Home-buyers

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: Servitudes: A servitude is a change imposed on an immovable in favour of another immovable. Some of these servitudes extend to…

Insulation

Quebec Real Estate Tips Insulation 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…

Humidity Control

Quebec Real Estate Tips 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…

Drainage

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Drainage

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.

Fences

Fences 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…

Decks

Quebec Real Estate Decks 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…

Pools

Vaudreuil Real Estate   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…

Home-Office

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…