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

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By Will Johnson, Sell and Stage
Comments 63
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 Nicole Doty, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com
(Zion Realty)
Comments 16
                          Ever get the feeling like you're being watched by your neighbors? Here's a tip: In Arizona Privacy screens on the outside of your windows can not only maintain your privacy but also go a long way in reducing those high energy bills in the summer time!   For information ...
By Joanna Cohlan, Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes
(Fresh Eyes For Your Home)
Comments 45
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 Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI,ABR,SRES, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Keller Williams Realty Partners)
Comments 5
Today, once again, the only thing that happened was the floor guy came in and put a second coat of sealant on the kitchen floor. It is really starting to look good. I can't wait to see the dining room and foyer floors refinished as well. Tomorrow the drywall guy returns to close up more holes, bu...
By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek & Associates LLC, Real Estate Broker/Associate with Real Living Real Estate Group www.LisaVon.com)
Comments 24
These photos are so funny that I had to bring them around for a second run.  To call these creative plumbing installations "solutions" may be stretching real estate advertising (to put it mildly).  These bring a whole new level of constructions don'ts for inspectors everywhere!         And just w...
By Robert Smith, Search for Homes, Brighton-Howell-SE Michigan
(Preview Properties, PC - http://www.RealEstateMich.com)
Comments 3
Plumbing leaks can hit your water bills – hard. I’ve lived in homes serviced by wells and municipal water systems.  Wells are great, except when the power goes out.  Then you have no water. Currently I’m on a municipal system and still use a water softener, so the two are not mutually exclusive. ...
By Chrissy Doremus ~ US Inspect ~, Residential & Commercial Property Inspections
(US Inspect)
Comments 5
Did you know that September and October can be a great time to buy a new appliance? Because appliance manufacturers debut new models each September, early fall is a great time to snag deals on last year's merchandise. Here's how to get those deals!     Keep an Eye on Advertisements - In September...
By Mark Taylor Mortgages, 602-361-0707 #MarkTaylor #Awesomerates NMLS#207897
(and for 1st Time Buyers, Move Up Buyers & Investors )
Comments 4
Your Garage: It’s Not Just For Car Storage     In some homes, garages are used only for car storage. They may appear to be bare and without real functional use for homeowners. However, other garages may be an envy of the neighborhood – they may have floor to ceiling shelving systems, and they may...
By Kristin Hamilton, (909) 557-6966, CDPE, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Linda
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 3
  When You Find Lemons....Make Lemon Water Today I was taking the photos for my new listing going on the market next weekend in Ontario CA. I was in the backyard  checking out the trees and was just amazed how large and how many lemons were on the two trees. Fruit trees are a gift that just keeps...
By Amy Mullen, Realtor, CPA, CDPE, MBA
(RE/MAX Professional Associates)
Comments 0
0 Forest Drive Holland, MA 01521 Double lot in Holland Mass with lake access!!!!!! Home   Virtual Tour   Photo Gallery   Property Map   Financing   Request Showing   Contact Me   Amy Mullen Real Estate Realtor, CPA, CDPE, MBAMobile: 617-899-2146: Office: 508-799-4900: Website: Visit Website Pric...
By Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 15
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...
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)
Comments 4
  I could sure use an open slot         I'm told that there should be room on the sub-panel to add another circuit but this one looks full. Management is looking to add Electric fireplace heaters to all the units but not all the sub-panels are alike. Some have an open slot and some do not. This c...
By James Brockway
(Brockway Realty, LLC)
Comments 2
You know how they say there's an app for that? Well, how about an app that controls most of the functions in your house? When it's time for bed and you need to turn off all the inside lights, set the air conditioner and turn off the pool lights, why not pull up your smartphone and do it remotely...
By Karen Fiddler, Broker/Realtor, Laguna Beach & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395
(HOM Sotheby's Intl Realty, 949-510-2395)
Comments 8
Need Furniture in Orange County? e-budget furniture delivers....free   This is a true story! I am redecorating my son's room while he's at college this fall. I guess he's tired of living in a space ship! Silly boy! So he's requested a "grown up" room by Christmas vacation.  I can do that!  I love...
By N. Joel Walter, Cr (Certified Remodeler)
(N.J.W. Construction Inc)
Comments 4
NJW, your Columbus, Ohio general contractors, are always finding ways to convert spaces into new spaces that your family needs! One of those ideas might be to convert your porch or four season room into a room addition that can be used year round. If you have an existing screened in porch or pati...
By Nicole Doty, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com
(Zion Realty)
Comments 6
The most popular method of keeping a sod grass lawn green through a Southwest winter is to over-seed with perennial ryegrass. Thanks to the beautiful dark green lawn ryegrass provides, many people feel that their winter lawns are more appealing than their summer lawns! The optimum time to over-se...
By Shirley Coomer, Realtor, Keller Williams Realty, Phoenix Az
(Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living)
Comments 0
   Update; Next Event 10/25 click on Link to see the details   Ahwatukee Shred-a-thon, Why You Gotta Go! Where: 15221 S Ray Road, Phx 85048Hours: Saturday 4/19 9am - 11amCost: Free The Flyer lists the Food items most requested by the Kyrene Food Bank ... Contact: Shirley CoomerPhone: 602-770-0364...
By Chris B Johnson, Realtor-Quality, Not Quantity
Comments 0
Buying Moorpark Short Sales-Roof Replacement vs. New Plumbing Posted Under: Home Buying in Moorpark, Home Selling in Moorpark, Foreclosure in Moorpark  |  October 17, 2014 10:05 AM  |  14 views  |  No comments By Chris B Johnson Realtor,  Moorpark Short Sale , Thousand Oaks Short Sale, Simi Vall...
By Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI,ABR,SRES, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Keller Williams Realty Partners)
Comments 5
Today was a slow day for the renovation process. The floor guy, Dave, came by in the morning to buff the floor and apply the first of three sealant coats to the kitchen floor. He will come back tomorrow morning to buff/sand and apply the second coat. At that point the kitchen guys can start attac...
By Delaware Junk Removal Residential And Commercial Hauling Clean Outs, Whole House Clean Outs, Basements, Garages, Attics
(Delaware Junk Removal 302-530-9186)
Comments 0
Wilmington Delaware Hoarder Clean Out Junk Removal Hauling                     Delaware Junk Removal takes on the toughest jobs even hoarding clean outs.   From a single room to a entire home full of unwanted items.  With years of experience we take care to remove only the items requested at  a ...