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 Stephen B. Clyde, "I Sell More, Because I do More"
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  The right interior paint colors can transform the entire appearance of your home. The interior colors of your home significantly influence the atmosphere of the home and thereby, influence the moods of people in the home. ----------The colors you select also unify architectural elements, floori...
By Roberta LaRocca, REALTOR®, Broker, Salesperson, Property Management
(Simply Vegas Real Estate)
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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 Joanna Cohlan, Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes
(Fresh Eyes For Your Home)
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I've been MIA from the Rain during the last two weeks because there has been lots of activity at my Harlem brownstone project.  For those of you who remember my posts Interior Design is Like a Game of Chess and The Knight and the Bishop Shake Hands, there were lots of challenges when I commenced ...
By Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966, CDPE, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Linda
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Squirrel Streaking Down the Road Today while outside fixing a sprinkler head, I saw something moving in the bushes. We get bunnies so I thought I had spotted a cotton tail rabbit.  Then all of a sudden, this squirrel pops it head out of the bushes. I ran for my camera and it started STREAKING dow...
By Jean Wawrzyniak-Fry
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New Federal Requirements for Water Heaters Are Here. Reducing energy consumption is vital to the long-term health of our planet, and a higher efficiency water heater will likely save you money over the lifetime of the unit. That said, new federal regulations (effective April 16, 2015) may impact ...
By Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 www.SpaceCoastHomesNow.com, Your Space Coast Real Estate Expert!
(Fontaine Property Group)
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I wanted to give a shout out Kip at Classic Plumbing of Brevard. I had a leak in the ceiling of my kitchen. I needed it fixed quickly and called quite a few plumbers before I ran across Classic Plumbing.Classic Plumbing of Brevard is located in Palm Bay, FL and services the Space Coast. They are ...
By Maggie Dokic, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay |
(Special Miami Homes)
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You don’t have to switch on the air conditioner to get a big chill this summer. These tips will help you keep your house cool without AC, which will save energy (and avoid AC wars with your family). Block that Sun!When sunlight enters your house, it turns into heat. You’ll keep your house cooler ...
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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 Let's Start with the Can Lights In the Kitchen  There is nothing wrong with acting as your own contractor when doing a kitchen remodel or improvement. If you know the process, you can save a some money in completing the project. I was asked to help out this homeowner in getting some can lights i...
By Paul Peck, Licensed Drywall and Painting Contractor
(Peck Drywall and Painting serving Brevard County, Florida)
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  While on a complete exterior repaint in Rockledge, Fl. I was painting the lanai ceiling when the knockdown texture on the pool patio ceiling started to come off onto my roller while rolling the first coat of paint on this ceiling.In this video clip I'm using my knockdown texture repair sponge t...
By Wayne Johnson, San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale
(Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS®)
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Do You Know a Good Plumber? When people move to a new city, a whole new support system is needed. Doctors, dentists, barbers, hairdressers, and plumbers. Only plumbers have to come to your home to do their work. Cause that's were the pipes, fixtures, and appliances are located. As a real estate p...
By Ana Hitzel, Home Stager Inland Empire & Palm Springs
( AccentPositives Home Staging )
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Small spaces are always a challenge. You want to maximize every inch without cluttering it up. Tiny furniture is not necessary. If possible create an entry space and use less furniture of a normal scale. Lighter colors in similar shades open up an area. Warm it up with colorfull fabrics and use a...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com)
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Don't Say "Oops!", Call OUPS BEFORE Digging!Dear BLiz, How do I find out where the utility lines are on that new house you helped us buy? Signed, Dig Dug Dear DD, That's a valid concern!  Where are the gas, water & electric lines? Bigtime safety issue if you start slicing into these! How about th...
By Kent Temple, Specializing in Lake Norman Real Estate
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Have a qualified HVAC professional inspect your home’s ducts and cooling equipment. Clean or replace your AC filters every month. Clean chimney and check to see if your fireplace is working properly. Clean out rain gutters and storm drains. Clean and vacuum vents, baseboard heaters and ducts. Se...
By Jack Solloway, There's Only One Right Choice in Real Estate
(Right Choice Realty)
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Can You Convert Your Attic? 6 Questions to Ask Maybe you have always dreamed of a better master bedroom, as large as the house and as private as can be. Or perhaps your teenager needs more space – but you can't imagine where you'll make it. Maybe you want a little rental unit, or a romp room for ...
By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek & Associates LLC Team at Real Estate Broker/Associate with Real Living Real Estate Group www.LisaVon.com)
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Low Maintenance LandscapingIf you are like me, you need all of the time you can get to manage everything that you do. If you want to spend more time enjoying your garden then you need a low maintenance garden. Make your garden easier to care for with these low maintenance lawn tips. 
By Marina Gavrylyuk, Marina
(Sutton Group Summit)
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Very disappointing day - we were so busy with work and kids that did not get much done, and the time is pressing...Dining room is done, now living room turned into a disaster.....This is quite a peculiar thing with home renovations - and not many are ready for it - once you miss a day out of sche...
By Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate
(the BlueWater Realty team specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales)
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urricane force winds of 74 mph or more are enough to make machine gun ammo out of anything not nailed down. Typically home and business owners in hurricane zones attempt to mitigate the wind damage by putting up window barriers made of materials ranging from plywood to steel. But these all have d...
By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek & Associates LLC Team at Real Estate Broker/Associate with Real Living Real Estate Group www.LisaVon.com)
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Renovating your Home the Green Way  As a GREEN Realtor and Certified Green Building Professional I am asked the same important question from homeowners as they undertake renovations throughout their residences: “How can I make my home green; more environmentally friendly?”  They know that it’s no...
By Kent Temple, Specializing in Lake Norman Real Estate
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Lowe’s has begun offering a 3D printing service in an Orchard Supply Hardware store in California's Silicon Valley. Customers at the store can copy hard-to-find replacement parts or décor items for their homes.Or shoppers at that Mountain View, Calif., store can pull from a digital catalog of doo...
By Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little REALTOR® That Could
(Dallas Premier Keller Williams Realty)
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  Grease is one of those unpleasant topics that not many enjoy. Before we get started on tackling the grease by disposing it correctly, let's have a little fun, so turn up the speakers and enjoy!   Wasn't that fun! So here are some tips for using Elbow Grease in and around your home, especially t...