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CHECKLIST: Fall Maintenance – a Deeper Dive: Gutters, Roofs and Chimneys

Earlier this month, we posted our annual Fall Home Maintenance checklist to make sure you’re ready for the change in season. This week, we wanted to follow up on that and take a deeper dive into a few specific items … Continue reading

CHECKLIST: Fall Maintenance – Everything you need to do to get your home ready for the change in season

It may not yet look or feel like it when you go outside, but fall is nearly upon us! With the weather as nice as it is this week in Metro Vancouver (smoke aside), it’s normally a perfect time to … Continue reading

Property Manager Success Stories: Saving the day – just in the nick of time

We recently got an urgent request from a local property manager who had suddenly realized that one of the many strata properties they were responsible for had a two-year warranty date that was about to expire at the end of … Continue reading

New Home Warranty Checklist: Everything you need to know about your home’s warranty coverage

If you own a brand new home, your New Home Warranty is one of the main things you need to be aware of. There are many important dates and details involved with it and it’s important that homeowners are as … Continue reading

Ask the Inspector: Empowering our clients in a legal situation

We were just recently called to check and review a detached house where the homeowner was not at all happy with the outcome and finishing of their nearly one-year-old, custom-designed home. They had carefully chosen what they thought would be … Continue reading

Are you in the middle of a dispute involving your home or property? Our litigation services can help you and your lawyer out of a messy situation!

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you were in a dispute with a contractor over construction or renovation issues? Are you a frustrated homeowner, renter, landlord or an actual lawyer who, after trying everything to solve an … Continue reading

Feeling the heat? Check out our useful tips for keeping your home cool all summer long!

Earlier this month, we brought you our Summer Home Maintenance Checklist, so you can make sure your home is ready for the change in season. With expected warm weather on the way soon in Metro Vancouver, we thought it would … Continue reading

Stay ahead of the game! Get started on your Summer Home Maintenance Checklist today

With only a few short weeks to go until the official start of summer, why not get a head start on your seasonal maintenance tasks? As usual, the change in season is a good opportunity to assess the state of … Continue reading

Property Manager Success Stories: A Second Opinion

We were recently contacted by a local Property Manager who needed a second opinion. Puzzled, we had to ask for more information on the subject and to find out why.  It turned out, their client – a 40-unit townhouse complex … Continue reading

Don’t get caught by surprise! Make sure you know everything there is to know about your home’s ‘2-5-10’ warranty coverage

Is your new home covered by the ‘2-5-10’ New Home Warranty program? If so, are you aware of the important dates and deadlines that come with it? ‘2-5-10’ refers to: Construction defects and BC Building Code violations – under a … Continue reading

Property Manager Success Stories: Solving Problems in a Time of Need

We were recently contacted by a local Property Manager who really needed help. The problem was, he was preparing for a scheduled council meeting and there was an unresolved issue lingering on that agenda from several months ago. It turned … Continue reading

In a pinch? Our problem-solving services will save you headaches, time and money!

As a homeowner, it’s almost certain that at one point or another you will run into problems with your home. These issues can range from minor home repair worries to critically important things like water leaks and damage. No matter … Continue reading

10 things to do in isolation to stay productive and make sure your home is running as smoothly as possible

NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. – With the majority of the population in isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, people are looking for ways to stay active and productive and one way to accomplish that goal is to catch up on work … Continue reading

Spring Maintenance Deeper Dive: Roofs, Gutters & Chimneys

Last week we published our Spring Maintenance checklist to make sure you were all ready for the change in season. This week, we’d like to build on that, specifically when it comes to assessing your roof after the cold winter … Continue reading

Spring Maintenance: Make sure your home is ready for the change in season

We are now well into March, which means we are just days away from being officially done with winter and on to spring. As usual, we like to make sure our clients are well-prepared, so we’ve put together our must-read … Continue reading

Property Manager Success Stories: Warranty Worries Washed Away

If you’re a property manager, one of the most important things to be aware of is your clients’ building’s warranties and what deadline dates come with them. We’ve run into countless situations where a property manager has forgotten about an … Continue reading

Are you aware of the deadlines that come with ‘2-5-10’ warranty coverage?

Is your new home covered by the ‘2-5-10’ New Home Warranty program? If so, are you aware of the important dates and deadlines that come with it? ‘2-5-10’ refers to: Construction defects and BC Building Code violations – under a … Continue reading

What to Do to Protect Your Home After a Storm

With either snow, hail or rain falling from the sky for seemingly the past two months straight and high winds occurring virtually non-stop, we thought it would be useful to check in with our past clients and community to offer … Continue reading

Ask the Inspector: First-time buyers in crisis

Are you a first-time home buyer who is feeling overwhelmed with such a big decision? Do you wish you had someone to lean on when questions arise that you might not be fully prepare to deal with? That means it’s … Continue reading

Important tips for first-time home buyers

If you are looking to purchase your first home, it can be an overwhelming process as there are many different things to look out for and factor in. You may think you need to figure everything out on your own, … Continue reading

Electrical safety tips to keep your family safe during winter

Last week we brought you our Winter Maintenance Checklist, full of tips on how to prepare your home for the incoming freezing weather. This time around, we thought we would build on that and provide you with a list of … Continue reading

14 ways to prepare your home for winter

Now that we are into December, it’s time to start thinking about preparing your home for winter and the freezing weather that comes with the change of season. If you followed our fall-maintenance checklist, you may have already gotten a head start … Continue reading

A quality-control check will save you valuable time and money

Have you ever been in a situation where you’ve hired contractors to do work on your home or building, but aren’t sure if the job was done up to the proper standard and they are asking for your money? Do … Continue reading

Are you aware of the deadlines that come with your home’s 2-5-10 Warranty coverage?

Is your new home covered by the 2-5-10 New Home Warranty program? If so, are you aware of the important dates and deadlines that come with it? 2-5-10 refers to: Construction defects and BC Building Code violations – under a … Continue reading

Ask the Inspector: What fire dangers and safety issues lurk?

If you’re a homeowner, renter or a landlord, you may find yourself asking, ‘what are the potential safety issues I need to be aware of?’ Although any home can be made to look desirable and charming, they also come with … Continue reading

13 Ways You Can Keep Your Home and Family Safe from Fire

It’s October, which means it’s also Fire Safety Month. All month long, we will be providing tips on how you can keep your home and, more importantly, your loved ones safe from the dangers of fire. There are numerous ways … Continue reading

A pre-purchase inspection is part of your due diligence when purchasing a commercial property

Are you looking to purchase a property for your small business or as an investor? Are you part of a larger company looking to setup operations in a new location? One of the most important long-term decisions you make could … Continue reading

20 Things You Need to Do to Prepare Your Home for Fall Weather

We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but summer has almost come to an end. Kids are now back in school and the days are getting shorter, so that means it’s time for you to be thinking about … Continue reading

Success Story: Helping Out Another Homeowner

We were recently contacted for help by a very frustrated homeowner in a Vancouver high-rise condo that had suffered water-damage from above (all too common, unfortunately). The restoration work had taken far too long from their perspective and they had … Continue reading

Our legal services can help you in a messy situation

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you were in a dispute with a contractor over construction issues? Are you a frustrated homeowner, renter, landlord or an actual lawyer who, after trying everything to solve an issue, is … Continue reading

Ask the Home Inspector: Quality Control Could Have Saved the Day

A client living in a strata complex reached out to us recently to voice concerns about the business of his Strata Corporation and a certain consulting company they were using. He shared several images of the finished work. The Strata … Continue reading

A Quality-Control Check Can Save You Valuable Time and Lots of Money

Have you ever been in a situation where you’ve hired contractors to do work on your home or building, but aren’t sure if the job was done up to the proper standard? Do you lack confidence that the work you’ve … Continue reading

Ask the Inspector: Easing a client’s concerns over the purchase of their first home

Recently, a past client hired us in a state of panic. They had planned to move quickly into their first home when they suddenly realized the badly leaking toilet in the only bathroom in their brand-new condo was not going … Continue reading

Summer cooling tips

Last month we brought you our Summer Maintenance Checklist, so you can make sure your home is ready for the change in season. With the recent heatwave we’ve been experiencing in Metro Vancouver, we thought it would be a good … Continue reading

Property Manager Success Stories: Where to turn to when you have a problem with your property

The Problem We were recently contacted by a local property manager who really needed help. The problem was, he was preparing for a scheduled council meeting with this property and there was an unresolved issue lingering on that agenda from … Continue reading

13 Ways to Make Sure Your Home Is Ready for Summer!

Now that we are well into May, you’ve most likely noticed the dramatic change in weather. Although not everyday is sunny and hot, temperatures are rising as we get closer and closer to that long-awaited summer weather. As usual, the … Continue reading

Commissioning: The Walkthrough

Amidst all the excitement of purchasing a pre-construction new home and waiting for it to be built, an often-overlooked, but extremely important item to be remembered once it is finally completed is the walkthrough – before the buyer officially takes possession of the … Continue reading

Building commissioning: Make sure you are confident with your new build

Are you planning on building your dream home or having one built for your family, but aren’t confident that you have the knowledge or expertise to ensure things are done in the most effective and efficient way? Are you unsure … Continue reading

Did You Know? We provide Total Building Commissioning services!

On top of our various inspection and consulting services, Duxbury & Associates also provides independent Total Building Commissioning (TBCx) services, because people turn to and are referred to us all the time for help. TBCx recognizes the integrated nature of … Continue reading

Spring maintenance deep dive: Roofs, windows, doors and decks

We recently published our comprehensive guide to preparing your home for spring weather. This checklist outlines everything you need to do to ensure your home is ready for the change in season. With that in mind, today we wanted to … Continue reading

Reflecting on my participation in the HAVAN Homebuyers Forum

My main takeaway and experience from speaking on the Education Panel at the 25th Annual HAVAN Homebuyer’s Forum was that the entire evening was a big success. Despite the poor weather, the event was well-attended and there was also a … Continue reading

Ask the Inspector: Going the extra mile for a concerned client

While up in Revelstoke recently for a scheduled warranty check, Glenn was asked his opinion on an unusual condition just noticed by the client and staff.  The exterior wall cladding (siding) was under stress and breaking due to it being … Continue reading

Spring Preparation: Everything you need to know to prepare your home for warmer weather

With snow falling in the Lower Mainland this week, we’re sure many people are dreaming about spring and the warmer weather that comes along with the change of season. Although spring is still over a month away, we like to … Continue reading

Ask the Inspector: Easing the worries of a concerned client

Recently, a client of ours appeared to be very concerned about a two-unit commercial strata he was interested in purchasing and requested we do an inspection. They had no worries at all about things on the outside, however… They were very … Continue reading

Ask the Inspector: Supporting our clients in a messy situation

Recently, a client called in and told us that they had hired a painter for their new home and were extremely disappointed by all the shoddy work done. According to the client, there were all sorts of problems and it … Continue reading

14 things you need to do to prepare your home for winter

Now that we are into December, it’s time to start thinking about preparing your home for winter and the freezing weather that comes with the change of season. If you followed our fall-maintenance checklist, you may have already gotten a … Continue reading

Don’t go through it alone: A beginner’s guide to a pre-build condo walkthrough

Amidst all the excitement of purchasing a pre-construction new condo/townhouse and the anticipation of waiting for it to be built, an often-overlooked, but extremely important item to remember once it is completed is the walkthrough before officially taking possession of … Continue reading

Are you aware of your home’s 12/15-month warranty?

Is your home covered by the 2-5-10 New Home Warranty Program? If so, are you aware of the important dates and deadlines that come with it? 2-5-10 refers to: Construction defects and BC Building Code violations – under a 2-year warranty … Continue reading

Top-13 things you need to do to keep your family safe from fire!

October is Fire Safety Month, so we thought we would provide you with a checklist of things you need to do to make sure you and your family are safe from fire hazards in your home. During the winter months, … Continue reading

Ask the Inspector: Identifying Efflorescence

Recently, a past client called us in a state of confusion and worry. They had planned to paint some rooms in their home when they noticed a white powdery substance on the walls, which they had assumed was something nasty … Continue reading

Ask the Inspector: Representing a client’s best interests

We recently received a phone call about a condo renovation underway in Burnaby, from a woman who was extremely upset about the state of the condo she had purchased. When their renovation contractor removed the cabinets and backsplash on the … Continue reading

Top-20 Things You Can’t Ignore Now That Fall Has Arrived!

Now that summer is over and the cool fall weather has arrived, it’s important to make sure your house is ready for the change in season, so today we bring you a list of tips on how to prepare your … Continue reading

Ask the Inspector: Solving Worries Over a New Roof

I was checking the roof on a detached house recently and the client (homeowner) was worried the new roof covering had been installed improperly on her home. It’s time to Ask the Inspector once again: After taking one look at the … Continue reading

Fire safety for homeowners

As the weather continues to get warmer this summer, one of the most important things for homeowners to consider is fire safety. Whether it’s taking preventative measures to reduce the chances of a fire, or making sure your home is … Continue reading

Ask the Inspector: Solving Serious Settlement Situations

I was checking a detached house some years ago; the client (home owner) was worried there had been ongoing, serious settlement in the centre of the home. It’s time to Ask the Inspector, once again: After taking one look inside … Continue reading

Is Your Home Ready for Summer?

In March, we shared our checklist of spring maintenance tips on how to maintain your home after the winter months. Now that we are almost through spring and into summer, we would like to share some more advice on how … Continue reading

Spring Preparation – Home Maintenance Tips in Advance of Summer

With May well upon us, temperatures have started to rise and you need to have your home prepared for what is coming. Assuming you have had the opportunity to really get going on your home’s Spring maintenance needs – shared … Continue reading

Property Manager Success Stories: Choose wisely when selecting an Inspector/Building Consultant to assess the condition of your property

The Situation We were recently contacted by a local property manager who needed a “2nd opinion”. Puzzled, we naturally had to ask for more information on the subject to make sense of it and also “why?” It turned out their … Continue reading

Ask the Inspector: Sloping floors equals frustration for home buyers

QUESTION: I have a question about our new house, which is about 55 years old. We are just making an offer to purchase it. It is in the Vancouver Fairview Slopes area. We were not made aware by the seller … Continue reading

Property Management Success Stories: A Close Call

Duxbury & Associates interacts with clients every day, many times saving them considerable time and lots of money through consultation about important things like new home-warranty expiration dates. For Example Last month, Duxbury & Associates got an urgent request from … Continue reading

What Condition Is Your Roof in After the Winter Weather?

With winter weather (hopefully) in the rear-view mirror, it’s important to assess the condition of your roof after taking a beating in the cold weather. The weight of heavy snow can cause havoc with your roof, even potentially causing it … Continue reading

Spring Preparation – Home Maintenance Tips in Advance of Warmer Weather

With March upon us, temperatures will soon start to rise and you need to have your home prepared for the change in season. Spring is usually the time to assess how well your maintenance work held up over the cold … Continue reading

Problem Solving – What to Do When You Run into Problems with Your Home

As a homeowner, it’s almost certain that at one point or another you will run into problems with your home. These issues can range from minor home repairs to critically important things like water leaks. No matter what the problem … Continue reading

Indoor Air Quality – How Healthy are You Living?

Indoor Air Quality  –  How Healthy are You Living? Following up on our last blog post on mold inside the home, it is also important to know there are other potential ways to decrease indoor air quality and ways to … Continue reading

What you need to know to protect your home against MOLD.

What you need to know to protect your home against MOLD. Further to our blog  (https://glennduxbury-inspections.com/7-secrets-saving-heating-costs) on keeping your house warm and sealed up from the cold air entry, be aware of the potential for mold to occur. Mold is a … Continue reading

7 Secrets to Saving on Heating Costs!

Look at this infra-red image of a typical home. All the red and yellow areas are signs that your heating bill is going to go up, way up! So how can a home owner stay warm and save money? INSULATION … Continue reading

New-Home Warranties – What You Need to Know

Are you aware of when your new home warranty expires? If your home is new enough, it is protected by “2-5-10” Year Home Warranty Insurance, you need to be aware of when that coverage expires.  It’s up to you, the … Continue reading

Tips for Winter Comfort and Preparation.

Tips for Winter Comfort and Preparation,brought to you by your savvy Home Inspector. Keeping warm and dry during Winter storms becomes a priority for you and especially for your home. We have coats, scarves, gloves, toques, boots and so on … Continue reading

“Don’t assume a New Home is High–Quality.”

Your Quality Home Inspector Says “Don’t assume a New Home is High–Quality.” Joy quickly turned to horror, when a brand new home started unraveling like a ball of wool before the buyer’s eyes! One of our clients had been overjoyed … Continue reading

Emergency Preparedness.

Emergency Preparedness. Emergency Preparedness. Disasters: Floods, Earthquakes, Hurricanes, Wild Fires………………….. With Disasters happening all over the world in the last few months, especially, Floods, Earthquakes, Hurricanes, Fires etc.; how prepared are you for anything like that happening to you and … Continue reading

AUTUMN HOME MAINTENANCE TIPS.

Last time we focused on Exterior home maintenance; this time we focus on the Interior. Suggestions from your Professional Home Inspector. Fall/Autumn is the best time for Lower Mainland homeowners to do necessary home repairs and maintenance before Winter sets in.  There … Continue reading

Fall Maintenance Tips (Outdoors)

Fall Maintenance Tips (Outdoors)  Brought to you by: “Home & Building Expert and Strata Specialist” We know this is still summer and you ask “what are you thinking? – Fall is aways away!”  But is it, really?   Never too … Continue reading

Qualified Home Consultant Offers Quality Control Services

Quality Control Services   Who is looking out for Your Best Interest? Now that the warm (hot), summer weather is here, people often use this time to do maintenance & renovations in and on their homes. Upgrading kitchens and bathrooms is … Continue reading

FIRE DANGER.

FIRE DANGER. Be On your Guard! With this hot dry weather we’re having lately, the threat of wild fires and interface fires is ever growing, as are the actual wild fires in British Columbia.                                                                            See https://www.theweathernetwork.com/ca/videos/gallery/if-bc-wildfires-started-in-canadian-cities-heres-how-much-would-burn/sharevideo/5503156396001 Because it has been … Continue reading

Home safety (continued) Be aware of dangers hidden in your home.

Home safety (continued) Be aware of  dangers hidden in your home. Further safety tips from your caring Home Inspector. A home or building can become a potential safety hazard, if one is not aware of what could be lurking “under … Continue reading

BUYER BEWARE

5 Key Questions to Ask Every Home Inspector! If your new home costs $750,000, but the un-discovered repairs end up costing you $50,000 – $100,000, it’s easy to see how hiring the wrong Home Inspector could be a complete waste. … Continue reading

Summer Cooling Tips

Summer Cooling Tips We continue from our previous blog https://glennduxbury-inspections.com/home-prepared-summer/ and our recent Newsletter. Keeping cool in Summer heat is not only more comfortable but also healthier for you. Ensure a cool Summer – not to mention a lower energy … Continue reading

DEADLY DECKS – Is your deck or balcony a disaster waiting to happen?

Decks and balconies aren’t used only for Summer parties; they often welcome guests during the holiday season too. Every year, there are a surprising number of reported horrific accidents, where such have actually collapsed, resulting in serious injuries and even … Continue reading

How does MOLD affect Air Quality & Your Health?

Are you and your home prepared for Summer?

Summer. Are you and your home prepared for Summer? Despite the seemingly long winter we have had, we should be prepared for sunny days ahead, even if they are intermittent right now. Pack up your snow blower, shovels, “ice melt” … Continue reading

ASBESTOS is still a hidden killer!

Many people believe that asbestos is a “problem of the past” which no longer exists in homes. Well that is simply not the case. Asbestos was commonly used in Canadian housing construction up until the mid-1990s, according to the WorkSafe … Continue reading

Safety in the Home – Especially for Children

Safety in the Home – Especially for Children Parents of young children worry endlessly about safety and how to protect them from “everything” — from ill-intentioned strangers to random bullets and stray dogs — but as Home Inspectors, we can’t … Continue reading

Preserving Your Sanity

All you need to do is spend just one (1) night trying to sleep in your new home and – “Oh my”! Then being new to Condo living, we’ve had not just one (1), but two (2) miserable Condo owners … Continue reading

Spring maintenance tips from Your savvy Home Inspector

April showers bring home maintenance & repairs…Spring maintenance tips from Your savvy Home Inspector That old rhyme “April showers bring May flowers” may be true for your garden; April is also often the first post-snow opportunity to review your roof’s … Continue reading

Be aware! Condo living may be noisy, says Condo Expert

Be aware! Condo living may be noisy, says Condo Expert. Moving into a new Condo (or new to you) may be exciting but you may find unexpected problems, a warning from your concerned Home Inspector and Building Consultant. Although “noise” … Continue reading

Mid – Winter Care for Your Home -From your Concerned Home Inspector

Mid – Winter Care for Your Home. – From your Concerned Home Inspector Think about the unusual winter we’ve had for the Lower Mainland. How prepared are you for the next big snow dump or any other extreme weather.  Some … Continue reading

Home Inspection Saves Another Client from Disaster

Home Inspection Saves Another Client from Disaster. We recently had occasion to serve yet another 1st-Time Buyer (our specialty).  She wanted an older Condominium (another specialty) for the larger size and lower price.  The idea was for her and her … Continue reading

CASE STUDY: Illegal Suite: Affordable Housing or Death Trap?

Our team was recently called out to document a long list of complaints and serious issues at a secondary rental suite in Richmond. A woman and her two daughters had rented one of two suites in a single detached home. … Continue reading

How does MOLD affect Air Quality & Your Health?

How does MOLD affect Air Quality & Your Health? Mold spores are floating in the air around us all the time, just looking for some damp organic material to grow on. Excessive mold in your home can affect the quality … Continue reading

October is Fire Safety Month.

A Reminder from your concerned Home Inspector : October is Fire Safety Month. Are you “Fire Prevention” savvy? Be aware also of the potential for Carbon Monoxide poisoning. During the winter months, the Canadian Red Cross has to support more … Continue reading

Your Concerned Professional Home Inspector asks: How Long Will YOUR Roof Last and What Condition is it in?

Winter /Roofs Your Concerned Professional Home Inspector asks: How Long Will YOUR Roof Last and What Condition is it in? With this unusual, snowy, winter weather as we have it now and what will be ahead for the rest of … Continue reading

Safety in the home and workplace from your Home Inspector

Safety in the home and workplace. Safety in the home and workplace is very important to prevent accidents and  be prepared to help, if an accident occurs. Taking First Aid training gives useful information, especially if there are children, or … Continue reading

Why Home Inspections are Important Notes from your Tri-Cities Home Inspector

 Why Home Inspections are Important   Notes from your Tri-Cities  Home Inspector If you purchased a home, recently, in this volatile market, without a home inspection, you may find that you are regretting that decision. It has been mentioned on TV … Continue reading

Don’t let Buyers’ Remorse happen to you, (from your Trusted, Very Experienced, Neighbourhood Home Inspector and Property Consultant.)

Don’t let Buyers’ Remorse happen to you, (from your Trusted, Very Experienced, Neighbourhood Home Inspector and Property Consultant.) With the staggering amount of homes sold in June of this year and the ongoing bidding wars, many folks are opting not … Continue reading

Summer Heat – 5 Tips on Keeping Your House Cool!

When is “too late” to claim New Home Warranty Defects?

When is it “too late” to claim New Home Warranty Defects? Knowing your home warranty insurance ‎expiry date is critical to determining before your coverage will disappear, ‎forever. Insurance companies are very strict about these deadlines. If the documentation and … Continue reading

A Timely Reminder from Your Tricities Home and Condo Inspector

A Timely Reminder from Your Tricities Home and Condo Inspector: It is very important NOT to overlook your New Home Warranty Expiry Date, as you may end up paying for the correction of defects that should have been made by … Continue reading

Your Quality Home Inspector asks, “Are you aware of these possible defects in your new home?”

More examples of why a Professional Home Inspector is needed for any New Home and again within one (1) year for New Home Warranty Inspection for defects to be documented before your Warranty runs out. Another new House (“high-end”) – … Continue reading

Home Inspector – Vancouver – Gives Further Warranty Info on New Homes

  A partial list of common “new home” deficiencies. Usually found on initial new home inspection and given to the builder to correct before the 1 year warranty is up. Deficiencies may be found later if initial inspection was NOT … Continue reading