“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.
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.
Early detection and a quick response can protect your home from mold, wood-destroying fungi and wood-boring insects.
(NC) There are many reasons why homeowners renovate and one important consideration is the return on investment. Macerating toilet systems, like those by Saniflo (Saniflo.ca), are a great option for homeowners looking to maximize their return on a bathroom addition because of their comparatively low installation costs.
When summer arrives many of us turn our thoughts toward keeping cool, and with that we should turn some of our attention toward attic ventialtion. In addition to keeping us warm, and preventing condensation & mold during changeable weather, an adequately insulated and ventilated attic space will reduce the summer heat load in living spaces. A well ventilated attic will function much like a big shade tree!
Gil Strachan is a professional home inspector, representing Electrospec Home Inspection Services in east-central Ontario since 1994.