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Needs vs. Wants
August 14, 2017

as-blogimgAre 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.

Re/Max Cartier Italian Night supporting Opération Enfant Soleil
May 31, 2017

 

Re/Max Cartier Italian Night supporting Opération Enfant SoleilCongratulations 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.

Re/Max United Golf Tournament supporting Opération Enfant Soleil
May 28, 2017

Re/Max United Golf Tournament supporting Opération Enfant SoleilCongratulations 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!!

Re/Max 2000 Lobster Beef Dinner supporting Opération Enfant Soleil
May 19, 2017

Re/Max 2000 Lobster Beef Dinner supporting Opération Enfant SoleilCongrats 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!!

The Blue Martinis / Synergy Evening Event for the Relay for Life
April 24, 2017
The Blue Martinis / Synergy Evening Event for the Relay for Life
To the loving memory of our Director Mr. Yves L’Archevêque, who died of cancer a year ago.Amerispec is proud to have participated in The Blue Martinis / Synergy Evening Event for the Relay for Life. The fight against cancer is very important to us!!Congratulations to Christiane Lavoie of Sutton Synergie and her team for this beautiful event that included 450 participants this year!
How To Recover From A Flood
April 13, 2017
How To Recover From A Flood
AmeriSpec staff is sympathetic to everyone who has suffered a disaster as a result of last week’s floods. We are wholeheartedly with you. We’re aware that it’s not always easy to quickly manage the multiple tasks required after such damage. However, please note that ServiceMaster Restore devotes a page on their site to help you : http://servicemasterrestore.ca/post.php?s=2016-10-20-what-to-do-when-your-basement-floods
Sound Advice on a Rainy Day of Spring
March 31, 2017
Basement FloodingIn order to prevent water damage, use the next rainy day as an opportunity to do the exterior inspection of your property, and plan any corrections early this season.
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!

Basement Flooding: How to Avoid Standing In Knee-deep In Water
March 25, 2017

Basement FloodingFlooding 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/

8 Storage Tips to Help You Clean Better, Clean Faster
March 24, 2017

8 Storage Tips to help you clean better, clean fasterFlooding 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/

Fire Hazard – Thermostat Recall
February 21, 2017
Fire Hazard - Thermostat RecallThere is currently an important recall for thermostats made in China that could overheat, melt, damage
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 do
Do 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
http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/recall-alert-rappel-avis/hc-sc/2015/52863r-eng.php

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Why Remove Snow from Your Roof?
February 1, 2017
Why Remove Snow from Your Roof?
It is imperative to clear the roof as soon as the accumulation reaches 24 inches (61 centimeters). Also, with the “warm weather”, the snow often turns into ice, the water rises under the shingles and that’s when it becomes a problem.The entire roof does not have to be cleared of snow to prevent water infiltration, only the part around eavestroughs must be cleared. To perform the work, sharp objects such as metal shovels or ice picks must be avoided.To conclude, be careful! If you have to go on the roof, be sure to use a harness.
Our Deepest Sympathies
January 30, 2017
Our Deepest Sympathies
Dear Muslim clients and friends, Following the tragedy at the mosque in the town of Ste-Foy, we are deeply touched and share your pain. We would never have believed that ignorance and intolerance would take this murderous form in Quebec. All our
sympathies are with the bereaved families.
Happy New Year 2017!!
January 4, 2017
Happy New Years 2016!!
As the new year begins, AmeriSpec wishes its customers, friends and suppliers, health, joy and happiness. You have been faithful to our company, and we would like to thank you very much for your support.Just like fireworks, we hope 2017 will be full of strong moments, shining with positive emotions and good surprises.May your projects find positive outcomes and turn out to be as successful as those of previous years.We look forward to crossing your path again and hopefully serving you in 2017.
Via Capitale Distinction Christmas Supper
December 9, 2016
Via Capitale Distinction Christmas Supper
Thanks to Mr. Alain Joyal for the invitation to this Christmas supper with all brokers of Via Capitale Distinction! Great evening, great meal and good atmosphere!!
A Celebration of 2016 at Groupe Sutton Synergie
December 7, 2016
A Celebration of 2016 at Groupe Sutton Synergie
GMREB Christmas CocktailAmeriSpec was honoured to join the Groupe Sutton Synergie brokers to celebrate the year of 2016. Congratulations to the organizers for this very successful evening!!
GMREB Christmas Cocktail
December 7, 2016
GMREB Christmas Cocktail
GMREB Christmas Cocktail
GMREB Christmas Cocktail

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!!!

How to prepare for a Home Inspection
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.
How to prepare for a Home Inspection
  • 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!!!

$$ How to Easily Reduce Your Heating Costs $$
November 23, 2016
TEMPERATURES ARE FALLING
Many people believe that reducing heating in the basement during the winter season will save money. On the contrary, we must heat adequately (20 degrees Celsius) to counteract the moisture from the soil which is usually the main source of excess
moisture in a house. You will gain in comfort and energy savings, in addition to protecting your windows from harmful condensation.
Brrrr… Temperatures are Falling!
November 14, 2016
TEMPERATURES ARE FALLING
Starting in the fall, your home’s heating system operates at full capacity. But do you know that this unit does not just warm your home?The filtration system of your furnace is used to clean the air you breathe. Its role is to capture all types of dust produced by your daily activities (cooking, smoke, animal hair, etc.). It is therefore essential to check, clean or change the
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.
Sutton Synergie meeting
October 6, 2016
La réunion Sutton Synergie
AmeriSpec was present for the Sutton Synergie meeting. All of the AmeriSpec staff would like to congratulate Mr. Yvon Cousineau for his initiatives and his dynamism.AmeriSpec would also want to emphasize the implication of Mr. Cousineau, Ms. Christiane
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!
Convention day Via Capitale
September 29, 2016
Convention day Via Capitale September 29, 2016
AmeriSpec is proud to be associated with Via Capitale for its 2016 convention.More than 400 inspection companies in Quebec, and only one present at the convention! With representatives from all regions of Quebec, AmeriSpec is proud to be the only
inspection company to support Via Capital and its brokers.
Convention day Via Capitale September 29, 2016
The AmeriSpec team accompanied by Mr. David Martin, President and CEO at Via Capitale.
Convention day Via Capitale September 29, 2016
Congratulations to the winner of a Dell Venue 10 tablet – Madame Marjolaine Gingras!
Autism Laurentians
September 1, 2016
Autism Laurentians September 1, 2016
AmeriSpec is proud to have participated in the benefit dinner and fundraiser for Autism Laurentians!!
Autism Laurentians
A memorable event, with Autism Laurentians exceeding their goal to achieve $50,000.Congratulations to the entire team, honorary president Maître Étienne L. Morin of PFD Lawyers and M. Marc Vadeboncoeur of IMMODEV agence immobilière!!!
Re/Max Unis for Opération Enfant Soleil
June 6, 2016
Re/Max Unis for Opération Enfant Soleil June 6, 2016
AmeriSpec attended the golf tournament organized by Re/Max Unis in support of Operation Enfant Soleil!!A beautiful day was had, and for such a good cause!!!
Lobster Dinner at Re/Max du Cartier for Opération Enfant Soleil
May 19, 2016
Lobster Dinner at Re/Max du Cartier for Opération Enfant Soleil May 19, 2016
Lobster dinner at Re/Max 2000 in support of Opération Enfant Soleil!!! Susie accompanied by Jean-François Baril, our host for this wonderful evening.
Italian Evening at Re/Max du Cartier for Opération Enfant Soleil
May 12, 2016
Italian Evening at Re/Max du Cartier for Opération Enfant Soleil May 12, 2016
Congratulations to Re/Max du Cartier for their magnificent organization of the Italian dinner to benefit the great cause of Operation Enfant Soleil.Over $50,000 raised!!! WOW!! AmeriSpec Laval – North Shore – Montreal-East is proud to have contributed.
Thanks to Charles Perreault for this beautiful invitation!!
Inspection à partir de :
 
  Unifamiliale Prévente $395.00  
 
  Unifamiliale Préachat $495.00  
 
  Condo moins de 1000pc $400.00  
 
  Condo plus de 1000pc $440.00