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Is anyone else in complete disbelief that it’s already August?! It never ceases to amaze us how fast our short summer months fly by here in Red Deer, Alberta. If you haven’t already started that outdoor renovation project or little garden job — don’t worry! It’s not too late to add those finishing touches to your garden or backyard. There is still a lot of summer left to enjoy it. You might feel like taking your garden to the next level requires too much effort for how late it is in the season. But trust us, when you get outside to enjoy it or entertain guests, it’s so worth it. Here are our top outdoor garden decor ideas (minimum effort required) to get you inspired to enhance your yard!

  • Add a Garden Water Feature

    There is nothing more relaxing than listening to the sound of running water. With a small, simple pond or an elaborate fountain, you, your family and any guests will love sitting out in your yard turned spa-like oasis.

  • Add a Play Area

    Not all of us can afford an infinity pool or a custom outdoor fireplace. Sometimes adding toys and features that entertain the kids is the equivalent to a little slice of paradise for parents. You get the kids off of technology and playing in the fresh air, and it allows you to play outside with them as well. Consider buying a plastic pool, water table or little jungle gym to keep the kiddos entertained and give you a little peace and quiet.

  • Add a Picnic Table

    family enjoying an afresco dinner in their backyard on a picnic tableYou don’t always need a full outdoor dining set to enjoy an alfresco meal. Your outdoor table can be as simple as rustic wooden planks hammered together with benches to sit on! If you are planning to have guests over for a beautiful outdoor dinner, you can easily elevate your picnic table with a table runner, some greenery and candles. The trends towards more relaxed and boho picnic-style dining is in your favour!


  • Add a Pergola

    Adding a pergola to your garden is a great way to create shade and aesthetic appeal. This simple addition also gives you a lot more garden decor options, like stringing lights, hanging flowers or putting up curtains for a semi-enclosed outdoor room.

  • Add Smart Technology

    Modern technology can be a gamechanger for your backyard. Now, for your outdoor gatherings, you can buy Bluetooth speakers that can blend into the landscape that can be controlled from your smartphone. Also, if you install smart LED lights in your garden, you can customize your outdoor lighting through your mobile device!

  • Add a Hammock

    A hammock is the best feature you could add to your garden to truly relax and enjoy the last of summer. You can buy one online and string it between two trees, or a pergola if you have one — or look for a freestanding one instead!



Autumn is fast approaching. But, that doesn’t mean you should throw in the towel and leave your garden or backyard project until next year. If you add one of the garden decor ideas to your yard, we’re sure it’ll enhance the last few weeks you have to enjoy it — until next year. Get outside and enjoy that sunshine!


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outdoor cedar deck renovation red deer

Do you have big-deck dreams but small-deck constraints? No problem. You can still have an inviting outdoor dining and lounging area – no matter the size of your deck. It just takes an extra dose of creativity with your design and deck construction. Ready to transform you small deck into an alfresco dining oasis? Here are our top small deck design ideas to rethink your square footage and make the best use of the space you have.


1. Optimize Your Deck Construction & Design

If you’re building an entirely new deck, pick a shape that gives you a lot of options for how you use the space. Rectangular decks are really popular and are easy to separate into sections for outdoor dining and lounging. 

If you’re revamping an existing deck, consider how you can adjust the layout to improve the flow. Try to make the deck design more efficient by fitting large items like cooking equipment or furniture into corners. If you’re looking to upgrade your deck without investing in completely new deck construction, consider investing in built-in seating, like an outdoor sectional. 


woman sitting on her outdoor furniture on her small deck

2. Pick the Right Outdoor Furniture

When space is at a premium, you don’t want to dominate your deck with oversized furniture. Large furniture, or too much small furniture, will make your deck feel cluttered and smaller than it actually is. Instead, choose furniture that suits the space and still leaves enough room for you to comfortably walk through.

We have one more tip when it comes to outdoor furniture, try to find furniture that has multiple design options. For example, an outdoor table that can extend if you are having company and need to seat more people. This gives you the opportunity to accommodate more guests without sacrificing the space you have daily. 


3. Free Up Floor Space

One way to make the most of a small space is to avoid putting as much on the ground as possible. Luckily, when it comes to outdoor areas, there are so many hanging design elements that you can choose from.

Rather than putting large potted plants on your deck, hang them overhead. You can also hang lanterns and lights to add more to the design without taking away any extra wiggle room!


4. Create an Indoor-Outdoor Flow

A great way to instantly make your deck feel larger than it is is to create a natural flow between the deck and the room inside that it connects to. If you use this deck design idea, you can leave the door between the deck and the indoor room open and your deck becomes an extension of whatever is going on inside. This is particularly great if you love entertaining and want people to naturally move in and out of your home to make the most of the limited space.


5. Add Touches of Your Style

This tip is great because it can be as expensive or inexpensive as you like. For example, adding an outdoor rug is an easy way to give a small deck design some style without crowding the area or adding clutter. You could also add interest to the walls around your deck with vines, arbour or even wall hangings. This is your opportunity to show off your tastes and get creative!


Just because you have a small deck, doesn’t mean it can’t be a beautiful and functional space. With some creative small deck design ideas and a few simple touches of your unique style, you can make a little space go a long way!



You might also like: Improve Your Outdoor Look: 4 Ideas for Your Patio or Deck


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Your home is probably your most prized possession. Your home is where the majority of your time is spent, and your memories are made. So, when you decide to do a home renovation project or build a custom home, it’s critical that you find a home builder that you can trust. Asking these important questions will help you find the right home builder for your project and help you bring your dream home to life.


How much experience do you have?

One of your requirements when selecting a home builder should be that they have at least five years of experience in your city. When a home builder has been in business for five years or more, it shows you that they have a solid reputation and the experience needed to do a good job. Also, in a province like Alberta, where we experience extreme weather conditions and changes – it’s crucial to partner with a local builder that is familiar with the specific details that need to be taken into consideration.


Can I see past projects you’ve completed?

If a home builder is proud of the work they do, there will be no hesitation when you ask to see some of their past projects or for references from homeowners they’ve worked with. How they respond to this request will give you insight into if they are actually credible. If it’s an option, try to visit an active worksite. This will help you see how the team operates and how organized they are.


What’s the warranty you offer on your projects?

What happens if you move into your custom home and the floor develops a crack, or you start to notice water damage? It’s critical that before you sign any contract, you have a firm understanding of the warranty the home builder offers.

Homestead Custom Carpentry is a proud member of the Alberta New Home Warranty Program. The Program has been protecting homeowners for over 45 years with its professional and reputable coverage. They are an independent, not-for-profit new home warranty provider serving approximately 700 Builder Members—only the very best builders in Alberta. With our membership with the Alberta New Home Warranty Program, all of our projects include the following coverage:

  • Deposit Protection
  • Builder Performance Protection
  • First Year Workmanship & Materials Protection
  • 5 Year Structural Integrity Protection
  • 10 Year Structural Integrity Protection (Optional)
  • Additional Living Expenses Protection

construction home builders working at a table saw at a job site

What will be the timeline from project start to completion?

Now, it’s unlikely that a home builder will be able to give you an exact timeline. However, if you can get references from other homeowners who have worked with them, you’ll be able to get a good idea of what to expect. Also, don’t look for the home builder that provides you with the shortest timeline. You want the timeline they give you to be an honest estimate and not an optimistic guess to make the sale. It is also a good idea to ask them what tools their team uses to track their schedule and progress. If the builder doesn’t have the tools to provide you with a detailed timeline, it’s not a good sign that they’ll be able to keep the project on track. 

Looking for more information on preparing for a home renovation project? Check out our post, on the Top Home Renovation Mistakes (and tips to avoid them).


How do you ensure that you stay on budget?

From the very beginning, you want to make sure that your home builder is upfront about costs and transparent about what is and isn’t included in your build. 

At Homestead, transparency and keeping clients informed is extremely important to us. Because of this, we update our budgets every week. That way, our clients always see the most up to date budgets possible. To avoid cost overruns, we typically set a reserve budget aside to handle unplanned contingencies alongside the budget. Proper planning and accurate projections are important from the beginning to schedule scope and scheduled baselines.


Renovating your family home or starting a custom home project is an exciting process. Like any big decision, it’s important that you do your homework when selecting who you partner with. Meet with many home builders, get several estimates and don’t be afraid to ask the questions you need to be answered.

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As a custom carpentry company in Red Deer, we see half-finished, on-hold and delayed home renovation projects all the time. If you are planning on doing a home renovation, you probably don’t want to hear this but its almost a guarantee that your project will have delays – some avoidable and some unavoidable. Delays are caused by anything, the homeowner, the homebuilder, the weather and much more. When it comes to home renovations, delays are the rule more often than they are the exception. But you aren’t entirely powerless – you can prepare for whatever may come your way.

The best way to avoid unnecessary delays and navigate the unavoidable ones is to understand and anticipate the most common causes. Here are the top four causes of delays on home renovation projects we see in Red Deer – and some ideas to help you keep your project on track as much as possible.

1. Permit Delays

man using a ballpoint pen to fill out an application form at a wooden deskThe City of Red Deer requires that every homeowner who wishes to do a renovation project gets a Building Permit. This is pretty standard for most cities, but the process can still be frustrating and time-consuming. There are a lot of factors that can contribute to the permit process taking longer than expected. A lot of which are out of your control. Something you can do to streamline the process is making sure you have all the required plans and documents ready before you submit your application. Also, be sure to check out the City website for more details on what you need to do for your specific project and get as much of it figured out as possible before you submit your application.

2. Long Lead Times and Back Orders

Long lead times and back orders are one of the most common delays we see – but they aren’t entirely unavoidable! It’s best to order as many of your materials as possible at the forefront of your project, to avoid these delays. It might seem counter-intuitive to select a lighting fixture when you’re just starting your home renovation. But, if you wait until closer to the time the electrician is coming to install the fixtures, and the one you select is back ordered for two months, you will regret not making your selections sooner!

3. Subcontractor Schedules

Depending on the scope of your home renovation, your homebuilder will need to hire subcontractors (painters, plumbers, framers, electricians, etc.) Unfortunately, sometimes your homebuilder’s preferred subcontractor is booked when they need them to come into your project. Most builders take a lot of time to build long-term relationships with their subcontractors. So, it’s not always an option to hire another company. Their preferred subcontractors are often people they trust to do an excellent job at a fair price. So, even though these relationships may result in delays, it’s usually in your best interest to wait.

4. Weather

black umbrella outside, covered in rain droplets

Unlike everything else in this list, the weather is something both the homeowner and homebuilder have no control over. Do keep in mind that if you opt to do your home renovation during a time when it’s cold, snowy, rainy, or even uncharacteristically hot – your timeline may be affected.


When you hire a home builder for your home renovation project, it’s completely normal to expect them to give you an accurate schedule. However, it’s also essential to prepare yourself for the possibility of delays. Every homebuilder, no matter how skilled or experienced, can be affected by back orders or a delayed permit process. You can help the process by knowing and preparing for the common causes of delays and by adjusting your project plans and timeline as they occur!


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The grass is turning green, the trees are budding, birds are chirping – which means summertime is upon us. These are also signs that it’s time to take advantage of the warm weather and free time and get started on those home improvement projects that have been on your mind all year. Don’t rule out your home improvement project this summer because you think the summer season is too busy.  Summer is a great time to work on home renovations – especially for bathroom and kitchen renovation projects. Here are our top five reasons why we think summer might just be the perfect time to update your home!

1. Warm Weather

bbq pit with coals fire burning

One of the most significant benefits of renovating during the summer is the warm weather. It makes work significantly easier for contractors and will likely mean fewer or no weather-related delays on your project. If you have a kitchen renovation project in mind, the warm weather gives you the option of cooking outside and BBQing while your kitchen is under construction.

2. Life “Should” Be Less Busy

For a lot of families, life slows down a little bit over the summer months. School is out, a lot of sports and activities take the summer off, and as a result, your family is likely a little less busy. Many families also travel for a week or so at a time – meaning they’ll be away from home during the renovation period. With your more relaxed summer schedule, you’ll likely have more time to consider and decide on the details of your home improvement project.

3. Save Money

As contractors typically charge based on the amount of time they are on the job – weather-related delays can cause project costs to increase. It is much easier and faster for contractors to work in better weather and your home remodelling and renovations are more likely to go on without delays.

4. Spend More Time Outdoors

kid jumping into pool summer

When you have a crew working on a home improvement project at your house – you’re going to want to be out of your house as much as possible. During the summer, it’s a lot easier to find affordable and enjoyable ways to spend your time outside of the house while the project is completed. You can head to an outdoor pool, to a park or on a hike to enjoy the outdoors while your home improvement project is completed!

5. Longer Days

One of the best parts of Alberta summers is the long hours of daylight. Not only is this enjoyable for evening walks or family bike rides but the long days also give contractors more time to work. As the sun sets later and later, your home improvement crew has more time to put in on those days where things need to get done before the sun sets.

Summer is one of our favourite seasons here in Red Deer. We recommend that you take advantage of the warm weather, slower pace and long days and get started your home improvement project. You’ll love entering the next season with a new and improved home.

  1. Access to Fresh Producefresh garden vegetables produce carrots and beets in basket with sun shining

During the summer months, local farmers’ markets like Gasoline Alley Farmer’s Market are in full swing, and you can take advantage of fresh fruits and vegetables. If you’re planning a kitchen renovation, you’ll have the perfect opportunity to create an open layout and install new appliances that will allow you to cook and prepare meals with fresh, local ingredients. A kitchen renovation project during the summer can help you transform your kitchen into a space that is perfect for preparing delicious meals and hosting outdoor dinner parties.


  1. Boost Your Home’s Resale Value

Summer is the peak season for real estate transactions. If you’re planning to sell your home in the near future, a bathroom or kitchen renovation project during the summer can help increase your home’s resale value. Updating your home’s design, appliances, and fixtures can make your home more attractive to potential buyers and help you get a higher sale price. By completing your home improvement project in the summer, you can take advantage of the peak real estate season and maximize your home’s value.

Summer is the perfect time to tackle your home improvement project. With warm weather, fewer commitments, and longer days, you can get your project completed efficiently and enjoyably. Don’t hesitate to start planning your project since Alberta only has a few months of summer! 

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Person planting garden using garden tools to scatter soil

Whether you’re an avid gardener or first-time grower, developing a green thumb isn’t as challenging as you might think. With the right soil, gardening tools and a few key tips you can nurture a garden to produce fresh and flavorful fruits and vegetables and vibrant flowers. Before you know it, you’ll be eating fresh, organic produce from your own backyard! Not only will this make your meals a little tastier, but growing an organic garden is also a great way to reduce your environmental impact. Here is everything you need to know to plan your perfect home garden.


Before you decide what to plant, you’ll need to make sure you create an environment where your seeds can thrive. To get started you will want to pick up some mulch – which will help protect the soil in your garden. You’ll also want to make sure to keep the area free of weeds. A layer of mulch on top of the soil helps, but you should also pick up a handheld weeder from your local hardware store.

Plant things you want to eat

Before you go crazy buying seeds, think about what you might want to grow and what you and your family will actually. A few classic favourites to cook with that are also easy to grow are tomatoes, carrots, peppers and snow peas.

Plan for warm and cool weather vegetables

Warm weather vegetables are wonderful but when summer ends, so do they. Think about planting fruits and vegetables that will keep producing well into the fall. Beets, carrots, broccoli and pumpkins are a few of our fall favourites!

Don’t plant more than you can handle

Once you start gardening, it can be hard to know where to stop! As things begin to grow and it comes time to harvest, you don’t want to have more than you can manage. If you have too many plants producing at once, you could end up with tons of rotting produce in your garden.

Sow your seeds indoors early

In Alberta, our winters always seem to last longer than expected. After all, it’s not uncommon to have a few final snowfalls in May! If you’re anxious to get your garden going, get an early start by sowing your seeds indoors. You can nurture your little seedlings in egg cartons, making sure they get enough sunlight and transplant them to your outdoor garden when the weather is less likely to turn for the worse one more time.

Choose the right spot

Vegetables need at least six hours of direct sunlight per day. So make sure to plant your garden in the sunniest area of your yard. Also, try to keep some distance from trees and shrubs as they tend to compete for water and nutrients in the soil. If you have a lot of trees and shrubs in your yard, you might want to consider a raised garden bed.

Add your personal touch

A great way to make your garden your own is by adding decorations and garden art that reflects your style! Incorporating elements that you love, like art, particular plants or even certain colour combinations can take your garden to the next level and make it the focal point of your yard.

Give yourself a spot to enjoy it

Your garden shouldn’t just be a place you associate with weeding, watering and work. Make sure you give yourself the chance to sit back, relax and enjoy your beautiful garden. You don’t need to build a grand deck or elaborate patio, even a few Muskoka chairs in a shaded spot make a great relaxing space.

No matter your experience level, gardening is a wonderful hobby for the spring and summer. There’s nothing like adding a few fresh veggies from your garden into your salad or home-grown herbs to your dinner. We hope our list of gardening tips help you get started on your own backyard project!

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Person using electric drill on a piece of wood for their home improvement project

If you’ve been thinking of starting a home improvement project this summer, don’t delay! The cold weather will be back before you know it. There’s no better time than during the warmer summer months to work on outdoor projects (or indoor projects that require a well-ventilated workspace). Summer home improvements can range from small repairs to major remodelling projects. All of these projects require that you invest varying amounts of money to complete them but will ultimately enhance the overall value of your home. Here are just a few home improvement projects that we think are perfect for summer.

Replacing Windows

Old windows can be a significant cause of heat loss during winter. The longer you wait to replace them, the more you will be paying in heating costs. When you replace your windows, you can also find a new window style that uniquely suits your home and budget by choosing a more energy efficient option. Some more energy efficient styles include windows with multiple panes of glass for better insulation and low-E glass windows which have special coatings to reflect infrared light and keep the heat inside in the winter and outside in the summer.

Re-Siding Your Exterior

Old siding often develops rot, mould and mildew over time which make a new paint job insufficient for addressing the problem. Also, if your siding has loose or missing boards your home is likely less weather resistant and (like old windows) this can contribute to higher heating costs in the winter. The consistently warm weather that comes with summer makes it the best time to take on this outdoor project. When you decide to re-side your home, not only will it make your home look brand new but it will offer structural benefits as well.

Replacing Your Roof

A roof in the middle of a home improvement project where the shingles are being replaced.

With the heavy snowfalls we get in Alberta your roof has probably endured a lot over the winter. The average roof last 15-20 years before it needs to be replaced, if you’re in that window of time or over, we suggest you consider replacing your roof this summer. Some other indicators that your home needs a new roof are: if your shingles are curling, missing, cracked or covered with moss, if you notice your roof is sagging at all, or if you can see any sunlight from your attic.

Installing New Countertops

As an indoor project, a kitchen renovation like replacing your countertops might seem like something you could do any time of the year. However, because the old countertops need to be moved out and the new ones moved in this can be an extremely difficult task to complete during the winter when sidewalks are icy and the air is frigid. The best signs that it is time to replace your countertops are when your countertops no longer match the design of your kitchen, are too difficult to maintain and/or are damaged beyond repair. However, before you go shopping for new countertops, do some research and have a good idea of what countertop best suits your kitchen work habits, the care involved for the material and proper measurements so you can estimate material costs.

Paint Your House (Interior and/or Exterior)

open paint cans with brushes.

Painting a house is one of the fastest ways to increase both its value and aesthetic appeal. This is probably the easiest way to update the look of your home in the least amount of time. Aside from picking the perfect colour, the next hardest decision is whether to hire a professional painter or do it yourself. If you do it yourself you will eliminate the labour costs but don’t underestimate the time commitment and amount of work involved.

Summer home improvement projects are all about updating the look of your home and preparing it structurally for the fall and winter months. If you put the time and money into any of these projects, they will likely add significant value to your home, and some will help you save on energy in the long run. Not all of these projects will apply to you, and you don’t need to worry about all of them! We hope our list of ideas has inspired you for your summer home improvement project and helped you become more aware of ways you can increase the value of your home this season.

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backyard patio with lawn furniture and umbrella

As Canadians, we have a tendency to wait until the heat of the summer to transform our backyards. By the time we finish our backyard projects its often just in time to pack up for winter. With how short our Alberta summers are, all of us at Homestead think it makes more sense to get the outdoor projects out of the way in spring so we can enjoy the space all summer. We also want to emphasize that backyard projects don’t always have to be construction projects. There are many cost-effective ways to enhance your yard. So, we’ve made a list of our top 8 affordable backyard ideas to get your yard ready for summer now, so you can make the most of the short months of sunshine!

1. Stain or paint your deck.

Sometimes all it takes is a fresh coat of stain or paint to give your deck the facelift it needs.  Likewise, painting your outdoor chairs, table and planters can completely enhance your yard and make it feel brand new!

2. Add pillows to your outdoor furniture.

Don’t forget that your yard is more than a place for your kids to play, it’s a place to relax and lounge! Add pillows to your outdoor furniture or buy ready-made floor pillows for your deck. Keep in mind, everything can be a little bolder outside, don’t be afraid of bright colours and patterns.

3. Plant flowers.

Adding planters and hanging plants to your backyard is an incredibly affordable way to take your yard to the next level. Depending on your time and budget you can build your own raised planter beds or buy them new. When you fill them with flowers or vegetables your yard will get an instant pop of colour and beauty that will make it more enjoyable to spend time in.

4. Buy or build a firepit.

People love to gather around a fire. By investing in a fire pit, you are preparing your yard that much more for the memory-making summer has in store. You can get crafty and build your own or buy one that suits your outdoor decor!

5. Create ambience with string lights.

Is there any better backyard idea that sets the perfect mood than string lighting? You can string lights along your fence, on your deck and throughout trees to add some charm to the space for those summer evenings shared with friends.

6. Add an outdoor carpet to your deck.

Durable outdoor carpets are a great way to add a pop of colour to your outdoor space. They also make your deck that much more comfortable to walk across — with or without shoes!

7. Set up a hammock.

A hammock is the perfect backyard addition for both kids and adults. When you set up a hammock on your deck or between trees in your yard, it will instantly feel more relaxing and inviting.

8. Set up lawn games.

Complete your backyard makeover by setting up lawn games. Croquet, bocce ball and ladder golf are just a few of the games you can add to include recreation in your outdoor space. What better way to spend a summer evening than by playing yard games with the whole family!

By following these 10 backyard ideas, you can create a backyard oasis on any budget before summer even arrives!

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person using mop for spring cleaning

Part of being a homeowner means staying on top of your home’s maintenance. After a long cold winter, spring is the perfect time to do a deep clean and get your home ready for any summer projects you have in mind. Winter can be hard on our homes, and spring is an opportunity to give your home the attention it needs to recover! When you take the time to inspect your home at the beginning of the season you can then budget time and money to make any changes, improvements or repairs that are necessary. Here is our Homestead spring cleaning checklist to make sure your home is functioning optimally and to get it renovation ready for your next project!

Outdoor Home Maintenance

Winter can really wear on your home, particularly in our Red Deer climate. Use this list and take the opportunity to inspect the exterior of your home for any damage or areas that need improvement.


Using binoculars from the ground, or climbing up a ladder, check your shingles for damage. Look for popped nails, missing or shifted shingles and any other signs of wear and tear. If your home was recently built or worked on by a certified builder, your roof may still be under warranty under the Alberta New Home Warranty program.

Exterior Walls

Take a careful look under eaves and near gutter downspouts for water stains. Water stains could indicate your gutters are not adequately containing roof run-off from rain and snow.


Inspect the exterior of your windows to make sure that all the weather stripping has remained intact. You want to be sure there is no leakage around windows so you’re not losing warm air in the winter and cold air in the summer.

Deck and Patio

Check your deck for warped, loose or splintered boards. Look to see if you need to restain it, expand it or fix it up. Also, take the opportunity to consider if you want to improve your outdoor space for entertaining or a play area for your kids.

Indoor Home Maintenance

Before you start inspecting your interior for damage, we recommend you do some spring cleaning. Move through your home room by room as you clean and keep an eye out for problems like cracks in the walls, mildew deposits and damage to the flooring or ceiling.

Basement and Attic

These areas of your home require frequent inspection. As the uppermost and lowermost areas of your home, they have the most potential for moisture, animal or insect issues. Be sure to take a careful look at the insulation and ventilation to make sure they functioning optimally. In your basement, look carefully to ensure there are no foundation issues.

Plumbing and Leaks

Check all of your kitchen and bathroom sinks to make sure all the connections to pipes and hoses are properly sealed. Also, look at your dishwasher, washing machine and hot water heater for any sign of corrosion or leaks. Catching leaks early can save you huge amounts of money in the long run.


It’s important to have your furnace checked in the fall to make sure it’s in working order. Similarly, if you have an air conditioning system it’s a good idea to have inspected early in the season. The more efficiently your furnace and air conditioning work the more reliable they will be when you need them most. Also, this helps you make sure you’re not overpaying on your utilities.

Whether your home is new, old or somewhere in between – taking an active stance in your homecare and maintenance helps ensure you and your family can enjoy it for years to come. Good luck in your spring cleaning this season, we hope our checklist made the task seem a little more manageable!

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Almost 20% of the energy consumed in Canada is used to run our homes. With this in mind, the amount of energy your home needs to function, energy efficiency is more relevant than ever! Energy-efficient homes can be linked to increased comfort and healthier living. They reduce greenhouse gas emissions and lower the cost of owning and maintaining your home.

If you’re an Albertan homeowner and would like to improve the efficiency of your home these rebates can help you spend less to achieve that goal. We know keeping track of all the tax deductions and energy efficiency rebates available can be overwhelming. That’s why we compiled a list of available rebates for Albertans looking to do energy-conserving home improvement projects and save big in the process.

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) Green Home

With CMHC’s Green Home Program, you can save when you invest in an energy-efficient home. If you buy, build, or renovate for energy efficiency using CMHC-insured financing, you could receive a 15% rebate for building a home to ENERGY STAR® standards or up to 25% for building a home to R-2000 building standards.

Energy Efficiency Alberta (EEA) Home Improvement Rebate Program

EEA’s Home Improvement Rebates are performance-based. Meaning, the more energy your home improvement project saves, the more money you’ll get back in rebate. When you work with a participating Alberta contractor to increase the energy efficiency of your home, you have the opportunity to save big!

Drain Water Heat Recovery

Drain water heat recovery (DWHR) devices capture heat destined for the sewer and transfer it to cold water coming into your hot water heater. This results in less energy being required to heat your water to the desired temperature. You can receive up to $500 from EEA, for the installation of a new DWHR device.


By improving the insulation in your home, you can reduce your energy expenses and increase your home’s value! Energy Efficiency Alberta’s rebates available for insulation are based on where the insulation is applied, how much insulation is added and how many square feet receive the upgrade. Rebates of up to $3500 are available for the installation of new insulation in your home.


When you upgrade your windows to new ENERGY STAR® triple pane, argon windows you increase your home’s value and increase air tightness. Further, they can reduce energy loss and road noise. Rebates of up to $1500 are available for the installation of new, energy-efficient windows.

Tankless Hot Water Heater

An ENERGY STAR® approved tankless water heater takes up less space in your home and wastes less energy. Additionally, tankless water heaters provide hot water faster than traditional hot water heaters. With rebates of up to $1000 available for installing a tankless hot water heater, it’s the most cost-effective way to heat your water!

Red Deer Toilet Rebate Program

With Red Deer’s Toilet Rebate Program, you can save money, save water and save energy! Replace your high-flow toilet with a dual-flush toilet and receive a $50 rebate. Or, replace it with a low-flow toilet (6 L or less) and receive a $25 rebate.

If you want some more information on how you can save on energy, check out Energy Efficiency Alberta’s Home Efficiency Tool. This tool will help you discover how much power and money you can save by upgrading appliances, lighting and more in your home.

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