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What You Need to Know About Deferred MaintenanceTo be safe for human habitation, homes need to be properly maintained. Homes that are not properly maintained may be plagued by plumbing leaks, electrical problems, structural damage and more.

Homes that have a lot of deferred maintenance can decrease in value, because many home buyers are reluctant to purchase a home with serious deferred maintenance. If your home has a lot of deferred maintenance, you may have a difficult time selling your property. Here's what you need to know.

Why Deferred Maintenance Is a Problem

Small problems become large ones when they're not addressed in a timely manner. Plumbing leaks are one of the best examples of how a minor problem can become significant in a short period.

Plumbing leaks can cause wood in the

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Everything You Need to Know About Refurbishing CabinetsOld cabinets can really drag down the appearance of your kitchen. Cabinet replacement can be very expensive, but refurbishment is much more affordable. Cabinet refurbishment can be done as a DIY activity or with help from a contractor. If you're thinking about refurbishing your cabinets, there are many things to know about the process. These tips can help.

Pick a Stain or Color

The stain or color of the cabinets can have a big effect on the appearance of the kitchen. Darker kitchens benefit from lighter colors, while lighter kitchens benefit from darker colors.

Before the homeowner settles on the stain or paint color, it's important to apply samples to a piece of cardboard or wood. Viewing the samples in different lights and at different times

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Home Improvements that Reduce Your Home's ValueMany homeowners naturally assume that any home improvement they make will improve their home's value. This is not always the case. Some home improvements can actually make a home harder to sell, and can lead to lower offers from buyers. If you're a homeowner who wants to improve your home's value, the following home improvements are best avoided.

Altering a Bedroom to Become Something Else

Bedrooms add value to a home, but what happens if the homeowner takes a bedroom away? For example, imagine a homeowner wants to convert their spare bedroom into an office. To do this, they build a desk into the walls. The room no longer qualifies as a bedroom when the time comes to sell the home. This can reduce the value of the house. Homeowners who want

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How to Navigate Your Deck ConstructionConstructing a deck isn't just a regular project for most homeowners. Though some homeowners may try building a deck as a DIY project, most let a professional build it. Tied up in images of backyard parties and barbecues, homeowners can become emotionally invested long before they even get started. This overenthusiasm is normal, but it can ultimately lead to mistakes being made or even laws being broken. Here are a few tips to keep the construction as linear and logical as possible.

Check the Rules

Most homeowners haven't memorized the building codes of Canada or their neighborhood. Some homeowners don't even know they need to ask for permission to first construct their deck. The laws for each home will depend on what province it's located

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Top High-Return Kitchen RenovationsIn the past, over half of Canadian homeowners were planning on undertaking a renovation during the year. Some homeowners will hire a professional while others will do a DIY project. And while some have a relatively conservative budget, others plan to go all out on their next remodeling project. Kitchens are a high-traffic area that is often touted as one of the place to get the best returns on a project. However, is a $60,000 project worth it when looking at the ROI?

Homeowners should feel comfortable that a refurbished kitchen general yields a return of 70 to 100 per cent on a consistent basis. Even though trends change, explore some kitchen renovations project offering homeowners a high ROI upon resale.

Appeal to the Buyer

Homeowners who

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Which Upgrade Renovations Yield the Best Returns?Most homeowners want to upgrade their bathrooms. Homeowners may use a contractor or decide to do a do-it-yourself (DYI) project. Whether it's because their fixtures are outdated or because they're just tired of staring at the same old paint job, the improvements are usually made with the residents in mind rather than the future buyers. But if homeowners can please both themselves and the next people who live in their home, it's definitely the cherry on top of the sundae. Homeowners who want to make strategic moves should keep the following tips in mind.

Think Small

Smaller bathroom renovations tend to have the highest returns. This is because a return on investment (ROI) for a bathroom is going to be highly dependent on the area in which a

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Winterize your home and prevent costly repairs later. Here our some simple tips to save you money.There are some terrific reasons to make sure a home is ready for colder weather. Comfort is one. Energy savings is another. Perhaps the most important reason, however, is ensuring this major investment is properly protected from the elements.

Winter weather can bring frigid temperatures, ice, high winds, rain, snow, and flooding. It can damage roofs and foundations. It can freeze and break water pipes and eventually lead to rotting wood and mold. These can be costly to remediate, so it is best to protect homes from damage by taking appropriate winterization steps.

Clear Gutters and Drainpipes

One major area of concern is in making sure gutters and downspouts are free from debris to allow for proper draining. If leaves, dirt, and twigs

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Replacing Your Siding? Check Out These 4 Must-See OptionsHomes have many different parts; the roof, appliances, walls and siding. And in today's homes, home technology is also playing a larger role. However, one important part of a home is its siding.

Though the roof and other parts of a home are important, a homes siding is as well. So no matter how well a home is built or how durable the materials, parts will need to be replaced eventually, and a home’s siding is no exception. When a home’s siding begins to break down, it can allow a lot of damage to be done to the home’s structure by weather and insects, so it’s important for homeowners to make sure that it’s ready to stand up to the elements to protect the home. When it comes time to replace the siding, there’s quite a few different materials that

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Tools Homeowners Should PurchaseIn the midst of buying a new home, many buyers will start to make plans for home improvements. These plans usually require a lot of DIY work. In order to get the work done, homeowners must have tools. These tools are critical for the first year of homeownership.

Hammer and Nails

Hammer and nails are truly the most essential of all the tools. Without a hammer and nails, a new homeowner may find it impossible to do even the most basic tasks, like putting up pictures on the wall. Hammer and nails will come in useful when installing decorations, putting up shelves and putting together furniture in the new house.

Nails come in a variety of sizes, and homeowners who want to be prepared must have nails of all different sizes on hand. Over time,

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Best Eco-Friendly Building MaterialsAs the environment becomes a greater source of concern for homeowners across the country, many are turning to environmentally friendly materials to build their homes. As the demand for green building materials has grown, so have the number of choices.

These days, Lakeview Heights homeowners can reduce their energy usage and their carbon footprint by building with sustainable materials like smart products, locally sourced stone and low flow bathroom fixtures. In addition to improving quality of life and helping the environment, these products also improve property values and make homes more desirable when the time comes to sell. Here's what homeowners need to know.

Locally Sourced Stone

Stone is an environmentally friendly material for a

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