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This Winter Maintenance Checklist Will Keep Your Home in Good Order!

Inspecting your home on a regular basis and following good maintenance practices is the best way to protect your investment. Whether you take care of a few tasks at a time or several all at once, it’s important to get into the habit of completing these checks annually leading up to each season. With winter well on its way, it’s …

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Are You an Entrepreneur at Heart?

Have you been thinking about starting your own business and becoming your own boss? While self-employment isn’t for everyone, there are several key traits that successful entrepreneurs share. Five beliefs and behaviours that are vital to the success of any business owner, include: Motivation Vision Creativity Collaboration Decisiveness Likely the most important characteristic is motivation. If you’re a self-starter who …

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Does Your Home Have “Graspable” Handrails on Stairs & Decks?

Anyone who has ever personally experienced an accident – or has watched a loved one adapt following an accident – knows that they can be life-changing… and often come with long-term consequences. One important way to help prevent slip and fall accidents in and around your home is to ensure “graspable” handrails are installed on all stairs and decks. This …

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How Will Marijuana Legalization Impact Homebuying?

October 17th, 2018 will be a day many people will remember – and not just because it’s legal to smoke marijuana across Canada, but also because it can be legally grown for personal consumption in every province or territory except Manitoba and Quebec. And, although Nunavut has not banned growing at this time, the provincial government will regulate whether plants …

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Our Home Inspection Fee is Money Well Spent!

Everyone likes to save money, but the old adage that ‘you get what you pay for’ is so true when selecting a professional home inspection company that will ensure your property receives a thorough examination. At the end of the day, home inspections are an exercise in risk reduction. Their true value is in alerting you to big-ticket issues within …

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A Home Inspection Franchise is a Smart Investment

If you’ve been thinking about changing careers or becoming a business owner, the home inspection industry is a great choice. For starters, being your own boss certainly has its advantages, including controlling how much business you bring in based on the number of hours you’d like to work and, as a result, how much income you generate. The sky’s truly …

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How Do I Protect my Home from Flooding in a Storm?

Whether you’re in the market to buy a property or you’re thinking of staying put for now in your existing home, protecting among the largest financial investments of your lifetime from flood damage is a big deal. It’s hurricane season, and while most of us won’t have to deal with the full impact of this damaging force of nature, many …

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When’s it Okay to DIY?

There are so many speciality renovation shows these days that many people are falsely assured they can tackle pretty much any project on their own and save a wad of cash. But, as we know from just as many disaster do it yourself (DIY) shows, a little knowledge can be extremely dangerous. As always, common sense plays a big role. …

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Key Indicators for Spotting Water Damage

When you set up an inspection appointment for the home you’re planning to buy, one main component our inspectors are trained to look for includes signs of water damage. That’s because drips, leaks and flooding can cause major structural damage if not addressed properly and/or in a timely manner. Catching potential issues like this before buying a home can save …

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Make Sure Your Renovations are Completed Properly

Renovating your home is both an exciting and stressful undertaking – particularly if you remain in the home throughout its transformation. Whether you’re planning a major restoration or minor remodeling, what begins as a dream design can quickly turn into a nightmare. We’ve all seen those TV shows that showcase different types of disasters as they unfold when home renovations …