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.
Let's start by differentiating between a home improvement and a home repair. A home improvement, as the name implies, means improving something. It is usually a renovation to create more space, change the layout of the house, improve energy efficiency, or to make aesthetic changes. This report will deal with the simpler topic of home repair--basically replacing things that are worn out or fixing things that are broken. Here are some very basic rules to follow.
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Most of us will never buy anything bigger than a house, and we typically find ourselves juggling several different issues when shopping for one. In today's world we're forced to place an ever-increasing emphasis on energy efficiency. Energy consumption levels are directly related to personal comfort, affordability, and to the resale value of the home.
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Poor caulking is one of the most common exterior complaints among new home owners. Water penetration can turn your dream home into a nightmare. For the builder, it can be a recurring one, because water not only damges the house cosmetically, but can do serious structural damage.
The following costs are intended as ballpark estimates for repairs and improvements to a typical three bedroom home. The costs are based on information obtained in the east-central area of Ontario. Our experience has shown that actual contractor quotations can vary by as much as 300%. It is advisable to obtain estimates from more than one contractor.
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Gil Strachan is a professional home inspector, representing Electrospec Home Inspection Services in east-central Ontario since 1994.