Clues to Buried Fuel Oil Tanks

If you are buying a Vancouver house built prior to 1970, be aware there is a high probability of a buried oil tank. An underground oil tank could affect your insurance and mortgage. The associated environmental impact could cost you up to a hundred thousand dollars for remediation. Buried oil tank creates a huge liability for the homeowner and you, the buyer. In Vancouver…

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Snowmelt Season

The snowmelt season is one of the biggest challenges for roofs throughout the year. It can be a test for both the drainage capacity of the roof and the bearing capacity of the overall building structure. Melting snow on the roofs not only increases the potential for ice dams, but the tremendous amount of water transformed from it also brings a huge load on the roof drainage system…

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Leaky Condo and How to Avoid it

If you are considering buying a condo in the Vancouver area, be aware that there is still a number of leaky condo in the market, despite lots of them have been remediated. You need to be very cautious or you will be buying into lots of trouble because the cost to remediate the ongoing structural and moisture issues associated with leaky condo is astronomical…

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How Do You Know If Your Skylight is Leaking?

Skylight is an excellent source of natural light to our home, however, they are also known as one of the most troublesome roofing details. Sometimes they leak when they are not properly installed, or their flashing is damaged. Such case water can get underneath the roofing, leak out around the skylights and cause serious damage…

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Is It Time to Replace the Window?

Replacing windows is a common home improvement project and we are often asked if there are any signals showing the windows need to be replaced. There are some signs, 1. Jamming Windows Window should not be challenging to operate unless it is damaged or not properly installed. A window that is difficult to open, close or lock…

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Who’s On Your Home Buying Team?

Purchasing a home can be both exciting and overwhelming. One of the best things you can do is to surround yourself with professionals you trust. Key members of your home buying team will likely include: a realtor who finds your home, a mortgage broker who shops for the best rates, a lawyer or notary who ensures your legal rights are protected. And last but not least – A Home Inspector who assesses the home’s condition…

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