A Guide to Renovating Your Basement

Silver Stone Homes


The basement is an extension of your house that is quite often dark, cluttered, and damp. With a touch of creativity and effort, however, it can be transformed into a functional space, such as an extra living room, a bedroom, a storage hall, or a game room. Not only will you have more living space, but you will also improve your home’s resale value and marketability.

There are many ways to renovate your basement without overspending.  Here are a few tips:

  1. The first thing to consider before renovating your basement is how you are going to utilize the extra space in your basement. Think about what functional space is lacking in your home. You can convert your basement into a gym, an extra bedroom, or even a play room for your kids. Come up with unique ideas for your basement that can benefit you for the long term.
  2. Make a…

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How to fill all cracks and holes in walls in your home

Sika for DIY and Home Renovation


Moving into a new home is an exciting time for everyone involved. What isn’t so great is having to deal with the mess left behind from the previous owner or tenant. Holes in walls, nicks out of your corners, bad quality hooks hung in weird locations… Speak to any renovator and they will all have a horror story.

Luckily, Sika produce a wide range of fillers that can be used in everything from movement cracks, hairline cracks and large holes in your interior walls. We are going to give you a bit of advice here about how to do the job right the first time, every time, using Sika products for a baby-bum smooth finish.

When choosing the right product for the job, you have to ask yourself a couple of questions: Has this crack been caused by movement (like cracking in interior brickwork due to settling of house…

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Five Key Areas to Pay Attention to When Buying a Home

Monico Segura - Realtor

By Phoebe Chongchua

Looking for a new home can be exciting and frustrating. You can help alleviate the frustration by paying close attention to five key areas of the homes you’re considering buying; it may save you money in the long run.
Don Walker is an inspector and owner of Ace Home Inspections. He says there are five areas in homes that he frequently reports problems with. They are electrical, foundation, plumbing, the attic, and landscaping.
Walker says sometimes homeowners assume with newer homes that all will work just fine but that’s often not the case. “I [inspected] a brand new house — four years old but the electrical was all done incorrectly,” says Walker.
Having a complete home inspection will help to rule out any problems and point out any areas of concern. However, even as you’re browsing homes, buyers can start to make note of the key…

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14 mistakes that will kill your home’s value

Your home is your castle, and you can do what you want with it. Right? Sure. But if you want a good return on the dough — and sweat equity — you pour into Home Sweet Home, you should make sure those changes are smart ones.

Too often, that’s not the case. Real-estate agents and appraisers say they regularly see homeowners make changes that don’t increase the value of the home by much, if at all. Some renovations or alterations can even drag down the value of a home. Then, of course, there is all the damage that a lack of upkeep and upgrades can do.

Check out these 14 home-improvement blunders and our tips from the experts on how to steer clear of them.

1. Going overboard for the area

The common mistake: A common mistake homeowners make is improving a home too much for the neighborhood, turning the…

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