Home Improvement Blogs – Fort McMurray

Home improvement advice for Fort McMurray, Alberta residents.

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Common Home Dangers and Key SolutionsAvoiding home risks should be a top priority, as issues that seem to be small can actually present a number of serious physical health risks that only present symptoms over time. Ranging from mildew and mould to falling and fire dangers, here are some simple ways to recognize and prevent common household hazards.

Mould and Mildew

Areas with excessive moisture and limited ventilation tend to be havens for mould and mildew. Basements, laundry rooms and bathrooms are the most common culprits for these silent creepers. However, they can often be spotted via unsightly greenish/grey growths on walls and can be sensed by their musty smell.

These home dangers should be resolved immediately, as they can cause sinus congestions, allergy exacerbation,

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4 Ways To Keep Your Home SafeNo matter where someone lives, whether it’s simple condo in the suburbs or a mansion inside a gated community inside a larger gated community, home security is important. There’s always a risk of someone breaking in and stealing valuable possessions, or worse, hurting the people who live inside. There are many different ways that homeowners can help protect their homes, especially with the rise of smart home technology. However, not everyone is able to use these sorts of technologies, so here are some easy and effective ways to boost security at home.

1. Improve the Front Door

If someone is trying to get into a home, there’s a very good chance they’re going to try to come in through the front door. Wooden doors can crack and get weak over the

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How to Eliminate Mould in Your HomeShould a homeowner be concerned about the growth of mould in a home? Even if not all moulds are toxic, they may still impact occupant health and present as a home safety hazard that affects the resale value of a property. Mould may not be easy to detect or eliminate, but addressing issues early on can make it easier to remediate a mould problem.

Understand more about the impact of mould and home mould remediation.

Mould in Homes and Health Concerns

A variety of moulds may grow in a home. Even when mould is not immediately observable, they can emit a musty odour that can serve as an indicator of an issue. Places such as the bathroom or basement are often common areas where mould can develop. However, mould can grow in areas that are

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Best Ways to Improve Home LightingHome lighting is important. Good home lighting prevents household accidents and makes the home look better at the same time. Lighting is especially important when it's time to sell a home. Without good home lighting, some homes look small, dark and even unkempt to home buyers. Using good lighting techniques is important for keeping a home safe and for staging the home to sell. Here's what you need to know.

Use Natural Light Whenever Possible

Natural light is flattering and free, so it's good to capitalize on home lighting whenever possible. Keeping window dressings open and switching heavy window dressings for lighter dressings can help.

Installing mirrors across from windows can help reflect natural light around the room, thus brightening

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How to Remediate Unpermitted WorkAnytime there is work done to a house, it's important to see if a permit is needed. Some things, like painting a wall, are never going to need a permit. But for homeowners who want to do something with electrical, plumbing, or other major systems, a permit is probably going to be necessary. But that doesn't always mean a permit is obtained, especially by homeowners doing major DIY renovations. Unpermitted work can be a real problem for a person who has bought a house and now wants to make some changes. They may need to remediate the unpermitted work before they can go forward with their project, and that can mean time and money.

Why Should Work Be Permitted?

Work should be permitted in an effort to make sure it's safe and that it follows

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The Home Warranty: What a Homeowner Needs to KnowThere are a number of great ways to protect a home and the investment in it. A lot of these ways can be handled by the homeowner themselves, through maintenance of the home after they purchase it and due diligence during the buying process. But there are some other things that can also be done, and they could go a long way toward making sure a surprise problem doesn't cause a big financial issue for someone who has recently purchased a new home. One of these protective options is a home warranty. Here's what homeowners should know about these.

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

What Do Home Warranties Offer?

A home warranty is a good way

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Foundation Damage Information For HomeownersFoundation damage can cause serious problems with a home if it's not identified and repaired in its early stages. It's important for homeowners to be able to determine when a home has foundation damage. Knowing the signs, what to do and how to get the home repaired can help.

Warning Signs of Foundation Damage

Foundation damage is frequently subtle, and sometimes the warning signs can be difficult to detect. Often it takes a homeowner with a good eye or intuition to determine that their home's foundation has a problem. Some of the most common warning signs of foundation trouble include:

Cracks in the Foundation

Foundations can develop cracks, even if the foundation is in good condition. However, cracks that are wider than 1/2 of a

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Which Popular Flooring Option Is Best For Your Home?When remodeling a home, there are many different options available on the market for replacing a floor. No matter what a homeowner wants, whether it’s an environmentally-friendly alternative or something that fits a tight budget, there’s an option for every need. For Waterways homeowners who are preparing to sell their home, fixing up a fixer-upper, or anything in between, here are some of the different flooring options available on the market today.

Advantages of Hardwood Floors

Hardwood is often considered to have a timeless look that will never go out of style. It’s easy to clean, durable enough to endure kids and pets, and can last 25 years or longer. While it’s true that hardwood floors typically have a higher price than other flooring

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5 Ways To Identify Roof DamageRoofs are built to withstand damage from intense weather, but even the toughest of materials will eventually succumb to the elements. Homeowners should always be on the lookout for damage to their roof as it protects both them and everything in their home from wind, rain, snow, and more. But what should homeowners be looking for? Here are five warning signs homeowners can keep their eyes open for to identify if their roof needs repair or replacement.

1. Light Is Visible In the Attic

Without even setting foot outside, homeowners are able to tell if something is wrong with their roof. When doing routine inspections in the attic, take note of now much sunlight is inside it. If the homeowner can see light streaming inside, this is a sign that wind

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4 Landscaping Mistakes You Might Be MakingWhen thinking about a first impression, most people think about friendly smiles and a firm handshake, but they don’t realize that first impressions aren’t just for people. Every home will need to make a good first impression with every potential buyer who comes to see it, and that first impression is made through landscaping and curb appeal.  While landscaping might seem fairly straightforward to some, it’s easy to make mistakes even with the best intentions. Here are four landscaping mistakes every homeowner should avoid and how to do so.

1. Gardens are Dead or Overgrown

Most people love flowers, and gardens are a welcome sight in any yard. However, homeowners need to make sure they’re keeping up with the work that goes into keeping a garden

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