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 THE TRAILBLAZER TEAM - ASHEVILLE Land and Signature Mountain Homes, Knowledge. Insight. We Walk the Extra Acreage !
(Signature Mountain Homes and LAND- Asheville 1031 Realty, Inc.)
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    Multigenerational Homes Trend "It's really good for children and young people to have a connection to their roots— a sense of history and who they are. Older relatives provide that."   ~ Donna Butts   According to a Home Features Survey by the National Association of REALTORS®, ...
By Suzanne Otto, Your Montgomery County PA home stager
(Six Twenty Designs)
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Easy Ways to Improve Your Curb Appeal You know what they say, you never get a second chance to make a first impression. When you're selling your Montgomery County PA home, curb appeal counts. It's the first thing a buyer sees when they find your home on the internet. And as Montgomery Co...
By Mahesh Mike Patel, Call Me And Consider It Done!
(First Team Real Estate)
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 5 Ways to Freshen Up Your Bathroom If you want to make over your bathroom, but don't want to take a full renovation, here are 5 things to do to make it look like almost new: Paint Lighting Fixtures Window treatments Accessories     Compliments of Mike Patel, Broker Associate, Bre 01146880    
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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According to Feng Shui Could my Roommates Energy Impact Mine? This was a great question asked from a recent client. Feng Shui teaches you that your surroundings, let that be the atmosphere of your apartment or even a combination of those who surround you in that space, will contribute to the ener...
By Steve Wilhelmy
(Keller Williams Classic Realty Northwest)
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Top DIY Mistakes By Homeowners     Search the entire MLS for FREE Well it is that time of year when the project list comes out!  The first thing any savvy do-it-yourselfer should take into consideration when attacking a project is that it will probably take twice as much time and three times as m...
By Anne Lok, Homes for Modern City Dwellers
(Homelife Realty One Ltd. Brokerage)
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Can you fetch more for a 3 bedroom instead of a 2+1 bedroom, or adding an extra bedroom to your house? Truthfully, there is no formula for how much the selling price can increase by adding an extra bedroom. Likewise, converting a windowless den into a second bedroom may not be an attribute when ...
By N. Joel Walter, Cr (Certified Remodeler)
(N.J.W. Construction Inc)
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Rich, birch shaker cabinets welcome friends and family into this spacious gallery style kitchen.  Details abound on the surface and deep within the cabinetry, making this kitchen not only stunning but convenient. Hidden behind the layers of deep amber wood are components of modern day living; ut...
By TIM GARTON, "Highly Skilled Pro"
(RE/MAX Gold)
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On Saturday, July 26th, The Boyz Under the Hood Car Club, the Freewheelers Car Club and the Vallejo Yacht Club are pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Vallejo Hot Rod Car Show and BBQ.  This event promises to be a day of cool cars, BBQ and great live music both inside and outside the Vallejo Yacht...
By Kathleen Vetrano, Luxury Home Real Estate Consultant
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
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The driveway is the first impression.   When preparing your home for the market keep this in mind.  Your driveway is the street to your home, make it welcoming and memorable.  Ana Hitzel has written a wonderful article about this, providing all home sellers with useful information. drive·way: nou...
By zeta cross
(Smart Green Realty)
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Thanks to Green Home Guide! http://bit.ly/1nRENnx  www.greenhomeguide.com Solar thermal: The best on energy factor however didn’t meet our budget and had to be installed on the south side of our roof which was the front of the house.  My wife didn’t like that. LP Gas tankless: The energy factor i...
By Garrigus Real Estate - Call Now: 1 (888) 9-LIST-IT
(Coldwell Banker Kivett-Teeters)
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 Real Estate Sellers: Find the Value of Your Home ... Free Lowe's 10% Off Coupon Good for Savings Up to $1,000 Have you heard the old adage "Times are tough" lately? Money's tight (another old adage), but this is the economy we live in today. Credit is tight, the national saving...
By Kristin Hamilton, (909) 557-6966, CDPE, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Linda
(Keller Williams Realty)
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How Google Earth Assists Crooks to Enter Your Home We live in such a great era where technology seems to get better and better but it is sad when crooks use this technology to further their desire of becoming rich by taking advantage of homeowners by using modern technology. We are at risk of bec...
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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  Water Continues to Seep in Around The Windows in Sacramento    We get calls from homeowners and management companies regarding water getting in around the windows. Sometimes the water is dripping, other times there are signs of discoloration and moisture is detected in the walls. This usually c...
By Dave Hill PhD,ePro,SFR,CIAS,BPOR,CNE,CSC Chicago Real Estate Agent
(Midwest Premier Realty, Gurnee IL 224-321-0699)
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The price of redecorating can be out-of-this-world, but it doesn’t need to be. With creativity, DIY perseverance, and craftiness, you can decorate on a dime...or very close to it. How do you do it? Easy - just use the suggestions below. As you might guess, it’s all about working with what you’ve ...
By Terri Poehler, Coral Springs Real Estate Agent
(Realtor)
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It's hard to believe while looking outside a window in sunny South Florida that it is hurricane season. But the truth of the matter is, a hurricane can sneak up in a day! The city of Coral Springs urges tree owners to prune and cut back any loose branches and discard right away. Believe it or...
By Kristin Hamilton, (909) 557-6966, CDPE, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Linda
(Keller Williams Realty)
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  These Flowers Remind Me of Angels Floating in my Yard       This flower reminds me of a fairy sitting in the lawn.    California is a dream come true state no matter what your needs or wants are. We have year round warm weather, beautiful beaches, rustic mountains and desert communities. If you...
By David Popoff, Realtor & Property Manager, Fairfield County, Ct.
(DMK Real Estate & Property Mgmt)
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Big Connecticut  Rebates For Energy Efficient Renovations & New Homes. If you are considering a home renovation or building a new home here in Connecticut then take a look at these rebates that you can get when using energy efficient appliances, heating / cooling system and smart building cho...
By Juli Vosmik, Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739
(Dominion Real Estate Partners, LLC, Scottsdale, AZ)
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TV REPAIR IN SCOTTSDALE & PHOENIX AREA Our 60” big screen HDTV was starting to act up - you know - those annoying lines and static running through the screen.   In the 8 years we’ve owned this TV, we have placed the lamp twice and knew just where to go to purchase another:  TVS Brothers.  Aft...
By Wanda Fears, ABR CRS GRI SFR WCR
(Long and Foster Real Estate, Richmond Virginia)
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  Selling your home is something that requires a lot of planning and preparation, especially if you’ve lived in your home for a few years. When selling a home, the home owner notices that their home may need significant improvements before it can be put on the market. For some of these you may h...
By Yvette Belisle, Your Local Real Estate Expert
(Real Estate Brokers of Alaska)
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Are you planning to sell your house this year? Is your house ready for an open house? Most of the people would say yes without considering the condition of their landscaping. Landscaping is an important part of the exterior of your house and it can even turnoff a potential buyer. Houses with bad ...