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 Bobi Bigelow, Advertising / Marketing Administrator
(Alpine Lakes Real Estate)
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Bob Inkle, an older man that lives in my town, knocked on my door one afternoon in August with a proposal in hand, asking me if I would hire him to paint the trim on my house. I hadn’t given much thought to the exterior of the house quite yet, as I had been busy focusing all my time and money on ...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Lower Fairfield CT)
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Over the last year and a half, my blog posting strategy has shifted a bit.  My goal is simple:  Write 1 powerhouse epic post per month.  (During the winter months when I'm a bit slower, I sometimes write an extra 1 or 2 posts...but only as time allows).   This is the concept of "less is more."  P...
By Inna Ivchenko, Los Angeles / Valley Homes
(Mannis Real Estate Group)
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If you still didn't know that, I love crafts, arts and yummy home made food. Today we are going to make Cake Pops! They are fun/easy/cheap to do and taste delicious! I promise, you and yours will love them:) Are you ready for these most cakes covered in yummy chocolate and sprinkles?   Here is wh...
By Cy Phillips
(Space Simply - President & CEO)
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  Clients are always asking me for advice on ways to increase the value of their home. It can be hard to prioritize what improvements to make on your home and to understand which ones will give you the best return on investment. To help answer these questions, I compiled the 10 Best Ways to Incr...
By Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker
(RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto))
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  It is important to remember that there are many types of renovation contracts in use in Ontario today.       The one which has been under review is one which was circulated for consideration by CMHC. It appeared to be fair.       Most contracts which are already “pre-printed” and provided to yo...
By Rosalind Nicholas, Toronto Real Estate Agent, Toronto ON
(RE/MAX Condos Plus Corporation, Brokerage)
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Renovations that could add value …..   Flooring: engineered hardwood flooring   Countertops: The overall appearance that fits the kitchen best, could be granite or quartz.   Lighting: Light fixtures should match the style in the property.   Hardware: Good quality door handles and cabinet knobs a...
By Nick and Cindy Davis, CRS,CIAS,ALHS,e-PRO,CDPE,SFR,Realtor(R)
(RE/MAX Premier Group)
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More Americans are staying put and renovating their homes this year. Nearly 28 million or 12 percent of Americans plan to move this year, down from 16 percent last year, according to the American Express Spending & Saving Tracker, a survey of more than 1,800 adults. http://bit.ly/Remodeling-Craze...
By Sharon Sigman, Sharon Sigman
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It's natural to want to save money when you're making a purchase as large as a home. You want to buy the best home in the best neighborhood at the best price, and to do that, you may think you have to shop in the bargain bin.   FSBOs (for sale by owner,) foreclosures, and short sales aren't as pl...
By John Dunham, N Central Austin
(Juice Homes, LLC)
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Stay with me through some brief  background, as the changes below surrounding water heaters could cost you extra money during the sale of your home. National Appliance Energy Conservation Act (NAECA) was created to help regulate energy consumption of household appliances.  This resulted in long l...
By Pam Dent, Realtor - Charlottesville Virginia Homes and Horse Farms
(Gayle Harvey Real Estate, Inc.)
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Spring Cleaning Ideas for Homes for Sale in Charlottesville VA Winter is gone and spring has arrived at homes for sale in Charlottesville VA. It's the perfect season to welcome new beginnings and one way to accomplish this is to have another round of spring cleaning. Some people are probably drea...
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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    You Walk In The Bathroom And See This   Water damage can happen in many places, it really depends on where the water is located in your home or business. Water supply lines, drain lines, exterior walls, condensation pipes and more can all be potential sources of water damage in Sacramento. Th...
By Vicki Pedersen, Providing Exceptional Real Estate Service
(Pedersen Real Estate)
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Some Big Problems with HERO PACE program - Homeowners Beware! My husband and I took a listing a recently where the seller was selling his mother’s home.  She had passed away a few months before this time.  He told us during the listing appointment that she may have had some home improvement work ...
By Stanley Stepak, Realtor - Avon Lake, Avon, Bay Village, Westlake,
(Howard Hanna Gold- Avon Lake, OH)
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When it comes to getting that sidewalk repaired in Avon Lake make sure you review the ordinance.  Here it is:   Codified Ordinance 660.05 states,   (a) Cleaning and Repairing Sidewalks. (1) No owner of any lot or land abutting upon any street or highway shall refuse, fail or neglect to repair or ...
By Stanley Stepak, Realtor - Avon Lake, Avon, Bay Village, Westlake,
(Howard Hanna Gold- Avon Lake, OH)
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After a long, dreary winter, and during the even worse "mud" season, hardy spring bulbs can be used to provide bright and cheery color in the landscape. They are usually the earliest plants to bloom, and most of them have exceptionally showy flowers.  Mid September through October is the best tim...
By Michele Cadogan, 917-861-9166 - Brooklyn Real Estate Home Sales
(Fillmore Real Estate)
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  Hiring A Contractor For Your Brooklyn Home       Spring has Sprung and its time to hire a contractor to work on your Brooklyn home.  Here are a few quick tips to help you through the process:   - Use the Licensed Search at nyc.gov/buildings to make sure that your contractor is licensed in New Y...
By Stanley Stepak, Realtor - Avon Lake, Avon, Bay Village, Westlake,
(Howard Hanna Gold- Avon Lake, OH)
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Overseeding is an overlooked activity in Northeast Ohio home lawn care. Home owners assume, incorrectly, that fertilizer is all that is needed to keep a turf thick and free of weeds. Grass gets tired. It needs to be revitalized every five or six years.   Overseeding Keeps Lawn Thick And Weed-Free...
By James Murr, www.cortiersrealestate.com
(Cortiers Real Estate)
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    View image | gettyimages.com Purchasing a home is one of the most important investments you will ever make! Home maintenance is key to helping that investment go a long way. One of the benefits of maintaining the health of your home is that it might help you save lots of money in the long run...
By Mike Rigley, Your go to Real Estate Specialist
(Real Estate Specialist - Keller Williams Realty)
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Household Tips and Tricks – How to Get Rid of Mold  Mike and Jennifer Rigley 916.660.5823 / Info@RigleyRG.com What’s My Sacramento Home Worth? Please call us to discuss your potential Home Value in Sacramento, CA 916-660-5823. Click here to use our FREE Online Home Value Estimator. We represent b...
By Sharon Sigman, Sharon Sigman
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Maintaining a clean and orderly home can seem like an impossible endeavor. Crumbs litter kitchen floors. Baby food and crayons stain clothes. Sticky little hands smudge windows. If you're a busy mom who feels like she can't keep up with her household chores, get some extra help with the following...
By Terry Records
(Records Results!Real Estate)
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  When you want to sell your home, you want to be sure that your home is sitting pretty with the value as you want it to be.  There’s nothing worse than having to list your home for much less than you think it’s really worth or not even enough to break even.  Good news is that there are some hom...