City of Toronto An Informative Guide for Home-Owners (regulations and requirements)
Health Canada, Transport Canada, Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CDN): Click here for more information
Renovating Your Basement - Interior: Click here for more information
Renovating Your Basement - Structure: Click here for more information
Guideline to Repair Costs: Click here for more information
Life Expectancy of Home Components: Click here for more information
Contractors in Ontario: Click here for General Contractors
Renovation/Building Costs: Click here for more information
Finding a Certified Contractor
Electrical Safety Association (ESA): Click here to find Electricians
Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA): Click here to find Heating HVAC
Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO): Click here to find a Structural/Building Engineer
General Repair Costs and Life Expectancy
Out Door Deck Design
Product Recalls and Safety Alerts
Consumer Product Safety (USA): Click here for more information
Electrical Safety Authority (CDN): Click here for more information
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Deck Design (Canadian): Click here for more information
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SIMPSON Strong-Tie connection guide: Click here for more information
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Basement Renovations
Materials for Basement Construction: Click here for more information
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Rental Apartments - What you need to Know
Know Your Legal Rights
Ministry of Consumer Services - Know Your Legal Rights Part 1: Click here for more information
Office of Consumer Affairs - Know Your Legal Rights Part 2: Click here for more information
Home Maintenance
General Repair Costs and Life Expectancy
Finding a Certified Contractor
Product Recalls and Safety Alerts
Know Your Legal Rights
Out Door Deck Design
Basement Renovations
Home Maintenance
Rental Apartments - What you need to Know
Appliances: What You need to Know
Appliances What You Need to Know
resources and the competitiveness of Canada's natural resources products. NRCan develops policies and programs that
enhance the contribution of the natural resources sector to the economy and improve the quality of life for all Canadians.

Did you know that Appliances account for 14 percent of the energy consumed in the average Canadian Household.
-Electronics accounted for more than 20 percent of electricity in non-electrically heated homes.
-Space heating 63%
-Water Heating 17%
-Lighting 4%
-Space Cooling 2%

Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) promotes energy-efficient appliances with three tools:

Energy Efficient Regulation - which sets minimum energy performance standards.
The Energuide Label - which shows how much energy a specific product uses and how to read the label..
The Energy Star symbol - which identifies high efficient models

If you want to
save energy, lower utility bills, and reduce the impact on the environment then energy efficient
products may be the answer. The
Product Information Section at NRCan has information on over 70 products in a variety
of residential and commercial categories such as Appliances, Electronics, Lighting, Heating, Cooling, Office Equipment
and much more. There is even a
Searchable Product List which you can compare products and find the most energy
efficient product for your specific needs. Natural Resources Canada(NRC) has also published an
Online Calculator which
can calculate the lifetime costs based on an Energuide Rating.

Make sure you have a good look at the additional information under each Product Category some sections have
additional tools and information which you might find useful. Click on the highlighted/underlined text above to go directly
to the appropriate sections.
Energy Efficient Products
Residential Energy use in Canada by activity, 2010
Energy Efficient Products
City of Mississauga Secondary Units OBC Guide 2014
City of Brampton Secondary Units
City of Vaughan Secondary Suites Policy Development
City of Vaughan Second Suites Building Standards
Financial Considerations: An Information Guide for Homeowners Thinking About Adding a Second Suite:
Detailed information on the financial considerations for homeowners thinking about adding a Second Suite in Ontario.

Creating A Second Suite: An Information Guide for Homeowners:
Detailed information on the regulatory environment for homeowners in Ontario considering creating or upgrading a
Second Suite. Information related to Fire, Electrical, Building and Property Standards is included.

Operating Guide: An Information Guide for Second Suite Landlords:
Detailed information on the how the Residential Tenancies Act aimed at helping homeowners navigate the legal
responsibilities of being a landlord.

Financial Considerations, Creating a Second Suite, Operating Guide and much more info is courtesy of, look under resources. I highly recommend to visit the site for much more info.

I have also included additional information on secondary suites in Brampton, Mississauga, Vaughan and another guide
for Toronto, see directly below.
Disclaimer: This information is provided for general information purposes only. Any reliance or action taken based on the
information, materials and techniques described are the responsibility of the user. Readers are advised to consult appropriate
professional resources to determine what is safe and suitable in their particular case. DASH Inspection Services assumes no
responsibility for any consequence arising from use of the information, materials and techniques described. Any reference to a
specific company is for general information only. I highly recommend you get a min of three quotes and do your homework.
Electromagnetic Fields - EMF
office equipment, wiring in our homes and workplace's, and electric power facilities, such as substations, transmission lines
and distribution lines.

For more than 30 years, research studies have examined the possibility that exposure to EMFs might affect health. Both
national and international health agencies, including Health Canada and the World Health Organization, have concluded
that the scientific research does not demonstrate that EMFs cause or contribute to adverse health effects.
Some questions remain the subject of on-going research...this information was taken from Hydro One's EMF position
statement April 2008...
Read more.
Electromagnetic Fields - EMF
So you've been thinking about buying some new appliances, Stove, BBQ, Cloths Dryer maybe a Gas Fire Place or
your looking to convert from Electricity to Gas? But your just not sure if gas is the way to go? In most cases it can
be Safer (although there is an argument for gas and electricity safety, either way
smoke and carbon monoxide
which may prolong the life, I found a short article by which may prolong the life, I found a short article by  online
publication from  online publication from
Rosemary Avance in Rosemary Avance in the US which compares gas
appliances and for the most part would probably apply here in Canada.

Energy Cost and Natural Gas Savings Calculator
Still not sure which way to go Gas or Electricity? Then the Energy Cost and Natural Gas Savings Calculator may
help. Enbridge has put together an online calculator which may help you decide. Select your region, input some
additional information and you will get a break down comparing to Electricity, Propane, Oil and Wood. Make sure
you read the fine print below before you calculate.

Gas and Electricity Providers
So you've decided to switch, now you need the gas. Since 2002, homeowners and businesses in Ontario have had
the ability to choose whether to purchase their energy (gas or electricity) from a competitive retail company, or to
obtain their energy from their local utility and pay the provincial regulated rate. can help, type in
your postal code, choose a service (gas or electricity) and you will get a list of providers as well as rates.

Gas Appliances - Installation
You should be aware that gas appliances do need gas lines to each individual appliance and a gas line to the
house (if you don't already have one). You will require a licensed HVAC contractor to help you with this, very
important you use a licensed HVAC contractor, don't mess with gas!.
Enbridge has provided help locating
contractors or a contractor you want to use or has been referred to you is actually licensed check
Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) and Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI).

Faulty Appliances - Repairmen Unplugged
Today appliances are more sophisticated, with more electronics, more features, fancy designs and just more
complicated to repair or improve. What do you really need in an appliance and if it does break down what will it
cost you!. Market Place posted an online article
By Megan Griffith-Greene / Marketplace, CBC News Posted: Jan
09, 2015 its an interesting read and they also did a TV and online video Watch Repairmen Unplugged on Friday,
Jan. 9 at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. NT) on CBC Television or online.

Do your homework and make sure you use new regulation carbon monoxide and smoke detectors, IT'S
most valuable investment, your home. When I inspect a home, it's obvious that the house is lacking in proper
Inspecting your home on a regular basis and following good maintenance practices is the best way to protect your
maintenance, maybe the owner didn't have time or the knowledge on what and how to maintain the house. Homes
NEED regular care and without it they will deteriorate - Protect Your Investment!

Maybe you don't have the time or expertise and don't really care to do it, fair enough, then hire somebody who
can. The
Home Maintenance Manual will provide a guideline on what to check and when or what season.

I highly recommend that you learn more about your house, learn how to improve or replace some things. Things
filter replacement, smoke/CO detector battery replacement, clearing leaves etc. Shouldn't be difficult to do.
You can even check out your neighbourhood
Home Depot they have workshops, online how-to-do guides, project
guides and videos (make sure you look for a Home Depot in your area). You can even
YouTub it. Just remember
be safe and don't undertake something beyond your skill level...if in doubt call a licensed specialist. I have to
recommend that you leave all Electrical, Plumbing and major improvements to licensed specialist. You may need a
permit so check.

Air Duct Cleaning
Should you clean your furnace air ducts? That is a question that is often asked. Some suggest cleaning air
ducts should be done on a regular basis while others suggest only cleaning air ducts only if needed. Should
you use chemicals or biocides in the process of cleaning or even a sealant? Who do I use that is reputable
and Certified and how can I tell if the job was done right?

Here is a detailed .pdf on
"Should you have the air ducts cleaned in your home?" In this file you will find
answers to those questions above and much more information. Here is a link to the
National Air Duct Cleaners
Association where you will find more information as well as an area where you can actually search
for a
Certified Duct Cleaner in Canada or the US. I also found an article "Is Duct Cleaning Worth It?" from the
Toronto Star published Sunday March 31, 2013 by Jessica Mcdiarmid which you may find interesting to read.