Home Improvement Tips

Tips and Tricks for Home Improvement in Calgary.

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How to Redesign Your Home For Senior RetirementMost seniors are staying in their homes as long as possible to maintain their independence and remain in the familiar surroundings they are used to. This means that many seniors are remodeling their homes to make them fit their needs instead of moving out. The best time to consider the changes your home will need is before retirement.

Some of the modifications that can be made to a home to make it retirement-friendly include the following:

Living On One Floor

Stairs are great when you're younger and can appreciate the exercise they provide but once you're older they can become a problem. Planning to live on a single floor during your golden years is one of the best decisions you can make. This can involve either moving to a condo or a bungalow

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Home Upgrades That Can Decrease Your Home's ValueNot all home improvements are worth making, if you're thinking about selling your home. And it's important to know whether to make these DIY projects or hire a professional. Knowing what changes to avoid can help you make more money when the time comes to put your house on the market. Here's what you need to know.

1. Changing a Bedroom Into Something Else

A typical family needs at least three bedrooms, and some need more. Converting a bedroom into a space that cannot be used as a bedroom naturally narrows the field of home buyers who can purchase the home.

Homeowners who want to convert one of their spare bedrooms into something else should avoid changes that would prevent the space from being used as a bedroom later on. For example,

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How to Design a Home TheatreA home theatre has quickly become a must-have for practically every family. From the simple family room setup to a much more elaborate theatre-seating wonder, today's home theatres aren't just for the wealthy anymore.

The décor of a home theatre will eventually influence how well the room functions as an entertainment space as well as how it shows when the lights are turned on. Creating a functional and beautiful home theatre is easy to do on any budget. Here are some ideas for creating a home theatre for all to enjoy.

Arranging and Furnishing the Theatre Room

Start by arranging the space. Choose an easy-to-clean surface or a dark colour carpet for the flooring, and select a dark colour for the walls and ceiling.

A home theatre would not be

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Home Addition Planning TipsInstead of buying a new home, some homeowners come to a point and need to update their space to meet changing needs. However, Canadian residents cannot build a home addition without taking into account various factors. Not doing so may result in issues when going to sell a home. What do homeowners need to know before constructing a home addition? Understand how to build an addition that will accommodate various needs and meet legal requirements.

Decide What You Need to Achieve

Determining specific goals will help in designing and budgeting for a home addition. Canadian residents may want to:

  • Improve traffic flow;
  • Boost storage space; or
  • Increase living space.

Homeowners need to map out what a home addition will accomplish,

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How to Shop for New Home AppliancesSo you've purchased a new home. Congratulations! Now you may have to think about the types of appliances that you're going to add to the house assuming that they don't come with the property and you don't have any of your own to carry over. When you're going out to purchase those new appliances there are some things that you should keep in mind besides the price. If you get too caught up in the cost of the shiny new appliances in front of you, it can attract your attention over from other critical factors.

The Size Of The Appliance Matters

Fridges, stoves, washers and dryers are not all made in a one-size-fits-all manner. You should take some measurements of the allotted space for each appliance so that you don't end up with one that just

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Adding a deck brings value even to Canadian homes. Read some examplesIt is understandable if adding a deck is not at the top of many Canadian homeowner's lists. Summers tend to be shorter and the time to enjoy them limited. With a little consideration, however, adding a deck can add real value to a home and help when planning to sell a home. Whether it is a smaller, straight-forward single level deck or a large, complex, multi-level deck designed for dining and socializing, here are several ways a deck can add value to any home.

Decks Have High Return on Investment

According to Remodeling Magazine's annual Cost vs Value Reports, adding a wood deck usually adds 75-80% of its cost to the value of a home. That means adding a deck that costs $10,000 will immediately add up to $8,000 to the value of a home. This is

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Why Some Home Improvements are Better Than OthersWhile it has been said over and over again that you should make your home look as good as it possibly can in order to get a faster sale, there hasn't been a lot of discussion about over-improving your home. When you live in an area that is full of modest and older homes, the money that you invest into major improvements may not come back to you when you decide to sell your home.

What Makes a Home Improvement Bad?

For example, if you live in an area where the average price of a home is $400,000 and you modify your home to bring it up into the $600,000 range, you may have a difficult time selling it based on its location. A person that is interested in spending $600,000 on a home is going to be more focused on looking in communities where other

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Top Tools to Own for Your HomeWhen a person purchases their first home of their own, they are taking on some big responsibilities, including responsibilities for repairs. Having the right tools available can make the difference between expensive service calls and being able to handle issues around the home without outside help.

Hand Tools

The first category of tools that everyone should have on hand include a selection of non-powered hand tools. While everyone's experience with tools and capabilities are different, the tools discussed here are a great place to start.

Everyone, even people who live in apartments, should at least own a claw hammer. This basic tool can do everything from hanging a picture to tacking down a loose piece of carpet. Next a set of screwdrivers

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Which Home Improvements Have Low ROISome home improvements are worth more than others. If you're a homeowner who is thinking about making home improvements in the coming months, choosing your home improvements wisely is important. These four home improvements have low ROI, and may even decrease your home's value.

Turning a Bedroom Into Something Else

Bedrooms add value to homes, so a bedroom conversion that turns a bedroom into an office space, library or recording studio can decrease the value of that home. Homeowners who want to convert their spare bedroom into another room altogether must do so carefully. No matter what the changes, it's important to ensure that someone else could use the space as a bedroom. Homeowners should be wary of making changes like building in office

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How to Prepare an Emergency Safety Kit For Your HomeExperts often say that, when a natural disaster occurs, most problems stem from a failure to prepare more than the disaster itself. Canada is subject to a number of risks, depending on location. Issues can range from flooding to earthquakes to extended isolation due to heavy snowfall. In addition, everyone has the potential to fall prey to smaller disasters like injuries around the home. To stay prepared, homeowners should research which disasters are common in their area and prepare accordingly. By setting aside some supplies in an emergency kit now, the impact of any emergency can be made far less severe. Things that should be in every household emergency kit include:

Food and Water

In the event of certain types of emergencies, families

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