As many homeowners may know, it was announced that the period of eligibility for the RénoVert tax credit offered by the Quebec government had been extended to March 31, 2019. This means that there is still some time left to get your renovations done and claim the tax credit. That credit can be a nice little gift under the Christmas tree for you.  Or it can help pay off all the other gifts under the tree. The RénoVert refundable tax credit was...

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,...

At Mose Home Inspection Services, 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 the Montreal, Laval and South Shore areas of Québec our never-ending winter is finally over. We are enjoying sunny skies and very pleasant temperatures. As I was sitting in the back yard Saturday morning reading...

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...

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.

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!

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...

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...

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...

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. ...