Listing Your Home on Vacation Sites


Your home is your home. Regardless of whether you own a condo or a house, it’s yours and it’s worth a lot of money. But you can potentially make a lot of money with it as well. If you’re thinking of putting your home on one of those vacation rental websites like Airbnb or VRBO, consider these things before you pull the trigger. (more…)

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Composting


Living near the ocean and mountains and forests, Vancouverites are probably more environmentally conscious then others. Recycling has become second nature to most of us by now, however composting is another great way to ensure everyday waste is used for good, rather then leaving it to fill up the landfills further. (more…)

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Proper Recycling Protocol in Vancouver


Remember when the “Reduce, reuse and recycle” campaign came out? It was a novel concept and everyone was excited about helping the planet. But back then, there were a lot of items that you couldn’t actually recycle. Nowadays, you can recycle most items. Maybe not in your blue or green bins, but with the help of big box stores throughout the Lower Mainland, you can help reduce the impact on every day items.

The City of Vancouver and most other major cities throughout the province won’t pick up your paint, batteries and electronic items for recycling. So it’s left up to us to find a place where these items will be taken care of in a way that will help, not harm, the environment.

It’s important to remember that even though the City doesn’t pick up these items for recycling, you should not put them in the regular garbage or recycling. Here’s how to handle some of the most common items and where you can bring them for proper disposal. (more…)

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6 Tips for Keeping Your Home Safe


Living in a big city like Vancouver and its surrounding neighbourhoods can bring with it a lot of safety concerns for homeowners. Canadians might be a friendly bunch, but we’re not immune to crime and natural disasters. It’s important to keep your home and your loved ones safe. Here’s a list of items you should consider to ensure everyone you love is prepared in case of an unexpected emergency. (more…)

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5 Things To Consider When Changing Neighbourhoods


If you’re thinking of moving to a new home in a different Vancouver neighbourhood, you should consider a few things during your research process. Things like livability, the environment and of course affordability should play an important role in your ultimate decision. Here are five things to consider when choosing a neighbourhood to move to. (more…)

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Are there any any tricks out there to control the moss on my roof?

In case we haven’t noticed, we live in a rain forest.  Seriously!  UBC has a room dedicated to it:  http://www.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/british-columbia-rainforest-garden.

Whenever you get our rain, with our socked in clouds, this creates the perfect enviroment for algae, moss and other plants to grow anywhere.

I’m not a scientist, but obviously the sun somehow inhibits or slows down moss growth because the worst areas on any house or building is always the norths sides – the sides that the sun doesn’t reach in the Greater Vancouver area.

When we are at a customers house usually doing gutter cleaning or gutter repairs, customers ask me all the time about roof cleaning?  Do we do it?  If you don’t, can we suggest a good roof cleaning company?  There are always a few students out there willing to powerwash a cedar roof, and a couple roof cleaning companies that pop up over the years that might even treat a roof, but typically non of them last.

Over the years, I have tried a few things to clean a roof – sometimes they work, some times they don’t.  One of the best tips I ever received for roof cleaning was from a customer who calls up one day and asks if we can come to his house and spread some Tide with Bleach (powder) on his roof?  I didn’t know how to respond.

He was from Saskatchewan, and said everyone was doing it.  The actual bleach in the powder would activate with the rain and kill the moss and green algae growth on your roof!  We tried it and what do you know – it worked!

Since then, we’ve found you can actually easily obtain eco-friendly actual bleach powder that works a little better.  Try this tip next time you see some moss on your roof and do it yourself to save a few bucks.

Of course you can always call us (shamless plug) as we have slowly mastered the art of roof cleaning.

As usual, thanks for reading, and I always appreciate feedback.

Troy Thompson



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