Tips for Successful Repairs

Let’s start by differentiating between a home improvement and a home repair. A home improvement, as the name implies, means improving something. It is usually a renovation to create more space, change the layout of the house, improve…

What is a Home Inspection?

Since we opened our doors in 1986, James Dobney Inspections has taken a very liberal approach with clients who are unhappy with our service. But over the last few years, we have seen a steady shift in clients’…

Do You Need a Home Inspection or Engineering Analysis?

What do homebuyers want to know? If you’re like most homebuyers, you want to know the condition of a house before you buy it. Are the home’s mechanical systems and structural components in working order? Will they need…

What to Expect From a Home Inspection

There may come a time that you discover something wrong with the house, and you may be upset or disappointed with your home inspection. Intermittent Or Concealed Problems Some problems can only be discovered by living in a…

Ask an expert on Global TV.

Watch this recent appearance on GlobalTV’s “Ask-As-Expert” segment, where James answers questions from people all over BC; how to fix a squeaky floor covered by carpet, how to safely install a baby gate, repairing cracks in a textured…

Common House Insurance Claims

James Dobney discusses some common house insurance claims and has tips and advice for all homeowners.

Expert advice on home maintenance and repair

Callers from all over BC seek James’ expert advice on a wide range of home maintenance and repair topics: what electrical needs to be aware of when installing an induction stove-top and separate wall-mounted oven; care and maintenance…

Do you have timely home concerns?

British Columbia home owners ask the expert about all kinds of timely home concerns; older home foundations and earthquake concerns, replacing roofing on homes from the 60’s, replacing linoleum flooring (over concrete subfloor) with hardwood and condensation in…

Winterize Your Home with James Dobney

Keep your home comfortable and safe in the winter months with these very helpful tips from home-inspection-expert James Dobney: shut off outside water hose bibs to prevent burst pipes from freezing; clean out your gutters to prevent build-up…

HORIZON – Electronic Reports

The home inspection and real estate market has changed dramatically in the past 20 years. As technology advances and consumers become more web-savvy, there is a greater need for products and services that can keep pace. As we…