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 John Handschuh, Realtor ABR SRES, Horsham Real Estate
(RE/MAX Action Realty)
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Careful With That Power Washer!   A power washer, also called a pressure washer, is a powerful tool. So powerful, in fact, that it can cause damage quickly before you even realize what you’re doing isn't washing at all. How can you make sure that you’re not causing unnecessary damage to your home...
By Sharon Parisi, Dallas Homes
(Keller Williams Dallas Premier Realty)
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Stop by North Haven Gardens Sunday afternoon and pick up some tips on how to improve your lawn. The extreme dry summer heat and recent  record setting cold winter, have impacted many Dallas lawns.  The staff at North Haven Gardens will share information on fertilizers and other types of soil tre...
By Inna Ivchenko, Los Angeles / Valley Homes
(Mannis Real Estate Group)
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If you still didn't know that, I love crafts, arts and yummy home made food. Today we are going to make Cake Pops! They are fun/easy/cheap to do and taste delicious! I promise, you and yours will love them:) Are you ready for these most cakes covered in yummy chocolate and sprinkles?   Here is wh...
By Cook Real Estate Services
(Cook Real Estate Services)
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In today's competitive market, you need all the edge you can find to sell your home for the most money in the shortest period of time. Staging is very important and part of the home selling process. When you display the best features of your home, staging it effectively, you help increase your fi...
By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
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I like To-Do Lists. I especially like a To-Do list with lots of things crossed off. Here's a quick and easy Spring cleaning To-Do list with items that can be done in 1 minute, 5 minute, or 10 minute sprints. Accomplish one item every time you're on hold or when you're waiting for your coffee to b...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Lower Fairfield CT)
Comments 64
Over the last year and a half, my blog posting strategy has shifted a bit.  My goal is simple:  Write 1 powerhouse epic post per month.  (During the winter months when I'm a bit slower, I sometimes write an extra 1 or 2 posts...but only as time allows).   This is the concept of "less is more."  P...
By Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation
(Green Home Realty, 210-789-4216,www.Selling-SanAntonioHomes.com)
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Home renovations can be tricky. You want to improve your space (and the way you live in it). But you don't want to end up in the red when it comes time to sell. Before you splurge on that chef's kitchen or a steam shower in your bath, make sure your projects enhance your home in the eyes of futur...
By Maggie Dokic, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay |
(Special Miami Homes)
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Clumsy, neglected, and hodgepodge landscaping not only hurts your home’s curb appeal, it can cut the value of your property and make it harder to sell. Real estate appraisers say bad landscaping is a buyer turnoff that can increase the number of days a property languishes on the market, which als...
By Roberta LaRocca, REALTOR®, Broker, Salesperson, Property Management
(Simply Vegas Real Estate)
Comments 73
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 Jeffrey Masich, Arizona Homes and Land to Sell or Purchase
(HomeSmart )
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Just moved in? The landscaping needs something. But what? Shall I head to Home Depot and start buying shrubs and drip irrigation? Maybe I should map out a new retaining wall or put in a pond or af fountain?What is the very first thing that I should do?House Logic says, Do Nothing! You can learn a...
By Sharon Sigman, Sharon Sigman
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When spring arrives, we all get a little itchy to get outside and enjoy our surroundings. For many of us, that means hitting the local nursery or Home Depot and hauling home a car full of flowers and plants for the yard. But for those of us who lack a green thumb, spring may be a bit bittersweet....
By Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker
(RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto))
Comments 0
Terms Posted Rates Preferred Rates 6 MONTHS 3.14% 3.10% 1 YEAR 2.99% 2.69% 2 YEARS 2.94% 2.24% 3 YEARS 3.44% 2.44% 4 YEARS 3.94% 2.54% 5 YEARS 4.79% 2.73% 7 YEARS 6.04% 3.39% 10 YEARS 6.50% 3.84% Rates are subject to change without notice. OAC E&OE   Prime Rate 2.85% 5 yr variable 2.20%  
By Deborah Beran, Your Smith Mountain Lake Specialist
(RE/MAX Lakefront Realty Inc)
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Up the ante on your annual spring cleaning by tackling that list of home improvements you’ve dreamed of making to enhance your Smith Mountain Lake property. With an improved economy, builders ready for work and better weather for large-scale projects, there’s no time like the present to check off...
By Sharon Sigman, Sharon Sigman
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Curb appeal is one of the most important factors in selling a home, and one of the most difficult to quantify, but one thing is certain -- homes sell for more money when they have it.   It's common knowledge that drive-up first impressions count. Buyers want to be charmed and excited about a prop...
By Marco Cardanini
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Spring is here. Temperatures are warming up as we are having glorious weather in Northern California. Now is the time for outdoor activities. One of those activities can be sprucing up your yard. In  my previous article (http://actvra.in/4pwY), I mentioned landscaping projects which add privacy ...
By Lynn Donn, Homes for Sale in Nanaimo BC
(Royal Lepage Nanaimo Realty)
Comments 5
 Just as with home staging, updating your room is something that you can do yourself . . . quickly, easily and inexpensively. Here are three time-tested ways to make that old room look brand new. First, a fresh coat of paint in today's trendiest colours will make a world of difference.  Consider ...
By Cathy Perry
(Keller Williams Realty)
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As I was reading about the "Best in Design" winners in the St. Louis At Home Magazine last week, I noticed that a number of the winning rooms featured lacquered walls, like the scrumptious royal blue (my favorite color) walls in the room above.  Lacquered walls add a high-gloss sheen and a touch ...
By Bobi Bigelow, Advertising / Marketing Administrator
(Alpine Lakes Real Estate)
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Thank you Chris Benson, for sharing these tips. I want to insall Smart Thermostats in my New Hampshire house so I can keep my programmable thermostats down low while I am out and turn it up to 70° prior to arriving home to save on fuel.   The green revolution is in full swing, and as it becomes m...
By David Popoff, Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct
(DMK Real Estate )
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Plant Smart with Connecticut Native Plants. Planting native plants in Connecticut or your specific state is a smart move because these plants need less watering, fertilizer and pesticides to flourish. The second huge benefit is that they support the local wildlife providing food and shelter to no...
By John Handschuh, Realtor ABR SRES, Horsham Real Estate
(RE/MAX Action Realty)
Comments 0
Window Replacement Firms Mislead On Energy Savings   If you’re in the market to buy new windows, you’ll hear a lot of claims about how much energy you could save. How much will you really save. The average heating season is four or five months long. If the windows will save you 15% on your heatin...