Basement Apartments: Untangling the Web

Basement apartment, granny flat, accessory unit; no matter what it is called, there are many different reasons for having a second suite. Whether it’s for extra income, providing a place

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Fireplaces – The Magic and the Mystery

While fireplaces are no longer used as the primary source for heating homes, there are few things nicer than a cheery fire – especially on a cold winter night. By

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Home Improvement Costs

The following costs are intended as ballpark estimates for repairs and/or improvements to a typical three bedroom home. Our experience has shown that actual contractor quotations can vary by as

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Quick Tips For Home Safety

The importance of home safety When it comes time to adjust our clocks, it’s a good reminder to address some of the safety issues around our homes. While our homes provide

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How Investors Can Maximize Return by Minimizing Property Risk

Carson Dunlop has developed a new PowerPoint presentation to educate Real Estate Investors on how to identify and mitigate property risk in order to maximize their investment return. Carson Dunlop’s more

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A Day in the Life of a Commercial Inspector

Fact:  Commercial Property Inspections require specialized knowledge and a high degree of skill. Although manuals, seminars, courses and experience in residential inspections or commercial construction are all useful when tackling

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Household Glossary – Building Technical Terms Explained

ABS — A type of black plastic pipe commonly used for waste water lines. Aggregate — Crushed rock or stone. Air chamber — A vertical, air filled pipe that prevents

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Wet Basements

The words are all-too-familiar to many homeowners. It is said that more than ninety-eight percent of all houses have had, or will have, basement leakage at some point. Identifying the

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Condensation

We encourage clients and real estate agents to call us with technical questions. We get lots of them – and the flavour of the month is condensation. We don’t want

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Winter Window Woes

Did you know that extreme winter cold can place undue stress on your house? Consider your windows. A graphic example of the effects of extreme cold can be seen on

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