Home Improvement Blogs – Calgary

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

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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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5 Popular Roofing Material Choices for ResidencesWhen it comes time to replace roofing materials, homeowners have many options to consider. They must think about how the materials look and function to make the best choice for their homes. The right roofing materials can beautifully complement the exterior home design while offering lasting protection from the elements. Some roof materials can be handled in a DIY project, while others need a professional. Here are just five of the most popular roofing materials homeowners can choose from in upgrading their homes.

Asphalt

Although simple in design, asphalt shingles are very affordable, attractive and durable. These shingles come in organic compounds or as a fiberglass mesh. Both types are easily installed by a skilled roofing contractor in as

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The Best Interior Design Practices for Renovating Your HomeHave you ever walked into another person's home and have wished that your home could look just like theirs? Some people have a natural flair for decorating while others need to call in the pros for some assistance. If you're one of the latter here are some design tips for you that the pros use to make homes look stunning, homey and elegant.

Decorating Your Home With Timeless Decorating Strategies

In order to ensure your design decisions have the biggest impact, be sure to follow these design rules that will help your home stay open and welcoming.

Choose Neutrals And Whites

If your decorating flair isn't what it should be, stick to white and neutrals as a base for your decor. Once you start extending yourself into bright colors you'll

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How to Shop For Furniture in CalgaryCongrats on your new home!  Now comes the fun part – buying furniture for it. You might be tempted to run from store to store and pick out a couch, pick out a table, buy a painting you think might fit your wall and so forth. But hunting and pecking for furniture is for chickens. There is a better way.

Start With An Interior Design Plan

Your home wasn’t built room by room. It was built with the end in mind, carefully measured, constructed and finished. Planning each room from top to bottom will help make sure you have a cohesive approach to your furniture. Plan what goes on in each room you are furnishing.  Get in with a great furniture store that has a design staff that will help you plan. Some good Calgary furniture stores have designers

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What to Know When Hiring a ContractorMany home owners will want to get some small, major renovation or repair jobs done on their home at some point. Some are skilled enough to do the job on their own while others either don’t have the necessary skills or simply don’t have the time. This latter group will likely hire a contractor to perform the work. Everyone has probably heard horror stories about someone who had encountered problems with a contractor and for a variety of reasons.

Using a contractor in Calgary is not all that different from any other business arrangement. If you want to avoid problems then you have to do it right. Here are a few tips to help you have a productive and successful arrangement with a contractor.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a

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The Best Cleaning Strategies for Spring CleaningStarting your spring cleaning is a very important thing. It's a sign of warmer weather arriving and it usually means it's time to purge some of the garbage you don't need anymore. Here are a few tips to get you started with this year's round of spring cleaning.

Start With Smaller Projects

Since the weather isn't exactly warm yet, you can start inside the house with smaller projects. Tackle the closets and other storage areas first. This will allow you to go through some of the items you may not need anymore and get something done before the weather turns warm enough to handle other tasks.

Don't Forget the Ceilings

Often, we forget to clean the ceilings because they are above us and out of our way. However, they attract plenty of dust

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