Home Improvement Blogs – Fort McMurray

Home improvement advice for Fort McMurray, Alberta residents.

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Replace or Refurbish? What You Need to Know About CabinetsIf you're an Abasands homeowner who is hoping for a new look in your kitchen, you're probably considering either replacing or refurbishing your cabinets. If that's the case, you should know the difference. This information can help you decide whether refurbishment or replacement is right for you.

What's the Difference Between Refurbishing and Replacing?

Cabinet refurbishment is the process of removing the old finish on a cabinet and installing new finish to make the cabinets look new. Cabinet replacement involves the removal and disposal of the old cabinets, and installation of new cabinets.

Which One Is Better?

There's no way to say which is better, as all circumstances are different. When trying to decide whether to replace or refurbish,

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Are You Ready for a Home Addition?Adding onto an existing home often serves as a viable investment in the property. Making a space larger can increase its value. It also makes it easier for homeowners to enjoy the space and possibly sell the home faster and for more money. However, building a home addition can also be a complicated and expensive endeavour. With this information, homeowners will have a better understanding of what they need to make a practical decision about home additions.

1. Return on Investment

Property owners may want to start by thinking about the resale value of the addition, particularly if they do not intend to remain in the home for many years. Many home improvements offer flexibility in the amount that homeowners have to pay. Home additions tend to cost

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What to Know About Building a Deck Before SellingBefore selling their home, homeowners often look for small ways to boost their home's value and make their property more appealing to buyers. One of the most popular ways to do this is by installing a deck. Many home buyers love spending time outside and entertaining in their back yard, and a deck can make that possible. If you're a homeowner looking for a high ROI project that can help your home sell for more money, here's what you need to know.

What Is the ROI of Deck Installation

The ROI of a deck installation varies between 70 and 80 percent, depending on the materials used to build the deck, how big the deck is, how much the deck installation cost and other factors. Homeowners who want to make as much money as possible can increase ROI by

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What to Do When You Can't Afford Home Repairs?When a home needs a major repair, such as a new roof, most owners will immediately shudder at the sticker-shock of the initial costs. Those who choose to leave their roof as-is because they can't (or choose not to) pay for the roof would be guilty of deferred maintenance. Whether it's because a homeowner is planning to sell the home, even in a buyers market, or because their finances just aren't available, deferred maintenance is never recommended. The good news is that owners may have more power than they think, even if their bank accounts are severely depleted.

The Real Cost of Deferred Maintenance

It costs about four times more to fix a problem that's been left alone than it does to fix a problem in its earliest stages. For example, a

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Bad Home ImprovementsWhile there are many Wood Buffalo home improvements worth the expense, others may not be a good investment for a homeowner. Maintain the equity in a home and make improvements that can offer a good return. Attract a better pool of qualified buyers by avoiding the following upgrades.

Know Your Audience

Not every popular home improvement will appeal to a specific community. Having an understanding of the types of projects that home buyers are looking for will help those looking to sell soon after making a home improvement. There are plenty of home improvements that may not offer a great return.

Home Improvements to Avoid

Why pay to add a pool when a qualified buyer may add in a contingency for the homeowner to have it filled in? Some buyers

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Bathroom Renovations with High ROIMany Canadian homeowners are planning a bathroom renovation to make a home more attractive before selling their home. However, not all sellers may see a high ROI. The average bathroom remodeling project can cost a homeowner anywhere from $10,500 to $25,000. While some projects may be attractive, owners may not see a significant return due to their cost. Get a better return on a few affordable bathroom renovation projects or when the market supports the cost of a more expensive bathroom remodeling project.

Affordable Bathroom Renovation Projects

Homeowners may see the best return on relatively inexpensive bathroom renovation projects. Many of these upgrades may not require the help of a contractor, cutting out labour costs and keeping a project

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How to Get the Best Returns from Your Kitchen RemodelA kitchen remodel is a smart choice for homeowners who want to increase the value of their property. It might also help when it some time to sell the home. However, the rules of a remodel may not be as obvious as they first seem. Not every project will lead to better offers on a home, so it helps to understand the average rate of returns before diving in. (The ROI refers to return on investment and represents how much money a person will reap after improving different parts of their kitchen.) Learn more about the underlying principles of home improvement and how to use those guidelines to determine the next project.

Standard Advice

When it comes to a kitchen remodel, the buyer needs to think big picture. Just because their kitchen would be

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How To Winterize Your Home in 4 Easy StepsIt’s no secret that extreme cold weather can wreak havoc on a home if it isn’t prepared to endure it. Homeowners can take steps to prepare their home for the harsh cold of winter in many different ways, and this is known as “winterizing”. It’s highly recommended that all homeowners take steps to winterize their homes in order to protect them, especially here in Canada, because winterizing helps prevent damage to the home such as pipes bursting, which is a common and expensive problem. The Spring and Summer are great times to winterize your home - especially if considering selling your home. Here are some easy ways to winterize any home and help it survive the cold.

1. Change the Furnace Filter

Furnace filters normally need to be changed several

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Tools for the HomeNew homeowners may find that costs add up quickly when hiring someone to perform routine maintenance and make minor repairs in a home. One way to stay within the budget is to tackle a few basic tasks and repairs. Explore some common tools every homeowner should have to help meet their needs when making repairs and performing maintenance.

Get It Exact

Whether it is for buying new furniture or measuring for new lighting in your home, new homeowners cannot go wrong with buying a tape measure. Get one long enough to provide sufficient length, like the 25-foot tape measure, and look for one with a blade to prevent buckling.

See in the Dark

Inside the house or in the car, every homeowner should have a portable flashlight. Use it to check out

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4 Siding Options For Your HomeWhen it comes to a home’s external appearance, nothing can define it quite as much as its siding. There are many different options on the market that homeowners can choose from, whether they’re buying a new construction home or updating their old siding. Each type of siding comes with its own advantages and disadvantages, so it’s important for homeowners to learn about the types they’re interested in order to make an educated decision. Here are some of the most popular types of siding and what makes them each unique.

Wood Siding

When it comes to classic choices, wood easily is one of the most well-known. Wood is easy to cut and shape, so it’s a popular choice for siding, and it can potentially last decades if the homeowner takes care of it.

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