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.


Everything you need to know – the answers to all your burning questions – about energy efficiency, green homes, landscaping, home maintenance, staging, landscaping and more is right here at your fingertips.


With over 300,000 real estate professionals, including stagers, contractors, landscapers and others, there is no better place to find the information you need than ActiveRain.


While you'll find a ton of helpful ideas and hints within these pages, you'll want to bookmark the site so that you can check back for the hundreds of daily updates from authors who spend their days actually performing the tasks you have questions about.


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

Trending blogs on Home Improvement

 
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International Westchester NY & Stamford CT)
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Best types of floors for those with allergies or asthma If you or your kids have allergies or asthma, selecting the best type of flooring can have a big impact on the air quality, as many allergens can collect and get trapped in the floors. Often, the flooring can be the biggest source of allerge...
By Robert (Bob) Gilbert, Your Katy TX Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
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Top Seven Items a Reputable Home Contractor WILL NOT DO!     Above picture courtesy of Bing free to share, modify and use pictures   There are so many companies and individuals claiming to be reputable contractors who in reality are most likely fraud artists. Here is my own list of the Top Seven ...
By Andrew Mooers, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
(MOOERS REALTY)
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Snowbirds, part time home owners living in Maine. With vacation, retirement properties to enjoy the Golden Years. The best of both Worlds, sunshine all year round and warm temperatures. Not too hot, not too cold and just the way they like it. Like the gal with hair of yellow's porridge. Those fol...
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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  The Whole Room Looked Crooked     I walked into a bathroom to check on a shower and noticed that the flooring wasn't right. I had to take off my glasses because I think that was creating an illusion. When installing flooring that doesn't have lines or some sort of reference to being square this...
By Right Choice Realty, Buying or Selling a Home, Make the Right Choice
(Right Choice Realty)
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Design Tips for Your Children's Playroom When designing a playroom for your children, there are some key factors to consider. This is a room where your children will learn, grow and flourish both physically and socially. It's important to craft an inspirational, fun and safe environment. Combine ...
By Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties)
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New Milford CT Real Estate.... keeping the real estate drama to a minimum! I like my drama on the TV screen, not in my work space. And I can assure you, I am not on a real estate reality show! So what is the point of getting a permit for work to be done to your house? So that it will close, witho...
By Wanda Fears, ABR CRS GRI SFR WCR
(Long and Foster Real Estate, Richmond Virginia)
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  Wanda Fears (804) 909-2777   It doesn’t matter if you’re selling your home or not, making small home improvements should always be something that you should be thinking about. Here’s a few things that cost little but can make a big difference in your home:   Paint Giving a fresh new coat of pa...
By Rhonda Hollifield, Broker REALTOR CRS, GRI, ABR
(Keller Williams Realty Mountain Partners)
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End of Summer Maintenance It seems a little unfair that summer has passed so quickly. With back-to-school specials ending and Labor Day Weekend past us, it’s time to admit that summer is just about done for. Whether you’ve just purchased a new property, are sprucing up your Hendersonville home wi...
By Suzanne Otto, Your Montgomery County PA home stager
(Six Twenty Designs)
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Easy Ways to Update Your Bathroom   Whether you’re planning on selling your Montgomery County PA home or it just needs a little face lift, updating your bathroom doesn’t have to be hard or expensive. Sometimes the smallest of changes can have a big impact. This home stager is sharing some easy wa...
By Ryan Reynolds
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
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DIY Tailgate Games for Football Season – Football season is finally here! Living in central Ohio, football and tailgating are on many people’s minds this time of year. Whether you’re rooting for your alma mater or cheering on your favorite NFL team, it’s time to get in the spirit of the season. ...
By Angela May, Angela May's Husker Home Finder Team Realtors
(NP Dodge Real Estate)
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By Regina P. Brown, e-Pro Realtor
(California Coast & Country Homes, Inc.)
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What makes your house a home?  The warmth of the atmosphere, as reflected in your home furnishings.  Each decoration is part of an intricate ensemble. Some ways to update your home, making it feel fresh while keeping your favorite pieces of furniture: Choose a consistent design, theme, overall fe...
By Mary Cruz & Team, Real Estate Professionals
(Global Home Brokers)
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The transition from summer to fall provides the perfect excuse to update your home with fresh accessories and hues inspired by the season. Dress your home for cool autumn weather with these simple interior and exterior decorating ideas.   Update With New Throw Pillows   As the weather gets cooler...
By Christopher Pataki, Hockessin Delaware Real Estate
(RE/MAX Associates)
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We pay for home insurance to protect our homes and possessions in case of burglary, damage or fire. But if calamity were to strike and you should need to recount what was lost, would you be able to remember everything? To save yourself the worry and the trouble, take time now to create a home in...
By Simone Bercu, Montgomery Co, MD Real Estate - GRI, e-PRO, AB
(Keller Williams Capital Properties)
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    Capital Hill Upper Scale Rental Combines Vintage Style with Modern Conveniences!                                  Finally, the top floor is ready for rent. Little Amsterdam in Capital Hill Seattle   This, too, is one of a kind creation that belongs to my son. The Triplex has been under constr...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International Westchester NY & Stamford CT)
Comments 79
Yes, today is National Dog Day (August 26th).  I love dogs (as well as cats) and many of my customers have the most wonderful dogs.  One of the most frequently asked questions I get is "What types of hardwood flooring are best for dogs?"   Of course, this is a loaded question, and it's challengin...
By Regina P. Brown, e-Pro Realtor
(California Coast & Country Homes, Inc.)
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A well-designed landscape is a pleasure to the family, enhances a community, and adds tremendously to a property’s value. Landscape design involves much more than placing trees, shrubs, and other plants on the property.  It is an art which creates conscious arrangement or organization of outdoor ...
By Cindy Fekete, Your Baton Rouge Real Estate Team
(Keller Williams Realty Red Stick Partners)
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10 Projects to "Green" Your Home "Going green" means living in a way that's environmentally friendly. It uses less water, less electricity, and less fuel, conserving natural resources while protecting the environment. It also saves money on utility bills, which is something all homeowners can ap...
By Rodney Heard
(Keller Williams/Heard Real Estate Team)
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Selling an elderly or deceased relative’s Indianapolis home can be one of the most selfless tasks anyone is ever called upon to do—and not just because it’s hard to let go of a place that has so many loved ones’ memories. What frequently adds to the emotional component is the condition of the ho...
By Karen Mathers - YOUR Vero Beach Realtor, When it Matters, Choose Mathers! 772-532-3221
(Dale Sorensen Real Estate)
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The upcoming Labor Day weekend is an excellent opportunity to do those little tasks that we do not often think about!  Grab your note pad, old fashioned pen and paper or your phone, and start making a list of the little things we sometimes overlook.   This is a perfect time to check the following...