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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25Jun
A Guide to Oshawa’s Food Culture
Community & Lifestyle
oshawa food culture

Have you had the chance to explore Oshawa’s dining options? If not, after reading this article – you’ll definitely want to. Oshawa is home to a variety of cultures and delicious cuisines. We have compiled a list of popular dining choices that will be sure to satisfy the whole family. Keep reading to choose your next spot to feast.

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18Jun
Things to Consider When Choosing a Term for Your Mortgage
Savvy Owner
choosing a term for your mortgage

When deciding on a mortgage plan that is right for you, there are various factors to consider. For example, can you afford to pick a shorter amortization period and pay higher monthly payments but less interest overall? Is a fixed interest rate better for you than a variable interest rate? It can be an overwhelming process, but we’re here to simplify it for you! Continue reading to learn more about the things to consider when choosing a term for your mortgage.

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11Jun
Oakville Summer Events Next to Royal Oaks
Community & Lifestyle
oakville summer events

Are you looking to add some excitement to your life this summer? You’re in luck! Oakville is hosting a variety of events next to Royal Oaks that everyone will enjoy. If you need some wonder and enjoyment, take advantage of these fantastic summer events below!

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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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28May
Grocery Stores Next To Park & Lake In Oshawa
Community & Lifestyle
grocery stores next to Park & lake

Did you know that Park & Lake is conveniently located near several fantastic grocery stores? You don’t have to go out of your way to stock up on fresh, tasty, and healthy food! So read on for a few of our favourite options in Oshawa that are all less than 10-minutes away.

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21May
The Best Ways To Enjoy The Oakville Outdoors This Long Weekend
Community & Lifestyle
enjoy the oakville outdoors

Now that the rain has subsided and we’re finally experiencing some beautiful spring weather, what better way to celebrate than to spend time outdoors? Take advantage of the beautiful sites Oakville has to offer with our list of recommendations! Simply read on to find your next outdoor Oakville destination to explore!

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14May
What Are The Steps To Buying A New Construction Home?
Community & Lifestyle
steps to buying a new construction home

Buying a new construction home can seem both exciting and daunting. Browsing locations, assessing your finances, and deciding on personalized finishes are all aspects you need to consider, which can be intimidating. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be! We simplify the steps to purchasing a new construction home, so read on to help make the process as smooth as possible.

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07May
5 Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day Virtually
Community & Lifestyle
celebrate mother's day virtually

Celebrating holidays virtually has become the new normal allowing us to get more creative with each holiday! Now that Mother’s Day is approaching, what better way to honour your mother than with an extra special virtual event? We’ve included a variety of options below, so you can be sure to have a great time while keeping everyone safe in the process.

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30Apr
6 Outdoor Plants Anyone Can Grow
Community & Lifestyle
6 outdoor plants anyone can grow

With spring’s arrival and summer following suit – having a garden is a beautiful addition to any home. We know it can be challenging to find plants that are low maintenance and easy to grow. That’s why we created this list of six outdoor plants that anyone can grow! Gardening will be a breeze. So get your gardening tools ready, and let’s get busy! 

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