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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By Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager
(Sharon Tara Transformations)
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My Review of the Haan Slim & Light Sanitizing Steam Mop Somehow I was late to the party.... floor cleaning got a lot easier and safer, and I almost missed it. If a friend on facebook hadn't mentioned their "steam floor mop", I would still be washing my floors the old fashioned way and suffering s...
By Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI,ABR,SRES, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Keller Williams Realty Partners)
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The guys from the shower door company came in yesterday and installed the floating frame shower glass around the master shower. The question I have, is why does everything have to start with making more holes? In the picture to the right you can see Dave drilling into the tiles. This is where the...
By Bizzy Bee Plumbing, Cary Plumbing Commpany
(Bizzy Bee Plumbing, Inc)
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We all know when our water heater will fail. In fact we all dread money we have to spend to have it replaced. No one wants to do it, however once you realize this is it, the time has come! Bizzy Bee Plumbing will install a professional grade water heater in your attic or garage or even a crawl sp...
By Bizzy Bee Plumbing, Cary Plumbing Commpany
(Bizzy Bee Plumbing, Inc)
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Backflows are required to be tested each year to make sure the water we drink is not contaminated with bacteria. If you have a backflow call our office to have it inspected, tested and report submitted to the City for $75! For Backflow Testing in Raleigh-Durham and Cary call 919.423.7595   Failur...
By Bizzy Bee Plumbing, Cary Plumbing Commpany
(Bizzy Bee Plumbing, Inc)
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Buying  a home in Raleigh that doesn't have a water service? Rest assured Bizzy Bee Plumbing can take care of you. As one of the most reliable Raleigh Plumbing companies that arrives on time and gives you an affordable estimate we are also licensed and insured for your peice of mind.   New Water ...
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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Now That Things Are In Place, Let's Get It Closed Up.     Sometimes you just have to open things up to see the whole picture before the repairs can be done. One example of when there is a problem under the kitchen sink. With the counter and cabinets removed, it is a lot easier to get in and do t...
By June Piper-Brandon, Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time
(Century 21 New Millenium)
Comments 3
Flipping And, I’m not talking about doing somersaults!!  I am talking about making a profit after buying a property, improving and updating the structure before selling it for a higher value.  With so many programs on television where people purchase, renovate and resell a home in an hour while m...
By John DL Arendsen, Contractor, RE Brk, Factory Built Home Dealer/Devl
(ON THE LEVEL General Contractor, Crest Homes Factory Built Housing Dealer & Developer & TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments)
Comments 8
Foundation Cracks, Settling and Failures Can Ruin A Real Estate Deal   It would be interesting to know how many deals have been lost by RE Professionals but most importantly by buyers and sellers of properties that have had FOUNDATION ISSUES. As a General Contractor who's been in the foundation r...
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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  So the Plumber got his work done and the manager has been riding me to get the walls closed up. I’m all for getting things done quickly and professionally, and the schedule was right for this one to be done today. There was a problem though. The new pipes had a leak. No matter how badly we wan...
By Gloria Todor and Doug Durren - Delaware County PA Real Estate, Hard Working Professionals (484) 431-3686
(Century 21 Absolute Realty )
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Those Autumn Leaves....Bag 'Em or Mulch 'Em? It is that time of year when deciduous trees have pretty much finished their colorful autumn display by dropping their leaves to the ground leaving a blanket of leaves to be dealt with by homeowners. Now we know how fun it is to rake leaves into piles ...
By Michael Dagner, Your Denver Homes Realty Expert
(Brokers Guild Classic)
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This is such a great blog post that I couldn't wait to reblog it.  The author has really hit the nail on the head in my opinion.  After 3 decades of selling homes in the Denver area, I couldn't agree more.  The only exception to Valorie's rule of thumb about most basement finishes not fully recov...
By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663
(Woodland Management Service)
Comments 0
Every week I pick 10 posts that I think that could use a second look, a little more exposure, or that are so good that I want all my friends to have a chance to experience it. This week is no exception and it has been a challenge to narrow the list down to 10, I hope that you enjoy these along wi...
Hey folks, it's that time of year again!  You're watching the drenching rains and wondering "what if this was a snowstorm?"  Well, depending on what source you read, 1 inch of rain would produce up to 10 inches of snow!   So, as the kids are stomping through the puddles this week, why not do some...
By Valorie L. Ford, Valorie Ford & Co, Charlottesville/Albemarle Real
(Keller Williams Realty)
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If you really think about it for a moment an unfinished basement seems a bit silly. Having as much as 1/3 of your home being used as little more than a huge closet is a terrible waste of space. Surely there is something better that can be done with so much square footage but the question remains...
By RVA HomePRO Michael Hottman, Helping you achieve goals in life & real estate
(RVA HomePRO Realtor with RE/MAX Commonwealth serving Hanover, Henrico, Chesterfiled and Richmond, Virginia)
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Every Fall I find myself having to evict some unwelcome guest into our home. This week as we had a nice cold snap was the week it started. Little did I know the mice in my house were helping me with one the latest "Holidays" - Rodent Awareness week. Rodents can be a serious problem and can cause ...
By Roberta LaRocca, REALTOR®, Broker, Salesperson, Property Management
(Simply Vegas Real Estate)
Comments 61
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 Stieg Strand, Realtor & Social Media Connector
(RE/MAX Results)
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HGTV addicts listen up... You have an opportunity to own a peice of HGTV for only $259,900. 1463 Sage Court in Shakopee, a three level split with 3 beds 2 bath Shakopee had a full kitchen/dining/entry makeover in one evening!        Click here for more information and virtual tour      Stieg Stra...
By David Popoff, Realtor & Property Manager, Fairfield County, Ct.
(DMK Real Estate )
Comments 2
Pay Back on Green Home Improvements. According to studies green homes will sell for more money and will sell up to 1/3 fewer days than standard homes.(1)  A new study involving large sample of homes sold in California between 2007 and early 2012 has documented that, holding all other variables co...
By Lindwood Parker
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  Preparing your home for winter in Anchorage AK.  It's that time of year again in Anchorage AK, old man winter is upon us. No matter if you love him or loathe him, make sure to keep your house warm and dry this season with these simple house keeping tips. Most emergencies happen at inopportune t...
By Paul Peck, Licensed Drywall and Painting Contractor
(Peck Drywall and Painting serving Brevard County, Florida)
Comments 3
I'm proud to be a part of this renovation in Indialantic, Florida. The couple that bought this home are updating and redoing a lot of thier new homes layout. What was really cool today was when Habitat for Humanity showed up to take all of the brand new carpet, padding, light fixtures, cabinets a...