Home Improvement Blogs – Okotoks

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

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Dangerous Places in the Home and How to Fix ThemBecause people spend a lot of time in their Cimarron homes, it's easy to assume that it's one of the safest places to be. However, any home can also be filled with any number of potential hazards, especially if residents are only so proactive when it comes to maintenance. Before an injury or accident occurs, here are a few common trouble areas to address sooner rather than later.

Floors

The floors of the homes are one of the biggest safety hazards for its residents, especially because few people consider washing the dishes or taking a shower a dangerous activity. But a slip can be more than just an inconvenience—it can end in serious injury. Putting more mats down in the kitchen, bathroom, and hallways can provide the traction people need to stay

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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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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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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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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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Information for Constructing an Outdoor Living AreaOutdoor living rooms and kitchens are very popular with homeowners. A proper outdoor living space makes it easier to spend time relaxing and enjoying time outside. They also help sell a home faster and possibly for more money. If you're a homeowner trying to decide how to construct an outdoor living space on your property, here's what you need to know.

Install Power

Nearly any outdoor living space needs power to be installed in order to be functional. Many homes have at least some power going to their yard, but if the outlet is not in the proper location, one must be installed near the outdoor living area. Without an outlet, watching television, installing lighting and installing a heater is difficult or impossible. An electrical outlet needs to

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How To Winterize Your HomeIt’s no secret that winter can do a lot of damage to everything it touches—just look at the potholes that form in roads thanks to the constant cycle of freezing and thawing. While potholes aren’t an issue inside homes, winter can still cause a lot of damage to them. Before winter arrives or before you put a home up for a fast sale, homeowners can take steps to winterize their homes so they’re better prepared for the cold weather. Here are some easy ways homeowners can help protect their homes during the harsh winter months.

1.  Insulate Pipes to Prevent Cracking

In extremely cold temperatures, it’s possible for even metal pipes to break, and that can spell disaster for a home. To help prevent pipes from breaking in the cold weather, homeowners

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Home Lighting Tips for HomeownersLighting affects the way people feel and function in their home. Without proper lighting, a home can look dark, unclean and smaller than it really is. Good lighting can boost a person's mood, make them more productive and can even make the home look more spacious.

Homeowners who have just purchased new homes often overlook lighting when they're decorating or making home improvements. Failure to take lighting into account can negatively impact the homeowner's experience of the space.

Living Room and Family Room

A combination of natural lighting and artificial lighting makes the living room and family rooms a pleasant place to spend time at all hours of the day. Large picture windows are common in living rooms and when fully utilized, these

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