Your
DREAM HOME
AWAITS
Blogs
Posts By Date
Categories

If you see a haze of condensation on your window, should you be concerned? Maybe. Maybe not. It depends on a number of factors.

 

First of all, an occasional build-up of condensation is normal and often the result of fluctuating humidity in the home. Usually, it’s nothing to worry about. If you’re using a humidifier, try adjusting the levels. If the humidity is being generated naturally, try placing a dehumidifier nearby. Also, remove any plants and firewood from the area, as they can release a surprising volume of moisture into the air.

 

Do you see moisture in between the panes of glass that make up the window? If so, that means the seal has failed and moisture has crept in. Double and triple pane windows often contain a gas (argon, for example) that boosts the insulating qualities of the window. When the seal fails, the gas disappears, making the glass colder and often allowing condensation to creep in. Eventually, you’ll want to get it replaced.

 

If you see moisture build-up anywhere on the frame of the window, particularly at the joints, that could be a sign of water leaking through. That’s an issue you should get checked out immediately by a window contractor.

 

Read full post

If you own a car, you know there’s more to the cost-of-ownership than just finance payments and gas. You also need to budget for maintenance and repairs. If your car is older, those costs are going to be higher. That’s just common sense.

 

The same is true of your home. It’s wise to budget for anticipated repairs and maintenance. Otherwise, you might be caught by surprise when you find that your furnace stops working and needs to be replaced. That can easily be a four-figure expense.

 

Experts recommend that you set aside 1% of the value of your home for repairs and maintenance. For a $500,000 property, for example, that would be $5,000. That is, of course, merely a rule of thumb. If your home is older, you may need to budget more.

 

Another recommended method is to budget $1 a square foot. If you have a 2,500 square foot home, that would be a budget of $2,500. Again, that number would need to be higher for older properties.

 

When budgeting, consider things that are getting old and will likely need to be replaced within the next three years. Examples include roof shingles, furnace, A/C unit, deck, fence, plumbing, and windows. Depending on the size and model, a new A/C unit will cost at least $5,000. Anticipating that expense will help you plan accordingly and avoid the shock of an unpleasant and costly surprise.

 

Keep in mind that budgeting $2,000 for repairs and maintenance doesn’t mean you’ll actually spend that money this year. But, if needed, the budget will be there, and that’s peace-of-mind.

Read full post

If you have a basement, or even just a crawlspace, the last thing you want is water infiltrating the area. Even a minor leak can cause damage to walls and flooring, and may even lead to mould issues. Here are some precautions worth taking:

  • Every spring and fall, check the grading around your home. The ground should gently slope away from the foundation. Pay particular attention to areas where shrubs and other foliage make the grading difficult to see.

  • Look for cracks in the foundation. Get them fixed right away. Even a minor crack that doesn't appear to penetrate all the way through can cause problems eventually.

  • Check the caulking on basement windows. If it's worn and cracked, it's time for recaulking. The lifespan of most exterior caulking is less than five years.

  • Watch the eavestroughs when it rains. (You'll get wet, but it's worth it.) Make sure the water drains well away from the foundation.

Doing these simple inspections takes just a few minutes. Yet, if they prevent a basement leak, it's time well spent!

Read full post
Categories:   Affordability | Air quality | Bathroom upgrades | Budget makeovers | Burnaby North Real Estate | Canyon Springs, Coquitlam Real Estate | Central Coquitlam, Coquitlam Real Estate | Central Pt Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam Real Estate | Closing day check list | Cloverdale Real Estate | co-worker | Conflict | Contractors | Coquitlam Real Estate | Coquitlam West, Coquitlam Real Estate | Cottonwood MR, Maple Ridge Real Estate | Crime prevention | Curb appeal | Discretionary moves | Electrical hazards | Evaluating neighbourhoods | Flowers | Glenwood PQ, Port Coquitlam Real Estate | Ha | HDTV | Home buying | Home buying budget | Home hazards | Home Inspection | Home selection | Home viewing tips | House plants | How to boost your energy | Kitchen Makeovers | Lighting upgrades | Listing and selling | Low offers | Maillardville, Coquitlam Real Estate | Market monitoring | Mary Hill, Port Coquitlam Real Estate | memory techniques | Mid Meadows, Pitt Meadows Real Estate | Mission BC, Mission Real Estate | Moisture | Noise pollution | Odours and scents | Offers | Open House | Pest control | pets | Power outages | pre | Preparing your home for sale | Preventive home maintenance | Pricing | Quick home selling tips | Real estate agent value | Realtor services | Recalled Products | Renovation | Riverwood, Port Coquitlam Real Estate | Safety in the home | Selling your home | Soundproofing your home | Staging | Storage space | Utility budget control | Westwood Plateau, Coquitlam Real Estate | Wood floor selection
The data relating to real estate on this website comes in part from the MLS® Reciprocity program of either the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV), the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board (FVREB) or the Chilliwack and District Real Estate Board (CADREB). Real estate listings held by participating real estate firms are marked with the MLS® logo and detailed information about the listing includes the name of the listing agent. This representation is based in whole or part on data generated by either the REBGV, the FVREB or the CADREB which assumes no responsibility for its accuracy. The materials contained on this page may not be reproduced without the express written consent of either the REBGV, the FVREB or the CADREB.