Building a Deck this Summer? Here’s What You Need to Know

The COVID-19 pandemic has seen more people than ever spending money in their own backyards to create a safe space to unwind and eventually spend time with extended family and friends. Decks have been particularly popular, but there are so many considerations to keep in mind when building the type of deck that best meets your needs and budget. That’s …

What to Look for When Hiring a Home Inspector

Buying a home is likely the largest financial investment you’ll make throughout your lifetime. And since each property is different, it’s important to ensure you hire a professional home inspector to confirm your investment decision is sound before finalizing your purchase. Among other things, your inspector will evaluate major systems, including the interior, heating/cooling, electrical, plumbing, exterior and roofing. All …

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Prepping Your Home for Sale in an Accelerated Market? Read This First!

Homes across the country are selling like wildfire right now – and often over asking thanks to accelerated markets triggering bidding wars due to high demand, low supply and rock-bottom mortgage rates.  But in a time when buyers often don’t feel they have the liberty to include a condition in their offer pending a home inspection, it’s more important than …

What to Expect During a Commercial Property Inspection

Commercial property inspections demand expertise above and beyond the requirements for a residential home inspection. That’s why A Buyer’s Choice Home Inspections (ABCHI) commercial inspections adhere to the International Standards of Practice for Inspecting Commercial Properties (ComSOP) – an industry-accepted guideline with a proven process and system. Our commercial inspection includes a thorough visual examination of the condition of a …

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How to Reduce Radon Levels in Your Home

Testing for radon in your home about every two years is a proactive measure to ensure that levels are safe and the health of your family won’t be compromised. Virtually every home in Canada and the US has some radon, but the levels vary from home to home even if they’re situated next door to one another. Radon is an …

Troubleshooting Your Heating & Cooling System Before Scheduling a Service Call

There are a few simple issues that can occur with your home’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system that you can often alleviate yourself. Service calls can be expensive, so before calling in a professional, following are five checks you can perform on your own to determine if the problem is a quick fix or serious enough to require …

Here’s How to Show Your Home Some Valentine’s Day Love

We all know that home is where the heart is, so why not show your home some love this Valentine’s Day by taking care of projects on your to-do list? Not only will you feel great about it, but your home will love you too. You can also get the whole family involved in making your home even cozier while …

How to Check Your Roof for Damage Following a Hailstorm

Hailstorms can wreak havoc on your roof, not only impacting your home’s curb appeal, but also causing concern for weakened shingles, which could shorten their lifespan. But, worst of all, if hail damage to your roofing goes unnoticed, it can provide water with a direct pathway to your roof decking – ultimately leading to leaks that can severely damage interior …

Top Tips for Hiring the Right Contractor

Finding a contractor you can trust to complete your home renovation projects in a professional manner, within a reasonable timeframe and at a fair price can seem daunting, but it’s well worth putting in some upfront research time to get it right.  Home renovation is a huge market in Canada – representing more than $80 billion spent in 2019. And …

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Ensuring Your Roof is in Good Repair

Roof repair can be costly, but the financial commitment is well worth it, especially as harsher winter weather approaches. And, often times, you can save yourself a load of stress and money by dealing with it as a preventative measure rather than when a leak gets worse or catastrophe strikes and your roof collapses.  There are some common roof issues …