Ensuring Your Home has a Solid Foundation

Basement flooding is the number one issue that often comes to mind when most people think about foundation issues. That’s because both homeowners and homebuyers want to ensure that the home’s interior and their possessions aren’t ruined if water seeps indoors, causing a large out-of-pocket expense. What people often fail to realize, however, is that the impact of a foundation …

Realtors: Home Inspectors Make Great Partners for Your Business

Whether your sellers are interested in having a pre-inspection completed prior to listing their property or your buyers are looking to make an informed home purchase, ensuring they have access to a trusted professional home inspector is essential. This is even more important as many markets cool across Canada and transition into balanced territory or even a buyers’ market this …

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% …

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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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 Stay Cooler this Summer – Even in a Heatwave!

We’ve pretty much experienced heatwaves from coast to coast already – and there’s a lot of summer left!   If you have central air conditioning, be sure to have it serviced regularly – and especially if it doesn’t seem to be keeping your home cool. (View our Summer Home Maintenance Checklist to ensure your entire home remains in top shape.) Tips …

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 …

Protecting Your Family with Smoke & CO Alarms

Ensuring your smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms are properly installed in your home and remain in good working order should be part of your regular home maintenance routine to make sure they protect your family and home when you need them most. Fire deaths are preventable Home fires kill eight Canadians a week according to Fire Prevention Canada. And …

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Tips for Avoiding Roof Collapse this Winter

Let’s face it – we encounter pretty severe winter weather in most parts of the country at some point during the winter. Whether precipitation arrives in the form of snow, freezing rain, ice or all of the above, it’s important to know how to ease the weight on your roof to help prevent disaster from striking. Signs of stress on …

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Is Your Water Heater Well Maintained?

Having hot water in our homes whenever we need it is definitely a luxury many of us wouldn’t want to live without. That’s why it’s important to ensure our water heaters are regularly maintained to safely provide hot water on demand. As a homeowner, the first thing you want to do is visually inspect your water heater to ensure there …