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May 2017

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Rebuild vs. Resurface: Breathing New Life into Your Old Deck

With Saskatoon winters reaching temperatures of below freezing and the wet season lasting 124 days of the year on average, it’s no wonder why your deck has taken quite a beating over the seasons and the years.

And beyond the weather, your deck, whether wood or composite, has seen lots of traffic from active kids, frisky pets, and welcomed guests who all equally love spending time out there laughing or lazing around on a warm summer day.

You wouldn’t trade the wonderful memories for anything. However, now you are left with a deck that is weathered and not exactly appealing to look at anymore. Not only is it no longer as beautiful as it once was, you fear that it may not even be safe to stand on anymore. Deck repair services is actually one of the most sought after services in Saskatoon throughout the summer season.

Depending on the condition of your deck, you’ll have two options – rebuild or resurface. How do you know which is the right solution for your home?

Why You Should Rebuild

For those who have plenty of time and money, the first instinct is to rebuild the deck completely. And there are those who assume they have the time to choose between rebuilding or resurfacing when the reality is, rebuilding is the only option.

If your deck’s structure is unsound and a disaster waiting to happen, then you must rebuild immediately. Wooden decks will naturally decay over time because of the weather and climate. They are prone to rotting, mold, carpenter ants, termites and so much more.

Starting over with a new deck can be costly, but it does have its upsides. Not only do you have the opportunity to start fresh and have complete freedom in designing an entirely new deck, but you have the option to choose better quality materials like steel that is guaranteed to last much longer than the old wooden deck – a lifetime, in fact.

Why You Should Resurface

Rebuilding a deck can be considered a major renovation and one that you’re just not prepared for both financially and time-wise.

Resurfacing an old deck which has a solid substructure and framing will still result in a beautiful deck that feels brand new. Despite following the same lines and foundation, you can dramatically change the aesthetics with your choice of color and other elements. You may even want to swap out the deck railing to something more modern.

Compared to tearing out the old deck and rebuilding, resurfacing means huge savings. A contractor would be able to assess your existing deck’s substructure and framing to tell you if you absolutely must rebuild or if resurfacing is advisable. Getting a quote from more than one deck contractor in Saskatoon would be ideal in this case.

Ultimately, whether you decide to start over altogether or put some extra love in your old one, you’ll still get the look and feel of a new deck that you and your family will love through many years of fun outdoor barbecues or lazy days of lounging.

Post your deck project today for free and get matched to certified contractors in Saskatoon. Get Quotes!

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The Actual Costs of Home Ownership

When it comes to the roof over your head, everyone is different. You might have a growing family who needs more space or you may be someone living in a basement suite and hate the fact that you can hear your neighbour work out at 6am on Saturday mornings. Whatever your reason for considering home ownership, it is understandable that owning your own home is the ultimate goal for many of us in Canada.

However, if you’re a first-time homebuyer in Saskatoon, you may not be fully aware of the real costs of acquiring a home. Home ownership is not only a huge responsibility but the costs involved when accumulated can be considerable. Owning a home is not cheap especially given our current economy in Saskatchewan.

Before you start making arrangements towards moving out of that apartment you have been renting, it is crucial to have a good understanding of all the costs involved in purchasing a home.

Down Payment and Mortgage

Unless you can afford to pay the total amount of the home you are interested in upfront, you’ll need to understand the breakdown of your down payment and how that affects your mortgage.

In Saskatchewan, you will need proof of income, verifiable down payment, and a good credit rating to determine if you qualify for a mortgage. The City of Saskatoon will screen your income and provide you with home ownership training. How much you can afford to pay as a down payment will determine what your monthly payments are.

Insurance and Taxes

Another cost you need to be prepared for is insurance as lenders will require you to have home insurance that covers things like flood or fire before you can loan money. While it is typically outlined on the home listing, property tax is another cost to be ready for as a new homeowner.

Utilities and Operational Costs

Owning a home means you’ll need to pay the costs of basic utilities like water, heat and electricity that you may not have needed to pay for when you were renting. Oftentimes, these basic services can be included in your rent.

Other utilities you may be paying as a homeowner are cable, internet and garbage fees. You have to remember that a larger home means your gas and electricity bills will be much higher as you’ll probably have more electronics and appliances and you’re heating and cooling a bigger space.

Winter in Saskatoon generally lasts from early November to mid-March and you have to expect to pay more for electricity due to the added heating costs.

Appliances

Unless the home you’re purchasing is fully-equipped with all the basic appliances, you’ll have to buy a refrigerator, washer and dryer, microwave and maybe even a water heater. New appliances can be expensive so keep this in mind as well.

Furniture and Decorations

While furniture shopping and decorating is fun, prices will add up. Your larger home will have more rooms that you’ll need to fill with the right furniture. A new couch that is the right size for your now bigger living room can be surprisingly expensive.

Maintenance

While there are a lot of home maintenance and cleaning tasks that you can do yourself, you’ll still have to invest in tools and supplies.

Unlike with renting an apartment, you’ll be responsible for fixing your toilet’s broken flush, changing the air filter in your furnace, or repairing broken locks. Some of these tasks you can certainly tackle yourself, but for others, you’ll need to seek the help of a home professional. Luckily for you, we have the online marketplace where you can find a contractor or home professionals offering these services in Saskatoon, Warman and Martensville.

You probably don’t realize that keeping your home clean will cost as much as it will because you’re doing most of the work. However, consider the added costs of cleaning supplies and equipment.

And for the areas that need serious attention, you’ll need to hire a home professional for services like carpet cleaning, exterior cleaning of gutters and sidings. Browse deals today! 

Landscaping

Part of desiring to have your own home probably means dreaming of a big lawn and backyard. To manage the landscaping yourself, you’ll need to purchase equipment like a lawnmower, shovels, clippers, and other equipment. Even the simplest yards will need some maintenance.

And if you want flowers, plants, a pathway, and a fountain, a landscaping professional could design what is best for your lawn space. And for a fee, they could maintain it regularly.

Upgrades and Improvements

Whether you are purchasing a starter home or buying a home, you plan to live in forever, making improvements and upgrades are inevitable. Even if you intend to sell the home someday, you’ll need to keep it well-maintained if you expect to sell for more and faster.

Improvements such as a swimming pool or an outdoor kitchen can significantly increase the value of your home. And upgrading the kitchen with the state-of-the-art appliances and granite countertops can dramatically give your kitchen that touch of luxury.

Buying your own home can be exciting and still something you want to do despite the reality of what it really costs. What is important is that you are acutely aware that there are things to pay for well beyond the down payment and mortgage.

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Spring Cleaning and Home Maintenance Guide for May

Weather in May can be hit or miss in Saskatoon and Saskatchewan but it shouldn’t hold us back from getting done our spring cleaning!

For homeowners, now is the ideal time to get motivated to do some work on your property. Spring cleaning is more than just throwing open the windows to let in the fresh air or sweeping out the dust from all the construction going on around you.

This warm Saskatoon weather means you can do some serious cleaning to both the interior and exterior of your home. However, spring cleaning doesn’t mean that you need to tackle all this work on your own. Some projects may require a home professional to get the tasks done correctly and safely. Not only that but time is money and so do what you love to do and leave the rest to the pros.

Here is a quick guide to some home maintenance projects that are ideal to get done this spring.

Exterior Cleaning

A professional pressure washing service can clean the exterior of your home. Moss and algae may have built up on you exterior siding, gutters, roof, patio, walkways and driveways. Not only are they not appealing to look at but keeping all these areas clean ensures that the materials stay in good shape. Check out this deal for $75 off in Saskatoon!

House Cleaning

Surely you’ve kept the house clean year-round with the usual housecleaning tasks. However, for the bigger cleaning projects, it is ideal to hire a home professional who can do a deep clean on your carpets, upholstery and drapery. You may even want to hire a professional cleaning service who are equipped to handle chemicals and equipment needed to thoroughly clean bathroom stains like rust and hard water residue. Check out all these cleaning deals found on the Kijenga Marketplace.

Repairs

Take your spring cleaning a step further by addressing some areas that may require some repair. Because the Saskatoon weather is ideal for exterior repairs, now is the best time to hire a home professional to mend a broken fence or repair your deck. Getting someone skilled to do these tasks ensures you quality work and safety. Browse handyman deals on the marketplace!

Landscaping

The winter weather may have left your yard in a sorry state. Hire a landscaping service who will clean up the debris from the garden beds and lay down new sod. Professional landscapers can deliver large quantities of mulch or gravel and get your yard spring and summer-ready.

May is also the best time to bring in additions to your yard. Bring in new planters and garden beds for spring and summer plants. You may even want to add a new pathway leading to your yard.

So take advantage of the weather and work together with a home professional to get your spring cleaning, property maintenance, and improvement projects underway. You won’t regret hiring a service to tackle the more demanding cleaning projects especially if they require heavy lifting and the use of equipment that only someone skilled can operate.

For projects that you require a few quotes, post them now! To find sweet deals from reputable handymen to house cleaners, shop our online marketplace in Saskatoon and find the perfect voucher for you!