Published by Admin on January 25, 2018 ★ Featured

How to calculate the value of your home

You think finding a property that has lowered it’s price by $50,000 when you buy it makes this building a great deal? Nothing is less sure. Indeed, you may have still paid too much. Here are some of my tips for calculating the market value of a building.

Calculate market value

I’m sorry to burst your bubble, but often people buy without proper market analysis, and then end up paying a lot too much for what it’s worth. In these circumstances, how do you calculate the true value of a building? It is not enough to say “I paid less than the municipal evaluation price” to think I realized a bargain, because it is easy to find undervalued and overvalued buildings in the same city. For example, I bought a revenue building a few years ago and I paid 25% less than the municipal assessment price, and that was the real value of the building. building. The opposite is equally true.

Some methods

One can compare the property with others sold in the same area. I insist on the word “sold” and not “for sale”, because it is those that have been the best indicator of the good selling price.
The replacement cost technique of calculating property value can be done by adding the cost of land value, the depreciated replacement cost of the building, and the depreciated replacement cost of land improvements. Due to its complexity, this calculation can only be performed by an accredited appraiser.

In the case of rental properties with more than 4 dwellings, the income technique can be used, which uses the net income from the building in question to calculate its market value.

Other tips

Figuring out how to find the value of your home can be made easier by using the services of a chartered appraiser. For about $ 400 to $ 600, it can give you an accurate estimate of the market value of your property.

Hire a real estate broker to benchmark the price of houses sold in your area. When it comes to you with a price, be sure to ask questions about how it came to this calculation.
Ask for a written report of the evaluation. You can get different valuation verdicts with real estate brokers because valuation is not an exact science. To choose the broker who evaluates your land at the highest price is not really advised.

Ask at least 3 different opinions in order to have a more precise idea and do not hesitate to discuss frankly your project with the brokers solicited by mentioning that you wish to have the right time.

Published by Admin on December 10, 2017 ★ Featured

What Causes Cracks In Your Plaster?

Several factors can cause cracks in the plaster:
Among the causes that come up more often, there is the house that moves, the bad weather and temperature differences. It should be noted that cracks less than 1cm wide are not worrying unless they are very numerous. To find out if the cracks are active and if they will have a tendency to get worse, take their measurements and come back a few months later to see if they have changed their appearance.

However, do not wait too long before checking because if you see that the crack is active, it will not wait too long before filling it. Whether the cracks are shallow or deep, always try to understand what caused the damage, so as not to repeat previous mistakes (for example the type of product used to perform the work).


It should be noted that the repair of plaster should be entrusted to professionals, even when the damage is minor. Resurfacing is a difficult task and mistakes are difficult to correct. As the solage is usually very visible, the defects cannot be camouflaged. In addition, if it is found that the damage is too extensive, plaster must be replaced. In this case, it is necessary to remove the old plaster and to remake a new one.

There are two types of plaster: cement plaster and acrylic plaster (which is also made of cement but in this case it is mixed with liquid acrylic). For repairs, the acrylic coating is to suggest. Select a product that meets your needs and offers several interesting features (UV protection, long life). If, while the work is already started, you run out of product, always buy the same product. Otherwise, you may see differences in texture and color.

Published by Admin on July 18, 2017 ★ Featured

4 reasons to go for concrete staining

Concrete staining makes the floor have a unique and elegant finish. This flooring type has different colors, patterns and unique designs that make the floor quite striking and draws the eye. It adds a touch of style to any space. Here are four reasons why you should go for concrete staining.


Concrete staining adds an additional durability to an already hard floor, making it more suitable to withstand pressure. These type of floors do not wear out. They are resistant to wear and tear, decay and crack.

Low maintenance

No frequent vacuuming or waxing is necessary for concrete stained floors. With the use of a mop, all spills are cleaned. Maintenance maybe is done every three months depending on the level of foot traffic. Concrete stained floors are maintained at the lowest maintenance costs for any coloring.

It is Economical and has different design options

The cost of concrete staining, when compared to other flooring options, is relatively low. It is a more economical option. Staining a floor is, even more, cheaper if the floor was already made of concrete slabs. Concrete staining has evolved from just plain concrete floors to luxurious looking floors. A variety of designs and textures can be stained on concrete floors, also it can be stamped by rubber stencils which give it texture. With the right mixture, the floors can be designed to mimic tiles or even natural brick.

Water resistant

It is not affected by water because the chemical used for staining is highly corrosive. Water can cause cracks, rotting, and mold growing on floors. However, with concrete staining, it is highly impossible for water to corrode it. Water may pass through the sealer, but it dries out which is not the case with other floor types.


Published by Admin on July 18, 2017 ★ Featured

Concrete staining vs Carpet Vs Tiles

All flooring materials have their benefits, why they are preferred over other types of flooring materials and also have their drawbacks. It is important to understand the good and the bad before choosing to strip off one type of floor to another. (more…)

Published by Admin on July 18, 2017 ★ Featured

What is Concrete staining?

Concrete staining is the art of Acid-Etch Staining; it involves making use of acid based chemical stains to change plain concrete floors to varieties of earth toned colors. These organic designs leave the floors with a clean look. (more…)

Published by Admin on December 10, 2017

Fragile X Research Foundation

We are very pleased to announce that The Fragile X Research Foundation of Canada has been successful in establishing a Fragile X Clinic at Surrey Place Centre in Toronto. Scheduled to open in June of 2006, it will serve as a centre to assess and treat patients of all ages who have Fragile X syndrome.

Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, Surrey Place Centre is a community-based organization, providing complex diagnostics, counseling, service coordination, behavioural therapy, and educational programs to people living with a developmental disability and their families. The Centre uses community-based interdisciplinary teams to provide a full range of services and interventions including assessment, counseling, audiology, behaviour therapy, speech and language pathology, and medical specialties. These services are offered free of charge to their clients because Surrey Place Centre receives core funding through the Ministry of Community, Family and Children’s Services. The Surrey Place Centre Foundation also raises funds from individuals, corporations, and foundations for additional support. It is affiliated with the University of Toronto, York University, the University of Guelph and many other teaching institutions. It is accredited with the Canadian Council on Health Services Accreditation.

Why start a Fragile X Clinic?

This will be the first dedicated Fragile X Clinic in Canada and it will serve a dual purpose.

The first will be the provision of a facility where affected patients and their families can access physicians with the expertise and knowledge to treat this neuropsychiatric disorder. Patients with Fragile X exhibit a unique constellation of problems, and it is important for this medical expertise to exist, or else the unique problems of Fragile X patients and their families may go unrecognized and inadequately treated. The clinic can also be used for teaching purposes as it grows.

Secondly, the newly established Fragile X Clinic at Surrey Place Centre will be in a position to be the first Canadian centre where the research breakthroughs of the last few years will be turned into routine clinical treatments for everyone with Fragile X. Recent advances in this field have allowed researchers to identify a key therapeutic target affecting synaptic plasticity in the brain.

Once the Fragile X Clinic is established, it will also conduct clinical trials with new drugs that enhance learning, memory and cognitive functioning and will therefore put Surrey Place Centre in a position to make a global impact in the field of neuroscience and autism.


Who will be assessed and treated at the Fragile X Clinic?

The clinic will assess and treat individuals with a mutation of the FMR1 gene.

What is the size of the community that the clinic will serve?

Currently there are approximately 200 known affected families across Canada that are listed in the database of the Fragile X Research Foundation of Canada (FXRFC). However, as a result of improved diagnostic techniques and increased physician awareness, we expect that this number will steadily increase. Patients will be referred to the clinic by the FXRFC. The Fragile X Research Foundation of Canada is a national non-profit organization which is dedicated to funding biomedical research for improved treatment and, ultimately, a cure for Fragile X.

When will the clinic be held?

The clinic will be held every two weeks on Mondays. Each new patient will have a one-hour initial medical assessment. Subsequent case discussions and follow-up appointments will be approximately 30 minutes long.

What will the Clinic do?

Each patient will have a general medical assessment at the clinic with special attention paid to the neglected areas of health in the Fragile X population.

Who will assess patients at the clinic?

All patients will be assessed Dr. Carlo Paribello M.S.M, M.D., Family Physician, President, Medical Director, Fragile X Research Foundation of Canada and Leeping Tao, RN-MN-ACNP, Nurse Practitioner, Surrey Place Centre.

Referral to Allied Health Professionals

Patients will then be referred to allied health professionals at Surrey Place Centre and Toronto General Hospital as required. Health professionals include a geneticist, an occupational therapist, an audiologist, a speech pathologist and a psychologist. The role of each health care professional will be to assess the condition of the patient and design activities and programs that would enhance their individual strengths and support their weaknesses. The recommendations that arise from these assessments will then be given to the patient’s family members, caregivers or workers for implementation by their local healthcare providers.

For further information about the clinic and for patient booking, please contact the office of Dr. Carlo Paribello at (905) 453-9366 or e-mail your request to