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October 17, 2017

ONTARIO COLLEGES STRIKE - STUDENTS PAY


As you may have heard, Ontario colleges are on strike. As of last Monday, thousands of college instructors hit picket lines across the province, leaving students with fears that their academic year will pay the price. Ultimately, over 500,000 students are sitting and waiting for the “okay” to proceed with the education they purchased in the first place.

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October 16, 2017

RAKING LEAVES - ADVANTAGEOUS OR TIME CONSUMING?


Every year, the dreadful tradition of raking up leaves takes place. The funny thing is, we do this without any real reasoning behind it. Is it actually advantageous to rake leaves up? Or is it simply an old timer’s tradition that started many generations ago and passed on to us? In today’s blog, we’ll discuss the facts behind leaf raking and what you can do to optimize the situation.

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October 10, 2017

The Home Inspection Average


Regardless if you’re considering the Home Inspection profession, or if you've been involved in field for some time, these following statistics and facts are sure to surprise to you!

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October 04, 2017

BECOME A CERTIFIED HOME INSPECTOR (STEP-BY-STEP)


The average Home Inspector salary is over $70,000 and offers many great benefits such as flexible schedules, independent work and crucial involvement in real estate transactions. In today’s blog, you’ll learn everything you need to know to start a lucrative career as a home inspector. Ready to get started?

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September 27, 2017

SAVE $$ WITH ENERGY EFFICIENT HOMES


Energy efficient homes, also known as green homes have been around for quite some time, but haven’t always been advantageous to own. The movement began in the early 1970’s and it wasn’t until The Energy Policy Act in 2005 that homeowners could benefit from tax reductions, when living in energy efficient homes. More then 10 years later, its time for people to learn the numerous advantages of energy efficient homes and to take them into consideration when remodelling.

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September 27, 2017

SKIPPING THE INSPECTION CAN BE A COSTLY MISTAKE


A home inspection is not required, and some people decide to save themselves a few hundred dollars by trusting their own eyes. This often becomes a very costly mistake. Without the training and experience of a home inspector, or without knowledge of what certain problems can lead to, saving a few hundred dollars now can cost you several thousand dollars just a short time away.

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August 14, 2017

Caulking - The Need to Knows!


A home maintenance that pays back right away is re-caulking your home. Caulking is a relatively simple task and it protects homes against water and moisture intrusion. It’s quite effective in preventing drafts and heat loss and also prevents dangerous fumes like carbon monoxide from seeping into the house.

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August 07, 2017

TO ALL HOME SELLERS!!


Every homebuyer wants the security of knowing that the home he/she is considering is good beneath the surface. For all home sellers, here’s a list of housing systems that should be in order if you want to pass the inspection with flying colors.

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July 30, 2017

SUMMER UPKEEP - PART 1


Summer’s in full swing, and that means summer storms, heat, humidity, and air conditioning bills! Given our warm weather, it’s time to get your house in tiptop shape and running as smoothly as possible before the winter hits. So before you head off for a well-deserved summer vacation, take the time to check Part 1 of our home maintenance tasks.

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July 30, 2017

SUMMER UPKEEP - PART 2


Summer’s still in full swing! In part 2, of this Summertime Home Maintenance Checklist, we look at everything “outside”! Maximize your home’s efficiency by following these few tips!

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July 09, 2017

DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES?


A career change in today’s high passed environment can be frightening. Many of use are familiar with the housing market; so home inspections can seem like a natural path to follow. However, a prudent entrepreneur should weigh his/hers pros and cons prior to embarking in this profession. Training can be exciting, but succeeding as a small business owner is a completely separate thing. Before investing your time and money, you should answer the following 3 questions.

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June 25, 2017

JOIN THE NEW RICH!


"People don’t want to be millionaires. They want to experience what they believe only millions can buy."

"The new rich: time & mobility"

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June 19, 2017

HEY EVERYONE! It’s guardrail awareness day! LOL!


It’s summer! How many of you are planning bbq parties on the backyard deck this weekend? Make sure it’s safe for your guests with this short blog on proper railings!

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June 14, 2017

CHEAP/EFFECTIVE HOME INSPECTION MARKETING TIPS


You’ve completed your training and now have your certification! You’re ready to leave the student life behind and to begin your new profitable and fulfilling journey as a home inspector! You’ve told your family and friends about your new venture… now what?

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June 14, 2017

UPKEEP YOUR HOME TO UPKEEP IT'S WORTH


To some, home maintenance or upkeep is a number one priority. To others, it’s a figment of their imagination. Today’s blog is for everyone who assumes they’re keeping their home’s value, even if they’re not taking care of it.

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June 14, 2017

IS YOUR HOME COSTING YOU MONEY?


Feeling that heat lately? As great as summer is, it can sometimes get a little too warm and with that heat, comes the A/C. As you know, air conditioning and other climate control systems can get expensive.

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June 05, 2017

SUMMER SCHOOL VS. eLEARNING


Summer is just around the corner! Some of us are planning to do absolutely nothing, while others are hoping to get educated, make moves and get ahead of the game. Options? Summer school vs. eLearning.

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May 29, 2017

DO YOU HAVE ASBESTOS IN YOUR HOME?


There is still a large number of homes spread across the nation that were built with asbestos-containing products; thousands upon thousands of these homes are still occupied. If you own a home that was built prior to the early to mid-1980s, there is a chance you’re living with asbestos. This isn’t meant to scare you, but to help understand what you can do to ensure the safety of you and your family.

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May 23, 2017

BATTLE THOSE UNWANTED HOME ODORS


Every home eventually builds up some unpleasant odors; this is especially true in such areas like the kitchen, bathroom and cold storages. As a homeowner, here are some of the most efficient methods you can use to reduce these unwanted smells.

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May 23, 2017

ONTARIO HOME INSPECTORS - BILL 165


The home inspection profession is, for the most part, unregulated by governments. This means anyone can technically call themselves home inspector and practice the profession, but for how long? The Ontario government is currently working on Bill 165, which will regulate all practicing home inspectors in this province.

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May 12, 2017

RADON 101 - IT'S YOUR HEALTH...


Radon, a radioactive gas we breathe in on a daily…and no, it’s not “harmless”. Maybe you’re already an expert, but if not, take a few minutes to read this post!

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May 11, 2017

TEXTBOOK VS. eLEARNING - YOU DECIDE


Traditional textbook education, or Innovative online education… That is the question. In today’s short blog, we’ll clarify some of the major differences between the two, and leave you to make the decision.

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May 01, 2017

WHY HIRE AN INSPECTOR?


Finally found the perfect home, neighborhood’s nice, close to work and great schools. It’s got all the extra good stuff too; perfect floor plan, fenced yard, and a view! But there are numerous offers on “your” house! What do you do!?

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May 01, 2017

A LITTLE KNOWLEDGE - FLAT ROOF DRAINING


Water is actually a homes worst enemy. No jokes; water intrusions can quickly escalate to structural issues, moisture problems and more “nay nay’s”. In light of the millions of gallons of rain we’ve had lately, today’s mini blog is dedicated to flat roof water draining. “Getting water off a flat roof”.

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April 24, 2017

TOILET LEAKING? HERE'S WHAT YOU DO...


It's not unusual for toilets to last more than 40 years with little, to no amount of care. But, occasionally, water will begin to leak out from under the toilet and spill onto the floor, which can lead to serious water damage. Here’s what you should do:

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April 18, 2017

TOP 10 MOST COMMON HOME INSPECTION FINDINGS


Just like no man is created equal, no home is created equal; each inspection report will be different. There are items that are more commonly found during home inspections then others. Here’s a list of the top 10 most common home inspection findings.

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April 10, 2017

DEALING WITH FOUNDATION LEAKS


By far, the most common cause of a leaky basement is heavy rain; did you know that melting snow has pretty much the same effect as heavy? In this post we discuss how melting snow is equivalent to heavy rain, how melting snow causes basement leaks and the prevention and repair of basement leaks attributable to snow melts.

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April 10, 2017

IS YOUR A/C SUMMER READY? 5 EAST STEPS


On the first really hot day of summer, the last thing you want is to flip the switch to your air conditioner, only to find that it doesn’t work. When an air conditioner sits on idle for months, collecting leaves and debris, a bit of maintenance is often needed to get it running properly. Today’s blog will give you everything you need to get your home nice and comfortable for the summer days.

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April 10, 2017

FLIP FOR PROFIT - Part 1


House flipping is when real estate investors buy homes, usually at auction, and then resell them at a profit months down the road. Can you make money doing this? Yes. Can you make a lot of money doing this? Yes. But you can also lose everything you own if you make a bad decision.

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April 10, 2017

FLIP FOR PROFIT - Part 2


House flipping is when real estate investors buy homes, usually at auction, and then resell them at a profit months down the road. Can you make money doing this? Yes. Can you make a lot of money doing this? Yes. But you can also lose everything you own if you make a bad decision.

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April 04, 2017

19 HOUSEHOLD ITEMS YOU DIDN'T KNOW EXPIRE!


Some call it being safe, others capitalism… Needless to say, here’s a cute little list of 19 household items that you never would of thought expire!

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April 03, 2017

WHAT MAKES A SUCCESSFUL E-STUDENT?


The online students of today consist primarily of working people who are trying to better their opportunities. The traditional school will never go away, however the virtual classroom is a significant player in today’s educational community. Considering an online course? To fully enjoy the online experience, students should possess the following qualities:

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April 03, 2017

SKIPPING YOUR HOME INSPECTION? #BigMistake (10 Reasons)


After your offer to buy a home enters into contract, the process of near-endless check writing begins. There are many necessary costs, such as realtor and lawyer fees, and the total of these expenses may have you looking for ways to save money elsewhere. You may be tempted to skip the home inspection and its $200 to $500 invoice, but there are 10 good reasons why you shouldn’t.

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April 03, 2017

HOME INSPECTIONS AND THEIR MISCONCEPTIONS


It is important that people thinking of employing a Home Inspector understand what a home inspection is, how to search for a Home Inspector and how to select the right one for their purposes. We decided to help set the record straight about many misconceptions about Home Inspectors.

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April 01, 2017

IS YOUR DECK SUMMER READY?


A quality deck isn’t just an extension of your living space; it’s the spot for joyful reunions and long hours spent with family and friends. However, this also means that your deck is a high-traffic area, which means constant wear and tear. So how do you keep your deck looking like new?

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March 27, 2017

POPULAR ROOFING MATERIALS - PROS AND CONS


Planning a re-roofing job this summer? Know your options!

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March 27, 2017

RESIDENTIAL ROTTEN WOOD – Part 1


Given enough time and the right conditions, rot can completely destroy wooden building materials. Knowing the cause, how to find it and how to prevent it can be extremely useful for all homeowners!

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March 27, 2017

RESIDENTIAL ROTTEN WOOD – Part 2


To continue the Residential Rotten Wood blog, today we discuss specific areas from which rot forms and a few preventive actions that can be taken by all home owners!

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March 20, 2017

eLearning, Here to Stay!


As technology is rapidly changing the world around us, many people worry that technology will replace human intelligence; educators worry there will be no students to teach in the near future. The thing is: Education will never disappear. It will just take up different forms.

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March 20, 2017

ROOF KNOWLEDGE - PITCH/SLOPE


Want a taste of what it is to be an Urban Studies student? Today's blog entry is a copy/paste of our PITCH/SLOPE page from our program. In our "Roofing Knowledge" chapter, we give our students all the information they need before climbing up to preform an inspection; pitch or slope being one of them.

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March 20, 2017

AFTER WINTER MAINTENANCE


After a long, dark winter, spring's bright sun and warm winds are, well, a breath of fresh air. The only downside? All that sunshine spotlights your leaf-filled gutters, cracked sidewalks and the dead plants in last year's flowerbeds. How to prepare your house for summer? Here’s a small checklist inspection you can preform at home to ensure your house is summer ready!

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March 20, 2017

AFTER WINTER MAINTENANCE


After a long, dark winter, spring's bright sun and warm winds are, well, a breath of fresh air. The only downside? All that sunshine spotlights your leaf-filled gutters, cracked sidewalks and the dead plants in last year's flowerbeds. How to prepare your house for summer? Here’s a small checklist inspection you can preform at home to ensure your house is summer ready!

March 06, 2017

3D PRINTED HOMES? UNDER 10,000$? #REVOLUTION


As I was scrolling down my feed this morning, this amazing article popped up and I thought "This is the future!"

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February 21, 2017

IS YOUR SUMP PUMP SPRING READY?


Snows are melting, water levels are rising; basement flood season is soon to be in full effect. Did you know sump pumps are one of the leading causes for basement floods? In today’s blog, we’ll show you how to ensure your sump pump is Spring ready!

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February 21, 2017

Become a Successful Home Inspector – Step by Step Guideline


With an average annual salary of over $70,000 and a flexible schedule, the home inspection profession can be a great career option for anyone. This is especially true for anyone with construction, or anyone who wants a fulfilling and well-paid career in real estate. In today’s blog, you’ll learn everything you need to know to start a lucrative career as a home inspector. Let’s get started.

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February 13, 2017

MOST COMMON FIRST-TIME HOMEBUYER MISTAKES!


Shopping for a home is exciting, exhausting and a little bit scary. In the end, your aim is to end up with a home you love at a price you can afford. Sounds simple enough, right? Avoid these 10 costly mistakes that first-time homebuyers endure.

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January 30, 2017

How to Build a Successful Home Inspection Business


The Real-Estate Market is currently experiencing a constant growth. Consumers are once again buying and selling more frequently! With more resources promoting a “buyer beware” mentality, are doing so with a new, more cautious outlook. This means there has never been a better time to get your home inspection certification. Home Inspectors are the keys to ensuring customers are satisfied with their purchase decisions, through preforming a visual inspection on all housing systems and components and reporting on their condition. If you are interesting in starting your own home inspection business, here are some important tips that will help you find success in the industry:

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January 26, 2017

PROTECT YOUR INVESTMENT, HIRE AN INSPECTOR


One of the most expensive and important investment you will ever make will be your home. However, unlike the guarantee a buyer receives with most purchases, there’s no money-back guarantee or return policy if you’re not satisfied with your recently purchased home. Once you buy a home, you’re on your own to maintain it, repair it, anticipate problems and pay the bills. This is why it’s best to know as much as you can about potential problems before you buy.

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January 24, 2017

PROTECT YOURSELF! HOME INSPECTOR 101


A pre-purchase home inspection will bring peace of mind to your client before signing the sales contract. Knowing what to expect both inside and out will help the client make an informed decision as to the value/condition of the home and the future upkeep. But how does a home inspector bring piece of mind to his work?

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January 19, 2017

Home Inspector Liability – PROTECT YOURSELF!


We’ve all heard the stories of home inspectors that missed some sort of leak, causing thousands and thousands of dollars worth of damage for the homeowners. Although some of these stories are true, it’s also true that home inspectors don’t have x-ray vision and be limited as to what they can actually inspect. So how does one limit his liability and protect himself from potential claims?

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January 04, 2017

STAIRWAYS TO HEAVEN ARE BACK IN STYLE


Attic pull-down ladders, are collapsible ladders that are permanently attached to the attic floor. Occupants will normally gain access to the attic by pulling on a latch or string to lower theses stairs. Ultimately they allow for easy access to the attic, without having to carry portable ladders across the home. These were common in older homes, and are slowly making a comeback as a “modern up-grade”. In today’s blog, we’re discussing a few common defects that home inspectors run into when examining these.

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December 28, 2016

HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCES AND WHAT TO WHEN THEY BREAK


With today’s quick progression in all that is technology and efficiency, home owners are tangled between repairing older less efficient appliances rather than updating for newer, more efficient devices. Same goes for household repairs; is it smarter to replace a drafty window or should you attempt restoring it? Today’s blog will discuss common issues and contemplations home owners run into and how you can deal with them in an effective way.

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December 23, 2016

Moving in Winter. The Dos and Don’ts


Planning a winter move? While winter is a great time to move, it's normally cheaper and to rent a moving truck or hire movers, you need to be aware of possible moving issues so that you can avoid them before they occur. Here are my suggestions for moving during the winter.

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December 21, 2016

START NOW - GET YOUR FREE IPAD!


As most of you already know, Urban Studies is an eLearning platform, which prepares students for their future career as certified home inspectors. Not only have we pioneered the ways of education in his domain, we’ve now found a way to make the entire transition from education to field work stress free and ultra-efficient.

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December 12, 2016

Snow Loads – When to Shovel Your Roof


A snow load is defined as is the downward force on a building's roof by the weight of accumulated snow and ice. Most home owners have a tendency to ignore snow loads and to simply let Mother Nature do all the work in the spring time. Not only does this encourage leaks to occur, it weakens a home’s structure and disturbs the entire homes integrity. Today’s blog will list FAQ’s concerning snow loads, along with their answers.

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December 07, 2016

WINTER INSPECTION IN YOUR FORECAST? HERE'S A FEW THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND!


For the home inspectors who don’t spend winter in Florida, inspections are done all year round. However, snow can pose huge problems. If a big snow occurs the night before your winter home inspection, the inspector will be limited in what he or she can do.

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November 30, 2016

Window Bars – True Meaning of Life Sentence


We’ve obviously all seen those old metal bars covering windows, giving off a prison like feeling. What was once used as a safety precaution to keep buglers out, is now responsible for trapping people inside. Today’s blog will quickly discuss why these bars should be removed and will also offer a few alternatives to replace them.

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November 29, 2016

PAPERLESS PROMO - GET YOUR IPAD TODAY!


Since day one, we’ve taken pride in the fact that we’re a 100% paperless company. An entire eLearning platform, developed for folks wanting to become certified home inspectors. Impressive enough as it is, Urban Studies is now adding on to the paperless experience with our IPad Promo!

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November 22, 2016

BECOME A HOME INSPECTOR - THE NEED TO KNOWS


With all the new trends and changes in the Real Estate Market, there has never been a better time to get your home inspection certification. Consumers are once again buying and selling more frequently creating a never before seen “traffic” for home inspectors. Home Inspectors are the key to ensuring customers are satisfied with their purchase decisions which means there is an incredible opportunity to start and run a successful home inspection business.

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November 21, 2016

DE-ICING PRODUCTS, THE PROS AND CONS


Given this wonderful weather we’re having, it’s only fair for today’s blog that we discuss winter season topics. On today’s agenda: de-icing your driveway. We’re all familiar with salt products, but are there alternatives? Which should be avoided?

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November 01, 2016

WINTER INTERLOCK SEALING


Fall means shorter days and colder temperatures. With winter soon approaching, it's the perfect time get your outdoor landscaping ready to handle the cold weather. A big part of your outdoor space is your interlocking pavers. Even though they’re made from tough natural stone, they’re still susceptible to staining or discoloration due the snow and ice that will eventually fall. By sealing your interlock driveway, you’ll make certain it keeps its color and looks its best all winter long. And with the right tools and know-how, you’ll be able to seal your interlock driveway or interlocking patio stones like a pro.

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October 21, 2016

The Road to Buying to Home - 7 Simple Steps


Being a first time homebuyers can be quite stressful. Not having gone through the home buying process previously, you may have no idea where to begin the search or how to go about it. In today’s blog, we’ll discuss the road to buying a home in 7 simple steps.

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October 12, 2016

ASK AND YOU SHALL RECEIVE – HOME INSPECTION 101 – Part 2


Not too long ago, we wrote a blog answering many of our “frequently asked questions, concerning home inspector duties. Most people are aware that home inspectors offer a visual examination of all housing components, but are unaware of all the added benefits that come with the inspection. For that, today’s blog will discuss FAQ’s on the home inspection profession itself.

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October 12, 2016

LEAVES, FRIEND OR FOE?


Every year, the dreadful tradition of raking up leaves takes place. The funny thing is, we do this without any real reasoning behind it. Is it actually advantageous to rake leaves up? Or is it simply an old timer’s tradition that started many generations ago and passed on to us? In today’s blog, we’ll discuss the facts behind leaf raking and what you can do to optimize the situation.

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September 30, 2016

ASK AND YOU SHALL RECEIVE - HOME INSPECTION 101


Although the Home Inspection profession remains completely unregulated for the most parts of Canada, doing so without proper training can be a costly mistake. It goes without being said that weekend training sessions, which are offered all over the place, do not provide sufficient preparation to launch a home inspection business. Today’s blog will discuss general misconceptions about the home inspection profession and how we, Urban Studies, keep working to maximise your learning experience.

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September 28, 2016

HOW TO PREP YOUR HOME FOR WINTER


It’s safe to assume that summer is officially over and winter is just around that corner. With only a few short months left before the cold hits us, steps should be taken by homeowners to ensure their homes are prepped and running as efficiently as possible. Today’s blog will discuss a few tips to help lower utility bills and protect your investment.

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September 27, 2016

ELEARNING VS. CLASSROOMS, THE WINNER IS...


As eLearning continues to show growth in popularity, a question we all need to ask ourselves is: "Will eLearning eventually replace the traditional classroom experience?" Well, in all fairness, it's a little too early to tell. However, when comparing one next to the other, it's quite evident where things should be heading.

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September 23, 2016

TOP 3 HOMEOWNER CONCERNS


It goes without saying that purchasing a house can be a very stressful times. Homeowners are not only burdened by the immense financial commitment, they’re also concerned about the house’s integrity. This is why hiring a home inspector during a real-estate transaction is an absolute must. In today’s blog, will discuss the Top 3 Homeowner Concerns and explain how a home inspector can help put your mind at ease.

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September 20, 2016

Build Your Career The 2016 Way


The technological advances in online education, along with the shortcomings in our traditional education have left many students uncertain as to which course of action should be taken. Five years of university, just to obtain that bachelor’s degree? Is it really worth it? More and more are people realizing that traditional education is becoming “old school” and other, more practical options are available.

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August 23, 2016

FREEDOM IS ONE CLICK AWAY!


With different generations come different values and goals. Evolution, one could argue. A major difference we’re seeing with this younger generation is the number of individuals, branching off on their own, trying to live that entrepreneur lifestyle. “Freedom is the new rich”.

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July 02, 2016

When is the best time to hire a Home Inspector?


If you're buying or selling a home, you'll need to hire a home inspector at some point. But don't leave it too late or you'll be scrambling.

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July 02, 2016

What is a home inspection?


A home inspection is an educational process which is designed to reduce a consumer’s risk when buying a home, and is not a guarantee or a warranty on a property.

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June 30, 2016

Ant Season for Anyone??


Tips and tricks on avoiding this problem in your home.

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June 29, 2016

Oil Changes, Not Just For Cars


For everyone owning an oil-fired furnace, this may come to you as a shock…

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June 08, 2016

Protecting Your Loved Ones


We all know what smoke detectors are and why their presence is an absolute necessity in our households. But do we know how to go about maintaining them?

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May 19, 2016

It’s Patio Season!!


Patios and decks are soon to be the areas for entertainment. No more gatherings in the kitchen, time to get those guests outside and in the sun!

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May 16, 2016

How to Hire a Home Inspector!


If you’re in the market right now for a home purchase, you may be wondering when and how to hire the right the inspector.

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May 09, 2016

Condo "Care Free" Lifestyle?


There’s an everlasting debate on whether or not condos should be inspected by a professional before a real-estate transaction.

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May 05, 2016

Living the Dream?


Dis you know that 87% of the population is unhappy with their current career ?

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May 04, 2016

Window Condensation


Many modern construction homes all suffer the same problem; that dreadful condensation building up in the windows.

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April 13, 2016

DON'T BE CHEAP


Assuming that newly built homes won’t need a home inspectors second opinion is a mistake many homebuyers make.

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April 01, 2016

Greener Grass on YOUR Side of the Fence.


They say the grass is always greener on the other side. REALY?

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March 31, 2016

It’s Flower Power Season!


Summer time is just around the corner! It’s time for you guys to plan ways to beautify your property.

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March 28, 2016

DRIVEWAY MAINTENANCE


A few tips and tricks to maintain and prolong your driveways life expectancy.

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March 23, 2016

SPRINGTIME WATER DAMAGE


All home inspectors know that water is a house’s worst enemy.

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March 18, 2016

SUMMER TIME HAPPINESS


With the warm summer days just around the corner, many of you will start planning your home projects. Whether it’s adding a new deck or interlock walkway, there’s a few things to consider

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March 11, 2016

FINALLY, REAL EDUCATION


Remember when you were in school? How you would go through a course with a teacher, learning a million things you would never apply in real life…

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March 07, 2016

HAVING A LEAKY ROOF OVER YOUR HEAD


We all know the importance of a well functioning roof. After all, what’s the point of “having a roof over your head” if it’s leaking and damaging the rest of your house.

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March 02, 2016

PROPER SLOPE FOR PROPER FOLKS


Plain and simple, what’s the most common problem that home inspectors find?

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March 01, 2016

KEEPING YOUR WINDOWN WELLS IN TIP TOP SHAPE


For the homeowners reading today’s blog, you’re already aware of the numerous maintenance jobs that come with a purchase.

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February 29, 2016

FOLLOW US… FOR YOUR OWN GOOD


At Urban Studies, we believe in not only keeping our students informed, but also in spreading as much knowledge as possible.

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February 25, 2016

GFCI’s, FOR YOUR SAFETY


Disagreements between client and home inspectors are almost an inevitable thing to happen.

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February 24, 2016

WATER DAMAGE


As a homeowner, it’s important for you to understand that a houses worst enemy is water.

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February 23, 2016

SIDING PROBZ


Today’s modern construction includes the use of vinyl siding. Many of us also choose to install it on our residence because of it’s easy, maintenance free characteristics.

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February 22, 2016

THE INSPECTION CONTRACT


If you’re looking to hire a home inspector for the first time, you may be a little hesitant since you’re not sure what to expect.

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February 19, 2016

WHEN IT’S ALL SAID AND DONE


For homebuyers, getting an inspection shouldn’t even be a question. Although the inspector’s job is to find the problematic aspects to the purchase,

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February 18, 2016

TEXTBOOK TEACHING… GETTING OLD FASHION


We all remember our days in high school, college or university. And we probably all remember ourselves asking this very question; “Why are we learning this?

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February 16, 2016

HOW MUCH SNOW IS TOO MUCH


When the weather channel calls for 40cm of snow, plus freezing rain for the icing on the cake, you know your house will be taking a hit.

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February 15, 2016

TODAYS BLOG; IS YOUR HOUSE IS TALKING TO YOU?


In these cold winter days, it’s nothing but uncommon for houses to give off loud cracking noises. Although these might be frightening at some times, especially when they wake you up at night, they are harmless. It’s simply your house telling you it’s cold and it’s looking forward to the summer days.

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February 11, 2016

CHECKING YOUR SMOKE DETECTOR…PROPERLY.


Smoke detectors, as we all know, are found in every home… Well they should be.

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February 10, 2016

GET RID OF THAT SNOW.


For us Canadian folks, shoveling snow is a part of our blood.

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February 05, 2016

BETTER QUALITY AIR IN YOUR HOME


Changing your furnace air filter is always a struggle. When do I have to change it?

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February 03, 2016

“ALL YOU NEED IS A ROOF OVER YOUR HEAD.”


That famous saying “a roof over your head”… But how useful is that roof going to be if it’s not kept in good condition over the winter.

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February 02, 2016

GROWING YOUR HOME INSPECTION BUSINESS


Been inspecting houses for while? Are you ready to grow you home inspection company into a real moneymaker?

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February 01, 2016

SNOW MELTING PROBZ??


I don’t know about you guys, but this is one of the weirdest Winters I’ve ever had. The first of February, and it felt like the ending days of winter.

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January 27, 2016

GAS OR WOOD… THAT’S THE QUESTION.


There are many things we can complain about when it comes to winter. The cold… Obviously.

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January 26, 2016

TRY TO FLIP, NOT FLOP


Considering tackling a new project? Ever consider flipping houses?

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January 25, 2016

DRYER FIRES. CAN YOU FEEL THE HEAT?!


To most people, a clothes dryer is simply a big metal box that you stuff with all you wet clothes to get them nice and dry. Seems harmless enough right? What if I told you that in 2005, dryers were responsible for approximately 13,700 house fires.

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January 22, 2016

VINEGAR AND BAKING SODA, NOT JUST FOR MAKING VOLCANOS


We all remember our childhood volcano experiences.

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January 20, 2016

WINTERIZING YOUR HOME, A BIG MONEY SAVER!


In these cold forsaken days, one can only hope his house is well insulated.

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January 19, 2016

KNOCK KNOCK…WHOS THERE? ASBESTOS…


Shortened breaths, persistent dry coughs, swelling at the neck are all sings that your household may be infected with asbestos.

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January 18, 2016

OLD OR NEW…DON’T TAKE THE CHANCE


Ideally, if you buy a newly built house, you should be good to go.

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January 15, 2016

ICE DAMS… ARE YOU A VICTIM?


To many people in the northern parts of the U.S and Canada, ice dams are continuous problem every winter.

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January 12, 2016

A VALUABLE SECOND OPINON


Thinking about selling or buying a home? In either case, hiring a home inspector can get quite stressful.

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January 11, 2016

HOME INSPECTOR GADGETS


The beauty of being a home inspector is that you can rely on many tools to help you confirm doubts or suspicions. If you’re someone interested in joining the workforce, believe me, you’ll have more then just a couple doubts throughout your career. Having the right tools for the job is simply beneficial for you, your homeowners and your reputation.

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January 08, 2016

LEAVING ON VACATION? DON’T LEAVE THE HOUSE UNINTENDED!


In inspiration of one of our Urban Studies Instructor leaving on vacation....

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January 07, 2016

SOMEONE CALL THE PLUMBER! THESE PIPES ARE GONNA BLOW!


As every homeowner must know, freezing water pipes in the winter is a bad thing.

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January 06, 2016

EFFICIENT LIGHT BULBS… THE BRIGHTEST DECISION?


We’ve all seen those new cooler looking light bulbs that are so called “more efficient”.

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January 05, 2016

WANNA SING UP?


If you’re like me, and you’ve been through the application process for other home inspector training programs… things can get quite frustrating.

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January 02, 2016

A HOUSE LIKE IS LIKE A CAR… MAINTENANCE IS KEY!


When buying a house, we first think of the financial dedication implicated with the purchase. However,

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December 31, 2015

NEW YEARS EVE! – IT’S RESOLUTION TIME!


Now There’s only one day left until those new years resolutions are put into action. You know what that means right?

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December 28, 2015

SNOW TIME, FUN TIME! WINTER HOME MAINTENANCE


With winter officially in the air, its time for all you home owners to consider a “Frosty the Snowman Checklist”.

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December 23, 2015

WHAT MAKES URBAN STUDIES SPECIAL?


Reinventing higher education is what we’re doing here at Urban Studies. Why?

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December 17, 2015

CHRISTMAS IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER


Icicles forming at the eaves of the roof, signs of possible ice damming. Recommend eating the house before damage occurs.

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December 16, 2015

STILL SEARCHING FOR THAT IDEAL CAREER?


Home inspections could be the way to go. Because,

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December 10, 2015

WHAT IS AND WHAT IS NOT A HOME INSPECTION?


A home inspection is a professional consulting service that determines the present condition of the home’s major systems, based on a visual inspection of accessible features.

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December 10, 2015

LET OUR COURSE INSPIRE YOU


A new interest, a new job, a new perspective. Change your life with the urban studies experience.

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December 10, 2015

COPPER WATER PIPING


Contrary to popular belief copper water piping doesn't last forever.

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