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.

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

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By Ed Silva, CDPE, GRI, ABR, Real Estate Agent
(RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754)
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A Kitchen Upgrade That adds Value and Happiness So often we hear of clients doing upgrades to kitchens and baths to their homes to make them more sale-able. I have said it often and given my opinion to clients when asked if it would be a good idea. My wife has overheard some of these calls, and h...
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 Judi Monday, CRS-Green Valley AZ Expert, Green Valley Arizona R
(RE/MAX Valley Properties)
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    For the very latest on all things Green Valley AZ Real Estate--follow Judi on Spring has definitely sprung with the lovely sonoran desert in full bloom.  With its arrival, many of us begin the annual chore of a deep spring cleaning.  Go easy on yourself with these 5 easy cleaning tips.    "A ...
By Neil Coleman
(First Midwest Bank NMLS#143306)
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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 Eileen Burns, Commercial Real Estate Broker Ft Lauderdale
(Trans State Commercial RE Ft. Lauderdale/Miami/Palm Beach)
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When one has reached the age of 86, one should continue to enjoy a comfortable lifestyle. Mom lives in a gorgeous condo facing the ocean and the Westin Diplomat golf course. South Florida lends itself to hot, hot weather. So when your air conditioner takes a dive, you want to get a replacement ri...
By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
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Twenty snow storms hit NJ this winter, and more than a few were significant storms. We've spent way too many days cooped up with cabin fever and lately, my fingers have been itching to get in the dirt. We don't have a large garden - just a few flowers here and there and a small 4x8' vegetable bed...
By Joy Daniels
(Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd.)
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These are pictures from the April 2014 grand opening of Budget Blinds, Harrisburg, PA  We at Joy Daniels Real Estate Group have recommended Budget Blinds to our clients for years.  Mark & Beth Toto have always done an amazing job of servicing their clients . . . from their home!  They have now op...
By Women of Westchester Working Together, Women helping Women get ahead
(Women of Westchester Working Together)
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If you have clients looking to sell their home, these flooring articles may come in handy.  These are the questions I get most often from sellers who are looking to spruce up their homes before they list, but they don't want to spend an arm and a leg.   If you have hardwood under carpet, should y...
By Women of Westchester Working Together, Women helping Women get ahead
(Women of Westchester Working Together)
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Here is a collection of my top Carpet posts. I thought it might be helpful to gather these all in one place.   2014 Carpet Trends - This describes what's most popular for carpets and runners - styles, fibers, colors and patterns.   What types of carpet are good for cats?  Yes, if you are a cat ow...
By Melania & Jim Saltarella, Experience the Magic!
(Atlanta Communities)
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April 15, 2014 Tom Sullivan Lumber Liquidators 3000 John Deere Road Toano VA  23168   RE:  Clients:  Melania & Jim Saltarella, 3413 Ravensworth Trace, Kennesaw, GA 30144.  Phone:  770-653-0756.  Defective Product from Kennesaw GA Store, Purchased June 19, 2013   Dear Mr. Sullivan:   We went into ...
By Tammie White, TW Realty Group, Franklin TN
(Benchmark Realty, LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.TWRealtyGroup.net)
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Sellers often ask if it's absolutely necessary to update their Franklin TN home before selling. I ask: Do you want to sell at top dollar? Or Discount for condition? Because the reality is the seller will either pay upfront or later on by selling under fair market value. Plus, if they make the upd...
By Tammie White, TW Realty Group, Franklin TN
(Benchmark Realty, LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.TWRealtyGroup.net)
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Franklin TN home sellers often think they'll have to spend a fortune to spruce up the exterior of their home before listing. I'm here to tell you that mulch will give you a lot of bang for your buck. Fresh mulch can make your whole garden look like new. Add a couple of colorful flowers and the ex...
By Jeff Fisher, ArizonasRealty
(ReMax Fine Properties)
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This is an entirely different story for a trend shift in the opposite direction, and may requiresyou to get out the soaking bucket and scraping tool, but wallpaper coming back into style as a home décor is a blessing for many. Wallpaper is back in – in a big way! – and it’s making your dreams of...
By Emcee M. Arah, CDPE, CIAS-Realtor with an Architectural Dimension
(Remax Excellence - Silver Spring, MD)
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Making the Most of Spring CleaningIt's that time of the year again! Time to freshen everything up. This is the time when everyone gets into Spring Cleaning. Here are a few tips to help you Make the Most of Spring Cleaning. Declutter - One of the fastest, easiest ways to make your home feel the ef...
By The Florida Movers, Movers Jacksonville Fl
(Movers Jacksonville, Fl)
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                         The new homeowner painstakingly moved the paint brush back and forth along the wall, careful not to smudge the window ledge. Crouching, she slowly swirled the brush around the edges of the electrical outlets. “This is hard work,” she said, dipping the brush into the pan o...
By Dee Toohey, Broker, ABR, AHWD, FMS, ePro
(Innovative Realty Solutions Group)
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7 Signs You Have a Drainage Problem By: Jeanne Huber Published: August 28, 2009 Finding drainage problems when they’re smaller and easier to fix can save you thousands of dollars and plenty of headaches down the line. You don’t have to be a geophysicist to know that puddles in the basement or a l...
By Ron Marshall, Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire
(Marshall Enterprises)
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We live in a quiet neighborhood that winds around a small lake.  Most of the neighbors at least know those who live within one or two houses away.  Some more than that.  We are fortunate to have mostly one acre lots.  Some are less than one acre on the lake, but we pass each other and still wave....
By DeeDee Riley, Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas
(Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA)
Comments 11
I'm sure one day I'll be blogging that Oak is back but for now.... Oak is out, paint is in! Black, white, cream, beige.....   Here are some before and after pictures of a listing I have in Cameron Park, CA. This kitchen was really dark so the seller opted for a lighter color.  Keep in mind that t...
By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
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It is a snap. Snap connectors in Manufactured Homes and Stick Framed Homes.   From a recent Home Inspector forum someone asked about snap connectors which is fairly common in manufactured homes. When I am doing a home inspection on manufactured home I often see these connectors at the marriage li...
By Kristin Hamilton, (909) 557-6966, CDPE, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Linda
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Time to Start Your Spring Planting... but Watch Out for Pests                                                Those are some big gopher holes.          Get rid of any pests in your yard before they kill your beautiful new plantings.     Thanks for reading my Blog.... Kristin Hamilton DRE #01409213...