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 Michael Jacobs, PasadenaCA Real Estate Representation 818.516.4393
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Comments 59
One Bathroom In The House, Can I Remove The Tub and Only Have A Shower?   That’s what I was asked by someone a few years ago.   The short answer, is “Of course, it’s your home.  You can do whatever you like”.   But   What if(and he had indicated he might) I ever want to sell?   Well, there will b...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Comments 31
Don't Let the Birds Ruin the Showing on Your Home Birds played havoc with a community in the 1963 Alfred Hitchcock movie, The Birds. They could be heard and seen and they would even attack adults and children. It was eerie and a real thriller and kept you on the edge of your seat. However if you ...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Stamford CT)
Comments 40
This week, I hit a new threshold on my website.  I now have 2 articles that each have over 80,000 clicks. How long does it take to refinish hardwood floors? Oil vs water poly - Which is better for sanding hardwood floors?     These two articles continue to get ongoing traffic.  The first one is n...
By Holli McCray, Keller Williams Realty - Knoxville West
(Keller Williams Realty/Knoxville Premier Properties, LLC)
Comments 18
The Holli McCray Group @ Keller Williams Realty (865) 291-0355 Homeowner's Tip - The Benefits of LED Lighting Search the current inventory of homes in the Knoxville area   Most of us have heard of LED Lighting at this point, but if you're like me, you don't really know why LED (light-emitting dio...
By Maggie Dokic, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay |
(Special Miami Homes)
Comments 0
Adding skylights, solar light tubes, windows, and other means of daylighting can brighten your winter and help alleviate symptoms of seasonal affective disorder (SAD). If winter brings on bouts of the blahs, you’re in good company. As days shorten and temperatures drop, most people tend to slow d...
By Belinda Spillman, Your Guide to Joyful Colorado Living!
(Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado)
Comments 13
Spring Brings Home Improvement Projects – Protect Yourself   Spring is just around the corner and that is when many homeowners decide to take on some home improvement projects.  We all like to get our projects done in the Spring so we can enjoy the benefits throughout the warm days of summer.    ...
By Sharon Parisi, Dallas Homes
(Keller Williams Dallas Premier Realty)
Comments 3
In spite of the rain we've had in the Dallas area this winter, we are still in a drought, with many local area lakes significantly below normal.  The Texas A&M AgriLife Research Center and Dallas water Utilities are once again teaming up to sponsor Free classes to share information about  plants...
By Tom and Bev Herring, Tulsa Oklahoma Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker - Rader Group)
Comments 3
Thinking about creating a home inventory list for insurance may sound overwhelming, but it doesn’t need to be The key is to have a record of your possessions in the event you experience a theft or loss from flood, fire, or other disasters. The more thorough you document your belongings, the less ...
By Erika Rogers, St George Utah Real Estate & local info.
(Re/Max First Realty)
Comments 2
Are you counting the days until the first day of spring?  Or counting until the warm weather arrives?  Either way, most of us think about spring cleaning whether we like it or not. Here's some helpful motivation. We’ve put together a spring cleaning list for those areas in our homes we most negle...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 24
    As we continue through our update/redecorate decor....Yes I will get those pictures of the kitchen done soon...maybe even get a video.....We get distracted by doing other rooms in the house and  making use of faux painting techniques.  While our painter was intially not excited...lots more wo...
By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
Comments 0
With Old Man Winter around, many people get stuck indoors wishing for Spring to arrive soon. It is a perfect time to take on a small home improvement project, that can lift both you and your home out of the winter doldrums.    Install a Programmable Thermostat Upgrading to a programmable thermost...
By Demarco & Marisa Fletcher, The Hunter Group @ Remax Kings
(Remax Kings Realty)
Comments 0
For three years California has been in a drought status and its natural water reservoirs are shrinking. It is up to not only state and government officials to help fix the problem, but to its citizens as well. How can a homeowner help? The state has gone through some great strides in educating th...
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)
Comments 22
  There Was A Lot Going On Inside That Wall     We don't get to do all the repairs in Sacramento, sometimes we have to share the work with others. The manager contracted with a plumbing contractor to do the repairs and needed us to close things open when they were through. We get to see a lot of ...
By N. Joel Walter, Cr (Certified Remodeler)
(N.J.W. Construction Inc)
Comments 4
Are you thinking about a home remodel, room addition, or residential renovation? Sometimes it is great to think outside the box and find some really cool ideas for your project! As your Columbus Ohio remodeling company, we want to help inspire you so we have come up with our top 5 amazing remodel...
By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek & Associates LLC Team at Real Estate Broker/Associate with Real Living Real Estate Group www.LisaVon.com)
Comments 19
Everyone enjoys a hot shower - but what is too hot for your water?  How much energy does it take to heat the water and keep the temperature tap ready?  How can you save money and still have hot water on demand?  These questions and more are answered, along with additional energy saving tips, in t...
By Marisela Fernandez, Relocating Expert
(Research Coast Realty Team)
Comments 2
This past week has granted us Floridians windy, cold weather we are not used to with temperatures reaching a high of 48 degrees some days, and as cold as 39 degrees some nights. I am sure I am not the only one who rejoices in the fact that this weekend was a high of 80 degrees, perfect for laying...
By Kelly & Ryan The Cummings Team, Your Real Estate Consultants For Life!!!
(The Cummings Company)
Comments 1
FIVE FUN AND EASY SPRING CLEANING TIPS     Dance while you dust: This is the perfect time to fully indulge your musical interests; break out the iPod or turn up the CD player, and you'll be singing along to your favorite tunes and won't find cleaning to be a chore at all!   Clear out the clutter:...
By Bobi Bigelow, Advertising, Marketing, Public Relations
(Alpine Lakes Real Estate)
Comments 2
Thank you Chris Benson, for sharing these tips. I want to insall Smart Thermostats in my New Hampshire house so I can keep my programmable thermostats down low while I am out and turn it up to 70° prior to arriving home to save on fuel.   The green revolution is in full swing, and as it becomes m...
By Kelly & Ryan The Cummings Team, Your Real Estate Consultants For Life!!!
(The Cummings Company)
Comments 6
Reuse, Refurbish and Recycle: How to Go Eco-Friendly With Your Home Design Furnishing, decorating or redecorating a home can be expensive, tedious and sometimes a bit frustrating. We must try to keep up with the latest, ever-changing fashion trends while also attempting to carefully balance expe...
By Rosalind Nicholas, Toronto Real Estate Agent, Toronto ON
(RE/MAX Condos Plus Corporation, Brokerage)
Comments 4
Before undertaking a renovation project …… short list of things to consider.  1.    Hire a reputable contractor and check references.  Also make sure that the contractor is licensed and insured. 2.    Most large renovations will need the contractor to obtain permits example for electrical work. ...