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 & Stamford CT)
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Yes, today is National Dog Day (August 26th).  I love dogs (as well as cats) and many of my customers have the most wonderful dogs.  One of the most frequently asked questions I get is "What types of hardwood flooring are best for dogs?"   Of course, this is a loaded question, and it's challengin...
By Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent
(GreatWest Realty)
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As we enter the last few weeks of summer, on our way to autumn, it continues to be a great time to spruce up our homes. Perhaps you have maintenance tasks to perform before winter.  I notice folks in my neighborhood haven’t entirely bought into the idea that brown grass ought to be the new Califo...
By David Popoff, Realtor & Property Manager, Fairfield County, Ct.
(DMK Real Estate & Property Mgmt)
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Sites for FREE LEED CE Credits.   If you are a LEED AP it is required that you maintain your credential by through Continuing Education Credits.  Every two years LEED Professionals must earn 30 hours of which 6 hours must be LEED-specific (LEED Green Associates must earn 15 hours/3 hrs LEED-Speci...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Retired Real Estate Broker, Maryland Blogger)
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Installing a Television Over a Fireplace   The area over the fireplace has become a very popular place for installing a television. Some installers, however, may not fully consider some of the issues that may result from the installation. Heat may be a major factor because heat may very well dama...
By Jill Sackler, Long Island's South Shore Real Estate Agent
(Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. "Said and Done!")
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Can I Use Hardwood for my Kitchen Floor?   I'm no flooring expert. So, if you're looking for expertise, please feel free to move on. However, if you're thinking of putting down a hardwood floor in your kitchen, and you're open to anecdotal advice, from one who's currently there, I'm your gal.  Th...
By Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little REALTOR® That Could
(Keller Williams Realty)
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  Reading and preparing contracts is something Realtors® do all the time. Whenever a client is presented with a contract, they need to read it and know what they are signing.   While getting bids on home repairs for my property, I was given a bid for work I agreed to have done but when I received...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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Re-think Pulling Those Weeds In Your Yard To another person they may look at this photo and think, look at all those weeds...yuk. I have to admit I used to be like that until I became more aware of how important each and every plant-weed-and flower is to our local Eco system. Taking a closer look...
By Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little REALTOR® That Could
(Keller Williams Realty)
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    When Life Gives You Lemons Have Lemonade   Look to the Positive!
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Retired Real Estate Broker, Maryland Blogger)
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Dragon Fruit Venice, Florida real estate professional Kwee Huset provides a lesson on Dragon Fruit.   Please visit the original blog if you wish to leave comments.   Dragon Fruit (Pitaya) Progression – Edible Garden in Florida     Dragon Fruit (Pitaya)    Dragon fruit is in the family of cactus. ...
By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek & Associates LLC, Real Estate Broker/Associate with Real Living Real Estate Group www.LisaVon.com)
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Low Maintenance Landscaping If you are like me, you need all of the time you can get to manage everything that you do. If you want to spend more time enjoying your garden then you need a low maintenance garden. Make your garden easier to care for with these low maintenance lawn tips.  
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Prudential PenFed Realty, "The Real Debbie Reynolds" Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
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Debbie's Quick Fixes How to Fix a Nail Pop Refresher My quick fixes will help you correct those sheetrock screws that work their way back out of the wall and make unsightly bulges. I wrote a previous post Debbie's Quick Fixes How to Fix Dents in Your Front Door that helped provide information on ...
By Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services
(BHG The Masiello Group)
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Clients often ask what flooring is best if they have dogs.  The Flooring Lady has the Answers.  I know you will enjoy this recent post. Yes, today is National Dog Day (August 26th).  I love dogs (as well as cats) and many of my customers have the most wonderful dogs.  One of the most frequently a...
By Joanna Cohlan, Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes
(Fresh Eyes For Your Home)
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My New Rochelle client was definitely a challenge.  Having recently remodeled her kitchen in white, white and more white, I knew that a pop of color was definitely in order.  And, the narrow space between the built in banquette and her oversized island, required that I design a custom table. I wo...
By Josh Gidcumb, Real Estate - 217-202-0571, Champaign, IL
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Has the idea or thought about adding a dark piece of furniture been on your mind and you are unsure whether or not it would be a good idea? Changing up furniture or adding a new piece that is a different color can be stressful change for anyone. But using good lightening or even keeping it simpl...
By Jim Sinnott, Realtor, ABR, GRI MA and RI
(Keller Williams Realty)
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  Painting Your Home   For the past few years, when the Real Estate market was down, I helped a buddy of mine paint and renovate houses. Based upon that experience painting a home can transform the dullest and mundane home into an inspiring haven where you’ll always love to be.   A new coat of pa...
By Patty Mortara REALTOR, ABR, CRS | Hunterdon County (NJ)
(Hunterdon Realty Group)
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Time and time again clients ask about their dogs and their hardwood floors. With hardwood floors that run almost the full length of my 1st floor and 2 Springer Spaniels that fly down the hallways I have to admit that I am now the "throw rug" queen... its about the only way that I keep them from s...
By Brian Heckman, Brian Heckman- Florida Mortgage Lender
(The Heckman Group)
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        People are constantly disappointed once they have invest in a piece of furniture for their home, only to find out that it doesn’t fit. People may have decided to go with wallpaper or paint and may have wasted money because it doesn’t properly match the furniture well. Here is how people a...
By Tom Braatz, Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent,Waukesha
(Re/Max Realty Center 262-377-1459)
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 In all my years of Waukesha County Real Estate I have seen people give me their word and break it. I have had people say they were going to do something and they don't, and I have had people that said I could count on them and in the end I could not. Isn't that frustrating? The same applies to h...
By Stephanie Arnett, SRS, IMSD, Broker Associate, REALTOR
(Coldwell Banker SRE ~ Starkville, MS)
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Energy Tip: 5 Easy Ways to Reduce Your Water Bill Summer’s heat means you’re bathing more, watering plants, filling swimming pools and making gallons of iced beverages. Despite all that extra water usage, you can help reduce your water bill by following these simple tips. Photo by: iStock 1. Stop...
By Andrew Sherant, Realtor of the Google age, like an app but better!
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You’ve got house insurance, and assume your property is covered for any type of detrimental occurrence that can possibly take place. However, not all homeowners are aware that home insurance policies don’t necessarily cover damage related to a flood, as the risks are too great. As a result, homeo...