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 John DL Arendsen, Contractor, RE Brk, Factory Built Home Dealer/Devl
(ON THE LEVEL General Contractor, Crest Homes Factory Built Housing Dealer & Developer & TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments)
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Foundation Cracks, Settling and Failures Can Ruin A Real Estate Deal   It would be interesting to know how many deals have been lost by RE Professionals but most importantly by buyers and sellers of properties that have had FOUNDATION ISSUES. As a General Contractor who's been in the foundation r...
By Erika Rogers, St George Utah Real Estate & local info.
(Re/Max First Realty)
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Organize Your Thanksgiving Rush Thanksgiving is for family and friends, entertaining, or you just may spend that time in quiet gratitude. But, no matter how you will spend your holiday, if you are prepared, you’ll enjoy your holiday so much more. Therefore, I have found some tips to get you star...
By Amy Boehm, Your Realtor For Life
(Keller Williams Realty - Boerne Hill Country)
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Whether you are building a new home or replacing your old water heater, the new mandate by the federal government is for increased energy efficiency.  This mandate will go into effect April 2015.  The new rating for a 40-50 gallon electric water heater will be 95%. This increased efficiency will ...
By Sam Marji
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Moving from one place to another can be very stressful. This is usually the case when you are planning and doing the moving on your own. There are simply too many things that need to be taken into consideration and too many things that need to be organized and people who don’t have professional e...
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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  So the Plumber got his work done and the manager has been riding me to get the walls closed up. I’m all for getting things done quickly and professionally, and the schedule was right for this one to be done today. There was a problem though. The new pipes had a leak. No matter how badly we wan...
By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 707-812-7668
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
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A forced air unit on a 203k I was working on was gutted. They took the blower, motor and circuit board. What can my client do? I'm afraid this is an insurance matter for the contractor. The contractor should have "work in progress" insurance to cover this. The home owner's policy might also cover...
By Gloria Todor and Doug Durren - Delaware County PA Real Estate, Hard Working Professionals (484) 431-3686
(Century 21 Absolute Realty )
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Those Autumn Leaves....Bag 'Em or Mulch 'Em? It is that time of year when deciduous trees have pretty much finished their colorful autumn display by dropping their leaves to the ground leaving a blanket of leaves to be dealt with by homeowners. Now we know how fun it is to rake leaves into piles ...
By Lisa Hayashi, e-Pro REALTOR
(Award Referral Network Inc.)
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It may not have happened to you yet, but in the last heat wave, when we received our first shocker of an electricity bill, the first thing that came to mind was… THIS MADNESS MUST STOP!!! Here are the reasons why we’ve decided to have solar panels installed on our home: Facts: Utility customers w...
By Kay Fisher, Kay Fisher
(Keller Williams)
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As REALTORS®, we get this question all of the time from current and past clients when thinking of adding an addition to their property. There are small projects that do not require permits, but in most cases, the answer to this question is YES!!!!! Buyers looking for homes do not want to have to ...
Winter weather is just around the corner and this is the time of year to make sure your home is prepared for the cold months ahead. Follow my checklist to winter-proof your home and to save hundreds of dollars on energy costs, potentially thousands of dollars in preventable home repair fees and t...
A garage is a money-making addition, regardless of whether you live in the city or not. A garage in the city might bring even bigger profits. In urban locations where parking comes at a premium, having a garage adds value for resale and the extra storage carries a high price tag as well. If you o...
By Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
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     It is not uncommon to see multiple layers of shingles on older properties. Back some years ago there was no limitations on how many layers of shingles could be installed. Today, accepted industry standards limits the number of layers to two. However, even this is not a good idea. Here’s why:...
By Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI,ABR,SRES, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Keller Williams Realty Partners)
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In the continuing saga of the remodel from, well from places we won't speak of, the plumber is now officially DONE! Oh. My. Gosh. While I gave him a huge job to accomplish I did not think it would take almost 7 weeks to complete! But when I think over everything he did, it does make sense. He fin...
By Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty,Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes -
(Lizette Realty - Lexington KY - Richmond KY)
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Keep Out Cold Drafts! Install Electric Switch Insulation  Electric Switch Sealers I've been working on my house all year to weatherproof so I can save on my heating and A/C bills. One small improvement has been the installation of electric switch insulation on the outside walls to keep any air fr...
By Safe Pools L.L.C
(Safe Pools L.L.C.)
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Pool Services in Virginia Beach     Safe Pools L.L.C. would like to introduce you to the different variety of pool services in Virginia Beach. We specialize in all aspects of pool services in Virginia Beach to include pool repair, pool pump repair, pool filter cleanings, pool tile cleaning pool a...
By Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI,ABR,SRES, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Keller Williams Realty Partners)
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Day 4 has started out well for this week. The kitchen guys just installed the gas cook top. The boss will be happy when she returns home tonight! It is a 5 burner, Merica brand unit, 36" wide I think. We liked this one because it spread out the burners a bit and should give lots of room to work. ...
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 Andrew Payne Realtor® Richmond VA Homes For Sale~804-938-5257~, Richmond, VA, Real Estate, SRES®, NAR Green
(Long & Foster Strawberry Street)
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Having patience helps make a difference with our Richmond VA kitchen addition and remodeling project.   For approximately six months we've had an ongoing kitchen remodeling and addition project that almost has driven our Fan District vicinity home bonkers.  Fortunately, we recently switched contr...
By Will Nesbitt, Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage.
(Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria)
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Luxury upgrades: Avoid trendy and frivolous renovation expenditures. Simple and relevant renovations are more likely to pay off in the long haul. Garage conversion: Converting a garage to a family room can turn off potential home buyers. Some people want a garage and not a family room. Consider i...
By Suzanne De Vita, Online Associate Editor
(RISMedia)
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If you've ever sold an older home, you know there can be many structural repairs in store for the buyer or seller. For owners of older homes, winter weather poses a significant risk, especially if household features are left unrepaired. Here are three fixes homeowners should consider making befor...