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.

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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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  Can't Wait To Get Inside     I was asked to come look at a home remodel that was just purchased in the Pocket area of Sacramento. I'm excited for a couple of reasons. As a general contractor in Sacramento it is always nice to be able to bring all of my experience into a large project. I do a va...
By MC2 Home Inspections, Indianapolis Westfield Carmel Fishers Indiana
(MC2 Home Inspections LLC)
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Did you know that space heater fires make up half of all winter home heating fires? Learn a few interesting statistics about space heater fires, and the steps you and your family can take to avoid them. Space heater safety is simple when you follow the precautions listed in the infographic below.
By Will Johnson, Sell and Stage
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Staging is definitely a form of art and it does wonders to improve the image of your house, when it comes to the real estate market.  Your kitchen is one of your biggest selling points; check out our favorite staged kitchens for some inspiration. 1. This kitchen counter is the perfect mixture of...
By Chris Griffith, Bonita Springs Fl Real Estate
(Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs, FL)
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Queen Butterfly on Blue Mist Flower My son is a landscaper and owns a lawn service. Last year he mowed a little stretch of my back yard and accidentally planted all of these weeds, the Blue Mist Flower, when he took down some tall grass along the back yard.  It happened to be a blessing in disgui...
By Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI,ABR,SRES, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Keller Williams Realty Partners)
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The Sheetrock guys showed up this morning about 7:45 to start filling in holes! They attacked the garage ceiling first, cutting new pieces to fit and taping and mudding them. Interestingly, it does not take too long to get new board in and to put the first coats of "Mud" around the seams. The rea...
By Joanna Cohlan, Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes
(Fresh Eyes For Your Home)
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Is your sofa too fat for your space? Is her footprint creating a tight squeeze in your space.  Let's put your sofa on a diet and slenderize her profile. For this Westchester County interior decorator and designer, most sofas I encounter don't warrant the trouble or the expense.  But for a recent ...
By June Piper-Brandon, Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time
(Century 21 New Millenium)
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Some Tips on How to Keep the Pests Under Control Trim Back Trees and Plantings – Prevent pests from using tree branches as a bridge to your home by cutting back any limbs that overhang or touch your roof or brush up against the foundation of your home. Eliminate Entry Points – Repair damaged scre...
By Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo
(Dagny's Real Estate)
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John Capeci - Landscaper Extraordinaire! in Fairfield County, CT John Capeci is an extremely unusual man.   He is prompt, he calls back as soon as he can, he takes very good care of his clients, he really genuinely likes people, and he loves working outdoors! John has a lot of knowledge, will sea...
By Dorie Dillard, Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale
(Coldwell Banker United Realtors)
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    MG Floors NW Austin TX~ Meet Miranda and Manor~A Trusted Resource   Making a decision to replace flooring can be a daunting process. There will come a time when the assessment to replace flooring needs to be made and there are so many choices! You know you have put it off way too long, the ti...
By Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI,ABR,SRES, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Keller Williams Realty Partners)
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They are here! The kitchen guys showed up and this is what they did!   I left early this morning around 7:30 and came back to find the foreman just leaving. There is much to do yet just with the cabinets, but boy are they a sight for sore eyes. The kitchen guys even used the cut up cardboard boxe...
By Will Nesbitt, Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage.
(Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria)
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Do it yourself Halloween decor tips is an original Active Rain Entry relevant to the Home Improvement industry. For the entire blog, scroll down to the reblog. DIY Halloween Décor Tips Halloween is just around the corner. It’s time for everyone to dress up as ghouls and goblins to scare those aro...
By Phyllis Lerner, William Raveis Legends Realty Group
(William Raveis Legends Realty Group LLC)
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An survey of The National Burglar & Fire Alarm Association states that 33% of burglaries are initiated by breaking in through the front door... but that only 15 percent of home owners are aware of this fact. Have you checked the condition of your front entry door lately? You may want to consider ...
By Will Nesbitt, Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage.
(Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria)
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Ten fantastic staged kitchens in Active Rain is a pertinent post to the Home Improvement industry. For the entire reblog content, scroll down the webpage. Staging is definitely a form of art and it does wonders to improve the image of your house, when it comes to the real estate market.  Your kit...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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   Our kitchen has ...make that had...but will again...solid cherry cabinets.  It is the "flavor" and color of the wood I grew up with...the grandaughter of a cabinet maker. To me, it is a taste of my childhood....and a warmer, richer color that is the one we have chosen throughout our home from ...
By Joy Daniels
(Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd.)
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 Summer is behind us and we are entering Fall.  As the season changes, homeowners need to prepare.  Here is a short but important checklist that will help you prepare for the Fall/Autumn Season.     Remove leaves and debris from gutters and downspouts Trim trees and bushes so nothing is touching...
By Nicole Doty, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com
(Zion Realty)
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I love shabby chic design styles. The distressed woods mixed with elegant chandeliers and a touch of french country. Velvet high back tufted chairs and couches can be along side an armoire built out of old barn wood. Shabby chic design has such versatility in the colors, textures, and patterns yo...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
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Yesterday, Crestwood had a home tour, giving residents a chance to see some amazing homes that our neighbors have restored and renovated.  And one of my favorite homes on the tour is one owned by DC area master builder, Ethan Landis and his wife, Jude.  This brick mansion with it's round portico ...
By Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI,ABR,SRES, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Keller Williams Realty Partners)
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Today was a relatively slow day for the renovations. The dry wall guy was a no show, but says he will be here on Wednesday. The plumber worked today and he sorted out all the faucets and trim packages and put the individual boxes in the bathrooms where they will be installed. He worked on the dow...
By Will Johnson, Sell and Stage
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So there are a lot of tips about what TO do when staging your home.  But here are some things that you definitely should NOT do.  Don't: Photo credit: CentsationalGirl.com 1. Forget about the exterior.  Remember, the exterior of your home needs to be staged as well.  If you have a porch, make sur...
By Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
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Fall is in the air....and leaves are hitting the ground; gutters need cleaning and lawns need raking. This Throwback Thursday picture dates back to around 1980, when my daughter Susan (on the left) and two neighbor friends loved to help me tame the leaves at our  San Carlos home. Their favorite p...