Introduction

Periodically, MD Inspect Plus will send out an email newsletter.

Topics will vary from maintenance tasks you should perform around your house, details about different systems/components in your house and services offered by MD Inspect Plus.

My business is based on referrals, so if you have a friend, family member or co-worker thinking about buying a house, please pass along my information. Friends, family and co-workers can also sign up for this newsletter if you send them a copy using the Forward Email link at the bottom of the this newsletter.

Also if you could take a minute and provide a quick review (good or bad) which will help my ranking on website search engines. Go to Shopping In Montreal to submit a review - it's a 2 or 3 step process but only takes a few minutes.

Sincerely,

Dan Janidlo PHPI, NCH
MD Inspect Plus Inc.
48 Valois Bay
Pointe-Claire, Quebec H9R 4B3
514-318-8067


REGULAR MAINTENANCE - have you spent your 1% this year

In a home, almost everything requires maintenance. There are two ways of repairing things in your home - preventatively or in a crisis mode.

Home maintenance costs vary widely, depending on your home and contents. As a general rule of thumb, you should expect to spend about 1% of the value of your home every year in maintenance. Now this amount doesn't count doing extras such as installing a pool/spa, a home theatre room in the basement or a $40,000 kitchen upgrade/remodel.

A systematic maintenance approach also allows you to monitor certain conditions and components. Regular inspections will give you enough advance warning to allow for several quotes to be obtained in order to make an educated and cost effective purchase of a new systems/component.

Preventative maintenance can avoid costly repairs, extend the life expectancy of many components and in some cases, reduce energy consumption.

There are so many home maintenance and repair items that are important; it can be confusing trying to establish which are the most critical. Remember, that immediate and/or safety issues on your home inspection report need to be repaired, replaced or looked at by a specialist for your à own safety.

ONE TIME TASKS
  • Install smoke detectors as necessary (and replace detector more than 10 years old)
  • Change the locks on all doors and charge the code for the garage door opener if there is a key pad outside.
  • Remove or correct trip hazards such as broken or uneven walks, patios, driveways and carpet/flooring
  • Correct unsafe stairways and landings
  • Replace all closet lighting to have protected bulbs
  • Have all chimneys inspected and serviced before operating any of these appliances
For a more complete list, see the CMHC document titled "HOME MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE"

For a list of ballpark costs to replace certain systems/components, fellow this link.

Not sure how to prioritize the work, give MD Inspect Plus a call at 514-318-8067 or send us
an email


SAFETY RECALLS

In December 2010, MD Inspect Plus signed up for a email notification for recalls from the Canadian Government and over the last few month some unexpected recalls have occurred on items from reputable retailers (not just dollar store items).

Heath Canada maintains a database of all recalls and you can sign up to receive an email when a new recall is released. Go to Health Canada - Consumer Product Safety website to sign up. The emails contain only a brief description of the recall with a link to the full details so they don't take long to read.

You will be amazed at the things you will see on the list. Some of the most interesting recalls will be posted on the MD Inspect Plus' website.

Some of the more interesting recalls:

What's this?

What do you see in this picture?  Try to identify what you see. 
Hint: Most people don't have access to see this way up high


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