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.

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

Trending blogs on Home Improvement

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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Now That Things Are In Place, Let's Get It Closed Up.     Sometimes you just have to open things up to see the whole picture before the repairs can be done. One example of when there is a problem under the kitchen sink. With the counter and cabinets removed, it is a lot easier to get in and do t...
By RVA Home Pro Michael Hottman, Helping you achieve goals in life & real estate
(RVA Home Pro Realtor with RE/MAX Commonwealth serving Hanover, Henrico, Chesterfiled and Richmond, Virginia)
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Every Fall I find myself having to evict some unwelcome guest into our home. This week as we had a nice cold snap was the week it started. Little did I know the mice in my house were helping me with one the latest "Holidays" - Rodent Awareness week. Rodents can be a serious problem and can cause ...
By June Piper-Brandon, Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time
(Century 21 New Millenium)
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Flipping And, I’m not talking about doing somersaults!!  I am talking about making a profit after buying a property, improving and updating the structure before selling it for a higher value.  With so many programs on television where people purchase, renovate and resell a home in an hour while m...
By David Popoff, Realtor & Property Manager, Fairfield County, Ct.
(DMK Real Estate )
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Pay Back on Green Home Improvements. According to studies green homes will sell for more money and will sell up to 1/3 fewer days than standard homes.(1)  A new study involving large sample of homes sold in California between 2007 and early 2012 has documented that, holding all other variables co...
By Natalie Dean, DC Metro Luxury Agent 202-438-1056
(Taylor Properties ~ SERVING MD/DC/VA)
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  Growing Flourishing Plants To Improve Your Property or home Value   With property values at an all-time low, you may want to learn some ways in which you can boost the value in your home with very little investment to help it sell quickly. Flourishing trees that flower year after, help homes t...
By Paul Peck, Licensed Drywall and Painting Contractor
(Peck Drywall and Painting serving Brevard County, Florida)
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I'm proud to be a part of this renovation in Indialantic, Florida. The couple that bought this home are updating and redoing a lot of thier new homes layout. What was really cool today was when Habitat for Humanity showed up to take all of the brand new carpet, padding, light fixtures, cabinets a...
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 Stieg Strand, Realtor & Social Media Connector
(RE/MAX Results)
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HGTV addicts listen up... You have an opportunity to own a peice of HGTV for only $259,900. 1463 Sage Court in Shakopee, a three level split with 3 beds 2 bath Shakopee had a full kitchen/dining/entry makeover in one evening!        Click here for more information and virtual tour      Stieg Stra...
By Lindwood Parker
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  Preparing your home for winter in Anchorage AK.  It's that time of year again in Anchorage AK, old man winter is upon us. No matter if you love him or loathe him, make sure to keep your house warm and dry this season with these simple house keeping tips. Most emergencies happen at inopportune t...
By Christi Hacker, Your Omaha Area Real Estate Specialist
(Keller Williams Greater Omaha)
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See that look in my eyes, that's pure joy!   I had a new dishwasher installed in my house today!   My house is a one and a half story cottage built in 1906.  It's quite 'cozy'.  I bought it years ago as a first time homeowner, and had grand plans to renovate it and make it my own.  Some of those ...
By Kay Fisher, Kay Fisher
(Keller Williams)
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As REALTORS®, we get this question all of the time from current and past clients when thinking of adding an addition to their property. There are small projects that do not require permits, but in most cases, the answer to this question is YES!!!!! Buyers looking for homes do not want to have to ...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Stamford CT)
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Is laminate flooring waterproof?  The answer is NO, laminate flooring is NOT waterproof.   There is a common misperception out there that laminate is waterproof, and I believe this is due to the fact that many customers mistakenly confuse vinyl and laminate flooring.     Many types of vinyl floo...
By Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager
(Sharon Tara Transformations)
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My Review of the Haan Slim & Light Sanitizing Steam Mop Somehow I was late to the party.... floor cleaning got a lot easier and safer, and I almost missed it. If a friend on facebook hadn't mentioned their "steam floor mop", I would still be washing my floors the old fashioned way and suffering s...
By John DL Arendsen, Contractor, RE Brk, Factory Built Home Dealer/Devl
(ON THE LEVEL General Contractor, Crest Homes Factory Built Housing Dealer & Developer & TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments)
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Foundation Cracks, Settling and Failures Can Ruin A Real Estate Deal   It would be interesting to know how many deals have been lost by RE Professionals but most importantly by buyers and sellers of properties that have had FOUNDATION ISSUES. As a General Contractor who's been in the foundation r...
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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  So the Plumber got his work done and the manager has been riding me to get the walls closed up. I’m all for getting things done quickly and professionally, and the schedule was right for this one to be done today. There was a problem though. The new pipes had a leak. No matter how badly we wan...
By Amy Boehm, Your Realtor For Life
(Keller Williams Realty - Boerne Hill Country)
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Whether you are building a new home or replacing your old water heater, the new mandate by the federal government is for increased energy efficiency.  This mandate will go into effect April 2015.  The new rating for a 40-50 gallon electric water heater will be 95%. This increased efficiency will ...
By Erika Rogers, St George Utah Real Estate & local info.
(Re/Max First Realty)
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Organize Your Thanksgiving Rush Thanksgiving is for family and friends, entertaining, or you just may spend that time in quiet gratitude. But, no matter how you will spend your holiday, if you are prepared, you’ll enjoy your holiday so much more. Therefore, I have found some tips to get you star...
By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 707-812-7668
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
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A forced air unit on a 203k I was working on was gutted. They took the blower, motor and circuit board. What can my client do? I'm afraid this is an insurance matter for the contractor. The contractor should have "work in progress" insurance to cover this. The home owner's policy might also cover...
By Gloria Todor and Doug Durren - Delaware County PA Real Estate, Hard Working Professionals (484) 431-3686
(Century 21 Absolute Realty )
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Those Autumn Leaves....Bag 'Em or Mulch 'Em? It is that time of year when deciduous trees have pretty much finished their colorful autumn display by dropping their leaves to the ground leaving a blanket of leaves to be dealt with by homeowners. Now we know how fun it is to rake leaves into piles ...
By Sam Marji
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Moving from one place to another can be very stressful. This is usually the case when you are planning and doing the moving on your own. There are simply too many things that need to be taken into consideration and too many things that need to be organized and people who don’t have professional e...