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.

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Put the hammer down and the glasses on and read on.

Trending blogs on Home Improvement

By Suzanne Strickler, Real Estate Information Blog
(Weichert, Realtors - Wayne)
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Not all the time. Standard Home Owners Insurance generally covers theft and fire damage for off premises items. Not so for flooding, earthquakes or vermin damage. You need to CHECK YOUR POLICY.   Most storage facilities will offer supplemental insurance coverage. Compare that cost to adding more ...
By Gene Wunderlich, Realtor & Legislative Liaison
(1st Action Real Estate)
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It's hard to open a newspaper or your mail these days without seeing some promotion of the HERO Program (Home Energy Renovation Opportunity). Launched in December of 2011, the HERO Program is offered by the Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG) and administered by RenovateAmerica. It b...
By Pete Cullen, & Bailey Properties-Two Local Names You Can Trust
(Bailey Properties, Inc.)
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With the rise of smart phones is coming a push to incorporate this technology into everyday objects to create an internet of things. What is the internet of things you ask? This is a phrase used to describe the incorporation of connective technologies into everyday objects, from your washer and d...
By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
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What do parks, sports arenas, Walmart, trees, and Community Gardens all have in common? Surprisingly, they can all raise the value of your home. Here is a list of some things that you may not have considered that can improve your home value.   Parks, Open Spaces, and Community Gardens A desirable...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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 It just goes to show you...the power of putting something in writing...I promised in a blog the other day that we would show you our new dining room and kitchen....and we are "true our Blog/Word"  ....here it is !      Our remodeling was our new cork floor from the Cork Comfort collection by Wi...
By Jenifer Lower, Your Dream. Our Passion.
(Bozeman Montana Real Estate .net)
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Written by guest, Tim Smith, modernize.com  As you may expect, ROI (Return On Investment) varies wildly from one home remodeling venture to the next depending on your specific location. And it’s not always necessarily true that the more money you spend to upgrade a certain area, the more money yo...
By Pamela Seley, REALTOR®, CA BRE #01824145 Real Estate - Call 951.491.4063
(West Coast Realty Division)
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Home Depot used to have Ralph Lauren paint and then they discontinued it. Now they've brought it back.  It is expensive, but you get what you pay for; and it's not only the designer name. Ralph Lauren paint is a high, quality paint and from my past experience, it doesn't glob up like some of the ...
By Cathy Perry
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Not only can it be tricky to pick out the right paint color for your walls, but you also need to select the right finish.  Your choice of finish will depend on the room you are painting, the surface of your wall, and your design plan.  Use this guide to select the right finish for your project.  ...
By Sharon Sigman, Sharon Sigman
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Maintaining a clean and orderly home can seem like an impossible endeavor. Crumbs litter kitchen floors. Baby food and crayons stain clothes. Sticky little hands smudge windows. If you're a busy mom who feels like she can't keep up with her household chores, get some extra help with the following...
By James Lowenstern, Castles Unlimited. Newton MA Real Estate
(Castles Unlimited®)
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Jim and Diana are still stuck in the snow in Boston! In this segment they give you their top tips for getting rid of ice dams to keep your homes and roofs safe. What do you think? Have anything to add? Join the discussion in the comments! You can also listen to segments from previous shows here:...
By Elite Home Sales Team, A Tenacious and Skilled Real Estate Team
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Open House Tomorrow Saturday 1-4PM 11 Pomegranate, Ladera Ranch This home is a 4 bedroom 2.5 bath home on a cul-de-sac. It has 2554 square feet of open floor plan.  All bedrooms are upstairs and the down stairs area has a den/office, living room, dining room, family room and kitchen. As you can s...
By N. Joel Walter, Cr (Certified Remodeler)
(N.J.W. Construction Inc)
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Are you thinking about a doing a basement remodel, but aren’t quite sure where to start? Basements provide a bonus for homeowners looking to increase their space, so it is important that the proper planning go into the remodel. There are definitely benefits to considering a basement remodel:1. Un...
By Nick and Cindy Davis, CRS,CIAS,ALHS,e-PRO,CDPE,SFR,Realtor(R)
(RE/MAX Premier Group)
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Most people argue about whether you should vacuum first or dust first. But it won’t matter which you do first if you don’t take care of this hidden problem: leaky air ducts.  http://bit.ly/House-Always-Dusty
By Nick and Cindy Davis, CRS,CIAS,ALHS,e-PRO,CDPE,SFR,Realtor(R)
(RE/MAX Premier Group)
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Building Permits: When a Permit Is Required and When It's Not   In this article, the first in a series exploring permit processes and requirements, learn why and when you might need one. http://bit.ly/Building-Permits-When-Required-When-Not  
By Will Nesbitt, Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage.
(Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria)
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Coldwell Banker Real Estate Agent Michael Jacobs to Pasadena, California's trending original Active Rain content is pertinent to the Home Improvement category. For the entire reblog, scroll down. One Bathroom In The House, Can I Remove The Tub and Only Have A Shower?   That’s what I was asked by ...
By Joanna Cohlan, Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes
(Fresh Eyes For Your Home)
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As a quick follow up to my original post  Interior Design is Like a Game of Chess, on Wednesday I (The Knight) met with my client (The Queen), the contractor (The Pawn) and the co-op engineer (The Bishop) to resolve the issue of the "stove". Despite the fact that The Bishop tended to speak on the...
By Georgie Hunter, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info
(Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers)
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Tie-dye pink hibiscus changes color throughout the day We love to grow colorful tropical flowers in Haiku Maui and this pink tie-dye variety is really unusual. As you know, hibiscus flowers bloom for one day and they stay fresh on or off the plant. In the morning this one is a bright solid pink, ...
By Melanie Cameron, The Cameron Team
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage)
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Sheds. They're the solution for when you have just too much stuff and no place to store it in your home. Many times, I've seen them become the "club house" for teenage boys. No electricity? Just stretch an extension cord from the home and under the shed door. So, it's not surprise to see homeowne...
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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  Painting Season Is Coming, Prepare To Prep first   There is something about a fresh coat of paint on a Sacramento home that just adds so much to the curb appeal and salability of the property. Your home is clean and fresh and ready for marketing to sell. But it can be more involved than just sl...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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    Welcome to our home....here is our front door and foyer....we are fortunate to have  had a friend, who worked with us on a custom stained glass design for our sidelights and round top window over our front door.    The walls are now Ralph Lauren suede finish paint in a soft blue/gray. The flo...