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 Michelle Carr-Crowe-Selling Silicon Valley Homes in Top Schools San Jose, Cupertino, Saratoga, Palo Alto-Just Call 408-252-8900, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years
(Just Call (408) 252-8900!)
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Kenmore Elite Ranges by Sears, Electrolux Recall Due Laceration HazardBy San Jose REALTOR® Michelle Carr CroweConsumers who purchased Kenmore Elite ranges or homes with Kenmore Elite ranges are advised to check their serial numbers to see if their range models are part of the recent recall due to...
By Temple Schneider Callahan, Search Ventura County Homes For Sale CA
(Connect Real Estate - REALTOR / BROKER)
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Wind power is one of the most available and easy-to-use energy sources on earth.  Humanity has been using wind power since ancient times - just think about windmills and sailboats.  They were used throughout our history to accomplish everything from transporting goods to discovering new worlds - ...
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 we take that wall out? FAQ Okay, to be quite honest, this question comes in many forms. The simplest and most common is “Can we take that wall out?” You would be surprised how often walls are not wanted. There is certainly a shift to a more open floor plan here in the Sacramento Area, probab...
By Tina Hecht, Your Smart Solution
(Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners)
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 Summer is a perfect time for making home renovations and updates.  Before you decide what to do this year, take a look at the 2015 Cost vs Value Report for Atlanta which will tell you what the return on your investment will be (especially if you plan to sell soon).  Once the renovations are done...
By Erika Rogers, St George Utah Real Estate & local info.
(Re/Max First Realty)
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Homeowner Advice for Summer GuestsIf you are a homeowner and need advice for your summer guest, I have some tips that will help having summer guests go smoothly during their long stay. So, whether you’re expecting a house full or just one special friend, you can transform your ordinary guestroom ...
By N. Joel Walter, Cr (Certified Remodeler)
(N.J.W. Construction Inc)
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As your Columbus, Ohio home improvement company, we loved this article on corner cabinet solutions! It talks about how there aren’t many options for kitchen layouts that don’t include one blind corner cabinet… we all have one right?Some designers will add a rear-facing cabinet at the wall end of ...
By Nick and Cindy Davis, CRS,CLHMS,ABR,CIAS,ALHS,e-PRO,CDPE,SFR,Realtor(R)
(RE/MAX Premier Group)
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Get acquainted with the basics of combining different shapes, colors and finishes for a symphony of tiles. http://bit.ly/9-Tips-for-Mixing-Matching-Tiles 
By Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395
(Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395)
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 Solar PowerListen to the radio or watch television...ads for solar power companies fill the air waves. It sounds like a good idea, and I'm not going to debate the pros or cons of solar power options for the home, but if you're planning to sell your home, it can cost you a buyer.Residential solar...
By Jon Kolsky, Licensed California Real Estate Broker
(Kolsky Realty & Management)
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 Home Projects You Shouldn’t Attempt.    There are countless blogs about home DYI projects you should attempt, but rarely do you find blogs about home projects only a licensed professional contractor should do. And while there are many unique custom projects that can make your home stand out, cer...
By David Popoff, Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct
(DMK Real Estate )
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 DIY Easy Gardening Tips for Amazing Results.Gardening is not hard and if you follow these easy natural gardening tips you will have full and lush vegetable and flower gardens with little maintenance. Getting the Garden Ready.~ First you want to use native and local type plants that typically nee...
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 Brad Diepholz, "We have you covered"!
(HCS Restoration and Roofing, LLC)
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Information about Asphalt Shingles-part 1 Brad Diepholz found the following information Asphalt shingles come in two varieties, fiberglass and organic. A fiberglass asphalt shingle consists of a woven fiberglass base mat covered with a waterproof asphalt coating and topped with granules that shie...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Lower Fairfield CT)
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Yes, and no. Technically, the color of the wood has no impact on how much the floor scratches. However, darker floors tend to show scratches, dirt, dents, footprints and imperfections more. So what impacts the scratching on wood?Primarily the finish of the wood, and the wood species (i.e. how har...
By Maggie Dokic, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay |
(Special Miami Homes)
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Today’s ranges cook more efficiently than their avocado ancestors thanks to fresh features and newfangled technologies. We separate the wheat from the chaff so you can pick the best range for your home. First Things First: Gas or Electric?If you don’t have a gas supply to your house, the answer i...
By Brad Miller
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Planning on having an outdoor room or perhaps purchasing a home with one? Then you’ll enjoy these 10 ideas for outdoor rooms. More than just living spaces, outdoor rooms these days are a key feature for some homes. Read on and enjoy these eye candies! Treetop Canopy RoomWhether you live in the ru...
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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 Installing It Incorrectly Can Mean A Lifetime of Problems With Moisture Intrusion.  As a contractor in the Sacramento area, I get to help homeowners with all sorts of repairs. Many of the repairs that I do involve moisture and the intrusion into the home. Water supply leaks, drainage problems, a...
By Robert (Bob) Gilbert, Your Katy TX Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
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Spring/Summer Home Improvement Project|Questions to Ask Contractors|  Above picture courtesy of Bing free to share, modify and use pictures There are numerous companies and individuals claiming to be reputable contractors who in reality are most likely fraud artists. I have read home improvement ...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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No one gets organized by planning to get organized at a later day and time. Wishful thinking does not beget results. Actions do. Being organized is not a static state. Paradoxically, order requires constant motion. It helps if you recognize these 6 organizing must haves if you are to remain on to...
By Judi K Barrett, Broker/Owner, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDAB
(Judi Barrett~Integrity Real Estate Services~Idabel, Oklahoma)
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Still Time to Buy GE Appliances for Your Home and Get a Rebate 5/26/15 Have you been shopping for appliances for your new home?  Or maybe it's just time to update appliances or you had one go on the blink over the week-end?   There's still time to get in on GE's appliance rebate.  Today is the la...
By Jill Murty, Realtor - Serving Orange County, CA
(PREA Realty)
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 Rawlins Piano Company in Orange County, CAFamily Owned & Operated Need a piano to provide the perfect touch for staging?  Rawlins Piano Company is here to help!  Lennar Homes and Tri-Pointe Homes have used Rawlins Piano Company to provide pianos to stage their properties and you can, too! A pian...