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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  I Think You Got All the Usefulness Out of That Wooden Post, Let’s Replace It With A New One.       My wife and I have been taking up walking as a form of regular exercise. We often do hiking in the foothill on wooded trails in nature. By getting out there in the forested areas, I can see trees ...
By The Albert Team KW Port St. Lucie FL 34986 Market Updates and Trends, PGA Village, Tradition, St. Lucie West
(Keller Williams Realty)
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A New York City designer shares secrets to making a small bath both functional and beautiful.   Got a small bathroom to renovate? Go wild with texture and colors if it’s a rarely used guest bath, but stick to clean and simple in a master bath. That’s the word from designer Jamie Gibbs, who trans...
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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    Your Toilet IS Leaking and I can Prove It!   It is funny how we sometimes overlook what is so clear to someone else. I was asked to look at a vinyl stain in a bathroom, the resident insisted that the toilet was not leaking. When I walked into the bathroom, I could see the stain around the toi...
By Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little REALTOR® That Could
(Keller Williams Realty)
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  From the time I was a little girl, my father taught me the value of home maintenance. My dad was a Landlord. Every summer I helped my dad with home maintenance projects. I could never understand why every time a tenant left there was 10 times or more work that needed to be done before the new t...
By Monte Wall, Keller Williams Premier Realty - Katy, Texas
(Keller Williams Premier Realty)
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The May-Wall Team has been showing lots of homes lately to our buyers and we have noticed something that is just plain sad.  We have seen quite a number of homes between 10 to 20 years old that have no trees in the back yard.  None!  It would be understandable if the home was just a couple of yea...
By Jim Sinnott, Realtor, ABR, GRI MA and RI
(Keller Williams Realty)
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  Increase Your Home's Resale Value by Installing an Irrigation System   You can increase your home’s resale value by having an irrigation system professionally installed on your property.  Many people have their property professionally landscaped and maintained without realizing how much the...
By Joanna Cohlan, Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes
(Fresh Eyes For Your Home)
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My New Rochelle client was definitely a challenge.  Having recently remodeled her kitchen in white, white and more white, I knew that a pop of color was definitely in order.  And, the narrow space between the built in banquette and her oversized island, required that I design a custom table. I wo...
By Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you.
(YourStories Realty Group)
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Old versus new construction of Single Family homes in Newton, MA analysis shows good and bad on both sides of the coin. Construction at the turn of the 20th century was of a higher quality of materials and a higher level of craftsmanship and detail. Crown moulding features rarely show up in new c...
By Cynthia Larsen, Sonoma County Real Estate Broker
(Safe Haven Realty)
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Navigating a shark infested sea called SOLAR If you have a landline, listen to the radio, or surf the Internet ... chances are good that you have been inundated with Solar ads. Heck, you don't even have to live in a sunny climate to be hit up by the solar sharks. If you have a roof over your ...
By Kwee Huset, Venice Florida Homes For Sale
(Kwee Huset Realty)
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  Dragon Fruit (Pitaya) Progression – Edible Garden in Florida     Dragon Fruit (Pitaya)    Dragon fruit is in the family of cactus. It likes dry and tropical warm weather with some rain. There are some home growers who plant them in their edible garden in Florida        Dragon Fruit Progression ...
By Richard Woodward, Service Beyond Expectations! Your Texas Lender
(Interlinc Mortgage Services, LLC #205696)
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Looking for a home but keep getting beat out or beat to the listing? Are you blown away by how much builders are increasing their pricing? I have a better option. Save money and create your dream home! Call Today. (972) 661-5136 www.mortgageprosus.com/HomeStyleRenovation   What Type of Repairs or...
By Kim Mulligan, Selling Homes for the 21st Century
(Cooper Jacobs Real Estate)
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It's now past the holidays which means it's the time one looks around and decides what they will aspire to do for the new year. We in Seattle, tend to live in older homes. Ones when they were built, the contractors never dreamed we would still be living in their handi-work created without...
By Andrea Peters, SOLD with Andrea!
(Andrea Peters Realtors, a division Keller Williams Realty Bryan - College Station)
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Earlier this summer, Andrea received a letter from the City of College Station regarding her sewer service charge in relation to her water service. Since her residence is connected to the City sewer system, but her drinking water is from a separate utility service, they let her know that she is ...
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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  What's New In Plumbing? You May Not Care, But Know!   As a General Contractor in Sacramento, I get to see trends come and go over time. When it comes to the field of construction and building materials there is always trends that change how things appear and how they work. I’m sure we can r...
By Rob Thomas, Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro
(Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954)
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Deck Plants Can Make A Big Difference When Selling A Home!   If you are trying to sell your home then I can promise you that ....Deck Plants Can Make A Big Difference When Selling A Home!   Curb appeal is everything when you first pull up or when you take that first walk onto to the back deck!   ...
By Vanessa Franz Barnes, With us its Simply All About You!
(Keller Williams Realty at the Lakes)
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Remodeling your home can be exciting, picking out new materials and giving your living space a new life, or perhaps a chance to make a personal statement in your home. Remodeling can have positive returns when you go to sell you home, but there are times when remodeling might actually make sellin...
By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 707-812-7668
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
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My 203k consultant isn't doing a good job of managing the contractor! Well, I don't know how to put this any other way but "it isn't the consultant's job to manage the contractor" so he or she shouldn't be expected to do that. 1) The consultant is a consultant when f...
By Suzanne De Vita, Online Associate Editor
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Did you know more and more homeowners, regardless of income, are taking on DIY projects in order to save money? Armed with instructions from a home improvement blog or inspiration from Pinterest, today’s homeowners are definitely DIY-happy. With adequate preparation, weekend warriors can churn ou...
By N. Joel Walter, Cr (Certified Remodeler)
(N.J.W. Construction Inc)
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NJW, your Columbus, Ohio general contractors, are seeing a trend in kitchen islands… large and full of functional space! They say everyone gathers in the kitchen, we definitely find this to be true, do you? When doing a kitchen remodeling project, we are often asked to include a large functional...
By Steve Sicard, Always putting your needs first!
(Keller Williams Solid Rock Realty)
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  If you have young children, or expect a visit from friends or relatives with little ones in tow, it pays to ensure your home is free of hazards. The last thing you want is an injury that could have easily been prevented.    Here are some basic childproofing tips.    Remove everything that is to...