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January 5, 2018
The #1 Extension Cord Mistake You Should Never Make
Extension cords are handy to have around when you have something that can’t reach the wall socket. However, you should be wary of plugging in too many things at once.
Power strips may have a lot of extra sockets, but that doesn’t mean it can actually handle everything you throw at it. There’s a limit to how much juice they can take!
When it gets cold outside, the first thing most people do is turn up the heat. If you don’t have a fireplace or central heating, the next best thing is a space heater. It’s compact, portable, and warms up a small room in a minimal amount of time. Another thing that it heats up is the extension cord. Even if a space heater is the only thing plugged into the power strip, they can overheat or even catch fire due to the added energy flow.
According to the National Safety Fire Administration, half of all heating home fires occur during December, January, and February. From 2009 to 2013, heating equipment accounted for 56,000 home fires. Don’t become one of those statistics!
If you’re thinking of getting a space heater this winter, make sure it’s been third-party tested by an independent lab, like UL. Don’t forget to make sure your smoke detector is working, and regularly check your space heater’s cords to make sure it’s not frayed or damaged. This way, you’ll keep both toasty warm and safe this winter.
December 9, 2017
At AmeriSpec Laval we use every possible means, against all odds, to give impeccable service to our customers!
Here is Mr. Stéphane Blanchard, on the morning of December 9th, -1° celcius, accompanied by his client to go inspect a cottage on the island of Carillon !!
November 24, 2017
Congratulations to Yvon Cousineau and his team for a successful evening!
We wish happy holidays to all the brokers and employees of this great family!
October 30, 2017
Congratulations to Stéphane Blanchard, Certified Inspector and Director at Amerispec Laval Rive-Nord for his honourary plaque for 20 years of service.
Thank you to the organizers and especially to Nicole Matte for the minute of silence in honor of the late Yves L’Archevêque, our previous director!
October 20, 2017
Here are some good tips for you to organize well before the snow settles.
- Remove screens. When left on the inside, they promote surface condensation and can create mold, while those left on the outside, can stain the windows. Moreover, the removal of the screens gives you a better brightness during the shorter, darker days of winter.
- Ensure that opening and projection sealants are in good condition (doors, windows, fireplace, fixtures, electrical outlets, etc.) to prevent damage from water infiltration.
- Check the condition of the air vent of the kitchen range hood and the bathroom fans. This will reduce the risk of harboring rodents over the winter season and will help to keep your heating bill in check by not letting the cold air enter the house!
- Close and drain the outside water valve to prevent freezing water from bursting the pipe. It is not enough to simply close the faucet; you need to shut off the interior water valve, then drain the outside valve to release any water trapped in the line.
- Pick up leaves, branches and debris and avoid piling firewood too close to the house. You will reduce the risk of carpenter ants entering the home, or rodents nesting in the debris.
- Make sure the drainage of your eavestroughs is unrestricted. Clear any debris and leaves. Ensure that the downspouts drain away from the foundation of your home and that the joints are in good condition.
August 14, 2017
Are you house hunting? It’s key to make a list of wants vs. needs before viewing homes. You can always update it as you go, however, staying on budget will likely be more important than buying a home loaded with extras
When the time comes to begin your search for the perfect home, there’s a good chance you have an idea of what you’d like to find inside it. An open-concept floor plan, hardwood flooring and a large backyard may be at the top of your list. It’s a good idea, however, to establish a solid list of needs and wants in order to avoid purchasing a home with a price tag beyond what your budget allows.
Your needs: These are the must-have features that you can’t live without. For those with children, you will likely need a home with at least three bedrooms. For those who work from home, a home office will be a must-have feature. When it comes to bathrooms, be prepared to settle for a home with two. You will need one for family use and one for guests; a master ensuite is an added bonus.
The kitchen is one space that many house hunters don’t want to compromise on, particularly the person who does the most cooking. When viewing homes, pay close attention to things like counter space, layout and cupboard space. These are factors that will come into play on a daily basis and cannot be changed without major renovation.
Depending on the number of vehicles you own, having ample space for parking is a definite need. If you have children and/or pets, you will also want to consider outdoor space. A backyard doesn’t have to be huge, but many people consider it a necessity for little ones and/or pets.
Your wants: Once the ‘sticker-shock’ sets in, you may find that items you originally thought of as “needs” can actually be categorized as “wants”. It’s more important to stay within your budget than it is to buy a home that is loaded with extras. Granite countertops, an island and a marble backsplash would be lovely to have, but remember that you can always add these features down the road when you can afford it. The same goes for hardwood floors, a finished basement and a pool in the backyard. The best part about buying a home you can improve on is the opportunity to earn a return on your investment.
May 31, 2017
Congratulations to Re/Max Cartier for their splendid Italian night! Very close to $60,000.00 was raised for the benefit of Operation Enfant Soleil!! AmeriSpec Laval North Shore is proud to have participated in this event.
May 28, 2017
Congratulations to Re/Max United for the organization of this golf tournament for the benefit of Operation Enfant Soleil!! AmeriSpec is proud to have had the privilege to sponsor this event. Congratulations to all those who braved the rain, the cold, wind and mosquitoes in order to raise money for sick children!!
May 19, 2017
Congrats to the team of Re/Max 2000 with this lobster-beef dinner for a good cause. The sum of $31,000.00 had been raised in support of Operation Enfant Soleil!! AmeriSpec is proud to have participated in this wide success as a sponsor!!
April 24, 2017
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March 31, 2017
Here are the important points to check outside your home:
- Verify if there is water accumulation near the foundation. If the answer is yes, you will need to make corrections to the land by adding dirt to the perimeter of the house. This provides a positive slope and diverts the water from the foundation.
- Take this opportunity to ensure that winter has not damaged your gutter system. Make sure it’s not blocked by debris and that an extension (6ft or 2m) is present at the base of each of the descents. This allows water to flow away from the house.
- A careful examination of your roof will allow you to check if damage has been caused by the winter weather. If you notice any anomalies, it would be prudent to consult a roofer to make the necessary corrections.
Here are some points to verify inside your home:
- A rainy day is also a good time to visit your attic and make sure there is no water infiltration.
- Inspect the walls and floors of your basement to see if water is infiltrating, especially if water is accumulated near the house.
- If your home is equipped with a sump and an ejector pump, it’s also a good time to check its operation.
If you need any advice, don’t hesitate to contact our inspectors. Have a good day!
March 25, 2017
Flooding and water damage are things no homeowner ever wants to deal with. But depending on where you live, your home may be prone to flooding.If you’re buying a home, make sure that you’re aware of any flooding issues in the area and find out if there are prevention tools already in place to avoid flooding.To read the full article click on the following link:http://www.amerispec.ca/basement-flooding-how-to-avoid-standing-in-knee-deep-in-water/
March 24, 2017
Flooding and water damage are things no homeowner ever wants to deal with. But depending on where you live, your home may be prone to flooding.If you’re buying a home, make sure that you’re aware of any flooding issues in the area and find out if there are prevention tools already in place to avoid flooding.For more information see the following links:http://www.amerispec.ca/basement-flooding-how-to-avoid-standing-in-knee-deep-in-water/
February 21, 2017
the wall or worse, present a fire hazard.This Health Canada recall involves more than 240,000 Honeywell thermostats sold between 2000 and 2007. It was expanded in 2015 to include Garrison, Home, NOMA, RONA and UPM appliances.
What you need to doDo you think you have a potentially hazardous thermostat? Locate all thermostat reminders on HealthCanada.ca. There were several, spread out over a few years. Check all the rooms in your house to see if your thermostats are part of these lists.
Open the small door and unscrew the screws that hold the thermostat to the wall. If your thermostats are recalled, call an electrician to remove them as soon as possible and contact the retailer from whom you purchased the product, as the importer
is no longer in business, and have it replaced.For more information see the following links:http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/recall-alert-rappel-avis/hc-sc/2011/11849r-eng.php
February 1, 2017
January 30, 2017
sympathies are with the bereaved families.
January 4, 2017
December 9, 2016
December 7, 2016
December 7, 2016
AmeriSpec was proud to sponsor the Christmas Cocktail of the GMREB (Greater Montréal Real Estate Board / Laval / North Shore Regional Group). During this evening Monsieur Stéphane Blanchard participated in the silent auction in favour of the guignolée
and managed to get the golden record of John Lennon!!!
December 2, 2016
An uncluttered house helps to avoid uninspected areas that may concern a future buyer. Here are some tips to make for a smooth home inspection:
- Be sure to clear access to the attic, especially if the access door is in a closet.
- Clear the space around the electrical panel, heating units, water heater, and cabinets below the sink.
- Take vehicles out of the garage if possible, to allow for better examination of the slab.
- Open curtains and blinds to allow inspection of windows.
- Unlock the exterior fences and/or gates.
- Have a copy of the seller’s declaration to be given to the inspector.
Good inspection – good sale!!!
November 23, 2016
moisture in a house. You will gain in comfort and energy savings, in addition to protecting your windows from harmful condensation.
November 14, 2016
filters at the time of regular maintenance of your home’s air system. By neglecting this maintenance, you risk breathing a high rate of dust that is harmful to your health, as well as compromising the performance of the heating system.
October 6, 2016
Lavoie and all of the brokers, for their support in many causes, such as Relay for Life and Down Syndrome foundation. Sincere thanks for this very rewarding morning!
September 29, 2016
inspection company to support Via Capital and its brokers.
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May 12, 2016
Thanks to Charles Perreault for this beautiful invitation!!