Out with the Old: When Are Windows Worth Replacing?

A lot of DIY websites and TV shows these days make a big deal about replacing old windows. They say that you could save hundreds of dollars per year on your energy bills with new windows since they’re more energy efficient. There are also all of those fancy new windows that filter UV light and… Read more »


Leading Causes of Home Fires Are Preventable

Cooking accidents and heating equipment-related incidents make up nearly one-third of all home fires in a number of Canadian provinces, including Alberta, according to the last home fire statistics available at a September 2011 safety summit held right here in Calgary. Cooking, in particular, tends to be the most problematic for homeowners, causing as much… Read more »


Thermal Imaging: Looking Behind the Surface

Learning everything there is to know about a house can be quite an undertaking, especially when some of the most important details aren’t visible to the naked eye. Fortunately, technology like thermal imaging allows home inspectors to reveal so much more. Let’s take a look at a few of the benefits of using thermal imaging… Read more »


Understanding Freezing Pipes

With winter now here to stay for the next couple months, cold weather-related issues such as frozen pipes are back as well. However, most people are under the impression that simply keeping the home heated during the winter is enough to prevent issues like frozen pipes from happening, but this isn’t entirely true. There are… Read more »


Window Condensation in the Winter and What to Do About It

It seems like with our varying cold climate here in Calgary that window condensation in the winter is purely unavoidable. When you do notice a bit of condensation forming in the winter, you have a few options: cross your fingers that damage will not be done, accept your fate and let the damage happen or… Read more »


Make Sure to Have Your Townhouse Inspected

Are you wondering if your townhome needs an inspection before you close the deal and move in? We discussed previously the need to have condos inspected, so you may not be surprised to hear that a townhouse needs an inspection that is just as thorough. Many new homeowners would expect a townhouse inspection might not… Read more »


Get Ready for Winter this Fall

Now that we’ve moved into September, full-blown fall is just around the corner, with the flurries of winter lurking just beyond the foliage, hopefully without another Snowtember event. With that in mind, now is the time to make sure that your home is prepared for the colder months ahead. Here are five areas to check… Read more »