Quebec Real Estate Tips- Catalin Ivan- Real Estate Broker

Little and yet important details to take on consideration when investing in Real Estate.  You found your dream house but what do you know about:


A servitude is a change imposed on an immovable in favour of another immovable. Some of these servitudes extend to the construction or repair of roads or other public works. Various public agencies (municipalities, Hydro-Quebec) and private companies (telephone, gas, cable) hold or acquire servitudes for the construction and maintenance of their distribution network.



The Civil Code regulates the views on the neighbouring properties in order to preserve the intimacy of the owners.


Zoning Regulations

Zoning allows the municipalities to restrict industrial activities away from residential areas, as the former usually poses many potential dangers (pollution, fire hazards, chemical spills, traffic noises, etc.).

Within each zone, the by-law regulates and establish limits as regards occupation percentage of the lot, maximum and minimum height of the building, number of storeys, etc.

Please read also The Role of a Real Estate Broker.

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Responsibility-Latent defects

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It is the responsibility of the buyer to identify the apparent defects and to declare them to the contractor. Problems such cracks in the wall and floors, roof that leaks, and doors that do not close tight are examples of defects which must be identified during the purchase period. These defects could be used to negotiate the sale price, but primarily should be identified and repaired. In regards to latent defects, the following conditions MUST be met:

–          Defects shouldn’t be apparent, i.e. non-visible;

–          Defect must be present prior to the purchase;

–          Defect is unknown to the buyer;

–          Defect must be important;

–          Defect is a nuisance for the enjoyment of the premises.

See also: http://realestateqc.ca/latent-defects/

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Insulation is the material which controls heat transfer through the envelope of the building. A reduction of heat loss in winter allows energy savings and, in summertime, heat gain reduction lowers air conditioning requirement for the building.

Due to low energy cost prior to seventies, building envelopes had low insulating capabilities. In these cases, it will be advantageous to retrofit the existing wall assembly, adding onto the existing insulation.

The provincial law on energy saving measures in a building now requires minimum insulation levels depending on the building type, its function and location. Designers and builders are now required be law to properly insulate and to submit a compliance certificate when seeking contract documents approval for a construction permit. Existing buildings do not have to comply to this law.

While the purpose of insulation is to resist heat transfer, it must be uniform to be truly efficient. If this uniformity is not achieved, heat flow variations will cause stains on the walls and ceilings(dust). For example, in old buildings there are marks showing the underside laths over which the plaster has been applied. This is because gaps between the planks allow cold air to pass through, condensation then forms on the inside surface of the wall, dust gets caught by it and eventually stains the wall surface.

Cold penetration can also cause structural problems.

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Humidity Control

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Humidity Control

Lack of humidity has consequences such as dry nose and throat, static electricity, etc. It also causes problems to furniture(cracks) and wood floor(creaking). This can be solved by independent humidifiers or with a humidifier integrated with the existing forced air heating system. Such a system linked to a humidostat (humidity control device) is without any doubt one of the best.

On the other hand a humidity surplus will stain ceilings, cover windows with condensation in winter time and even rot wood construction (frames and moldings). The most common source of humidity is the daily activities in a building: washing dishes and clothes, cooking, taking a bath or a shower, etc. To control the humidity where it originates, a fan should be installed over the stove, an air tight conduit should be hooked up to the dryer, and good ventilation (natural or forced) should be provided for the washrooms.

The humidity surplus can be eliminated with a dehumidifier or a ventilation system equipped with a heat exchanger(i.e. a system that expels the humidity charged air outside, bringing in fresh air, and  humidity and making sure the heat stays inside). Excessive caulking will prevent proper evacuation of humidity and contribute to the above mentioned problems.

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Damp soil in the vicinity of a foundation wall will increase in volume once the temperature goes bellow the freezing point, due to the formation of ice. This creates pressure that can eventually damage the wall. To ensure water is not present and to avoid the problem mentioned above, there are four precautions that should be taken:

–          Slop the ground surface around the building to force surface water away from the building;

–          A course grain backfill material around the foundation wall will ensure a fast downward movement of water in the vicinity of the foundation wall;

–          Place weeping tiles alongside the building footings and link them to the municipal rainwater leader thereby evacuating water reaching this point of the foundation assembly;

–          Install gutters along the perimeter of a sloped roof.

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The evaluation criteria for fences are the same as for a deck (see Decks), i.e. esthetically, good and strong construction and good quality finish.  Also checking zoning regulations is a must. As an example, it is generally not permitted in Montreal to build a fence directly adjacent to a sidewalk; in such a case he city could force the owner to relocate it.


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The deck, a place where the owner goes to relax and eat during a good part of the summer, is one of the most interesting additions to consider when buying mainly because the sale price is usually slightly affected by such construction. Here the most important element to consider is not only the construction, but also the design of the installation, i.e. location of the trees, planters and hard surfaces. What characterizes a good construction is:

–          Well anchored posts, no less than 1.50m (4`6”) into the ground, covered with tar for its hidden portion;

–          Pressure-treated wood, not just covered with creosote or paint;

–          Planks fixed with heat-galvanized nails that do not rust;

–          A structure member properly bolted supporting a deck that does not vibrate when one jumps on it;

–          A stone deck must lay on a stone dust bed of 50 mm covering 250 mm of crushed stones (0-20 mm diameter)

Planters are frequently used to beatify the surroundings of a building; insulated planters are the best because they allow plants and trees to survive in winter time.

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If you are buying a house whit a swimming pool you should take on consideration the following facts:

Abouve ground or in-ground pools need to be properly inspected. Whem inspecting the in-ground pool, look for cracks and check the proper operation of the pump and filter. Damages to the filtration system may involve large amounts of money for repairs.

With above ground pools it is equally important to inspect them properly. Should the structure of such a pool fail, the thousands of liters of water it contains frequently finds its way into the basement through a window located nearby.

See also: http://realestateqc.ca/latent-defects/

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If you have your own business as a self-employed worker(Quebec Real Estate Broker) or you want to start up one, you’ll probably have to think about an home-office that should fulfil your needs in terms of comfort and productivity.

If your work obligates you to receive clients, you will have to marry personal comfort, public relations and necessity to cut your office off from the rest of the house to preserve your family life. (Most of Quebec Real Estate Brokers work only from home).

Also, you’ll have to think about the client’s comfort by providing a waiting room, a stack of magazines to read, a coat rack, ambient music.

If you don’t have to greet clients then you don’t have to worry to much about how your workspace looks.

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E-mail address: ivan@realestateqc.ca
Phone: 514 609-4826