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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By Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager
(Sharon Tara Transformations)
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We bought our home two and a half years ago and when I first saw it I told my husband "It's perfect, we don't have to do a thing!"   Well, that tune changed fast and we ended up painting almost every room in the house.  We added new trim, custom built-in shelving, and new lighti...
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)
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    Apartment Cabinets Install in Carmichael, CA     Cabinets get worn down and shabby after a while, and one day they will need to be replaced. This is true in rental property where the use can be a bit more extreme. We had the opportunity to replace one of those sets of cabinets yesterday. The ...
By Jeff Onofrio, FHA 203k Lender and Homestyle Reno Specialist
(AnnieMac Home Mortgage )
Comments 7
I honestly believe that the FHA 203k renovation loan is the best mortgage product available. The loan creates amazing opportunities in ways that other mortgage products cannot. At the same time it is not the perfect loan for everyone in every situation. Here is how I weigh the FHA 203k loan looki...
By Amy Boehm, Your Realtor For Life
(Keller Williams Realty - Boerne Hill Country)
Comments 6
Your summer honey-do list or do it yourself .  There's always something to do around the house when you are a homeowner, but sometimes you just don't think of everything, so here's a list to help you get started..      Call for exterminator service, those pesky pest get pretty active ...
By Ana Hitzel, Home Stager Inland Empire & Palm Springs
( AccentPositives Home Staging )
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drive·way: noun \-ˌwā\ a short private road from a street to a house or other building where cars can usually be parked –Merriam-Webster Residential driveways are also used for such things as garage sales, automobile washing and repair and recreation, notably (in North America) for basketball pra...
By Sheila Moylan, Working To Get Value For Your Money
(C21 - Commonwealth)
Comments 3
What’s in a Color? Six Paint Colors That Will Affect Your Mood   Believe it or not, paint colors can affect your mood. When remodeling your home, the color you use on the walls can end up being just as critical to the thematic consistency of your home as the furniture you use to decorate it. Befo...
By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long & Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 18
Home Trends:  The Single Sink is Making a Come Back You wouldn't think that a trend could affect something as non-interesting as a kitchen sink.  Naturally, the undermount sink made a lot of sense when we started spending thousands on countertop finishes  like quartz and granite.  Who wouldn&...
By Sheila Moylan, Working To Get Value For Your Money
(C21 - Commonwealth)
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4 Places Real Estate Agents Say, “Don’t Go Cheap!”   As most real estate agents will tell you, remodeling, decorating or repairing your home can go a long way towards getting it sold.  For that matter, it can add value to your property in case you want to sell later – that is, if you don’t choose...
By Sheila Moylan, Working To Get Value For Your Money
(C21 - Commonwealth)
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Wrought Iron: A Simple, Strong, and Beautiful Addition to Any Modern Home   Wrought iron is a classic accent that has been used to beautify homes for centuries. The strong and simple elegance of wrought iron is a wonderful addition to any modern home. It can be incorporated into home design in ma...
By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long & Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 18
My New French Door Refrigerator When I saw my first French door refrigerator, I thought it would never catch on having the freezer on the bottom.  Then, as I started seeing more and more of them, I would ponder the moments were I was attempting to jam a pizza box full of leftovers into the refrig...
By Fred Griffin, Tallahassee Real Estate Broker. 850-339-4861 We Offer Buyer Brokerage, Flat Fee MLS, and Menu Based Services, Tallahassee Florida Real Estate: Call 850-339-4861
(Frederick Griffin, Licensed Real Estate Broker)
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     Tree Huggers!  Tree Worshipers!   Tallahassee, Florida is known for its beautiful trees and its Canopy Roads.  People flying into Tallahassee look out the windows of the airplane, and ask, "Where is the town?  There is nothing down there except a forest of trees!"     Leon County a...
By Joanna Cohlan, Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes
(Fresh Eyes For Your Home)
Comments 14
As a Westchester County interior decorator and designer, I see homes that run the gamut of taste. And when this lovely client from Pleasantville called me, I could immediately discern that she had no taste.  Oh, I don't mean that she had bad taste-she just didn't know what style she reall...
By Will Nesbitt, Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage.
(Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria)
Comments 1
What is in a color, six paint colors that will affect your mood is a good overview of color guides. To read the six paint colors that will affect your mood, continue reading below. What’s in a Color? Six Paint Colors That Will Affect Your Mood   Believe it or not, paint colors can affect your moo...
By Will Nesbitt, Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage.
(Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria)
Comments 0
Pro's and cons of the FHA 203k is a useful article that can alleviate stress for understanding the FHA 203k. To see the list of advantages and disadvantages of the FHA 203k, see below. I honestly believe that the FHA 203k renovation loan is the best mortgage product available. The loan create...
By David Kosmecki
(Mortgages Unlimited)
Comments 2
Sometimes, when buying - or even thinking about buying real estate for investment purposes, you're faced with the need to fix up the property.  The question then arises: Should I fix it up myself or hire it done? Unfortunately, no one can give you the right answer. However, there are a few qu...
By Karen Simms, Horse Property Specialist
(Solutions Real Estate)
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    There is a significant difference in how the money you spend on your home is treated for income tax purposes.  Repairs to maintain your home’s condition are not deductible unlike rental property owners who can deduct repairs as an operating expense.   On the other hand, capital improvements ...
By Christopher Pataki, Hockessin Delaware Real Estate
(RE/MAX Associates)
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Protecting yourself from household allergens can be a daunting task, but start simple and you might see quick results.   Use two doormats at every house entry point - one inside and one outside. Take off your shoes when you enter the house. Vacuum carpets weekly using a vacuum with a small-partic...
By Rachel Khoury, Your Wingwoman for Colorado Mortgages
(Tailwinds Mortgage)
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Can you believe I found this at Target?  A Lockheed Electra.  At Target.            At first glance, I knew it belonged on our wall at the office.  At second glance, I did not know how to hang it.  The picture I have taken shows what I ultimately decided worked best, with each section of the pict...
By Marie Graham, Westchester County Interior Decorator, Home Stager
(Owner, The Refreshed Home White Plains NY)
Comments 3
A good economic indicator>Decorating FAQs are popping up all over! Today's question centers on a popular buzzword, "Redesign". Written or spoken, we communicate with words. The best word choices convey nuance and details, they also attract and engage listeners when they are diffe...
By TIM GARTON, "Highly Skilled Pro"
(RE/MAX Gold)
Comments 0
Hello Everyone,    Not only do I help both sellers and buyers with there next home I am also a Glen Cove resident who was born and raised in Vallejo Ca.  Glen Cove has many exciting things happening in the area and the annual Glen Cove Festival is coming up. See flyer attache for news you can use...