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 Kristin Hamilton, (909) 557-6966, CDPE, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Linda
(Keller Williams Realty)
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How Google Earth Assists Crooks to Enter Your Home We live in such a great era where technology seems to get better and better but it is sad when crooks use this technology to further their desire of becoming rich by taking advantage of homeowners by using modern technology. We are at risk of bec...
By Suzanne Otto, Your Montgomery County PA home stager
(Six Twenty Designs)
Comments 30
How to Decorate a Small Space   Whether it's a small condo in a big city or a small home office, we all have spaces that need to be utilized to their full potential. No one likes to walk into a small room and have it actually feel small. This Montgomery County PA home stager is giving some re...
By Anna Banana Kruchten, Phoenix Real Estate Agent, CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 12
The Lone Ranger is my husband!   Yesterday was a bit of a odd day as the kitchen remodeling goes. Read Part 1 here. The Range arrived - looked good - all seemed just fine.  But then came the installation and the discovery that the design of most all gas ranges has been modified this past few year...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Retired Real Estate Broker, Maryland Blogger)
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How Google Earth Assists Crooks to Enter Your Home Every home owner should be aware that their home may be observed by thieves. Home security and family safety are even a greater challenge with Google Earth photos. Thanks to real estate professional Kristin Hamilton for this blog.   Please go to ...
By Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager
(Sharon Tara Transformations)
Comments 27
We bought our home two and a half years ago and when I first saw it I told my husband "It's perfect, we don't have to do a thing!"   Well, that tune changed fast and we ended up painting almost every room in the house.  We added new trim, custom built-in shelving, and new lighti...
By David Popoff, Realtor & Property Manager, Fairfield County, Ct.
(DMK Real Estate & Property Mgmt)
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Big Connecticut  Rebates For Energy Efficient Renovations & New Homes. If you are considering a home renovation or building a new home here in Connecticut then take a look at these rebates that you can get when using energy efficient appliances, heating / cooling system and smart building cho...
By John DL Arendsen, Real Estate Bkr, Factory Built home Dealer/Devlpr
(TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments & ON THE LEVEL GC)
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   Intimate Living Interiors   Awarded Top 100    Interior Designers Globally    Why Is It I Have To Go Digging To Keep Up With My Very Talented Kids?   Awarded Top 100 Interior Designers Globally       EARNING “THE ULTIMATE ACCOLADE IN INTERIOR DESIGN”   Intimate Living Interiors is a world reno...
By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 707-812-7668
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
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Sometimes it is confusing to me that a contractor calls himself a contractor then installs the roofing material so water goes under the roofing materials on the way to the outside edge. Oh, and want a payment for the roof... NOT  They peeled back the bottom two layers at the first half course of ...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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new jersey feng shui consultations by laura cerrano Welcome, my name is Laura Cerrano CEO and founder of Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island a family owned and operated consulting firm founded in 1997.  I take a multi-dimensional approach which cohesively blends several methods of Feng Shui with a sp...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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Suffolk County Feng Shui Lecture at West Islip Library In July 2014 Come to the West Islip library July 31st, 2014 and enjoy a fun, interactive and educational lecture on Feng Shui presented by Feng Shui Expert Laura Cerrano-CEO and founder of Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island.   Feng Shui is a me...
By Joanna Cohlan, Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes
(Fresh Eyes For Your Home)
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As a Westchester County interior decorator and designer, I see homes that run the gamut of taste. And when this lovely client from Pleasantville called me, I could immediately discern that she had no taste.  Oh, I don't mean that she had bad taste-she just didn't know what style she reall...
By Yvette Belisle, Your Local Real Estate Expert
(Real Estate Brokers of Alaska)
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Budget is one of the most important factors in choosing a house and most of the budget houses do sell with an average price and time tag. Are you planning to sell your house this Season? Most of the homeowners are happy with an average offer and get along with it comfortably. Is it possible to cr...
By James Murr, www.cortiersrealestate.com
(Cortiers Real Estate)
Comments 0
Summer is finally here and now that the weather has warmed up you can finally get outside and start your home improvement projects and routine maintenance. After winter is over many things around your house need to be cleaned and checked to make sure they are working properly.Here are a few thin...
By Sheila Moylan, Working To Get Value For Your Money
(C21 - Commonwealth)
Comments 6
4 Places Real Estate Agents Say, “Don’t Go Cheap!”   As most real estate agents will tell you, remodeling, decorating or repairing your home can go a long way towards getting it sold.  For that matter, it can add value to your property in case you want to sell later – that is, if you don’t choose...
By Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager
(Sharon Tara Transformations)
Comments 11
Yesterday I posted pictures of my kitchen's new look....  but there was one small detail I left out.  I have a topiary sitting on a pedestal in one corner of the kitchen.  I've had it for years....it was in the powder room in my last home.  When we moved here it got placed in the kitchen,...
By Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV Real Estate, Greenbrier County
(Coldwell Banker Stuart & Watts Real Estate)
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    Kristin Hamilton writes an excellent post that every home owner needs to know about Google Earth and how easy it is for thieves to gain access in robbing most anyone.  Most of us use Google Earth for searching neighborhoods, but the thieves use it for illegal purposes.  The Internet helps bot...
By Anthony Alfano
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DIY house painting tips.   Congratulations on buying your new home!  Now comes the hard part - fixing it up and redecorating to your liking.  You'll want to hire a professional painter if your budget allows, but if you're willing to invest some elbow grease and your weekend to the task, y...
By Stephen Skakandy, Expert Communicator, Skilled Facilitator, High Spe
(Neighborhood Homes & Realty)
Comments 1
Randy provides us with some good ideas for updates and changes in a home. In my market which is a predominately military one in which buyers use the VA backed home loan, sellers won't realize the return on investment for their appraisal values but they can nevertheless reap the benefits of ha...
By Susan Haughton, REALTOR Alexandria VA Homes for Sale
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If you haven't read the beginning of this story, you may want to go back to The Story of the Little Beach House That Could to get caught up.  So, Hurricane Isabel roared in with a significant storm surge and just pounded the coast for hours upon hours.  There was enough damage that even the W...
By Women of Westchester Working Together, Women helping Women get ahead
(Women of Westchester Working Together)
Comments 1
I love this transformation that Joanna Cohlan did, not only because it looks great and brings a purpose and order to the room, but because she really LISTENED.  She didn't just do what her customer asked her to do.  Rather, she asked probing questions about the purpose and use for the room an...