Explore Montreal Area, QC

View all cities

By Robert Butler, Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection
(Aspect Inspection)
Comments 19
It's a cover and yes... it's a cover for electrical box, but it's not a cover for this electrical box. It looks like a frugal and creative solution. It is the cover for common wall/ceiling connection boxes and it does prevent errant fingers or tools from being poked in where they should'nt be.Ho...

By Robert Butler, Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection
(Aspect Inspection)
Comments 21
Do You Really Want To Live In A Fireman's' Reno?   I saw this a few weeks ago while inspecting the neighbouring property. I couldn't resist taking a shot of it. The selling agent noticed and told me  a fireman owned the property and was fixing it up, renovating it in his off time. Her tone and at...

By Robert Butler, Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection
(Aspect Inspection)
Comments 5
How Does A Flipper Like Their Eggs.....................................................The Lazy Flipper's Fridge  Have you heard of this one ?; How does a flipper like his fried eggs.....................I don't know, but you can bet they're not sunny side up! And - What does a flpper keep in his ...

By Robert Butler, Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection
(Aspect Inspection)
Comments 8
You Might Be A Vampire If…………You’re Worried About Radio Activity. I recently got this warning via an acquaintance on facebook It came with the link below, which takes you to a site inviting you to a seminar/meeting on the subject.                                             Hydro Qc Installing Sm...

By Robert Butler, Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection
(Aspect Inspection)
Comments 6
KABOOM. Nanny, Family, 2 Small Children Die in Fire. Cause Said To Be Electrical!  That may be the way the headline would read, but fortunately it has not happened. But conditions are prime for it and the risk level is high. The grey 'snow' layer covering everything under this house is laundry li...

By Robert Butler, Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection
(Aspect Inspection)
Comments 24
Was it snowing on 10th Street today? Tool kit - check, Car brush - check, Ladder - check, Snowshoes - check                 This was todays job, at a lull in the wind,       and this is how I dealt with it. So, yes it was snowing. It was what a New Englander would call a sou'wester: gusting, drif...

By Robert Butler, Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection
(Aspect Inspection)
Comments 4
  "Every breath you take"...Is It A Red Flag?   No "Every breath you take" is the songs' refrain (POLICE/Sting). Every breath you expel does add humidity to your homes interior, but that's normal, no red flags for that.  But... Seeing a laundry drying rack like the one in the photo Is a big RED F...

By Robert Butler, Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection
(Aspect Inspection)
Comments 22
Have You Got The 'New House plumbing Blues'? or What's wrong in this picture.?  A Plumbing Puzzler. Everything is clean and new and dry, no leaks. It's a new house, less than 2 years old, being sold by the builder owner. He (or his plumber) would get 3 out of 4 on this issue because of the 4 sink...

By Robert Butler, Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection
(Aspect Inspection)
Comments 3
Is Your House Sporting A Beret?   It's That Time Of Year. Keep Looking Up.      It is that time of year. Snow does build up on roofs. You even get snow drifts on roofs with windy conditions. You also get what I like to call snowbrows. Which may look like your roof is wearing a snow beret. The rig...

By Robert Butler, Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection
(Aspect Inspection)
Comments 3
Cabinetry 101, Carpentry 312 Cabinetry 101; If your woodworking skills are not up to fine millwork...just do this;Nail wooden boxes to the wall. The wrinkle now is to find wooden boxes like this not being sold as antiques. Carpenrtry 312: The diagonal wall brace seen here is a good example of a '...

By Robert Butler, Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection
(Aspect Inspection)
Comments 11
Jack Frost Locked This Gate.   Has He Locked Yours Too? This is a metal latch on a gate post meant to hold the gate closed but be operable from two both sides. There were two of theses gates seen on a recent inspection. Both were in the same state. The posts had been heaved up by ground frost. No...

By Tanya Nouwens, Montreal Real Estate Broker & Stager
(RE/MAX ROYAL (JORDAN) INC. / Tanya Nouwens Inc. www.readysetsold.ca)
Comments 6
While last month I wrote about the larger Montreal real estate market and specifically September’s results, this time I’ll focus more specifically on the Montreal West Island real estate market. The chart below shows the West Island* results for the third quarter of 2012 compared to the third qua...

By Tanya Nouwens, Montreal Real Estate Broker & Stager
(RE/MAX ROYAL (JORDAN) INC. / Tanya Nouwens Inc. www.readysetsold.ca)
Comments 23
If you’re from out of town, you may need a primer on “Montreal Real Estate Speak.”  Ask any Canadian – we do things a bit differently here in Montreal.  French has infiltrated English, and English has infiltrated French, and most of us love it.   Here are a few common expressions and translations...

By Tanya Nouwens, Montreal Real Estate Broker & Stager
(RE/MAX ROYAL (JORDAN) INC. / Tanya Nouwens Inc. www.readysetsold.ca)
Comments 10
I wanted to share a few home staging before and afters from a Montreal home staging project we did last week for a condo in N.D.G. These shots were taken quickly with my iPhone so the quality is not great, but the results are still there. (I always hire a professional photographer when it is my o...

By Robert Butler, Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection
(Aspect Inspection)
Comments 28
Absence of Body Or Alien Invasion? Scary? Yes! Is it a Halloween prop or a science fiction horror film of alien invasion? Is it arriving through a bend in space, And Materializing in front of your eyes?   Well.....No!  But this is very much an earth bound phenomenon, even though winged beings wit...

By Robert Butler, Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection
(Aspect Inspection)
Comments 9
    A Case Of New Not Being Better ... A Stair Story  (This is # 3 in a series on a single flipped house.) The original exterior stairs of this flipped property had only 2 stringers, but they were bigger and longer, which allowed for a more generous tread width. The slots in the concrete pad (C) ...

By Robert Butler, Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection
(Aspect Inspection)
Comments 1
  Has A Stately Tree Suddenly Become Firewood?  Has Sandy Rubbed You The Wrong Way? If you have storm damage what can you do?  Is your car under a tree or in some water?  What now? Many people may find themselves in this situation today. You need your car and you need the tree parts or other debr...

By Robert Butler, Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection
(Aspect Inspection)
Comments 23
 Believe It Or Not, It's Just "Hanging In There". Yes believe it or not this is rot. Ordinary wood rot is the process of decay due to the breakdown of the wood fiber components as they are exposed to mold, micro-organisms, insects and water. This is a complete ecology with the mold eating the woo...

By Robert Butler, Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection
(Aspect Inspection)
Comments 9
The Double Header: Concentrates the rain to get BOTH shoulders as you walk up the stairs!  (This is #2 in a series on a single flipped house.)   Yes that's right. The original owner of this flipped property installed the gutter system to keep you dry, from the roof runoff at least, when you walk ...

By Tanya Nouwens, Montreal Real Estate Broker & Stager
(RE/MAX ROYAL (JORDAN) INC. / Tanya Nouwens Inc. www.readysetsold.ca)
Comments 12
As a Montreal real estate broker, I’m often asked, “How’s the Montreal real estate market doing, Tanya?” If I was bluffing or had my head in the sand, I’d say, “Great!”  But I don’t bluff and the sand gets in my eyes. If I was a pessimist, I’d say, “Terrible.” But my glass is always half-full. In...

Montreal Area, QC Real Estate Professionals