Danny Gerbrandt  


Claudio Sartore



Buying a home is an exciting and complex adventure. It can also be a very time-consuming and costly one if you’re not familiar with all aspects of the process, and don’t have all the best information and resources at hand.

One of our specialties is representing the best interests of buyers throughout the home buying process. We are very proud of our community and we enjoy familiarizing buyers with all the area has to offer. Our comprehensive, high-quality services can save you time and money, as well as make the experience more enjoyable and less stressful.

If you’re like most people, buying a home is the biggest investment you will ever make. So whether you’re buying a starter home, your dream home or an investment property, why not take advantage of my experience in the local market of Maple Ridge to make the most informed decisions you can, every step of the way?

Buying a home is a truly emotional experience. There are tremendous feelings that seem to be overflowing at any given moment. With some good emotions and some bad emotions, how can they be kept separate?

Before your first foot enters a home, the simple thought of buying a new home can trigger feelings of excitement and anxiety; feelings of wonder for what will come down the path of buying a home. This is only the beginning of the emotional train you can experience.

Entering what turns out to be the right home, you may feel overwhelmed with a feeling of joyous relief, comfort and peace in finding the perfect home. Once the contract is in and accepted, the rollercoaster may ensue. There are several steps to buying a home, leaving plenty of time for anything to happen.

After your mind and your heart are set on a particular home, any small wrinkle in the flow can cause tremendous stress and upset. The feeling of pending loss may arise and bring about fear. When these issues are resolved, feelings of bliss and liberation can take over and put you back in a "happy place" to move forward.

Approaching the grand finale, homebuyers may feel inundated with things to do in preparation of moving or feel excitement to complete the process of buying a home to call their own.

Everyone has different emotions and triggers. It is rare that any two people share the same feelings when buying a home. The process can lead to a full spectrum of emotion – from excitement to fear, from happiness to sorrow. This should not be a pitfall, but rather a word of advice to keep your mind open to the possibilities. Often times emotion can lead to making a decision before thoroughly considering what you have in front of you. It is very wise for your future to be alert to your feelings and enjoy the excitement of buying a home.

 We hope that the information included here will make finding your dream home a fun and enjoyable experience.   Check out the on the sidebar and if you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us.

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Recognizing and Controlling Moisture Buildup in your Home

When warm air from the tropics encounters a cold front, the results are often thunderstorms. When warm moist air from indoors makes its way into cooler walls and attic spaces, the result is condensation which leads to mold, rot and rust. And there is no time when this is more prevalent than early spring.

While everyone talks about the weather and can do nothing about it, moisture in homes can be controlled. The way to deal with it is to determine if there is a problem, understand where it comes from and then learn to control it.



Where Moisture in Homes Originates

Typically, moisture in the form of excess humidity is produced in homes just by the act of living in them. Taking a shower, cooking a meal, even breathing all add moisture to indoor air. You don’t necessarily need a leaky roof or seepage from masonry surfaces to create excess humidity, although they will certainly contribute to the problem.

When moist inside air contacts cold exterior surfaces the moisture in the air condenses to form water. Once this water is released from the air it can do its damage. For example, if a bathroom fan exhausts warm moist into the attic (instead of outside as it should) the air will mix with the cold air in the attic. When this happens the moisture in the air will either condense on attic surfaces or worse, create its own mini weather system complete with a small rain shower in your attic.

To a lesser degree this same effect can happen in exterior walls, around single pane windows, on the side of a refrigerator or anywhere inside air meets the cold outside air.

Symptoms of Moisture Problems

If you suspect moisture problems look for the following signs:

  • mold, fungus or mildew on interior surfaces
  • efflorescence (salt deposits) on both interior and exterior surfaces
  • flaking paint and peeling wallpaper
  • corrosion on metal surfaces including metal surfaces in basements and attics
  • condensation on windows and walls
  • warped, cracked, or rotted wood
  • chipped or cracked masonry surfaces
  • ice dams in gutters and on roofs
  • dank and musty smells

Controlling Moisture

The best way to control excess humidity is to stop it at its source.

  • Fix all leaks, roofs, pipes and radiators.
  • Control seepage through masonry by applying waterproofing treatments.
  • Keep moist air away from cold surfaces by plugging holes in walls and sealing fixtures and outlets.
  • Seal leaks in ventilation systems.
  • Make sure that exhaust fans, such as those in bathrooms and kitchens, vent outside.
  • Consider upgrading poorly insulated windows and doors.
  • Adjust your heating system to take in at least 10 percent of its air from outside. This will improve indoor air quality.
  • Turn on fans and open windows when showering or cooking.

Treating Moisture Damage

Finally, once excess humidity is under control, it is important to treat and repair all moisture damage promptly. Moldy areas should be scraped clean and washed with bleach. In most cases, damaged wood should be removed because rot will often continue even after the source of water has been removed.

Don’t delay repairs. Spores from mold and other fungi can be released into the air and can lead to various respiratory illnesses.

To determine whether you have solved your moisture problems, you may want to test with a moisture meter or have a professional tester check for you. Inserting the moisture meter probes into plaster, wood or other building materials lets you test in areas you cannot see. If the levels are too high, then you have a problem. If not, then you can rest easy.

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