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Many homeowners have good knowledge about the interiors of their home, but when it comes to things like their attic, they may be may not be as informed. An attic is often a mysterious place, where homeowners rarely venture, and if they did, who knows what they would find there. What kind of insulation is in a home’s attic is often a surprise. There are different types of attic insulation and they each have their pros and cons. Some types of...

A lot of people are still working from home which gives many the opportunity to perform long overdue household maintenance chores. Now that summer is in full gear, it is the perfect time for tackling outdoor projects.  Making sure your home has proper drainage around it, checking your gutters, and maintaining driveways and pathways should all be on your to-do list. Torrential downpours are common during the summer months and water is a home’s biggest enemy. Some preventative maintenance can...

Confinement measures have us stuck at home, but it is a great time to do some cleaning. What better place to start than your garage, often a place where we store junk and things we don’t know where else to put. With a little TLC, your garage could become one of your favourite places again, well organized, clean, and useful. Above all else, your garage should also be a safe place. So, once the clean-up is done, here are some...

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...

Many homeowners wonder if a home inspection can be performed during the winter months, leading them to delay purchasing a home until springtime. The most common worry about a winter home inspection is that the inspector won’t be able to see the roof, and it is clear that no home inspector will be climbing onto a snow-covered roof or removing snow to get a better look. While the condition of some things, like the roof, shingles or A/C system, may...

With snow now on the ground, we know that winter has arrived and the holidays are fast approaching. As people start planning to celebrate, many will be going out to get their Christmas trees at the market, and preparing to play host to family and friends. We at Mose Home Inspection want to wish you safe and happy holidays and offer a few tips for avoiding some common hazards of the season. Icy and slippery surfaces Last year, everyone was talking...

As the cold weather arrives, we who live in a northern climate, spend more time indoors. In winter months, there is less or no fresh air from the outside flowing into our homes, which means that VOCs (volatile organic Compounds) and allergens become trapped inside. The result is that indoor air can be as polluted, if not more polluted, than outdoor air. Luckily, there are some simple actions that can be taken to improve the indoor air quality in everyone’s...

Once autumn rolls around, our windows are not open very often. The fresh but cold air is kept out and the quality of our indoor air becomes more important. Air pollution is often thought of as an outdoor threat but air pollution can be an indoor problem as well. What products you have in your home, and the kind of ventilation you may have, will impact the air quality of your home. Infants, children and the elderly can be more susceptible to certain products in the...

Many people don’t realize that we spend about 90% of our time indoors. While we spend a lot of our time in our homes but we also spend a large part of our time in offices, commercial buildings and public buildings. The air quality in these locations can be compromised by furnishings that let off gas, combustion processes, and a number of biological and chemical contaminants. Here are six common, yet surprising culprits. HVAC systems HVAC systems include the equipment used...

When you have made an offer on your dream house and are booking your home inspection, you will probably want to know about the cost and how long it will take. In addition, you will want to know what kinds of things a home inspector will be looking for. As the potential purchaser, you should be present during the inspection as a great way to learn about the home you will be buying is to follow the inspector as he goes through...