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 Jim Sinnott, Realtor, ABR, GRI Licensed in MA and RI
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 64
  Projects Not to D-I-Y       Television today is awash with many real estate based reality shows: shows on buying your first home, buying and flipping homes, buying vacation homes, buying homes all over the world. There are also the programs that focus on D-I-Y, or do-it-yourself projects. In th...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 20
    Yes,... I will do a video of our new kitchen and show you the features...I will.. I will..the reason I have not....we have one little adjustment...we have a double oven and a warming drawer on one wall. After installation...whoops...the only whoops....the top oven was just a little too high f...
By Paul Peck, Licensed Drywall and Painting Contractor
(Peck Drywall and Painting serving Brevard County, Florida)
Comments 1
Painter in Cocoa Beach  On this Cocoa Beach, Florida exterior repaint we repaired several staircase stucco cracks and a buckled stucco area.    Water had gotten behind the decorative stucco piece causing water damage and it also rusted out the wire lathe at the front entrance of this South facing...
By MC2 Home Inspections, Indianapolis Westfield Carmel Fishers Indiana
(MC2 Home Inspections LLC)
Comments 0
Here is how much you energy you can save in each room around your house with just one simple upgrade. When you save energy around the home, it saves money for the household, as well!
By Ken & Leslye Huebsch, Realtors - Harrisburg Homes for Sale 717.514.1793
(First-Time Buyers, Residential Resales, New Construction)
Comments 0
When To DIY, and When Not To... You know the saying about your eyes being bigger than your stomach when you order a giant meal at a restaurant and then only eat a fraction? When it comes to DIY, your eyes can be bigger than your skill. Or your balance. Or your finesse. Paint your room or pull up ...
By N. Joel Walter, Cr (Certified Remodeler)
(N.J.W. Construction Inc)
Comments 0
To Ensure You are Not Overspending on Your Cabinetry As your Columbus remodeling company, some of the biggest questions we receive surround the cabinetry, and the budget for that type of project. Whether you are planning new construction or a kitchen remodel, your cabinet budget will be structur...
By David Popoff, Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct
(DMK Real Estate )
Comments 12
Vinegar, Cleaning Wonder & More. Vinegar is made from over-fermenting alcohol. White vinegar is made out of corn alcohol, Apple cider vinegar is made from cider or the apple must and Balsamic vinegar is made from the concentrated juice or must of white grapes. As the sugar ferments it is converte...
By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 707-812-7668
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
Comments 2
203k loan limits don't go high enough for my neighborhood I'm afraid that is the harsh reality in many neighborhoods. What then, is the answer where the homes in my area are selling in the $1MM to $3MM or more. All is good with another renovation product that is available and our group consultant...
By Jayne Esposito
(Coldwell Banker-Los Gatos)
Comments 11
We are all aware that Los Gatos, as well as most of the San Francisco Bay Area and a large portion of California, is experiencing seriousdrought conditions.  Last week I was walking on the Los Gatos Creek Trail, and I couldn't resist the irony of the picture below. While we had substantial rain i...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 18
   The "facelift/remodeling" you choose to give your house can have simplistic starts...changing hardware, painting cabinetry, new flooring....removing wallpaper....and maybe the cosmetics are where it ends...you just need/want a "sprucing"....or are getting it ready to put up for sale.  Tuning ...
By Pamela Seley, REALTOR®, Seals the Deals in Temecula Valley California
(REALTY EXECUTIVES OTF)
Comments 10
Highlights of the EMWD Water Workshop for 2015 Today I attended the first of several in a series of Eastern Municipal Water District Workshops. Eastern Municipal, EMWD, is one of 26 member agencies of The Metropolitan Water District of California, MWD, and is located on Trumble Road in Perris Cal...
By Sharon Parisi, Dallas Homes
(Keller Williams Dallas Premier Realty)
Comments 14
I recall that my first visit to Uncommon Market was when the store and warehouse were located in a small house on Fairmount Street in Dallas. My mission was to locate specific antique hardware for a client. I remember searching through drawer after drawer, until I found the perfect pulls and hand...
By Nick Smith, Boise Idaho Real Estate, We Love Boise
(Silvercreek Realty Group)
Comments 0
Lower Energy Costs with 3 Boise Home Winterizing Tips Boise home owners don’t have to live in the kind of January landscape that features blizzards and snowdrifts to want to winterize their home before the onslaught of the chilliest temperatures. In even the mellowest of climates, winterization i...
By Gayle Barton, South Forsyth Real Estate - Cumming GA Homes
(BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY Georgia Properties)
Comments 3
Gayle Barton – South Forsyth Real Estate, Cumming GA - 706-455-0180   Real Estate Agent, Jim Sinnott, with Keller Wiliams Realty serving Massachusetts and Rhode Island provides excellent insight on which DIY projects you should not try on your own. Obviously, getting your home into tip top shape ...
By Pat Champion
(Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty)
Comments 13
Industrial Style for the Kitchen and Dining Room I love seeing something old being salvaged into something new and unique it adds character and beauty to these items. I guess that's why I love seeing television shows like refurbish and rehab addict. Like they say one person's junk can be someone ...
By Holli McCray, Keller Williams Realty - Knoxville West
(Keller Williams Realty/Knoxville Premier Properties, LLC)
Comments 2
The Holli McCray Group | Keller Williams Realty | (865) 291-0355 Why Add Hardwood Floors In Your Home Click here to get more information about this home   When most of us consider updating or adding hardwood floors, we tend to focus on the enhanced value and/or appeal they will bring to our homes...
By Nick and Cindy Davis, CRS,CIAS,ALHS,e-PRO,CDPE,SFR,Realtor(R)
(RE/MAX Premier Group)
Comments 1
Moving into your first home completely alters your relationship with the appliances and fixtures common in all houses. Instead of simply hoping they don’t break down during your tenure (however brief) in the rental, you become actively invested in their upkeep and functionality. The first step in...
By David Popoff, Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct
(DMK Real Estate )
Comments 4
Pay Back on Green Home Improvements. According to studies green homes will sell for more money and will sell up to 1/3 fewer days than standard homes.(1)  A new study involving large sample of homes sold in California between 2007 and early 2012 has documented that, holding all other variables co...
By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
(Chris Brown | Certified Mortgage Planners)
Comments 2
There are a number of ways that you can improve the look and style of a room without having to spend an arm and a leg. Of course, painting and stenciling are the most affordable ways to bring new life and unique detail to an old room. But if you’re intent on taking it to the next level, look no f...
By Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale
(in Vaughan and Toronto GTA)
Comments 8
Staging in Toronto and Vaughan we are often involved in the redesign of the next property that the sellers buy. In this property we took a dated oak kitchen, revamped the layout and turned it into a dream kitchen for the new owner who loves to entertain family and guests. This home sat on the mar...