Home Improvement

Thinking of remodeling? Have you stopped to consider how transforming a bedroom into a home office might impact the value of the home? One of the most common questions homeowners have when thinking of remodeling is how much the work will add or detract from the value of the home. You'll find answers to those questions and more in this section of ActiveRain.

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Trending blogs on Home Improvement

By Debb Janes, REALTOR®, EcoBroker Camas, Washington
(The Carl Group, LLC)
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Slaying the Energy Vampires in your home! It's Halloween 2014. Want to hear a scary story? It's that time of year again when troublesome and invisible things are going on all around you.And, in this case what you can't see, CAN hurt you - especially in the pocket book.  Day, and night, there are ...
By Valorie L. Ford, Valorie Ford & Co, Charlottesville/Albemarle Real
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 26
Why is everyone so interested in buying cheap windows for their home? I suspect it’s not because of the price of a single window but is due to the fact that the average home has so many windows to replace. Many homes have 20 or more windows and that can add up to a lot of money when the time com...
By Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage
(Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366)
Comments 3
  New Deck In Foothills       Up in the foothills of the Sierras we are getting close to the winter snow season. Projects like deck repair and replacement by a contractor can get tight due to the change in temperature. Are you looking for a new deck in the Placerville area?   Tromler Construction...
By Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI,ABR,SRES, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Keller Williams Realty Partners)
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The Granite has arrived! Yesterday was a very busy day as was expected. The granite guys spent about 4 hours yesterday installing the new granite counter tops. It was interesting to watch. They use a powered suction cup thingy to grasp both sides of two granite slabs and it pulls them together. A...
By Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale - San Jose Probate Agent
(KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
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The Case of the Smoke Detector that Would Not Stop Chirping   There may come a time when I look back on this and will laugh ... but not today. I am absolutely exhausted.  I slept about 2.5 hours before the chirping started. I was awakened at 12:30am to the sound of a chirping smoke detector.  Not...
By Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI,ABR,SRES, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Keller Williams Realty Partners)
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If you have been following the circus that is the den Boer home remodel, you will know I have often commented on the many holes, large and small, that seem to have been popping up in my home. The plumber has found new and interesting ways to get to the pipes, the electrician found ways to open ho...
By MC2 Home Inspections, Indianapolis Westfield Carmel Fishers Indiana
(MC2 Home Inspections LLC)
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Halloween is upon us and tonight little ghosts and goblins will be canvassing your neighborhood, knocking on doors to ask for treats. Make sure you have a fun and safe Halloween this year by following these safety tips:
By Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,
(Keller Williams Capital Properties)
Comments 10
My tenant mentioned to me yesterday morning that the toilet in her master bedroom was running and she had called a plumber.  I told her that was great and apologized for the inconvenience.  I have to say - I love my tenant- she is awesome.  My tenant lives down the street from me in the house tha...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 7
    New Pantry wall roughed in Shelf above    Our remodeling plan meant taking down a wall that separated the kitchen and the great room...and adding a wall to do a pantry makeover from the deep shelves where food "disappears" to the 12' walk in pantry. The wet bar from the great room will now be...
By Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI,ABR,SRES, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Keller Williams Realty Partners)
Comments 1
As part of the massive remodeling going on at my home, we are redoing our 20+ year old master bath shower. John Puie, of IDP Tile is doing the work. He started the demolition yesterday and I am already impressed with his work. As you can see from the picture on the right, we had a basic white til...
By Marco Cardanini
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If you've ever bought or sold a home before, you know one of the most important factors is in how their home looks. I'm not talking about the layout of the house, or how big the kitchen is, but the presentation of the entire home. Often times, sellers forget that there is one attribute that could...
By Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo
(Dagny's Real Estate)
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Ticks?   Deer Problem Eating Your Bushes?   Call Redding Nursery!  I have been a fan of Redding Nursery here in Fairfield County CT for many many years!    I have used their services for tick spraying for the past 32 years, since I discovered I had Lyme Disease.   I am very careful to have the ti...
By Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time
(Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373)
Comments 8
NEED CARPET OR WOOD FLOORING?    GIVE CARPET CONNECTION A CALL     Getting ready to put your home on the market?     Many times a coat of paint, or new carpet puts that sparkle in a home to entice buyers to purchase quickly as they walk through the door.     Carpet Connection is a family owned lo...
By Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI,ABR,SRES, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Keller Williams Realty Partners)
Comments 3
The kitchen remodel project, which in case you haven't noticed includes just about everything in the house by now, continued yesterday with the beginning of the installation of the gas line to where the new gas cook top will be. As you can see from the picture on the right, we ended up having to ...
By James Murr, www.cortiersrealestate.com
(Cortiers Real Estate)
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Photo via fireplaceconsulting.com Temperatures are starting to drop and now is the time to prepare your fireplace for fall! Here are some tips on how to prepare your fireplace for the season--whether it’s a gas or wood-burning fireplace.   Wood-Burning Clean your chimney before you starting burni...
By Roberta LaRocca, REALTOR®, Broker, Salesperson, Property Management
(Simply Vegas Real Estate)
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Alert - Failing KitchenAid Refrigerator Control Boards, part numbers 2307028 and the replacement W10219463, are no longer available, and apparently have had a fairly high failure rate. For the good news, I may be able to provide you with a possible simple repair as you read on.  These refrigerato...
By Susan Murphy
(The Hoffman-Murphy Team - Keller Williams)
Comments 1
  Here in the South Bay, we need to be a little creative when it comes to celebrating fall. However, that being said, you can simply and inexpensively decorate for fall, giving your home a very colorful look for the season.   Pumpkins – all shapes and sizes, and even different colors – are alway...
By Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News
(Integrity Real Estate Group)
Comments 0
The Virginia Housing and Development Authority (VHDA) was established in 1972. The VHDA is a non-profit organization which helps Virginian's purchase affordable housing.  VHDA offers a variety of home loan programs aimed towards first time home buyers and veterans. In addition the offering VA Loa...
By Lynn Donn, Homes for Sale in Nanaimo BC
(Royal Lepage Nanaimo Realty)
Comments 4
How to keep your home looking new without spending a fortune Sometimes it seems that no matter how hard you try, even the newest or updated homes can start to look a little worse for wear after a while. Here are three easy and inexpensive things that you can do to keep your home looking new, no m...
By Sandra Nickel, The Hat Team
(Sandra Nickel REALTORS)
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Homeowners can raise the basis or cost in their home by money spent on capital improvements. The benefit is that it will lower their gain and may save them taxes when they sell their home. Improvements must add value to your home, prolong its useful life or adapt it to new uses. Repairs are routi...