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June 22, 2017|Leave a comment

Sure, as carpenter ants burrow into wood to create their nests, your home is slowly getting destroyed from the inside out. But carpenter ants don’t generally nest in nice dry...

May 30, 2017|Leave a comment

While a ship’s captain may have a little time to batten down the hatch and get all hands on deck when he smells a storm, your deck may not...

April 25, 2017|Leave a comment

Spring is here! The flowers are bursting out from autumn-buried bulbs and the bees are buzzing into action. Have you got your spring cleaning checklist in order? Likely, you’ve...

April 24, 2017|Leave a comment

Canadian investors have been flipping houses at a phenomenal rate.  As real estate prices continue to rise, flipped houses have become more common on the market. Realtytrac, a real...

March 22, 2017|Leave a comment

Did you know that a hot water tank can explode? When you combine high water temperatures and neglected pressure relief valves, you could have yourself an explosive tank that can...

March 22, 2017|Leave a comment

As a homeowner what do you consider the most important home maintenance tool? We’ve heard a wide range of answers: “Screwdriver.” “Hammer.” “Draino.” “Wrench.” “Measuring tape.” “Duct tape.” “Paintbrush.” “Hedge trimmer.” It’s...

February 13, 2017|Leave a comment

version française by Ivan Mose Is your Hydro-Québec electricity bill putting a hole in your wallet? It might be time to fix the holes in your home… I recently had a...

February 9, 2017|Leave a comment

You may have the wrong smoke detector. Reduce false alarms by using a different type. There’s nothing more annoying than a smoke detector that goes off every time you...

January 29, 2017|Leave a comment

While we hope you’re doing a lot of LOL’ing (laughing out loud) in your home, we also hope your GFI’s (Ground Fault interrupters) are installed in the right places...

January 24, 2017|Leave a comment

Can’t figure out why your drain is backing up? Is there a massive pool forming in the middle of your front yard, for no apparent reason? Are you buying...

January 24, 2017|Leave a comment

Deep freeze at -26 Celcius. Next day, a balmy 2 degrees and everything melts. Then it rains. Then freezes again. Then snow. What’s a homeowner to do? Be prepared....

December 19, 2016|Leave a comment

As home inspectors, we’re always on the lookout for new technologies and devices that can improve both home security and home maintenance. 2017 is chalk full of incredible smart...

December 18, 2016|Leave a comment

We do a lot of home inspections. This year, we decided to take a crack at inspecting gingerbread houses for the holidays. …we got laughed out of the bakeries!...

November 9, 2016|Leave a comment

Each year, more than 3,000 Canadians die from lung cancer caused by radon—the second most dangerous cause of lung cancer after smoking. Radon comes from uranium, a natural element...

October 25, 2016|Leave a comment

Are you excited to get your January heating bill? Those of you who insulated, caulked and plugged the obvious holes might very well be excited to see the resulting savings. But...

September 21, 2016|Leave a comment

While on an inspection, many of our clients ask: “How old is the roof?” If the owner doesn’t have a receipt on file, it’s impossible to know, but it’s...

September 19, 2016|Leave a comment

It’s that time of year. The leaves will soon turn red and gold, and the cottage will need to be properly closed up for winter. It’s always good to...

July 28, 2016|Leave a comment

Nope. We’re not talking about a rough night at the bar. It’s one of our favorite expressions here at the office to describe a loose toilet. “I checked the...

June 30, 2016|Leave a comment

7 per cent of Montrealers move on July 1st, according to 2013 estimates – that’s about 116,000 people.  Moving Day causes stress, blocks up streets, and a lot of sweaty...

June 29, 2016|Leave a comment

School’s out for summer and vacation is just around the bend. Your trip is all planned, but what about your plans for keeping your home safe while you’re away?...

June 18, 2016|Leave a comment

As of January 2018, running an air-conditioner connected to the aqueduct that does not have a water recycling system will be prohibited and fined, according to Montreal By-law 13-023....

April 25, 2016|Leave a comment

Home insurance companies want to know the condition of your home before insuring the property. When purchasing home insurance, you will be asked a series of questions about the...

March 15, 2016|Leave a comment

Smell something mouldy, mildew-y or sour coming from your basement or crawl space? Make no mistake: you’ve likely sprung a leak in the basement. Spring is a likely time...

February 23, 2016|Leave a comment

Can’t stand the smell of smoke? Doggy doo-doo makes you gag? You like to express your style by painting your balcony railings red? Having 1970’s shutters on your windows...

January 21, 2016|Leave a comment

This article is part of The Mose Report: New Homebuyer Series. Are you thinking about buying a duplex, triplex or multiplex and making the transition from tenant to landlord?...

January 12, 2016|Leave a comment

Maintaining good indoor air quality for your employees is important not only to their health, but also affects productivity and even sick days. According to Environment Canada, Environment and Workplace...

December 15, 2015|Leave a comment

The North Pole is all a bustle this time of year. The reindeer are in boot camp for the big event, while the North Pole (NP) kitchen is quickly...

December 10, 2015|Leave a comment

Welcome home! Yes, the welcome mat is definitely at the top of every new homeowner’s wish list, and maybe a plunger and a keychain, but wait! Have you considered...

October 23, 2015|Leave a comment

PRE-LISTING INSPECTIONS Many real estate brokers are recommending pre-listing inspections to their clients, here are some of the reasons: Your home may sell faster. Your home may sell for more money....

October 2, 2015|Leave a comment

Every house has a signature smell, a certain “Eau de Family Home”. Some are stronger than others; is a strong smell an indication of poor indoor air quality? There’s...

October 1, 2015|Leave a comment

by Paul Yaedon I went to visit my mother last week. We sipped tea and talked about the latest news and events. My mom likes to express her opinions...

September 30, 2015|1 Comment

Serious structural problems in houses are not very common, but when they occur they are never cheap to fix. Some can’t be fixed at all. This report won’t turn...

September 30, 2015|Leave a comment

A few weeks ago a friend called me to say he had some pictures I should take a look at. He told me that a relative of his living...

June 22, 2015|Leave a comment

The three pigs proved that brick was the best building material – it certainly is. But brick has its natural enemies (and the big bad wolf is definitely not...

June 10, 2015|Leave a comment

Sound crazy? It’s not. It’s unbelievable how often we see homes with flammable dryer vents installed, filled with lint, all ready to catch a spark. It’s winter. Not a...

June 4, 2015|Leave a comment

A CBS 60 Minutes report last month found that laminate flooring sold by Lumber Liquidators, manufactured in China, is assembled using glue containing high levels of formaldehyde. The company...

May 30, 2015|Leave a comment

Montreal is a city with a great many balconies, porches and back decks; and Montrealers make good use of them during the summers. Playwright David Fennario even referred to...

March 7, 2015|Leave a comment

Tulips still underground? Can’t smell the crocuses yet? Good! Because you want to make sure your sump pump works before spring showers are in full flood! This is a...

February 10, 2015|1 Comment

All Montreal homes built before 1960 have the same energy: unpredictable. For us, the 1960’s brought about a new era of groovy energy; an energy we could get down...

February 9, 2015|Leave a comment

Without a working ventilation system on your roof, your home could thaw out snow and ice on the roof, turning it to water. The water pools, then freezes and...

January 20, 2015|Leave a comment

It’s mind baffling. When that smell starts to come into your home, and you’re looking for the unflushed toilet, or the doggie accident, or the poopy diaper you may...

September 30, 2014|Leave a comment

It’s a fact: indoor air quality can affect our health. Many respiratory problems and headaches can be traced to a sick house. In temperate climates, where windows and doors...

September 25, 2014|Leave a comment

In the end, mould will consume everything – even you and I Moulds are living organisms, and part of the natural environment. In the outdoors, moulds play a part...

June 10, 2014|Leave a comment

Today, central air conditioning is common in most modern homes. – But in urban centres, we often still see the drippy window units. Why do they drip? Why are...

February 19, 2014|Leave a comment

How many professionals does it take to build or renovate a new condo? Well, there’s the designer, the architect, technicians, framer, plumber, cabinet-maker or installer, masonry professional, welder, dry-wall...

February 18, 2014|Leave a comment

Spring has arrived in Montreal—for real this time, we hope! And that means it’s time to get the patio decked out. Last year’s metal chairs rusted? Wicker torn apart?...

June 18, 2012|Leave a comment

Last weekend, the roof of a 42-unit condo at the corner of Somerled and Walkley streets in NDG caught fire. Nobody was hurt, but dozens have been left stranded...

March 1, 2011|Leave a comment

Basements are for Potatoes; no, not couch potatoes. If that’s what you were thinking, then you’re not alone. Millions of Canadians use their basements as living space, thinking it’s the...

June 1, 2009|Leave a comment

Exposed Brick 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...

October 1, 2008|Leave a comment

If you’re worried about a problem hiding somewhere deep within the walls of your house, and you’re thinking about tearing things apart to get a look inside, you can...

June 10, 2008|Leave a comment

Are you ready to throw out your furnace? Are you worried about soaring energy costs? Frustrated by the feeble excuses from the government and the oil companies? If you...

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