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“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 http://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

New Home Warranty-protection from Home Inspector in Coquitlam

You may have heard of recent mention, once again, of new home Warranty-protection here in BC being totally “worthless” due to stories and opinions shared in the media.  This can be true, but doesn’t have to be ! This often … Continue reading

Warranty Questions answered by your knowledgeable home inspector.

Questions answered by your knowledgeable home inspector. What is Home Warranty Insurance? Home warranty insurance is designed to protect new homes in British Columbia against construction ‎defects in materials and labour. Since July 1, 1999, all new single-family and multi-family … Continue reading

Window Safety Week – Advice from your concerned home inspectors.

Window Safety Week is recognized every year during the first full week in April, See more at: http://www.aamanet.org/general/1/423/window-safety-and-fall-prevention#sthash.Q3ZOGgAz.dpuf http://www.nsc.org/learn/safety-knowledge/Pages/about-national-window-safety-week.aspx http://www.wdma.com/?page=SafetyWeek http://www.windowsafety.ca/ It is difficult to hear news of any child getting injured or killed falling out of a window or … Continue reading

WHY IS A NEW HOME FALLING APART?

Joy quickly turned to horror, when a brand new home started unravelling like a ball of wool before the buyer’s eyes! One of our clients had been overjoyed after purchasing a one year old home from a local builder. They … Continue reading

New Homes Aren’t Perfect: How to Avoid Wasting your Warranty Coverage

Q: Is it really necessary to get my own inspection on a newly- constructed home, or should the inspection by the City Inspector be adequate? A: Always get an independent inspection of your new home! Some may wonder why this … Continue reading

CASE STUDY: The “Not-So Good” New Home

Saved in the Nick of Time… Our team was recently called out to inspect a series of new homes. We noticed ‎an alarming trend of bad workmanship on each building. How strange all these ‎new buildings would have similar issues … Continue reading

ATTIC HEALTH from your knowledgeable home and strata inspector.

ATTIC HEALTH from your knowledgeable home and strata inspector. A healthy attic is something to strive for – to help keep your home and family healthy Is your attic full of nasty but hidden problems? Be aware that the attic … Continue reading

A Shocking Surprise! Stucco- Related.

A Shocking Surprise! Stucco- Related. A warning from your neighbourhood Condo Inspector. If you are considering buying into a Strata development – Condos or Townhomes built with a stucco exterior, it is critical you understand the potential for hidden damage … Continue reading

WHO IS REALLY AT FAULT in a property dispute?

  WHO IS REALLY AT FAULT in a property dispute? When property damage occurs inside a strata property or a Co-Op Unit or even a rental Unit, determining blame can be a tricky business! Be sure to hire an Independent … Continue reading

Disaster Preparedness Brought to you by your Local Strata Inspector

Disaster Preparedness brought to you by your Local Strata Inspector For detached homes, but especially for Condo’s, (and Businesses): Think about the last couple of month’s power blackouts, and our recent “Bump- in- the- Night” earthquake. Mother Nature is awakening … Continue reading

New Home Warranty Protection – Really “Worthless” ?

You may have heard of recent mention of new home Warranty-protection here in BC being totally “worthless” due to stories and opinions shared in the media.  This can be true, but doesn’t have to be ! We’ve helped numerous Clients … Continue reading

Strata Inspections Differ from Other Homes

Strata Inspections Differ from Other Homes Strata corporations – through the elected Council of Owners – have the responsibility of taking care of a strata property on behalf of all the strata owners. They are the governing body for all … Continue reading

What happened to a Buyer who SKIPPED on the Condo Inspection?

                       CASE STUDY:     What happened to a Buyer who SKIPPED on the Condo Inspection? In my many years as a professional home inspector, I’ve often come across short-sighted and /or ill-advised home … Continue reading

Home Inspection Fall tips #5

Home Inspection Fall Tips #5 Further to our blog on Condensation, recently, think about potential & risk of MOLD build-up and follow advice to reduce the indoor moisture levels – especially during the colder months.  Molds are fungi that can … Continue reading

ALERT: WHEN IS IT COLD ENOUGH TO FREEZE PIPES?

WHEN IS IT COLD ENOUGH TO FREEZE PIPES? When should homeowners be especially alert to the risk of freezing pipes? That depends, but generally before 20 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 6 degrees Centigrade) is experienced… Frozen pipes can really cause damage … Continue reading

Fall Indoor Tips #4

Fall Indoor Maintenance Tip #4 1. Vacuum the condenser coils at the back of your fridge at least annually. 2. Clean or Self-clean the oven ( in preparation for seasonal cooking /baking). 3. Clean your coffee maker – regularly. 4. … Continue reading

Are Your Windows Crying or Trying to Tell You Something ?

Are Your Windows Crying ? The other morning I noticed my neighbour’s windows running with condensation due to the very low exterior overnight temperature. I then noticed one of our own dripping condensation. It made me start to really think… … Continue reading

Fall tips # 3 from your Home Inspector

 Vancouver Home Inspections brings you  Fall Maintenance Tips #3 1. Dust and test your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors and replace the batteries in your smoke alarms & carbon monoxide [CO] detectors (semi-annually).  And remember, even hard-wired smoke detectors … Continue reading

Fall Maintenance Tip #2

More Fall Maintenance Tips from your Vancouver Home Inspector   Trim tree limbs & vegetation away from the roof and walls of your home (avoid allowing access for critters).             Conduct a garage door safety-check. … Continue reading

Fall Home Maintenance Tip #1.

Tip # 1 from your Home Inspector New Westminster.  There are numerous lists of maintenance tips available and most are not without merit.  This one takes a slightly different approach and is written with Lower Mainland homes and WET weather … Continue reading

Competing with other buyers? How to boost your chances of getting that home.

Competing with other buyers? How to boost your chances of getting that home – http://www.rew.ca/news/competing-with-other-buyers-how-to-boost-your-chances-of-getting-that-home-1.2084209

Safety First

I know we’re still into the end of Summer and it is still September – but October is not really far-off, which is Fire-Safety month. Here is a good overview on the subject of fire-safety (be sure to read all … Continue reading

Good at Saving Water ?

We’ve all heard news of the long drought facing California to the south of us and even have experienced a very much different spring /summer than we are used to here in western Canada.  With all of the news out … Continue reading

IT’S NOT YOUR HORMONES!

IT’S NOT YOUR HORMONES! Summer heat like this can make a home absolutely unbearable and such discomfort can lead to extreme stress; who hasn’t experienced inside heat which makes you sticky and miserable…   Some tips on keeping your home … Continue reading

Interpreting Depreciation Reports

Depreciation reports are now mandatory in British Columbia. Strata corporations are required to obtain a depreciation report every three years. Depreciation reports help strata corporations plan for the repair, maintenance and eventual replacement of common property, limited common property and … Continue reading

Deciphering Engineering Reports

In order to get a thorough evaluation on the property, hiring a licensed professional Consultant or Engineer is required, and will be able to tell you about the integrity of the building`s components and how long all the common property … Continue reading

Quality Control Services: Monitor Renovation Projects, Get Your Money’s Worth!

Not all renovation contractors provide the same quality of work. To ensure you are getting your money’s worth, you need to inspect before, during and after the renovation process. At Duxbury and Associates, we are experts in this field; we … Continue reading

How does MOLD affect Air Quality & Your Health?

Welcome to “Love Your Home” Spring is in the air! Flowers are in bloom and there is lots of pollen floating around. However, many of us forget that there are also lots of mold spores floating all around us too. … Continue reading

CASE STUDY: Botched Renovation: An Unhappy Ending for Fire Victims

Our team was recently called out to review a fully renovated house in Langley. Last year, this home had been struck by a tragic house fire, leaving the building gutted back to the studs. Naturally, the family had suffered greatly, … Continue reading

How to Write and Share a Google+ Review

When our clients are happy, we are happy. We care about all our clients’ feedback, and we encourage them to leave their reviews. This is a great way of letting everyone know about the great experience you’ve had with us. … Continue reading