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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By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
Comments 5
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 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 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...
By Dave Roberts
(Healdsburg Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 2
Not everyone has to have a sheetrock ceiling. This home in the Dry Creek Valley has a spectacularly crafted open beam ceiling with knot-free wood for the exposed sheathing. It's a stunning display of builder's art and architectural tradition executed with appreciation for the materials t...
By Colorado Dream House Team, Real People. Real Professionals. Real Estate
(Keller Williams Realty DTC)
Comments 17
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 Catarina Bannier, DC Real Estate The Smart And Fun Way
(Evers & Co. Real Estate)
Comments 41
I'm not entirely sure whether last Wednesday was the hottest day of the century in DC, but it sure seemed that way when the AC in my house stopped working in the early afternoon, just as the outside temperature reached the mid-90s. By the time the realization set in that it was indeed just l...
By Valorie L. Ford, Valorie Ford & Co, Charlottesville/Albemarle Real
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 3
I find it strange that people worry more about the water that they drink than the air that they breathe. If you think about it we take in a lot more air than we do water and the possibility of becoming sick from some type of contaminant is ever present. Almost everyone buys bottled water and use...
By Robert (Bob) Gilbert, Your Katy TX Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
Comments 5
Tip for Home Repair/Home Improvement Co. or Individuals in Katy   My common sense tip is simply this : Call or contact via text, Email or by whatever means the potential clients if you are running late or have some type of emergency. Don't just not show up with no communication. This is very ...
By Chrissy Doremus ~ US Inspect ~, Residential & Commercial Property Inspections
(US Inspect)
Comments 6
Summer is in full swing and we are spending lots of time entertaining. If you have a deck, it's probably a popular venue for meals and get-togethers. But are you feeling like your space is a bit dull or drab despite the vibrance of summer? Dress it up with these 7 ideas!     Add Some Plant Li...
By Chrissy Doremus ~ US Inspect ~, Residential & Commercial Property Inspections
(US Inspect)
Comments 4
With summer heating up, you may be spending more time entertaining on your patio and deck. Hanging out until the sun goes down and cooler temperatures set in is especially refreshing - that is, until the mosquitoes arrive! But wait, before you reach for your bug spray, try some of these natural m...
By Anne Lok, Homes for Modern City Dwellers
(Homelife Realty One Ltd. Brokerage)
Comments 0
Can you sell for more money with a 3 bedroom by converting a den in a 2 bedroom home into a bedroom? Truthfully, there is no formula for how much the selling price can increase by adding an extra bedroom. Likewise, converting a windowless den into a second bedroom may not be an attribute when it...
By Chrissy Doremus ~ US Inspect ~, Residential & Commercial Property Inspections
(US Inspect)
Comments 5
  Once every other year is a great time to clean and protect your deck. It might not be the hassle you thought it would be! Here's how to wash your deck in 6 easy steps: Before you start, choose a cloudy day so that the sun won't evaporate the cleaning liquid.  Move everything off the de...
By Terri Poehler, Coral Springs Real Estate Agent
(Realtor)
Comments 14
It's hard to believe while looking outside a window in sunny South Florida that it is hurricane season. But the truth of the matter is, a hurricane can sneak up in a day! The city of Coral Springs urges tree owners to prune and cut back any loose branches and discard right away. Believe it or...
By Marla Yost, The Marla Yost Team
(Marla Yost Team- Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 2
Easy home repair tips. Try using WD-40 to remove oil stains from garage floor Spray it on the grease and let stand for aprox 15 minutes then rinse. When showing a potential buyer a home its very impressive to walk into a very organized garage. It shows pride of Home ownership.   Sweep baby powder...
By Barb Hutchinson, SW Idaho Homes
(Silverhawk Realty)
Comments 0
I can’t believe it’s August already!  Here are some home maintenance tips to help you and your home head into fall in great shape: 1.  Get your heating system cleaned and inspected.  Don’t wait until everyone and their cousin is calling the heating guy (usually the day after the first cold day),...
By Risa Liebster, Toluca Lake Real Estate
(Ramsey-Shilling Associates)
Comments 1
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 Connor Dowd, 2013 Newport Realtor of the Year
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There's a great way to get away without even leaving the house -- turn your bathroom into an in-home retreat!!   According to HomeStore.com, spaing at home is becoming increasingly popular. It's a great option for homeowners who are looking for a reprieve from the chaos of life and for t...
By James Lowenstern, Castles Unlimited. Newton MA Real Estate
(Castles Unlimited®)
Comments 0
First impressions mean everything, and when prospective buyers or realtors take their first look at your home, they’ll immediately study your home’s facade and front lawn. While an overhaul such as new siding can cost thousands, there are plenty of budget-friendly ways to improve the look of your...
By Josh Gidcumb, Real Estate - 217-202-0571, Champaign, IL
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 3
With Christmas is coming soon, it is normal that your friends or any relative will drop by. Some of them may want to stay over too. Taking early preparations will spare you from getting panicked when you hear a knock at the door. Check out these ideas, which will help you to get ready for your g...
By Valorie L. Ford, Valorie Ford & Co, Charlottesville/Albemarle Real
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 1
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...