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.

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By Regina P. Brown, e-Pro Realtor
(California Coast & Country Homes, Inc.)
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Maintain items and replace things as they wear outSome household things need regular cleaning and maintenance, while other things will need to be replaced every so often.  The good news is that with regular maintenance and attention to details, you can avoid major disasters.For example, watch yo...
By Paula McDonald, CHEVAUX Group ~ The Woodlands, TX 936-203-0279
(Chevaux Group, PLLC)
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As I continue to watch many of the shows on TV that depict "home improvements" as easy and fun I often wonder more about the actual bones of a home.  Many of these shows do a wonderful job of getting into those walls and pipes and truly rehabilitating a home. On the other hand, I have seen in our...
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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 Deck Rot Finally Shows Itself  Wood decking can add value and enjoyment to your backyard experience. Maintaining it can extend the life of the wood decking and even hold off the rotting and decay of the wood members. Despite our efforts, wood will one day rot and show itself.If your deck is in n...
By David Popoff, Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct
(DMK Real Estate )
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 DIY Easy Gardening Tips for Amazing Results.Gardening is not hard and if you follow these easy natural gardening tips you will have full and lush vegetable and flower gardens with little maintenance. Getting the Garden Ready.~ First you want to use native and local type plants that typically nee...
By Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966, CDPE, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Linda
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Squirrel Streaking Down the Road Today while outside fixing a sprinkler head, I saw something moving in the bushes. We get bunnies so I thought I had spotted a cotton tail rabbit.  Then all of a sudden, this squirrel pops it head out of the bushes. I ran for my camera and it started STREAKING dow...
By Ryan Reynolds
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
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 Tips For A Smooth Home Renovation - Renovating or remodeling your home may seem like a daunting task if you don't know where to start, but it doesn't have to be a stressful project. Planning ahead and doing research will help you ensure a smooth home renovation. Here are some tips from BHG to ge...
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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 Home Improvement Starts In The Framing  There is a lot to home improvement and construction, all of it depends on a strong base in which to build. It may be the foundation, solid framing, or any other surface that can be built on. If that base is not right, it too needs to be improved if the pro...
By JOE RYSTROM & TEAM, Real Estate Professionals
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The family mudroom is, without question, one of the highest traffic areas in the home. It battles all sorts of external elements, from rain and snow to dirt and mud. It houses countless miscellaneous essentials, including shoes and boots, jackets, umbrellas, scarves and more. It is home to pet n...
By Jean Wawrzyniak-Fry
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New Federal Requirements for Water Heaters Are Here. Reducing energy consumption is vital to the long-term health of our planet, and a higher efficiency water heater will likely save you money over the lifetime of the unit. That said, new federal regulations (effective April 16, 2015) may impact ...
By N. Joel Walter, Cr (Certified Remodeler)
(N.J.W. Construction Inc)
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It’s almost Mother’s Day… and many of you wait until after Mother’s Day to plant flowers due to the late frost we sometimes get here in Ohio. This year was no exception, we had a late frost and we are all hoping this warm weather is here to stay! As your Columbus, Ohio home improvement company, w...
By Sharon Sigman, Sharon Sigman
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Why does one homeowner get more money when they sell their home while another gets little? Why does one home sell quickly while another home within the same neighborhood takes months to be sold or may not even be sold at all? Could it be pure luck or there is something one did to his house to mak...
By Maggie Dokic, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay |
(Special Miami Homes)
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Immediate reliefUmbrellas, awnings, and quick-assembly patio tents are quick, although sometimes costly, methods of creating shade instantly.The ubiquitous patio umbrella—found even in grocery stores for $30—can either stand alone upright or offset, or slip into a hole in your patio table. Choose...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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Feng Shui LEED Tips on How to Improve Your Bathroom   Instead of using bargain particle board specials when choosing counter tops and vanities, which often contain formaldehyde consider Green counter tops that use recycled glass, stone and natural tile.   Feng Shui Tip: this will be great because...
By Olga St Pierre, Helping you create a lifetime of memories!
(Keller Williams Real Estate)
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A few good reasons to switch from electric and oil heating to propane gas In our area, there are many homes that use oil for heating their homes and heating water. This past harsh winter, the expenses for oil heating bills were sky high an unpleasant for many owners, I heard it too often. The ele...
By Mory Matias
(Dryer Vent Wizard of Northshore Chicago)
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If you live in a newer home you may be thinking everything is up to code because the home was built more recently than others in your area.  Surprisingly, dryer venting and dryer exhaust systems are often improperly installed.  I've seen newer homes with the dryer venting into the attic.  Builder...
By Stephen B. Clyde, "I Sell More, Because I do More"
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  The right interior paint colors can transform the entire appearance of your home. The interior colors of your home significantly influence the atmosphere of the home and thereby, influence the moods of people in the home. ----------The colors you select also unify architectural elements, floori...
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 Joanna Cohlan, Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes
(Fresh Eyes For Your Home)
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I've been MIA from the Rain during the last two weeks because there has been lots of activity at my Harlem brownstone project.  For those of you who remember my posts Interior Design is Like a Game of Chess and The Knight and the Bishop Shake Hands, there were lots of challenges when I commenced ...
By Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 www.SpaceCoastHomesNow.com, Your Space Coast Real Estate Expert!
(Fontaine Property Group)
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I wanted to give a shout out Kip at Classic Plumbing of Brevard. I had a leak in the ceiling of my kitchen. I needed it fixed quickly and called quite a few plumbers before I ran across Classic Plumbing.Classic Plumbing of Brevard is located in Palm Bay, FL and services the Space Coast. They are ...
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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 Let's Start with the Can Lights In the Kitchen  There is nothing wrong with acting as your own contractor when doing a kitchen remodel or improvement. If you know the process, you can save a some money in completing the project. I was asked to help out this homeowner in getting some can lights i...