Giving you the information you need to improve the safety, comfort and value of your living space. .
Defining, Marketing and Selling Healthy Housing
12 May 2014 | No Comments | posted by Lisa | in All-Technical, Presentations
Are you a real estate agent? We know that you like free stuff that will help your business……
Come out to hear A CMHC (Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation) speaker on May 29 about on Healthy Housing, with;
· Detailed discussion on features that make a home more healthy, flexible, and sustainable.
· How to market these features and expand the pool of qualified buyers for your listing
· The cost benefit of these homes and financing options to make it all possible.
- Kim Ostergaard, Certified Staging Professional of House Coach , 647-618-9845 – Staging houses for that WOW factor.
- Julie DiGregorio, Real Estate Lawyer from Snider & Digregorio 416-699-0424
- Lucas Siedieczka of Perfect Touch (PTI) Painting 647-891-9473 – Exterior, Interior, Wallpaper, Property Maintenanc
- Lisa Simkins, Superior Home Inspectors 647-287-1962
Thoroughly Professional House and Condo Inspector
Superior Home Inspector Team
8 Jan 2014 | No Comments | posted by Lisa | in All-Technical, Basements, Electrical, Environmental, Heating, Plumbing, Roof, Ventilation
I have the pleasure of announcing that my company, Meticulous Inspections, has joined forces with Robert Kin of Superior Home Inspectors, to provide expanded services to our clients.
Robert has a B.A. from University of Toronto, is a graduate of the Carson Dunlop Home Inspection Program, and also trained in mold and IR inspection techniques. He has conducted hundreds of home inspections in the Toronto area, and is particularly talented at communicating to help clients feel comfortable and well educated during the home inspection process.
Together, Robert and I will be conducting home inspections under the banner of
This business synergy will provide our existing and future clients with increased services, expertise and availability.
Our combined expertise includes mold inspections, infra-red camera services, new home warranty inspections, condo inspections, home maintenance inspections, radon testing, and commercial inspections.
With two professional inspectors (more in the future), we can offer you more choice of appointment times, especially in the busy seasons.
Call us for your next home purchase or sale.
If you know someone who is buying or selling a house or condo, or a home owner who needs to get a better understanding of their place, please tell them about us!
Five step New Year’s Resolution for your home
12 Dec 2013 | No Comments | posted by Lisa | in All-Technical
I want to guide you through your home so you can make it safer and help ease you through managing or even preventing problems. Here’s some easy steps to organize information on your home mechanicals:
1. COLLECT OWNER’S MANUALS for appliances, including:
- - furnace or boiler
- - air conditioner,
- - water heater,
- - humidifier,
- - dishwasher,
- - fridge,
- - stove,
- - gas fireplace,
- - water treatment systems,
- - central vac,
- - hot tub;
- - any other equipment that’s built in (you could also go wild and include all the portable stuff).
- If you don’t have copies of the manuals, search the manufacturer’s website and/or contact them to get a copy,
- - Record model numbers and serial numbers in the manuals,
- - Include pictures of each appliance in your file,
- - Fill out any warranty cards,
- - Attach receipts if you have them,
- - Put manuals in a binder or file folders.
2. FIND YOUR SHUT OFFS:
- - water main outside,
- - water shuts off inside at the water meter and all fixtures,
- - main electrical breaker,
- - gas valves, furnace switch.
- - Label shut off valves, and switches to fans, furnace and breakers.
- - Make sure all controls are easily accessible.
3. SOURCE SERVICE PROVIDERS for each appliance. Ask friends, family and neighbours for recommendations or contact your local BNI chapter. Make a maintenance sheet for each appliance.
4. Having trouble sleeping? READ THE OWNER’S MANUALS. But not after eating turkey. You might learn some really good stuff if you can stay awake.
5. READ THE HOME INSPECTION on the house, review the recommendations and plan repairs accordingly. If you haven’t had an inspection on the house, I can provide one, and give you a home educational tour in the process.
If you have specific concerns about wiring, gas or fireplaces, consider independent inspections by professionals certified by the following agencies;
- ESA – electrical panel and wiring
- TSSA – gas appliances
- WETT – wood burning fireplaces
Congratulations! You’ve just prepared and educated yourself into the top 5% of the homeowner population! You are more likely to maintain your house well and reduce expensive repairs. And if a water pipe bursts, or the furnace conks out one frigid day, you will know what steps to take.