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About the House

Fish tank flood

Fish tank flood

Jun 22, 2015 / 5:00 am

During home inspections it is not uncommon to see the odd example of a small scale flood. It's good that most people are aware of water stains and what they...

It’s pooltime!

It’s pooltime!

Jun 15, 2015 / 5:00 am

Break out the sunscreen, it’s summertime in the Okanagan, and yes, that means it’s time to sit poolside. Backyard pools can provide hours of...

Gutter add-ons

Gutter add-ons

Jun 8, 2015 / 6:00 am

Gutters and downspouts may look innocuous but they sure are important to protect your home from water damage. Managing collected moisture off your roof goes a...

Electricity theft

Electricity theft

Jun 1, 2015 / 5:00 am

It can be dangerous out there. Thank goodness we live in a part of the world where our electrical distribution systems are well planned and safe. That is until...

Additional inspections

Additional inspections

May 25, 2015 / 5:00 am

Q. In addition to my home inspection, are there other inspections that I should consider when purchasing a home? A: You bet. As a part of your purchase...

Four types of maintenance

Four types of maintenance

May 18, 2015 / 5:00 am

Most people think that home maintenance is only about fixing broken things, but there’s a whole lot more to maintaining a property than meets the eye....

Baseboard thermostats

Baseboard thermostats

May 4, 2015 / 5:00 am

Most of the furnaces that I inspect during home inspections are controlled by programmable thermostats. The same cannot be said about electric baseboard...

Diamond in the rough

Diamond in the rough

Apr 27, 2015 / 5:00 am

Looking for that diamond in the rough? We’ll it’s out there! Since homes are moving fast you’ll need the help of a professional Realtor to...

Finished grade level

Finished grade level

Apr 20, 2015 / 5:00 am

Concrete foundation walls should extend higher than the finished grade level (concrete patios, sidewalks and landscaping improvements) adjacent to the...

Home buying seminar

Home buying seminar

Apr 13, 2015 / 5:00 am

When you buy a home, it isn’t like most things that if you don’t like it you can’t simply return it. I can tell you from experience that the...

Be careful out there

Be careful out there

Apr 6, 2015 / 6:00 am

I’ve always said that anything about a house can be fixed except for its location. Once a house is completed for occupancy, it is pretty much set for its...

The odds are stacked

The odds are stacked

Mar 30, 2015 / 5:00 am

Q. How close to the house can firewood be stored for a fireplace? A. That stack of firewood you had up against the house all winter needs to be moved. When it...

New home inspections

New home inspections

Mar 23, 2015 / 5:00 am

Q: We are buying a new home. Do we really need to pay for an inspection? A: If you are buying a new home, if you consider what could possibly go wrong, the...

Hugh Cairns: Mobile home CSA stickers

Hugh Cairns: Mobile home CSA stickers

Mar 16, 2015 / 7:00 am

Q. Hello, if there is a silver tag on the electrical panel of mobile does that mean it's up to code? Thanks for your help - Bonnie A. The short answer is...

Hugh Cairns: Pick a plumber

Hugh Cairns: Pick a plumber

Mar 9, 2015 / 5:00 am

World Plumbing Day is on March 11. World Plumbing Day you say? If you consider it, we live in one of the best countries in the world and certainly in one of the...

Hugh Cairns: Cast iron sewage pipes

Hugh Cairns: Cast iron sewage pipes

Mar 2, 2015 / 5:00 am

Cast iron sewage waste pipes have been in use for more than 100 years. In commercial and multifamily construction applications, cast iron pipes are still...

Hugh Cairns: Selling your home in 2015

Hugh Cairns: Selling your home in 2015

Feb 23, 2015 / 5:00 am

With some of the great weather we have had this winter it is not a stretch to start thinking about Spring. If you have plans to sell your home in this...

Hugh Cairns: Pack rat

Hugh Cairns: Pack rat

Feb 2, 2015 / 6:00 am

Pack rats are nest builders. They build great nests. They use all kinds of materials ranging from branches, foliage, debris to sofa stuffing. The nest in this...

Hugh Cairns: Thermal imaging is key

Hugh Cairns: Thermal imaging is key

Jan 19, 2015 / 5:00 am

Okanagan Valley homes may not be susceptible to dry rot thanks to our drier weather, but fungal rot caused by water infiltration is a different story. When out...

Hugh Cairns: Home inspection guarantee's

Hugh Cairns: Home inspection guarantee's

Jan 12, 2015 / 5:00 am

What is a home inspection? Well, that’s a great question and the answer varies greatly between inspectors and consumers. One thing we can all agree on is...

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