Posting will be somewhat irregular during the summer as my attention is diverted to a renovation project at home. We haven’t even begun and we’re already over budget and behind schedule. The unhappy reality is that a choice made to resolve one issue typically results in new issues arising – issues previously unforseen.
This week I’m learning about venting and tempered air make-up systems. Apparently, many people selling high output cooking equipment know little about building code requirements for ventilation. That suggests a fair number of installed appliances don’t meet code.
I’ve noted that Canadian prices are substantially above those faced by Americans for the same items. This applies to appliances, furniture, electronics, flooring, paint and almost every component needed by homeowners. For example, a Miele wall oven can be had for about $1,000 less south of the border. A floor tile offered here at $6 a square foot can be purchased in Washington State for 40% less.
I priced a Waste King L8000 food waste disposer this week. At a West Van appliance shop, it was $475. Amazon Canada offered it at $316.93. I bought the same machine from an American source that will ship it without added cost to Point Roberts for pick-up. The price paid: $103.61. When picking up the device, I`ll top up the gas tank. Even though Point Roberts gas is 25% higher than in Bellingham, I`ll save money compared to Canadian prices.
We can thank the Harper government for softening competition laws, thus enabling distributors to keep prices high for Canadian consumers. Anyone still remember BC Liberal promises that HST would result in lower prices?