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How Much Does Your Deck Increase Your Home's Value?Cimarron home buyers love outdoor space for entertaining, and they love home amenities. This may be why they love decks so much: because decks are a combination of both.

A home without a deck can almost always benefit from the installation of a deck, because the deck increases the value of the home. If you're a homeowner who would like to sell your home soon, and you're looking for ways to make your home more valuable to buyers, here's what you need to know about the ROI of deck installation.

ROI of Deck Installation

A typical deck costs between $5,000 and $10,000 to build. The ROI of a standard deck is around 70%. This means that if a homeowner installs a $6,000 deck in their back yard, their home is likely to increase in value by

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Upgrading the Bathroom? Here's How to Get the Best ROI on RenovationsBathroom renovations are one of the most popular home remodelling projects owners undertake and is second only to kitchen upgrades. As one of the most utilized and appreciated rooms in the home every day, the desire to have a luxurious bathroom is certainly understandable. Air Ranch homeowners also want to combine lavish amenities with functionality and an expectation of getting a reasonable return on investment (ROI). With that in mind, here are a few lavish upgrades for bathrooms with a good ROI.

Surround the Entire Room in Soothing Stone Walls

Walls in bathrooms may be a second thought that wouldn't appear to have any potential for increasing the value of a home. However, today's buyers looking for high-class amenities want the bathroom to

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Know When to Say No to Home Improvement IdeasNot all home improvement ideas are good ones. In fact, there are some projects that not only won't add value, but might, instead, devalue a property. Knowing when to say no to an idea can mean the difference between financial gain and huge disappointment when it comes time to sell a home. Here are 3 renovations you might want to reconsider:

Obvious DIY Renovations

Unless you are a professional in the building trades, improvements that are designed to attract potential buyers and boost the value of the property are best left to professionals. By all means, use DIY skills to perform routine maintenance and easy repairs, but when the work requires precision, there is no substitute for experience and the right tools.

This includes anything that

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Modern Construction Technology and How It's Changing the IndustryThe way Canadian new construction homes are being built is changing rapidly. The materials contractors use, the way they interact with clients and even the speed at which they can build a house is changing for the better. Modern technology is helping contractors to build homes that are more efficient and better suited to the needs of the client.

If you're working with a contractor to build your home, it's important to be aware of these changes, and to hire a contractor who is comfortable with modern tools. Below is the kind of technology your contractor might use to build your future home.

Green Technologies

Green technologies make homes more efficient. These technologies are in demand by clients, and thus many of the best contractors have

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Drones Sell Homes in CanadaIn a competitive housing market, drone technology may be just the touch that draws the right buyer. When everyone knows what to expect from professional photography, drones can be used to set a listing apart. Drone technology, while still relatively new, has helped luxury homeowners and others sell their properties.

Drone technology may not be for everyone and some may not be able to make the initial investment that can pay back dividends. Explore what a Canadian homeowner may expect from using drones to market their home.

Offer Images Like No Other Marketing Tool

Buyers expect professional photography of a home taken by the photographer positioned at the ground level of a property. Bring the unexpected. Unmanned aerial vehicles or drones are

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Everything You Need to Know When Picking a Roofing MaterialIf you're building a new construction home or buying a pre-existing home sometime in the next few months, you should be aware of the different types of roofing materials. Knowing their advantages and disadvantages can help you decide whether a roofing type is right for you. While this is especially important for building a new construction home, roofing material might even affect the type of pre-existing home that you might choose to purchase. Here's what you need to know.

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are one of the most common roofing types in North America. This durable, universal building material comes in a variety of colours and can withstand years of exposure to sun, wind, rain and ice. Asphalt is popular in part because of its

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Buying Land in CanadaThere are many reasons to buy land in Canada. Some are looking for acreage for a farm or ranching. Others need a parcel for residential or recreational purposes. Depending on the area, it may be important to review specific rules and bylaws that apply to a province or territory. However, it is possible to invest in land in Canada using a few important considerations. And buying land is not the same as buying a home.

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

Are You Interested in Rural Land?

Some may be looking for significant space to set up a homestead or to ranch. There are differences between buying land in a major city or in a large open

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Boost interior home comfort by adding addition insulation.Providing shelter from the storm is more than just a catchy phrase when it comes to enjoying the benefits of a Westridge CA home and hearth. But if your home is drafty in the winter or overly warm during the summer months, it might benefit from additional insulation. It's entirely possible to boost the R-rating of attic and wall insulation. Additional benefits are a higher comfort quotient and lower utility bills. Older homes typically had less insulation in walls and attics than is required under current building codes, but modern options can remedy that situation.

Adding Wall Insulation

The ideal time to add insulation is during a renovation project on an older home. If there are already walls and ceilings open as part of a home addition,

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How to Eliminate Pests from Your HomePests are more than just a nuisance for homeowners—bugs and rodents can actively destroy your property if owners don't notice the problem quickly enough. The best remediation tips will always be proactive ones. And selling a home with pests can be a real challange! Once the pests have taken over the home, an owner may have no other choice but to call a professional. Learn more about what to do both before, during, and after the infestation.

Seal and Clean

Sealing any cracks in the home and cleaning up any stray crumbs are both time-consuming activities, but both can really help an owner fend off a line of marching ants or termites. It's especially helpful for keeping the larger rodents away from the premises. Now is a good time to recaulk the

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What Types of Home Security Systems Are the Most Common?Home security is one of the more intimate subjects a person can think about when it comes to homeownership. These systems are designed not just to protect your belongings, but to protect loved ones and guests as well. Some people may think that home security begins and ends with a traditional wired system, but this isn't always the case. A homeowner's research should start with learning the types of systems available to them before they make up their mind.

Do-It-Yourself Home Security

There's no need to purchase expensive systems. Homeowners can often have DIY projects for home security. Here are a few precautions:

  • Using floodlights in dark areas of their lawn
  • Upgrading locks and doors to stronger materials
  • Putting interior lights
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