Home Improvement Blogs – Fort McMurray

Home improvement advice for Fort McMurray, Alberta residents.

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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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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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