Archives for July 2014

Indoor Air Quality in Our Homes

Indoor air quality affects our health and we should be aware of the types of contaminants that are frequently encountered in our homes. With the quantity of synthetic material and chemicals being used in the materials we build and furnish our homes with, this issue impacts everyone.

Francis Lavoie, a Biologist with Health Canada focused on the health risks associated with indoor air quality, was interviewed via phone to produce this video.

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The 13 minute video is a good overview of indoor air quality related issues and explains:

  • what kinds of pollutants are a concern,
  • does duct cleaning help,
  • detecting air quality issues,
  • “tupperware houses”,
  • strategies to improve air quality

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Author: Rob Cornish is a Home Inspector in Ottawa, Canada. © 2014 HomeXam Inc.
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Painting Tips for Homeowners

Whether you are getting ready to sell your home, or just want to enjoy it looking it’s best, fresh paint is like a face-lift for your house. Eye-catching accents and inviting crisp surfaces bring new appeal to tired looks. With a day or two of effort, year’s worth of the bumps and bruises of everyday living can disappear. Given it’s modest cost compared to other renovations, new paint is one of the best investments you can make in the appearance of your home.

Jessica Davidson is a professional painter living in Ottawa, Canada. She started painting with her Dad holding the ladder and moved on to work in her brother’s summer painting company while going through school. Having graduated and explored other career avenues, Jessica yearned for the satisfaction that delivering newly painted walls everyday gave her. Taking the chance to be her own boss, Painted Spaces was born and her hand-picked team started to grow. Since then Jessica has painted her way through jobs of all sizes in homes, companies and government institutions.

I thought homeowners might appreciate learning from a professional painter, so I invited Jessica for an interview. We managed to find time between jobs to conduct the interview and the product has been published as a video: Painting Tips for Homeowners.

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The 12 minute video is a good overview of painting related issues and explains:

  • your home’s first impression,
  • what to paint for curb appeal
  • what makes a paint high quality
  • brands this pro uses
  • which roller for which job
  • is it easier and cheaper to do it yourself?

Additional Resources


Author: Rob Cornish is a Home Inspector in Ottawa, Canada. © 2014 HomeXam Inc.
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