SOLID MASONRY VS BRICK VENEER
While this issue is not at the centre of the unity debate, we in Ontario should realize that Canadians in the rest of this country think we're a little nuts because of our fixation with brick houses. Our theory is that people in Ontario were raised on stories like the "Three Little Pigs". We want a house that nobody can huff and puff and blow down.
Are you selling a house with a central air conditioning system?
Many homeowners unwittingly suffer with poor indoor air quality, and the health issues that come with it. You can’t control Mother Nature or air pollution, but you can improve your indoor air quality by not inviting or concentrating allergens and pollutants inside your home.
(NC) - If you are considering heating and cooling options for your home or are looking for ways to reduce your energy bills, you could consider a heat pump.
“We dig a hole in the ground, we call it a well - and we wish water would go into it. We dig another hole in the ground, almost as deep and much wider - we call it a basement, and we wish water wouldn’t go into it.”
More and more frequently insurance companies are refusing to insure homes with 60 amp services, knob and tube wiring, and in some cases, even aluminum wiring. Does this mean these types of components or systems are categorically dangerous?
(NC)-A backyard pool or hot tub can be the crowning touch that will elevate your backyard to a five-star vacation destination without worrying about travel hassles or accommodations. The decision to add a pool or hot tub to your lifestyle will affect you and your family long after the installation is complete. Choose the right dealer by investing some time before you invest your money.
New construction using aluminum siding was most popular about 40 to 50 years ago. Now, after withstanding the elements for so long, the siding may still be in good condition, but chances are the factory-applied coating is not.
Renovating a home can be a wiser investment than moving and popular makeover shows are certainly inspiring. However, these shows can also leave viewers with mistaken impressions.
(NC) You might be surprised to learn there are many health hazards around the home, particularly when taking on any kind of renovation project— even for something as easy as painting a room. But by educating yourself and taking the right precautions, you’ll help keep you and your family safe.
Gil Strachan is a professional home inspector, representing Electrospec Home Inspection Services in east-central Ontario since 1994.