Home Improvement & Inspections

Upgrades – Get the Most out of Your Property

Upgrades – Get the Most out of Your Property

It’s known…the better your place looks, the easier it is to sell. Trendy, stylish, chic, and anything that looks staged and magazine”ish” will always be chosen over its counterpart.  These upgrades don’t need to cost a lot, and from my ...

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“Green up your home and save money”

“Green up your home and save money”

UP & COMING WORKSHOP “Green up your home and save money” - Assess building problems and find ecological solutions.Hey Everyone...This is a superb opportunity to gain knowledge on how to renovate and upgrade your building to save time and money in ...

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Preparing to Sell your Home- From a Feng Shui Perspective

Preparing to Sell your Home- From a Feng Shui Perspective

What are the first steps to be taken when you want to sell your home? I recommend doing the following. Go outside and view the home as if it’s the first time you are visiting this house and ask yourself the following questions:

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Having Clutter can cost you Financially

Having Clutter can cost you Financially

Taken from the book called, “Clear your clutter with Feng Shui” by Karen Kingston

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New inspection device –Thermal imaging

New inspection device –Thermal imaging

I recently was at an inspection a couple of weeks ago and the inspector had this funky handheld tool that looked like a large Black and Decker stud finder. Looking closer it was showing a camera screen and had many ...

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Tracey MacKenzie’s – Designing Naturally

Tracey MacKenzie’s – Designing Naturally

www.DesigningNaturally.com Focuses on Design and Eco-friendliness of life now. Tracey’s blog is all about Designing spaces. They are Eco-Friendly, Zen, Outdoorsy, and Feng Shui. The common denominator is the simplicity with natural elements. She will be putting up a lot ...

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Cash In on Tax Savings for Home Improvements

Cash In on Tax Savings for Home Improvements

If you are planning on renovating your house, cottage or condominium unit this year, you may qualify for the new temporary Home Renovation Tax Credit (HRTC). Introduced in the 2009 federal budget, the HRTC offers a 15 percent non-refundable tax ...

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Upgrades – get the most out of your property

Upgrades – get the most out of your property

If you are buying and planning on re-selling or renting out, to get the most out of your property you might want to do some upgrades to give it curb appeal. The amount of upgrades needed would depend on a ...

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Protect your Renovations with Paperwork

Protect your Renovations with Paperwork

Paperwork…we all hate it, but it really is necessary when it comes to any renovation or home improvement project. Written proposals, price quotations, agreements and contracts will protect you swift codes bank in United States and the other party. Create a paper-trail can deflect problems down the road. These should be for a larger job with a contractor,

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Curb Appeal

Curb Appeal

In the home-selling market, curb appeal is better than cash. If you can get buyers through the front door, you've passed the first hurdle in selling your home."If they don't like what they see outside, they'll never walk inside," says ...

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How to make homes sell faster

How to make homes sell faster

Curb appeal. We hear that saying quite a bit, but what does it have to do with real estate and selling your home. After years of taking buyers around visiting many different types of real estate properties and homes, it ...

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Mould Problems

Mould Problems

The other day my client and I encountered a cottage that had a severe mould problem. The house was built in 1976 and is a log type construction with a poured foundation. The owner had passed away and the house ...

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Grants for home renovations in Lachine

Grants for home renovations in Lachine

Financial assistance
Are you planning to do some work on your property? Take advantage of the financial aid programs established by the city and its partners to upgrade and maintain your home. Here is an overview of what is available to you.

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What is a home inspection?

What is a home inspection?

An inspection is a popular conditional when writing up a promise to purchase. What exactly is it and why is it important to sellers? When you are ready to submit a promise to purchase (offer on a property), there are ...

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Hydro-Québec is offering a 50$ mail-in rebate

Hydro-Québec is offering a 50$ mail-in rebate

Hydro-Québec is offering a 50$ mail-in rebate on the purchase of a new ENERGY STAR qualified refrigerator of at least 8.5 cu. ft. between April 1 to December 31, 2006.

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Introduction to Home Inspection

Introduction to Home Inspection

This article is witten by Mose Home Inspection They use the Carson and Dunlop system.
As qualified Montreal Home Inspectors, we are trained to examine your potential new home and identify any problems it might have. Following the inspection, we give you a report describing each system of the house, any repairs needed, and the estimated costs of these repairs.

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“This house isn’t going anywhere, ” Or is it!

“This house isn’t going anywhere,  ” Or is it!

Serious structural problems in houses are not very common, but when they occur they are never cheap to fix. Some can't be fixed at all. This report won't turn you into an seasoned home inspector, but it will give you some of the common indicators.

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Water Damage in Your Home – How to avoid mold

Water Damage in Your Home – How to avoid mold

How to avoid mold, minimize damage - and deal with your insurance agent! For many homeowners, it's their worst nightmare come true: a burst water pipe, leaky roof or heavy summer storm, and you wake up or come home to ...

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Renovations Can Be Deadly

Renovations Can Be Deadly

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. ...

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Which Repairs Pay Off?

Which Repairs Pay Off?

When it's worth it? Home improvements are on the rise, but if you're about to sell your house, they're not always economically recommended. Depending on the task, certain jobs can be inexpensive but a larger number can get quite costly. ...

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What is asbestos?

What is asbestos?

What is asbestos?
Asbestos is a natural mineral with unusual qualities. It is strong enough to resist high temperatures, chemical attack and wear. A poor conductor, it insulates well against heat and electricity.

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Are you planning to renovate your existing home?

Are you planning to renovate your existing home?

Financing renovations and energy-saving improvements are easy thanks to a CMHC-insured refinance mortgage.  Offered through financial institutions, you can refinance up to 90% of your home's market value to a maximum of $200,000 in additional funds.

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Vermiculite Insulation

Vermiculite Insulation

Vermiculite is a mineral used in many commercial and consumer products including insulation. Vermiculite itself has not been shown to pose health problems. However, some vermiculite insulation can contain asbestos fibres.

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Pyrite And Your House

Pyrite And Your House

Pyrite (FeS2) is a very common mineral. Traces of it are found in the sedimentary rock used to make crushed stone. This stone has been used as backfill for house construction in some areas of Québec.

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Pre-Inspected Listings – The Future of Real Estate

Pre-Inspected Listings – The Future of Real Estate

Home inspections have traditionally been for the benefit of the purchaser. Pre-inspected listings benefit all parties – purchasers, vendors and agents.
The benefits:

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