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Advice about vermiculite

What is it? Vermiculite is a granular material used as a loose fill insulation in homes. It was most prevalent in homes built during the 1950s and 1960s and is usually found in the attic. It was marketed under the brand name of Zonalite. What are the concerns? It was found that some vermiculite, specifically […]

Home Maintenance Tips August 2014

With the end of Summer approaching, it’s always a sensible idea to check your property for any maintenance issues. Here’s a helpful link: http://charlesandhudson.com/your_end_of_summer_home_maintenance_checklist/ If buying a condo/apartment or other home managed by a strata, we recommend that you examine management records to assess what repairs and maintenance issues you are responsible for.

Home Maintenance Tips July 2014

Installing an above-ground pool? Check this info: http://www.zillow.com/blog/above-ground-swimming-pool-guide-155527/?utm_content=buffer8f095&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer Safety in the home: make sure you have fire extinguishers on every floor of your home – the one located near your kitchen should be suitable for grease fires. Also plan fire escape routes from your home, especially from the upper stories. Home maintenance tip: check the […]

Home Maintenance Tip June 2014

SLIDING DOORS AND WINDOWS: ensure their tracks are cleaned every three months and also, to reduce the risk of water damage to your home, check that the drain holes are open. FOR THE SPRING: remove leaf debris from gutters and the screen at the top of downspouts. If you don’t have screens, it is recommended […]

Home Maintenance Tips June 2014

Summer maintenance: have your heating system serviced during the summer months on an annual basis. Summer maintenance: complete exterior house painting during the fine summer weather in time for the onset of winter. Summer maintenance: check caulk condition at window trim and frames to ensure that wind driven rain cannot penetrate. Repair in time for […]