Home Improvement Blogs – Cochrane

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

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Ways to Be Creatively Efficient When You Need to Work from HomeWhether you're telecommuting, writing a book or in the first stages of building an entrepreneurial enterprise, the basic needs for a West Valley home office setup are essentially the same. Here's what to consider before you set up shop:

Privacy

If a dedicated room is out of the question, try to arrange space that allows a modicum of privacy even when others are at home. Revamp a little-used storage area or walk-in closet, carve a mini-office out of a wide spot in a hallway, or install partitions to create an ell in a corner of another room. As an alternative, pick a part-time bedroom, and equip the space with a convertible sofa or a Murphy bed for guests. Avoid working from your own bedroom, if at all possible.

Technology

Assure that

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Best Bathroom Renovations for ROIBathrooms give Riverview homeowners a chance to show off their creativity, design skills, and showmanship. But before homeowners get caught up in the fantasy of a sunken tub and rain showers, it helps to consider which renovations will do the most for the eventual resale of the home. Most homeowners aren't necessarily looking for the most expensive materials, so redecorating may not be as expensive as homeowners think. We'll give you a few tips to maximize investment and make every dollar count.

Noticeable Changes

There is a sizable range when it comes to how much an owner can sell their home for, but that range is still limited by the surrounding neighborhood. Doing a little research on the average prices on a block can make it easier to know

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How to Make the Most of a Kitchen RemodelBefore Riversong homeowners start picking out the latest smart refrigerator, it can help to consider the average ROI of each change they make for one of the most important rooms in the home. Along with the bathroom, the kitchen is a way to show off the hardware and gadgets that will ultimately leave the most lasting impressions on future homebuyers. Learn more about what those buyers are looking for before prioritizing any remodeling plans.

Go Small

Minor remodeling jobs tend to have a bigger ROI than larger remodeling jobs. No matter what the market value is of a home, it's somewhat constricted by the surrounding property. In other words, there is a certain amount of leeway when it comes to price range, but that leeway would be difficult to

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What Should Homeowners Know About Home Additions?Home additions can make life a lot easier, but they are often more complicated than they seem. This improvement project tends to cost more than the average, as a result of the extensive components involved. Riversong homeowners may find this a better choice compared to buying a larger home, especially if it allows them to customize the addition. Here are a few things people should know before they start the project.

1. Time and Work Needed

A home addition usually requires a significant amount of time. This might range from several weeks to months, depending on the season and the size of the addition. Homeowners may want to do the project themselves to save money. However, plans of this size may be more complicated and difficult than a homeowner

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5 Important Things to Know About Installing a Deck on Your HomeRiver Heights homeowners with a desire for decking typically have several reasons for considering investing in a new or expanded installation. Regardless of the reasoning, an eye must be turned to the ‘business' aspects of installing a deck such as meeting local building codes, choosing resilient materials, placement and design and much more. Here are five key things to ponder before beginning a decking project.

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

1. Be Aware of Permitting and Building Code Requirements

Depending on the township or province the deck is to be constructed within, there are likely certain requirements and compliancies involved

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Home Improvements to Avoid If You're Going to Sell SoonMany homeowners assume that all home improvements increase their home's value. However, this is not always the case. Some home improvements take away features that home buyers want, and replace them with features that home buyers don't need. This can negatively impact the price of the home when it's time to sell. Being able to identify these improvements can help homeowners avoid remodels, especially unpermitted DIY projects, that can take away from their home's value.

Removal of a Bedroom

Bedrooms add value to homes. When bedrooms are taken away, this often reduces the amount of money that home buyers are willing to pay for the property. Bedrooms can be removed for a variety of reasons. A homeowner might turn a bedroom into a home theater, a

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Winterizing Your Home in 4 Easy WaysExtremely cold winter weather can be dangerous. Not only can it hurt people and animals, but it can also cause harm to homes. Before the first snowfalls come, homeowners should winterize their home to prepare and protect it. There are many ways homeowners can winterize their home. Some are complex and time-consuming, and others are quick and easy weekend DIY projects. Here are some of those quick and easy ways to winterize a home that actually work and show results that anyone can see.

1. Protect All Water Pipes

If water remains still in a pipe during extremely cold weather, it can freeze, and when water freezes, it expands. Expanding ice puts pressure on pipes and potentially lead them to bursting. As one can imagine, broken water pipes in the

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Common Home Roofing MaterialsThere comes a time when it is necessary to replace a roof and with the variety of roofing materials on the market, it pays to know more about how they differ from each other. Other than aesthetics, roof materials can vary in cost and roofing lifespan. Homeowners need to be aware of what they can expect from popular home roofing materials. Individuals looking to buy a new construction home or replace, rather than repair, their current roof can benefit from learning more about asphalt shingles, clay tiles and more. Some roofing projects can be done as a DIY project, though others require a professional.

Asphalt Shingles and Rolls

An affordable and easy to install roofing option is asphalt shingles. Homeowners appreciate that these shingles are

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5 Types of Green Insulation for Your HomeWhen people think about green homes, they typically think about smart devices like thermostats or double paned windows, but there’s many ways homeowners can make their home a bit more eco-friendly. These days, homeowners can even choose insulation for their home that is made from renewable materials or can be recycled in the future. Selling a home that is green often sell faster and for more money. Here are some of the different green insulation types homeowners can pick from.

1. Wool Insulation

Some homeowners are familiar with wool as a green alternative for carpet, but it can also be used as insulation. Wool comes most commonly from sheep, llamas, alpacas, and a regular sheering helps keep them healthy and happy, so there isn’t any harm in

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How To Look For Insects in Your HomeMost homeowners are used to the occasional creepy-crawly in their home. Maybe a spider has made its home in the corner of a bedroom or a cricket hopped inside while a door was open. However, while a spider or a cricket can easily be picked up on a piece of paper and returned to the great outdoors, an infestation isn’t quite that easily managed. Homeowners should always be on the lookout for the signs of an infestation in their home to catch it as early on as possible, especially if they are selling their home. Here are some of the common pests found in homes and the signs they leave behind.

Signs of Crickets

Most people don’t associate crickets with infestations, but they can cause quite a lot of problems in homes if left unchecked. The first

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