Jun 05 2016

Updated Jul 11

O'Hare noise influencing home buyers?

Are any home buyers beginning to shy away from Norwood Park, Edison Park or Park Ridge due to O'Hare noise? I am going to be a seller and buyer sometime in the next 12 months. I am curious if anyone is noticing any trends? Are buyers looking at areas further south in Dunning to avoid aircraft noise? The noise is considerably less the further south you go. From the research I have done it appears that noise over Norwood, Edison and Park Ridge will continue because of current runway configurations. What is the conventional wisdom?

  • I know Portage Park goes south of Addison, I'm wondering if that is hot to?

  • Lifelong^ fwiw, I'd say 'yes' if it's north of Belmont. A lot depends on pricing the listing right from the start based on good market comps.

Jan 21 2016

Updated Jun 29

Concrete Work

I'm hoping that one of my friendly neighbors will be able to guide me in the right direction. My 8-unit condo building has been experiencing a rat problem for the past 6 months or so. We signed an exclusion contract with Terminix (for the tune of $3,400). At the time we were convinced that although the price was high it would be worth it because of they would provide unlimited technician visits for a year. They promised us that they...

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I'm hoping that one of my friendly neighbors will be able to guide me in the right direction. My 8-unit condo building has been experiencing a rat problem for the past 6 months or so. We signed an exclusion contract with Terminix (for the tune of $3,400). At the time we were convinced that although the price was high it would be worth it because of they would provide unlimited technician visits for a year. They promised us that they would seal up all possible entry points and that it was only a matter of time before all rats trapped in the building starved to death or were trapped.

Here we are six months later and now Terminix is saying that we need to pay $4,500 in order to install underground fencing along the perimeter (approximately 15'x40' of a dirt floor crawl space in our basement. Terminix is now saying that they are almost positive that this will solve our problem.

Has anyone else had a similar experience? We are now thinking of just filling that crawlspace area with concrete. Does anyone know of a company who would be able to level out a dirt basement crawlspace and cover the floor with a layer of concrete? Our condo association is currently seeking out free estimates. We are located at the 5400 block of Grace.

Thank you in advance to anyone who comments - your insight is greatly appreciated!

  • Betsey in Kilbourn Park Belding and Schurz Alumna

    I host a feral cat colony through Treehouse Humane Society's "Cats at Work" program. Solved my very bad rat problem -- it was like a miracle. The adult rats just left, and the babies were caught and killed by the cats. I have had them 3 years now, and have not seen a rat in my yard in that entire time. They are easy to care for, and I can't say enough about them.

  • Betsy - we also host a couple of ferals on our block. I haven't seen a rat all year.

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