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  • A Glossary of Essential Home Inspection Terms

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    Every industry has its own language and terms. These words and phrases can be confusing to anyone who is not part of the daily operations of a specific industry, and the home inspection business is no exception.

    To help you understand the terms, acronyms, and phrases regularly used in home inspection reports and by the inspectors, Elementary Property Inspections has created this handy reference guide. Here you’ll find valuable information allowing you to comprehend and communicate your home inspection needs effectively.

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  • Why You Should Choose Elementary Property Inspections!

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    A home inspection ensures that you are made aware of all the faults the house you are purchasing has. It either gives the seller a chance to make the necessary repairs or gives you bargaining power in the deal.

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  • FAQs about Home Inspection

    Posted by: Eric Van Riesen |

    FAQs about Home Inspection

    A home inspection essentially helps you find any structural defects or other faults that need rectifying in a house before you purchase it so that once you move in, you’re not left surprised by a sudden leak or finding mold on the walls. While there are several questions pertaining to a undertaking a home inspection that may cross a client’s mind, they often find answers difficult to come by.

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  • Busted! Don’t Believe These Myths About Home Inspection!

    Posted by: Eric Van Riesen |

    Busted! Don’t Believe These Myths About Home Inspection!

    Visible cracks in house walls may indicate foundation damage or structural problems and it’s very difficult for a layman to understand whether he should be concerned or not. At times like this, a home inspection is necessary to avoid any future damage and can end up saving you a lot of time and money in the long run.

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  • Season's Greetings from Elementary Property Inspections

    Posted by: Eric Van Riesen |

    Season's Greetings from Elementary Property Inspections

    One of the real joys of the holiday season is the opportunity to say thank you and wish you the very best for the New Year. Warmest thoughts and best wishes for a wonderful holiday and a very happy New Year. Wishing you the gifts of the season — Peace, Joy, and Hope. Merry Christmas!

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  • RED-HOT REAL ESTATE MARKET

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    The Agenda examines government changes designed to stabalize Ontario's real estate market.

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  • RED FLAGS WHEN BUYING A HOME

    Posted by: Elementary Home Inspections |

    Here are the top 10 red flags to look for when buying a home. When buying a home, it’s common that a buyer may be overwhelmed with many different feelings, emotions, and thoughts. This can sometimes lead to the possibility of not recognizing some very important things while house hunting. There are certain things that every buyer should be looking for when viewing potential properties. Items such as the ages of the roof, furnace, and hot water heater are just a few of the top things to look for when buying a home. Buyers should also be looking for potential red flags…

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  • ARE FUSE PANELS SAFE?

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    A properly installed fuse is just as safe as a circuit breaker, but there are many reasons why fused homes can have problems. Why are people scared of fuses? Many people think that fuses are unsafe, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. A properly installed fuse is just as safe as a circuit breaker, but there are many reasons why fused homes can have problems, and I’ll discuss a few of the most common problems. To start, how can I say that a properly installed fuse is as safe as a circuit breaker? A fuse will only handle the amount…

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  • 8 POPULAR TIPS THAT COST HOMEOWNERS

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    Here are eight tips (myths, really) that most people believe are good advice, but instead will cost you cash you don’t need to spend. You’re always on the lookout for smart ideas and hacks to manage your home (and save money) — whether that means listening to the wisdom of your parents who’ve owned a home longer than you’ve been alive, or scouring every corner of the internet for savvy tips. But just because a tip has been pinned, shared, and Instagrammed thousands of times doesn’t make it smart. Here are eight tips (myths, really) that most people believe are good advice,…

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  • HOW SELLERS SHOULD PREPARE FOR A HOME INSPECTION

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    Some sellers just assume that there is nothing they can do to alter the outcome of the inspection, that's where they are wrong. One of the steps in the home selling process is having your home inspected by someone the seller has chosen. The home inspection is important to both the buyer and the seller, but to the seller it represents another hurdle to getting the contracts signed. As an inspector I take people on tours of the homes they are planning on buying and talk them through the inspection process, showing them the good, the bad and the really bad.…

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  • ARE INSPECTIONS OF CONDOS NECESSARY?

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    The growth of the condo market is leading many purchases wondering if an inspection is even necessary. Condominiums are becoming more and more popular in the Greater Toronto Area. From Oshawa through to the Niagara Penninsula, condo construction continues at a high pace, both high rises and town homes. Condos are a great way for a young family to start and afford a new home or an opportunity to downsize for those who no longer need or want the space of detached unit. But even if the condo is a brand new construction, there can still be issues creeping behind the…

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  • GET OUT THE SPRAY

    Posted by: Elementary Home Inspections |

    Protection against mosquitos and concern about DEET One mosquito bite and it seems we are exposed to an increasing host of bad stuff from malaria, West Nile and now the Zika virus. If that is not enough, Fido can end up with heart worms. Is there any protection? Yes. There is an effective repellent that has worked for 50 years on hundreds of millions of people with few, if any, side effects: DEET. Some still don't trust it. Popular Science calls DEET the most effective mosquito repellent ever invented. But, like many chemical agents, DEET has come under suspicion in recent years, even though it has…

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  • 10 INSIDE TIPS FROM A DESIGNER WHO SPECIALIZES IN SMALL BATHS

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    A New York City designer shares secrets to making a small bath both functional and beautiful. Got a small bathroom to renovate? Go wild with texture and colours if it's a rarely used guest bath, but stick to clean and simple in a master bath. That's the word from designer Jamie Gibbs, who transforms incredibly small New York City bathrooms into beautiful spaces. "I like being shocked by details in a little space, especially if it's not going to be used much," Gibb says. His small-bath secrets: Avoid textures in bathrooms that get daily use. In a heavily used bathroom, anything with texture becomes…

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  • DISHWASHER NOT WASHING?

    Posted by: Elementary Home Inspections |

    Common maintenance tips on getting your dishwasher to wash the dishes properly, and reduce the amount of detergent that you need to use. The most common cause of a dishwasher not washing the dishes well is improper loading- so if you're letting the kids load pot on top of pan covered by a bowl, you might experience food and waste stuck on the dishes after the wash. If you load your dishwasher properly, and it still doesn't wash dishes quite the way you would like, read on! (You may even save some money on detergent by following this maintenance tip) Assuming you…

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  • BE AWARE OF GARDEN FRIENDS AND FOE!

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    Some plants thrive in each other's company, but some just don't get along. Some plants thrive in each other's company, but some just don't get along. The cabbage family. Broccoli, cauliflower, kale and kohlrabi. The family does well with herbs like sage and mint, which repel the white cabbage butterfly. It also pairs well with the onion family. Potatoes. They are good companions with the cabbage family, but keep the away from tomatoes and cucumbers, which share a common blight. According to harvesttotable.com, cucumbers protect from the Colorado potato beetle. Tomatoes. They help protect asparagus from the asparagus beetle. Some gardeners report that basil…

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  • BYPASSING HOME INSPECTIONS TO WIN BIDDING WARS A GROWING, DANGEROUS PRACTICE

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    Would you let your kids grow up in grow op? It seems some people are unwittingly doing just that. Home buyers in the current cut-throat market are waving home inspections as a condition of buying a home in an effort win bidding wars. Allan Spisak, chairperson of the Professional home and property inspectors of Canada says a buyer recently bought what appeared to be a beautiful, three-bedroom, two car garage home in the GTA that was once used as a marijuana grow up. “Whoever bought it probably never Would you let your kids grow up in a grow-op? It seems some people…

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  • EARLY SPRING MAINTENANCE TIPS

    Posted by: Elementary Home Inspections |

    Homeowner Maintenance Tips for Early Spring Check for loose or leaky gutters. Improper drainage can lead to water in the basement or crawl space. Make certain downspouts drain away from the foundation and are clear and free of debris. Low areas in the yard or next to the foundation should be filled with compacted soil. Spring rains can cause yard flooding, which can lead to foundation flooding and damage. Also, when water pools in these low areas in summer, it crates a breeding ground for insects, especially mosquitos with west nile virus. Use a screwdriver to probe the wood trim around windows, doors,…

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  • TIPS TO HELP SELL YOUR HOME

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    Whether you're looking for tips on how to select the right real estate agent, or whether you want to sell your property yourself, this article contains some great tips on how to sell in the real estate market in general. These tips will shed light on some of the aspects of the market you once thought were difficult. Once you decide to sell your property, add some energy efficient updates to increase the interest of buyers. If you install certain items, such as outdoor solar-powered lights, an energy monitor, and LED bulbs, then buyers may be interested in your home due…

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  • NEW BLOG

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    Introducing Elementary Property Inspections new blog on its new web site. So, what do you think of our brand new web site courtesy of our friends at DANIMA Creative Group? We will be looking to add interesting new information and links for buyers, sellers, realtors and just those interested in home maintenance, DIY, and other tips for their home. Enjoy, and please visit the rest of this great web site.

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