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.

Trending blogs on Home Improvement

 
By Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little REALTOR® That Could
(Dallas Premier Keller Williams Realty)
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 In My Flower Mound GardenEverything is Coming Up Roses!!!                                  Living Art Quite Fragrant Tough as Thorns Easily Adaptable Survives Adversity Naturally Beautiful  I am the Architect of my garden. I like to play in the dirt and design my own landscape without a degree i...
By Inna Ivchenko, Los Angeles / Valley Homes
(Mannis Real Estate Group)
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Avoid money sucking, gut wrenching DIY nightmares...   and increase your homes value  at the same time tips, #1.       Avoid money sucking, gut wrenching DIY nightmares... and increase your homes value at the same time tips.     To DIY or not to DIY, that is the question.... I have many owners wo...
By Erika Rogers, St George Utah Real Estate & local info.
(Re/Max First Realty)
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The 2015 Kitchen Trends You Will WantIn the past, kitchen trends were set with stylish cabinets, granite countertops and backsplash. However, the future in kitchen trends is moving toward a warm and inviting feel. Since we spend a large amount of time in the kitchen for cooking and eating and som...
By Stephen B. Clyde, "I Sell More, Because I do More"
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 Green roofs are the latest building trend in the residential construction. To create more green space in urban areas, to provide energy savings and to create a more comfortable living environment for both people and pets, more and more eco-friendly homebuilders are incorporating green roofs into...
By Stieg Strand, Realtor & Social Media Sage
(RE/MAX Results)
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It has been said that "Man Caves" cure the "manly" ailments, well how about "She Sheds". Whether it is sprouting off a gardening shed, an outdoor gazebo, or even a converted playhouse ~ She Sheds are quickly gaining momentum around the US as a real alternative to the "Man Cave"... Click here for ...
By Stephen B. Clyde, "I Sell More, Because I do More"
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Has your underground space been turned into a junk collector full of memorabilia, holiday decorations and old sports equipment that you will never use? Do you need more living space for a growing family? Finishing out or rejuvenating an old basement adds valuable living space inside the existing ...
By Dee Toohey, Broker, ABR, AHWD, CIPS, FMS, ePro
(Innovative Realty Solutions Group)
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Not only Tallahassee, in most of Florida. I live in Longwood Florida and we have the same rules.  Always check with your local officials before you cut down a tree.  The fines can be hefty.       Tree Huggers!  Tree Worshipers!   Tallahassee, Florida is known for its beautiful trees and its Canop...
By Sharon Parisi, Dallas Homes
(Keller Williams Dallas Premier Realty)
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Stop by North Haven Gardens Sunday afternoon and pick up some tips on how to improve your lawn. The extreme dry summer heat and recent  record setting cold winter, have impacted many Dallas lawns.  The staff at North Haven Gardens will share information on fertilizers and other types of soil tre...
By Nick and Cindy Davis, CRS,CIAS,ALHS,e-PRO,CDPE,SFR,Realtor(R)
(RE/MAX Premier Group)
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Backsplashes not only protect your walls, they also add color, pattern and texture. Find out which material is right for you. http://bit.ly/How-to-Choose-Perfect-Backsplash 
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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 The Importance of Priming Siding Before Paint  Many of the problems that occur years after painting of siding is due to the fact that the bare wood was not primed. Applying a coat of primer to the wood siding will be a long way to help preserve the weather tight finish.  
By Patty Mortara REALTOR, ABR, CRS | Hunterdon County (NJ)
(Hunterdon Realty Group)
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WOW, Debbie really did an excellent job of explaining the difference between "solid hardwood flooring" and "engineered hardwood".  I have to admit that sometimes I'm guilty of interchanging the terms "laminate" with "engineered hardwood". This article also SHOWS you the difference.   What's the d...
By Fred Griffin, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker
(Frederick Griffin, Licensed Real Estate Broker)
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     Tree Huggers!  Tree Worshipers!   Tallahassee, Florida is known for its beautiful trees and its Canopy Roads.  People flying into Tallahassee look out the windows of the airplane, and ask, "Where is the town?  There is nothing down there except a forest of trees!"     Leon County and City of...
By Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966, CDPE, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Linda
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Landscaping with Succulents-A Popular Trend Being a Realtor, I am always driving into neighborhoods and shopping centers and over the past couple of years have seen succulents used to landscape area that once was exclusively covered by flowers and shrubs. Succulents can grow in sandy soil and tak...
By Randy and Sue Wells, Nobody Knows Your Home Like a Neighbor!
(Keller Williams Community Partners)
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My thoughts on this blog center around a Time Magazine article entitled "The Joy of Less" by Josh Sanburn. This article appeared in the March 23rd issue.The article hit home with the accumulation of "stuff" that the average homeowner has and how it affects them when it comes to selling their home...
By Alberto Pacheco, Experience and Trust
(Keller Williams Porter Ranch)
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Plumbing Repairs While plumbing can be a pain in the neck (literally), most people are perfectly capable of making simple repairs, like replaicing a leaky faucet or broken sprinkler head. Potential savings: $100 to a $1000 for typical repairs. Pest Control  Using approved chemicals and methods th...
By Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com
(Zion Realty)
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Home styles and floor plans have come a long way in the previous Fifty years. In the past, houses had a specific and formal room designation for each space. In today's modern building designs, rarely will you find a formal entry-way. Long gone are the days of formal sitting parlors or closed off ...
By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek & Associates LLC Team at Real Estate Broker/Associate with Real Living Real Estate Group www.LisaVon.com)
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It's that time of the year to break out the grill and start the Spring barbecues. How to Clean a Barbecue Grill and Grill Grates  Lowe's home improvement expert, Mike Kraft, shares tips on cleaning charcoal, gas and stainless steel barbecue grills and grill grates in this easy to follow video. Pr...
By Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little REALTOR® That Could
(Dallas Premier Keller Williams Realty)
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        The Sellers of 1528 Augusta Drive in Savannah, Texas are the original owners. As their REALTOR® representing the owners for the Builder in 2006, I was just as proud to represent them then, as I was today on April 13, 2015 when it was sold. Every home tells a story. This home was filled wi...
By Wanda Fears, ABR CRS GRI SFR WCR
(Long and Foster Real Estate, Richmond Virginia)
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      Every homeowner has their next home improvement project in mind.  From painting a few rooms to building an addition, there is a home improvement project to fit every budget.  But, whether your budget is large or small, there are projects that bring you back more value for your investment wh...
By Sharon Parisi, Dallas Homes
(Keller Williams Dallas Premier Realty)
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Take advantage of the FREE opportunity to learn about drip irrigation systems from licensed irrigator, Patrick Dickinson. Sponsored by City of Dallas Water Conservation and the Texas A&M AgriLife Research Center in Dallas this seminar will show guests how to maximize the  benefit of every drop of...