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About the House

New home inspections

New home inspections

Feb 1, 2016 / 11:19 am

There are very important reasons why buyers of new homes should always get a home inspection report before purchasing. Yet most new homes are going to embark on...

Yes, you have bugs

Yes, you have bugs

Jan 25, 2016 / 11:22 am

There are quite a few professions that take people into strangers’ homes, almost always for a limited purpose or task. In most cases, the task is confined...

Sell your house at top value

Sell your house at top value

Jan 18, 2016 / 9:25 pm

Selling your home in 2016: It’s all about maintenance ~ If 2016 is the year you plan to sell your home, now is the time to get prepared. In last...

How old is it?

How old is it?

Jan 11, 2016 / 3:57 pm

Selling your house in 2016? If this is the year that you are going to sell your home, now is the time to get cracking. You already know that you’ll need...

Year of the home inventory

Year of the home inventory

Jan 4, 2016 / 6:00 am

2016 – Year of the home inventory There are many good reasons to undertake a home inventory. A home asset inventory allows heir assignment for future...

Indoor safety resolutions

Indoor safety resolutions

Dec 29, 2015 / 6:00 am

Make your home safe with five easy New Year's indoor safety resolutions Resolution One: Have your natural gas appliances and venting systems serviced and...

Reducing indoor humidity

Reducing indoor humidity

Dec 21, 2015 / 6:00 am

​ During the heating season our windows and doors are typically closed to keep the cold out and the heat in. By keeping our windows and doors closed,...

Smart thermostats

Smart thermostats

Dec 14, 2015 / 6:00 am

Q. It’s Christmas, and I was wondering what to get a furnace that pretty much has everything? Thanks, Virginia. A. Well, Virginia, you might consider a...

Exposed electrical panels

Exposed electrical panels

Dec 7, 2015 / 6:00 am

In the electrical industry, residential electricity is commonly known as a low voltage system. High voltage systems are ones installed in institutional...

Sagging gutters

Sagging gutters

Nov 30, 2015 / 6:00 am

Most of us don’t spend much time looking at our gutter systems. If you’ve been on one of my home inspections, you’ll know I stress that water...

Is that garage door to code?

Is that garage door to code?

Nov 23, 2015 / 6:00 am

Q. We recently purchased a home, built in 1975. We have been told by a friend that the entry door leading from the basement to the garage is apparently a fire...

Open those registers!

Open those registers!

Nov 16, 2015 / 6:00 am

Sure, your furnace makes heat to keep you warm, but the other thing it does is move air. In my opinion, today’s furnaces are a lot more about moving air...

Attics, vermiculite, rodents

Attics, vermiculite, rodents

Nov 9, 2015 / 6:00 am

Chances are, if your attic was insulated or refurbished before the mid-1980s there is a slight chance that that you may have loose fill vermiculite insulation....

TFW housing inspections

TFW housing inspections

Nov 2, 2015 / 6:00 am

The Okanagan is the hub of wine making and fruit growing in BC. We have well over 700 vineyards, over 160 wineries, and over 800 orchards. Each year, the...

Use that fireplace!

Use that fireplace!

Oct 26, 2015 / 6:00 am

​ Q. Does running your gas fireplace in winter cost you energy? A. The evening temperatures are dipping down and it’s time for some warmth after a...

Making a mould sandwich

Making a mould sandwich

Oct 19, 2015 / 5:00 am

If you’ve been on one of my inspections, you’ll know that water and moisture are the number one foes of your home. Quite often moisture-related...

Good electricians and bad

Good electricians and bad

Oct 5, 2015 / 5:00 am

Home inspectors are in a unique position to view homes of all sizes, shapes and ages. As homeowners are hurtling through the age of convenience, their...

A/C TLC

A/C TLC

Jul 20, 2015 / 5:00 am

Air conditioner manufacturers generally build dependable, high quality products. If it seems that your air conditioner isn’t keeping up with cooling...

Container workshop

Container workshop

Jul 6, 2015 / 5:00 am

There is a surplus of unused shipping containers sitting on docks around the world. The reason being is that it’s likely that it’s cheaper to send...

Geothermal made simple

Geothermal made simple

Jun 29, 2015 / 5:00 am

For the most part, construction techniques used to build today’s home have pretty much arrived. One emerging technology, geothermal heating and cooling,...

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