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.

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By Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.928.8000
(Keller Williams Realty)
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This month has been busy for everyone across the board.  I have a client whose property developed leaks in the roof.  I began reaching out, trying to get someone out to look at the roof to get an estimate.  Apparently this time of year is one of the busiest for people who do roofing. I was not ha...
By Ryan Cummings, Your Real Estate Consultant For Life!!!
(The Cummings Company)
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Five Quick And Easy Home Improvement Projects Go Green: A few changes to the landscaping of your home can make a world of difference! You might want to consider plating some fruit trees in the backyard, adding a touch of color with some bright and unusual flowers, or perhaps finally starting the ...
By Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo
(Dagny's Real Estate)
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My husband always likes to know when someone is driving in our driveway.    So, he has purchased this little electric eye that announces cars or people or deer when they pass by.   I am sure that this can also be used for other purposes, but this has been what we have used it for.  It definitely ...
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 Can Replace That Rotted Siding, But I Need To See What Is Behind It   When handling water damage found in the exterior siding on a home, the problem can extend beyond what can be seen during the time of inspection. So the siding replacement, may be a simple task, but the damages that are ...
By Debb Janes, REALTOR®, EcoBroker Camas, Washington
(The Carl Group, LLC)
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Have Fun at Home - Make it Safe and Warm     My husband and I enjoy watching the National Lampoon movie "Christmas Vacation" as a silly break from the holiday craziness. Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase), the well-intentioned but hapless homeowner, is determined to stage the best Christmas ever for hi...
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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  Glad To Get That Water Damaged Wall Fixed Before Christmas   Working around the holidays can be tough for a number of reasons. When working inside a home we have to be concerned about the homeowners schedule. It's the holidays, they may be expecting guests or hosting a party. The last thing tha...
By Pamela Seley, REALTOR®, Seals the Deals in Temecula Valley California
(REALTY EXECUTIVES OTF)
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Make Your Glassware Sparkle for the Holidays! How to make your glassware sparkle is to soak them in warm-hot water with vinegar. I have a favorite brand of dishwashing detergent I use in my dishwasher. Because the store was out, I bought another brand. After a couple of weeks I noticed a film on ...
By Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI,ABR,SRES, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Keller Williams Realty Partners)
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The end of week 11 of the home improvement saga brought more  workers and the near completion of this huge project. As you can see to the right, the staircase guys came in and worked all day putting the finishing touches on the staircase. All it needs now is some touch up paint that will be done ...
By Ryan Cummings, Your Real Estate Consultant For Life!!!
(The Cummings Company)
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This is a great time of the year to get your Garage Organized. Hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 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. Th...
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 MC2 Home Inspections, Indianapolis Westfield Carmel Fishers Indiana
(MC2 Home Inspections LLC)
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Homeowners in cold climates beware – winter brings the danger of frozen and burst plumbing. Not many people realize how much expensive damage is caused to homes every year. The good news is that by following the tips in this infographic by DS Plumbing,  you’ll be able to prevent frozen pipes in y...
By Gloria Valvasori, MASTER-ASA, Your Streetsville Village Connection
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Signature Service)
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THE PITFALLS WHEN HIRING A CONTRACTOR.. If you have a renovation in your future, one of the first and most important thing to do is hire a great contractor. Here are some suggestions on how to hire a good one and some suggestions as to what details should be in writing in the contract. How to Hi...
By Nick and Cindy Davis, CRS,CIAS,ALHS,e-PRO,CDPE,SFR,Realtor(R), Team Davi
(RE/MAX Premier Group)
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  Do you have a clever and convenient kitchen storage setup? Throw some light on the larder and share your pictures and strategies. A pantry is one of those home features that you could technically do without — or could you? Today we’re asking you to make the case for a well-designed pantry. We w...
By Suzanne De Vita, Online Associate Editor
(RISMedia)
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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 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 Erika Rogers, St George Utah Real Estate & local info.
(Re/Max First Realty)
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Easy Ways to Make Your Home Energy Efficient Making your home energy efficient is now the big thing to do for homeowners across the country as utility rates rise. And now, it is easier than ever to make your home energy efficient. Therefore, I have found some really easy ways to make your home u...
By Ryan Cummings, Your Real Estate Consultant For Life!!!
(The Cummings Company)
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Five Tips For DIY Work Around the Home   Make a List: Spend some time taking stock of the kinds of maintenance and improvement projects you would like to begin. A well-considered list will help you to set reachable goals. Assess your Skills: Make sure that you carefully consider which projects yo...
By Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor
(Charles Rutenberg Realty)
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Whoever heard of paying extra for the dryer's electric cord when you purchase a new dryer? A client of mine purchased a new dryer and had it delivered, together with the new washer - both purchased at Lowe's. Normally I love Lowe's but when the washer and dryer were delivered without the hoses an...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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Feng Shui Gift Certificates for Home Consultations with Laura Cerrano     Looking for a unique gift to give your family member, friend or even co-worker?  A Full Feng Shui Consultation or Assessment is a great option! Giving someone the opportunity to re-focus their energy and create a deep and p...
By Will Nesbitt, Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage.
(Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria)
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Anita Clark's ten tips to get your garage organized is a pertinent Active Rain original blog content relevant to Real Estate. Scroll down for the reblog. 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 g...