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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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 Kent Temple, Specializing in Lake Norman Real Estate
(THE TEMPLE TEAM)
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Have a qualified HVAC professional inspect your home’s ducts and cooling equipment. Clean or replace your AC filters every month. Clean chimney and check to see if your fireplace is working properly. Clean out rain gutters and storm drains. Clean and vacuum vents, baseboard heaters and ducts. Se...
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 Joanna Cohlan, Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes
(Fresh Eyes For Your Home)
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I've been MIA from the Rain during the last two weeks because there has been lots of activity at my Harlem brownstone project.  For those of you who remember my posts Interior Design is Like a Game of Chess and The Knight and the Bishop Shake Hands, there were lots of challenges when I commenced ...
By Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966, CDPE, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Linda
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Squirrel Streaking Down the Road Today while outside fixing a sprinkler head, I saw something moving in the bushes. We get bunnies so I thought I had spotted a cotton tail rabbit.  Then all of a sudden, this squirrel pops it head out of the bushes. I ran for my camera and it started STREAKING dow...
By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek & Associates LLC Team at Real Estate Broker/Associate with Real Living Real Estate Group www.LisaVon.com)
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Low Maintenance LandscapingIf you are like me, you need all of the time you can get to manage everything that you do. If you want to spend more time enjoying your garden then you need a low maintenance garden. Make your garden easier to care for with these low maintenance lawn tips. 
By Jack Solloway, There's Only One Right Choice in Real Estate
(Right Choice Realty)
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Can You Convert Your Attic? 6 Questions to Ask Maybe you have always dreamed of a better master bedroom, as large as the house and as private as can be. Or perhaps your teenager needs more space – but you can't imagine where you'll make it. Maybe you want a little rental unit, or a romp room for ...
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 Marina Gavrylyuk, Marina
(Sutton Group Summit)
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Very disappointing day - we were so busy with work and kids that did not get much done, and the time is pressing...Dining room is done, now living room turned into a disaster.....This is quite a peculiar thing with home renovations - and not many are ready for it - once you miss a day out of sche...
By Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate
(the BlueWater Realty team specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales)
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urricane force winds of 74 mph or more are enough to make machine gun ammo out of anything not nailed down. Typically home and business owners in hurricane zones attempt to mitigate the wind damage by putting up window barriers made of materials ranging from plywood to steel. But these all have d...
By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek & Associates LLC Team at Real Estate Broker/Associate with Real Living Real Estate Group www.LisaVon.com)
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Renovating your Home the Green Way  As a GREEN Realtor and Certified Green Building Professional I am asked the same important question from homeowners as they undertake renovations throughout their residences: “How can I make my home green; more environmentally friendly?”  They know that it’s no...
By Kent Temple, Specializing in Lake Norman Real Estate
(THE TEMPLE TEAM)
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Lowe’s has begun offering a 3D printing service in an Orchard Supply Hardware store in California's Silicon Valley. Customers at the store can copy hard-to-find replacement parts or décor items for their homes.Or shoppers at that Mountain View, Calif., store can pull from a digital catalog of doo...
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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  Grease is one of those unpleasant topics that not many enjoy. Before we get started on tackling the grease by disposing it correctly, let's have a little fun, so turn up the speakers and enjoy!   Wasn't that fun! So here are some tips for using Elbow Grease in and around your home, especially t...
By Joanna Cohlan, Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes
(Fresh Eyes For Your Home)
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Abandon reality for just one moment and envision your living room as a clean, empty white space.  Now, imagine placing your favorite pieces of art and objects in their best possible location, along with furniture and furnishings to complement these special things.  And what would that location be...
By Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 www.SpaceCoastHomesNow.com, Your Space Coast Real Estate Expert!
(Fontaine Property Group)
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I wanted to give a shout out Kip at Classic Plumbing of Brevard. I had a leak in the ceiling of my kitchen. I needed it fixed quickly and called quite a few plumbers before I ran across Classic Plumbing.Classic Plumbing of Brevard is located in Palm Bay, FL and services the Space Coast. They are ...
By Cody Haworth, Carlsbad Homes for Sale
(Four Seasons Properties)
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  Looking to sell?? Here are common mistakes that willlessen the value of your home.  1.   Overly upgrading- When upgrading your home, make sure you are spending money that will get you a possible return. If you put up remote control blinds in a $250,000 home in a bad part of town you are not goi...
By Nick and Cindy Davis, CRS,CLHMS,CIAS,ALHS,e-PRO,CDPE,SFR,Realtor(R)
(RE/MAX Premier Group)
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When it comes to remodeling, it's best to keep it simple. Small cost-effective home renovations will likely get the best return on investment, according to surveys, appraisers, and real estate professionals. http://bit.ly/When-Renovating-Keep-it-Simple 
By Maggie Dokic, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay |
(Special Miami Homes)
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If you hop-skip like a rookie firewalker across your sun-drenched patio, then patio shade projects are probably a hot priority.But there’s no reason to get burned on price; you’ll find plenty of low-cost shade-giving options to cool your tootsies.If you’re looking for shade beyond the typical mar...
By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek & Associates LLC Team at Real Estate Broker/Associate with Real Living Real Estate Group www.LisaVon.com)
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Add More Attic Insulation to Save Energy and Beat the HeatYour home's attic is probably already insulated, but extremely hot or cold weather may be more than a match for the insulation in place. Adding an extra layer of insulation may be an option to consider in this video from Owens courtesy of ...
By David Popoff, Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct
(DMK Real Estate )
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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 Rich Levin
(Real Estate Grad School)
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I've worked with thousands of Real Estate Agents across the country and one thing stands out, year after year: business plans are extremely important.  Agents who follow through on their business plan earn over far more, often $100,000 more than those who don’t.  The biggest problem is that it’s ...