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Our blog articles allow you to learn more about construction and renovation. How to prevent problems with your building and how to fix them? Where to invest money and properly maintain your house or building? What are the myths and urban legends on housing that you may have heard ? Our inspectors and experts share their knowledge to enable you to make well-informed decisions.


Water damage: Avoid costly and harmful water damage to your house

Every year in Quebec, in spring, thousands of basements are flooded. The main cause: improper design and malfunction of the sump and its pump. Learn how to avoid cleaning costs and mold damage with simple tips and easy prevention methods explained by our experts.

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Contingency fund study: is the inspection necessary?

You own a condo and have been hearing about Bill 16 for some time now. You do some Internet research on the subject, then contact a few service companies to carry out your contingency fund study. You're amazed at the differences between the services on offer, and wonder: is inspection…

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ENTETE INFOLETTRE Evaluation Immeuble

Do I need to have the building’s condition assessed before I buy?

For the vast majority of us, buying a house is often the biggest purchase of our lives. But business owners and real estate investors must buy much larger buildings... and more expensive ones! That's when the question pops into their minds: should I have the condition of the building assessed…

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Water infiltration and condos: when cold symptoms lead to a building problem…

Our customers purchased their condominium unit in 2018. They quickly realized they were experiencing symptoms similar to a cold or allergies. It was after consulting their family doctors that their suspicions transferred from pollen to the building they lived in. Read our article (stay with us) and see how cold…

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Plan De Gestion De L'actif Condo

What is the difference between an asset management plan and a contingency fund?

Maintenance schedule, asset management plan, contingency fund, maintenance booklet: it is certainly difficult to find one's way through the terminology surrounding the world of condominiums. We know from experience that many people rightly confuse the asset management plan with the contingency fund. Stay tuned as we sort out these concepts…

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Home inspector or building expert: who does what?

When it comes to having a home inspection before you buy a new house, most people know that the professional you need is a home inspector. But when you are faced with a water infiltration problem in your house or condo, who should you refer to? Another inspector or an…

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3 common problems encountered when buying a cottage

Due to the size of the territory we cover, it often happens that our inspectors are called upon to inspect second homes for our clients. Unfortunately, many people still buy cottages without first having them inspected and some see their peaceful haven turn into a real nightmare... Whether you're at…

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This summer, do your home maintenance inspection in 7 days!

A home is a significant financial investment, and for anyone who wants to ensure that this investment retains or increases in value over time, we sometimes need to take a moment to maintain our buildings. But no one wants to spend their vacation working on their home. That's why our…

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5 things to consider when buying a second home

According to a 2021 report on recreational properties, one in four Canadians would consider buying a second home or cottage. This is due in part to the popularity of working remotely as well as the more affordable recreational property market compared to urban markets. Read our article as our home…

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Odeur Humidité Sous-sol

5 Tips to keep your basement from looking like a horror movie…

If you ask homeowners what the wettest place in their house is, chances are most of them will answer without hesitation: the basement. If you're one of them, you may be wondering if there's anything you can do about it. Read our article as our building experts present you with…

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Contingency fund study: how to choose a trustworthy company?

You are an active member of your condominium corporation and you were mandated to learn about Bill 16 and contingency fund studies at your last meeting. You search the internet for a reliable company to conduct your study and, after visiting a few sites, you are more confused than before.…

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3 reasons to take advantage of the exclusive My First Home program

Whether you choose a condo or a house, taking the plunge and buying your first home is never an easy decision. Neighbourhood, inspection, mortgages, insurance: there are many things to consider and weigh. Read our article as we share with you 3 reasons why it's worth taking advantage of our…

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Real estate investor: see how a good inspector can be a valued ally!

You are a real estate investor and you have a beautiful building in your sights. You evaluate the potential and decide to make an offer to purchase. Since time is of the essence, you decide not to call on the services of a professional inspector and opt instead to take…

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In-house survey: home inspection and building as seen by… you!

60: That's the number of home surveys that you - the faithful readers of our home capsule - have answered since the very first issue of our newsletter in April 2014. We asked you about a wide range of topics that are related to our field of interest, namely building.…

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Energy efficiency | See the energy efficiency of our homes in a few figures

Did you know that according to Hydro-Quebec, heating and air conditioning alone are responsible for 54% of a home's energy costs? This is the main reason why energy efficiency is at the center of so many conversations, subsidy programs and the focus of our building contractors. Read our article as…

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Is your house too big for you?

A friend of yours is getting ready to move from the house she's lived in for 35 years to a condo. After all, her children have long since left the nest, her neighbourhood has changed and her long-time acquaintances have moved away. What about you, have you ever considered that…

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A blower door test, but what is it?

Did you know that there is such an effective tool that Transition énergétique Québec - the government corporation set up to administer several energy efficiency programs - has made it its main tool, among others, for the Rénoclimat and Novoclimat programs? And what if we told you that our experts…

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5 common problems encountered when buying an old house

Older homes tend to offer residents a sturdier construction and aesthetically pleasing facades that you would be hard pressed to find in today's construction. But behind its exterior charm, an old house can hide a range of problems that can make many people regret their purchase. Stay with us as…

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5 interesting facts about… mold!

During your spring cleaning, you discover mold on your window frames. You clean up the mold, install your screens and forget about it. At least until fall when you remove your screens for the cold season. What do you find on your window frames? You guessed it: mold. Clean up…

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How well do you know your house? Play the game!

Did you know that since the beginning of the pandemic, the average value of our homes in Quebec has increased by more than 30%! In such a context, it is easy to understand why more and more homeowners want to better plan the work and invest in the right places.…

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Bien Viellir à La Maison

Growing old in your own home. Is it possible?

"Aging at home" is the name given to the phenomenon describing the ability of older people to live independently in their own homes for as long as possible. Of course, people who age at home do not require the necessary support services such as those offered in specialized centers. That…

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Inspection Après Achat

Post purchase inspection: when is it too late to get an inspection?

According to the Canadian Real Estate Association, the average price of houses in the country has increased by 18% between 2020 and 2021. As we all know, the real estate market has been in turmoil lately and we have received hundreds of calls from clients who wanted a building inspection.…

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