All posts by David Bounsall

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Staying At Home During A Renovation

Let’s face it, renovations are a huge disruption to life on the home front. They leave messy, insidious dust everywhere! Ideally, you should move out for a while to give your reno crew some much-needed breathing room. This earlier article covered how to prepare for such a move-out. This article will...

/ August 23, 2017
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Should You Stay In The House Or Move Out During A Major Renovation?

The plans and budgets are set, the materials and appliances have been ordered, and the required permits are in place.  D-Day (or Demolition Day) is fast approaching.  What should you do to prepare for the huge disruption it will cause? This article will cover major renovations where you’ve decided to...

/ June 16, 2017
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Why Older Homes Need A Designated Substance Survey Before Renovating

Anyone who has lived through a renovation can attest to the amount of fine dust created during demolition.  In older homes, especially those built before 1980, there is a chance that dust may contain hazardous substances like asbestos, which can threaten the health of your family and the contractors who are working...

/ May 22, 2017

Flood Watch: What To Do When A Storm Hits

It’s been a very wet spring in Eastern Canada, especially over the past few days in early May. This has led to swollen lakes and rivers and with it, a heightened risk of flooded basements. In a special weather statement on May 2nd, Environment Canada stated, “With the ground already...

/ May 6, 2017

Mould: Detection, Removal and Prevention

Mould (or mold in the US) can be an insidious intruder into your home. In a moist environment, it can develop gradually, often undetected, but with harmful effects to your health. We spoke to Gil Naparstak, owner of Alberta Restoration Specialists, to learn what to be on the lookout for...

/ May 1, 2017

Home Automation FAQ

Many homeowners are confused, even intimidated by the terms ‘home automation’ or the ‘Internet of Things.’  While it’s supposed to make life around the house simpler, safer and more energy-efficient, some feel it would make life more complicated. But it doesn’t have to be that way! Today’s catchphrase is the...

/ April 22, 2017

Best Driveway Surfaces for Canada

When it comes to deciding which surface is best for your driveway, most Canadians choose between three good options: Asphalt, Concrete and Interlocking Stones (also known as paving stones or pavers). We spoke to the experts to find out the details every Canadian needs to know before deciding on a...

/ April 10, 2017

Shining a Light on Home Electrical Wiring

To most homeowners, electrical wiring is a mystery. Wiring is ‘out of sight, out of mind’ – hidden behind walls, light switches and receptacles throughout your home. When something goes wrong, most are a bit intimidated, which is a good thing, since amateur wiring can be a safety hazard and even...

/ April 3, 2017

Energy Efficient Windows

It may feel like Old Man Winter is finally loosening his grip – but installing energy-efficient windows will save you money year-round. Simply put, older windows can cause heat loss in winter and heat absorption in summer that increases the cost of air conditioning. In winter, energy-efficient windows reduce heat...

/ March 11, 2017

Basement Waterproofing to Protect Your Home

Effective basement waterproofing is essential for the health of your home and your family. Without it, rainwater and/or sewage can wreak havoc in two very different ways: 1) A flood is an emergency that must be fixed ASAP as it can cause immediate property damage to fixtures and furniture, or...

/ February 20, 2017