We know that DIY does not come naturally to everyone, and frankly, there are some jobs that need to be left to the professionals. But whether you enjoy DIY or not, it is still beneficial to have at least some tools in the home. Even simple jobs in the home can turn into big jobs if you do not have the right tools. Here are a few examples of handy tools to own:
As we’ve mentioned, even small tasks require the right tools. Take putting up a shelf or picture hanging for example, this usually involves the need to put a nail in the wall, measure where you want it to go and making sure its perfectly straight. For this you will at least need a hammer, tape measure and a level to ensure the job is done right.
Blocked sinks and toilets are a very common to have in a home. While this may require a skilled plumber to fix the problem, in many cases, for a temporary fix or if the blockage is small, the issue can be resolved by the home owner. In this instance, the tool to have is a plunger.
What are some other handy tools to have in your home tool kit?
Think of safety first when it comes to DIY jobs. Safety gloves, breathing masks and goggles are important.
Duct tape. This is a great tool as it can be used for temporary repairs due to its excellent adhesion and water resistance.
A flash light is an essential tool for any kit.
A screw driver set, have this in various sizes and make sure this includes both flat head and Philips head screw drivers.
A wrench set
Although there are many tools that you will find very handy to have in your home kit, this small list will give you a good start.
Owning an apartment building or multi family building can be a great investment. Have you recently purchased or are about to purchase one?
Perhaps you’re wondering how to go about getting it inspected. We are here to help you when it comes to making sure you have a thorough building inspection. We not only want to help you as the owner, but also take into consideration the needs of your tenants.
In this brief video, you will see why we are the best choice when it comes to inspecting your newly acquired multi family building. Please call or contact us for more advice and information.
Will next year be the year you consider moving? Will this be the first time you have put a home on the market? If this is the case, you may be wondering how to go about starting the seemingly huge process of buying and selling a home.
Perhaps you’ve done a little research on the matter and are thinking about ways you can cut down on some of the costs. Maybe you’re wondering if a pre-listing home inspection is really that necessary, or whether this is a step you can skip.
We have a brief video this month to guide you through the first steps you should take when you need to put your home on the market. It will also help you to see why a pre-listing home inspection is such an important thing to have done.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us. We will be happy to advise you.
Are you searching for a new apartment or perhaps looking for a condo to buy?
When you find an apartment or condo you are happy with and it’s in a desirable area, it's only natural to start thinking of where your furniture will go, and how you will arrange your stuff to make it your own. But before settling in, you will want to look at some common pitfalls that could come with a shared residential building. This is especially true if you are paying a security deposit or you are responsible for maintenance and repair costs that affect your home. There may be a specific space you will be financially responsible for, but maybe the landlord promises complete responsibility. In a best-case scenario, a problem with the house will cause inconvenience and annoyance.
If you are in the renters market, an inspection of a potential apartment could be worth your while. Besides the foundation and structure of the building, we can look at the boiler and the condition of the roof. These two things may be the most imminent problems or costs that could come if they aren’t in good condition.
Another important step to take is to know if someone has lived there before, what damage they may have caused, and to document it.
Living in a shared residential building may be a good option for you, and whether you are renting or buying a space we can look for any potential problems.
In our last article we discussed some of the preliminary steps you can take to start eliminating tobacco smoke in your new home. It may be necessary, however, to think of a more permanent way of removing something that is so stubborn. Here are some more useful suggestions on how best to get rid of it.
If you are considering keeping the existing light bulbs in the home, clean them thoroughly. The oily residue from nicotine could be covering them. When the light is switched on, the odor could be diffusing into the air. An alternative, could be replacing the light bulbs with new ones.
Cleaners that contain ammonia are good to use for cleaning hard surfaces. When cleaning surfaces like woodwork though, its best not to use such an acidic cleaner.
Unfortunately, it will be pretty much impossible to get rid of tobacco odor from carpeting. This will need to be removed and replaced. Before replacing the carpet, make sure the flooring underneath is cleaned.
If the home has blinds, remove them and soak in a bathtub. Scrub them thoroughly and let hang to dry. If there are any curtains, you may need to have these cleaned professionally.
Painting the walls can be a good idea as it traps the odor, but beware with this as some tobacco odor could still seep through.
Clean or replace any filters that are in the home.
Specialty 'smoker candles' are available, which can neutralize tobacco odor.
We hope that with these suggestions, your home will be odor free in no time.
So you have just purchased your dream home. Everything is exactly what you want except that the previous owners were smokers. Everything seems to be saturated with the odor of tobacco. You may be wondering if there is anything you can do about it and if so how easy is it to remove?
Tobacco smoke particles are so tiny that they can penetrate almost any area of the house. For example, even if you are living in an apartment that has never had a smoker living there, the smoke from surrounding neighbors can penetrate through to your home.
Lets look at some easy things you can do to start with.
The first thing you will want to do after purchasing your home is try to eliminate the odor as best as you can. There are some known odor absorbents and neutralizers.
Citrus, you can place citrus peel around the home for a few days.
Charcoal and vinegar are a good option. You can place either of them in a bowl and leave in affected rooms.
Pour some coffee grounds into filters and place them in rooms.
Baking soda is also a good odor neutralizer, but be careful with this near fabrics etc.
Try to ventilate the home by opening windows and doors as much as you can, as this is one of the most effective ways to get rid of bad odor.
This is just some preliminary things to get you started with tobacco smoke odor. Next time we will address more detailed ways to permanently get rid of this smell.
A lot of people don't realize how easy it can be to use less energy in the home. With just a few simple adjustments you can save a lot of money.
Here are a few simple ways this can be done:
These are just a few of the many things that can make your home more energy efficient, however for a more detailed assessment of the energy reducing potential in your home, please contact us here at Rampart Home Inspections, your local Certified Home Inspector.
In our last article we looked at the potential causes of air pollutants in our home. In this article, we will look at ways to reduce and treat these pollutants.
Here are a few suggestions:
As you can see, there are many ways we can improve the air quality in our homes here in Canada. Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have regarding the quality of air in your home.
More and more people nowadays are being affected by pollutants in the air. These can cause many different allergies and respiratory ailments. It's important then, to analyze how good the air quality is in our home, especially as it's the place we spend most of our time.
The bad news is that every room of our home has potentially harmful pollutants in it and in general, outdoor air is better quality than indoor air. The good news is that something can usually be done about it.
Here are a few potential air quality hazards to look out for:
This is a brief overview of the potential hazards to air quality in the home, but as we can see, most of us have at least a few of these in our home.
In the next blog, we will look at what can be done to treat these issues, as well as ways to prevent them.
Please contact us with any questions you may have about the air quality in your home
In recent years Bed Bugs, have become an epidemic, and here in Winnipeg we are certainly not immune. Their hard to see, love to travel and not so easy to eliminate, so what do we know about these pesky invaders, and what can we do about them?
Although bed bugs are found in mattresses, they are by no means limited to beds, in fact they can hide in an alarming number of places. Anywhere from furniture, curtains and clothing to picture frames and books
What do they look like?
Bed bugs are rather small, especially when first hatched. An adult bed bug is flat, oval and has a orangey, rust colored body.
See the signs
Bed bugs are rather shy in nature, so it is usually easier to look out for the signs of their presence. These include blood spots, and stains from fecal matter, also some crushed bug remnants, they are also known to emit a musty smell (it should be noted though that this is not always present)
These little parasites enjoy biting us as well which can leave itchy bumps on our skin.
How to treat the problem
It is not advised for homeowners to try to treat the problem themselves, as if not careful they can make the problem worse. PMPs or Pest Management Professionals are best for treating the problem as they can look for the bugs at the beginning stages of their development.
Trained dogs are also successfully being used in the detection of bed bugs as they can detect an odor that is emitted by the bugs.
Please contact us for more information on how to detect the presence of bed bugs in your home
George Adair, Certified Professional Home Inspector
I provide a wide range of home inspection and home inspection related services in the following areas of southern Manitoba: Winnipeg, Selkirk , Lockport,Steinbach,
Stony Mountain, Elie, Rosser, Lorette Sanford, East St. Paul, West St. Paul, Oak Bank,
Oak Bluff, Landmark,
St. Anne, Saint Andrews,
La Salle, Richer, Niverville and Warren.
Our extended area also includes: Lac Du Bonnet, Beausejour, Libeau, Gimli, Pinawa, Falcon Beach, Winnipeg Beach, Grand Marais, Saint Laurent, and Pine Falls