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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Put the hammer down and the glasses on and read on.

Trending blogs on Home Improvement

 
By Jim Sinnott, Realtor, ABR, GRI Licensed in MA and RI
(Keller Williams Realty)
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  Projects Not to D-I-Y       Television today is awash with many real estate based reality shows: shows on buying your first home, buying and flipping homes, buying vacation homes, buying homes all over the world. There are also the programs that focus on D-I-Y, or do-it-yourself projects. In th...
By MC2 Home Inspections, Indianapolis Westfield Carmel Fishers Indiana
(MC2 Home Inspections LLC)
Comments 0
The electrical system is an essential part of your home, yet it's often taken for granted -- and that's a dangerous attitude to have when it comes to electricity.
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 13
   The "facelift/remodeling" you choose to give your house can have simplistic starts...changing hardware, painting cabinetry, new flooring....removing wallpaper....and maybe the cosmetics are where it ends...you just need/want a "sprucing"....or are getting it ready to put up for sale.  Tuning ...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Stamford CT)
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When it comes to pets, what is the best type of carpet for our furry friends? We love our pets and we are a very pet friendly company…In fact, each of us has at least one cat or dog. We also understand that they can do a number on carpeting making it a challenge to keep them clean. Let’s face it,...
By Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little REALTOR® That Could
(Dallas Premier Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 12
    Bricks & Mortar   If there's one thing my father taught me about brick houses when I was a kid, is that bricks and mortar need maintenance too! Tuckpointing brick may cost some money but do you really want to wake up one day and discover something like this or worse? Although the brick column...
By John Handschuh, Realtor ABR SRES, Horsham Real Estate
(RE/MAX Action Realty)
Comments 3
New Entry Door Is The Biggest Bang For Your Remodeling Buck   Want to get the best return on your remodeling investment? Stick to the exterior of your home, according to the 2015 Cost vs. Value report from the National Association of Realtors® and Remodeling Magazine.Realtors® across the country ...
By George DeVine, Mortgage Banker
(Atlantic Home Loans)
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Making the Switch to Renewable Energy Does winter - and the high energy costs that come with it - have you taking another look at your utility bill? Some consumers have decided solar or wind power is the way to go. But is stepping away from electric or gas power right for you? Solar upfront costs...
By Robert Smith, Search for Homes, Brighton-Howell-SE Michigan
(Preview Properties, PC - http://www.RealEstateMich.com)
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We’ve been hearing a lot about ‘getting ready’ on the east coast this week, in preparation for the historical blizzard.  Folks are shuttering windows, laying in provisions, stocking up on gasoline for their generators, and getting ready to spend a couple of days indoors. This is an extreme event ...
By Michael Fagan
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach Realtors)
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    Most conversations about storage, and about moving up, for that matter, make us think about George Carlin. If you haven't seen his "stuff" rant, you should definitely check it out (there may be a bad word or two). He has a point, and yet…we still need more room to put our stuff. And since we ...
By Bill Primavera
(William Raveis Real Estate)
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In my many years as both a homeowner and homestyles journalist, I have observed that home repair and improvement projects tend to fall into three categories: the ones you need to do, the ones you want to do, and the ones you do solely to increase the value of your home. The urgent projects you fi...
By Elite Home Sales Team, A Tenacious and Skilled Real Estate Team
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 3
    The Home Is Open Now Tell 4 At 8 Galora Ln, Ladera Ranch Beautiful flooring and a wonderful dining room. If you are looking for a great home this 3710 sf beauty is available.  It has a view 4 bedrooms 3.5 baths and a great yard. What are you waiting for come on by and say Hi.  This home is w...
By Stephanie Arnett, SRS, IMSD, Broker Associate, REALTOR
(Coldwell Banker SRE ~ Starkville, MS)
Comments 2
  Week #4 Organized Home ChallengeOrganizing Refrigerator & Freezer   The challenge this week is organizing refrigerator and freezer food areas in your home. 1K+ These appliances are generally some of the most often and constantly used in your kitchen, and can easily get disorganized and out of c...
By Michael Fagan
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach Realtors)
Comments 0
      Almost 5 million refrigerators shipped in the early half of 2014, reports Statista, and with the advances in kitchen technology, sales of smart refrigerators are expected to reach almost $3 billion globally in 2015. This means, if you are looking for a refrigerator this year, you aren't the...
By Sharon Parisi, Dallas Homes
(Keller Williams Dallas Premier Realty)
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I recall that my first visit to Uncommon Market was when the store and warehouse were located in a small house on Fairmount Street in Dallas. My mission was to locate specific antique hardware for a client. I remember searching through drawer after drawer, until I found the perfect pulls and hand...
By Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager
(Sharon Tara Transformations)
Comments 34
Give Your Home a New Look for the New Year You don't have to be selling your home to need a home makeover. If it's been five or more years since you painted or rearranged the furniture, it may be time for a new look. Many of my Home Staging clients have told me that they wished they had hired me ...
By Pat Champion
(Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty)
Comments 12
Industrial Style for the Kitchen and Dining Room I love seeing something old being salvaged into something new and unique it adds character and beauty to these items. I guess that's why I love seeing television shows like refurbish and rehab addict. Like they say one person's junk can be someone ...
By Sherri Wellborn, Murfreesboro TN Homes & Real Estate
(Reliant Realty, Murfreesboro)
Comments 1
Few buyers are aware of how important it is to make sure the roof on the home they are purchasing is free from defects and storm damage.  After all, from the ground a roof is just...well a roof!  Does anyone really pay attention to their roof unless they begin having leaks or issues?  If a roof h...
By Danny Frank, The Real Estate Expert
(Coldwell Banker United, Realtors 713-581-4702)
Comments 0
If you want to have a big-game bash that your friends will remember after the final whistle blows, you need to have a game plan. Here’s how you can make your party worthy of a championship. Set the mood. Create a great game-day atmosphere with football-themed party supplies such as football field...
By Victoria & Marshall Henderson, Representing People Not Property
(Buyer's Edge Bethesda Maryland)
Comments 8
Remodel Your Kitchen Buyer or Seller-Make Your Kitchen Shine   I just discovered the television show Rehab Addict starring Nicole Curtis I know, I am late to loving the show. It premiered back in October 2010. Here's what I love- Nicole Curtis is practical and uses the resources she has available...
By Jake Borjas
(Jamar Properties Inc - NC Custom Homes)
Comments 8
      Learn the tips used by Professional Roofing Contractors The telephone rang at 02:00 in the morning. When the telephone rings at this time, it usually mean trouble, this time, it was exception. The frantic voice at the other end was claiming that his home ceiling was falling - literally. All...