal the unsealed penetrations in the upper building envelope and then insulate properly.

storageThe good news is that by doing these things it is estimated that you can save up to 20% on heating and cooling costs (or up to 10% on your total annual energy bill). If you would like to find out why your house is cold and drafty and how to solve it, contact us — we have the thermal cameras to identify the issues and expertise to make your home warm and cozy. For just $125 for existing clients or $175 for new clients, we will provide a Cold and Draft Assessment, which includes a detailed listing of all cold and draft issues, thermal imaging and a visual assessment of the attic.

Contact us today to schedule a Cold and Draft Assessment for your home.