8 Tips for Staging Your House Prior to Sale

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The real estate market in the greater Montreal, Laval and South Shore region is heating up. A strong job market and a thriving economy is increasing demand. Inventory is relatively low, 16% less properties for sale than this time last year, which also increases competition and drives up prices. In this article we will give you 8 Tips for Staging Your House Prior to Sale which will give your home an edge to sell better. At Mose Home Inspection Services we understand that traditional home staging is a well-established industry that focuses on making decorative changes to your home such as; Removing clutter Intense clean up Aesthetic changes like; new bathroom fixtures and curtains and throw rugs   As experienced home inspection professionals we at Mose Home Inspection Services see home staging from a different perspective. From our point of view, fixing a few things, prior to placing your house on the market, is a good idea because it will make your house look well maintained, and that’s exactly what buyers want to see.

Top 5 Reasons for Getting an Inspection Before Renovating Your Home

At Mose Home Inspection Services, regardless of whether you are in Montreal, Laval or the South Shore, we are always trying to make home buying and ownership easier, that’s why we have compiled our list of Top 5 Reasons for Getting an Inspection Before Renovating Your Home. In this Article we will cover the; Top 5 Reasons for Getting an Inspection Before Renovating Your Home.

Top 10 Home Home Inspection Myths

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After visiting several homes on the West-Island, in Anjou, the South Shore and even Mont St-Bruno, you and your better half have finally decided on the perfect place to settle down in Montreal. You survived the search and the financing is all approved, now all you have to do is sign, right? What about the home inspection? How important is it really? Should I waive it? In this Article we will debunk the top ten myths about home inspections.

Top 10 Home Defects – How to Spot and Deal with Them! Part 2

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For nearly 15 years Mose Home Inspection Services (MHIS) has been working to make home owners and prospective buyers more knowledgeable. The goal is to help them be better prepared to make an informed decision when buying, selling or renovating a home. Michael Winkel, one of our home inspectors, has done some research and prepared this list of the top 10 home defects. Over the next two weeks, we’ll examine the Top 10 Defects in Homes – How to Spot and Deal with Them!

The #1 Reason Montréal Roofs Leak in Winter

By Michael Winkel, Certified Building Inspector Have you ever been sitting back on your sofa, seeing no evil, thinking no evil, when suddenly, you hear a dripping sound? Alarmed, you investigate and discover water dripping from a single point in the ceiling. The drywall and carpeting are soaking wet. How can this be? Is there a hole in the roof? Not likely — the problem is much more likely due to ice damming. Typically, but not exclusively, ice damming occurs when temperatures are just below the freezing point. This is how it happens: Formation of the Ice Dam A warm attic melts snow and ice on the roof. The resulting water runs to the edges of the roof to the eaves trough. The water re-freezes, because this area of the roof is colder. An “ice dam” forms. WHAT CAUSES ICE DAMMING? Since there is now a wall of ice along the edge of the roof, when snow and ice in the middle section of the roof melts further, it cannot run off. Instead, it seeps underneath the shingles and finds its way into walls and ceilings. The damage can be extensive and extend over several stories of a home

The Bidet: Everything you ever wanted to know (and more!)

Common in much of Europe and Asia, bidets are toilet-like plumbing fixtures designed to promote posterior hygiene. Although bidet prevalence in certain regions represents a humorous cultural distinction from American-style paper wiping, bidets do sport considerable convenience and comfort advantages. Bidets are becoming increasingly common in North America and it is important that first-timers and home inspectors understand how they operate. Contrary to popular belief in regions where they are uncommon, bidets are not toilet alternatives. They are used to wash the anus, inner buttocks, and genitalia, usually after the user has defecated into an adjacent toilet. Some bidets have been incorporated into toilets, especially in bathrooms that are not large enough for both fixtures. Bidets, like toilets, are typically made from porcelain and contain a deep recess within a wide rim. They emit an arc of clean water from a nozzle that can either be beneath the rear of the rim or deep within the fixture cavity. Users can sit on the rim (or seat, if it has one) or straddle the fixture and face in either direction. He or she can decide which direction to face based on the water jet configuration and the part of their body

Most Important Thing to Do About Asbestos? Don’t Panic!

From studies of people who were exposed to asbestos in factories and shipyards, we know that breathing high levels of asbestos fibers can lead to an increased risk of lung cancer in the forms of mesothelioma, which is a cancer of the lining of the chest and the abdominal cavity, and asbestosis, in which the lungs become scarred with fibrous tissue. The risk of lung cancer and mesothelioma increase with the number of fibers inhaled. The risk of lung cancer from inhaling asbestos fibers is also greater if you smoke. People who get asbestosis have usually been exposed to high levels of asbestos for a long time. The symptoms of these diseases do not usually appear until about 20 to 30 years after the first exposure to asbestos. Most people exposed to small amounts of asbestos, as we all are in our daily lives, do not develop these health problems. However, if disturbed, asbestos material may release asbestos fibers, which can be inhaled into the lungs. The fibers can remain there for a long time, increasing the risk of disease. Asbestos material that would crumble easily if handled, or that has been sawed, scraped, or sanded into a powder, is

10 Ways You Can Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

Drastic reductions in heating, cooling and electricity costs can be accomplished through very simple changes, most of which homeowners can do themselves. Why make your home more energy efficient? Here are a few good reasons: Federal, state, utility and local jurisdictions’ financial incentives, such as tax breaks, are very advantageous for homeowners in most parts of the U.S. It saves money. It costs less to power a home that has been converted to be more energy-efficient. It increases the comfort level indoors. It reduces our impact on climate change. Many scientists now believe that excessive energy consumption contributes significantly to global warming. It reduces pollution. Conventional power production introduces pollutants that find their way into the air, soil and water supplies. Here are ten areas that you can improve on to make your home energy efficient: 1. Find better ways to heat and cool your house.  As much as half of the energy used in homes goes toward heating and cooling. The following are a few ways that energy bills can be reduced through adjustments to the heating and cooling systems: Install a ceiling fan. Ceiling fans can be used in place of air conditioners, which require a large

Winter Preparation: Let’s Go Nuts!

All the squirrels and chipmunks are running around, busy collecting nuts, making sure their homes are well stocked… and you? What exactly are you doing to get ready for winter? Before settling into hibernation mode, it’s a good idea to do a thorough walk around your home and see what may benefit from a little TLC before winter hits.  You may have already made it an annual ritual to turn off your outdoor plumbing and check your gutters, but there are other parts of your house that could use a little preparation for the inevitable cold. Love  cleaning, caulking, weather-stripping, and insulating?  It’s important to take pride in these things. Don’t look at them with dread. This is your home, and it needs you to care for it. Every day, your home provides shelter from the elements and a place for you and your family to be together. It’s also a great way to bond with your family – take a weekend together to get some of these tasks done. Voila! A Montreal and area winter preparation checklist to help make the job a little easier. Don’t be nuts: prepare for winter! Heating Systems (General) Check the

Do You Like Exposed Brick? It can be Deadly

by Ivan Mose A couple of weeks after last Christmas I received a phone call from a young man who told me he had a terrible smell in his apartment and could I come over as soon as possible and take a look. I am a building inspector so smells usually mean drains, mouldy basements and the odd rat or two. A little questioning and I started to build a case. Last summer Dany, his wife Lauren and baby moved into a newly renovated condominium apartment in the plateau Montreal area, their dream home. Everything about the place was perfect; or so it had seemed, until the start of the heating season when this odd acrid smell took over the apartment, getting worse by the day. It eventually got so bad that they had to flee and move in with some friends. This sounded like an interesting problem so I invited one of my inspectors to join me. Here are the facts: The building was originally a triplex built around 1910 and converted into three condominium apartments. Theirs was the middle unit. The lower unit was heated with a gas fired boiler in the crawl space, using the original chimney