Nanaimo Real Estate

July 12, 2021

What the Heck is a Cistern

Ever wonder what that big plastic green tank sitting on properties as you drive by?  This big ugly thing is called a cistern and is a holding tank for water.  This can be used for a catch basin for rainwater that is collected off of your roof down ...

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July 5, 2021

Heating Sources

There are a few different heating types and the advances over time have made them much more effective and efficient.  

Let us start with good old wood stove heat.  If you have ever got in from outside and had a fire going you just feel it in your ...

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June 28, 2021


Rats!  A swear word that comes out of an inspector's mouth every time.  I haven’t found anyone that has heard they have little furry creatures in their crawlspace or attic and was happy about it.  

Let’s start with rats in the attic.  It is common ...

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June 21, 2021


What is slabjacking and why would you ever buy a house with issues like that?

To know why and how this may be an issue for you we need to know how the house is built a little bit. The normally concrete foundation is like an upside-down T all of ...

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June 14, 2021

Underground Oil Tank

An oil tank beside a house isn’t the most decorative item nor does it enhance the look of the house. At one time they used to find it better and easier to bury the large tank in the ground hiding it from view and allowing for a larger tank to ...

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June 7, 2021

Types of Plumbing

There are a few types of plumbing you might see in your home, or may not depending on the type of build, but if you can see the type of plumbing take a look and be careful of a few of them. 

Most common in a house 5 years ...

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May 21, 2021

Perimeter Drains

Perimeter drains are a very boring thing to talk about and spend money on but are very helpful to keeping water out of your house.  A perimeter drain runs around your house and then sends the water to the storm drain in most cases.  They collect the groundwater ...

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May 17, 2021

Crawl Space

The hole, normally in your laundry room or bedroom closet, that leads to the dark space under your house. 

A crawl space is a great thing in my opinion as it allows you to access plumbing, keeps your flooring warmer rather than a slab floor (concrete), and a good ...

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May 17, 2021


A lot of people don’t realize how important venting in your attic is.  Your attic space is designed to have air coming through the soffits and out the roof vents.  A shake roof normally didn’t have any venting in the soffits as it was built so that the ...

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May 11, 2021


Up in the attic, you could find fiberglass blow in (sort of like snow), fiberglass batt insulation (big blocks of insulation), vermiculite chips (not good), and anything from newspapers to the inside of sleeping bags.  

The majority of homes have blown-in fiberglass insulation. I feel this is the best ...

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