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Think twice before hiring a contractor

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Think twice before hiring a contractor

Whether it is for repair in an apartment or for one’s own dwelling, some homeowners may be tempted to do business with a friend or someone who has been referred to them, a person who does not have a certificate of qualification or the required permits.

It is important, however, to remember that quality of service as well as competence should be given priority in the selection of a worker. In some situations the law also requires that the worker has a certificate of competency issued by the Commission de la Construction du Québec (CCQ) and that the contractor has an appropriate contractor’s license issued by the Régie du Bâtiment du Québec (RBQ), depending on the nature of the work. Some work therefore can not legally be done by ​​yourself or by any handyman. In addition, not doing business with a qualified contractor may cost more in the end and bring more problems than benefits.

La Ville de Montréal augmente le plafond d'admissibilité de trois programmes en habitation

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La Ville de Montréal augmente le plafond d'admissibilité de trois programmes en habitation

Le rôle foncier 2014-2016 faisant état d'augmentations moyennes de l'ordre de 21 % des évaluations foncières dans le secteur résidentiel, la Ville de Montréal augmente en conséquence le plafond d'admissibilité de trois de ses programmes en habitation soit : Stabilisation des fondations, Rénovation à la carte, et Rénovation résidentielle majeure. Les nouveaux plafonds de valeurs foncières s'appliqueront aux demandes reçues à partir du 1erjanvier 2014 et permettront de maintenir le niveau actuel d'admissibilité aux programmes d'aide financière voire dans certains cas de l'augmenter.

2014-2015 Desjardins Group Economic Outlook - A new trend is beginning

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2014-2015 Desjardins Group Economic Outlook - A new trend is beginning

Quebec's real GDP growth should rise by 1.8% in 2014. Quebec's economy will only return to a cruising speed of over 2.0% in 2015, at 2.1 %, the best performance since 2010. Ontario should see its real GDP rise 2.1% in 2014 and 2.7% in 2015, as the improving U.S. economy should stimulate international exports.

Preventing condensation in cold weather

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Preventing condensation in cold weather

In Quebec you never know in advance what the winter will bring.

Some winters are very cold and even when your house is equipped with a good ventilation system it is possible that signs of condensation such as the formation of ice at the bottom of the windows appear. According to the Association provinciale des constructeurs d’habitations du Québec (APCHQ) it is possible to avoid this problem.

Nouvelles surfaces de béton et sels de déglaçage ne font pas bon ménage!

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Nouvelles surfaces de béton et sels de déglaçage ne font pas bon ménage!

Avec l’arrivée de la saison froide, l’Association provinciale des constructeurs d’habitations du Québec (APCHQ) rappelle ses recommandations aux propriétaires d’habitations quant à l’utilisation de sels de déglaçage afin d’éviter que la surface des balcons en béton ne s’écaille ou ne s’effrite.