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.

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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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Your Water Heater Is About To Cause Serious Damage       So you have a home in Sacramento and are wondering how long your water heater will last, the answer is not always easy but the warning signs may help. Indoor water heaters in Sacramento can last 10, 15 or 20 years or more, but when they do ...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International Westchester NY & Stamford CT)
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I'm reblogging this post that I put on Women of Westchester blog.  I thought it might come in handy for many of you, especially those that focus on listings.  If you want to get to the original post (either to leave a comment or to reblog yourself), click on the title of this post, and it will ta...
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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There is a growing market for safe showers and tubs in the Sacramento region. Baby Boomers are reaching out for more friendly construction choices. Showers with seats, walls with grab bars and easy access steps can all be found by many manufacturers today. If you have a need for a special tub or...
By Sheila Moylan, Working To Get Value For Your Money
(C21 - Commonwealth)
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7 Things You Should Do As Soon As You Move Into Your New Home To Slash Your Electricity Bill   Moving into your home is an exciting time, and you shouldn’t allow higher than expected electricity bills to dampen your spirits. Every day, households around the world waste large amounts of energy. If...
By Kristin Hamilton, (909) 557-6966, CDPE, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Linda
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Make Our World a Better Place on Earth Day 2014 Today is Earth Day 2014 so make sure you are recycling, planting, donating to an environmental cause, picking up trash in the community or thinking of ways to go “Green”. Just do something to help make our world a better place.  Green Suggestions: T...
By Kristin Hamilton, (909) 557-6966, CDPE, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Linda
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Beautiful Trees for Earth Day 2014 Plant a Tree for Earth Day                                         Thanks for Reading my Blog       Kristin Hamilton DRE #014092138 Keller Williams Realty – I am a full time agent and deal in all types of real estate transactions. Trusts, Probate, Short Sales, S...
By Valorie L. Ford, Valorie Ford & Co, Charlottesville/Albemarle Real
(Keller Williams Realty)
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There isn’t much that we can do about the first two but today more than ever there are viable alternatives for supplying power to our homes. Renewable energy sources are becoming more and more popular and although most people still rely on the local power company many are supplementing their pow...
By Tara Winfield
(RE/MAX Alliance)
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Online shopping is great and all, but do you ever wish you could feel the material of that adorable pillow on Etsy?  Are you too afraid to commit to the rug on Overstock.com because you doubt the color is quite as grey (or gray) as it looks on your computer screen?  Go to At Home.... Formerly kno...
By Mahesh Mike Patel, Call Me And Consider It Done!
(First Team Real Estate)
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Homeowners: Fast Fixes For Household Sounds If you've heard knocking, creaking, gurgling or scratching sounds in your house, this information is for you.  These noises can occur in homes of all ages, and they're usually easy to fix. We work by referrals and so if you or someone you know needs a r...
By The Condo Guy Bill Desautels, RE/MAX North Professionls
(The Condo Guy)
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Are you working on decorating your home? Perhaps you want to spruce up your decor, but you aren't sure where to start. Where can you find inspiration for your home decor, besides the obvious home decor magazines and websites? Here are some fun and creative ideas that will inspire you when design...
By Erika Rogers, Your Personal St George Utah Real Estate Guide!
(Re/Max First Realty)
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When it comes to kitchen remodeling, I have some tips about common mistakes and how you can avoid them. Dreaming of your perfect kitchen remodel usually includes a fantasy that everything will go without any problems. Deliveries will be made on time, installations will go smoothly, and cleanup w...
By Suzanne Otto, Your Montgomery County PA home stager
(Six Twenty Designs)
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Painting is one of the most important things you can do to your home to have the biggest impact on appearance. And if you do it yourself, it won't cost as much as you think. Plus your buyers won't chip away at their offer because your home needs a paint job.  If you're ready to get your home on t...
By Lesley Wilson-VanGoethem, Residential Real Estate Sales Specialist
(Innovative Realty Solutions Group)
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In Florida , we have to be mindful of Curb Appeal year round , and today made me realize just how important these 3 words are..... MOW, WEED and MULCH,,,PLEASE ! Was showing a few homes to a buyer this afternoon and the second home we pulled up to , was in dire need of a mower, and the Flower/shr...
By Neil Coleman
(First Midwest Bank NMLS#143306)
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When people purchase their home, one of their common requests is “plenty of light.” And for good reason! This is a critical factor for enjoying your home, and when designing your interior, you should pay special attention to just that: your sources of light. See them not only as a way to brighten...
By Judi Monday, CRS-Green Valley AZ Expert, Green Valley Arizona R
(RE/MAX Valley Properties)
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    For the very latest on all things Green Valley AZ Real Estate--follow Judi on Spring has definitely sprung with the lovely sonoran desert in full bloom.  With its arrival, many of us begin the annual chore of a deep spring cleaning.  Go easy on yourself with these 5 easy cleaning tips.    "A ...
By Women of Westchester Working Together, Women helping Women get ahead
(Women of Westchester Working Together)
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If you have clients looking to sell their home, these flooring articles may come in handy.  These are the questions I get most often from sellers who are looking to spruce up their homes before they list, but they don't want to spend an arm and a leg.   If you have hardwood under carpet, should y...
By Chris Sloan, Tooele Utah Real Estate
(Group 1 Real Estate)
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Home improvements In Tooele   Last week i had such response to the article on making home improvements in Tooele that i looked around the net to find some more answers to the original question. There were more to choose from than i thought. It seems from reading the following comments that in spi...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International Westchester NY & Stamford CT)
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Helping a customer select a carpet runner in Westchester NY - Larchmont 10538. One of the more challenging parts of my job is finding carpet runners for steps.  When choosing a runner, there are many things to consider visually.  I mean you also need to make sure it's well constructed, will hold ...
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 Emcee M. Arah, Realtor w/Architectural Dimension, CRS, CDPE, CIAS
(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...