When Should I Get My Furnace Inspected?

When Should I Get My Furnace Inspected?

When you are expecting cold weather, it is vital to think about scheduling your furnace inspection. An inspection ensures that your furnace functions when you need it and prevents expensive emergency repairs and health risks in your home. Having your furnace tuned up or inspected gives a technician the opportunity to check for impending issues and address them before they turn into bigger issues or even emergencies. Every homeowner should have their furnace inspected before fall to ensure that they are in good working condition before the cold weather sets in. The inspection should take place at least once a year. Here are reasons why you should go for that annual furnace inspection. Prevent carbon monoxide leaks The heat exchanger in your furnace is susceptible to cracks and when that happens, gases like carbon monoxide can escape into your home. The gas is odorless and colorless so it is not easy to perceive. However, it is very lethal and as such, it is very important to have your furnace inspected regularly to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. It is also a good idea to install a carbon monoxide detector to alert and protect all the members of your family. Extend the life of your furnace The longer you delay having an annual inspection on your furnace, the higher your chances of experiencing a breakdown. During an inspection, a technician is likely to discover trivial problems that if otherwise unchecked, could result in major repairs. Preventive maintenance on your furnace guarantees that all the components in your furnace work harmoniously to heat your home reliably and safely for a long time...
Pre renovation Financial Checklist

Pre renovation Financial Checklist

  We sure seem to be in the mood for improvements in this country and our homes are no exception. A recent construction study from Scotiabank suggested Canadians spent a record $53 billion on home renovations last year and that number was actually on par with what Canadians spent on new home builds. In a separate report from BMO, their research concluded over the past decade, renovation spending in Canada has been the single fastest growing segment of residential investment across the whole country.   Knowing that, chances are pretty good you too have done some recent improvements on your house or are in the very least thinking about getting some done. Whether it is fixing up the front walk and stairs or fitting the bathroom with safety guards in the shower, toilet and bathtub to full blown demolition and additions on your home, you need solid plans in place first and it all starts with proper finances.   The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation suggests regardless of size, you enter into any renovation project well informed on all aspects of impending construction to help it go that much easier and hopefully, stay cost effective and stress free. Financial Advice How much money do you personally have on hand to get this project done? Will you be doing the labour yourself? If so, is there room on your credit cards to cover the cost of supplies (don’t forget the pizza and pop costs if you are getting family and friends over to help)? Will you need to take out a loan with the bank? Does refinancing your mortgage make...

Pre-renovation Checklist: What is your Financial Plan?

We sure seem to be in the mood for improvements in this country and our homes are no exception. A recent construction study from Scotiabank suggested Canadians spent a record $53 billion on home renovations last year and that number was actually on par with what Canadians spent on new home builds. In a separate report from BMO, their research concluded over the past decade, renovation spending in Canada has been the single fastest growing segment of residential investment across the whole country.   Knowing that, chances are pretty good you too have done some recent improvements on your house or are in the very least thinking about getting some done. Whether it is fixing up the front walk and stairs or fitting the bathroom with safety guards in the shower, toilet and bathtub to full blown demolition and additions on your home, you need solid plans in place first and it all starts with proper finances.   The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation suggests regardless of size, you enter into any renovation project well informed on all aspects of impending construction to help it go that much easier and hopefully, stay cost effective and stress free. Financial Advice How much money do you personally have on hand to get this project done? Will you be doing the labour yourself? If so, is there room on your credit cards to cover the cost of supplies (don’t forget the pizza and pop costs if you are getting family and friends over to help)? Will you need to take out a loan with the bank? Does refinancing your mortgage make more...

Pre-renovation Check list : What is your Financial Plan?

Pre-renovation Checklist: What is your Financial Plan?   We sure seem to be in the mood for improvements in this country and our homes are no exception. A recent construction study from Scotiabank suggested Canadians spent a record $53 billion on home renovations last year and that number was actually on par with what Canadians spent on new home builds. In a separate report from BMO, their research concluded over the past decade, renovation spending in Canada has been the single fastest growing segment of residential investment across the whole country.   Knowing that, chances are pretty good you too have done some recent improvements on your house or are in the very least thinking about getting some done. Whether it is fixing up the front walk and stairs or fitting the bathroom with safety guards in the shower, toilet and bathtub to full blown demolition and additions on your home, you need solid plans in place first and it all starts with proper finances.   The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation suggests regardless of size, you enter into any renovation project well informed on all aspects of impending construction to help it go that much easier and hopefully, stay cost effective and stress free.   Financial Advice How much money do you personally have on hand to get this project done? Will you be doing the labour yourself? If so, is there room on your credit cards to cover the cost of supplies (don’t forget the pizza and pop costs if you are getting family and friends over to help)? Will you need to take out a loan...
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