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 Colorado Dream House Team, Real People. Real Professionals. Real Estate
(Keller Williams Realty DTC)
Comments 29
Do you remember the good old days when all you had to do before buying a home was an inspection? I am sure that there are people who are reading this and were saying, “Inspection? We didn’t need no stinking inspection!” do buy a home. Yes, I believe that there are some of you out there who did so...
By Richard Woodward, Service Beyond Expectations! Your Texas Lender
(Interlinc Mortgage Services, LLC #205696)
Comments 0
We think every home should be purchased with a renovation mortgage. The first thing most people want to do when they buy their home is - “make it theirs” new carpet, paint, update the kitchen, and bathrooms. But most cases the new home owner often lacks the money to do all that they want to do. ...
By David Popoff, Realtor & Property Manager, Fairfield County, Ct.
(DMK Real Estate & Property Mgmt)
Comments 327
FREE LEED BD & C STUDY CHART.   If you are going to take the LEED AP exam for Building Design & Construction (LEED BD & C) here is a one page excel spreadsheet cheat sheet chart that is FREE. It will help you remember all the prerequisites and credit for LEED Green Building Design and...
By Risa Liebster, Toluca Lake Real Estate
(Ramsey-Shilling Associates)
Comments 3
Light or Dark Wood: What is Your Cup of Tea?     According to a number of interior trends writers and design professionals, when it comes to wood in the home, colors such as ebony and espresso are making way for caramel, blonde and honey. For example, instead of dark tones on a floor contrasting...
By THE TRAILBLAZER TEAM - ASHEVILLE Land and Signature Mountain Homes, Knowledge. Insight. We Walk the Extra Acreage !
(Signature Mountain Homes and LAND- Asheville 1031 Realty, Inc.)
Comments 2
    Planning and creating a dwelling place that is designed for life makes sense regardless of one's age. But you may not be aware of a trend. Take a look at these statistics!   Eighty (80) percent of older people today say they prefer live in their own homes. And this holds true here in Ashe...
By Valorie L. Ford, Valorie Ford & Co, Charlottesville/Albemarle Real
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 3
Has Star Trek finally arrived? I remember back in the day that a lot of us were looking forward to flying cars, computer controlled homes that could “talk” to us and robot maids that could do all of our housework for us. Well, it seems that we aren’t even close to these dreams, or are we?   Have...
By Jack Tenold, Reverse Mortgage Specialist Washington | Oregon | California - refinance & purchase
(First Priority Financial NMLS 3257 )
Comments 2
Profit by Down-sizing and Culling your Treasures The Alameda Museum Seniors, baby boomers, folks on the move, look what The Alameda Museum offers. I found this information on their website dated June 15, 2014.   I don't think I was aware of this opportunity but don't you agree it might be...
By Roberta LaRocca, REALTOR®, Broker, Salesperson, Property Management
(Simply Vegas Real Estate)
Comments 28
Alert - Failing KitchenAid Refrigerator Control Boards, part numbers 2307028 and the replacement W10219463, are no longer available, and apparently have had a fairly high failure rate. For the good news, I may be able to provide you with a possible simple repair as you read on.  These refrigerato...
By Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little REALTOR® That Could
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 21
  When putting a home on the market, one of the questions frequently asked is what home improvements and repairs do I need to make? Owning a home is one of the most valuable financial assets. Whether you stay or go, maintenance is part of home ownership and the best advice I can give is to contac...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International Westchester NY & Stamford CT)
Comments 57
Hardwood flooring Trends for 2014 - Westchester NY - What's hot, stylish and trending when it comes to floors As we are about to enter 2014, I thought it would be helpful to outline the trends I'm observing in hardwood floors for Westchester NY. Let me preface this by saying that differen...
By Hella M. Rothwell, Real Estate Broker/Owner in Carmel-by-the-Sea CA
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Real estate agents always tell potential sellers it is to their benefit to spruce up the home before it is put on the market. BUT MY ADVICE IS THIS: Do regular maintenance work on your home and you will not only extend the life of it, but it will take less time and effort if you ever needed to se...
By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
Comments 6
Just a touch away, Delta Touch2O faucets                 East Wenatchee Home Inspections Lets start with a lyric from a famous classic rock band   “Nothing much, is all I know and it's alright, oh yes Light as a feather, and just a touch away”   Deep Purple   During a recent home inspection I...
By N. Joel Walter, Cr (Certified Remodeler)
(N.J.W. Construction Inc)
Comments 1
At NJW, your Columbus, Ohio general contractors, we enjoy all things related to your home…we believe that good home renovation, or remodels can be complimented by its exterior or landscaping! We wanted to share with you, some of the top garden trends that you will see in 2015! Here’s what you ca...
By Jane & Jeff Daley, PhD, Scottsdale Real Estate Arizona
(Luxury Valley Homes For Buyers & Sellers Phoenix AZ Area)
Comments 1
Ten Tips to Make a Small Bedroom Look Great, Scottsdale Real Estate Planning a small bedroom can be fun. With the right design tips and techniques, you can turn your snug room into a dreamy retreat. From clever storage solutions to multitasking furniture, these great ideas will breathe new life i...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
Comments 3
According to Feng Shui Could my Roommates Energy Impact Mine? This was a great question asked from a recent client. Feng Shui teaches you that your surroundings, let that be the atmosphere of your apartment or even a combination of those who surround you in that space, will contribute to the ener...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International Westchester NY & Stamford CT)
Comments 66
7 tips to preserve and maintain your hardwood floors One of the most common questions I get is prevent scratches in hardwood floors, so I thought these tips would help.   First, let me preface this by saying that ALL hardwood scratches. It's just a matter of time. Yes, some are harder than ot...
By Juli Vosmik, Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739
(Dominion Real Estate Partners, LLC, Scottsdale, AZ)
Comments 11
TV REPAIR IN SCOTTSDALE & PHOENIX AREA Our 60” big screen HDTV was starting to act up - you know - those annoying lines and static running through the screen.   In the 8 years we’ve owned this TV, we have placed the lamp twice and knew just where to go to purchase another:  TVS Brothers.  Aft...
By Ana Hitzel, Home Stager Inland Empire & Palm Springs
( AccentPositives Home Staging )
Comments 10
drive·way: noun \-ˌwā\ a short private road from a street to a house or other building where cars can usually be parked –Merriam-Webster Residential driveways are also used for such things as garage sales, automobile washing and repair and recreation, notably (in North America) for basketball pra...
By Jeff Fisher, ArizonasRealty
(ReMax Fine Properties)
Comments 1
  Wrought iron is a classic accent that has been used to beautify homes for centuries. The strong and simple elegance of wrought iron is a wonderful addition to any modern home. It can be incorporated into home design in many different ways.   A Masculine Addition To Any Design     Wrought iron i...
By Dee Toohey, Broker, ABR, AHWD, CIPS, FMS, ePro
(Innovative Realty Solutions Group)
Comments 4
If you have a wood deck or furniture, here is a reminder to clean it annually to keep it trouble free for years to come.  Don't forget to seal the wood!  If you don't take care of the wood, it will splinter and fade quickly, especially if you are my area (Florida).     Once every other ye...