(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.
(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.
(NC) - As the heat of the summer winds down to eventually give way to fall rains, it's the perfect time to start thinking about applying a stain to your deck to protect it against the oncoming punishment of our harsh Canadian winter.
You’ll save time and money!
For most of us, owning a home is not a “Spectator Sport.” Many homebuyers, especially first-timers dive into homeownership with little or no thought about who’s going to look after the day-to-day needs of their home. Unless you’re quite well off, paying other people for general maintenance, upkeep and repairs can quickly drain a family budget.
(NC) Whether you’re getting ready to sell or just looking to refresh your home, you don’t need a huge budget to give a noticeable boost to how your home looks and feels.
What is a Water Softener?
A water softener is an appliance that is typically used in a residential environment to remove the hardness from the water being used for drinking, bathing, cooking, and washing clothes.
(NC) Renovating is great for increasing the value of your home, but regular home maintenance is the easiest way to preserve your investment. As the weather warms, it is a perfect time to do a quick inspection of your home and catch up on simple seasonal chores.
After a frenzied search in a competitive market you secured the house you wanted, however you had to make an unconditional offer to get ahead of other bidders – not always the best idea, but it’s the Roaring 20's and it’s what we sometimes have to do.
(NC) Why are more and more Ontarians with electric heating turning to heat pumps? Because they are one of the most economical ways to heat and cool a home.
Gil Strachan is a professional home inspector, representing Electrospec Home Inspection Services in east-central Ontario since 1994.