Home Improvement Blogs – Airdrie

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

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High ROI Bathroom Renovations for Your HomeGetting a solid return on investment (ROI) from home improvement projects is important for homeowners planning to sell or rent their Windsong home at some point in the future. Real estate and contracting professionals state that certain smart bathroom upgrades could potentially see anywhere between 60–70 percent ROI. These are the top bathroom remodeling projects recommended by the pros for high ROI.

Classic Elegant Stone Walls and Surrounds

Wallpaper and paint will add no value to a bath, but natural stone walls or even ceramic tiles can reap as much as a 50 percent return on investment. Natural stones can last for decades when well maintained, and they certainly add to the room's aesthetic appeal.

Naturally water-resistant stones will

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What Not to Do Before Selling Your HomeYou may have heard that home improvements make your Woodside home easier to sell. While this is frequently true, it's not always true. Knowing which home improvements can actually make your home harder to sell can be very helpful, if you're thinking about listing your home in the near future. Below are three home improvements that may complicate the home selling process or reduce your home's value.

1. Landscape Changes That Complicate Exterior Maintenance

Home buyers like homes that are easy to maintain. Landscaping changes that require the homeowner to do a lot of work can make some home buyers think twice about purchasing a property. For example, stay away from landscaping changes that would require the homeowner to water their lawn more than

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4 Easy Winterizing StrategiesWhen the cold weather starts coming, Willow Brook homeowners are always told they should winterize their home to protect it. Winterizing gives a home extra help so it can stand up to extreme weather conditions. Winterizing sounds like it’s difficult and time consuming, but there are many ways homeowners can do it, and many of them are quick and easy. Here are some ways to winterize a home any homeowner can do.

Insulate Water Pipes

While insulating pipes may sound like a lot of work, it’s actually very easy. While homeowners can wrap sheets of foam around the pipes to insulate them, there are simpler ways. First, the homeowner can open the cupboards enclosing the pipes. This is especially helpful for sinks positioned on the exterior wall of the

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The Best Tools for the New HomeownerThe toolbox can be a life-saver for Prairie Springs homeowners. Even people who don't consider themselves handy can use their tools to mitigate major problems until a professional can be called in. Whether it's a leaky pipe or a malfunctioning water heater, homeowners should stock up on the following tools. Here are a few tips for mastering the art of everyday maintenance.

Spring for Quality

There's no need to buy the most expensive tools in the hardware store, but it's equally important to avoid inferior products. Homeowners who wouldn't know the first thing about a power drill may want to pick user-friendly items in the middle of the pack. Luckily, the reviews for tools today are more detailed than ever before. Owners will get a sense of the

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How to Get High Returns on a Kitchen RemodelCanals homeowners who own a home long enough will eventually need to renovate their kitchen. The problem is that the project can be very expensive without providing a corresponding increase in resale value. This means that homeowners may spend a lot of money on parts of the project that do not feature an adequate return. Fortunately, there are a few aspects to kitchen renovations that do offer a higher return on investment. Selecting these options will help homeowners target their money to upgrades with the greatest benefit.

How to Approach Kitchen Upgrades

With kitchen renovations, the sky is the limit. People could spend half of their home's value on the kitchen, and this level of expense usually does not carry a high rate of return. The

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Pest Control Information for HomeownersPest infestation can cause serious problems for homeowners. Some pests can eat through wood and cause structural damage, while other pests can make the environment in the home unhealthy for humans. If a pest infestation goes on for long enough, the value of the home could go down and you might have trouble selling your home.

If you're a homeowner, there are many things you can do to prevent pest infestation. Here's what you need to know.

Know the Signs of Infestation

Pest infestation can take many forms. Recognizing the different signs of a pest infestation can help homeowners decide where to focus their pest prevention efforts. Once they know what kind of pests are in their home, they can take measures to get them out and keep them from

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verything You Need to Know About Insulating Your Home ProperlyYour home's insulation has a big effect on how comfortable your home is at times of year when temperatures are very cold and very hot. If your home's insulation is not effective enough, you could be forced to run your air conditioner heater much more than would otherwise be necessary. This contributes to wear and tear on your HVAC system, inflates your utility bills and could even cause your HVAC system to fail early. A well insulated home is also a great selling point when you go to sell your home. Here's what you need to know about poor insulation and how you can improve it.

Know the Signs of Poor Insulation

Homes that have poor insulation show this problem in many ways.

  • Hot and cold spots in the house. The house will heat up with the
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How to Choose a Home Security SystemHome security is a personal matter that all property owners have their own opinions about. Some may leave their doors open while others want 24-hour surveillance at all times. But no matter how a person feels about it, it helps to understand what the options are before deciding. Homeowners who want to safeguard their investment should know there's more to modern home security than the traditional alarms of yesterday.

Do-It-Yourself

Home security doesn't necessarily mean calling a company to come to the home. Sometimes, you can install a system yourself as a DIY project. DIY systems can be as simple as putting all the lights on timers, buying motion detectors, or adding a security system sign to the home (even if the home doesn't have a

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4 Roofing Material Options You Should KnowWhen buying a home, the type of roofing material is an important consideration. So when looking a homes roof, it’s completely natural for a roof to wear down over time and need replacing. How long the roof’s lifespan is depends on what material it was made from, and some materials hold up better than others. Most homes use shingles that will last approximately 20-25 years. When it’s time to replace a roof, homeowners have a choice to make. Will they replace it with the same type of roof they’ve always had, or will they choose a new material? There are many different types of roofs out there, and they each have different advantages and fit different aesthetics. Here are some of the different types of roofing materials homeowners can choose from.

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The Straight Facts on Mold RemediationMold remediation can be a complex issue for homeowners if they have little to no experience with it. Mold removal is very important if a homeowner is considering selling their home. The sheer number of mold species would be enough to exhaust anyone before even getting started. Understanding mold risks and remediation starts with addressing the serious nature of the substance. Unlike mildew, mold typically can't be treated with regular cleaners. Here are a few tips for homeowners if the moisture in the surrounding air is causing an unwanted mold infestation.

Illness Risks

Mold can cause respiratory problems if residents are exposed to it over a prolonged period. Experts recommend seeing a doctor if anyone in the home is experiencing

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