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Home Improvement Blogs – Calgary

Home improvement tips and tricks for Calgary homeowners.

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Seasonal Home Maintenance Tasks Homeowners Should Do Each YearThe type of maintenance that homeowners need to perform for their properties is often dependent on the time of year. The cost, details, and location of necessary maintenance relates closely to the weather. Creating a calendar checklist helps people prepare for times that they will need to do more work. It also makes it easier to spread out the workload, so that they have more time for leisurely pursuits. This guide helps homeowners identify the home maintenance tasks they need to do throughout the year, organized by season.

Preparing for Home Maintenance and Upgrades

Experts suggest that homeowners plan to invest 1-5 percent of their property's value in home maintenance and upgrades each year. This can be a wide range from year to year, depending

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Protect Your Home From Water Damage by Maintaining Gutters ProperlyIt is one of the areas of homes many homeowners don't give much thought to until there is a problem. And when selling a home, clean gutters can eliminate a potential inspection item. By then, however, gutter problems may be difficult or more expensive to resolve. Improper gutter maintenance can cause:

  • Damage to a home's siding
  • Damage to the roof line
  • Foundation problems
  • Puddling
  • Annoying leaks and overspill

Here are some simple ways you can keep your gutters better maintained.

Make Sure Downspouts are Draining Properly

The downspouts are the vertical pipes that take water from the gutters along your roof, down through to the ground or for dispersal away from the home. It is absolutely critical that these downspouts flow

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Regular Maintenance for an Efficient HVAC SystemA home's heating and cooling system (the HVAC system) is an important mechanical device of any home. As the HVAC system heats and cool air, it continually pulls dirt and debris out of circulation using its filters. Over time, these filters start to fill up with debris, reducing the efficiency of the system. With regular use, moving parts start to wear down as well, eventually resulting in the need for replacement.

Homeowners can keep their HVAC system working efficiently year-round by committing to a regular maintenance schedule. With regular service appointments, it is possible to keep the HVAC system in great condition, so it can effectively control temperatures and air quality in the home. A good working HVAC system can be a great selling

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How to Organize Your GarageMany people who buy homes also want one with a garage. However, many people's garages become a storage space for everything they can't fit into their home. Whether it's seasonal decorations or that exercise machine someone ordered on a late-night infomercial, the space can become crowded quickly. This may work out fine—until homeowners realize that they can't find anything or that there's no room for any additional items. Here a few ways that everyone can get their garage in order.

Use the Walls

The walls are absolutely crucial for homeowners who use this area for storage. Group similar items together on shelves, or hang large items on hooks along the wall. This not only makes it easier to locate certain items, but it will also give everyone

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Home Landscaping Information for New HomeownersIn the first year of homeownership, many homeowners are too busy unpacking and making home improvements to focus much on upgrading their home's landscaping. If you're a new Northeast Calgary homeowner who would like to keep your new home looking nice but you don't have much time for making major landscaping changes, these tips can help.

Don't Be Afraid to Prune (or Remove!)

Old shrubs can start to look scraggly or overgrown with time. Pruning shrubs rejuvinates them. Once the leaves grow back, they look almost new. Most plants need to be pruned in spring or fall. Homeowners who aren't sure when to prune their shrubs can check with a local nursery to find out when is the best time.

Plant Annuals for Low Maintenance Beauty

Annual plants

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Installing New Windows: What You Need to KnowWindow installation is a major home improvement project. Doing it right can improve your home's efficiency for years to come. If you're a homeowner who is thinking about installing new windows in your home, here's what you need to know.

Why Install New Windows

Often, homeowners install new windows to improve energy efficiency and boost the value of their home. Some homeowners install windows to make their home easier to sell. Other benefits of new windows include:

  • Improved appearance.
  • Improved comfort in the home.
  • Ease of use.

Windows last for decades, but most windows need to be replaced once they're about 30 years old. Homeowners often decide to install new windows when their old windows are nearing the end of their

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Plan the Backyard for All-Season EnjoymentWhile much of Canada enjoys glorious weather in the summer, and spring and fall tend to be delightful in most provinces, winter can be precarious for outdoor activities, especially in one's own backyard.

The addition of a cozy fire pit or even an outdoor fireplace is sure the extend the season. Both would also be welcome even on chilly summer evenings. Other backyard improvements that a homeowner might consider include:

Simulate an Indoor Room

Adding a roof or attractive vine-covered lattice over a section of patio or deck creates functional and comfortable outdoor living space. With the addition of either built-in seating or all-weather furniture and some colourful cushions, the added square footage becomes a boon for entertaining as well

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Basic Homeowner Tools That Belong in Every ToolboxLittle chores pop up around the house from time to time, such as hanging pictures, stabilizing loose screws, and hammering loose boards back into place. All of these tasks and more are easily accomplished with a few handy devices that should be in every homeowner's toolbox. These 10 essential basic homeowner tools are must-haves for anyone who wants to handle home improvement in their home.

Versatile Set of Screwdrivers

Flat head and Phillips head screwdrivers in a variety of sizes will likely be employed the most amid the essential toolbox. These tools often come in sets that are highly affordable, as there's no need to make a costly investment in screwdrivers unless one is a serious enthusiast. Those who know how to use a screwdriver with

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Design a Home Office for Function and InspirationWorking at home, whether for convenience or out of necessity, should be a pleasant experience. Not only does a home office allow you to shorten your commute, but it allows you to make your own hours and cater to your own working style. However, rather than making do with a laptop in the midst of family activity, try to carve out a space that will provide both privacy and basic business necessities. Whether you work at home only on rare occasions, or you go to work every day, dedicated, clutter-free space that meets your specific needs is important.

Function

Having a separate room with a door is a luxury that might not be possible or affordable. But a folding screen, an alcove in a larger space, a little-used closet, or a corner of the attic

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When You Should Call a PlumberWhen you own your own South Calgary home, it helps to be handy. But even someone who is all thumbs may be able to navigate some plumbing issues without too much trouble with the help of a wrench and YouTube.

Plumbing is the most common cause of do-it-yourself disasters in the home so it pays to be careful at the first drip of errant water.

Do it Yourself or Dial a Pro?

There are minor problems that every Calgary homeowner should know how to fix. Just as you wouldn’t call an electrician to change a light bulb, there are some jobs that don’t require a lot of skill.

Examples of these kinds of situations include:

The Toilet is Running

If you constantly hear that noise of water running through pipes in your home, first make sure the

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