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 Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Sacramento, CA - 916-765-5366
(Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366)
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Your Water Heater Is About To Cause Serious Damage       So you have a home in Sacramento and are wondering how long your water heater will last, the answer is not always easy but the warning signs may help. Indoor water heaters in Sacramento can last 10, 15 or 20 years or more, but when they do ...
By Kristin Hamilton, (909) 557-6966, CDPE, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Linda
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Make Our World a Better Place on Earth Day 2014 Today is Earth Day 2014 so make sure you are recycling, planting, donating to an environmental cause, picking up trash in the community or thinking of ways to go “Green”. Just do something to help make our world a better place.  Green Suggestions: T...
By Jon Kolsky, REALTOR® Long Beach, CA
(Kolsky Group/Spellens Realty)
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  Your Home Needs Attention in April…   Spring is officially here, and nothing rekindles pride of ownership more than doing some maintenance chores around your home. So go ahead, poke around and look at the condition of your home- everything from your foundation, roof, gutters, shrubs, and garden...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International Westchester NY & Stamford CT)
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I'm reblogging this post that I put on Women of Westchester blog.  I thought it might come in handy for many of you, especially those that focus on listings.  If you want to get to the original post (either to leave a comment or to reblog yourself), click on the title of this post, and it will ta...
By Kristin Hamilton, (909) 557-6966, CDPE, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Linda
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Beautiful Trees for Earth Day 2014 Plant a Tree for Earth Day                                         Thanks for Reading my Blog       Kristin Hamilton DRE #014092138 Keller Williams Realty – I am a full time agent and deal in all types of real estate transactions. Trusts, Probate, Short Sales, S...
By Tara Winfield
(RE/MAX Alliance)
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Online shopping is great and all, but do you ever wish you could feel the material of that adorable pillow on Etsy?  Are you too afraid to commit to the rug on Overstock.com because you doubt the color is quite as grey (or gray) as it looks on your computer screen?  Go to At Home.... Formerly kno...
By Mahesh Mike Patel, Call Me And Consider It Done!
(First Team Real Estate)
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Homeowners: Fast Fixes For Household Sounds If you've heard knocking, creaking, gurgling or scratching sounds in your house, this information is for you.  These noises can occur in homes of all ages, and they're usually easy to fix. We work by referrals and so if you or someone you know needs a r...
By Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Sacramento, CA - 916-765-5366
(Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366)
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There is a growing market for safe showers and tubs in the Sacramento region. Baby Boomers are reaching out for more friendly construction choices. Showers with seats, walls with grab bars and easy access steps can all be found by many manufacturers today. If you have a need for a special tub or...
By Jeff Fisher, ArizonasRealty
(ReMax Fine Properties)
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    One of the most exciting times in a parent’s life is the time before a baby’s arrival. Between anticipation and preparation time passes in an instant, and before you know it you will be holding your little one in your arms. Although newborns are too small to get into too much trouble, in only...
By Regina P. Brown, e-Pro Realtor
(California Coast & Country Homes, Inc.)
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When you think about adding some new touches to your house, consider simple things such as: LIGHTING. In key areas of your house, whether they’re dark corners or not, think about indirect lighting that sets a nice mood and can give you lots of brightness when you need it. CEILING FANS. Ceiling fa...
By Suzanne Otto, Your Montgomery County PA home stager
(Six Twenty Designs)
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Painting is one of the most important things you can do to your home to have the biggest impact on appearance. And if you do it yourself, it won't cost as much as you think. Plus your buyers won't chip away at their offer because your home needs a paint job.  If you're ready to get your home on t...
By The Condo Guy Bill Desautels, RE/MAX North Professionls
(The Condo Guy)
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Are you working on decorating your home? Perhaps you want to spruce up your decor, but you aren't sure where to start. Where can you find inspiration for your home decor, besides the obvious home decor magazines and websites? Here are some fun and creative ideas that will inspire you when design...
By Jonathan Hall, Realtor - Danbury,CT Area Real Estate~203-417-0523
(William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty)
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One of the things that condo owners enjoy is a maintenance free lifestyle. It doesn't mean you do not have to any work at all. The inside of the home is all yours to take care of. Just like a single family home, a condo that has not been updated over the years can turn buyers off. It doesn't mean...
By Dana Hollish Hill, Vice President & Associate Broker
(Buyer's Edge Company, Inc.)
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As we begin to see signs of Spring, many of us are thinking about Spring Cleaning. When I saw this blog by Tessa Skeens and saw how comprehensive it is, I thought of ten people I thought might like to read it. I am also reblogging it to some groups that may not have seen it otherwise.  Please lea...
By Shannon Jones, Long Beach CA Real Estate
(The Shannon Jones Team)
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Long Beach Lawn-to-Garden Turf Replacement Program   Now that Earth Day has come and gone, it's time to put those environmental values into practice! If you own a home in Long Beach, CA and are looking to go green, save some green, or BOTH, check out the City of Long Beach's Lawn-to-Garden progra...
By Sharon Parisi, Dallas Homes
(Keller Williams Dallas Premier Realty)
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As Summer approaches,  Dallas, homeowners become more dependent on sprinklers and sprinkler systems to keep their lawns healthy and green.  It's important to remember and follow the City of Dallas Watering Schedule, in place from  April 1, 2014 to October 31, 2014.   Homeowners are allowed to use...
By Sheila Moylan, Working To Get Value For Your Money
(C21 - Commonwealth)
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7 Things You Should Do As Soon As You Move Into Your New Home To Slash Your Electricity Bill   Moving into your home is an exciting time, and you shouldn’t allow higher than expected electricity bills to dampen your spirits. Every day, households around the world waste large amounts of energy. If...
By Diane Plant, Broker, Toronto Home Search: Forest Hill Real Esta
(Forest Hill Real Estate Inc, Brokerage)
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It’s Time To Rake, Fertilize and Seed Your Lawn    http://landscaping.about.com/od/lawns/a/spring_lawns.htm   Spring Lawn Care Tip #1: Raking Spring Lawn Care Tip #2: Check for Compaction Spring Lawn Care Tip #3: Liming Spring Lawn Care Tip #4: Overseeding Spring Lawn Care Tip #5: Fertilizing Spr...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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Step into 2014 Spring with a Feng Shui consultation for your Home Special Spring Saving for 2014.... Is the energy in your home, apartment or business feeling stagnant or stuck? Perhaps you are simply looking to renovate, construct or redesign your space utilizing the principles of Feng Shui, or...
By Valorie L. Ford, Valorie Ford & Co, Charlottesville/Albemarle Real
(Keller Williams Realty)
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There isn’t much that we can do about the first two but today more than ever there are viable alternatives for supplying power to our homes. Renewable energy sources are becoming more and more popular and although most people still rely on the local power company many are supplementing their pow...