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.


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By Shane Lott
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It all started with a trip to Epcot at Disney.  After a long day of standing in lines, the kids were thrilled to just play on the playground before the fireworks started.  And like all things Disney, it was a fantastic playground.  It has been expertly designed down to the last detail.  As you st...
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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  Grease is one of those unpleasant topics that not many enjoy. Before we get started on tackling the grease by disposing it correctly, let's have a little fun, so turn up the speakers and enjoy!   Wasn't that fun! So here are some tips for using Elbow Grease in and around your home, especially t...
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 Barbara Altieri, REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale
(RealtyQuest, Fairfield and New Haven County CT Real Estate)
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Gutters are installed on most homes, and homeowners just forget about them. What they don't know could be doing a lot of damage to the house and foundation. Routine gutter maintenance should be on every homeowner's mind. Maintaining the gutter system on your home is probably the most important th...
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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  Iris Eyes Are Beautiful In follow up to my post Everything Is Coming Up Roses in my Flower Mound Garden, I am proud to say the Iris has come through again with shades of purple so deep they make me yearn for purple velvet luxury and where better to have that dream come true, than my very own ga...
By Jeff Fisher, ArizonasRealty
(ReMax Fine Properties)
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Selling Your Home in 2015? Boost Your Resale Value with These Three Inexpensive RenovationsTo get top dollar for your home, renovations may be necessary. However, some renovations can prove costly and they don’t always add value to your home. Here are three inexpensive renovations that are sure t...
By Denise Dimares, Realtor, Investor Serving DC and MD
(Exit Bennett Realty)
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When evaluating home improvements, its always a good idea to ask yourself if the money invested will be recouped in the sale of the home.  The best renovations not only cover their costs, but they can actually provide a nice return.  The key, of course, is identifying those improvements which del...
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 know It Doesn't Look Safe, But I Needed Some Quick Power  There are times when I am trying to get some things done in an area that is far from a power source. The nearest outlet may be 300 feet away, this makes repairs and improvements difficult to complete. We had a job yesterday that include...
How cool will your house be this summer in Tampa FL when the spring and summer sun comes?Just like your car, truck or boat, your air conditioner at home needs a regular tune-up. Assuming you don’t know much about air conditioners, we wanted to share some quick tips and facts:Your home’s air condi...
By Jan Sohlman, RE/MAX Integrity
(RE/MAX Integrity)
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Greetings Friends,It is that time again to do some spring cleaning and some basic fix ups around the home. Here is a quick checklist that you can print out and put on your fridge to do in the next month or two.List-Test your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectorsClean out the guttersInspec...
By Wayne Liddy, Waterfront homes in Chatham-Kent
(ROYAL LEPAGE PEIFER REALTY INC. BROKERAGE)
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    Thinking of selling your home or considering a purchase? A modern stylish kitchen makes everybody's favorite place much more inviting. It is where family and friends often congregate for a meal, a cup of coffee, a friendly chat, a game of card or your favorite board game when friends visit. Y...
By Sharon Sigman, Sharon Sigman
(RE/MAX )
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It seems so simple, but picking a paint color is one of the biggest obstacles my clients have when updating their homes. Once they realize they're really picking an overall palette, they're positively paralyzed. I've been part of the process in thousands of homes, and it really is easier than mos...
By Mike Rigley, Your go to Real Estate Specialist
(Real Estate Specialist - Keller Williams Realty)
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Household Tips and Tricks – Dry Up Water Rings – What’s My Elk Grove Home Worth? Mike and Jennifer Rigley (buyers) 916.378.4671 / (sellers) 916-660-5823 Info@RigleyRG.comWhat’s My Elk Grove Home Worth?Please call us to discuss your potential Home Value in Elk Grove, CA 916-660-5823. Click here to...
By Maggie Dokic, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay |
(Special Miami Homes)
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Homes with high curb appeal command higher prices and take less time to sell. We’re not talking about replacing vinyl siding with redwood siding; we’re talking about maintenance and beautifying tasks you’d like to live with anyway.The way your house looks from the street -- attractively landscape...
By Janelle Ancillotti, HSR Certified Home Stager, Syracuse, NY
(Seneca Home Staging)
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Here's an fast and easy hack for a bathroom cabinet that won't take long at all. If you have ten minutes, you can do this. What was once an organized bathroom cabinet had turned into a jumble of caddies filled with all sorts of items. What didn't fit into the once useful containers was heaped int...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Lower Fairfield CT)
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Here are 7 tips to prevent scratches in your hardwood flooring.  First, let me start by warning that ALL hardwood dents and scratches.  Anyone that tells you the hardwood flooring won't scratch, isn't telling the truth. It's just a matter of time. Yes, some woods are harder than others and yes, s...
By Rich Levin
(Real Estate Grad School)
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I've worked with thousands of Real Estate Agents across the country and one thing stands out, year after year: business plans are extremely important.  Agents who follow through on their business plan earn over far more, often $100,000 more than those who don’t.  The biggest problem is that it’s ...
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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Anatomy of a simple vinyl floor repair A common area of dry rot and water damage in the home is the bathroom floor. This sort of damage may seem to be a costly endeavor, but it may be quite simple for someone with experience in floor repair. Let’s look at what is involved in replacing a floor in ...
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 ASHEVILLE AREA ACREAGES 4TERRA LAND BROKERAGE, Invest in the Land
( Asheville 1031 LAND BROKERAGE)
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 aging-in-place (aka P A L A C E )  in Asheville Style Asheville Real Estate Journal  If YOU have been thinking about “quality of life” now that we are no longer spring chicks, here's some interesting information. It's our sustainability checklist. You may find it a helpful conversation -starter ...