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Bryan Baeumler – Even the experts count on reno surprises

Hi, Bryan. We live in an old home on a ravine lot. There is a persistent problem with a foul smell — like sewage — that comes and goes through the middle of the house. We can go weeks without the smell but it always returns. We have tried everything…

Bryan Baeumler – He who rejects change is the architect of decay. A decaying house, that is.

Hi Bryan. We have an odour coming from our cold-air return vent on the second floor. It smells the same as when you open the attic hatch. It used to be that we only smelled this on hot, humid days, but the smell persisted all this past summer. We bo…

Bryan Baeumler – Spring weather can make your floors mov

We moved into our Linwood custom home in the country 10 years ago. The kitchen floor is red oak — from a tree on our cottage property. The wide plank flooring was laid and pegged by a local tradesman, but they had trouble laying it without gaps…

Bryan Baeumler Answers your Questions

Hi, Bryan. I just saw an old episode of Disaster DIY where you used faux tin ceiling tiles. I was wondering who would carry a good selection of these tiles. We have a popcorn ceiling in our front foyer which has been poorly patched over the years…

Bryan Baeumler – There’s more than one way to insulate a house

Having less-than-ideal attic insulation is, essentially, another way of burning money. Chances are you know this, and have packed your uppermost level like a sardine can full of insulation. But that may still not be enough. Our 1 1/2-stor…

Why is my Furnace Filter Black?

A black furnace filter is a red flag that something could be seriously wrong with your heating system. While it may be that you haven’t changed the filter in a really long time, it could be a sign of more serious problems including: Inadequate…

Nominate a Family in Need

During 2016, Blago Home Inspection is proud to have served customers all of over southern Ontario.  From London to Toronto, and even as far as Collingwood.  We are proud to be apart of the community that makes up our great provinc…

7 Reasons to Choose a Sliding Patio Door

The best time for outdoor events is approaching—fresh air, open windows, and doors, and DIY projects on the patio are in order! This year, as the season for everything outdoors draws near, isn’t it time you update your backyard with a new sli…

Increase the Value of Your Home

As corny as it sounds, New Years offers us all a chance to start fresh with the New Year. New Year’s resolutions can range from getting in shape to reading more, but what about making a clutter-free home your resolution for the New Year? A de-cl…

The Vermeer’s BIG Renovation

Our clients Keith and Adrienne made the HUGE decision to completely gut their 1970’s bungalow and add an additional 1200 square feet of living space to their home. They knocked down a wall and closed off a staircase in the main living area to c…

How To Know If You’ve Hired the Wrong Contractor (and What To Do About It)

You’ve finally hired a contractor for your big renovation and just as things are about to kick off, you get a sinking feeling in your stomach.   “What have I done?” you ask yourself.   Your contractor is making you second guess your…

Deck Renovation

9 Essential Deck Renovation Hacks For Your Dream Deck

  Summer projects will quickly fill your weekend calendar and for many, a decking project will be included on the to-do list. We at Citywide Sundecks & Railings, have compiled these 9 deck project hacks so you don’t waste your mone…

Spring For These 5 Bathroom Renovation Ideas

Once you’ve decided to undertake a bathroom renovation, there are a few things to keep in mind when planning in order to make sure the end result is exactly what you wanted.  Working with a professional contractor who has experience with bat…

Renovation Ideas That Maximize Storage And Minimize Clutter

If you are wondering what you could possibly add to your home to maximize storage and minimize clutter, you may be surprised to know just how many options exist!  Closet organizers. Building custom shelving in your closets is very effec…

The Benefits of Renovating

How Renovating Can Benefit You Psychologically Actively taking the initiative of a task or project can boosts your energy. Handling renovations can impact you psychologically for the better. Studies have shown those who have an unclutt…

What Maintenance Can I Perform Myself On My AC?

The HVAC unit in your home is a vital piece of equipment that you depend upon throughout the year to stay warm or cool. Without  proper AC maintenance, your HVAC system can encounter problems. Here are some steps you can take as a homeown…

Hire an ‘LEC’ – It’s the Law

Did you know that in Ontario, the only businesses legally able to do electrical work at your home or business are Licensed Electrical Contractors? An LEC will have a valid ECRA/ESA license number and will also have all the necessary insuran…

Spray Foam Insulation Reduces Collective Carbon Footprint

There is no doubt that the world’s climate is changing. We see it in the increased temperatures across the globe as well as the growing number of severe weather events such as tornados, cyclones, hurricanes, etc. Ergo, the earth is wa…

What Baeumler Approved Means to Us.

Let me tell you a bit about Bryan Baeumler and his ethics since he is a great representative for those of us in the industry who hold to age-old values: honesty and quality. Bryan reminds us of our own values. Humble Beginnings Bryan grew up lik…

DIY Inspection Tip: Condensation / Icy Windows

In cold weather you might find condensation forming on the interior of windows, sometimes resulting in ice build-up.  This happens for two reasons: The interior pane of glass is very cold, There is excessive humidity in the house air…

Motorized Shades: The Solution for Hard to Reach Windows

There are so many reasons that custom, motorized shades by Lutron are the right answer.  They are stylish, functional, have endless options when it comes to fabrics, but for me, one of the most appealing features is that they can be con…

Custom Lighting is for More Than Just Inside Your Home

With spring on its way, (I hope!) it’s time to start thinking about creating your perfect outdoor space.  More and more families are shifting their focus from the inside of their home to the outside.  This has been a trend in warme…

Ditch the Screen, Keep the Home Control

Stop what you’re doing and look around. If you’re not alone, I can almost guarantee someone around you is looking at a screen. A smartphone screen, a tablet screen, a computer screen, or a television screen. Even if you are alon…

Energy Savings with Home Control

     Energy savings is certainly a hot topic right now.  With the cost of hydro rising rapidly, everyone is concerned with cutting energy costs and saving money.  Most people know about the simple fixes such as u…

Tips for hiring a Contractor

When you make the decision to do a renovation it’s an exciting time and no one would fault you for wanting to jump in with both feet.  Before you do hire the first contractor that comes up as result on your Google search though, ther…