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 Erika Rogers, St George Utah Real Estate & local info.
(Re/Max First Realty)
Comments 6
The 2015 Kitchen Trends You Will WantIn the past, kitchen trends were set with stylish cabinets, granite countertops and backsplash. However, the future in kitchen trends is moving toward a warm and inviting feel. Since we spend a large amount of time in the kitchen for cooking and eating and som...
By Sharon Parisi, Dallas Homes
(Keller Williams Dallas Premier Realty)
Comments 5
Stop by North Haven Gardens Sunday afternoon and pick up some tips on how to improve your lawn. The extreme dry summer heat and recent  record setting cold winter, have impacted many Dallas lawns.  The staff at North Haven Gardens will share information on fertilizers and other types of soil tre...
By Dee Toohey, Broker, ABR, AHWD, CIPS, FMS, ePro
(Innovative Realty Solutions Group)
Comments 1
Not only Tallahassee, in most of Florida. I live in Longwood Florida and we have the same rules.  Always check with your local officials before you cut down a tree.  The fines can be hefty.       Tree Huggers!  Tree Worshipers!   Tallahassee, Florida is known for its beautiful trees and its Canop...
By Fred Griffin, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker
(Frederick Griffin, Licensed Real Estate Broker)
Comments 5
     Tree Huggers!  Tree Worshipers!   Tallahassee, Florida is known for its beautiful trees and its Canopy Roads.  People flying into Tallahassee look out the windows of the airplane, and ask, "Where is the town?  There is nothing down there except a forest of trees!"     Leon County and City of...
By Randy and Sue Wells, Nobody Knows Your Home Like a Neighbor!
(Keller Williams Community Partners)
Comments 1
My thoughts on this blog center around a Time Magazine article entitled "The Joy of Less" by Josh Sanburn. This article appeared in the March 23rd issue.The article hit home with the accumulation of "stuff" that the average homeowner has and how it affects them when it comes to selling their home...
By Alberto Pacheco, Experience and Trust
(Keller Williams Porter Ranch)
Comments 9
Plumbing Repairs While plumbing can be a pain in the neck (literally), most people are perfectly capable of making simple repairs, like replaicing a leaky faucet or broken sprinkler head. Potential savings: $100 to a $1000 for typical repairs. Pest Control  Using approved chemicals and methods th...
By Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com
(Zion Realty)
Comments 20
Home styles and floor plans have come a long way in the previous Fifty years. In the past, houses had a specific and formal room designation for each space. In today's modern building designs, rarely will you find a formal entry-way. Long gone are the days of formal sitting parlors or closed off ...
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)
Comments 12
It's that time of the year to break out the grill and start the Spring barbecues. How to Clean a Barbecue Grill and Grill Grates  Lowe's home improvement expert, Mike Kraft, shares tips on cleaning charcoal, gas and stainless steel barbecue grills and grill grates in this easy to follow video. Pr...
By Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little REALTOR® That Could
(Dallas Premier Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 20
        The Sellers of 1528 Augusta Drive in Savannah, Texas are the original owners. As their REALTOR® representing the owners for the Builder in 2006, I was just as proud to represent them then, as I was today on April 13, 2015 when it was sold. Every home tells a story. This home was filled wi...
By Wanda Fears, ABR CRS GRI SFR WCR
(Long and Foster Real Estate, Richmond Virginia)
Comments 1
      Every homeowner has their next home improvement project in mind.  From painting a few rooms to building an addition, there is a home improvement project to fit every budget.  But, whether your budget is large or small, there are projects that bring you back more value for your investment wh...
By Sharon Parisi, Dallas Homes
(Keller Williams Dallas Premier Realty)
Comments 6
Take advantage of the FREE opportunity to learn about drip irrigation systems from licensed irrigator, Patrick Dickinson. Sponsored by City of Dallas Water Conservation and the Texas A&M AgriLife Research Center in Dallas this seminar will show guests how to maximize the  benefit of every drop of...
By Debbie Wilkes, Broker/Owner - Serving Mocksville and Davie County
(Premier Realty NC)
Comments 0
 Whether you plan on selling your house soon or are just wanting to make a change, there are certain renovations that are more likely to add value to your home. Some are more pricy than others. Some renovations that can increase property values are below.Kitchen RemodelingKitchens are one of the ...
By Jennifer Shenbaum
(The Shenbaum Group, Inc. dba Jennifer Buys Houses)
Comments 2
I flip houses for a living and I love it.  My typical purchase is a fixer-upper, lots of deferred maintenance.  I enjoy calls from realtors with properties that are right up my alley. So, when MSN posted "10 Totally Cringeworthy Home Improvement Fails", I really enjoyed it.  Mainly because I have...
By Mike Rigley, Your go to Real Estate Specialist
(Real Estate Specialist - Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 0
Household Tips and Tricks – DIY Reupholster ChairsMike and Jennifer Rigley (buyers) 916.378.4671 / (sellers) 916-660-5823 Info@RigleyRG.comWhat’s My Sacramento Home Worth?Please call us to discuss your potential Home Value in Sacramento, CA 916-660-5823. Click here to use our FREE Online Home Val...
By Roberta LaRocca, REALTOR®, Broker, Salesperson, Property Management
(Simply Vegas Real Estate)
Comments 74
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 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)
Comments 74
  That diagonal board on the gate serves a purpose, and its direction is important. We have all seen that diagonal board that is usually found on the back side of the gate, it helps to hold the gate’s latch side up. Without the board the gate will sag, distort, miss the catch, and become troubles...
By Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966, CDPE, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Linda
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 13
Landscaping with Succulents-A Popular Trend Being a Realtor, I am always driving into neighborhoods and shopping centers and over the past couple of years have seen succulents used to landscape area that once was exclusively covered by flowers and shrubs. Succulents can grow in sandy soil and tak...
By Ryan Gibbons, Your Bergen County Expert
(RE/MAX Real Estate Limited)
Comments 0
The video above explains my 9 tips to hiring a contractor.  I hope you find them helpful when you look for someone to do work on your home.  Below is an outline of the tips provided in the video. Ask Around - Get Referrals Interview Your Prospects Met the Contractors Face to Face Assess the Facts...
By Reuben Saltzman, Minneapolis Home Inspections
(Structure Tech Home Inspections)
Comments 20
Dirty bathrooms are a huge turnoff for home buyers.  Mold is another huge turnoff.  Combine the two and the 'yuck' factor multiplies.  I think everyone has seen moldy bathroom caulk before, and if you've tried cleaning this stuff, you know it's impossible.   I recently moved in to home with some...
By Stephen B. Clyde, "I Sell More, Because I do More"
Comments 0
 Green roofs are the latest building trend in the residential construction. To create more green space in urban areas, to provide energy savings and to create a more comfortable living environment for both people and pets, more and more eco-friendly homebuilders are incorporating green roofs into...