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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 That 71” Refrigerator Won't Fit  In That 68” Opening  Often times when buying new appliances for that older home, you come to realize that the new appliances do not fit in the openings in the home. Sure they may fit in the door but will they fit in the final location? This can be a problem if yo...
By Irene Medina, PA GRI CRS CDPE SFR TRC, Official Member of GiveBackHomes
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Much Ado About Mulch: Everything Property Owners Need To Know in South Florida Mulch was nature’s idea way before it became man’s. Fallen leaves, pine needles, rotting wood and vegetation, rotting flowers, ripe fruit, rocks rising towards the surface of the earth – the ecosystem organically produ...
By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 707-812-7668
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
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We have your back when it comes to remodelingThat is just what it means to be a 203k consultant or renovation/remodel consultant. Most people don't remodel their home very often and guess who knows it? That is correct, the contractors know it and quite often they capitalize on it. Task was to add...
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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  Installing Apron Sink Before Granite Counters in Sacramento  When remodeling or updating your kitchen in Sacramento, it is a good idea to have a good working schedule for a successful construction project. It is a good idea to have a contractor with experience in the flow of the project so that...
By Wanda Fears, ABR CRS GRI SFR WCR
(Long and Foster Real Estate, Richmond Virginia)
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 Here in the Mid-Atlantic region, we have such a lush variety of garden blooms to choose from.  Whether you are looking to spruce up your back yard, or do a little landscaping for that ever-important curb appeal, your due-diligence in the month of May will pay off!  Start With The Basics Pruning ...
By Jon Kolsky, Licensed California Real Estate Broker
(Kolsky Realty & Management)
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 Home Projects You Shouldn’t Attempt.    There are countless blogs about home DYI projects you should attempt, but rarely do you find blogs about home projects only a licensed professional contractor should do. And while there are many unique custom projects that can make your home stand out, cer...
By Cathy Perry
(Keller Williams Realty)
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One of the trends I saw at the recent High Point Home Furnishings Market was the arrangement of wall art in grid patterns - artwork, photographs, shadow-boxed collectibles. The photo to the right was snapped at a chic, mid-century modern vignette in the Antiques and Design Center. That got me thi...
By Joey Torkildson, Joey
(Keller Williams Premier Realty)
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May is a great time of year to inspect the items that you might overlook the rest of the year. Making sure you keep your home maintained will ensure that your home is doing what it is supposed to do, protect you from the elements. Here are 5 maintenance ideas to do this month.  1.      Inspect Yo...
By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
(Chris Brown | Certified Mortgage Planners)
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In many areas, the spring months mean warmer temperatures, more sunshine and plenty of beneficial rainfall that your yard may thrive with. These are prime growing conditions for your lawn, but they can also make lawn maintenance a challenge. By following these helpful tips, you can take better ca...
By Wayne Johnson, San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale
(Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS®)
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Do You Know a Good Plumber? When people move to a new city, a whole new support system is needed. Doctors, dentists, barbers, hairdressers, and plumbers. Only plumbers have to come to your home to do their work. Cause that's were the pipes, fixtures, and appliances are located. As a real estate p...
By Nelson Carrillo, South San Diego, CA Homes For Sale
(McMillin Realty - Phone: (619) 940-6560)
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  Five Ways to Increase Home Value on a Budget Summer is coming! It’s time to begin the projects and repairs that you have been putting off all winter. Whether you plan on moving in the near future or are just looking to spruce up your home, these five thrifty ways to increase the value of your h...
By Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes
(Home Point Real Estate)
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Thinking of Selling a Brentwood California Home or a home in East Contra Costa County or beyond. You should read this ReBlog of a great post on how to get ready to Sell Your Brentwood Home. Then get a Free Home Evaluation From Home Point Real Estate. Or just call me directly at 925-260-4321.  Ask...
By Jill Murty, Realtor - Serving Orange County, CA
(PREA Realty)
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 Rawlins Piano Company in Orange County, CAFamily Owned & Operated Need a piano to provide the perfect touch for staging?  Rawlins Piano Company is here to help!  Lennar Homes and Tri-Pointe Homes have used Rawlins Piano Company to provide pianos to stage their properties and you can, too! A pian...
By N. Joel Walter, Cr (Certified Remodeler)
(N.J.W. Construction Inc)
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As your Columbus, Ohio home improvement company, we love an older home- they are typically very charming, but an older home can also be accompanied by some major issues! Building codes have been updated over the years and many of these homes have been left behind. If you are looking to buy an old...
By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
(Chris Brown | Certified Mortgage Planners)
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While some home buyers only want to live in a brand new home and will custom build a home to their specifications, others are drawn to the historic character and charm of a classic home. Older homes may have incredible architectural detail and special features that you simply do not want to chang...
 Spring is almost over but there is time to get the kitchen some love before summer rolls in. Here are a few tips to get the job done: 1. Circle Your Way Around: Always begin on the right side of your stove, then move clockwise around the room. The stove is typically the dirtiest part of the kitc...
By Christine Lee
(Christine Lee Team, Keller Williams)
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  GARDENING  Spring Garden Guide: QUICK TIPS TO GET STARTED This excerpt is from our gardening series on the Christine Lee Team website. Many of us may want an outdoor area beautiful enough to win “lawn of the month” in our neighborhoods but may not be sure where to start. Here are a few quick ti...
By Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties)
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New Milford CT Real Estate.... keeping the real estate drama to a minimum! I like my drama on the TV screen, not in my work space. And I can assure you, I am not on a real estate reality show! So what is the point of getting a permit for work to be done to your house? So that it will close, witho...
There are so many types and models of sprinkler systems out there to the extent that it is difficult to tell which system is better than the other. Whereas plumbers will advise you to choose a sprinkler system that is capable of sending large drops of water closer to the ground , this is however ...
By Nick and Cindy Davis, CRS,CLHMS,ABR,CIAS,ALHS,e-PRO,CDPE,SFR,Realtor(R)
(RE/MAX Premier Group)
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    These attractive pieces work overtime to help keep your living room tidy. Not having enough storage is a common issue among homeowners, and it’s especially a problem in the living room. Most living rooms don’t feature extra closets and storage areas, yet it’s where many families spend the maj...