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.

Trending blogs on Home Improvement

Simple Kitchen Upgrades Can Increase Your Home’s Resale Value This Thanksgiving, many of us will spend a lot of time in our kitchens. Preparing an elaborate meal often reveals your kitchen’s problem areas. If you are thinking of selling your home, resolving these problems before bringing buyers i...
By Erika Rogers, St George Utah Real Estate & local info.
(Re/Max First Realty)
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Affordable Kitchen Upgrades For A Small Budget When you are remodeling on a budget there are still plenty of affordable upgrade options that can have your kitchen looking luxurious without the fancy price. Whether you are upgrading your kitchen, bathroom or any other room in your home, you can u...
By Joe Neuah, Doing Real Estate with Passion!!
(Rodeo Realty)
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Cash for Grass     The Districts are offering property owners $1 for every square foot of grass replaced with water-efficient landscaping through the Cash for Grass Rebate Program, up to 5,000 square feet.  That’s $5,000!   Eligible water-efficient landscaping includes: Drought-tolerant plants Mu...
(Long and Foster Real Estate, Richmond Virginia)
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  The holidays are officially here and honestly I couldn’t be more excited. Honestly, what isn’t there to love? There’s holiday parties, tons of delicious food and more importantly we get to spend time with our loved ones. Yeah, it may be a little bit cold but I think everything else makes up fo...
By Judith Jensen
(Weichert, Realtors®, Basking Ridge, NJ)
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 Valuable information for buyers and sellers. Fall is officially here, and the first frost and snow is soon to follow. Along with the arrival of colder weather are a number of key maintenance tasks homeowners should tackle in order to prevent structural damage, save energy and keep their home’s ...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Stamford CT)
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I finally got my first slide video to work.  It took a lot of effort yesterday, but now that I have this set up and a process, I'm well set up to get another 4 done by the end of the year.  This is one of my December projects, and I'm a week ahead of schedule on this (as well as another project)....
By John DL Arendsen, Contractor, RE Brk, Factory Built Home Dealer/Devl
(ON THE LEVEL General Contractor, Crest Homes Factory Built Housing Dealer & Developer & TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments)
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Foundation Cracks, Settling and Failures Can Ruin A Real Estate Deal   It would be interesting to know how many deals have been lost by RE Professionals but most importantly by buyers and sellers of properties that have had FOUNDATION ISSUES. As a General Contractor who's been in the foundation r...
By Donald Horne, Associate Broker, Oxford / Lapeer Homes
(Coldwell Banker-Shooltz Realty)
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In the recent Housing Trends eNewsletter, this story 10 Interior Design Trends That Turn Off Home Buyers is sharing trends that can backfire when you sell ... You want your home to look its best, and maybe you’ve been inspired by the interior design trends you’ve seen in magazines, on TV or on de...
By Mykel Martin, The TCR Group at Keller Williams Realty
((909) 476-9600 ~ www.WeLoveRanchoCucamonga.com)
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Rancho Cucamonga Homeowners know regular maintenance is a must. We can't stress enough that anytime is the perfect time for routine maintenance on your home.  It's so important to implement a regular inspection program for home maintenance today will help prevent major repairs and loss in value o...
By MC2 Home Inspections, Indianapolis Westfield Carmel Fishers Indiana
(MC2 Home Inspections LLC)
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No one ever said that Christmas is cheap, but just how much money are you spending on your Christmas lights? The answer lies in which types of bulbs you are using!
By Will Johnson, Sell and Stage
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Staging is definitely a form of art and it does wonders to improve the image of your house, when it comes to the real estate market.  Your kitchen is one of your biggest selling points; check out our favorite staged kitchens for some inspiration. 1. This kitchen counter is the perfect mixture of...
By Rummy Dhanoa, Rummy Dhanoa
(Rummy Dhanoa Real Estate Experts )
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As Thanksgiving approaches, many people are experiencing different thoughts and feelings. Some make a sincere effort to be thankful, while most deal with stress related to the holiday season. Some face unusually difficult financial problems during the holidays. Some, for one reason or another, h...
By Amy Boehm, Your Realtor For Life
(Keller Williams Realty - Boerne Hill Country)
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Whether you are building a new home or replacing your old water heater, the new mandate by the federal government is for increased energy efficiency.  This mandate will go into effect April 2015.  The new rating for a 40-50 gallon electric water heater will be 95%. This increased efficiency will ...
By Suzanne De Vita, Online Associate Editor
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If you've ever sold an older home, you know there can be many structural repairs in store for the buyer or seller. For owners of older homes, winter weather poses a significant risk, especially if household features are left unrepaired. Here are three fixes homeowners should consider making befor...
By Brian England, Realtor, MBA, Real Estate in East Valley AZ
(Arizona Focus Realty)
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Debbie Gartner posted this great video with regard to refinishing wood flooring, so I wanted to share it for others to see.  I believe this video will be very helpful for many and she really knows her stuff!!! I finally got my first slide video to work.  It took a lot of effort yesterday, but now...
By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663
(Woodland Management Service)
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Every week I pick 10 posts that I think that could use a second look, a little more exposure, or that are so good that I want all my friends to have a chance to experience it. This week is no exception and it has been a challenge to narrow the list down to 10, I hope that you enjoy these along wi...
By Jon Becker, Traverse City Real Estate Consultant
(Century 21 Northland)
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DAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS You might want to take a closer look at your listing's curb appeal: Upgrading a home's landscape from average to excellent can raise its overall value by 10 percent to 12 percent, according to research from Virginia Tech. Up Your Curb Appeal  6 Landscaping Tricks That Wow ...
By James Murr, www.cortiersrealestate.com
(Cortiers Real Estate)
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    #117046749 / gettyimages.com Every individual wants to feel comfortable while he or she is at their own home. But it is more important that one feel comfortable while walking inside their potential home. That is why first time appearance is the opening door inside everything. Interior paintin...
By Nick and Cindy Davis, CRS,CIAS,ALHS,e-PRO,CDPE,SFR,Realtor(R), Team Davi
(RE/MAX Premier Group)
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Small Bathroom 6 Ways to Make it Appear Larger   In nearly everyone's home there's one room in particular that is smaller than the rest, and that's the bathroom. There's a way around that though, or at least to make it appear to be larger than it is, and that's by using a little visual deception,...
By Sheila Newton Team -- Anderson & Greenville SC Real Estate, 25 years experience -Residential Real Estate Sales
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner)
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  Today is the second in a series of posts about improving your life. Last week was the article called 25 Small Ways To Improve Your Life - Week 1 .. As we discussed last week, people get caught up in thinking that you have to make drastic changes in order to notice an improvement in the quality ...