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 Jim Sinnott, Realtor, ABR, GRI Licensed in MA and RI
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 56
  Projects Not to D-I-Y       Television today is awash with many real estate based reality shows: shows on buying your first home, buying and flipping homes, buying vacation homes, buying homes all over the world. There are also the programs that focus on D-I-Y, or do-it-yourself projects. In th...
By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 707-812-7668
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
Comments 0
203k loan limits don't go high enough for my neighborhood I'm afraid that is the harsh reality in many neighborhoods. What then, is the answer where the homes in my area are selling in the $1MM to $3MM or more. All is good with another renovation product that is available and our group consultant...
By Jayne Esposito
(Coldwell Banker-Los Gatos)
Comments 11
We are all aware that Los Gatos, as well as most of the San Francisco Bay Area and a large portion of California, is experiencing seriousdrought conditions.  Last week I was walking on the Los Gatos Creek Trail, and I couldn't resist the irony of the picture below. While we had substantial rain i...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 18
   The "facelift/remodeling" you choose to give your house can have simplistic starts...changing hardware, painting cabinetry, new flooring....removing wallpaper....and maybe the cosmetics are where it ends...you just need/want a "sprucing"....or are getting it ready to put up for sale.  Tuning ...
By Sharon Parisi, Dallas Homes
(Keller Williams Dallas Premier Realty)
Comments 10
I recall that my first visit to Uncommon Market was when the store and warehouse were located in a small house on Fairmount Street in Dallas. My mission was to locate specific antique hardware for a client. I remember searching through drawer after drawer, until I found the perfect pulls and hand...
By Pamela Seley, REALTOR®, Seals the Deals in Temecula Valley California
(REALTY EXECUTIVES OTF)
Comments 10
Highlights of the EMWD Water Workshop for 2015 Today I attended the first of several in a series of Eastern Municipal Water District Workshops. Eastern Municipal, EMWD, is one of 26 member agencies of The Metropolitan Water District of California, MWD, and is located on Trumble Road in Perris Cal...
By Pat Champion
(Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty)
Comments 13
Industrial Style for the Kitchen and Dining Room I love seeing something old being salvaged into something new and unique it adds character and beauty to these items. I guess that's why I love seeing television shows like refurbish and rehab addict. Like they say one person's junk can be someone ...
By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
(Chris Brown | Certified Mortgage Planners)
Comments 2
There are a number of ways that you can improve the look and style of a room without having to spend an arm and a leg. Of course, painting and stenciling are the most affordable ways to bring new life and unique detail to an old room. But if you’re intent on taking it to the next level, look no f...
By Nick and Cindy Davis, CRS,CIAS,ALHS,e-PRO,CDPE,SFR,Realtor(R)
(RE/MAX Premier Group)
Comments 1
Moving into your first home completely alters your relationship with the appliances and fixtures common in all houses. Instead of simply hoping they don’t break down during your tenure (however brief) in the rental, you become actively invested in their upkeep and functionality. The first step in...
By Mary Ann Teixeira, REALTOR, SRES, GREEN
(Coldwell Banker Residential Mortgage)
Comments 1
By Thanksgiving Day, our home had been stuffed (with insulation). As you can see from the photo below, it looked just like the inside of a Teddy Bear. Also, both Jimmy and I thought that it smelled like baked cookies. Finally, the house is beginning to look like a house! They completed about 2/3 ...
By Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale
(in Vaughan and Toronto GTA)
Comments 8
Staging in Toronto and Vaughan we are often involved in the redesign of the next property that the sellers buy. In this property we took a dated oak kitchen, revamped the layout and turned it into a dream kitchen for the new owner who loves to entertain family and guests. This home sat on the mar...
By Nick Smith, Boise Idaho Real Estate, We Love Boise
(Silvercreek Realty Group)
Comments 0
Lower Energy Costs with 3 Boise Home Winterizing Tips Boise home owners don’t have to live in the kind of January landscape that features blizzards and snowdrifts to want to winterize their home before the onslaught of the chilliest temperatures. In even the mellowest of climates, winterization i...
By Gayle Barton, South Forsyth Real Estate - Cumming GA Homes
(BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY Georgia Properties)
Comments 0
Gayle Barton – South Forsyth Real Estate, Cumming GA - 706-455-0180   Real Estate Agent, Jim Sinnott, with Keller Wiliams Realty serving Massachusetts and Rhode Island provides excellent insight on which DIY projects you should not try on your own. Obviously, getting your home into tip top shape ...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Stamford CT)
Comments 34
When it comes to pets, what is the best type of carpet for our furry friends? We love our pets and we are a very pet friendly company…In fact, each of us has at least one cat or dog. We also understand that they can do a number on carpeting making it a challenge to keep them clean. Let’s face it,...
By Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little REALTOR® That Could
(Dallas Premier Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 14
    Bricks & Mortar   If there's one thing my father taught me about brick houses when I was a kid, is that bricks and mortar need maintenance too! Tuckpointing brick may cost some money but do you really want to wake up one day and discover something like this or worse? Although the brick column...
By Valorie L. Ford, Valorie Ford & Co, Charlottesville/Albemarle Real
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 3
If you own an older home than you are all too familiar with dark, dingy closets that make it difficult to see due to a lack of proper lighting. This is quite common in older homes and can be a real hassle at times. Having an electrician install proper lighting can be expensive, especially if you...
By Maggie Dokic, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay |
(Special Miami Homes)
Comments 0
We’re big proponents of trees as energy savers — they create shade and wind breaks for your home. So how would you like a tree that actually illuminates your landscaping at night for free? Glow-in-the-dark trees are more than a glimmer now that a California biologist, Antony Evans, and his collea...
By Kerry Lucasse, Your Nest Atlanta Real Estate Consultant
(eXp Realty - Nest Atlanta Team)
Comments 4
Just Listed at 2630 Talley Street #303 in Decatur, GA 30030 2 bedrooms :: 2 bathrooms :: 1,050 SF :: Talley Street Lofts   Just a short stroll away from the Downtown Decatur Square, 2630 Talley Street #303 is simply stunning. Not only is it located in a fantastic area and school district, the lof...
By Bill Primavera
(William Raveis Real Estate)
Comments 4
In my many years as both a homeowner and homestyles journalist, I have observed that home repair and improvement projects tend to fall into three categories: the ones you need to do, the ones you want to do, and the ones you do solely to increase the value of your home. The urgent projects you fi...
By Karla Osmun, Getting Results for You and Your Family
(Realty ONE Group/The Jeff Sibbach Team)
Comments 3
How do you feel about your home décor? If you’re tired of it, and know it needs some updating, but are afraid to act, you’re not alone. Fear of change is the number one reason people live in spaces they don’t really like. A good place to start is by deciding which look you like best. Among the mo...