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.

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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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 That 71” Refrigerator Won't Fit  In That 68” Opening  Often times when buying new appliances for that older home, you come to realize that the new appliances do not fit in the openings in the home. Sure they may fit in the door but will they fit in the final location? This can be a problem if yo...
By Robert (Bob) Gilbert, Your Katy TX Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
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Spring/Summer Home Improvement Project|Questions to Ask Contractors|  Above picture courtesy of Bing free to share, modify and use pictures There are numerous companies and individuals claiming to be reputable contractors who in reality are most likely fraud artists. I have read home improvement ...
By Lori Ballen, Digital Marketing Strategist
(The Ballen Group Real Estate Network, The Ballen Method)
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1-800-805-8354 Find your Real Estate Agent TodayWhat's Your Home Worth? Find out Now!   This quick guide will give you the best tips for holding the best Garage Sale ever! If you are going to do it, make it worth your time. Are you holding a Garage Sale because you are Selling Your House? Let us ...
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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 That Plumbing Drain Needs to be About 9 Inches Lower While remodeling in the McKinley Park Area of Sacramento, we come across some things that differ in size and height requirements when install new products. This can show up in many forms when working on those older buildings in Sacramento. Kno...
By Arina Hanciulescu, KELLER WILLIAMS LAS VEGAS
(KELLER WILLIAMS LAS VEGAS)
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 House renovations can be stressful. In addition to the important decision of finding a contractor, there are many things you should be conscious of regarding the actual agreement to complete the work. It is helpful for both you and your contractor to confirm that you are on the same page. Below ...
By Jill Murty, Realtor - Serving Orange County, CA
(PREA Realty)
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 Rawlins Piano Company in Orange County, CAFamily Owned & Operated Need a piano to provide the perfect touch for staging?  Rawlins Piano Company is here to help!  Lennar Homes and Tri-Pointe Homes have used Rawlins Piano Company to provide pianos to stage their properties and you can, too! A pian...
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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 Is It Close Enough For You?  When it comes to repairs around the home, find something that matches in size and color can be a real challenge. It can happen with many different building materials. Here is a recent decision that I had to make, this may be as close as I will get in finding a match ...
By David Popoff, Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct
(DMK Real Estate )
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FREE LEED BD & C STUDY CHART. FOR HELP WITH LEED GA CLICK HERE.FOR HELP WITH LEED AP HOMES CLICK HERE. If you are going to take the LEED AP exam for Building Design & Construction (LEED BD & C) here is a one page excel spreadsheet cheat sheet chart that is FREE. It will help you remember all the ...
By Nelson Carrillo, South San Diego, CA Homes For Sale
(McMillin Realty - Phone: (619) 940-6560)
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  Five Ways to Increase Home Value on a Budget Summer is coming! It’s time to begin the projects and repairs that you have been putting off all winter. Whether you plan on moving in the near future or are just looking to spruce up your home, these five thrifty ways to increase the value of your h...
By Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes
(Home Point Real Estate)
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Thinking of Selling a Brentwood California Home or a home in East Contra Costa County or beyond. You should read this ReBlog of a great post on how to get ready to Sell Your Brentwood Home. Then get a Free Home Evaluation From Home Point Real Estate. Or just call me directly at 925-260-4321.  Ask...
By Mahesh Mike Patel, Call Me And Consider It Done!
(First Team Real Estate)
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Keep Your Property In Top Shape Year Round  Keep Your Property in Top Shape Year Round Boost your home’s curb appeal and improve the livability of your property with these helpful tips. In the spring: Fertilize the lawn and plants. Clean your outdoor furniture. Service your lawn mower. Prepare yo...
By Irene Medina, PA GRI CRS CDPE SFR TRC, Official Member of GiveBackHomes
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Much Ado About Mulch: Everything Property Owners Need To Know in South Florida Mulch was nature’s idea way before it became man’s. Fallen leaves, pine needles, rotting wood and vegetation, rotting flowers, ripe fruit, rocks rising towards the surface of the earth – the ecosystem organically produ...
By Wanda Fears, ABR CRS GRI SFR WCR
(Long and Foster Real Estate, Richmond Virginia)
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 Here in the Mid-Atlantic region, we have such a lush variety of garden blooms to choose from.  Whether you are looking to spruce up your back yard, or do a little landscaping for that ever-important curb appeal, your due-diligence in the month of May will pay off!  Start With The Basics Pruning ...
By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 707-812-7668
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
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We have your back when it comes to remodelingThat is just what it means to be a 203k consultant or renovation/remodel consultant. Most people don't remodel their home very often and guess who knows it? That is correct, the contractors know it and quite often they capitalize on it. Task was to add...
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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  Installing Apron Sink Before Granite Counters in Sacramento  When remodeling or updating your kitchen in Sacramento, it is a good idea to have a good working schedule for a successful construction project. It is a good idea to have a contractor with experience in the flow of the project so that...
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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 FAQ – Can The Space Be Made Bigger?   There are some questions that we get asked when it comes time for a new appliance or electronic devices. Often times this is in older homes but we see it in new homes too. This just happened this week. Among the list of things was the need to open up the spa...
Tame the Toilet: Drop a teaspoon of Tang Drink Mix in the bowl. The citric acid acts like a scrubber and it’s nontoxic, in case the dog takes a sip. Let it sit for a few minutes, then swish and flush. Make Doors Shine: Rubbing a teaspoon of lemon oil on glass shower doors twice a month causes wat...
By Jon Kolsky, Licensed California Real Estate Broker
(Kolsky Realty & Management)
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 Home Projects You Shouldn’t Attempt.    There are countless blogs about home DYI projects you should attempt, but rarely do you find blogs about home projects only a licensed professional contractor should do. And while there are many unique custom projects that can make your home stand out, cer...
By Joey Torkildson, Joey
(Keller Williams Premier Realty)
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May is a great time of year to inspect the items that you might overlook the rest of the year. Making sure you keep your home maintained will ensure that your home is doing what it is supposed to do, protect you from the elements. Here are 5 maintenance ideas to do this month.  1.      Inspect Yo...
By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
(Chris Brown | Certified Mortgage Planners)
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In many areas, the spring months mean warmer temperatures, more sunshine and plenty of beneficial rainfall that your yard may thrive with. These are prime growing conditions for your lawn, but they can also make lawn maintenance a challenge. By following these helpful tips, you can take better ca...