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 […]
Planning a Renovation? Have Your Home Inspected First!
Renovations are an exciting undertaking that can turn your property into a dream home for your family, but they can also be quite stressful – especially if you uncover some unknown issues once you’ve begun that can add to your already tight budget and timeline. By having your home inspected before your renovation projects begin, […]
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 […]
Log Homes Require Specialized Home Inspection Skills
If you’re planning to purchase a log home or require a home inspection on the one you already own, it’s important to ensure you partner with a professional home inspector who understands what to look for when inspecting this specific type of structure. Something you should know about Log Homes Log homes feature many unique […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]