home inspection: Staying safe during home renovations - 08/05/18 07:38 AM
(NC) The first back-to-school sale catches you by surprise. Where did the summer go? With the return of shorter days and cooler temperatures, perhaps there are some neglected renovation projects that you can finally tackle.
Even if it’s only painting the kitchen, here are a few tips to keep you and your family safe:
Is there asbestos in your house? If you are planning renovations and your home has building materials already installed that you think may contain asbestos — like insulation, exterior siding, floor or ceiling tiles — contact a trained and qualified asbestos abatement professional. They can test for and remove … (1 comments)

home inspection: Flue season is here! - 01/11/18 11:47 AM
Furnace flues and chimneys are often neglected. Many homeowners presume that the utility company or their fuel supplier is monitoring them, and don't realize this isn't necessarily true until something goes wrong. As a result, bird's nests and other debris sometimes cause soot and gases to drift back into the house, causing a potentially dangerous situation.
All types of chimneys should have regular, professional inspection and maintenance. Most chimney sweeps service all kinds of flues, not just masonry chimneys or those attached to wood-burning appliances.
The build-up of soot and creosote on flue walls can loosen and fall over time, aided by moisture … (2 comments)

home inspection: Should you forgo a home inspection? - 11/13/17 03:31 PM
(NC) Inspections play a very important role in any home purchasing process. While many people in highly competitive markets are choosing to skip this crucial service, assessing a property's condition helps you make an informed decision. With this in mind, there a few things for buyers and sellers to know about the process.
“Because home inspections are often one of the most influential factors guiding a deal, everyone should be aware of what they typically cover,” advises Royal LePage Network Realty Corp.'s Norm Jensen. “Defects found during an inspection can influence a property's pricing or stall a deal altogether. However, if used … (0 comments)

home inspection: What are renovation shows not telling you? - 04/19/17 08:41 PM
(NC) Renovating a home can be a wiser investment than moving and popular makeover shows are certainly inspiring. However, these shows can also leave viewers with mistaken impressions.
If life was like TV, we could dream up an addition on a Friday evening and be drinking coffee in it on Monday. While most of us know that's unrealistic, some may have to experience living through a renovation to understand how complex and time-consuming construction can be.
If a project is worthwhile, time and effort shouldn't be deal breakers. Instead, careful planning and patient execution can be signs that the job is being done … (2 comments)

home inspection: Spring Into Home Maintenance - 03/30/17 05:50 AM
(NC) Renovating is great for increasing the value of your home, but regular home maintenance is the easiest way to preserve your investment.
As the weather warms, it is a perfect time to do a quick inspection of your home and catch up on simple seasonal chores. With a little effort, you can keep your home looking great and functioning well for years to come.
Here's a few tasks you should check off your to-do list:
 
 Outdoors
Clean out the gutters and remove any debris. Repair siding and peeling paint. Inspect your chimney and roof. Replace or repair loose or damaged shingles. Trim overgrown … (1 comments)

home inspection: Split Ductless Heating & Cooling Systems - 03/22/17 09:55 AM
Energy efficient ductless heat pumps are an excellent upgrade choice for homes with older, inefficient ducts, or no air ducts - or as a new cooling system for homes with in-floor heating.
Here's an excellent video from Mitsubishi Canada, explaining how their Mr. Slim ductless heating and cooling systems work.
 
Mitsubishi Mr. Slim:  How does it work?
 
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home inspection: Vermiculite Q & A - 01/21/17 05:03 AM
Questions and Answers About Vermiculite Insulation
 
 
What is vermiculite?
Vermiculite is a volcanic material compound that expands when it is heated and has the unusual property of expanding into worm-like or accordion-like pieces. They are usually the size of a nickel or dime. Vermiculite has been used in various industries for more than 80 years. It is used in the construction, agricultural, horticultural and industrial markets.
 
 
Where are vermiculite reserves?
Vermiculite is found throughout the world. Countries that hold commercial vermiculite mines include Australia, Brazil, Kenya, South Africa, Zimbabwe and the United States. The vermiculite commercially available today comes from deposits that are not considered … (7 comments)

home inspection: Here's to all of us in 2017! - 01/20/17 12:03 PM
Here's to nailing it for another year.
Let's fill 2017 with success!
 
All the best,
Gil Strachan


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home inspection: Flue Season Is Here! - 01/18/17 07:09 AM
Furnace flues and chimneys are often neglected. Many homeowners presume that the utility company or their fuel supplier is monitoring them, and don't realize this isn't necessarily true until something goes wrong. As a result, bird's nests and other debris sometimes cause soot and gases to drift back into the house, causing a potentially dangerous situation.
All types of chimneys should have regular, professional inspection and maintenance. Most chimney sweeps service all kinds of flues, not just masonry chimneys or those attached to wood-burning appliances.
The build-up of soot and creosote on flue walls can loosen and fall over time, aided by moisture … (0 comments)

home inspection: Home comfort is redefined with radiant in-floor heating - 01/15/17 02:00 PM
Keeping your feet warm is the key to comfort, which is one reason why homeowners are increasingly turning to hydronic radiant heating systems over conventional methods. Conventional forced air systems trap heat near the ceiling, where it's least useful, while drying the air out by lowering its relative humidity. This dry air will always feel colder than more humid air at the same temperature.
Like the luxurious feeling of sunshine on your skin, the warmth of direct hydronic radiant heat can turn any home into a comfortable and healthy environment. A radiant heating system starts at the floorboards warming your entire home … (2 comments)

home inspection: How to protect your deck against old man winter - 01/15/17 11:59 AM
(NC) - As the heat of the summer winds down to eventually give way to fall rains, it's the perfect time to start thinking about applying a stain to your deck to protect it against the oncoming punishment of our harsh Canadian winter.
Contrary to what many homeowners currently believe, experts say the late summer or early fall is the best time to apply a protective stain to your deck.
According to Philip Caron, technical trainer at Sico Paints, the late summer or fall is the ideal time for a stain application of your wood surfaces. "A lot of people are not aware … (1 comments)

home inspection: Points For Purchasers - 01/14/17 06:59 PM
What is a home inspection?
A home inspection is an objective, visual examination of a home's structure and operating systems, and should result in a report describing the overall condition of the home.
Why do I need a home inspection?
The main goal of a professional home inspection is to educate yourself about the home you intend to purchase, so that you can make a wise decision and help ensure that there will be fewer surprises later on.
Tell me more...
The true cost of a home is the purchase price plus whatever it takes to restore or maintain the home in serviceable condition. … (1 comments)

home inspection: Seller's Checklist - 01/12/17 09:29 PM
 
Oh my, what if they find something wrong?
Over the years, professional home inspectors have identified a list of problems that typically appear on purchasers' home inspection reports. Early correction of these problems can increase a home's appeal, and it's selling price. Correction also sets the stage for a favourable home inspection report should the purchaser request one, and thereby helps to streamline your sale. The following checklist can help you achieve your marketing goals.
Using the checklist as a guide to examine your house will enable you to see your house the way a prospective purchaser or a professional home inspector might.
Is … (1 comments)

home inspection: In Search of The Perfect Home - 01/09/17 02:19 PM
 
Article Courtesy of Carson Dunlop
 
THE 1% RULE
When you consider the life cycle of every component of a house, a reasonable annual estimate of the cost of normal maintenance is 1% of the value of the house. One year you may replace the furnace; a few years down the road you may re-surface the roof. Throw in the odd unexpected repair in between and you average 1% per year. It’s incredible but this rule is not far off, both for very expensive and very inexpensive houses.
 
NORMAL MAINTENANCE
If you strip away the cosmetics, a house is made up of the structure, roof, exterior … (1 comments)

home inspection: Undertaking A Home Repair - 01/09/17 05:35 AM
Courtesy of Carson Dunlop
 
Let's start by differentiating between a home improvement and a home repair. A home improvement, as the name implies, means improving something. It is usually a renovation to create more space, change the layout of the house, improve energy efficiency, or to make aesthetic changes. This report will deal with the simpler topic of home repair--basically replacing things that are worn out or fixing things that are broken. Here are some very basic rules to follow.
 
Know what you want done
If you are replacing a worn out furnace, for example, do some research to find out whether you want … (0 comments)

home inspection: Fighting Frosty Windows - 01/01/17 01:52 PM
Windows let in light, and during winter they can also let in the cold, and they can be wet and frosty – sometimes encouraging the growth of mold, and damaging interior trim and finishes. Here's some tips on how to tame your windows and save money!
 
Why Do Windows Get Frosty?
During freezing conditions – and during periods of warm days and cooler nights, like late fall and early winter – windows of any age, type or style can condense moisture, if the interior and exterior conditions are right. Windows get wet when humid air comes in contact with cold windows, and if … (4 comments)

home inspection: Top 10 reasons to replace your garage door system - 12/26/16 07:29 PM
(NC)-Replacing your old garage door system can completely change the appearance of your garage and bring undeniable advantages to your home. According to the experts at Garaga, one of the leading sectional garage door manufacturers in Canada, there are ten valuable reasons to replacing your old garage door:
1. Increase the value of your home. Replacing an old garage door with a new stylish maintenance free door will do wonders for the value of your home. Many Real Estate agents will confirm that it is easier to sell your home when the garage door looks good.
2. Improve the appearance of your home.Some garage … (5 comments)

home inspection: 23 Questions To Ask A Home Inspection Company - 12/26/16 12:47 PM
Print this list for a handy reference, when you're interviewing home inspectors.
I've included the answers I would provide to a caller. Click on the highlighted links for more information.
 
How long have you been in the home inspection business?
Since 1994
How many resale home inspections has your firm completed?
10,000
What qualifications does the inspector have?
Our Inspectors
How long is the average inspection?
2.0 - 2.5 hours
Do you follow a Professional Association Standard of Practice?
Yes
How much do you charge for a typical home inspection?
$434-
May I attend the inspection?
Yes, we encourage it.
When will I get my written report?
12 hours … (1 comments)

home inspection: How do I spot Kitec? - 12/20/16 05:25 PM
A Short Guide to Identifying IPEX Plastic Piping, Connectors and Fittings
 
"Kitec tubing was sold in Canada and the United States for a range of applications including water supply and distribution piping, and in-floor heating systems. System failures resulting in leaks - and often substantial property damage, led to a class action suit and eventually a settlement agreement."
 
On the plastic tubing: PEX type tubing may be labelled with the KITEC brand or other IPEX markings, including the following: PE-AL-PE, PERT-AL-PERT, PEX, Kitec, PlumbBetter, IPEX AQUA, WarmRite, Kitec XPA, AmbioComfort, XPA, KERR Controls, Plomberie Améliorée, IPEX Aqua, IPEX Homerite and under the … (1 comments)

home inspection: What the heck is Kitec? - 12/20/16 05:09 PM
Kitec is a plastic plumbing system installed Canadian and US homes from the early 1990’s until it was initially recalled in 2005, with some installations completed as late as 2007. In addition to hot and cold water piping in homes it was also used for in-floor, and other hot water radiant heating systems.
Premature failure has led to a cross-border class-action lawsuit.
Widely promoted as an alternative to copper piping, Kitec was pulled from the market because the fittings corrode very quickly. Failure is accelerated with high pressure and high temperature, and may also be affected by the chemistry of the water … (1 comments)

 
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