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Unfortunately, I live in Texas, so I cannot recommend a pest control specialist in your area. However, there are a few tricks I know that should help you out in any location. I would start by asking your neighbors for a referral. If you have a pest problem, there is a good chance that someone else in the area has had the same infestation. Additionally, I would suggest getting several quotes. They are usually free, and it doesn't hurt to ask.
It depends on the locksmith, to be honest. If you take the key in for them to make a duplicate, it won't be nearly as expensive than if you have them come to your place. House calls take time and they will charge you for it. It doesn't generally take that long to make duplicate keys at the shop, though. http://www.maitlandlocksmiths.com.au/commercial... more
Some places have high water tables in the Chicago area. It rains a lot there, so there can be problems with water rising up through a basement. It's nice if you don't have to live there, but there are places where you'll find that in most homes. Once I lived in an area where people even across the city had the same issue. If I were you, I'd look into how much of a problem water is in those areas. http://www.advancedpumps.com.au/services/... more
Typically 6%, but of course that is flexible and can be negotiated mainly depending on the potential selling price of your home.
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That would depend on where you live and what kind of locks you want installed on your door. That's a good idea to get the locks changed, though. When it comes to your safety, it's nice to know that you are the only one who has the keys to your place. Changing the locks is one of the first things I do when I move to a new place. http://www.lockstarlocksmiths.com.au... more
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