CPG Website Refresh

The CPG company website redesign has been completed.  The goal was to streamline the site with a singular focus on Chicago property management as this is what we do!  We are Chicago property managers. We still have many tweaks to complete including the addition of custom building and neighborhood photos. Update 6/14/2016: Website photos now refreshed. Site now [...]

By | 2016-06-14T19:41:24+00:00 May 27th, 2016|Office News|Comments Off on CPG Website Refresh

Project Highlight: Springtime Grounds Cleanup

After the winter, one very simple and affordable step that can make a property look great is a quick spring landscape grounds cleanup. The cleanup should of course include weeding and cleaning all fallen leaves and debris from the property. We also recommend edging all beds and even creating a bed around parkway trees where [...]

By | 2017-08-23T19:04:20+00:00 May 19th, 2016|Maintenance|Comments Off on Project Highlight: Springtime Grounds Cleanup

Security Deposit or Move Fee, Landlords You Make The Call

Many Chicago landlords are moving away from holding security deposits in favor of taking a nominal move-fee. Clarity around this practice has recently been established and a move fee should not exceed half of the monthly rent. So why the change from deposits to fees? Some of the perils of holding security deposits are outlined [...]

By | 2017-08-23T19:04:20+00:00 April 28th, 2016|Landlord & Tenant|Comments Off on Security Deposit or Move Fee, Landlords You Make The Call

2016 CRLTO Security Deposit Interest Rate

The 2016 CRLTO security deposit interest rate was released in January and remains unchanged from the 2015 rate of 0.01%.  Legal partner KSN provides a nice article on the new rate and the security deposit ordinance.

By | 2017-08-23T19:04:20+00:00 February 13th, 2016|Landlord & Tenant|Comments Off on 2016 CRLTO Security Deposit Interest Rate

Tips: Prevent Frozen Pipes

COLD WEATHER ALERT:  Some TIPS FOR PREVENTING FROZEN PIPES In anticipation of severe cold weather in the Chicago area this winter, please make sure your unit is sufficiently heated, even if you plan to be out of town. Please be safe, use approved heating devices, and never leave space heaters unattended. Heat should never be [...]

By | 2016-01-12T20:45:44+00:00 January 12th, 2016|Maintenance, Tips|Comments Off on Tips: Prevent Frozen Pipes

Project Highlight: Riser Replacement Redux

Over and over we address plumbing issues in condo conversion projects.  This year, continuing into next, we have completed and scheduled a number of plumbing water riser replacement projects.  This is not by desire but out of necessity as many vintage conversion buildings still have brittle galvanized piping behind the walls. What is a riser replacement?  [...]

By | 2015-11-27T20:06:12+00:00 November 27th, 2015|Maintenance|Comments Off on Project Highlight: Riser Replacement Redux

Project Highlight: Iron Fence and Deck Facelift

Just beating out the cold weather, one of our managed communities just completed a comprehensive iron fence and deck repair and painting project.  This included repair, prep, and painting of all iron fencing, stairs and decking.  The iron work looks like new and samples of the finished product can be seen below. Front Fence [...]

By | 2017-08-23T19:04:20+00:00 November 25th, 2015|Maintenance|Comments Off on Project Highlight: Iron Fence and Deck Facelift

Project Highlight: Parapet Wall and Roof Repair a Holistic Approach

One of our managed condominium associations recently completed a fairly extensive inner parapet wall, capstone, and roof flashing repair. In short, roofers need to know masonry and masons need to know roofing. The project began with a basic roofing inspection to assess the cause of some water infiltration. What started as a roofing project quickly [...]

By | 2017-08-23T19:04:20+00:00 November 13th, 2015|Maintenance|Comments Off on Project Highlight: Parapet Wall and Roof Repair a Holistic Approach

Project Highlight: Great Looking Landscaping Starts with Great Design

We are coming to the conclusion of the design phase of another one of our landscaping projects for one of our managed associations. The goal was to reduce maintenance cost and improve light flow into the ground floor units. The implementation and planting phase is soon to follow. Cool weather is actually great for new [...]

By | 2015-09-13T22:20:31+00:00 September 13th, 2015|Maintenance|Comments Off on Project Highlight: Great Looking Landscaping Starts with Great Design

Project Highlight: Courtyard Landscape Renovation

We just completed our latest landscaping project at one of our condominium associations. The goal of the project was threefold.  First and foremost, improve drainage during moderate to heavy rainfall.  Second, reduce, simplify, and eliminate ongoing maintenance and upkeep.  Third, beautify the courtyard area in a very streamlined simple manner. The integrated team designed and implemented a very [...]

By | 2017-08-23T19:04:20+00:00 May 18th, 2015|Maintenance|Comments Off on Project Highlight: Courtyard Landscape Renovation