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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…

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…

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…

Investing – In New Renovations

Author; Graeme Kobayashi So, you want to invest your hard-earned money.  You have worked hours, weeks, years to save up for a big investment.  You’re thinking about your future, your family’s future, or just want to see a decent…

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…

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…

Styles of Windows: Which Design is Right for Your Needs?

At Brock Doors and Windows, we offer a wide variety of windows to meet your needs. Here are some common varieties and what their names mean: Single Hung: The top sash of the window stays in place. There is no movement in this section of th…

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…

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…

A Paid Consultation Can Save You Money

Pay now…save later…think of it as the old adage, “Measure twice, cut once.” When you are planning a renovation, there are many exciting things to think about, such as new paint colors, rearranging the existing p…

Bryan Baeumler – Inner (household) peace can be yours

It’s definitely interior renovating season. We’re in the middle of winter and it’s freezing cold outside. You don’t want to be out there or poking your head in the attic. Now is a great time to take an hour or two to walk around the house w…

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…

Baeumler Approved Blogs Are Go!

Everyone should have at least a few basic home improvement skills: measure a piece of wood, cut it, use a level and hammer in a nail. Those four simple tasks are the foundations on which cities are built. On the other hand, we can’t all be contra…

Bryan Baeumler – Advice for DIY and home repairs

Hi, Bryan. Our house was built in the late 1980’s; we bought it in 1993 and ever since have had problems with it shifting. One season doors will close, the next they won’t. Drywall tape has ripped away on the vertical in two different rooms. Til…

Asbestos in the Home – Getting started with a DIY basement remodel

Although most of your free time might be spent on the deck or outdoor patio these days, summer is the perfect time to take care of a few indoor renovations. Instead of being trapped indoors with the mess of a remodel in winter, summer allows you…

Roof Top Snow Removal

Frequently Asked Questions Do you remove the ice from our eaves troughs? No. Most of today’s eaves trough are made of pre finished seamless thin metal. They are not designed to withstand prying or pounding and can be damaged with any a…

Who are we as contractors?

Forget what we went to school for, our experience is going to reflect to our employees and our customers what they are in for, there is no denying that our personalties will be the tiller.   Be aware, our final days as a contractor are bein…

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…

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 w…

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…

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…

Home Control on a baby registry?

Diapers, mobile, onsies, home control system?  Yes, you read that right.  Every new parent should have a home control system on their list of must have items for baby’s arrival.  Why?  Simple.  Home control si…

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…

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…

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…