Your House Stinks – A New Book by Ivan Mose

As most people are at home practicing social distancing, this could be a great time to delve into a new book. We are proud to announce that Ivan Mose, the founder of Mose Home Inspection has written a book that was just recently published. Your House Stinks is a guide to surviving homeownership. In this blog, we sit down for a chat with Ivan, to learn more about his adventures in the world of publishing and his new book.

Q: What made you decide to write a book?

Ivan: When I was doing home inspections, I had to speak to a lot of customers about a lot of different issues and explain many things about their homes. One day, I realized how much information I had to share. I knew so much more than I realized. So, I thought to myself, maybe I should write a book about homes and everything I had learned over the years. I thought about it for quite a while and then decided to take the plunge.

Q: What is the book about?

Ivan: Well, as the title suggests, it about surviving homeownership. Over the years in dealing with couples who are buying a home, I’ve come to believe that in every relationship, there is a third element and that is the house. They all have to align with each other. The couple has to agree on where they want to live.

Sometimes, one partner is house-proud and really into decorating, renovating and maintaining up a home, and the other simply isn’t interested. When the couple is not aligned, it often leads to problems in the relationship.

Q: Who should read this book?

Ivan: This book is for anyone who owns a house or is thinking about buying a house. I have a lot of experience inspecting homes and so in this book, I share a lot of general advice about upkeep and maintaining a home, general problems that can arise and how to deal with them. The book also includes many amusing stories about things that have happened during my inspections.

Q: How long did it take to write the book?

Ivan: Believe it or not, I started in 2014 when I wrote my first paragraph so in all 6 years. I started with that first paragraph and just kept adding paragraphs over the years. Then in 2019, my business coach pushed me to get serious and start to put it all together. I finished the manuscript in late 2019 and published in early 2020.

Any advice for other entrepreneurs who are thinking of writing a book?

Ivan: I never thought it would be possible that I could write a book. I had always struggled with writing, so I surprised myself. My advice is if you are thinking of writing a book, then just do it. If you don’t have the time, just keep writing notes and eventually, you will get there. If I can do it, anyone can do it. You can always get help with the actual writing. I didn’t write the book to make money, I wrote it because I had a lot of information to share, and once you’ve written a book, you are an expert.

Q: What was the biggest surprise about writing a book?

Ivan: Well, there were a few surprises. The biggest surprise was that I actually finished it. As I said, I had never thought of myself as a writer, but with a little help, I managed to do it. The next surprise was how much material I had. Initially, I was a bit worried that I didn’t have much to write about but as the writing process progressed, I just kept adding to it and I ended up with a lot of material. Finally, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. It was an inspiring experience and I recommend it to others who may be thinking about writing a book.

You can get Ivan Mose’s book, Your House Stinks – How to Survive Home Ownership on our website and will be available soon on Amazon.ca.  Ivan is a certified Home Inspector who prides himself on providing professionalism and courteous customer service.  In addition to home inspection, Mose Home Inspection offers commercial inspections, indoor air quality testing, thermographic surveys and more.  He and his team always make sure homeowners know everything they need to know about their home and they are always available to answer questions.

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01:19 31 Aug 21
I was impressed with the service provided by Rui Su. He was organized, explained in detail area that I am not familiar... with. He provided a good report. I will recommend him if you need home inspection.read more
Mary Jane Caro
Mary Jane Caro
14:25 27 Aug 21
I am always pleased to recommend Carol Mose from Mose Home Inspection Services to my clients who have had offers... accepted on residential real estate properties. She is knowledgeable, thorough, provides clear explanations, and delivers comprehensive reports.read more
Massimo Pannunzio
Massimo Pannunzio
22:05 25 Aug 21
Michael has got to be on of the best home inspectors in all of Quebec. It was amazing working with him and he had my... best interest at heart when making a life changing decision. He made sure I had all the answers and made it easy to work with him. I will be using Mose inspection for any moment that I need an inspection done that's for sure!read more
Amanda Lee
Amanda Lee
19:14 16 Jun 21
Amazing experience with Carol Mose who helped me with a pre-purchase inspection! She was very approachable and... observant, and informed me of all her first impressions on-site. This gave me greater understanding of any conditions as I was able to ask any quick questions on the spot. Her reports are the most thorough that I've seen and include diagrams to help explain what any physical signs mean and potential consequences. Could not have asked for a better inspector!read more
Maeghan Banks
Maeghan Banks
15:38 14 Jun 21
Carol was wonderful to work with for our pre-purchase inspection. She was professional, thorough and communicative,... taking the time to explain her findings as we went through the house. After the inspection, we felt we had clear knowledge of the condition of the house (both pros and cons), allowing us to move forward with the purchase with confidence. Highly recommend!read more
Ryan Chalupovitsch
Ryan Chalupovitsch
13:43 01 Jun 21
Carol Mose is the best home inspector in the business. Approachable and extremely knowledgeable. She did an... inspection for me and really took the time to explain her findings and help me understand the home I was looking to purchase. Cannot recommend her enough. Don’t hesitate.read more
Elisabeth Faure
Elisabeth Faure
21:16 29 Apr 21
This is the second time I have used MOSE, and they are always really amazing. Very nice, very professional. they came... to have a look at my roof and let me know if we were due for a repair - I was very satisfied with everything and would recommend them to anybody!read more
Hannah S
Hannah S
22:05 16 Apr 21
I had a great experience with Mose home inspection. My husband and I are first time homebuyers and so had a ton of... questions about the process. Everyone we talked with was really informative and helpful. Michael was our inspector and was phenomenal. The inspection was very thorough and he explained everything in detail with realistic next steps for us to take. We came out of the inspection feeling really informed. Plus, he is just an absolute delight! He had very contagious enthusiasm and made the inspection a really positive experience. Would highly recommend!read more
Gabriel Lukuc
Gabriel Lukuc
03:05 16 Apr 21
Michael was amazing. He took the time to explain to us what’s really important and the reasoning behind it. We’re not... very handy nor savvy when it comes to home construction so we really appreciate him taking the time to explain to us all aspects of the inspection. Also, Michael was friendly, professional and timely; he provided the report over a holiday and a weekend.read more
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Stephanie Ballard
14:24 19 Mar 21
MOSE is the best in the business. Once again we were happy with their inspection services - they are professional,... friendly and knowledgeable. Would not hesitate to recommend to friends and family (and have)!read more
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