Home Improvement Blogs – Calgary

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

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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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Should You Hire a Pro Or DIY?Owning your own property is one of the strongest symbols of independence which is why it doesn't seem like much of a stretch to handle the improvements to that property too. But some DIY projects really aren't advisable for the average handyman (and even sometimes for the advanced one.) It's time to look at the big picture of home repairs before jumping into a project that could eat up far more time and money than a homeowner ever could have anticipated.

Physical Safety

Before tallying up how much supplies will cost at the hardware store, homeowners first need to list out the safety hazards in their minds. All jobs are going to come with some degree of risk, but the odds rise and fall depending on the outcome the homeowner wants. From faulty

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The Best Affordable Home ImprovementsRenovating your home will increase its value and make it a nicer place for you to live. Here's what you need to know about making valuable improvements for your home, as well as a few projects to add beauty, value and selling appeal to your home.

The Effect Improvements Have On Home Value

If you're trying to add value to your home, several projects tend to add more value than others. For example, upgrading kitchens with new appliances and fixtures will pay off, especially if you're updating a particularly old space. Bathrooms are another source of home value when updating accessories and features. Tidying up outdoor areas tends to pay off, and any major improvements such as a roof, siding, and windows almost always earn their cost back. Many of

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Landscaping Your Calgary GardenBring a little bit of Eden to your Calgary home this year. Gardening is good for the body, the soul and your investment. An old Chinese proverb reads: "If you want to be happy for an hour, get drunk; if you want to be happy for three days, get married; if you want to be happy forever, make a garden.”

What are the Best Plants for a Calgary Garden?

If you're considering starting a garden or adding a few plants to your current garden, it's a good idea to know which plants are best for the climate in your area. Calgary is great for specific types of plants, but not for others. Here are some of the top choices for your Calgary garden.

  • Fleabane: Very similar to a daisy, the Fleabane is easy to grow and very dependable. It's an annual, which works
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5 Cost-Efficient Ways to Improve Home Energy EfficiencyThe price of home upgrades often dictates which improvements homeowners can consider. People may not want to spend a great deal of money on updates that will not provide a fair justification for the homeowners through use, or after the sale of the home. However, the following methods of increasing energy efficiency still have an ideal return-on-investment for the people who have them, and some may even pay for themselves over time.

The Value of Investing in Green Real Estate

What are the benefits of investing in green real estate? Ask real estate investors this question and the answer comes in a minute.

Many investors have now realized the numerous opportunities in green real estate. This is the new venture in the field of real estate. It is

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