Month: July 2012

Masonry Block–Building Tips

Every block wall-regardless of height or length-should be placed on a secure footing of poured concrete. A block barbecue grill or outdoor fireplace requires a large concrete pad as a footing. The footing must extend down beyond the frost line to prevent heaving in the winter. For a footing poured in an area where drainage

Baby Boomers–Investing In Real Estate

According to a CBC poll, " 53 percent of boomers polled said they do not feel confident they’ll be able to afford a comfortable retirement. That’s up from 44 percent who were concerned about retirement finances in March." Did you know, the longer you live, the more you’ll benefit from delaying the start of your

Different Types of Hardwood Floor Systems

While today the idea to install hardwood floor is far from lacking in popularity, in the past, they have not always been an instant hit. In medieval times hardwood floors were used for multi-story buildings and usually consisted of two-foot wide planks of elm or oak. Parquet wood flooring became very popular, but its labor-intensive

New Technology and Home Inspections

The Barrie Home inspector has been providing Free Thermal Imaging scans with all regular priced home inspections for the past year. This amazing technology can aid in the detection of heat loss, moisture, water leaks, over-heating conditions and even mould detection. We also perform moisture checks with our up-graded digital moisture detector which allows us

Eave Troughs – Winter Maintenace

Eave Troughs – Care and Maintenance   Winter and eave troughs – This is where most home designers fail to take winter into consideration when designing homes.   Most home owners buy homes in the Spring, Summer and Fall, and never think about their homes eave troughs and downspouts. As a  home inspector in the

Observational Diagnostics for Home Energy Audits

Observational Diagnostics, Section One There are many Observational Diagnostic techniques and experiential knowledge that have been learned by many individuals through the time that they spend in buildings which, in general, may not have made its way into the typical building evaluation resource materials. This Observation Diagnostics, Section One document was created as a way