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The homebuyer checklist for couples

Inspector Ivan Mose shares his observations of couples in the process of buying a home. Through my work as a home inspector, I meet a lot of couples. They’re either buying their first home, or moving from another city, or starting a family or a new life in a new part of town. I know […]

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Posted in Featured, Specialized Inspections500 Comments

«Déceler» les vices cachés de l’égout et du drain

Vous ne comprenez pas pourquoi votre drain est bloqué? Trouvez-vous soudain une marre d’eau au beau milieu de votre cour, sans savoir d’où elle vient? Êtes-vous sur le point d’acheter une nouvelle maison ou de vendre la vôtre et voulez-vous vous assurer du bon fonctionnement des drains et des tuyaux d’égout? Alors, appelez Richard Paquette. […]

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Posted in Featured, Français, Plumbing, Specialized Inspections505 Comments

7% of Canadian homes contain radon. Does yours?

Next to smoking, it’s the second leading cause of lung cancer. -You don’t want it in your home. The results from a two-year study conducted by Health Canada’s National Radon Program indicate that 6.9% of Canadians are living in homes with radon levels above the current radon guideline level, and there are no homes in […]

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Posted in Basement, Featured, Heating-Cooling, Indoor Air Quality, Specialized Inspections, Structure503 Comments

Is your garage fuming? Keep noxious gases out of your home

While you and your family cocoon in the family room just off the garage, or sleep snugly in a bedroom right over it, you may all be breathing in varying amounts of noxious fumes emanating from the garage. -And with our long Canadian winters with windows shut and sealed, you could be exposed for several […]

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Posted in Basement, Featured, Garage, Indoor Air Quality, Specialized Inspections692 Comments

Outside the mortician’s lab: formaldehyde

When most people hear “formaldehyde”, they think biology-lab frogs and funeral-home corpses. But there are other sources of formaldehyde in a typical home. While its odour may be unmistakable its own, it is less distinctive when mixed in with the bonders found in plywood, particleboard, carpets and fabrics, as is often the case. Extensive reviews […]

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Posted in Electrical, Featured, Garage, Indoor Air Quality, Specialized Inspections699 Comments

Cottage Closing Guide

Cottage Closing Guide

It’s that time of year. The leaves will soon turn red and gold, and the cottage will need to be properly closed up for winter. It’s always good to have a checklist to ensure you don’t forget anything. We’ve compiled a list of what we consider the most important cottage closing tasks, organized by area. […]

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Posted in Featured, Seasonal479 Comments

Portrait of a home inspector

Portrait of a home inspector

Being a home inspector is not just a job… it’s a way of life. We live, work, play, eat, sleep and relax in buildings and are constantly taking a “closer look.”  Wondering what that home inspector is thinking? In a restaurant bathroom If you see or hear someone kicking the toilet (to see if it’s […]

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Honey in the House: The Ins and Outs of Unwanted Bees

Honey in the House: The Ins and Outs of Unwanted Bees

They’ve been buzzing around all summer. Finally you figure out where they’re coming from. “Honey! We’ve got honey in the house!” Don’t panic. If they haven’t caused much a problem before you found them, then things won’t change much now that you know they’re there. But – if there is someone living in your home […]

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Posted in Featured, Masonry, Structure477 Comments

Honey, call 911 – the house is tipping

Honey, call 911 – the house is tipping

911 – the house across the street is tipping! What? Neighbours called firefighters when they noticed this house was noticeably off-kilter last week. The basement was being excavated by a construction crew. More about this and original photo on CBC: http://ca.news.yahoo.com/toronto-house-began-tilt-during-reno-demolished-193135374.html    

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Hidden defects are often down the sewer and drain

Hidden defects are often down the sewer and drain

Can’t figure out why your drain is backing up? Is there a massive pool forming in the middle of your front yard, for no apparent reason? Are you buying or selling a new home, and want to be sure the drains and sewer pipes are in good condition? Meet Richard Paquette. He’s a drain and […]

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Posted in Featured, Plumbing711 Comments


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