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Home improvement advice for Calgary, Alberta residents by Justin Havre & Associates.

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What is Deferred Maintenance?Home buyers have a lot of things to keep in mind when looking for a new Forest Heights home. Does it have enough bathrooms? What are the countertops made from? Does it have room for a growing family? While these are all valid questions, home buyers should also be asking themselves, “Does it have any deferred maintenance?” Deferred maintenance is extremely important to look for when buying a home because it can save the home buyer from being surprised later on. Here is everything home buyers should know about deferred maintenance and what they can do about it.

What is Deferred Maintenance?

Deferred maintenance refers to any necessary repairs that should be done on a home that the homeowner has postponed. Homeowners often defer their home’s

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Setting Up a Home Office? These Tips Can HelpA good home office can make working at home a pleasant, productive, and enjoyable experience. The way you set up your Applewood Park home office can have a big impact on how well you perform at your job. If you've never created a home office before, these tips can help you through the process.

1. Create a Calm Working Environment

Most people need a calm working environment free from distractions. There are many things a homeowner can do to make their working environment a calm, zen-like place.

  • Paint the walls in a cool, calm color, like gray-green, gray-blue, or simple gray.
  • Install a door that can be shut during office hours, if there is not already a door in place.
  • Landscape the part of the yard that can be seen out the office
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What Owners Should Know Before Constructing a New Home AdditionRising property values and a growing need for more space makes a home addition construction project sound like a keen idea. Yet, renovations involving new additions can be extremely pricey and stressful to boot. Here are some tips for mitigating constructing a new addition in your Erin Woods home without blowing the budget and questioning your rationality.

Evaluate the Home's Structure with a Design Pro

The value of hiring professional contractors, designers and architects cannot be overestimated when planning a home addition. Even if the work will be performed DIY, expert help can prevent serious, costly errors, especially in the initial stages. For example, a home's structure literally dictates what type of additions can be constructed through

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Is a Deck Worth the Cost of Installation?A deck can be the perfect addition to a home for a variety of reasons. Backyard parties, improved resale value, a rewarding summer project: a deck can be just what everyone needs to really enjoy the outdoors again. But a deck also comes with its fair share of potential complications, and could even land a homeowner in legal hot water. See why it's time to move forward and when homeowners may want to hold back.

Local Restrictions

When homeowners have their own property, they may think they have the right to make changes to it however they like. But because one home may affect the land of another, there are ordinances that may restrict or even prevent home renovations. Those in HOAs likely don't need to be reminded of this, but people who live in

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Four Home Improvements That Could Actually Hurt Your Home's ValueHome improvements are supposed to drive up your Coventry Hills home value, but not all of them are good for your home. Some home improvements can actually make your home less desirable to buyers, which can make selling your home more difficult. If you're a homeowner and you're thinking about making a home improvement sometime in the next few months, be careful when making the following home upgrades.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

1. Changing a Bedroom Into Something Else

Home buyers like bedrooms. Changing a bedroom into something like a home office or a recording studio only reduces the number of bedrooms in the home. Doing this only

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Winterizing Your Home: 4 Easy Strategies Every Homeowner Should KnowEveryone who lives in a climate where winters get cold has probably heard of winterizing, or the act of preparing a home so it’s protected against extreme temperatures. Winterizing can be done in many different ways, some more intensive than others. Fortunately, busy Conventry Hills homeowners don’t have to spend a lot of time winterizing their home each year. There is a number of different easy ways homeowners can prepare their home for the winter that don’t require very much effort or time. Here are some examples of those winterizing strategies.

1. Run Ceiling Fans in Reverse

When using a ceiling fan normally in the summertime, they force the air in the room to circulate, cooling it down. However, most ceiling fans now have a switch on them

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Painting Your Kitchen Cupboards & CabinetsWant to freshen up your Calgary home before you sell it? Painting existing kitchen cabinets is one of the easiest ways to update a tired kitchen, but it's easier said than done. It's not as easy as painting a wall or trim and requires a great deal more preparation.

To make the job mistake-free with less mess and a more perfect job, follow these basic steps:

Put Labels On Each Item

Remove all the cabinet doors and the hinges. Some people paint right over the hinges because its easy and they're in a hurry. But it looks unprofessional and sloppy and that can translate into lower offers. Take everything off and label each door. You might draw a map of your kitchen and match the labels with the position on your map. Put hinges in a clear plastic

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How to Remediate Pests from Your Home




 

The Most Common Pests and Their Entry Points

The walls aren't the only way insects enter your home. Here are the other important points you need to watch out for:

  • Ants – if you have trees in your garden, the branches which touch your house become an “insect bridge” to your home. Also, this allows ants and other insects to nest in clogged gutters.

  • Squirrels and bats – these creatures like the attic because it’s a cosy refuge. So gaps along dormers, roof vents, and adjoining rooflines become entrance points into your attic.

  • Cockroaches – don't store unused cardboard boxes because they are the perfect habitat for cockroaches.

  • Beetles – bear in mind that sliding windows, doors, and thresholds provide

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Tools Every Homeowner Needs and How to Keep Them OrganizedFor many people, buying a new home means learning to do housework and home repair. To do this, many people need to buy tools. For people who have long been renters, it's hard to know what tools are necessary and useful around the house. Below are some of the most helpful tools that you can buy when making the transition from home renter to homeowner.

Hammer, Nails, Mallet

Every homeowner needs a hammer and nails. Some homeowners buy nails as they're needed, but it's good to have a supply up front. Buy a variety of lengths and gauges, some with wide flat heads, and some with small heads.

Buy a hammer for pounding in the nails, and a mallet for pounding on something that could be damaged by the hard head of a hammer. For example, you might use a

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Kitchen Renovation Information for Home Buyers Seeking High ROIHome renovations, particularly kitchen renovations, can increase a home's value dramatically. The highest ROI kitchen renovations are the ones that are relatively affordable but that make a big impact on home buyers. If you're a homeowner who is thinking about selling your home sometime in the next year, these kitchen changes can increase the value of your home.

Paint the Walls

Painting the walls makes the kitchen look new, fresh and fabulous. In recent years, white has been a very popular colour in kitchens. White brightens the space while making it look larger and cleaner. If white is not a desirable colour for the homeowner, then the best bet is to paint the walls in neutral colours, as these tend to be the most universally appreciated by home

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