(NC) There’s nothing like a warm fire on a cold day to nurture your soul. But despite its cozy scent, wood smoke contains pollutants that can be harmful, including chemicals and fine particles. Fine particles can penetrate deep into your lungs and bloodstream, sometimes leading to serious health effects or even death.
If there had been a pre-listing inspection, he would still have them in a row.
We might as well face the fact that our new appliances won’t last as long as the old ones. Getting your money’s worth from major kitchen and laundry appliances these days is becoming more and more difficult – and expensive!
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Shortcuts are like chickens; they always come home to roost.
(NC) - For many of us, our home will be our most significant asset. Therefore, it makes sense to employ the services of top-notch professionals when setting out to buy. Referrals from friends, family, or other housing professionals are always a good place to start looking for these key players:
A third of Canadians say they're "house poor" and twenty percent regret their purchases.
Buying a house should be more exciting than stressful, and in a more typical real estate market, home inspections have helped both homebuyers and sellers understand the condition of a house – and what should be expected in terms of repairs and maintenance.
(Cityline Toronto) VIDEO: Building inspector Frank Gruszewski shows you the key areas and potential issues he looks for on a home inspection job and why you should never skip it. "It could be the most expensive 4 to 500 dollars you ever save."
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THE 1% RULE
When you consider the life cycle of every component of a house, a reasonable annual estimate of the cost of normal maintenance is 1% of the value of the house. One year you may replace the furnace; a few years down the road you may re-surface the roof. Throw in the odd unexpected repair in between and you average 1% per year. It’s incredible but this rule is not far off, both for very expensive and very inexpensive houses.
Gil Strachan is a professional home inspector, representing Electrospec Home Inspection Services in east-central Ontario since 1994.