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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Put the hammer down and the glasses on and read on.

Trending blogs on Home Improvement

By Jayne Esposito
(Coldwell Banker-Los Gatos)
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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 MC2 Home Inspections, Indianapolis Westfield Carmel Fishers Indiana
(MC2 Home Inspections LLC)
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If you just can’t seem to get warm in your home in the winter, it might be time to winterize.  Learn tips and tricks for winterizing your home from this infographic, created by Living Direct.
By Amanda S. Davidson, Your Northern Virginia Realtor
(Living A Dream Real Estate)
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Home and Remodeling Show at the Dulles Expo Center 2015 If you’re considering remodeling your home or even putting an addition on, The Home and Remodeling Show at the Dulles Expo Center is where you want to be this weekend. There will be over 100 exhibitor’s onsite, you can meet with contractors ...
By Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond
(Phillips Post Road Realty ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate)
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Tree Services in South Kingstown RI | Silver Leaf Forestry   It may be too late for the blizzard and intense winds about to descend upon Rhode Island this week but Silver Leaf Forestry is the South Kingstown RI tree company to call.  Have those trees and tree limbs near the house or power lines t...
By Bob Ratliff, Broker Associate - REALTOR® 512-587-5689, Your Cedar Park & Leander, REALTOR® CRS GRI
(RE/MAX Capital City ~ Call Bob ~512-587-5689 Austin TX - REALTOR® CRS GRI)
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Least Expensive Way To Freshen Up Your Home When Selling   Homeowner looking for the least expensive way to freshen up their home when selling and giving it a makeover is to give their home interior and exterior a new coat of paint.   Keeping in mind Color Psychology, which is the study of color ...
By Pamela Seley, REALTOR®, Seals the Deals in Temecula Valley California
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Bullies are Narcissistic, Bored, Jealous People True words written by Søren Kierkegaard, Danish writer and philosopher: “Showing that they don’t care about me, or caring that I should know they don’t care about me, still denotes dependence. … They show me respect precisely by showing me that they...
By Pamela Seley, REALTOR®, Seals the Deals in Temecula Valley California
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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 Kerry Lucasse, Your Nest Atlanta Real Estate Consultant
(eXp Realty - Nest Atlanta Team)
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Just Listed at 2630 Talley Street #303 in Decatur, GA 30030 2 bedrooms :: 2 bathrooms :: 1,050 SF :: Talley Street Lofts   Just a short stroll away from the Downtown Decatur Square, 2630 Talley Street #303 is simply stunning. Not only is it located in a fantastic area and school district, the lof...
By Elite Home Sales Team, A Tenacious and Skilled Real Estate Team
(Keller Williams Realty)
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    The Home Is Open Now Tell 4 At 8 Galora Ln, Ladera Ranch Beautiful flooring and a wonderful dining room. If you are looking for a great home this 3710 sf beauty is available.  It has a view 4 bedrooms 3.5 baths and a great yard. What are you waiting for come on by and say Hi.  This home is w...
By Pat Champion
(Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty)
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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 David Popoff, Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct
(DMK Real Estate )
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FREE LEED BD & C STUDY CHART.   If you are going to take the LEED AP exam for Building Design & Construction (LEED BD & C) here is a one page excel spreadsheet cheat sheet chart that is FREE. It will help you remember all the prerequisites and credit for LEED Green Building Design and Constructio...
By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
(Chris Brown | Certified Mortgage Planners)
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When people purchase their home, one of their common requests is “plenty of light.” And for good reason! This is a critical factor for enjoying your home, and when designing your interior, you should pay special attention to just that: your sources of light. See them not only as a way to brighten...
By Inna Ivchenko, Los Angeles / Valley Homes
(Mannis Real Estate Group)
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Want To Try Something New? Try Homemade Soap Party Favors! My daughter's birthday party is coming! Time to prepare our party favors. What 12 y.o. girls would love? I was searching Pinterest for DIY ideas and Bingo! Today, for the very first time, I made a homemade soap! It was much easier than I ...
By Andy Lee
(Andy Lee Finish Carpentry)
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Wainscot & Crown Molding. Stockton and Tracy  A licensed finish carpenter is classified as a specialty (C6) contractor. They are not supposed to change the supporting structure of the building, at least not without a permit. Sometimes a window or door opening may need to be re-framed to accommoda...
By Andy Lee
(Andy Lee Finish Carpentry)
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Crown Molding Sacramento    Installing crown molding is an art. At least it can be, depending on a few things. The type of crown you're installing can be plain or it can be extravagant in detail, such as 2-step crown molding. The rule of thumb for a good installation (at least as far as I'm conce...
By David Popoff, Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct
(DMK Real Estate )
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2015 Cost vs. Value Report by Remodeling Magazine. The 2015 edition of Cost vs. Value Report by Remodeling Magazine is out and it compares the changes in job costs against Realtors’ perceptions of what those improvements will bring to a home’s resale price. The report compares the average cost of...
By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 707-812-7668
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
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This is always interesting stuff for me. The windows surprised me a bit but most of this is basic stuff just good to see it on paper and it can help you make decisions on what you should upgrade as you get your new home. - 2015 Cost Versus Value Report for Home Remodeling Projects in Phoenix - Ea...
By Nick and Cindy Davis, CRS,CIAS,ALHS,e-PRO,CDPE,SFR,Realtor(R), Team Davi
(RE/MAX Premier Group)
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The Hardworking Home: Get rid of those toppling piles with these ideas for organizing bedding, towels and more. http://bit.ly/Clever-Ways-to-Rethink-the-Linen-Closet
By Rhonda Hollifield, REALTOR®, Broker REALTOR CRS, GRI, ABR
(Keller Williams Realty Mountain Partners)
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A Magic Number for Flipping? ABC’s Nightline recently aired an interesting segment about house flipping, which included a magic number that’s probably never been seen before. Hendersonville house flippers would have been glued to their TVs if they’d stayed up late enough to catch Nightline, becau...
By Heather Tawes Nelson, Associate Broker, ABR, CLHMS, CRS - Scottsdale, AZ
(Realty ONE Group)
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- 2015 Cost Versus Value Report for Home Remodeling Projects in Phoenix - Each year the folks at Remodeling (Hanley Wood) put together a comprehensive Cost vs. Value report. They compile data on midrange and upscale home improvement projects and then compare the cost of the project, the value you...