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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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 John DL Arendsen, Contractor, RE Brk, Factory Built Home Dealer/Devl
(ON THE LEVEL General Contractor, Crest Homes Factory Built Housing Dealer & Developer & TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments)
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French Drains Can Save A Homeowner Thousands of Dollars and Headaches Part 2   In Part 1 Rain Gutters & Drainage & What You Need To Know About It we discussed the importance of rain gutters and surface drainage. In Part 2 we will discuss the importance of a functioning FRENCH DRAIN and how it sho...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
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Looking At Rehabs?  PERMITS?  Just ask.  I have a deep respect for investor buyers who buy homes in horrific condition, rehab and resell them.  The home provide good housing for families in certain price ranges. That said, I have more respect for consumers who take the plunge and buy homes to reh...
By Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo
(Dagny's Real Estate)
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I wanted to share these pictures.  These are from the kitchen of a friend/ client who has been doing a lot of work in his home since his purchase.     I dropped by his house earlier this week to drop off some banana bread and a card.  I was amazed at the progress!   Did you enjoy the look of the ...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Stamford CT)
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The best of 2014 - My Top 10 Hardwood flooring articles As the year is coming to a close, I thought it would be helpful to reflect on my top flooring articles for the year. These are sorted by number of clicks and generally represent the most frequently asked hardwood flooring questions we get.  ...
By Joanna Cohlan, Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes
(Fresh Eyes For Your Home)
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Bringing warmth and life into our homes, creating atmosphere as well as comfort - color and texture are two critical elements of interior design.   Color is a versatile design tool which can be used to enhance and to alter the quality of natural light, make a room seem more spacious or intimate a...
By Amber Gunn Crosbie, Broker, 512.922.GUNN (4866), Austin Short Sales
(Austin Domain Properties )
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“The best real estate value in Austin!” is certainly a little bit over-the-top when it’s used in a listing, but in truth, that’s pretty much what most prospective homebuyers in every price range actually hope to find. For homeowners planning to list their own Austin homes, it’s good to keep in mi...
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 sometimes meet with  new clients, looking to remodel either parts of, or an entire home, who ask me "I already have a contractor, so why should I hire a designer or an architect? When I ask them directly "why did you call me" the discussi...
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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  Yes, I See Where The Problem Is       I got a call from an apartment manager this morning, a resident had called to say that they had a leak in their unit. The leak was in the master bedroom on the back wall up near the ceiling. All of this information was passed on to me, and it seemed pretty ...
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)
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Energy Saving Tips - Air Flows & Leaks One of the quickest and easiest steps to save money on your utility bill is to make sure that all air leaks are sealed up. Your HVAC system could be costing you money - here are some tips to help you keep your system running efficiently. This video from Keys...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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         More often than not, the permits required for updates, remodeling, additions, finishing lower levels, converting the breezeway, etc. are pulled by the contractor(s)...not the homeowner.  The bathroom that was added...the wet bar in the rec room...the ceiling dropped and lights added...a...
By Kevin Mackessy, Dedicated. Qualified. Local.
(Blue Olive Properties, LLC)
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                Here at Blue Olive Properties we are involved with two BNI groups that meet in Denver each week.  If you haven’t heard of BNI they are a business networking platform that encourages referrals between members and accounts for a good portion of the business members do each year.  W...
By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
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10 Tips to get your Garage Organized Let's face it, with the holidays quickly approaching, one of the last things on many homeowners minds is getting their garage organized. That could be a mistake because new gifts this time of year often mean that existing "things" fall out of favor and get add...
By Giselle Lampe, Giselle Lampe Napa Valley Realtor
(Coldwell Banker Brokers of the Valley)
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  If you ask a person what there favorite color is, would it surprise you if they said blue? Well may be not considering that 53% of the population will choose Blue or a shade of it.  According to: http://webcenters.netscape.compuserve.com/homerealestate/package.jsp?name=fte/popularcolor/popularc...
By Donald Horne, Associate Broker, Oxford / Lapeer Homes
(Coldwell Banker-Shooltz Realty)
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Metamora Michigan home values, how to increase yours! ... These tips are to help increase your homes value and get your home sold in the fastest time possible based on our experience working with home owners who have sold their homes and feedback from home buyers that buy homes. This weeks tip: E...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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Debbie Gartner, "The Flooring Girl" is always a reliable source for home flooring advice. Please visit the original blog if you wish to leave comment. The best of 2014 - My Top 10 Hardwood flooring articles As the year is coming to a close, I thought it would be helpful to reflect on my top floor...
By Jim Sinnott, Realtor, ABR, GRI MA and RI
(Keller Williams Realty)
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        Upgrading Your Home  When spending big money on remodeling and upgrading your home, getting the most return for your investment is important. However, not all upgrades will add value to your home when you are trying to sell it. There are areas that are worth the investment and some that a...
By Suzanne De Vita, Online Associate Editor
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  Disclaimer: I have no idea if these really are Santa's secrets.Real tree folks, these tips are for you!Even though you may not know how fresh a tree is before you buy it, there are ways to ensure a fresh tree lasts through the holidays. Firstly, choose a tree with good needle retention, such as...
By Jim Paulson, Owner,Broker
(Progressive Realty (Boise Idaho) www.Progressive-Realty.info)
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i just had another great experience with Easy's Repair Service in Boise, Idaho. A home inspector called out an item on a an applicance so I called them to see what they thought.  Instead of sending out a service person to essess the situation, they listened to the issue and trouble shot it on the...
By Denise Dimares, Realtor, Investor Serving DC and MD
(Exit Bennett Realty)
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“The best real estate value” is certainly a little bit over-the-top when it’s used in a listing, but in truth, that’s pretty much what most prospective home buyers in every price range actually hope to find.  For homeowners planning to list their own homes, it’s good to keep in mind.  When home i...
By Kris Asquith, Realtor - SW Florida 239-300-1427
(Keller Williams Elite Realty)
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  Going Green with Golf Course Homes for Sale in Bonita Springs Going green with your home is an easy task. Follow these few tips from Kris Asquith and The Kris Asquith Paradise Realty Team to save money on your home.   Double Pane Windows: Double pane windows thаt hаvе good insulating values wi...