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09Jul
5 Home Upgrades that Aren’t Worth the Money
Home Improvement
home upgrades that aren't worth the money

Just because a home upgrade is expensive doesn’t mean it’ll add value to your home. Turning your extra bedroom into a home office may serve your needs but might not appeal to future buyers. Don’t waste your money. Read on to learn which home upgrades just aren’t worth it. 

Swimming pools

Did you know most homeowners recoup only 43% of the cost to install a pool, according to a NAR report? Typically, it costs more than $51,000 plus extra charges on your insurance! If you’ll genuinely love having an outdoor oasis, then installing a pool could be nice—but keep in mind that the cost and labour involved don’t make this upgrade worth it.

Sunrooms

On the plus side, adding a sunroom provides space and function that all buyers love. However, this upgrade can increase your property taxes, and you’ll only see a 50% ROI at best, according to HomeAdvisor. What’s more, a sunroom can take away from yard space, which some buyers won’t be happy about. Plus, you’ll have to factor in the extra cost of heating this extra space if you want to enjoy it in the winter.

Wall to Wall Carpeting

It costs an average of $1,632 to install carpet, but it can actually drop the value of a home! If you’re trying to sell, you need to replace carpet with permanent stains, holes, or heavy wear. Still, if the existing carpet is in good condition, chances are buyers will want to replace it with something of their choosing. Moreover, if you’re going to replace stained and worn-out carpeting, replace it with hardwood. According to HomeAdvisor, buyers are willing to pay up to $2,080 more for wood!

Converting Your Garage

You might love having a new home gym or spare bedroom but keeping your garage available for cars adds the most value. Besides, converting your garage into a bedroom or basement can be extremely costly when you factor in flooring, electricity, plumbing, and heating. If possible, use your attic or basement as an extra space instead.

High-End Tech

Expensive sound systems, high-end pool lights, or LED showerheads and toilets may look cool. Still, they won’t add significant value, and they can be expensive to install. If you love having the latest gadgets in your home, opt for high-end Wi-Fi access, a smart thermostat, and keyless entry.

If you’re looking to add serious value to your home, don’t waste your money on any of the projects mentioned above. Instead, focus on areas like the kitchen and bathroom. For more helpful home advice, read the Falconcrest blog.

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04Jun
Easy Perennial Flowers to Plant This Year
Home Improvement
easy perrrenial flowers

Don’t slave away in your garden when you can get the same look for less work! Several perennial flowers are hardy plants that will thrive in any outdoor space, no matter how much sun your backyard or balcony gets. Plant them in a good spot, and you can enjoy their beautiful blooms for years to come.

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16Apr
5 Ways to Update Your Kitchen Without Renovating
Design & Decor
update your kitchen without renovating

Thinking about updating your kitchen without the hassle of renovating? Minor upgrades can make a big difference without breaking the bank! Creating areas with intricate detailing can uplift the space without the upheaval of a complete remodel. Read below for five ways to update your kitchen that will really make a difference.

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16Oct
How to Renovate Your Unfinished Basement to Include a Guest Suite
Home Improvement
renovate your unfinished basement

Is your basement unfinished? Then you have the perfect space for a readymade renovation project! Finishing your basement and adding a guest suite is a fantastic way to increase your homes’ value and provide the ultimate relaxation space for friends and relatives. Of course, finishing your basement is a big job that requires careful planning, so read our tips to help you get the job done correctly.

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04Sep
Clever Bedroom Storage Ideas that Will Help Keep Your Space Clean
Home Improvement
bedroom storage ideas

Are you looking to organize your bedroom and keep your space clean? Then you’re in luck! From maximizing underused space to finding pieces that do double duty, we have five creative storage ideas that will make it easy to keep your bedroom both clean and organized! 

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20Mar
Our Favourite Spring Cleaning Tips to Revitalize Your Home
Home Improvement

The snow is melting, the weather is getting warm, and it’s that time of year again – spring cleaning time! Fortunately, there’s no need to be overwhelmed when you follow our expert spring cleaning tips! So read on to revitalize your home and get that fresh spring feeling.

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28Feb
How to Protect Your Basement from Flooding
Home Improvement

As the weather warms up and the snow begins to melt, water starts to accumulate around your home, which can cause flooding. To prevent costly damage this season, use our simple fixes and maintenance tips to protect your basement from flooding.

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07Feb
How to Choose the Right Appliances for Your Home
Home Improvement

There are so many available styles, features, and technologies when it comes to choosing the best appliances for your new or remodeled home. Fortunately, there’s no need to be overwhelmed with our helpful guide. Read on to find out how to choose the right appliances and get the look and functionality you need.

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13Dec
What to Replace and What to Keep When Moving into a New Home
Home Improvement
what to keep when moving into a new home

Whether you’re buying your first home, upgrading to a bigger place, or relocating to a new city, moving is an exciting milestone! It’s also the perfect opportunity to sort through your stuff and decide what to keep and what to replace. Not only can you cut down on clutter but you can earn some extra cash when you sell unwanted items. To make the decision process easier, here’s what you should keep and what you should replace when moving into a new home.

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29Nov
6 Tips to Keep Your House Warm Without Turning Up the Heat
Community & Lifestyle

As the temperature drops, your heating bills tend to go up. In fact, about 60% of your annual hydro bill goes toward heating your home. Fortunately, we have six tips that will keep your house warm without turning up the heat. 

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