Maintenance

Carpenter ants are small insects that can cause big problems. As home inspectors, we often come across the signs of carpenter ants in a home and we need to let homeowners know why this could be important. Carpenter ants can damage wooden structures in a home, and their presence usually means you have a problem with water leaking into your home. We’ve noticed that there is a lot of misunderstanding about these insects, so here are some facts and myths about carpenter ants. Fact: Carpenter ant colonies are large Once a...

The last few weeks have brought the bitter cold, blowing winds and snow we all dread. Winter in these parts is not for the weak. One thing you really want to avoid at any time of the year, but particularly in winter, is problems with your hot water tank. When you’ve been stuck outside shovelling and come in looking for a hot shower or bath, you want to make sure you have hot water. Without taking proper care of your...

November is Radon Awareness Month in Canada but most people don’t even know what radon is. People are aware of the importance of testing for things like carbon monoxide in a home but not everyone is aware of the need to test for radon as well. So let’s learn a little about radon, where it comes from, its effects and four good reasons to test for it in your home. What is radon? Radon is a radioactive gas that you cannot see,...

The real estate market in the greater Montreal, Laval and South Shore region is heating up. A strong job market and a thriving economy are increasing demand. Inventory is relatively low with 16% fewer properties for sale than this time last year, which increases competition and drives up prices. In this article we will give you 8 Tips for Staging Your House Prior to Sale which will provide your home with an edge to sell more quickly and at better price. At Mose Home...

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 areas free of food stuffs. They prefer moist, rotting wood. Carpenter ants indicate a bigger problem in the home. Carpenter Ants Like High Moisture Carpenter ants like areas with high moisture, especially wood that is in contact with the soil. Soft moist wood is easy to burrow into. They prefer areas where ventilation is poor, and...

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 literally blow your home through your roof. An old Mythbusters video  makes light of a hot water tank explosion, but shows how potentially dangerous this essential part of your home can be. While it’s fascinating and even funny to watch a hot water tank explosion in this context, we’d like to assure you...

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 true, trim hedges and fresh paint are all good for a home, but non of the tools listed above compare to this one: The #1 Tool for Homeowners: [caption id="attachment_2657" align="alignnone" width="881"] Caulking Gun[/caption] #1 Tool: Caulking Gun The caulking gun is by far, the most important tool you will ever own as a homeowner. Why? Water is your worst enemy. A caulking gun is the only...

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 use the oven or burn toast. Many people take the batteries out of their smoke detectors because they get tired of false alarms – this is awfully dangerous, and not recommended. There are currently three kinds of smoke detectors on the market: 1 Ionization Sensor Smoke Alarm This type of alarm, which can be purchased for...

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? For most tenants, it's a dream come true. After years of dealing with nasty impatient landlords, we have an altruistic idea about what a landlord should be: kind, gentle, considerate,  fix everything right away, and of course, renovate everything beautifully! We're sure you'll do your best. However, it's important to remember that while buying a duplex or multiplex...