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 …

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 …

Tips for Ensuring Your Buyers Experience a Smooth Closing

There’s no question that, as a Realtor, you invest a lot of time and energy into each property transaction. Sometimes, months or even years have been spent finding the perfect home for your buyers. That’s why it’s essential to ensure closing day runs as seamlessly as possible. After all, it’s easy for buyers to forget how terrific you’ve been throughout …

‘Informational Inspections’ Vs Traditional ‘Inspection Contingency’

When looking to buy a home during a seller’s market, bidding wars resulting from limited inventory have seen many homebuyers opting to forgo home inspections altogether so their offers are more attractive. So, how do you get the best of both worlds – make a more appealing offer and ensure you get a full home inspection before making a huge …

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Here’s Your 5-Step Moving Checklist!

Moving can be both the most exciting and busiest/stressful time of your life all at once. But where do you start with your moving plan? How do you ensure you don’t forget something important? We’ve created this handy moving to-do list to help make it easier for you to switch addresses. Oh, and if you’re moving with kids, we’ll help …

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 …