The 17 Worst Home Renovations You Can Spend Your Money On Featured Image

While these 17 home upgrades can certainly improve your family’s overall enjoyment of your home, they may lack on ROI when it comes time to sell.

1. Master Suite Additions

According to the experts, an upscale master suite addition (i.e. walk-in closet addition, large shower, dual vanities and soaker tub, etc.) will set you back approximately $282,062. There’s no denying that a master suite retreat can deliver endless value when it comes to homeowner convenience and comfort. Still, with an average ROI of only 51.6%, you’re not likely to recoup your initial costs. 

2. Costly Carpeting 

Since carpeting is a magnet for dust, germs and stains, many buyers prefer lower maintenance forms of flooring. Even so, if you have carpeting in your home,…

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Rapperswill is a new Northwest Edmonton community well regarded for its beautiful modern homes and family-friendly setting. Characterized by stormwater lakes, walking paths, vast open green spaces, and close proximity to shops and services, this highly desirable neighbourhood strikes a perfect balance between a quiet rural atmosphere and modern amenities.

Did you know? Although Rapperswill is the neighbourhood’s official name as per the City of Edmonton, a local developer dubbed the area “Newcastle,” a name which has since increased in popularity. As such, the community goes by either title, depending on who you ask.  

Rapperswill Real Estate and Homes For Sale 

First established in 2010, development in Rapperswill is still ongoing. Real…

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These easy home decorating tips will have you channelling your inner interior designer in no time.

Mirrors Make Rooms Look Bigger 

As mirrors reflect light around the room, they make any space look instantly larger. Bonus if you can hang one across from a window.

Use Something You Love For Inspiration

If you have a painting or other form of artwork you love, select a prominent colour from that piece and use it as an accent colour to anchor your space.

Hang Artwork at Eye Level 

Speaking of artwork, pictures and other framed pieces should hang at eye level (approximately 57″ off the ground).

Slow and Steady Wins the Race 

Fight the urge to run out and purchase everything in one swoop. Take the time to find out exactly what you…

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Looking for a few affordable ways to spruce up your backyard this spring? Give your space an easy, inexpensive makeover with the help of these 19 simple ideas.

1. Do a Deep Clean

First and foremost, one of the best (and cheapest) ways to liven up your backyard space is to give it a good clean. Start by clearing your deck or patio of leaves, dirt and other debris by sweeping and/or pressure washing – taking care to rinse paving stones, walkways and other concrete areas that may have accumulated dirt over the winter.

Additional backyard cleaning tips:

  • Clean up pet messes
  • Remove debris from garden beds
  • Wash outdoor furniture and cushions with soap and water
  • Remove old potting soil from planters and rinse
  • Clean outdoor grill…

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Home trends come and go – sometimes so quickly that, before you know it, you may find yourself living in a bygone era. Of course, home décor and style are a personal choice (if you like it, who cares?), but if you’re planning on upcoming renovations or improving your home’s resale value, it may be time to tackle these 14 dated home design elements.

1. Popcorn Ceilings 

Popcorn ceilings were all the rage between the 1950s and 80s due to their textured look and ease of application (deemed an easier alternative to painting). However, their popularity waned in the 1990s after asbestos was found as a primary ingredient in many popcorn ceiling mixtures. 

Note: Popcorn ceilings can be notoriously hard to remove and, in some cases, hazardous to your…

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With warmer weather slowly moving in, now is the time to start readying your home for the plus temperatures to come. Have your home spring and summer-ready with the help of these outdoor AND indoor maintenance tips.

Outside Your Home 

1. Clean Gutters and Downspouts

Even if you’ve already checked your gutters and downspouts according to our Fall Maintenance Checklist, snow and ice can create an additional build-up of dirt and debris. With spring rain and runoff, especially, you’ll want to make sure water can move freely from the roof and away from your home.

2. Take a Closer Look at Your Shingles and Chimney

As you’re investigating your gutters, take the time to visually inspect your roof and chimney. Look for any shingles that may…

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Hiring the right contractor is the essential first step to any home renovation project – especially if you hope to save time, money and avoid stressful reno-related problems. Below are our top five must-know tips for choosing the right professional for your next project.

Tip 1= Ask For Recommendations and Referrals 

Of course, you’ll want to hit the web to explore potential contractors, but it is also highly recommended you ask for recommendations or referrals from:

  • The RenoMark program (through the Canadian Home Builders’ Association, or CHBA)
  • Local building supply chains (i.e. Home Depot or Lowe’s)
  • Edmonton’s Better Business Bureau
  • Friends or family who have committed to similar projects

From here, you can make a list of…

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Have you outgrown your current home? Are you looking for a property better suited to your lifestyle, but unsure where to start?

We can help!

Based on our years’ experience working with numerous move-up buyers (just like you), we’ve put together a list of the top features to consider when purchasing your next home.

1. A Great Location

When it comes to purchasing a new home, the location is just as important (if not more so) than the property itself. Growing families especially need access to essential amenities such as schools, grocery stores, services, playgrounds, parks and more. Of course, a family-oriented community known for its friendly neighbours is also ideal.

Download your free copy: Your All-In-One Guide to Choosing The Right…

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If you’re stuck deciding whether to sell or stay, you’re not alone. Many people find themselves reluctant to give up the home they’ve loved and appreciated for so many years, even if it no longer meets their needs. For this reason, homeowners may opt to renovate, in an attempt to get their current property to better suit their lifestyle. 

But are renovations really worth the cost and effort? Here are a few things to consider:

Renovation vs. Down Payment Costs 

According to the experts, most Canadians plan to spend at least $10,211 to renovate their homes. Of those choosing to renovate, nearly 40% go over budget, with average costs ranging anywhere from $10 to $60 per square foot (i.e. a 1,600 square foot home x $10/square foot = $16,000).

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Boost your home’s curb appeal with this handful of easy tips.

Pressure Wash the Exterior

A lot of grime can accumulate on your home’s exterior over the course of a year. Give your home’s appearance an instant boost by pressure washing the siding, windows, deck, patio, gutters and walkways.

Note: You can rent a pressure washer from most major hardware stores

Check Your Gutters

Now that you’ve cleaned your gutters to ensure proper drainage, check their appearance. Are they looking warped, sad and saggy? A gutter replacement will help sharpen the lines around the exterior of your home and protect it from water damage.

Show Your Lawn Some Love

In addition to the standard spring rake and mow, opt to give your lawn a healthy new start…

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