Pick Your Door.. Any Door!

Pick Your Door.. Any Door!

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First impressions are everything. We’ve all said it and so has science. There’s every reason to believe that the rule applies to homes as much as it does to people. Every real estate agent lives by this principle, and the entire field of home staging exists because of it. The only reason Odd Job has built such an impressive family of commercial and residential clients is because we provide them consistently excellent service.

If someone is visiting you, what is the first thing they notice when they walk up to your door? You guessed it. Your front door isn’t simply a point of entry and exit. It’s a key part of your home’s curb appeal – many home designers say that it’s the first part of your home’s exterior that people notice! 

What’s more, it’s the perfect project for winter. Many of us have already turned on our heating systems, and are looking for ways to reduce heat loss in our homes. The time is now to repair and upgrade the entrances to your home – a field your friends at Odd Job have specialized in since 2008

If you want your home to give people a great first impression, you should start upgrading where they start looking. In the mean time, you want to With that in mind, I think the best place to start is to pick your door.

Beginning the Search

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When you begin your search for a door, you should be considering a number of factors. I know, it’s that amazing first impression that you’re looking for – and you’ll get it. When you pick your door, however, you should also be thinking about energy efficiency and security.

Curb appeal, energy efficiency and security are in fact the three most common reasons why people have older doors replaced. The newer models make it much more difficult for intruders – whether they come in the form of human beings or just the freezing cold air – from gaining access to your home.

Energy Star

Before you pick your door, make sure it has Energy Star’s seal of approval!

Energy Star – a program initiated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – aims to help “businesses and individuals save money and protect our climate through superior energy efficiency.” Replacing your doors, windows and skylights with products approved by Energy Star “can reduce your energy bills up to 15%.” This is because they have a special coating that works “like sunscreen for your house.”

So in the interests of safety, aesthetics, the environment, and your pocketbook, let’s pick your door. You deserve a new one!

French Doors

French Doors - Gorgeous

French doors.. they’re classy, they’re stylish and it’s always been that way. Their timeless beauty is only the main reason why you should consider them when you pick your door.

French Doors - GreatThey’re sometimes referred to as windows because they serve precisely the same function. The wood frame connects a ‘net’ of large glass frames that allow natural light to kiss your home’s interior and highlight its beauty to the world. This transparency also allows homeowners an ideal view of the great outdoors.

The downside to this marvelous view is that it takes considerable time and effort to maintain. The panels must be cleaned regularly, and the door itself requires thorough weatherproofing.

Like so many beautiful things, French doors are very delicate. If you’re confident that you can maintain them, they would be an excellent choice and we’d be happy to install them for you. If you need one but don’t have the time, energy or knowledge to maintain it, we can help you there too.

Panel DoorsMoulded Panel Doors

Sometimes classy means classical, and few things better embody that style than a panel door. Usually coming with four, six or eight panels – one of them often used for a window insert – they’re traditional to the core, and definitely an option to keep in mind when you pick your door. After all, who hasn’t dreamed that they would one day open a door exactly like this to their picture-perfect home? This is a dream door.

DSCN1069There is beauty in simplicity, and in this case the proof is in the panels. Framed by stiles and rails, the panels form elegant patterns. No matter which way it swings, you have a piece of woodwork art inside your home and one that serves a very a practical function. And as with all other woodwork, you can easily get one hand-crafted and have absolute control over both its size and the design.

The downside to all of this is that wood is very vulnerable to direct sunlight, moisture, and hot and cold temperatures – in other words, the conditions that your door is constantly subjected to. Be sure that your panel door is insulated – they usually aren’t – and maintain it well.

As with French doors, maintaining a panel door is going to require considerable time and effort. If you lack the time, talent and tools, give us a call at (416) 520-1161 and we’d be happy to help.

Fiberglass Doors

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The fiberglass door has all the appearances of a traditional wood panel door – only it’s much more durable, more energy efficient and often much less expensive. If you want all the charms of wood without the burden of regular maintenance, then you may have found your door.

fiberglass exterior door 2Unlike wood, fiberglass isn’t going to crack, split, rot or warp. Inside every fiberglass door is a core of polyurethane foam, and because of this they have five times the insulative qualities of wood doors. An stark contrast to wood doors, fiberglass doors fare very well against the weathereven in heavy rain, snow and high humidity.

Because of the insulation, they’re also much more energy efficient, and usually less expensive than wood doors. In other words, you – the homeowner – will save save money in both the short term and the long term. These doors usually carry a limited lifetime warranty – if the door was poorly designed and the materials don’t work as they’re supposed to, you’re covered for life.

So where’s the downside? Well, from a design perspective there’s no replacement for the rustic feel of real wood. Furthermore, if the door is stained improperly then there will be no illusion at all and the door will look like plastic. Avoid this by buying your fiberglass door pre-finished. Not every dealer offers this option, but it won’t be too difficult to find one that will.

Steel Doors

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If you’re still not ready to pick your door, let’s take a look at an entirely different style sense. Wood panel doors offer a quaint rustic charm, steel doors are attractively modern.

Once painted, their solid, smooth surface will gleam in the sun and the finish will look truly extraordinary.

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Steel doors are also well-insulated with high-density polyurethane foam, and so they are highly energy efficient. They’re also on average the least expensive of the doors we’ve looked at so far, and they require relatively little maintenance.

Furthermore, a 2014 report on popular remodel projects concluded that homeowners who installed a steel front door recouped 97% of their investment!

Steel doors are unquestionably the most secure. You can’t exactly kick one in, and they’re extremely difficult to bend – even with tools. Banks use steel doors, as do military bases and other institutions where uninvited entry isn’t appreciated.

There are downsides, though. Just as wood will rot, steel will rust, and steel doors are notoriously easy to scratch and dent. Such damage can contribute to rust, as can rain, snow and humidity. There are, however, manufacturers who coat the steel in zinc oxide to make the door to prevent rust and corrosion. Many of them also feature a coat of weather-resistant material – often paint.

Not every manufacturer will do this, and not all of the weather-resistant coats available will fare well under extreme conditions. Ask the right questions before you pick your door. 

Now what?

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This isn’t getting any easier, is it?

Do you want people to enter your little dwelling through a wooden door? Or would you like to equip your personal fortress with steel doors? Or perhaps you’d like your doors to double as windows.

If you’re still trying to decide, worry not – it’s never a bad thing to ‘keep your doors open’ – heh, heh.. no?

If you’re ready to pick your door, then it’s time to complete the final step and choose a professional door installer. There are many ‘door installation services’ that charge premium rates for shoddy work.

Fortunately, Cloplay, one of the largest door distributors in North America, has written a good list of the ways to figure out if you’re hiring a good company or not: 

1. How long have they been installing entry doors?

2. Are they bonded and insured?

3. Are they a reputable company, or is next to nothing known about them?

4. Can they produce before-and-after photos of previous installations they’ve performed?

5. Do they have customer references? What are people saying about them online? 

Your friends at Odd Job pass this test with flying colours.

How long have we been installing entry doors?  Odd Job was founded in 2008, and since then we’ve been accumulating extensive experience installing and repairing every type of door you can imagine. We’re proud to call it a company specialty.

Is Odd Job bonded and insured?  Yes! Our team is fully licensed, bonded and insured, covered by $5 million liability insurance and WSIB.

Is Odd Job a reputable company?  Among our constantly-expanding family of regular clients are some of Toronto’s most important businesses, including Fresh Restaurants, LensCrafters, Royal LePage and many, many more. We’ve also performed major projects for non-profit organizations like Kerry’s Place and the Toronto Business Development Centre.

Can Odd Job show its work?  Yes, and we do! Follow us on Facebook and Google Plus, where we regularly post photos and videos of our adventures on site.

What are Odd Job’s clients actually saying?  See for yourself!

Like what you hear?  Then there’s no reason not to reach out. Not only will we install your door, but we’ll ensure that it functions without flaw for many, many years. Give us a call at (416) 520-1161 or click here and fill out our online ‘book-a-handyman form.’

Remove Household Odours: How-To

Remove Household Odours: How-To

Since the beginning of our series on fall home maintenance, Odd Job has been advising people to repair and upgrade their home in preparation for the cold weather that we’re already getting a taste of.

You’re really going to want an indoor refuge, and you’re not going to want it to be in disrepair. What you’re going to want even more is for this refuge to be a truly pleasant place to be.

Some might wonder how home could ever really be unpleasant. After all, is home not where the heart is? There’s nothing like opening its door after a long, difficult day and retreating into familiarity. We see the same people, animals and things that we always see, hear the same sounds we always hear and, of course, smell the same smells. Some of those smells are better than others.

As wonderful as your home might be, your quality of life there isn’t nearly what it could be if odours like sewer gas and spoiled food are as indigenous to it as the more pleasing smell of your morning pot of coffee. We are often inclined to take a defeatist stance toward stench, particularly when it is localized in one space and its causes aren’t obvious. We hope that this article equips homeowners with the knowledge they need to remove household odours and to prevent them from appearing again. It’s your space, and so it’s time to reclaim your air.

Basement Odour

In our last article, we made a statement that is as bold and sweeping as it is true: about half of the basements in the world are dank, cluttered storage areas. The definition of dank, if you recall, is “disagreeably damp, musty, and typically cold,” and in our last article we detailed simple ways you can dry out your basement.

We will now focus on how you can remove household odours commonly associated with the basement. Interested readers still might want to take a look at the previous article – after all, mould and mildew are two of the most notorious basement odours, and both are directly caused by moisture. For example, many people smell mould whenever they open their washing machine. We often leave our washing machines closed between loads, creating a breeding ground for mould because the seal on the front doors prevents the interior from drying.

The solution is simple – just apply a mould killer like our secret weapons, Mold Stain Eraser and Mold Control – and leave the door open so that the inside of the machine can dry. Repeat this about once every month and there will never be mould in your washing machine again. 

In today’s quest to remove household odours, however, we will be zeroing in on another menace.

remove household odours drainAmong the ugliest and most common odours in your basement and in other rooms as well is sewer gas. If you have drains that are never used, they will dry out. The water stored in the trap beneath the drain will eventually evaporate, leaving the unappetizing scents of your septic tank or your city’s sewer system with direct access to your space. Not only does this drastically reduce the quality of life, but the gas is potentially harmful. Fortunately, the solution is as simple as it might seem.

Fill a pitcher with water (approximately a quart) and pour it down the drain. This will refill the trap and block the sewer gas. After that, pour approximately two tablespoons of cooking oil down the drain. The oil will float atop the water and effectively seal it into the trap, preventing it from evaporating until much later down the road.

The problem of drain odour most often occurs in basements because they are usually used much less than other rooms in the house. Although fairly uncommon, if there is a bathroom in the basement then it is possible that the water in the trap under the toilet has evaporated and it may be from here that the sewer gas is finding its way into your home. If this is the case, the solution is even easier: simply flush the toilet!

replacingwaxringIf the smell of sewage still hangs in the air long after you’ve returned the water to the water traps, it may well be that the wax ring underneath your toilet is leaking and that it is through the leak that the sewer gas is seeping in. This can sometimes happen if the toilet is frequently rocked. It can also happen if the wax ring itself was either improperly installed or simply worn out. Move the toilet and replace the wax ring – a new one can be purchased from virtually all home retailers, including Home Depot and LowesTo prevent the toilet from rocking and breaking the new wax ring seal, place plastic shims beneath the toilet and then caulk it all around. 

If the problems still persist after you have employed all of these countermeasures, you should consult a professional plumber as there may be more serious underlying issues.

Kitchen Odour

We’re on a mission to remove household odours, and the only room known for as many as the basement is the kitchen. Many of the basement’s unattractive odours are related to how infrequently it is used – the sewer gas, for example, finds a clear path into your home through drains that are never used. Conversely, the odours of the kitchen are created by frequent use of the space. Fortunately, however, the solutions to these odours are equally simple. 

dirty dishwasherLike the homeowners met by a pungent odour when opening their washing machines, many homeowners will be holding their noses upon opening their dish washers after a cycle. After frequent use, food and grease will be trapped in various parts of the machine. Your dishwasher, for example, most likely has a detachable filter which is located at the bottom of the tub. This catches the larger particles of food so as to prevent them from clogging the drain. This function, however, creates a veritable feast for bacteria and their presence in turn leads to the terrible odour. Remove the screen with a half counter-clockwise turn and spend less than a minute cleaning it out. 

A lot of food debris also builds up in the ‘lip’ at the bottom of the dishwasher’s door. Open the door all the way down and then clean this area as well.

dishwasher spray arm cleaning

The dishwasher’s spray arms are also contributing to the smell. Pieces of food become lodged in the holes along the sides, which are very small and difficult to clean as a result. You’ll have to remove the sprayer arms from the dishwasher itself, taking out the screws and bolts if necessary. Fill a bucket with hot water, add some soap and a cup of vinegar, and then stir. Soak the sprayer arms in the bucket for awhile. When you think the food sufficiently loose, remove the sprayer arms and use a toothbrush, tweezers or cotton swab to get rid of it for good.

The spray arms, the filter and the door lip are the main sources of the odour, as they are the parts of the machine that collect the largest amount of food debris. After you have cleaned those areas, apply a dishwasher cleaner – we recommend Dishwasher Magic – and then run a cycle. Au revoir, odour! 

In attacking the odours of the basement, we focused primarily on sewer gas. Likewise, the terrible odours we associate with the kitchen can largely be traced to spoiled food and the bacteria it attracts. Does your kitchen sink stink? Don’t worry – it’s just another buildup of food particles. The solution is simple: pour a cup of bleach down the drain. This will kill the bacteria and eliminate the smell.

What about the fridge? If you keep a lot of food in there, you will likely forget some of it from time to time. And if your fridge has gone without power for a few days, the smell will be indescribably bad. What’s worse, cleaning it out won’t destroy the smell either – no matter how many disinfectants you use. Fear not, however, there is a simple and very old solution that costs next to nothing: fill your fridge with crumpled up newspapers and charcoal, leave it for several days and then empty it – sayonara, stench! 

You can employ a similar method to eliminate the odour created when you take off your shoes or work boots after a long day of hard work. Fill a sock up with cedar chips and leave it in your footwear. This should make the odour disappear, and you can reuse the same ‘bag’ of cedar chips, as they naturally absorb moisture and kill odour – just be sure to fill it with fresh chips about once a month!

Smell you later!

Make the processes described here into habits and you will be able to remove household odours without buying special products or calling anyone. Are you smelling something that we didn’t cover in this article? If so, fill out our online “book-a-handyman” form and tell us what’s up – or just give us a call at (416) 520-1161! 

Stay Cool and Slash Your Air Conditioner Bill

Cut the Air Conditioner Bill in Comfort

As the temperature rises, more and more people are turning on their air conditioners. Toronto Hydro warns that careless use can amount to fully half of your summer electricity bill – a figure that isn’t so alarming considering that heating and cooling together account for roughly half of the average homeowner’s annual energy bill. And this is to say nothing of the devastating impact it has on the environment. According to National Geographic“Air conditioner use in the U.S. results in an average of about 100 million tons of CO2 emissions from power plants every year.”  It’s the middle of July, though, and it’s only going to get hotter. How can you and your family live comfortably while looking out for mother nature and your pocketbook too? The team at Odd Job has some tips that you’ll find indispensable.

Build a Wall of Shade

During a heatwave, most people are aware that one of the more frugal ways to cool your home is to open your windows at night and keep them closed throughout the day. The purpose of this is fairly obvious: to reduce the amount of heat residing within your home. There are many other, lesser-known methods of doing this, however, and they can be much more effective. One of these is to plant trees around your home in order to shield it from direct sunlight. When planted strategically, the trees serve as a natural air conditioning system.

In 2009, Geoffrey Donovan of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service and David Butry of the National Institute of Standards and Technology published a report entitled The value of shade: Estimating the effect of urban trees on summertime electricity use. The report details how Donovan and Butry monitored and assessed the effects of shade trees on 460 single-family homes in Sacramento, California between May 15 and September 15. In their report, they conclude: “Current level of tree cover on the west and south sides of houses in our sample reduce summertime electricity use by 185 kWh (5.2 %), whereas north-side trees increase electricity use by 55 kWh (1.5 %).” 

Colorado State University went farther, stating“In the summer, trees block 70-90% of the sun’s radiation on a clear summer day. When properly placed, trees can reduce air conditioning demands by 10-30%.

This is especially true for those whose  air conditioners sit in direct sunlight, an arrangement that predictably causes the unit to use up to 10% more electricity. Planting trees or shrubs around them will help – just make sure not to completely surround it, as that will block the airflow!

While all of this sounds lovely, planting a tree and watching it grow is a long and involved process. No one is going to be able to construct their tree defenses in time for this year’s heatwave, and many won’t be eager to place their faith in such a long-term solution. Tree Hugger, a leading environmental blog, has helped to solve part of this problem by releasing a great list of seven fast-growing shade trees. Homeowners looking for faster countermeasures may find them in placing trellises around their home and growing vines on them. They grow much faster than trees, and if given a year should be able to cover a large area. Some of them can even double as a source of highly nutritious fruits and vegetables.

Another great component of any shade wall is the window awning. Often made of fabric or metal, these are among the most effective defenses against direct sunlight. According to the California Energy Commission: “A properly installed awning can reduce heat gain in your home up to 65 percent on southern windows and as much as 77 percent on eastern and western windows. Just be sure to put your awnings in storage during the colder parts of the year, as they’ll block the sun’s warmth when you need it most!

Maintaining the Air Conditioner Unit

 dirty air conditioner filter vs. clean air conditioner filter

If you’ve found yourself here, there is a very strong possibility that you’re spending more than you have to on heating and cooling, and a distinct possibility that the problems are at least partially related to your air conditioning unit itself.

While the unit is in use, the filter is inevitably going to collect dirt; the exact amount depends on factors such as air quality and how often it is used. The reduced air flow that results can eventually cause components of your air conditioning system to overheat (requiring expensive repairs) and culminate in the unit failing altogether. Dirty filters are one of the main causes of air conditioner malfunctions

If your unit’s air filter collects an excessive amount of dirt, many different problems will arise. If the filter is dirty, everything past it is too; this includes the cooling coils and the fans, which will work far less efficiently as a result. This forces the unit itself to expend much more energy to cool your house, and the air it creates is filled with allergens. You end up paying more money for less comfort, and potentially compromising the health of the home’s occupants as well.

The solution? Your unit’s filter should be changed regularly – at least once every three months and, during heavy use periods such as summer, every month. The U.S. Department of Energy states that “can lower your air conditioner’s energy consumption by 5% to 15%.”

Routinely changing your air filter is one of a few things you can do to maintain your air conditioning system. One is to keep your central or window air conditioning unit tuned up so as to ensure that it is always operating with maximum efficiency, and another is to have a specialist examine its electrical parts and refrigerant every two or three years. This will only cost around $150, but much like changing the filter, it will save you much more than it will cost you.

If your unit is more than twelve years old, then it may be time to replace the system altogether. This alone can drastically reduce your energy bill. According to the Department of Energy, the finest air conditioner of today uses an alarming “30 to 50% less energy” to produce precisely the same amount of cooling as any unit made in the seventies and “20 to 40%” less energy than a unit that’s only 10 years old!

Fortifying the Homefront

 

The potential ways of cutting your cooling costs don’t end with your air conditioner unit. There may well be gaps in your house system that are hurting your wallet. Remember: the key is to minimize the amount of heat entering your home. We have detailed how homeowners can mount an external defense by growing trees and vines, so let us take a step back and examine some of the possible internal issues.

Almost half of your home’s summertime heat gain can naturally be attributed to your windows, miniature gateways through which direct sunlight enters virtually by invitation. Not only should they be closed during these hot summer days, but they should be provided with as much shade as possible. Hanging some draperies should do the trick; their pleats and folds actually lose heat through convection. According to the Department of Energy, draperies can have a very powerful effect: “Studies demonstrate that medium-colored draperies with white-plastic backings can reduce heat gains by 33%.” They go on to say that “highly reflective blinds can reduce heat gain by around 45%.” When fortifying your internal defenses, window treatments are a great place to start.

Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, though. All of that will do little good if heat is seeping in through holes in your home itself. Air leaks can cause you to spend up to 40% more on heating and cooling, and most of them are so small that they are virtually invisible. To locate them, turn off all fans and exhaust fans in your home, close all of the windows, and turn off your furnace. After you have done this, light some incense and slowly walk through the home while holding it close to the walls. Wherever you see the smoke being either sucked toward or blown away from something, you have located a likely air leak. For windows, doors and other movable parts of your house, apply weatherstripping. Apply caulk for those tiny cracks in the structure itself and its other components.

More difficult to fix are the thermal leaks. These are virtually (and sometimes literally) invisible. When they are not caused by the aforementioned air leaks, they’re caused by poor insulation or other problems out of the human eye’s reach. Identifying the problem at the root of the leaks can only come after you identify where they are. Using a handheld, battery-operated thermal leak detector, you’ll be able to pinpoint parts of the home that are warmer or colder than the rest of the structure.

Let’s presume that you’ve already provided your home with layers upon layers of external and internal protection – shade trees, draperies, the works! Let’s also presume that you’ve mended the holes in your defenses. Why not install a programmable thermostat? Using this machine, you’ll be able to automate your cooling system to use far less energy when you’re at work or on vacation. Proper use can reduce your energy bill by up to 20%.

Chillin’ With Odd Job

We hope you’ve found these tips helpful in your efforts to beat the heat effectively and frugally. Many readers, however, may be left wondering how to properly execute many of the suggestions laid out here. Not everyone feels confident sealing air leaks, hanging window treatments, or examining their own air conditioning system, and there’s no shame in that. Why attempt sometimes difficult and potentially dangerous tasks such as those when you can hire licensed, bonded, insured and well-trained professionals to do them for you at very affordable rates?

Most contractors aren’t going to bother with hanging your draperies or tackling a small project involving poor insulation. This is where Odd Job Handyman Services, Toronto’s premier handyman company, comes in. Call us today or just fill our our online “book-a-handyman” form, and in no time your projects will be placed in professional hands, whatever their size!

Spring Home Improvement on a Budget

Spring Home Improvement on a Budget

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The celebrated “season of the handyman” is here once again. Contractors everywhere are dusting off their toolkits while homeowners try to find those ‘to-do’ lists they’ve been working on. But where does that leave those who don’t have much in their budget for spring home improvement?

The bad news? According to HGTV, home improvement significantly raises the value of your property. The good news? You don’t need to be a billionaire to update your home. If you’re interested in inside tips from professional handymen on how to save on spring home improvement, please read on.

First Impressions

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You’ve likely heard of curb appeal. Most people have decided whether or not they would buy your home by the time they’ve passed it. Fortune Builders, known as “the premier real estate education company in the country,” has written:

The work you do to the kitchen or the fixtures in the bathroom may be great, but by that time it may be too late. If you want to maximize your properties’ value, you need to focus on improving the curb appeal.

So why not give people the right impression by the time they’ve reached your front door? Depending on the materials, the paint, and the type of door, installing a new door will in many cases cost well under $1,000. Refreshing an older door with a new coat of paintIf your new door is approved by Energy Star, it will save you on energy bills in the long term and on your taxes in the short term.

Initiate your spring home improvement bonanza by installing a gorgeous new door or giving your old one a new look. If you call the right people, you’ll enjoy an excellent return on investment.

Staining to Perfection

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Freshly stained.

Spring evenings aren’t spring evenings if you don’t have a backyard deck to enjoy them on. Whether you’re having dinner outdoors or enjoying a few glasses with friends, your deck is the stage where your most precious memories will play out.

spring home improvementStaining it for this purpose is one of the most rewarding and affordable spring home improvement projects there are.

The average timeline? Between three and five hours. The average cost? $2 per square foot! 

RIS Media states: “In most cases the cost will not be any higher than $400 for the total job.”

Not only does this spring home improvement project offer immediate visual rewards, but it also promises an excellent return on investment.

Professional Deck Builder summarized the findings of the annual Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report, stating:

According to Realtors who were polled for the report, a 16-foot by 20-foot deck with an average construction cost of $10,048 could be expected to recoup $8,085 of its cost if the house were to be sold in 2015, a return on investment—or ROI—of 80.5%.

Money Pit confirms that a deck “is one of the most cost-effective additions you can make to your home.” 

A beautiful deck will add great value to your home and skyrocket its curb appeal. Maintaining it, of course, is the key to protecting its investment value. Staining is the most affordable and effective ways to do this. 

Spring Cleaning

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One of the most classic spring home improvement projects is, of course, spring cleaning. If you’re willing to invest a lot of time and aren’t afraid to get your hands a little dirty, this can very easily be the most affordable project featured here. 

The most important phase of a large-scale cleanup effort will often be decluttering. To maximize efficiency, go room-to-room and focus your energy on the closets, cabinets and common areas before doing a second and more thorough review.

Not only will this process cost you nothing but time, it may generate a small profit. Books, films, toys and clothing are all great material for a garage sale. 

The second phase of the cleanup process is the removal of stains and other debris. Rather than opting to use expensive and potentially harmful solutions, make your own cleaners. 

vinegar cleaningFor cleaning your windows and mirrors, mix white vinegar into water and apply the solution with an old dust rag. For removing dust from woodwork, mix lemon juice into water and do the same – or just use dryer sheets.

In 2014, CTV published a list of highly effective homemade cleaning solutions. The pricing ranges from $0.50 and $2.00.

If you value time over money, there are companies that can completely declutter even the worst hoarder’s home in a single day. Odd Job, for example, will remove clutter from your home for $25 per bag.

The Season of Good Memories

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Spring is a season for friends, for long strolls through the park, and for backyard dinners. It is the season of good memories, and spring home improvement is a vital part of that process.

They say spring is a time of new beginnings, and nothing says new beginnings like home upgrades that make your neighbours go “Wow!”

Call (416) 520-1161 today or book our team online and you’ll be well on your way there.