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.


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Trending blogs on Home Improvement

 
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 It Incorrectly Can Mean A Lifetime of Problems With Moisture Intrusion.  As a contractor in the Sacramento area, I get to help homeowners with all sorts of repairs. Many of the repairs that I do involve moisture and the intrusion into the home. Water supply leaks, drainage problems, a...
By Robert (Bob) Gilbert, Your Katy TX Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
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Spring/Summer Home Improvement Project|Questions to Ask Contractors|  Above picture courtesy of Bing free to share, modify and use pictures There are numerous companies and individuals claiming to be reputable contractors who in reality are most likely fraud artists. I have read home improvement ...
By Erika Rogers, St George Utah Real Estate & local info.
(Re/Max First Realty)
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Homeowner Advice for Summer GuestsIf you are a homeowner and need advice for your summer guest, I have some tips that will help having summer guests go smoothly during their long stay. So, whether you’re expecting a house full or just one special friend, you can transform your ordinary guestroom ...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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No one gets organized by planning to get organized at a later day and time. Wishful thinking does not beget results. Actions do. Being organized is not a static state. Paradoxically, order requires constant motion. It helps if you recognize these 6 organizing must haves if you are to remain on to...
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 Judi K Barrett, Broker/Owner, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDAB
(Judi Barrett~Integrity Real Estate Services~Idabel, Oklahoma)
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Still Time to Buy GE Appliances for Your Home and Get a Rebate 5/26/15 Have you been shopping for appliances for your new home?  Or maybe it's just time to update appliances or you had one go on the blink over the week-end?   There's still time to get in on GE's appliance rebate.  Today is the la...
By Mike Rigley, Your go to Real Estate Specialist
(Real Estate Specialist - Keller Williams Realty)
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Household Tips and Tricks – How to Get Rid of Mold  Mike and Jennifer Rigley 916.660.5823 / Info@RigleyRG.com What’s My Sacramento Home Worth? Please call us to discuss your potential Home Value in Sacramento, CA 916-660-5823. Click here to use our FREE Online Home Value Estimator. We represent b...
By Dana Hollish Hill, Vice President & Associate Broker
(Buyer's Edge Company, Inc.)
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All Those Collections Can Be Serious Clutter Problems My husband and I were recently thinking about moving to a larger home. While is it fun to think about all the additional space that a larger home might bring, we realized that our stuff would follow us if we aren't careful. We have a major clu...
By Malendaz Coleman, FLAT FEE MLS LISTING SERVICES - LIST LOW AS $69.00
(FLAT MLS LISTING SERVICES )
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Many homeowners who are seeking to increase value to their homes enjoy the durability and easy maintenance when upgrading to granite countertops. Granite is one of the most durable of all stones, second only to diamonds. Granite, being created from molten rock, can withstand the heat from a hot p...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Lower Fairfield CT)
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Yes, and no. Technically, the color of the wood has no impact on how much the floor scratches. However, darker floors tend to show scratches, dirt, dents, footprints and imperfections more. So what impacts the scratching on wood?Primarily the finish of the wood, and the wood species (i.e. how har...
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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  The Good News Is That The Post Isn't Supporting A Lot Of Weight  In looking at this overhang corner post, there is a clear separation between the post and overhang. This needs to be corrected for several reasons. The good news is that the post does not seem to be bearing a lot of weight right n...
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 Michele Connors, Your Eastern North Carolina Realtor
(The Overton Group, LLC Pitt & Carteret County)
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Every home I have  ever owned had had to have a porch...I am a porch person !This is a porch of a listing I have at : 1129 Scarlet Oak Drive  Greenville , NC  27858 This is a standard concrete porch that has been taped off and painted !  Do you like it ???  Click on address to see the rest of thi...
By Wandanna Melliphant, A Name Homeowners Trust and Recommend
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Another interesting and educational blog from " The Flooring Girl"Education and application is powerful indeed! Yes, and no. Technically, the color of the wood has no impact on how much the floor scratches. However, darker floors tend to show scratches, dirt, dents, footprints and imperfections m...
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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 Find and Repair the Source of the Water Intrusion First.  I know you are having moisture problems when it rains, I can see the sagging paint on the wall. This is a great indicator of a bad roof which needs to be repaired first. Any other repairs will be premature, the source of the moisture intr...
By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Decades Of Service to the Greater Minot ND Area
(National Marketing Realtors)
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Minot Real Estate 101, Planning To Build?If you are planning to build, remodel, or add a room to your home why not start by taking a plan off the shelf?The Minot Public Library has over 100 books just on house plans! This only scratches the surface of books related to remodeling and other home im...
By Paula McDonald, CHEVAUX Group ~ The Woodlands, TX 936-203-0279
(Chevaux Group, PLLC)
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The trend of outdoor rooms appears to be here to stay!  In our area north of Houston, we have been watching this trend unfold for sometime now.  While some of these rooms don't hit the mark with some less-than great DYI results, there are some that are simply stunning! The home that I am featurin...
By Erika Rogers, St George Utah Real Estate & local info.
(Re/Max First Realty)
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Smart Home Remodeling Projects for Your MoneyHomeowners all around the nation are finding smart remodeling projects that are giving them the most bang for their buck. They are discovering that some of the top home improvement projects are also some of the least expensive projects that will also a...
By HomeRun Homes Inspection, LLC, "Covering all the bases to bring you HOME safe"
(HomeRun Homes Inspection, LLC)
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After such a long winter, and what seems to be a short spring with not much rain, caring for your lawn this season may be the landscaping battle of serenity vs. insanity. Running your garden hoses all over your property to keep up with a dry spell isn't what you might have in mind to keep your la...
By Bill Primavera
(William Raveis Real Estate)
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Whenever I see a model home, I marvel at how a professional designer can throw together a beautiful living space with so many creative ideas so quickly. Some peoples’ minds are just wired that way, but obviously mine is not. In fact, the one course in college I ever dropped mid-term was Interior ...