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.

Trending blogs on Home Improvement

By Pamela Seley, REALTOR®, Menifee Lakes California Real Estate
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In Search of a Goat Photo I Found Water-Wise Landscaping Yesterday I went out in search of a goat for a photo to add to my post “That Goat Doesn’t Belong in the Living Room!” which is really not about goats, but about rent skimming and short sales. So I hit all the usual goat sightings, but no go...
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 Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Sacramento, CA - 916-765-5366
(Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366)
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      I came across something very interesting and extremely dangerous in an apartment yesterday. Are you kidding me?   I have never seen such an attempt to repair a light switch, and I would not recommend doing such a repair as this one. Electricity is not something to be taken lightly, hire a q...
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 Belinda Spillman, Your Real Estate Resource For Life!
(Aspen Lane Real Estate LLC)
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  Free Mulch Offered By The City of Aurora   Spring is here and that means folks will be getting their hands dirty getting ready for summer.  While you are busy planting those wonderful flowers for a summer full of blooms, don’t forget about the trees.  You can protect your trees by adding 2 to 4...
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 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 David Popoff, Realtor & Property Manager, Fairfield County, Ct.
(DMK Real Estate & Property Mgmt)
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FREE LEED BD & C STUDY CHART.   If you are going to take the LEED AP exam for Building Design & Construction (LEED BD & C) here is a one page excel spreadsheet cheat sheet chart that is FREE. It will help you remember all the prerequisites and credit for LEED Green Building Design and Constructio...
By Reuben Saltzman, Minneapolis Home Inspections
(Structure Tech Home Inspections)
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Any time  I inspect a house where an amateur has been doing electrical wiring in a home, there's a good chance that I'll find outlets with reversed polarity.  This happens when the hot and nuetral wires get flipped around at an outlet.  Reversed polarity creates a potential shock hazard, but it's...
By Keji Ogunleye, GRI, SFR, KejiYour Realtor
(Fairfax Realty, Inc)
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  Small Changes to Upgrade Your Home Fort Washington Homes- The Bathroom- Upgrade with new lightning's, flooring, faucets- You can modernized bathroom for under $100.. Check out Lowe's or Home depot  - The Kitchen- Upgrade the flooring.. ceramic tiles, counter tops( granite is very affordable no...
By Sheila Moylan, Working To Get Value For Your Money
(C21 - Commonwealth)
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Preparing Your Lawn For Spring  What’s the first thing people see when they pull up to your home? It’s your lawn. A healthy green lawn can make all the difference when it comes to good front yard first impressions. It’s still winter, and your grass is fast asleep, but that doesn’t mean it’s not i...
By Joy Daniels
(Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd.)
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I like to support local businesses in the area!  Central Pennsylvanian's - it's spring. . . the perfect time to clean up.  Here is a company that I have worked with in the past and I know they do a great job!  Here's a coupon to help get you started. 
By Christina Swanson, Keller Williams of Southern Arizona
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How To Pick The Right Type Of Fence To Skyrocket Your Home Appeal When it comes to choosing a fence for your home, you should always consider the style of your home itself. If you end up choosing a fence that compliments your home and works cohesively with the style, you can easily skyrocket the ...
By Delaware Junk Removal Residential And Commercial Hauling Clean Outs, Whole House Clean Outs, Basements, Garages, Attics
(Delaware Junk Removal 302-530-9186)
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Delaware Junk Removal We Remove Anything From Anywhere For Less At Delaware Junk Removal our motto is "We Remove Anything From Anywhere" Well some things we can't remove but seriously call today to find out how much you can save over the national junk removal chains and the best part is we are lo...
By Shannon Jones, Long Beach CA Real Estate
(The Shannon Jones Team)
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Should You Feng Shui Your Home? Feng translates to wind and Shui translates to water, and in Chinese culture both these elements are associated with good health. Therefore, ensuring the flow of this particular energy is a way in which the ancients believed they could influence health and fortune...
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:  770-653-0755.  Defective Product from Kennesaw GA Store, Purchased June 19, 2013   Dear Mr. Sullivan:   We went into ...
By Suzanne Otto, Your Montgomery County PA home stager
(Six Twenty Designs)
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This is a great example of what DIY knowledge can do for you when selling your home. I'm a big believer in painted cabinets and new hardware. It can turn a tired and dated kitchen into fresh and bright with just some primer and paint.  And if you really want to get adventurous, add some molding f...
By David Noce, Professionalism and Dedication to my clients
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Your asphalt driveway can have the look of brick or stone without the maintenance for a lot less money. You can transform your driveway from a detraction to the showpiece of your property with asphalt stamping. I've sold several homes in Annapolis with this type of driveway and it's very attracti...
By Todd Taylor
(Keller Williams Realty - Murfreesboro TN)
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Murfreesboro Real Estate Tips- How To Build A Flagstone Walkway If you are looking to improve the look of your walkway without having to pour a concrete slab, then you might consider building a flagstone walkway. It requires fairly basic materials and looks very natural when you are finished. In ...
By Stephanie Arnett, SRS, IMSD, Broker Associate, REALTOR
(Coldwell Banker SRE ~ Starkville, MS)
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Hot Weather Is On the Way. Can Your A/C Handle It?       To Check your A/C   1. Turn on air conditioner   2. Let it run for 30 minutes   3. If there are any issues call your central heat and air repair man   Hot Weather Is On the Way. Can Your A/C Handle It? Looking for more information on Starkv...