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New Versus Old Homes

March 21st, 2013

Montreal House Inspection

As a homebuyer, it’s a good idea to know what the difference is between a new home and an old home in perspective to its condition. As most of us believe to think, a new home shouldn’t have any issues and an older one may have many. We’ll explain what are the advantages and disadvantages of purchasing a new home vs an older one.

Older Homes

-Older homes are established
Houses that have been around for decades tells you something about its structure since it has endured a lot of climate changes here in Montreal. These houses were built to last, especially during our harsh winters.

Older Homes Require More Maintenance
Older homes experience “wear and tear” just like everything else we use. They require much more maintenance and than a newer home.

May Need Replacements
Old air conditioners or heating systems may need to be updated to ensure comfortable environment conditions. Your home’s plumbing system, insulation and ventilation system may have to be replaced if not functioning efficiently.

Newer Homes

Builder’s warranty
By law, the builder must give a warranty on your property’s structure and its components. So if anything goes wrong with your home, make sure you look at your home owner’s warranty before you go repairing it yourself.

Minimal Maintenance
New constructions built to last you a while without having to do any major repairs or replacements.

Energy Efficient
Homes these days are better insulated with dual pane windows, as well as the flooring, walls, and ceiling.

Regulations
Laws and regulations on new construction have changed and will continue to do so. Buying a new home will is an advantage because you’ll have  the latest updated regulations for personal safety.

Foundation
Since newer houses haven’t settled in yet, it’s normal for a home to experience some cracks in walls, ceilings, and the foundation.

There are many advantages and disadvantages of owning a home whether it’s new or older. Here in Montreal at YG Home Inspection Services, we conduct a detailed house inspection report to advise you on how you can be informed of the condition of your home. All of our home inspectors are qualified and professionally trained to assess the state of your home.

What Causes Mold In Your Home?

March 3rd, 2013

Mold on Ceiling Montreal Home InspectorMoisture from humid weather and rain can cause mold to grow in your home. Since we get all 4 seasons in Montreal, it’s hard to avoid moisture. Also, homes that are near water are prone to recurring mold issues due to high humidity. This is why it’s important to ensure proper insulation and ventilation systems. YG Home Inspection Services provides certified mold and home inspection services in Montreal. Let’s take a look at other causes in your household that may cause mold to grow.

Leaking Roofs

The roof on your house endures a lot of impact from rain to snow. It’s no wonder why some houses have damages to their roof. It’s not always easy to notice these damages unless you physically inspect the top of your roof and attic space. We recommend getting your roofing inspected regularly by a qualified home inspector. If you notice moisture or mold on your ceiling or attic space, you may have a leaking roof.

Leaking Pipes

Pipes within your home can cause water leaks and eventually mold damage. It may not always noticeable, especially if these leaking pipes are within your walls. Our house inspectors are trained to verify water damage and any potential problems that may arise.

Condensation

Condensation happens when surfaces like your window sills, metal pipes, and walls are too cold ie. winter time. This moisture caused from condensation will cause mold to appear in no time. YG Home Inspection Services also offers mold testing for your home or the home you are about to purchase.

Flooding

Flooding from heavy rainfall, improper house grading, or ineffective sewage systems will cause water damage and mold in your home. Mold creates dangerous toxins that are detrimental to your well being. Although we do not provide mold removal services, we do conduct mold inspections via a thermographic survey.

Improper ventilation

The ventilation systems in your kitchen and bathrooms should not be ignored. If you notice moisture damage to your walls or ceiling in these areas, your ventilation system may be compromised.

YG Home Inspection Services are certified home inspectors that inspect houses and condos in the Greater Montreal area. To ensure a safe home for you and your family, contact us for a mold inspection or home inspection.

Breathe In, Breathe Out: How’s Your Indoor Air Quality?

February 21st, 2013

Certified home inspector montreal

Your home is supposed to be the safest place for you and your family. Not too many people think about the air quality inside their home. In fact, poor indoor air quality could potentially lead to serious health hazards. In order to determine if your indoor air quality is safe, you need to hire a Montreal certified home inspector to perform the test.

Over a period of time, air ducts can contain smoke residue, bacteria, and mold. Exposure to these pollutants can be harmful and cause serious illness and health issues. We breathe constantly in our homes all day long and while we sleep. You may not know it, but there could be dangerous toxins lurking in you’re home.

You may have a problem with your indoor air quality if you’re experiencing eye irritation, nose irritation, throat irritation, headaches, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, rash, fatigue, cough, chest tightness, or any other symptoms.

During an indoor air quality test, detection of dust, pollen, mold, fungus, pet dander, bacteria, tobacco smoke, carbon monoxide, and much more is inspected.

Analyzing the air inside your home to give you peace of mind knowing you’re breathing good quality air. Ensuring your home is clean, safe, and out of harms way is a priority of ours. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you avoid these problems and have an indoor quality test by a Montreal certified house inspector.

One way to test for indoor air quality is to use your nose. If you’re inside your home right now, take deep breath out, and then a deep breathe in. If the air you breathe in is odorless, feels and smells like fresh air you probably have nothing to worry about. On the other hand, if you smell something “fishy” you may have an indoor air quality issue. Either way, it’s best not to take the risk and conduct a test for a full proper assessment. Here at YG Home Inspection Services in Montreal, we inspect all aspects of your indoor air quality. Don’t hesitate to call if you suspect such a problem or issue with your home.

How To Find A Qualified Home Inspector

February 6th, 2013

How To Find A Qualified Home Inspector

Beware of house inspectors that may claim they are but don’t belong to a professional organization. Buying a home is probably the biggest investment you’ll ever make in your life. Do it right and hire the right certified home inspector. Here are some tips to help you find a qualified home inspector:

 

Ask for opinions from friends and family

Check with friends and family whom they’ve gotten home inspections from. See if they recommend an inspector and ask them about their experience dealing with an inspector.

Inquire details about the inspection

Ask questions, a lot of them. This will give you a better sense of what is to be done and if the inspector is knowledgeable about the home inspection process. Make sure they carry the errors and omissions insurance and provide a detailed copy of the home inspection report.

Request proof of certification and associations

Look for a certified home inspector that belongs to a professional organization and ask for proof. There are many home inspectors that mat claim they are, but the reality is, they may not be certified and qualified enough. Don’t take the risk, it won’t hurt to inquire.

Request a sample report

Home inspectors should have sample reports done from previous home inspections they’ve done in the past. If they won’t supply you with one, move on to the next inspector. The detailed sample report gives you an idea about what they inspect and how detailed are the findings.

Be cautious with recommendations from your realtor

Home inspectors whom are recommended by realtors, often gain financial incentives when the realtor sells you a home. Since the home inspector will get a commission This can create conflict of interest. Home inspectors should be able to provide honest inspections but unfortunately it isn’t always the case.

Finally, when you do find that home inspector to inspect your house, don’t be afraid to tag along with them during the home inspection process. It’s nice to know where and what the issues are in the home you’re about to purchase.

Hire a Montreal Home Inspector for my Condo?

January 23rd, 2013

Hire a Montreal Home Inspector for my Condo?

If you’re a homebuyer opting to buy a condominium, the process shouldn’t be different from buying a single dwelling house. This includes a professional and certified home inspection by a qualified Montreal home inspector. A Montreal home inspection is always the best idea when it comes to buying a home. At YG Home Inspection Services in Montreal, we always carefully perform a detailed home inspection and examination.

Home Inspection Misconception

There is a common misconception that condominiums do not need a home inspection. They may be smaller than houses, but the fact of the matter is that condominiums still experience some of the same issues that houses do. Examples include: water leakage and damage, unapproved conducted renovations that aren’t safe, and major systems / major appliances failing. Some of the condominiums we have perviously inspected have had issues and potential safety hazards for our clients.

Your Condo and Building as a Whole

When a certified home inspector inspects the condominium you’re planning on purchasing, not only does he inspect the unit, he also inspects the building. Purchasing a condominium unit means that you are also purchasing a portion of the building. Thus, if there are any issues that arise with the building, you’ll have to pay a share for repairs. The home inspector should examine the building’s roofing, exterior, structure, electrical system, heating / cooling systems, insulation / ventilation systems, plumbing, interior, and your personal safety.

Montreal Home Inspectors are Worth it

It is important to note that when looking for a certified home inspector, you’ll want shop around for the most qualified company. Try to ask friends and family for referrals and know what to expect in a typical home inspection process. Remember to  be cautious when hiring an inspector that affiliates with any real estate agents or inspectors due to conflict of interest. Having a condominium home inspection may cost you a few hundred dollars, but it can save you thousands of dollars in the long run. Have your home inspection by YG Home Inspection Services for professional Montreal home inspections that you can trust and rely on.