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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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 Jim Sinnott, Realtor, ABR, GRI Licensed in MA and RI
(Keller Williams Realty)
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  Projects Not to D-I-Y       Television today is awash with many real estate based reality shows: shows on buying your first home, buying and flipping homes, buying vacation homes, buying homes all over the world. There are also the programs that focus on D-I-Y, or do-it-yourself projects. In th...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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   The "facelift/remodeling" you choose to give your house can have simplistic starts...changing hardware, painting cabinetry, new flooring....removing wallpaper....and maybe the cosmetics are where it ends...you just need/want a "sprucing"....or are getting it ready to put up for sale.  Tuning ...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Stamford CT)
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When it comes to pets, what is the best type of carpet for our furry friends? We love our pets and we are a very pet friendly company…In fact, each of us has at least one cat or dog. We also understand that they can do a number on carpeting making it a challenge to keep them clean. Let’s face it,...
By MC2 Home Inspections, Indianapolis Westfield Carmel Fishers Indiana
(MC2 Home Inspections LLC)
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The electrical system is an essential part of your home, yet it's often taken for granted -- and that's a dangerous attitude to have when it comes to electricity.
By Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little REALTOR® That Could
(Dallas Premier Keller Williams Realty)
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    Bricks & Mortar   If there's one thing my father taught me about brick houses when I was a kid, is that bricks and mortar need maintenance too! Tuckpointing brick may cost some money but do you really want to wake up one day and discover something like this or worse? Although the brick column...
By John Handschuh, Realtor ABR SRES, Horsham Real Estate
(RE/MAX Action Realty)
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New Entry Door Is The Biggest Bang For Your Remodeling Buck   Want to get the best return on your remodeling investment? Stick to the exterior of your home, according to the 2015 Cost vs. Value report from the National Association of Realtors® and Remodeling Magazine.Realtors® across the country ...
By George DeVine, Mortgage Banker
(Atlantic Home Loans)
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Making the Switch to Renewable Energy Does winter - and the high energy costs that come with it - have you taking another look at your utility bill? Some consumers have decided solar or wind power is the way to go. But is stepping away from electric or gas power right for you? Solar upfront costs...
By Robert Smith, Search for Homes, Brighton-Howell-SE Michigan
(Preview Properties, PC - http://www.RealEstateMich.com)
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We’ve been hearing a lot about ‘getting ready’ on the east coast this week, in preparation for the historical blizzard.  Folks are shuttering windows, laying in provisions, stocking up on gasoline for their generators, and getting ready to spend a couple of days indoors. This is an extreme event ...
By Stephanie Arnett, SRS, IMSD, Broker Associate, REALTOR
(Coldwell Banker SRE ~ Starkville, MS)
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  Week #4 Organized Home ChallengeOrganizing Refrigerator & Freezer   The challenge this week is organizing refrigerator and freezer food areas in your home. 1K+ These appliances are generally some of the most often and constantly used in your kitchen, and can easily get disorganized and out of c...
By Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager
(Sharon Tara Transformations)
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Give Your Home a New Look for the New Year You don't have to be selling your home to need a home makeover. If it's been five or more years since you painted or rearranged the furniture, it may be time for a new look. Many of my Home Staging clients have told me that they wished they had hired me ...
By Danny Frank, The Real Estate Expert
(Coldwell Banker United, Realtors 713-581-4702)
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If you want to have a big-game bash that your friends will remember after the final whistle blows, you need to have a game plan. Here’s how you can make your party worthy of a championship. Set the mood. Create a great game-day atmosphere with football-themed party supplies such as football field...
By Sherri Wellborn, Murfreesboro TN Homes & Real Estate
(Reliant Realty, Murfreesboro)
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Few buyers are aware of how important it is to make sure the roof on the home they are purchasing is free from defects and storm damage.  After all, from the ground a roof is just...well a roof!  Does anyone really pay attention to their roof unless they begin having leaks or issues?  If a roof h...
By Jayne Esposito
(Coldwell Banker-Los Gatos)
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We are all aware that Los Gatos, as well as most of the San Francisco Bay Area and a large portion of California, is experiencing seriousdrought conditions.  Last week I was walking on the Los Gatos Creek Trail, and I couldn't resist the irony of the picture below. While we had substantial rain i...
By Bob Ratliff, Broker Associate - REALTOR® 512-587-5689, Your Cedar Park & Leander, REALTOR® CRS GRI
(RE/MAX Capital City ~ Call Bob ~512-587-5689 Austin TX - REALTOR® CRS GRI)
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Least Expensive Way To Freshen Up Your Home When Selling   Homeowner looking for the least expensive way to freshen up their home when selling and giving it a makeover is to give their home interior and exterior a new coat of paint.   Keeping in mind Color Psychology, which is the study of color ...
By Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond
(Phillips Post Road Realty ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate)
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Tree Services in South Kingstown RI | Silver Leaf Forestry   It may be too late for the blizzard and intense winds about to descend upon Rhode Island this week but Silver Leaf Forestry is the South Kingstown RI tree company to call.  Have those trees and tree limbs near the house or power lines t...
By Valorie L. Ford, Valorie Ford & Co, Charlottesville/Albemarle Real
(Keller Williams Realty)
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If you own an older home than you are all too familiar with dark, dingy closets that make it difficult to see due to a lack of proper lighting. This is quite common in older homes and can be a real hassle at times. Having an electrician install proper lighting can be expensive, especially if you...
By Heidi Kelley, Selling One Yard at a Time
(Keller Williams Realty Newport, East Bay Rhode Island)
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      Interior Decorating, Farmhouse-Style Farmhouse décor offers a relaxed, casual and charming feel. It perfectly combines old and new elements for an eclectic look. A farmhouse interior is warm and inviting while also being practical. Whether you're a true country dweller or simply love the lo...
By Kerry Lucasse, Your Nest Atlanta Real Estate Consultant
(eXp Realty - Nest Atlanta Team)
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Just Listed at 2630 Talley Street #303 in Decatur, GA 30030 2 bedrooms :: 2 bathrooms :: 1,050 SF :: Talley Street Lofts   Just a short stroll away from the Downtown Decatur Square, 2630 Talley Street #303 is simply stunning. Not only is it located in a fantastic area and school district, the lof...
By Pat Champion
(Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty)
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Industrial Style for the Kitchen and Dining Room I love seeing something old being salvaged into something new and unique it adds character and beauty to these items. I guess that's why I love seeing television shows like refurbish and rehab addict. Like they say one person's junk can be someone ...
By Karla Osmun, Getting Results for You and Your Family
(Realty ONE Group/The Jeff Sibbach Team)
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How do you feel about your home décor? If you’re tired of it, and know it needs some updating, but are afraid to act, you’re not alone. Fear of change is the number one reason people live in spaces they don’t really like. A good place to start is by deciding which look you like best. Among the mo...