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New Home Construction Consulting Services

Constructing your dream home, built to your specifications with the unique design features you want, can be exciting – and unnerving.  How can you be sure the contractor you hire will deliver the home you’re expecting? Criterium Engineers’ home construction consulting, monitoring and inspection services can relieve your anxiety, reduce construction problems, and improve the quality of the home you….

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Top 10 Condo Building Problems

Workmanship, Quality Control & Water… Probably because I have inspected thousands of condo buildings and their units for construction defects and other issues, I am often asked by both prospective condo buyers and property managers to name the most common problems found in new condo developments. Interesting enough, new condo buildings have more hidden problems….

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Tips for Dealing with Winter

  Winter is here across much of North America. This season plagues even the sturdiest among us—as with winter comes the inevitable storms of the season. Here are a few winter tips to help you prepare for and deal with the season: Insulate the attic to keep roof surface cold and help avoid ice dams…..

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Home Buying – Don’t Ignore Home Testing and Inspections

Home Testing and Inspection are critical when buying a home.  In the medical field, there are many different tests that can be performed to check your overall health.  There are many tests and inspections that can be completed on a home as well.  Criterium-Liszkay Engineers performs many home inspections each year.   A home inspection is….

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Paving Isn’t Sexy: But Proper Maintenance is Essential

Cracked Parking Lot

Engineering Advisor | Volume 26, Number 1 When was the last time you thought about your parking lot? The honest answer, probably, is not in recent memory.  It’s not a question of ‘out of sight –out of mind.’ Parking lots and other paved areas are highly visible, but they aren’t all that interesting.  There is nothing….

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Stairways and Decks Aren’t Safe Unless their Railings Are Secure

Your Home | Volume 35, Number 1 You’re standing in the basement waiting for a friend, who is following you down the stairs. Missing a step, your friend reaches for the railing, which breaks away from the wall. This will not end well for your friend, who may be seriously injured or worse; and it….

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Hidden Dangers of Dryer Vents

Who would think venting a unit’s clothes dryer was so complicated?  When was the last time the cleanliness of dryer vents was on your Board’s meeting agenda?  Yet, clothes dryers may be one of the most dangerous appliances in the home.  The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports there are more than 15,000 home fires….

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