Kamloops Home Inspections: Ladder Safety & Getting Your Garden Ready For The Fall

Todd Hrycenko Home InspectorLadder Safety

As a home inspector in Kamloops I spend a lot of time using a variety of ladders to do my job.  Ladders are dangerous pieces of equipment, if not handled correctly or you are unfamiliar with them. Homeowners in Kamloops should think about a few things before you climb the ladder to perform fall maintenance tasks, and take these safety precautions.

• There should only be one person on the ladder at one time.

• Never leave a raised ladder unattended.

• Be sure all locks on extension ladders are properly engaged.

• All metal ladders should have slip-resistant feet.

• The ground under the ladder should be level and firm.

• Don’t carry objects in yours hands while on a ladder.

• Keep your body centered between the rails of the ladder at all times.

* Inspect your ladder every time before you use it for broken or excessively warn out parts.  As someone who has taken the fast ride to the ground from roof height, believe me you don’t want to realize your ladder has a defect too late.

Maintenance Matters

Fall is the time of year to prepare your garden for the fall months ahead. I know with the temperatures still hovering around 30 degrees in Kamloops nobody wants to think about winter or even fall, but your plants and garden already are.  Here are some tips to help you with your fall garden prep.

• Bring tropical and other plants inside for the fall.

• Dig and store summer and fall-flowering bulbs.

• Avoid heavy pruning of trees and shrubs going into the fall months.

• Apply a layer of mulch about 2 to 4 inches deep to the floor of the garden.

• Apply mulch or a wrap around the base of bushes and trees to protect them from the cold temperatures.

• Rake up any leaves that may have already fallen.

• Turn off the water supply to your hose tap and irrigation systems.

• Fallize garden furniture if necessary.

• Fertilize to give your garden one last nutrition boost before fall.

• Empty out and bring in any pots that could break in cold temperatures.

• Plant spring-flowering bulbs with their roots down.

Todd Hrycenko, Global Property Inspections
Phone: 250-371-2787 ac.cbipgnull@ddot

Featured Property: 435 McGill Road, Lower Sahali, Kamloops, B.C. $409,900

Kamloops Sahali Real Estate 435 McGill  Large three bedroom home in great lower Sahali location within walking distance to shopping, transportation and schools including TRU. Recent updates include new flooring, paint and bathroom fixtures. Panoramic city and valley views from the deck, kitchen and great room. Private back yard with terraced garden, fruit trees and in-ground sprinklers. Open floor plan with vaulted ceilings in the great room with large windows making this home very bright and inviting. Tons of parking in the 2 car tandem garage and possible room for an RV.

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Featured Property: 2620 Briarwood Avenue, West Briar Estates, Brocklehurst, Kamloops, B.C. $419,000

Kamloops Home For Sale Briarwood Ave Beautiful 6 year old custom designed four level split home in Brock’s newest development West Briar Estates. There are four large bedrooms and three full bathrooms. The main great room area has high 16 foot vaulted ceilings and numerous windows. There is a beautiful mountain view from the kitchen, dining room, great room and patio. The large master ensuite has a large soaker tub, separate shower and large walk in closet. This home comes with all landscaping complete including in-ground sprinklers.  There is also central A/C, central vacuum and a fully finished basement. The basement rec room has 14 foot ceilings and extra insulation for sound proofing. Other custom features include rounded corners, custom tile work, frosted glass pine doors, gas barbecue hook up on the patio, custom mouldings, most lights on dimmers or timers and gas fire place. This home has been entirely painted in the past 2 years. There is a two car garage and tons of storage under the stairs and under the outside patio. There is no HST on this nearly new home. Don’t miss out on this great home!

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Open House Weekend: Saturday, August 28 & Sunday August 29, 2010: Aberdeen, Barnhartvale & Juniper Heights

This weekend’s open houses will be held on Saturday, August 28th and Sunday, August 29th in Aberdeen, Barnhartvale and Juniper Heights.

Kamloops Property 2405 DRUMMOND CRTSaturday, August 28, 2010: 11:30-1:00: 2405 Drummond Court, Aberdeen, $379,900

Bright & inviting two-storey home backing onto parkland with a beautiful view. Recent updates include flooring, heat pump, kitchen counters, paint & more. Bright open kitchen with large patio doors leading to a fenced backyard. Storage pantry & laundry off of the kitchen. Large living room with big windows & patio off of the front. Huge master bedroom with vaulted ceilings, large walk-in closet, 4 piece ensuite, small patio & skylight.

Kamloops House 2090 Van Horne Drive Saturday, August 28, 2010: 1:30-3:00: 2090 Van Horne Drive, Aberdeen, $399,900

Private & spacious 3,200 square foot, 3 level split home in desirable Aberdeen. There are 5 bedrooms & 3 bathrooms, including one ensuite. Recent updates include outside vinyl “chic” paint with a 20 year warranty, kitchen counter, tile flooring & 95% efficiency furnace. Roof is 13 yrs old. Laundry room, 2 piece bathroom, bedroom & large family room with maple hard wood flooring & fireplace on the main floor.

Barnhartvale Real Estate 5395 Morris Pl Sunday, August 29, 2010: 11:30-1:00, 5395 Morris Place, Barnhartvale, $389,900

This home appears to be straight out of a magazine. Extensive reno’s and additions done over the past couple years including a large family room (great room), kitchen, flooring, windows, doors, bathrooms, large 18 X 20 patio, $12,000 hot tub,entry way/foyer, high efficiency furnace, paint, flooring and upgraded electrical. Vaulted ceilings in the family room with numerous skylights.

Juniper Heights Ridge Real Estate 2900 Cheakamus Place Sunday, August 29, 2010: 1:00-3:00, 2900 Cheakamus Place, Juniper Heights, $899,900

Immaculate 2 year old Juniper Heights Benchlands executive bungalow with over 4,300 square feet of living space. Bright open design featuring a large gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops and custom finishing. Large great room design with huge windows featuring beautiful valley and lake views. Large stamped concrete patio off the kitchen & master bedroom. There is a one bedroom & den on the main floor (den could be converted to a bedroom) and three bedrooms down. This home features extra high ceilings on both floors. more..

Juniper Heights, Kamloops, BC Home 2665 Qu'appelle Blvd, Sunday, August 29, 2010: 1:30-3:00, 2665 Qu’appelle Boulevard, Juniper Heights, $379,900

This solid Juniper Ridge home has 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. There is over 2,000 square feet of living space and numerous updates which include, kitchen, bathrooms, flooring, paint, baseboards and more. This home sits on a lot over 10,000 square feet. There is drive through access to the back yard, two gas fire places, built in vacuum, central A/C, under ground sprinklers, RV parking and single car garage.

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