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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  Can't Wait To Get Inside     I was asked to come look at a home remodel that was just purchased in the Pocket area of Sacramento. I'm excited for a couple of reasons. As a general contractor in Sacramento it is always nice to be able to bring all of my experience into a large project. I do a va...
By Will Johnson, Sell and Stage
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Staging is definitely a form of art and it does wonders to improve the image of your house, when it comes to the real estate market.  Your kitchen is one of your biggest selling points; check out our favorite staged kitchens for some inspiration. 1. This kitchen counter is the perfect mixture of...
By Chris Griffith, Bonita Springs Fl Real Estate
(Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs, FL)
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Queen Butterfly on Blue Mist Flower My son is a landscaper and owns a lawn service. Last year he mowed a little stretch of my back yard and accidentally planted all of these weeds, the Blue Mist Flower, when he took down some tall grass along the back yard.  It happened to be a blessing in disgui...
By Joanna Cohlan, Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes
(Fresh Eyes For Your Home)
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Is your sofa too fat for your space? Is her footprint creating a tight squeeze in your space.  Let's put your sofa on a diet and slenderize her profile. For this Westchester County interior decorator and designer, most sofas I encounter don't warrant the trouble or the expense.  But for a recent ...
By June Piper-Brandon, Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time
(Century 21 New Millenium)
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Some Tips on How to Keep the Pests Under Control Trim Back Trees and Plantings – Prevent pests from using tree branches as a bridge to your home by cutting back any limbs that overhang or touch your roof or brush up against the foundation of your home. Eliminate Entry Points – Repair damaged scre...
By Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo
(Dagny's Real Estate)
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John Capeci - Landscaper Extraordinaire! in Fairfield County, CT John Capeci is an extremely unusual man.   He is prompt, he calls back as soon as he can, he takes very good care of his clients, he really genuinely likes people, and he loves working outdoors! John has a lot of knowledge, will sea...
By Dorie Dillard, Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale
(Coldwell Banker United Realtors)
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    MG Floors NW Austin TX~ Meet Miranda and Manor~A Trusted Resource   Making a decision to replace flooring can be a daunting process. There will come a time when the assessment to replace flooring needs to be made and there are so many choices! You know you have put it off way too long, the ti...
By Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI,ABR,SRES, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Keller Williams Realty Partners)
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They are here! The kitchen guys showed up and this is what they did!   I left early this morning around 7:30 and came back to find the foreman just leaving. There is much to do yet just with the cabinets, but boy are they a sight for sore eyes. The kitchen guys even used the cut up cardboard boxe...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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   Our kitchen has ...make that had...but will again...solid cherry cabinets.  It is the "flavor" and color of the wood I grew up with...the grandaughter of a cabinet maker. To me, it is a taste of my childhood....and a warmer, richer color that is the one we have chosen throughout our home from ...
By Will Nesbitt, Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage.
(Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria)
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Ten fantastic staged kitchens in Active Rain is a pertinent post to the Home Improvement industry. For the entire reblog content, scroll down the webpage. Staging is definitely a form of art and it does wonders to improve the image of your house, when it comes to the real estate market.  Your kit...
By Will Nesbitt, Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage.
(Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria)
Comments 1
Do it yourself Halloween decor tips is an original Active Rain Entry relevant to the Home Improvement industry. For the entire blog, scroll down to the reblog. DIY Halloween Décor Tips Halloween is just around the corner. It’s time for everyone to dress up as ghouls and goblins to scare those aro...
By Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI,ABR,SRES, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Keller Williams Realty Partners)
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Today was a relatively slow day for the renovations. The dry wall guy was a no show, but says he will be here on Wednesday. The plumber worked today and he sorted out all the faucets and trim packages and put the individual boxes in the bathrooms where they will be installed. He worked on the dow...
By Will Nesbitt, Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage.
(Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria)
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Can not wait to get inside by Tom Arstingstall in Active Rain, is a pertinent Home Improvement article. For the entire reblog content, scroll down.   Can't Wait To Get Inside     I was asked to come look at a home remodel that was just purchased in the Pocket area of Sacramento. I'm excited for a...
By Jan Green, RE/MAX Excalibur Scottsdale REALTOR®, GREEN
(Scottsdale, Phoenix, Cave Creek, Carefree, Fountain Hills)
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What's My solar System Worth? Solar has become a hot topic of late in the media and even in elections.  There are about 330 reasons homeowners in Arizona should be interested in harnessing the sun’s rays, as that’s the number of days of sunshine each year in the State.    After all, Arizona is n...
By Erika Rogers, St George Utah Real Estate & local info.
(Re/Max First Realty)
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DIY Halloween Décor Tips Halloween is just around the corner. It’s time for everyone to dress up as ghouls and goblins to scare those around us. It’s also time for you to show off your Halloween décor. Therefore, I have some do-it-yourself tips that you’ll be proud to show off to your family, fr...
By MC2 Home Inspections, Indianapolis Westfield Carmel Fishers Indiana
(MC2 Home Inspections LLC)
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Did you know that space heater fires make up half of all winter home heating fires? Learn a few interesting statistics about space heater fires, and the steps you and your family can take to avoid them. Space heater safety is simple when you follow the precautions listed in the infographic below.
By Will Johnson, Sell and Stage
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So there are a lot of tips about what TO do when staging your home.  But here are some things that you definitely should NOT do.  Don't: Photo credit: CentsationalGirl.com 1. Forget about the exterior.  Remember, the exterior of your home needs to be staged as well.  If you have a porch, make sur...
By MC2 Home Inspections, Indianapolis Westfield Carmel Fishers Indiana
(MC2 Home Inspections LLC)
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You’ve heard about it in the news.  You’ve heard that you can go years without knowing that it is in your home, and that it can be hazardous to your health and to the health of your family.  But what exactly is radon, and why is it a problem?
By Victoria & Marshall Henderson, Representing People Not Property
(Buyer's Edge Bethesda Maryland)
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Why clean your dryer vent?   In 2010 an estimated 16,800 reported home structure fires involving clothes dryers or washing machines killed 51 people and caused $236 million dollars in property damage.   92% of the fires were caused by clothes dryers   Failure to clean, according to the National A...
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 Carmichael Shower Needs a New Enclosure     I get to see a lot of damaged tub and showers in the Carmichael area of Sacramento. Homes and apartments both have a need for the repair and replacement of shower walls. This an be a fairly easy repair if the damages have not extended too far i...