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.

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

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By Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Sacramento, CA - 916-765-5366
(Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366)
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Your Water Heater Is About To Cause Serious Damage       So you have a home in Sacramento and are wondering how long your water heater will last, the answer is not always easy but the warning signs may help. Indoor water heaters in Sacramento can last 10, 15 or 20 years or more, but when they do ...
By Jon Kolsky, REALTOR® Long Beach, CA
(Kolsky Group/Spellens Realty)
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  Your Home Needs Attention in April…   Spring is officially here, and nothing rekindles pride of ownership more than doing some maintenance chores around your home. So go ahead, poke around and look at the condition of your home- everything from your foundation, roof, gutters, shrubs, and garden...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International Westchester NY & Stamford CT)
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I'm reblogging this post that I put on Women of Westchester blog.  I thought it might come in handy for many of you, especially those that focus on listings.  If you want to get to the original post (either to leave a comment or to reblog yourself), click on the title of this post, and it will ta...
By Ed Silva, CDPE, GRI, ABR, Real Estate Agent
(RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754)
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A Kitchen Upgrade That adds Value and Happiness So often we hear of clients doing upgrades to kitchens and baths to their homes to make them more sale-able. I have said it often and given my opinion to clients when asked if it would be a good idea. My wife has overheard some of these calls, and h...
By Ryan Reynolds
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
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The weather is finally getting warmer, and the time has come to work on your house.  Once you finish your spring cleaning, taking a look at your house’s design should be next.  Is your kitchen looking a little less than spectacular?  Are you tired of the same old look in the same old rooms?  Wel...
By Mahesh Mike Patel, Call Me And Consider It Done!
(First Team Real Estate)
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Homeowners: Fast Fixes For Household Sounds If you've heard knocking, creaking, gurgling or scratching sounds in your house, this information is for you.  These noises can occur in homes of all ages, and they're usually easy to fix. We work by referrals and so if you or someone you know needs a r...
By The Condo Guy Bill Desautels, RE/MAX North Professionls
(The Condo Guy)
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When people purchase their home, one of their common requests is "plenty of light." And for good reason! This is a critical factor for enjoying your home, and when designing your interior, you should pay special attention to just that: your sources of light. See them not only as a way to brighte...
By Jeff Fisher, ArizonasRealty
(ReMax Fine Properties)
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    One of the most exciting times in a parent’s life is the time before a baby’s arrival. Between anticipation and preparation time passes in an instant, and before you know it you will be holding your little one in your arms. Although newborns are too small to get into too much trouble, in only...
By Erika Rogers, Your Personal St George Utah Real Estate Guide!
(Re/Max First Realty)
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When it comes to kitchen remodeling, I have some tips about common mistakes and how you can avoid them. Dreaming of your perfect kitchen remodel usually includes a fantasy that everything will go without any problems. Deliveries will be made on time, installations will go smoothly, and cleanup w...
By Melania & Jim Saltarella, Experience the Magic!
(Atlanta Communities)
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April 15, 2014 Tom Sullivan Lumber Liquidators 3000 John Deere Road Toano VA  23168   RE:  Clients:  Melania & Jim Saltarella, 3413 Ravensworth Trace, Kennesaw, GA 30144.  Phone:  770-653-0756.  Defective Product from Kennesaw GA Store, Purchased June 19, 2013   Dear Mr. Sullivan:   We went into ...
By Kristin Hamilton, (909) 557-6966, CDPE, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Linda
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Time to Start Your Spring Planting... but Watch Out for Pests                                                Those are some big gopher holes.          Get rid of any pests in your yard before they kill your beautiful new plantings.     Thanks for reading my Blog.... Kristin Hamilton DRE #01409213...
By David Kosmecki
(Mortgages Unlimited)
Comments 2
When people purchase their home, one of their common requests is "plenty of light." And for good reason! This is a critical factor for enjoying your home, and when designing your interior, you should pay special attention to just that: your sources of light. See them not only as a way to brighten...
By Orson Klender
(Keller Williams Saratoga Springs)
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A home burglary occurs in the U.S. every 13 seconds and only one in four burglars are ever caught. Here's how to keep the bad guys away. 1. Replace all exterior locks with deadbolts. Locks only provide security if you know who has every key. When you move into a new home, hire a reputable locksmi...
By Kristin Hamilton, (909) 557-6966, CDPE, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Linda
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Make Our World a Better Place on Earth Day 2014 Today is Earth Day 2014 so make sure you are recycling, planting, donating to an environmental cause, picking up trash in the community or thinking of ways to go “Green”. Just do something to help make our world a better place.  Green Suggestions: T...
By Kristin Hamilton, (909) 557-6966, CDPE, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Linda
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Beautiful Trees for Earth Day 2014 Plant a Tree for Earth Day                                         Thanks for Reading my Blog       Kristin Hamilton DRE #014092138 Keller Williams Realty – I am a full time agent and deal in all types of real estate transactions. Trusts, Probate, Short Sales, S...
By Tara Winfield
(RE/MAX Alliance)
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Online shopping is great and all, but do you ever wish you could feel the material of that adorable pillow on Etsy?  Are you too afraid to commit to the rug on Overstock.com because you doubt the color is quite as grey (or gray) as it looks on your computer screen?  Go to At Home.... Formerly kno...
By Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Sacramento, CA - 916-765-5366
(Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366)
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There is a growing market for safe showers and tubs in the Sacramento region. Baby Boomers are reaching out for more friendly construction choices. Showers with seats, walls with grab bars and easy access steps can all be found by many manufacturers today. If you have a need for a special tub or...
By Regina P. Brown, e-Pro Realtor
(California Coast & Country Homes, Inc.)
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When you think about adding some new touches to your house, consider simple things such as: LIGHTING. In key areas of your house, whether they’re dark corners or not, think about indirect lighting that sets a nice mood and can give you lots of brightness when you need it. CEILING FANS. Ceiling fa...
By Suzanne Otto, Your Montgomery County PA home stager
(Six Twenty Designs)
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Painting is one of the most important things you can do to your home to have the biggest impact on appearance. And if you do it yourself, it won't cost as much as you think. Plus your buyers won't chip away at their offer because your home needs a paint job.  If you're ready to get your home on t...
By Jonathan Hall, Realtor - Danbury,CT Area Real Estate~203-417-0523
(William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty)
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One of the things that condo owners enjoy is a maintenance free lifestyle. It doesn't mean you do not have to any work at all. The inside of the home is all yours to take care of. Just like a single family home, a condo that has not been updated over the years can turn buyers off. It doesn't mean...