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Most people are very fearful when it comes to the topic of home improvement and home repairs. Whether the physical requirements of the job seem great or the task too complicated, many people are beaten before they begin their home repair or home improvement projects. If you are thinking about selling your home here are some simple projects to consider. If you are still uncertain about doing them call Total Home Services to give you a FREE quote on your home improvement project.

Home Repair to Consider Before Selling !

1. You should make sure to have your home power washed by professionals before you put it on the market. A potential buyer will see the outside of your home long before they see the inside of it. If you have a squeaky-clean exterior, it may make them more interested in seeing what is on the interior and it may help them overlook some of the needed small home repair jobs.

2. A great home improvement tip to use for selling your home or even improving how it looks is to add exterior lighting. Whether you’re lighting up your driveway or simply your front and/or back porch, some exterior lighting on and around your home makes a huge difference and enables your home to stand out

3. If you are trying to sell your home, make sure your house has curb appeal. Planting flowers and grooming the landscaping will help. If you can’t paint the entire house, paint the trim and the front door. Usually, these areas wear sooner than the siding, and this quick home improvement project can really give your home a welcome facelift

4. Deodorize your home before showing it to buyers. This is especially true if you are selling a house you have lived in. If you have been in the house for extended periods of time, you might not notice the way it smells. Neglecting to deodorize could turn off potential buyers.

5. A way to do some home improvements that will really add a touch of class to any room, consider doing crown moldings. Crown moldings come in a variety of different shapes and can conform to any ceiling. They will add a touch of elegance and value to any room in the home.

6. Improving the lighting in your home will increase its appeal. Take down any dark curtains you might have up, replace light bulbs with higher wattage bulbs and clean all of the windows until they shine. A bright, well-lit home, is at the top of the buyers wish list, right behind a good location, so be sure to do all that you can to illuminate your home.

These pointers are very effective measures to review before your house goes on the market. Ken Bradshaw of Total Home Services has over 20 years experience in both cosmetic home repairs and large home projects such as water damage repair, fire damage repair, and mold remediation.


Home Repair Service Areas

Total Home Services will will service home repair and home improvement projects in: Vancouver, North Vancouver, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Burnaby, Maple Ridge, Surrey and Langley. Total Home Services is a member in good standing with the Better Business Bureau. Call Ken at 604-523-2238.

If you are Dealing with an emergency water damage or smoke damage problem call Ken at 604-808-7039.

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Water Damage

Ken Bradshaw of Total Home Services has been in the water and Fire Restoration business for over 20 years. Water damage can be a quick total surprise such as a broken pipe or it can be a slow drip over time that goes unnoticed and eventually causes wood and materials to rot or mold. Either way it may take a professional team to correct your water damage problem.

A few preventative measures could prevent thousands of Dollors worth of water damage repair. So heed the following.

Always make sure to shut the water off for any kitchen or bathroom improvements. You should always know where the water shutoff valve is, and turn it off when working near water pipes or a water supply to ensure that you do not create a flood of water. Making sure to do this can prevent unnecessary water damage. It is surprising the number of times we have seen a project go bad because the location of the shut off valve was not known or planned for by the owner.
Keep your water flowing during cold weather by adding heat wraps to water pipes located in crawlspaces or under mobile homes. Acting like electric blankets for your pipes, these special wraps use electricity to create just enough heat to prevent ice from forming in the pipes. Frozen pipes can burst or split, causing costly leaks and water damage. This can happen so quickly and it can be easy to prevent.
To save money on home maintenance, check all of your faucets and pipes for leaks and have them repaired quickly. Leaking faucets can waste quite a bit of water, costing you in higher bills. Also, pipes that are leaking within your walls or under your house can lead to serious water damage. Minor Bathroom renovations can turn to major Bathroom renovations if water has dripped or leaked behind the walls. This kind of gets us back to the mold and rot situation mentioned above.
Chimneys, gutters, and downspouts can often get overlooked during our  inspections to wintierize our homes. It is important to inspect these aspects of your home to make sure they are functioning properly and make any repairs necessary.

Your chimney can catch fire if not cleaned on a regular basis and gutters and downspouts can become clogged with debris, which can lead to water damage if not addressed. Fire and water damage are not a lot of fun and they can be costly and dangerous.

Nobody likes to even think of these things but if you find your self in this kind of a situation Call Ken Bradshaw of Total Home Services. Ken has over 20 years of experience in home fire and water restoration and he put this experience to work if you require renovations or repair around the home.

Ken is a member of the Better Business Bureau, Institiute of of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration, Carpet Cleaners Institute of the Northwest, World Floor Covering Association and the Dri-EAs University.

Take advantage of Ken’s experience and call him today 604-808-7039.

Ken Services, Vancouver, North Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Mape Ridge and Surrey.

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Home Improvement

Home improvement has been around for as long as there have been structures in which people have lived in. We all want our homes to be comfortable and look beautiful, and sometimes the only way to accomplish that is to do some updating. Updating a home does not always a huge investment and sometimes we overlook smaller prjocts that can pay big dividends and add street appeal to your home.

Home Improvement with Fences

A nice addition to any home is a nicely crafted fence. If your home is lacking a fence, you might decide it is time to build one. Fences look great in just about any home and can help raise the property value of your home. They are known to be a nice home improvement and usually do not cost an arm and a leg.  You can also feel a little more secure, as having a fence can help keep random strangers off your property.

Home Improvement with Decks

Painting and decks are the two outdoor home improvements which have a significant return on investment, so consider both when thinking of working on the outside of your house. A deck will provide you with an amazing place to entertain guests, or to relax on a steamy summer weekend with a cold drink.

If you are planning a home improvement that involves the exterior of your home by adding a deck, make sure to check on local laws and ordinances before putting out any money. Local codes can vary from city to city, and may affect the size and height of your deck, or how close you can put it to the property line.

With careful reasearch and planning, most people can do some home improvement with good results. It’s not always as easy as it looks though, and one should proceed with caution. It’s easy to get into a project and find it is much more costly and complicated than it looked in the beginning.

If you are consider Home Improvements call Ken Bradshaw of Total Home Services at 604-808-7039.

Ken has over 22 years experience in home renovations, home repair, fire restorations and water damage restorations. Ken has the experience to help you with you Home Improvements regardless of the size or scope. Ken gives FREE quotes, will show up on time and complete the job within the quoted costs.

Ken is a member of the Better Business Bureau, Institiute of of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration, Carpet Cleaners Institute of the Northwest, World Floor Covering Association and the Dri-EAs University.

Take advantage of Ken’s experience and call him today 604-808-7039.

Ken Services, Vancouver, North Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Mape Ridge and Surrey.


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Home Improvements

Food for thought on home Improvements!

There is no place like home! Because you are in your home most of the time, the way your home looks can play an important role in how you feel. This is really true for people who work at home. Home improvements that increase your satisfaction and enjoyment of your home are an investment in your home value and your sense of well being. If you work from home can you imagine how a new Kitchen Renovation would feel?

Lots of times you can make your home more comfortable simply by fixing some of the more obvious flaws or by adding simple touches that create a homey feeling. By leaving these opportunities untouched, you are limiting the amount of enjoyment that comes from owning your home. Comfort is really important. It could be something as simple as replacing uncomfortable furniture, or having shelving moved to within reach. For the small jobs it is always a good idea to have a handyman a part of your team.

You should think about adding the extra room needed for storage. Keeping your home clean and organized can make a huge difference in the functionality of your home. Extra rooms are usually a home improvement that will give you a decent return on your investment.

Consider adding more entertainment features to your home. Sometimes people consider swimming pools, but that isn’t always practical; you may however consider workout spaces, hot tubs, outdoor kitchens and deck areas as desired alternatives. Of course, the increase in the property value is also a great incentive for adding these features and home improvements to your home. Great video testimonial an be found here.

If you frequently feel tired when you are inside your home, look carefully at your sources of lighting. Improper lighting can result in eye strain, which will make you feel grumpy and tired. Adding additional lighting or replacing existing fixtures is a quick and easy way to solve the problem and improve your home and mood.

Consider a change to the appearance of the exterior of your home. Your home’s exterior will benefit from a fresh coat of paint, new windows and doors or even a new roof. Curbside appeal is something that you will appreciate everyday. Sometimes painting alone is such a value added home improvement and it helps to preserve the wood and outside finish of the home.

A carefully selected home improvement project is an investment in your property; however, these projects are equally beneficial to your sense of well-being. Having a home you love makes time spent there so much more enjoyable.

Total Home Services has been helping home owners make their homes more comfortable for years. They are fully insured and members in good standing with the Better Business Bureau. For FREE quotes on home repairs, Kitchen Renovations, Bathroom Renovations call Ken Bradshaw of Total Home Services. Ken is very informative, easy to talk to and will bring your repairs or projects in on budget.

A list of Services can be found at the Total Home Service web site.

Total Home Services can be called to quickly service, Vancouver, North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Maple Ridge, Port Moody and surrounding areas.

Call Ken Bradshaw today at 604-808-7039

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Water Damage Repair

Listen to Ken Hawthorne of Total Home Services as he does a quick recap on mold remediation and water damage repair that was recently done in a bathroom and surrounding area.

It was interesting to note that the homeowner had a different contractor attempt this job without success. Mold remediation and water damage repair can be tricky and it is best left to someone who is trained and has the experience to do the job.

There can be many terms relating to getting rid of mold and they may include mold removal, mold remediation, mold mitigation, mold abatement and water damage repair. Whatever you choose to call the process step one in getting rid of mold is to fix the moisture problem that’s setting the stage for its growth and testing the home for mold.

People are becoming more aware that toxic mold health issues may contain allergies, skin disorders, respiratory problems, vascular damage and wellness concerns

The mold remediation and water damage contractor you’re considering should experienced and insured. If you suspect a mold problem in your home contact Ken Bradshaw of Total Home Services. They are experienced, easy to talk to and will give you a FREE quote on the remediation if it is necessary.

You can find more information on Ken and his Company by visiting or call Ken direct at 604-808-7039.

Ken and his company are fully insured, long time members in good standing with the Better Busines Bureau and they provide full ToTal Home Services, including home renovations, water damage repair, mold remediation, smoke remediation, handyman work, home repairs of all types.

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Water Damage Repair

If you ever step into your basement and find yourself up to your ankles in water you will understand the need for a quick response to your water damage repair problem.Water damage is quite frequently caused from a broken pipe and quite often it is the result of a broken pipe from extreme cold weather. It is also feasible that foundation cracks or perhaps a broken weeping tile system is allowing water to penetrate into the home and resulting in some form of water damage repair.The first thing you want to do is cut off the source of the water supply. If your problem simply stems from somebody leaving a tap or valve open by mistake you simply shut off that tap. Many times however the source is not that quickly identified so it is best to shut off the main source of water supply to prevent further damage and allow time to assess the size and source of the water problem.

Once you have shut off the water supply you will probably want to call a fire and water restoration company such as Total Home Services. In cases of extreme water damage and penetration it is always a good policy to call in professional people they will be in the best position to provide advice on your water damage repair.

A restoration company is well equipped to deal with water extraction and the correct drying procedures, they will have heavy equipment such as dehumidifiers and blowers to assure drying takes place in a timely and controlled fashion.

The problems of a poor clean up job could go on for years and you certainly do not want to live in a contaminated dwelling as a result of this. A professional fire and water damage restoration company will make sure the water damage repair job is properly done. The decontamination may require EP approved chemicals and Total Home Services is trained to use different cleaning and decontaminating agents on certain materials.

Total Home Services will also be able to find the source of the water problem and will guide you through the correct water damage repair procedure.

Total Home Services will also provide excellent communication with your Insurance company to allow your claim the best opportunity to be dealt with in a quick, reliable fashion.

We hope you never find your self in an emergency situation when it comes to water damage and repair if you do our response time at Total Home Services is fast and we have been professionally attending to these types of water and fire damage issues for over 20 years.Total Home Services are experts in fast response to water and fire restoration

Total Home Services is a member in good standing with the Better Business Bureau, a Certified member of The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration, a member of the Carpet Cleaners Institute of North America, a member of the World Floor Covering Association and hold a WRT Certification.

If you are in need of a professional water and fire restoration company call Ken Bradshaw today at 604-808-7039 or visit their website at

Set your mind at ease and view Total Home Services Better Business Bureau report.

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Total Home Services has a quick response fire and water damage repair response in the following areas: Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Maple Ridge, New Westminster, Burnaby. Other areas of the Lower Mainland such as Vancouver, North Vancouver and Surrey are also serviced please ask for your response time when you call in.

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Black Mold

If you have had water damage one of your objectives is to prevent the growth of black mold.

If you’ve ever been in a situation where black mold starts to form on any of the walls within your home,  you’ll know how upsetting this can be and how it can have a detrimental effect on your health and even the future sale of the property.

What causes black mold to form?

This could happen due to a lack of ventilation and a build up of mositure or there may have been a water spill that was never correctly rectified.

Mold forms when there are high levels of moisture and especially if the property is warm on the inside and temperatures are cold on the outside. The walls start to sweat and gather moisture and this leads to dampness.

When the areas eventually dry out, there’s usually a dark green and black color present and this is the start of mold caused by the growth of fungus, which should be treated instantly, as it can have effects on your general health.

What are the health risks of black mold?

The most commen reported health problems with the unwanted black mold are chesty coughs, headaches, migranes, rashes, sinus problems, constant sneezing bouts and respiratory and breathing problems, so if you suffer from asthma then, it’s absolutely vital to get the black mold removed at the earliest opportunity.

In more severe cases of there can be toxic emitted from the black mold called Strachybotrys Atra, which attacks the lungs and can have serious effects on very young or elderly people.

Once you’ve located the exact area of the mold, all areas of exposure to the fungus should be protected – eyes nose and hands. Using bleach is one way to attack the fungus and kill the mold and there are specific paints which have agents for mold removal. If you are considering doing it yourself be sure to review your process very carefully make sure your skin in protected, the areas are well ventilated and you have very carefully researched your process.

A safer more reliable method course of action would be to hire a professional who is trained in mold remediation.
I hope you found this article useful. If you require any further details regarding the safe removal of black mold you can visit the website at or Call Ken at Total Home Services 604-808-7039.

Watch “On The Job Video” in respect to Bathroom mold.

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Water Damage Restoration

If you’re looking for the latest details on water damage restoration you may find this  article to be just what you have been looking for.

If you’ve ever experienced water damage to your property then, you’ll know  about the feelings of despair and the panic that normally sets in and you probably don’t really know which way to turn.

What to do in the event of water damage?

The first thing to do is assess the damage of to your property and the extent of the overall damage. Hiring a professional company to carry out the removal  of the water damaged goods and restore the property to it’s original condition is essential. When using such a company it’s important that they are proven in their field and have some form of certification like the IICRC who are a recognized body for water damage restoration.       

There are general guidelines for procedures to carry out a rigorous examination of the affected property and document all the affected items including structural damage and any cross water contamination. Once these details have been sorted the appropriate details can then be submitted to your insurance company and loss adjuster.

What is the procedure of water damage restoration?

The first thing is to remove all of the affected items from the property and get rid of any excess water using the appropriate water sensing equipment for the safe and quick removal of the water. There is a good chance you may also require sanitization.

The affected areas must be made good by way of air drying equipment like scrubbers and dehumidifiers. This equipment is usually left for a few days in order for the drying process to work efficiently.

Now the replacement of any drywall, timbers, floorboards and cabinets can take place and this is were things start to take shape and you begin to get your house back.

 The final piece in the jigsaw and the happiest part is the new materials like wallpaper, paint, decor, carpets and furniture and once this is all in place it will be such a relief that, you’ve finally got your property back after this horrible inconvenience.

I hope you found this article helpful. If you require any further information regarding water damage restoration and mold remediation you can visit the website at

If you have questions on “Water Damage Restorations” Call Ken at 604-808-7039

Water damage Service areas include: Vancouver, North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, New Westminster, Surrey, Langley and Maple Ridge.

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Standard Drywall

Standard drywall is use for residential walls and ceilings.  It is available in a variety of sizes such as  ¼ ,3/8,1/2 and 5/8 inch thicknesses and  from 8 to 16  feet long. If wall studs are 16 inches on center they would be covered with a ½ inch drywall. Walls with studs 24 inches on center should be covered with 5/8 inch sheets.

Existing wall surfaces (including plaster) will be covered with a layer of ¼ or 3/8 inch drywall. Normally ceilings are covered with 5/8 inch sheets, but ½ inch sheets may be used if the joists are 16 inches on center.

Installing Drywall

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Water-Resistant Drywall

W/R or Water-Resistant Drywall is the type of drywall used in bathrooms, laundry rooms, and areas where there may be high humidity. Water – Resistant Drywall comes with a green paper facing. This is done to  distinguish it from standard drywall.

Fire-Rated Drywall

Fire-Rated Drywall is used where codes require a specified fire rating.  Type X (5/8) inch thick) may often be used on residential ceilings. Fire–Rated Drywall may also be required in furnace rooms and garages.

If you have dry-walling projects call Ken Today at 604-523-2238.


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Bathroom Renovations

No doubt about it.  People are spending more time in the bathroom today.  bathroom renovationsIt’s not a supporting player anymore.  The old ‘necessary room’ has become a popular star in it’s own right.

There’s just something magical about it.  More and more the bathroom is become a place where family members retreat to not just for the necessity of bathing and grooming but also more extensive grooming, storage and just to luxuriate in style and privacy. You can see why Bathroom Renovations are all the rage.

There was a time when ultra comfortable bathrooms were the domain only of the rich, but today well planned bathroom renovations are found in homes of all sizes and price points.  Current estimates suggest that people upgrade or renovate their bathrooms approximately every 18 years.

In fact, recent industry data tells us that bathroom renovations still rank in the top five of home remodeling projects (just ahead of kitchen renovations).

Remodeling a bathroom will take some planning.  Because sometimes bathrooms are a little smaller, you have to be careful that ample thought goes into any changes you make.

Bathroom Renovations Who does the work?

Some bathroom renovations can be done by the homeowner if they have the skills and tools.  Other, more extensive and complex bathroom renovation jobs require professional tradesmen.  If significant design work is involved it’s also possible to employ your designer or architect to supervise the job but expect to pay a fee for this service.

Probably your best bet nowadays, because home remodeling has become a pretty mature industry is to find one of the professional, well establish remodeling contractors who provide full service from design to completion.  In the long run, when you add in the value of your time and peace-of-mind in knowing it’ll be done right……you’re probably better of doing it this way.

OK…but what are some of the more exciting trends in bathroom design today?

Here’s a few quick, easy inexpensive things you can probably do yourself:

New lighting fixtures are very inexpensive and look like they’re worth a lot more than they usually cost.  Mirrors are also easy to install. Relatively inexpensive and add a whole new dimension to your bathroom.

And similarly, modular flooring squares are readily available in a wide variety of styles and make a dramatic change in the overall appearance of the bathroom.

New handles, hardware, sinks, tubs and the exciting new ‘rain shower head’ are not difficult to put in if you’re handy with basic tools.

Other jobs however, although very functional and attractive, are a little harder for a do-it-yourselfer.  You’ll probably need to hire somebody to enjoy these kinds of bathroom renovations.

People are adding additional storage space (i.e. shelves, niches, cabinets, etc.), enlarging windows, adding spas and steam rooms, skylights, floor drains (long a very popular and common item in foreign countries), and newer, better ventilation.

Another interesting trend is that people are giving the commode a space of it’s own by either walling it off  or even putting it in it’s own small room.  This of course opens the bathroom up to even more ‘dual usage’.

Possibly the most jazzy thing going on in bathroom remodeling is that it’s getting hi-tech.  Toilets are going very ‘Star-Trek’ lately..with all kinds of electronic functions.  Also, bathrooms are getting wired for high quality sound…people like to boogie-in-the-bathroom and sing in the shower.

Bathroom renovation may cost a little but more and more people think it’s worth it.  Depending on the scope of the job, don’t expect the average job to be something you’ll do on a weekend.  The average bathroom renovation job will take a little time.  The good news is that it’ll create a whole new, positive aura around what’s already a very emotional experience.

If you are thinking of a bathroom Renovation and you need expert advice Call Ken at Total Home Services 604-808-7039. Ken makes the whole daunting process look easy!

Ken Services: Vancouver, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, New Westminster, Port Moody, Surrey, and surrounding areas.

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