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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Trending blogs on Home Improvement

 
By Melanie Cameron, The Cameron Team
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage)
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Sheds. They're the solution for when you have just too much stuff and no place to store it in your home. Many times, I've seen them become the "club house" for teenage boys. No electricity? Just stretch an extension cord from the home and under the shed door. So, it's not surprise to see homeowne...
By Pete Cullen, & Bailey Properties-Two Local Names You Can Trust
(Bailey Properties, Inc.)
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With the rise of smart phones is coming a push to incorporate this technology into everyday objects to create an internet of things. What is the internet of things you ask? This is a phrase used to describe the incorporation of connective technologies into everyday objects, from your washer and d...
By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
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What do parks, sports arenas, Walmart, trees, and Community Gardens all have in common? Surprisingly, they can all raise the value of your home. Here is a list of some things that you may not have considered that can improve your home value.   Parks, Open Spaces, and Community Gardens A desirable...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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 It just goes to show you...the power of putting something in writing...I promised in a blog the other day that we would show you our new dining room and kitchen....and we are "true our Blog/Word"  ....here it is !      Our remodeling was our new cork floor from the Cork Comfort collection by Wi...
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)
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  Painting Season Is Coming, Prepare To Prep first   There is something about a fresh coat of paint on a Sacramento home that just adds so much to the curb appeal and salability of the property. Your home is clean and fresh and ready for marketing to sell. But it can be more involved than just sl...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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    Welcome to our home....here is our front door and foyer....we are fortunate to have  had a friend, who worked with us on a custom stained glass design for our sidelights and round top window over our front door.    The walls are now Ralph Lauren suede finish paint in a soft blue/gray. The flo...
By Roberta LaRocca, REALTOR®, Broker, Salesperson, Property Management
(Simply Vegas Real Estate)
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Alert - Failing KitchenAid Refrigerator Control Boards, part numbers 2307028 and the replacement W10219463, are no longer available, and apparently have had a fairly high failure rate. For the good news, I may be able to provide you with a possible simple repair as you read on.  These refrigerato...
By N. Joel Walter, Cr (Certified Remodeler)
(N.J.W. Construction Inc)
Comments 1
Are you thinking about a doing a basement remodel, but aren’t quite sure where to start? Basements provide a bonus for homeowners looking to increase their space, so it is important that the proper planning go into the remodel. There are definitely benefits to considering a basement remodel:1. Un...
By John Meussner, Making Mortgages Easy Costa Mesa, CA 484-680-4852
(Total Mortgage Services, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,)
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Denise offers up some great advice - although winter is (hopefully) almost over, I know some places in the north and northeast are going to need these tips for at least a few more weeks. I've known some folks who have had DISASTERS with freezing pipes and flooding...better to be safe than sorry, ...
By Amy Mullen, Realtor, CPA, CDPE, MBA
(RE/MAX Professional Associates)
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Do you have a move in the near future? Or maybe you just need a fresh look in your existing space… Take a peek at The Make Room website to help draw up your room plans before you start lugging furniture around. http://urbanbarn.icovia.com/icovia.aspx
By Susan Jacobsen, WOW Service locating your lowcountry dream home
(Carolina Realty Group)
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Spring forward for Safety While you're turning your clocks forward this weekend it's also a great time to make sure that everything in your home is free of defects. A good place to start is with the fire extinguisher - you notice I'm making the assumption that you indeed already have one. I'm hon...
By Gay E. Rosen, Honest, Hardworking and always Professional!
(Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty)
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  Spa, Resistance Pool, all located at 61 Bayeau Road Chlorine, while widely used for swimming pool, does cause allergies to some people, and so some people use Bromine instead.   Bromine is as effective as Chlorine but is less irritating to the eyes, and if you have an indoor pool, you will not ...
By Denise Dimares, Realtor, Investor Serving DC and MD
(Exit Bennett Realty)
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Prince George’s County, Maryland and the surrounding communities are experiencing record low cold temperatures.  When temperatures drop significantly below normal, it’s hard to stay warm and safe even in your own home.  Taking preventive measures can be your best defense against extreme cold weat...
By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 707-812-7668
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
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 I had just arrived at a 203k project in San Juan Bautista, CA when I noticed these chickens walking down the sidewalk toward the intersection. Then the rooster stopped and the hens stopped behind him, he seemed to look both ways and turn to cross the street in the crosswalk.   Unbelievable.     ...
By Cutberto & Rhonda Salas, Salas Home Team
(Halo Group Realty LLC)
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        The National Association of Realtors recently interviewed experts in home design, architecture, technology and more to predict the top home trends that will characterize 2015. Based on the findings, it looks like 2015 is going to be an awesome year for home trends! Coral Hues: This bright...
By Michael Jacobs, PasadenaCA Real Estate Representation 818.516.4393
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
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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 Kelly & Ryan The Cummings Team, Your Real Estate Consultants For Life!!!
(The Cummings Company)
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Creative Design Ideas for Themed Childrens' Bedrooms There are many exciting ideas you can play around with when planning a themed design for your child's bedroom. When picking out décor and choosing a theme, be sure to have fun, be creative and, most importantly, let the child's individual pers...
By Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966, CDPE, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Linda
(Keller Williams Realty)
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During the Winter Months, Do Not Forget to Feed the Birds I live in Southern California but even here, the food for birds becomes scarce during the cold winter months. I try to feed the backyard birds and also the hummingbirds who stay for the winter. Last winter, 2013-2014, when there was only a...
By Maggie Dokic, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay |
(Special Miami Homes)
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Although most folks know green homes pack plenty of eco-friendly benefits, there are some pesky misconceptions that need correcting. Here are 9 myths busted. 1.  Myth: Green Homes are ExpensiveFact: Eco-friendly homes come in different types, sizes, and price tags, from a green-minded prefab that...
By Gene Wunderlich, Realtor & Legislative Liaison
(1st Action Real Estate)
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It's hard to open a newspaper or your mail these days without seeing some promotion of the HERO Program (Home Energy Renovation Opportunity). Launched in December of 2011, the HERO Program is offered by the Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG) and administered by RenovateAmerica. It b...