Prior to the novel coronavirus, respiratory diseases were already on the rise in Canada. According to the Asthma Society of Canada, one in every four households has a family member suffering of asthma, allergies or some other chronic respiratory illness. With Canadians spending 90% of their time indoors, poor indoor air quality is a big contributor. Indoor air at home, and at work can be 100 times more poluted than outdoor air!
The current situation is severely curbing our everyday marketing, sales and processing of real estate transactions. Buyers, sellers, lenders and everyone in the real estate community is affected.
Fortunately, we have electronic solutions which facilitate a safer environment for everyone involved. The internet is in fact, tailor-made for the pandemic world we’re in right now.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, it might be more a question of "should I" rather than "can I attend the home inspection."
Beyond the obvious need for sanitary practices, the biggest change is limiting the number of attendees at the home inspection. It is more a question of "should I" rather than "can I attend the home inspection."
As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, protocols are changing daily.
It was Brighton, UK in the summer of 1987. The framed needlepoint notice above the seaside B&B throne read "And now, wash your hands!" Fast-forward thirty-three years and the illuminated signs on Hwy 401 in southern Ontario say the same thing. "Wash your hands."
There is no question that if you've been infected by the novel coronavirus or have symptoms of the COVID-19 illness, you should not leave your home unless directed otherwise. If you have no symptoms or reason to believe you’ve been exposed, you don’t have to lock yourself in your home... however health authorities are advising us to practice “social distancing” to contain the spread of the virus, primarily by avoiding contact and working from home if we can.
The Ontario Building Code (OBC) stipulates a minimum vertical clearance of 750mm (30 inches) from a cooktop to combustible materials such as framing, finishes and cabinetry, unless protected by a non-combustible surface (eg: sheet metal, a metal range hood, etc.)
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.
Gil Strachan is a professional home inspector, representing Electrospec Home Inspection Services in east-central Ontario since 1994.