Home improvement

Alberta’s most popular renovation projects

Canadians spent nearly $53 billion on renovations throughout 2016, according to Statistics Canada. And throughout the first quarter of this year, Canadians have already spent more than $12 billion on renovations.

According to ATB Financial’s Economics and Research Team, home renovations in Alberta alone hit “a record high” of $1.78 billion during the first three months of 2017.

So, just where are Canadians – and Albertans, specifically – spending their renovation dollars?

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Keeping it neutral

Why you should stick with the greiges when it comes to selling your home

If you’ve ever sold a home, you were likely told at some point to keep it neutral – meaning although you may have loved the lightness of a lime green dining room or the sensual feel of a dark red bedroom, you went with beige, grey or greige.

And for good reason, say experts.

“Neutral-coloured spaces allow us to feel a sense of connection with nature and experience pleasant or calming emotions, both of which facilitate a desire to stay in a space,” said Katherine Schurer, a registered psychologist with Calgary’s Now in Colour Psychological Services Inc.

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What’s in a colour

How tone and energy can affect your home sale preparation

When it comes time to sell your home, creating a warm, comfortable place in which would-be buyers can imagine themselves can be as easy as picking up a paintbrush.

“I’m often asked, ‘What’s the best colour for resale?’” said Krystle Wilk, colour consultant and manager of Southpointe Paint and Décor in southeast Calgary. “Having your home look its best when trying to sell is more than likely to get your home sold quickly and for the best possible price.” (more…)

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