Climate Change is Impacting Us All: Here’s How to Protect Your Home

While we can’t immediately change the weather we’re experiencing that’s seeing extreme flooding increasingly impacting regions throughout the country, we can help safeguard our homes – and wallets – against it.  Flooding is the most common and costly natural disaster across Canada, causing approximately $1.5 billion in damage to households, property and infrastructure annually, withresidential property owners bearing approximately 75% …

How to Navigate Your Home Inspection Report

If you’ve ever ordered a home inspection, you know that the most valuable takeaway is the inspection report, which acts as the home’s operations manual, detailing deficiencies, safety concerns, system shut-off locations as well as maintenance suggestions. That’s why it’s so important to understand how to read the report. Following are some key tips for getting the most out of …

The Value of a Home Inspection in a Cooling Market

The housing market is cooling down, with year-over-year home sales continuing to decline.  While home prices may not have experienced quite as significant a drop, bidding wars aren’t as prevalent, as demand for homes appears to be dipping in most markets. If you’re looking to sell your home, it’s important to consider this new more balanced market reality while you …

Quick Tips to Get Your Pool Summer Ready

You’ve made it through the cooler months and can’t wait to get swimming! It’s a good idea to open your pool early to ensure it has fared well over the winter and will be ready for those humid days that are just around the corner.   Here are some tried-and-true tips to get your pool ready ASAP: Plan ahead. Your …

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New Coalition of Home Inspectors Protecting Canadian Homebuyers

A Buyer’s Choice Home Inspections (ABCHI) is proud to be part of a new national coalition of home inspectors – Canadian Home Inspectors for Consumers (CHIC) – established to help protect Canadians at risk of missing out on a home inspection due to demands associated with hot housing markets. CHIC was formed to educate the public about the importance of …

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Every Homeowner Wonders: How Long Will THAT Last?

As a homeowner, you inevitably ask yourself – or your home inspector when you’re buying a property – how long major structures and systems will last once you move in, including the roof, HVAC unit, windows, and so on, because you know home maintenance is a large ongoing cost that you’d like to manage as well as possible. Regardless of …

How to Prepare Your Home for an Inspection

If you’re planning to sell your home, the last thing you need to do is worry about the home inspection and what it may uncover. As with any process, the more prepared you are ahead of time, the smoother the inspection will run. No home is perfect, so just remember that potential buyers want a head’s up on any major …

3 Things Will Help Protect Your Roof This Winter

Winter weather can take its toll on our homes – especially the roof – when we get into heavy snowfall and mixed precipitation like freezing rain that can cause thick layers of ice to form. The key is to have a plan in place to monitor your roof condition and take action before a major issue arises. By doing the …

What You Need to Know About Aluminum Wiring in Your Home

If you – or your home inspector – find aluminum wiring in your home or a property you intend to purchase, it’s important to have a licensed electrical contractor assess the connections in the home to ensure peace of mind. Your insurance company may also require certification by your electrical safety authority. The problem is that aluminum possesses certain qualities …

The Top 5 Expensive Fixes a Home Inspection Can Uncover

Home repairs often come with a hefty price tag. That’s why it’s essential to have a home inspection before you make among the largest financial purchase of your life. Waiving a home inspection can quickly turn your dream home into a money pit. The problem is, not all of the most expensive fixes are visible to the average person walking …