MOSE HOME INSPECTION SERVICES, MONTREAL

INTRODUCTION: THE HOME INSPECTION PROCESS


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As qualified Montreal Home Inspectors, we are trained to examine your potential new home and identify any problems it might have. Following the inspection, we give you a report describing each system of the house, any repairs needed, and the estimated costs of these repairs.

The home inspection is strictly visual; we only report on what we see. We do not use scientific equipment or engineering calculations. We do enter attics and crawl spaces and remove covers which are normally accessible for maintenance.

You may accompany us on the home inspection if you wish, but we ask that you do not follow us up the ladder or on to the roof.

INSPECTING THE EXTERIOR


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We’ll start with a walk around the exterior to ensure that your home is level. To confirm the home’s integrity, we look for cracks in the foundation and other signs of structural distress.

An inspection of the exterior components is next. Your home inspector will thoroughly check the condition of the siding, gutters, doors, windows, patios, driveways, walkways, and wall surfaces.

We always make a point to carefully inspect homemade decks and other do-it-yourself projects, which are more likely to contain deficiencies.

Next, we break out the ladder to check out the roof.

INSPECTING THE ROOF


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Whenever possible, we climb up on the roof to make sure that the chimney, downspouts, skylights, shingles, and roof flashings are in good shape. Your home inspector will examine the chimney carefully to make sure that it is structurally sound.

While inspecting the roof, we look for areas vulnerable to water incursion and check those areas carefully during the interior home inspection.

If safety reasons exclude us from walking directly on the roof, such as rain, snow, steep slope, or the roofing material itself, the home inspector does an examination by climbing a ladder and using binoculars.

INSPECTING THE INTERIOR


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On the inside of the home, we inspect the ceilings and walls to determine their quality and condition. Doors and windows are checked to make sure they function properly and are well sealed against weather conditions. An interior door can sometimes tell a story -for example, a door that shuts poorly may indicate that the structure has been moved.

The home inspector determines if the water pressure is satisfactory, and checks the condition of the plumbing fixtures and faucets.

In the basement or crawlspace, the home inspector looks for any defects in the foundation or structure. Water intrusion is always a concern, so we check thoroughly for any evidence of leaks. As basements are often finished by their owners without professional advice, we check them carefully. Many older buildings have a crawlspace which is checked very carefully as many problems can lurk in the cobwebs.

HEATING & COOLING SYSTEM INSPECTION


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First, we evaluate the general condition of the heating system and make sure that heat is being distributed properly throughout the home. If the furnace or boiler is old, the home inspector may recommend that it be replaced. The inspector determines if there are any safety risks, such as a loose flue connection or proximity to combustible materials.

THE ELECTRICAL SYSTEM


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Is the electrical system extensive enough for the home? To verify the capacity and condition of the electrical system, we will open and examine the system panel. The circuit-breaker (or fuse) box is examined to ensure that the service capacity is adequate and that the breakers and wires are suitably matched. If we find aluminum wiring, we advise the client and explain the known problems. After that, we test a representative number of outlets and switches to ensure that there are no wiring defects.

The interior and exterior lights and ceiling fans will also be tested. The home inspector always checks for safety hazards such as exposed wiring, and self-installed extension cord wiring.

We pay special attention to the basement. Basements are often finished without the benefit of a professional electrician, making them more likely to contain problems.

INSPECTING THE ATTIC


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We inspect all areas of the attic for problems such as structural defects, water infiltration, and insect infestation. We also check to make sure that the attic is well insulated and well ventilated – a key consideration in your heating costs. Although lack of insulation cannot necessarily be considered a defect, if that is the way the house was built, we will recommend an upgrade. Many other factors are checked including excessive moisture, improper installation of exhaust fan and plumbing vents, installation of ceiling pot lights, and chimney problems.

THE HOME INSPECTION REPORT


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Following the home inspection, you will receive a verbal but detailed summary describing each system of the home, any repairs needed.

Step by step, your home inspector will take you through the house to make sure you are clear about the home’s strengths and weaknesses. At the end of the briefing, we guarantee that you will have a complete understanding of the condition of your prospective home.

We recommend that you attend the post-home inspection briefing. This will help you understand the inspection report, which you will receive within 48 hours of the inspection.

To accommodate Montreal’s multi-lingual community, we offer briefings in either French, English, Russian, Italian, Portuguese, Polish, and Spanish, giving you the chance to ask questions in the language of your choice.

ONGOING TELEPHONE SUPPORT FOR AS LONG AS YOU OWN THE HOME


Our service doesn’t stop with the end of the home inspection. We offer free telephone support both before and after you move to your new home.

We are committed to helping all of our Montreal clients make informed decisions on the maintenance of their new home. To help with this, we provide several free home reference resources to our clients.

Business Areas:

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Baie D’Urfe, Beaconsfield, Chateauguay, Cote St-Luc, Dollard des Ormeaux, Dorion, Dorval, Eastern Ontario, Hampstead, Hudson, Ile Bizard, Kirkland, Lasalle, Laval, Montreal West, Montréal, Notre Dame de Grâce, Notre Dame de l’Ile Perrot, Outremont, Pierrefonds, Pointe Claire, Quebec, Roxboro, Senneville, Ste. Anne de Bellevue, St-Lazare, Vallyfield, Vaudreuil, Verdun, Ville St Laurent, Westmount.

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