Whether purchasing a new home or an older home, roof repairs or replacement can be a costly addition to a budget. There are three common roofing materials used: composition/asphalt shingles, wood and metal. Out of these, asphalt shingles is the most popular due to its durability, easy installation and economical advantage. Asphalt shingles on a roof. When inspecting an asphalt roof, you want to search for broken, damaged or missing shingles. You also want to check to make sure the flashing is in good condition. Typically, flashing that has loosened or deteriorated from weather can lead…

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While looking for a place to live, it’s generally common that you will invest some time and money into numerous renovations, repairs and replacements. Most new homeowners desire to replace or repair old flooring due to previous wear or may wish to restyle. The majority of flooring renovations are not labour intensive and can be cost effective, dependent on the style of flooring desired. Before purchasing a home, a prospective homeowner should take the time to inspect the current flooring situation. Each type of flooring comes with various potential issues to be made aware. Vinyl tile flooring is used in…

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Despite providing easy access to pipes and substructures, crawlspaces are often a concern to home inspectors as severe damage can occur without proper maintenance as well as improper installation. There are several ways that extensive damage can transpire and affect your potential home. Crawlspaces are difficult to enter due to height restrictions so homeowners may never check them, thus the reasoning for potential long-term mould issues. Water from an exposed ground floor, water vapour from vents, cracks in foundation, underground springs and moisture from concrete can create an inevitable mould infestation. Mould thrives on surfaces like drywall, insulation and wood…

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