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Hiver et sécurité: articles essentiels à conserver dans votre voiture

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À l’approche de l’hiver, il est bon de comprendre les risques que peuvent causer le temps glacial à votre maison, votre cour et votre véhicule . Au-delà du remplacement du liquide antigel et du changement des pneus, plusieurs mesures peuvent être prises pour limiter les aléas de la conduite hivernale.

« Assurez votre sécurité et celle de vos proches en rangeant certains articles essentiels dans le coffre de votre véhicule, dont une trousse de premiers soins complète, des outils de déneigement et un chargeur de téléphone à pile, lesquels pourraient vous sauver la vie si votre véhicule tombe en panne dans une zone isolée par temps froid », explique Lisa Purves, directrice de l’assurance des particuliers chez Intact Assurance.

On ne peut jamais prévoir les changements rapides de la météo et leurs conséquences fâcheuses. Disposer de vêtements chauds supplémentaires et de couvertures est crucial en situation d’urgence. Certains articles de base – des ciseaux, des bandages et une lampe de poche vous seront fort utiles si l’aide tardait à arriver . Équipez également votre véhicule de câbles de démarrage, de sel de déglaçage et de cordes, qui vous aideront à vous dégager d’une plaque de glace ou de toute autre situation malencontreuse.

Que vous preniez le volant pour un court trajet ou que vous planifiiez un long périple hivernal, soyez toujours prêt à affronter le pire ou l’inattendu.

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Minor renovations that make a major difference

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(NC) Renovations can be a daunting task. If your goal is to increase your property value, smaller upgrades can provide a higher return on your investment.

Here are some budget-friendly projects for key areas of your home that can boost your property value:

Kitchen. You don’t need a complete remodel to increase the value of this space – it can be as simple as focusing on one thing, such as cabinets or countertops. Refacing old cabinets by adding a fresh coat of paint, a new finish or updated knobs can bring new life to your kitchen. Adding new granite countertops is an easy way to modernize an older kitchen. Make sure to choose a countertop that fits with the price point and aesthetic of your home.

Bathroom. The bathroom is where most of us begin and end our day; modernizing it is a great way to increase your property value. New floors or shower tiles will give the illusion of a complete makeover. Updating the vanity, sink or mirror are also inexpensive options. Smaller bathroom projects like these can have high appeal to future buyers.

Windows. These are often overlooked in renovations. However, upgrading windows is a great idea for both aesthetic and energy-saving purposes. In cooler climates you can purchase windows with insulating properties, and in warmer climates you can purchase those that reflect sunlight.

Deciding on the right budget to suit your needs can be hard, but worrying about the financing shouldn’t hold you back. For an easy way to finance these renos, check out The Home Depot Project Loan, available across Canada.

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The hottest bathroom looks this year

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(NC) Thinking about renovating your bathroom this year? Whether it’s a simple update like a fresh coat of paint or new hardware, to a complete overhaul of your layout, there is a lot to consider when renovating. Read on for some of the latest trends.

Bold colour choices. Similar to what’s happening in the kitchen, bold colours are making their way into bathrooms, from deep blues to forest greens and even black. If you don’t love painting, consider bold wallpaper. It works particularly well in powder rooms, as the smaller space is a great area to experiment in without overwhelming the rest of the house.

Compact design. New designs are embracing less square footage by combining features, with fewer double sinks and more shower/bath combos. Installing glass doors instead of using shower curtains creates a more open look. Wet bathrooms are also growing in popularity and create a show-stopping look while maximizing small spaces.

Terrazzo time. Terrazzo is making a comeback with a modern twist. Today’s terrazzo comes in a wide variety of colours and uses an assortment of other materials to get its signature bits-and-pieces look. It’s a great alternative to stone and marble as it isn’t as expensive. Plus, it’s as durable as it is eye-catching, while requiring minimal maintenance.

Statement mirrors and art. Many people see the bathroom as a functional room and not a place for statement pieces, but this space is an extension of your home. An easy way to change the appearance is to update the mirror. Round mirrors in particular are very popular this year. Don’t be afraid to move pieces from other rooms in your home here to achieve a more interesting look.

Industrial chic. Exposed plumbing and hardware are being incorporated into new designs this year, a look that allows a number of unique metal finishes to be shown off. From matte black to copper and gold, try mixing and matching in your bathroom.

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Most popular handyman jobs for spring

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(NC) As the weather warms, it’s an ideal time to tackle home renovation projects. Here are the top jobs worth hiring a handyman for this spring:

Deck and patio repairs. If you have one of these outdoor spaces, it’s a safe bet that you’re planning on spending a lot of time out there over the summer. Since decks see so much action, they require proper maintenance and upkeep. Fixes can include warped or rotten wood, popped up nails or loose handrails.

Power washing. A small task that is often overlooked is maintaining the overall cleanliness of the outside of your home. Have the exterior, back deck and driveway power washed to easily freshen it up.

Window washing. From snow and rainstorms to heat waves, there’s a lot of muck that can build up on your windows. A professional will get those hard-to-reach places clean and make your windows and your sills sparkle.

Caulking and weather-stripping. Weather-stripping and caulking can have a significant impact on keeping cool air in and hot air out—and vice versa come winter. If there’s a significant leak it will also help save money on your energy bills.

Updating doorbells and locks. Keeping your home secure is always a priority. With so many new smart locks and doorbells available, consider an update that allows you to keep an eye on your home from afar. From video doorbells to smart security cameras[KM1] , it’s one less thing to think about when away from home.

Updating the backsplash. This small job makes a big impact. It’s a great way to inject some personality and make it look like you’ve done a lot more to the space than you have. If you want to go all out, have your handyman also paint your kitchen cabinets for a quick and easy kitchen makeover.

Find the perfect handyman for your spring jobs at homestars.com.

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