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 terrible smell in his apartment and could I come over as soon as possible and take a look. I am a building inspector so smells usually mean drains, mouldy basements and the odd rat or two. A little questioning and I started to build a case....

InterNACHI (the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors) is the world's largest trade organization of certified property inspectors. As our team has expanded to the double digits, and we've grown to provide services in multiple specializations, we have sought out new opportunities to learn and benefit from other professional experiences. A highly esteemed professional association that provides numerous tools and opportunities, InterNACHI provides testing and certification to ensure all our inspectors...

This year’s Montreal and area Shakespeare in the park series featured Shakespeare’s comedy, Much Ado About Nothing. The meaning of the title to this play, often misinterpreted, is about making a big fuss when there is nothing to fuss about. They play attempts to show that deceit is not inherently evil, but can be used as a means to both good and bad ends and that it is sometimes difficult to...

Have you noticed that your bathroom fan isn’t quite sucking out the humidity quite like it used to? It might be time for an upgrade. A classic, simple DIY trick is to hold up a piece of toilet paper to the whirring fan. If the TP won’t stay in place, the fan isn’t pulling its weight (or pulling out much of anything). If your bathroom doesn’t have a fan, it’s a good...

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...

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 give you the chance before it collapses. Your deck is where you relax, toast your daughter’s graduation, and celebrate summer. But a deck can also be one of the most dangerous areas of your home. According to the North American Deck and...