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Perimeter Drain Pipes can Significantly Impact Your Home

February 3, 2015

Having good functioning perimeter drains is one of the most important features of your house!   more

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Poly “B” Plumbing Pipe – Safe or Not?

February 2, 2015

Is this piping showing signs of aging?   Click here to learn more

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Asbestos in Older Homes Needs Your Attention!

February 2, 2015

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Building a New Home is Different Now!

March 6, 2014

Seismic considerations, improved energy requirements and new accessibility details are now here in the Building Code.  Read more…

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Leaky Condos

February 23, 2014

Are you about to buy or do you own a leaky condo? How can you know for sure? Can Home Inspectors help you in this regard? Unless the Home Inspector has just recently purchased x-ray glasses he can’t know for sure. There are certainly things you can do though to get closer to the truth. […]

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Pre-sale Home Inspections can be very useful

January 21, 2014

In a buyers’ market when things are slow and there is a lot of product for sale, sellers and their real estate agents are always looking for ways of standing out and offering more than others in the market place. A Pre-sale Home Inspection can be one of those ways. The same is true for […]

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Vermiculite

January 20, 2014

Is the sale dead if you discover vermiculite in the attic? When inspecting the attics of older homes, we often come across vermiculite insulation buried under more recently installed fibreglass or cellulose insulation. Some of this granular type of product was mined from a company in the U.S. and contained asbestos. This doesn’t have to […]

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Depreciation Reports

September 26, 2013

Are they really necessary? Passed by the B.C. Legislature on Dec.14, 2011, strata building depreciation reports (D.R.s) are now required for all stratas with 5 or more units unless voted down every year by a 75% majority. D.R.s can be a great boon for potential buyers, giving a good indication for the next 30 years […]

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Underground Oil Tanks

July 2, 2013

(Note: FBI does not search for or remove underground oil tanks) So what’s the big deal with an underground oil tank anyway? A leaking oil tank above or below ground is deemed to be leaking a toxic substance into the environment and hence needs to be dealt with as such. Ground and drinking water could  […]

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