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Summer Renovation Tips 

Although our July has been a great one, there has been a smattering of rain here and there, and it is always good to take the time while the weather is nice to do some house maintenance.

“Taking the time to do house maintenance on a regular basis can save you a time and money in the long run,” says Paul Pettipas, chief executive officer of the Nova Scotia Home Builders’ Association (NSHBA). “It may seem tedious at the time, but in the end, you’ll be glad you took the time to do the small repairs and maintenance work.”

Some suggested maintenance tips include:

Check your eavestroughs. This should be done several times during the year as well. If you let debris and leaves fill up the eavestroughs, there is a potential for leaks and water damage.

Check your attic for signs of water. If there are signs of water damage in the attic, it is important to find the source and have it fixed immediately. The longer the leak is left, the larger the potential is for interior damage to occur which can result in mould.

Check the humidity levels in the home. This is especially important with wet weather. You do not want to turn off your heat recovery ventilator (HRV – also known as an air exchanger). If you have an older home that does not have an HRV you will want to invest in an energy efficient dehumidifier. This will reduce moisture levels in your home, which can be a challenge in wet and humid weather.

Check for water that pools outside of the home. If there is substantial water pooling around the foundation of your home you should consider additional drainage to draw the water away from the home. Reducing the potential for water to enter your home is a much better option than trying to remove it once it makes its way insider your foundation.

These are just a few simple inexpensive tips you can do to protect your home and help sustain it through all of the seasons for years to come. For more information on home renovations or new home construction visit the NSHBA website at or phone 450-5554.

Reader Comments (2)

Wonderful post!
we decided on redesigning our kitchen using caesarstone countertops

July 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEric

I stumbled across this whilst looking for home improvement ideas to boost my house valuation before I sell up. These are really good tips that I may not have even thought of but probably more suitable for my new house. Thanks for a really helpful post.

October 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDave

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