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Home Improvement Blogs – Victoria

Home improvement advice for Victoria, BC residents by Ron Neal & The Neal Estate Team.

Found 10 blog entries about Home Improvement Blogs – Victoria.

Living and Dining Outdoors Is a Treat During Most SeasonsOutdoor options have changed over the years. Portable grills and picnic tables are now being supplanted by all-weather kitchens and serving stations, covered decks with comfortable sofas and chairs, and dining areas every bit as elegant as their indoor counterparts. Canadians in all provinces are more attuned to the possibilties of outdoor living—at home—than ever before.

Gaining Additional Living Space

Whether moving into the yard is a reaction to spiraling home prices and higher vacation costs, or simply an acknowledgement that good times can be had at home, well-equipped outdoor living rooms are a hot new trend, even in provinces with shorter summers. Upscale outdoor rooms boast fireplaces or ceiling fans and summer misters to extend the

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Roofing Options Exist Even When It's Time to Repair or ReplaceIt is almost universally agreed that having a good roof over your head is important. However, it is sometimes difficult to know how much life is left in a home's existing roof. Although a homeowner might concede that some action is needed, there is always a question about the effectiveness of needed repairs. If replacement seems to be the best option, there may be additional questions.

Sometimes a partial replacement will suffice if roof damage is confined to a relatively small area. Even if total replacement is the only solution, the option to install new material over the top of the existing roof can save time and expense associated with a total tear off, according to Bob Vila, the authoritative inspiration behind television's This Old House.

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Think You Don't Need a Permit for Home Renovation? Think AgainIt may seem like unnecessary hassle and expense to secure a permit for home improvements or renovations, but any number of homeowners can testify that the cost and consequences of ignoring the requirements are higher.

Aside from the plight of inferior workmanship that sometimes is the hallmark of a job performed by a contractor who neglects to secure a proper permit and call for needed inspections, there are possible legal and financial consequences. Obtaining necessary plan reviews in order to secure a permit can add time delays and additional cost to a planned renovation or building project, but they should be considered a necessary part of the job.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed West Saanich real estate

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What to Do with Foundation DamageFoundation damage is virtually inevitable for a home that's old enough, and even though it occurs over many years, it's still a surprise to many homeowners. Homes move and shift with the soil, which will put pressure on the sides and the base in such a way that can collapse the whole home if owners don't recognize the problem. For a better idea of what can be done to help prevent and correct foundation damage, keep the following facts in mind.

Early Sings

There are a few early signs that Saanich East homeowners can look for well before the home starts to bulge and sag past the point of no return. If the doors and windows aren't closing properly, then this could be a sign that the home has shifted in one direction or the other. In addition,

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Green Flooring Materials GuideThese days, many homeowners are doing whatever they can to ensure that their home is as environmentally friendly as possible. From installing smart technology that reduces energy consumption to composting food scraps, there are many ways to make a home greener, but one way many homeowners overlook is the types of flooring used in the home. While it may not seem like it, the floor a homeowner chooses to use can have a big impact on the environment through using renewable or recycled materials. This can make an impact on many buyers when selling your home. Here are some of the different eco-friendly flooring options for homes.

1. Wool Carpeting

While normal carpeting is often fairly eco-friendly, wool carpeting is even more so because it uses

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Should You DIY or Hire a Pro?Many homeowners like to save money on their home improvements by performing the work themselves. In addition, many homeowners enjoy performing DIY home improvements because they appreciate the feeling of satisfaction they get from caring for their own property. Still, some home improvement projects are best not left to the homeowner. Some home improvement projects can involve safety risks or are simply too easy to mess up. Homeowners who want to take care of their property and avoid problems when they sell must be aware of the differences.

Best DIY Projects

The best DIY projects are those that are easy to perform, involve little risk to the homeowner and are unlikely to result in serious damage to the property if they're performed

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Need to Paint Your Home? Do a Pro JobWhether or not a homeowner is living in or planning to list a home, a professional paint job can make a home look more attractive. Homeowners do not need to shell out money to contract out the work when they use the following tips to get the job done right. There are some ways a homeowner can professionally paint their home.

1. Use High Quality Primer

Spend money wisely and do not cut corners. Many homeowners may choose to buy the least expensive primer. However, a poor quality primer can ruin a paint job. For a professional look that lasts, use a quality primer.

2. Repair Walls Before Painting

Take the time to repair flaws in walls and properly prep the walls to ensure a smooth and even appearance. Do you own an older home? Or are you

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Best Smart Home Products for Modern HomeownersSmart products can do a lot to change life around the house. By combining convenience with energy efficiency, smart products can help homeowners save money, increase comfort in the home and reduce work for the homeowner. There are a lot of smart products on the market, so homeowners who aren't sure which smart products are right for them will need to consider their priorities and do their research. These smart products are among the most useful and ingenious.

Smart Security Cam

A smart security camera helps keep the home records activities in and around the home while the homeowner is away. Smart security cameras can be installed indoors or outdoors, depending on the model. Often smart security cameras are programed to tell the difference

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Simple Suggestions for Maintaining Your LandscapeMaintaining beautiful landscaping can take a lot of time and energy. Fortunately, there are many things that busy homeowners can do to make caring for their landscaping a little bit easier. Suppressing weeds, planting easy to grow plants and installing outdoor living spaces are all ways that Victoria homeowners can make it easier to tend to their yard.

Install Outdoor Living Space

Outdoor living space typically requires less maintenance than other types of landscaping. Outdoor living space also increases the usefulness of the yard. Installing an outdoor living space usually requires an upfront investment, but once the living space is installed, little energy is needed to keep it looking nice. Homeowners who install a deck should keep in mind

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Home Improvements With Best ROIWhat home improvement should be next? Home sellers who factor ROI into the equation when they ask this question are rewarded with high-value projects that bump up home value, while those who overlook the ROI may not recoup what they spent. Add these high-value projects to the top of the home renovation list to grow home value and make the most of a home.

Front Door and Garage Door Replacement

Homeowners who are looking for a quick win can cross this project off their bucket list. Replacing garage and front doors frequently pays for itself with an 85 to 100 percent ROI, as buyers like to see an updated, fresh door for the garage and the home. Steel doors come with a high return on investment because they are durable, tough, and may even help

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