In April 2020, I visited a home in Oakville Ontario to look-over a newly installed fireplace on site that sits above a newly installed furnace in the basement of the same house. The builder wanted some documentation to show the homeowner and to establish a routine for HVAC inspections. (But really he just wanted to… Read more »
Category: Home Safety
5 Home Maintenance Tips for Fall
You may be able to shave up to 30 percent off your energy bill this fall by conducting appropriate preparation measures on your home. For example, stripping and caulking the home to prevent drafts could be a major money saver. The following five tips show how to clean and update your home to get it… Read more »
Don’t Get Burned – Get a Home Inspection to Save Money on Your Next Purchase
Don’t Get Burned – Get a Home Inspection to Save Money on Your Next Purchase Okay, you made one of the most important decisions in your life: you’re buying a home! You found your ideal house in your desired neighborhood, and it’s close to everything you love. You like its design and feel,… Read more »
Getting Ready to Sell Your House? Here are 11 Things Most People Forget to Do
You’ve started on your lists of small repairs, you’ve contacted a real estate agent, and now you’re in the final steps of getting ready to sell your house. But before you put your home up for sale, and certainly before having your first open house, here are 11 things to consider that most home sellers… Read more »
Not the way to add a pool
The rooftop patio drain was blocked on this home we recently inspected in Brampton, Ontario. If you’d like to add a pool it’s probably best to get one professionally installed. In all seriousness, general maintenance should not be overlooked even if you are selling your home. Thankfully this flat roof was installed well and did… Read more »
Electrocution Safety Hazard in a New Luxury Home
Even inside custom-built two million dollar homes there are serious safety hazards that could shock the occupants, literally. Mistakes made with hydro electrical wiring could potentially electrocute residents. But there are safety measures and redundancies designed to mitigate tragedy. For example, a GFCI or Ground Fault Circuit Interrupt is a safety device used on electrical… Read more »
Heat not working?
It really was not a mystery why the this radiator was shut off and the room it was in was freezing cold. You may wanted to replace that before the pipes freeze and burst.
Saved money by not hiring an inspector?
Whats going on in the picture? poorly sealed exhaust vents + dryer vent (3 in total in attic) that are discharging onto the wood frame causing rot/water damage and mold growth. THIS IS A 4 Year old house that was not inspected when it was brand new. Now the warranty has run out and these… Read more »
Leaking water in a BRAND new home
Inspected a new home recently and found an issue that if it had gone unnoticed could have caused major water damage. Every time you turn on the faucet in the laundry room (which is on the 2nd floor) water would spew out of the prime line that goes to the floor drain. Even I didn’t… Read more »
Just because your home is newly built does not mean that everything is going to be perfect. We find big problems on new houses all the time. Make sure you protect yourself and use your warranty