Home Improvement Blogs – Calgary

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

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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 HomePest remediation is an important topic in homeownership, especially if you are thinking of selling your home. From urban areas to rural communities, homeowners everywhere may struggle with pest remediation. Whether you're a new homeowner who would like to prevent pests, or you're an experienced homeowner who has long struggled to keep pests away, these tips can help.

Recognize the Signs of Pest Infestation

Knowing the signs of pest infestation is important. It's especially important to recognize these signs early in the infestation. Catching the signs early can ensure that the homeowner will be able to remediate the pests before they become a serious problem. Homeowners can watch for:

  • Mouse feces. Mouse feces are small, black, and shaped
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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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As the summer approaches you'll want to be ready to soak up the sun during the afternoon or to enjoy a barbecue in the backyard with your friends. When summer arrives the only time you may want to spend inside is when the rain starts to come down and if you're like most people you're going to be spending all the time you can in the great outdoors.

Finding The Right Outdoor Furniture

Are you a wood, wicker, plastic or metal type of person when it comes to choosing the materials for your outdoor furniture? Wicker should only be used in places where the elements of nature can't reach it while wood, plastic and metal furniture can usually withstand more. Most of your wood options will require yearly maintenance, however, and metal furniture will also

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When you have a small studio condo you'll want to decorate it to make it seem as large as possible. Here are a few decorating tips that you can use to help bring out the space in the condo and to minimize the smaller aspects of it.

Decluttering

It is very easy to get so accustomed to the things you own that you don’t notice just how packed your place is. Dedicating a few hours to identifying items that you don’t truly use or enjoy allows you to free up more space and enhances the look of your home. Consider decluttering the following so you can make the most of your space and display the things you truly love.

Declutter your Space: 10 Easy Things to Get Rid Of

  • Outdated things you don’t wear
  • Shoes without a mate
  • Magazines you’ve
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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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The Importance of Home SecurityThe answer to this is a resounding yes. No matter what type of budget you have, any type of security system is better than nothing. In fact, you can simply set up a fake one if you really can't afford a security system or you can make one that makes thieves think that a real one has been set in place. The criminal mind isn't smart enough to linger around a place trying to decide whether the security system is real or how well it is designed. Unless you have a luxury home, these thieves won't be taking a second look at the design of the system itself but will only be concentrating on whether you have one set in place or not.

When Price Isn't A Concern

If you're willing to pay the price for a full security system you should be looking for one that

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Annual Home Maintenance Schedule For HomeownersOwning a home comes with a vast array of responsibilities, some of which can be difficult to keep up on a regular basis. But while it's nearly impossible for homeowners to hit every task on the ideal maintenance list, it is possible to form better habits now, so they're easier to repeat year after year. Keep the following tips in mind when putting a yearly maintenance schedule together for a Calgary home. The more of these little jobs an owner can check off their list, the less likely it is they'll have a major problem pop up when they least expect it.

Every Single Month

The first thing that owners should learn to do is inspect their home every month. Learning the home inside and out may seem like unnecessary advice to some. After all, the

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