Home Improvement Blogs – Fort McMurray

Home improvement advice for Fort McMurray, Alberta residents.

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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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Benefits and a quick guide to home insulationThere is a lot more to the insulation in a home than many homeowners realize. It comes in a variety of forms and materials, each designed for specific purposes. It has multiple positive aspects and selecting the right insulation product and installing it properly is critical. Homes with great insulation are often easier and quicker to sell as well.

How is the effectiveness of insulation rated? What are the various types available and how can they improve the quality of life and value of a home? Find these answers and more, in our quick guide to home insulation.

How Insulation is Rated

Like a furnace is rated in BTU's and an engine is rated in horsepower, insulation has its own rating system. It is rated by its resistance to heat movement,

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Your Guide to Professional Home Pest RemediationHomeowners should be concerned with pests in a home. Some may choose to try to fix the problem themselves, often finding out that the issue reoccurs. This can pose a continuing headache for a homeowner and is one reason why many choose to go with a professional Canadian home pest remediation service provider. Pests, their dander, fecal matter and specific behaviours can damage a home and potentially pose a health concern to occupants. Having the problem addressed professionally can uncover hidden issues making it easy for pests to reenter a home, allowing for the homeowner to address the pest problem completely.

Work with a reputable company to identify the pest, create an action plan and eliminate pests in a home.

Learn More about the

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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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