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

7 Questions to Ask When Looking for a Security Installer in CalgaryWhether you want to protect your home, office, shop, warehouse, or any other space, the most secure option is to install a modern security system.

These days, with such extreme advancements in technology in recent years, finding the right access control company for your security can be easier said than done. To make the decision a little easier, here are some questions that you should consider when choosing the right security system for your needs, as well as the right installer in the Calgary area.

What Is Your Budget?

Ultimately, you may be restricted in your options by your budget, but security systems do come in a variety of service plans and configurations.

Nevertheless, determining your budget is a great place to start to filter your…

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How an Outdated Kitchen May Cost You Time and MoneyHomebuyers form their initial impression from the home's exterior, but what's the first thing they want to see once they go inside? Most of the time, it's the kitchen.

You can put as much energy as you want into gardening tips to increase curb appeal, but if the house has an old, outdated, or dingy kitchen, many buyers will look no further. If the kitchen isn't up to snuff, the home may sit unsold on the market no matter what other great features it has. Sellers that are avoiding kitchen upgrades might be losing time and money. Keep reading to learn why updating a kitchen can improve the home selling process.

Kitchens Sell Homes

When I ask buyers which rooms convinced them to buy a particular home, there's one overwhelmingly popular answer:…

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How to Handle Calgary Snow Removal Like a ProfessionalWinter in Calgary is a beautiful time of year, with snow gently blanketing our trees, lawns, and rooftops. Unfortunately, the snow also covers our sidewalks and driveways. If left unchecked, it can be a daunting task to remove. Keep reading to find the best snow removal tips from Steve Hyde of FT Property Services.

Use the Right Snow Removal Tools

An essential tool for snow removal is a quality snow shovel. There are many different types of shovels in an assortment of designs and materials. Curved blade shovels are best for pushing snow. Scoop-shaped shovels with sides are great for lifting and tossing snow to a new location. Ideally, it’s good to have one of both.

When it comes to material, shovels with metal blades are strong and able to…

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Average Cost of Different Renovation ProjectsRenovations can go a long way in boosting the appeal of a home for resale. Buyers today are typically attracted to modern, contemporary, new features and move-in-ready homes or properties. When buyers see a home that needs renovation, they envision unexpected costs and a whole lot of work. This is why many sellers choose to renovate (or "flip") their homes before the sale, so they can get top dollar themselves and find those buyers who are ready to pay for a move-in-ready home. However, before a homeowner tackles a big renovation project, they should distinguish between their “must-haves” and “nice-to-haves” to clarify priorities. This can help them determine the budget for their desired upgrades. Here are some things homeowners should know about the…

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How to Clean and Maintain Homes With PetsNo matter how cute they are and how much we love them, pets can be dirty!

Cleaning with a pet can be something of an art. Whether a pet owner is selling their home, preparing for an open house, or hosting an event, a clean home increases hospitality and lowers stress. Here are some of the best ways to clean your home when you live with a pet, welcome a new furry family member, or make your home more pet-friendly. From last-minute cleans to preventative measures, we have you covered.

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

Protect Floors from Messes

Use indoor/outdoor rugs or carpet tiles. Indoor-outdoor rugs are available in various colours,…

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Gardening and Lawn Care TipsMany people take pride in having a healthy and beautiful lawn, and it's a fun and creative hobby for many. Maintaining your yard also enhances curb appeal and plays a role in a buyerʼs interest in the property. However, due to changing weather conditions, gardening in Alberta takes planning and diligent tending. Fortunately, there are many ways to have a healthy yard without using pesticides.

Cosmetic pesticides are restricted in many communities across Canada. This means that you canʼt use pesticides on your lawn for cosmetic purposes, and it's recommended that you only use products authorized by Health Canada. Always check your lawn and garden frequently for pests and other problems to nip them early on.

Regardless of what kind of gardener you…

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Top Ideas for DIY Home Improvement ProjectsThinking of selling your home, but it's looking a little outdated? Or wanting to freshen up the interior or exterior on a budget? Simple Do-it-yourself (DIY) home improvement projects aren't as bad as they sound—or as difficult! All you need is a little imagination and maybe some Pinterest inspiration photos.

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

First Impressions Are Everything

A home's curb appeal starts at the front door. What a prospective buyer sees is either quality and style or nothing at all. A project like changing the front door's colour or even replacing the door can make a huge difference. Even changing the door's hardware can…

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Water in all the wrong places can be a horrible nightmare for any homeowner. Not only does it damage your home, but it can also cause a variety of health problems.

The bad news is that water seepage and dampness are impossible to avoid, especially during heavy rainfall and winter. No one can predict a storm or hurricane from happening. But what about other sources of moisture such as leaky pipes, cracks in the foundation, and malfunctioning appliances? The good news is that you can prevent the latter by waterproofing your home. 

Waterproofing means making a surface water-resistant or inaccessible by liquids. Without any water seeping through, your home will be much more durable. There are a lot of waterproofing techniques, but it all depends on your…

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High-ROI Home ImprovementsWhen selling, every homeowner needs to know the current value of their home in the market if they intend to get top dollar. This can be achieved through extensive personal research or hiring a professional real estate appraiser or knowledgeable real estate agent. Investing money into a home can increase the value, but knowing which areas of the house to invest in for the biggest impact will help ensure that the money finds its way back into the seller's wallet.

Determining which improvements are the best to invest in depends on how long the seller plans to spend on the home before selling. Does it need to look good for current buyers? Will efficiency upgrades have long enough to benefit the current owner's bills? Or perhaps the improvements are…

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How to Take Care of Your Calgary HomeRegular home maintenance is important.

Homeowners that ignore this crucial activity can face expensive repairs and damage over time. Things like a leaking roof or damaged plumbing equipment can cost thousands or tens of thousands of dollars to fix, sometimes all in one shot. Each year, homeowners should plan to spend between 1 and 5% of their propertyʼs value in maintenance and upgrades. By implementing a regular home maintenance schedule, homeowners can avoid unexpected expenses.

Depending on the season, maintenance and upgrade costs will vary. To prepare, homeowners can create a home maintenance calendar checklist. To help, here is a quick seasonal guide to identify key tasks to be done throughout the year.

For informational purposes only.…

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