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Building Maintenance Checklist!

A Proactive Approach is Best If you are responsible for your condo or HOA’s physical condition, this is no time to relax. Planning now can pay big dividends in being able to hire a repair contractor before the spring/summer crunch arrives. With that in mind, the following list can provide a guide to issues for….

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Do You Have Mold in Your Buildings?

The problem of mold in buildings is one that no building owner or manager can afford to ignore. Mold has been suggested as one of the possible factors in so-called “Sick Building Syndrome.” What conditions create mold in buildings? Mold typically reproduces by means of airborne spores. These spores are always present in the air…..

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The Steps to Complete Your Reserve Study

The following will provide an overview of the typical steps involved in Reserve Studies performed by Criterium-Liszkay Engineers. Request For Proposal – The Association Board or the Association Property Manager will request a proposal from us. This can be as simple as a phone call, email or completed form on our website to as formal….

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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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