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

 
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Lower Fairfield CT)
Comments 96
What's the difference between solid hardwood and engineered hardwood flooring? Which is better? Many of my customers ask whether solid hardwood or engineered hardwood flooring is better, and which is less expensive. Of course the answer is "it depends." It depends on many factors including your s...
By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
Comments 2
I like To-Do Lists. I especially like a To-Do list with lots of things crossed off. Here's a quick and easy Spring cleaning To-Do list with items that can be done in 1 minute, 5 minute, or 10 minute sprints. Accomplish one item every time you're on hold or when you're waiting for your coffee to b...
By Sharon Parisi, Dallas Homes
(Keller Williams Dallas Premier Realty)
Comments 1
Monte Koch and Howard Saucier will share their wealth of knowledge about irrigation systems, on Saturday,  April 11, at Richland College.  Sensible approaches to keeping your landscape healthy, while conserving  water will be discussed.   Their advice on simple irrigation system repairs  will be ...
By Lynn Donn, Homes for Sale in Nanaimo BC
(Royal Lepage Nanaimo Realty)
Comments 0
Decor trends come and decor trends go - sometimes both in the same year! Not to worry thought, here are some of the hottest home decorating trends for 2015 that will remain fashionable for years to come: 1.  Modern pastel colors - Perfect when contrasted by a bright white color, these popular pas...
By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Comments 73
Time is ticking: Need your help! Everyone makes mistakes, but I do not want to make this expensive mistake. My Gas Stove is on its last gasp. I have been researching stoves for the better part of the last eight months. (On and off when time permitted it) I checked out “Wolf” there were many compl...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Lower Fairfield CT)
Comments 34
Over the last year and a half, my blog posting strategy has shifted a bit.  My goal is simple:  Write 1 powerhouse epic post per month.  (During the winter months when I'm a bit slower, I sometimes write an extra 1 or 2 posts...but only as time allows).   This is the concept of "less is more."  P...
By Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation
(Green Home Realty, 210-789-4216,www.Selling-SanAntonioHomes.com)
Comments 25
Home renovations can be tricky. You want to improve your space (and the way you live in it). But you don't want to end up in the red when it comes time to sell. Before you splurge on that chef's kitchen or a steam shower in your bath, make sure your projects enhance your home in the eyes of futur...
By Jeffrey Masich, Arizona Homes and Land to Sell or Purchase
(HomeSmart )
Comments 1
Just moved in? The landscaping needs something. But what? Shall I head to Home Depot and start buying shrubs and drip irrigation? Maybe I should map out a new retaining wall or put in a pond or af fountain?What is the very first thing that I should do?House Logic says, Do Nothing! You can learn a...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 100
I'll have to admit to having a crush on both Property Brothers and wanting to adopt the Rehab Addict!  And there's no doubt about it, HGTV has developed many programs that are trend setters for viewers who watch for ideas to apply to their own homes.  And here's the thing. They do show you the la...
By Michael Dagner, Your Denver Homes Realty Expert
(Brokers Guild Classic)
Comments 3
You've just closed the sale on that brand new home.  Congratulations!  Now what to do first after the move-in?  Here's a smart checklist of reminders to post for yourself.  My priorities would be items 2, 9 and 10, but you decide.  This content is courtesy of AR associate, Chrissy Doremus. Congra...
By Will Nesbitt, Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage.
(Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria)
Comments 3
Debbie Gartner's featured original Active Rain content, engineered vs solid hardwood flooring is a relevant topic to the Real Estate industry. For the reblog, scroll down. What's the difference between solid hardwood and engineered hardwood flooring? Which is better? Many of my customers ask whet...
By Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA
(Winston Realty, Inc.)
Comments 5
Catarina Bannier, shared a post some time ago that still can be used today. There are many useful ideas that can & should be used to further help guide your next real estate transaction. Use these suggestions as a starting point and customize further to your own specific situation. Thanks for sh...
By Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker
(RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto))
Comments 0
16. Signs The Owner agrees to permit the Contractor to display a sign on the project site until completion.   If you require assistance in drafting a Renovation contract, please do not hesitate to give me a call. The Form that we have been looking at is from CMHC and it is the one which applies t...
By Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker
(RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto))
Comments 0
17. This Contract shall not be assigned, in whole or in part, without the prior written consent of the other party, which consent will not be unreasonably withheld or delayed.   If you require assistance in drafting a Renovation contract, please do not hesitate to give me a call. The Form that we...
By Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker
(RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto))
Comments 0
18. This Contract shall be governed by and construed under the laws of the Province in which the project is situated, and supercedes all prior communications and agreements. There are no other terms outside of this Contract.     If you require assistance in drafting a Renovation contract, please ...
By Nick and Cindy Davis, CRS,CIAS,ALHS,e-PRO,CDPE,SFR,Realtor(R)
(RE/MAX Premier Group)
Comments 0
Building Permits: 10 Critical Code Requirements for Every Project In Part 3 of our series examining the building permit process, we highlight 10 code requirements you should never ignore. http://bit.ly/BLDG-Permits-Part-3
By Malendaz Coleman, FLAT FEE MLS LISTING SERVICES - LIST LOW AS $69.00
(FLAT MLS LISTING SERVICES )
Comments 0
Each year it seem like the pollen count gets higher and higher.. And the environment is suffering its effects.   The wind and air is the means of transportation - and consequently, the means by which microorganisms get spread, more commonly that ever before. It's pretty easy for an epidemic to ge...
By Valorie L. Ford, Valorie Ford & Co, Charlottesville/Albemarle Real
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 1
  We’ve all heard the stories about homeowners that generate their own electricity and sell the “surplus” back to the local utility company, but is this really true? Actually, the federal government requires a total of 42 states (as well as the District of Columbia) to purchase surplus power fro...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 7
"Post less often, but make sure the quality is top notch.  One really strong post can rank well in google and generate clicks and calls each month."   Over the last year and a half, my blog posting strategy has shifted a bit.  My goal is simple:  Write 1 powerhouse epic post per month.  (During t...
By Sharon Parisi, Dallas Homes
(Keller Williams Dallas Premier Realty)
Comments 7
Dallas area lake levels continue to rise.  What a gift that is for Dallas as we move into Spring.  Many homeowners made it through the winter without supplementing Mother Nature's showers.  Though we are fortunate to begin the year with record rainfalls, the City of Dallas is still requiring res...