Mar 292011

Warmer temperatures, a little rain, balmy breezes during the day and a few evening winds to dry it all up. Crocus and Hyacinth graced us some bloom. First signs of spring are all but buried now a few weeks later, colder temperatures, blizzard conditions that left the GTA wondering if we should have called another snow day shut down. Let’s hope it is the last and not a prequel to Ice storms.

While we have that light blanket of snow, take advantage. The upside of this weather phenomenon is that we will have one last chance to observe what is happening on the exterior of our homes and buildings. Get your maintenance list ready. CMHC provides a great check list of things to do for seasonal maintenance of your home. Check out the CMHC Home Maintenance Schedule now.

Here’s a quick summary of some of the things that you can do for the exterior of your home:

  • Look for those places where melting snow is dripping through eves trough seams that need sealing or replacing
  • Check those shingles for wet spots where snow has melted, indicating heat loss
  • Look for areas around the foundation where melting snow or rain is pooling and make a note to fill and grade soil slopping away from the foundation
  • Watch for those plantings that are sprouting and spreading too close to the foundations and make accommodation to trim them or transplant them at least two feet away from the foundation to allow for proper air flow and reduce humidity and moisture build up which can lead to mildew growth  compromising concrete
  • Watch for pavement that has lifted due to frost and make a note to reset and level walking paths.

Inside make it a point to check:

  • The attic for ventilation leaks or ice dams
  • Dryer vents should be cleaned from lint build up
  • If it is taking longer to dry your laundry that is evidence of lint build up in your venting tubes, lint build up can cause combustion fires
  • Your furnace filters and hot water tank valves should be checked too

Regular maintenance will improve the Air quality in your home. Consider the non-chemical way to freshen your space from odours trapped in fabrics and venting systems before summer arrives, the windows are closed tight for optimum A/C. You will be too busy enjoying the outdoors come mid-April if this year is anything like last. Once you are spending your days outside, consider Ozone Shock treatments to purify the air and dissipate odour build up in your living environment. It only takes a leisurely day away to perform this service for improved Air Quality.


From the team at Iron View Inspections

Mar 142011

An expert is someone widely recognized as a reliable source of or skill whose faculty for judging or deciding rightly, justly, or wisely is accorded authority and status by their peers or the public in a specific well-distinguished domain.

More and more property and home investors are being counseled to find an Inspector prior to hiring the realtor. That is because researching an inspector takes time. It used to be the norm to call for an inspector within the 3 to 5 days following an offer on a home or commercial property. An inspection was recommended by a realtor as a condition prior to purchase of a home or building. A good realtor will always recommend and inspection. Three to five days offers little time to learn whether an inspector will do the job you want them to do.

Some inspectors advise that you learn how long an inspector has been in the inspection business. However, the media daily exposes inspectors who have been around for up to 20 years who are not performing thorough inspections. Some of those inspectors claim to have engineering accreditation but do they have hands on building experience affording them reliable, skilled, judgment? Iron View Inspections believes that it isn’t how long you have been in the inspections business that tells the quality of the service. Rather it is more important to learn the following, when researching an inspector. Use the following questions as a checklist to help you select the inspector that’s right for you when you’re building your team of real estate professionals.

  • How much experience does the inspector have in the construction industry?
  • How much experience has been spent over seeing and inspecting the work of building trades?
  • Is the inspector a certified member of an accredited inspections association?
  • Can the inspector provide reference for past inspections and proof of registration?

Iron View Inspections has been performing home and commercial building inspections for a few years in the GTA. We are building a reputation for excellence and satisfaction with 28 years of experience in the construction industry, from demo to foundation to finishing work, supervising and inspecting the trades through every aspect of building and maintenance. We adhere to provincial building codes. We are certified and we continue to expand our knowledge through education and technology. We are reliable, skilled, judges concerning all facets in the inspections domain.
Call us today to ask for our references.

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