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 Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI,ABR,SRES, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Keller Williams Realty Partners)
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Its the little light that can. The picture to the right is a close up of the LED can lights we installed into the kitchen ceiling. There are about 8 or 10 of these things and they are pretty neat. They put out tons of light, virtually no heat, and should last for 40 years, all is a 2 inch diamete...
Did you know if your home’s plumbing system is old and inefficient you are literally pouring your money down the drain every month? A call to your plumber might really save you money in the end if you upgrade the plumbing in your home. Old toilets use up a lot of water with each flush, which is b...
By Erika Rogers, St George Utah Real Estate & local info.
(Re/Max First Realty)
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Affordable Kitchen Upgrades For A Small Budget When you are remodeling on a budget there are still plenty of affordable upgrade options that can have your kitchen looking luxurious without the fancy price. Whether you are upgrading your kitchen, bathroom or any other room in your home, you can u...
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 Chrissy Doremus ~ US Inspect ~, Residential & Commercial Property Inspections
(US Inspect)
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They're cooooming! The Thanksgiving Holiday is upon us! Fear not. It is possible to get your house comfortable and set to impress in less than 24 hours, and here's how:   1. Put out the welcome mat. ​Literally! Be sure your entry to your home is uncluttered, welcoming, and that there is an easy a...
By Steve Stinnett, The Steve Stinnett Team
(NoCo Home Store @ Resident Realty)
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We love to host Thanksgiving at our house. It is the one holiday that we enjoy a traditional meal with our family. When we purchased our house earlier this year the living room was awkward for furniture placement. I wasn't sure how we were going to place the furniture so that the room didn't feel...
By Cheryl! Tisland, BSCS, Real Estate Agent
(Realty Executives Phoenix)
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Last week, our long-awaited permits were approved and construction resumed on the building that is going to hold two retail locations.  This poor building in Historic Downtown Chandler had been vacant and neglected for years.  Since June, we have been working on bring it back to life.  With the f...
By Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi & Corinna Birgit Cromartie, Palm Harbor & Dunedin FL Residential Real Estate
(Charles Rutenberg Realty)
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SOLD and now the repair work begins. My client lives out of the country and he purchased a 3 bedroom 2 bath home from photos I sent him and comps I ran. This happens often, that I have clients come into town, we meet but they don't find the right home while they are here. Once they leave, I send ...
By Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little REALTOR® That Could
(Keller Williams Realty)
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    Carbon monoxide (CO) is one of the leading causes of accidental poisoning in the United States. Smoke Detectors and CO detectors should be functioning in every home, apartment, lease home, vacation home, office building, condo, townhouse, and business.   WHAT ARE THE DANGERS   Invisible - Ca...
By Kristin Hamilton, (909) 557-6966, CDPE, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Linda
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Ideas to Decorate Your House on a Dime for Thanksgiving Suggestions: Craft stores and dollar stores have a great selection of decorations. Specialty stores have ideas and table decorations for a beautiful table. Add a few decorations to your current dishes, placements, tablecloths to make it fest...
By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
(Chris Brown | Certified Mortgage Planners)
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Wrought iron is a classic accent that has been used to beautify homes for centuries. Its strong and simple elegance is a wonderful addition to any modern home and can be incorporated into home design in many different ways. Read full post here: Wrought Iron, A Simple, Strong, And Beautiful Additi...
By Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi & Corinna Birgit Cromartie, Palm Harbor & Dunedin FL Residential Real Estate
(Charles Rutenberg Realty)
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I am finding that it is easier to get hit by lightening than to get new windows installed!  We have called over a dozen window companies and constantly hear the same thing: first they have to come out and measure the size of the windows as well as measuring what percentage of the homes windows ar...
By Donald Horne, Associate Broker, Oxford / Lapeer Homes
(Coldwell Banker-Shooltz Realty)
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This article in Realtor.com dated 10/12/2014, When Hiring a Contractor, Look Out For These Red Flags, discusses hard to see red flags from contractors on large projects ... Great read. He bristles at your questions about his work history. He says there’s no reason to solicit other contractor bids...
By Kevin Mackessy, Dedicated. Qualified. Local.
(Blue Olive Properties, LLC)
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                As part of our Denver property management FAQ series this week we will touch on the last bit of the Winterizing checklist for your home.  We covered this topic in length in the last few blog posts but this post will be a little more varied.  This entry will cover a few things we h...
By Suzanne De Vita, Online Associate Editor
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If you've ever sold an older home, you know there can be many structural repairs in store for the buyer or seller. For owners of older homes, winter weather poses a significant risk, especially if household features are left unrepaired. Here are three fixes homeowners should consider making befor...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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Every family should be aware of the dangers described in this blog by Patricia Feager. Please visit the original blog if you wish to leave comments.     Carbon monoxide (CO) is one of the leading causes of accidental poisoning in the United States. Smoke Detectors and CO detectors should be funct...
By Colleen Towle, St George Real Estate
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Small Home Makeover Tips and Advice When it comes to selling your home, you have to stand out from the rest of the crowd. It’s important to do a little extra to your home; however, you don’t have to go overboard either. These home features will have buyers biting at your home sale in no time. Go...
By Terez B. Harris, Your Real Estate Advocate
(Keller Williams Realty New Orleans)
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  First of all, a Spoiler Alert: It’s not fair to peek down where the answers are! Now that we’re clear on that, this is a quiz that will tell you how “Decade Sensitive” you are when it comes to Metairie and New Orleans home décor. It took a little browsing around to put this together, but it su...
By MC2 Home Inspections, Indianapolis Westfield Carmel Fishers Indiana
(MC2 Home Inspections LLC)
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While it may be tempting to use a do it yourself (DIY) mold test kit that utilizes settling plates to diagnose mold in a home or other type of building, this over-the-counter method often has many shortcomings.
By Susan Murphy
(The Hoffman-Murphy Team - Keller Williams)
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  Everyone is starting to spruce up their homes for holiday entertaining. If you haven’t started yet, many of us are at least thinking about it. It makes your home so magical – and in many cases neighbors try to out-do each other to make their home the best light show on the block.   When decora...