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Home Construction & Design


Building one's dream home starts with a plan, design, and budget.  Finding the right home builder to pull off the project is who another matter.  It's important to get multiple quotes from different home builders near you before signing anything.  Talk with local governments over zoning and other programs including possible rebates.  Always be sure to have the proper permits and insurance before starting any work.

Many folks work with planned developments so they are limited in certain styles or floorplan configurations, but custom home builders are able to produce home's from scratch with unique designs and elements that are envisioned by a professional architect.  An experienced home builder will be able to provide many details about the project and keep you informed throughout the process.

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Sewer and Main Drains
Chicago's private drain program requires the city to pay for some sewer line repairs.
Sewer line (Photo by © Douglas Sacha / Moment / Getty Images)
Sewer and Main Drains
A sewer line camera inspection costs an average of $685, with a typical range of $250 to $1,175
PVC pipe with a standard sewer trap (Photo by Douglas Sacha/Moment/Getty Images)
Sewer and Main DrainsCommon Plumbing ProblemsPlumbersBasement
Smelling sewer gas can not only be unpleasant; it’s dangerous
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Sewer and Main Drains
Replacing or repairing a sewer line costs an average of $2,500 with a typical range between $1,100 and $4,100
an open and clean basement with a support beam and two windows (Photo by  © Martin Deja/Moment/Getty Images.)
Water and Smoke DamageSewer and Main Drains
If your basement has ever flooded or been damaged by water, you know just how stressful a flood can be. But there are some simple tips you can follow to help keep your basement dry.