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.

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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)
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 Can we take that wall out? FAQ Okay, to be quite honest, this question comes in many forms. The simplest and most common is “Can we take that wall out?” You would be surprised how often walls are not wanted. There is certainly a shift to a more open floor plan here in the Sacramento Area, probab...
By Erika Rogers, St George Utah Real Estate & local info.
(Re/Max First Realty)
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Homeowner Advice for Summer GuestsIf you are a homeowner and need advice for your summer guest, I have some tips that will help having summer guests go smoothly during their long stay. So, whether you’re expecting a house full or just one special friend, you can transform your ordinary guestroom ...
By Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395
(Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395)
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 Solar PowerListen to the radio or watch television...ads for solar power companies fill the air waves. It sounds like a good idea, and I'm not going to debate the pros or cons of solar power options for the home, but if you're planning to sell your home, it can cost you a buyer.Residential solar...
By Jon Kolsky, Licensed California Real Estate Broker
(Kolsky Realty & Management)
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 Home Projects You Shouldn’t Attempt.    There are countless blogs about home DYI projects you should attempt, but rarely do you find blogs about home projects only a licensed professional contractor should do. And while there are many unique custom projects that can make your home stand out, cer...
By Nick and Cindy Davis, CRS,CLHMS,ABR,CIAS,ALHS,e-PRO,CDPE,SFR,Realtor(R)
(RE/MAX Premier Group)
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Get acquainted with the basics of combining different shapes, colors and finishes for a symphony of tiles. http://bit.ly/9-Tips-for-Mixing-Matching-Tiles 
By Brad Diepholz, "We have you covered"!
(HCS Restoration and Roofing, LLC)
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Information about Asphalt Shingles-part 1 Brad Diepholz found the following information Asphalt shingles come in two varieties, fiberglass and organic. A fiberglass asphalt shingle consists of a woven fiberglass base mat covered with a waterproof asphalt coating and topped with granules that shie...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Lower Fairfield CT)
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Yes, and no. Technically, the color of the wood has no impact on how much the floor scratches. However, darker floors tend to show scratches, dirt, dents, footprints and imperfections more. So what impacts the scratching on wood?Primarily the finish of the wood, and the wood species (i.e. how har...
By Maggie Dokic, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay |
(Special Miami Homes)
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Today’s ranges cook more efficiently than their avocado ancestors thanks to fresh features and newfangled technologies. We separate the wheat from the chaff so you can pick the best range for your home. First Things First: Gas or Electric?If you don’t have a gas supply to your house, the answer i...
By Brad Miller
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Planning on having an outdoor room or perhaps purchasing a home with one? Then you’ll enjoy these 10 ideas for outdoor rooms. More than just living spaces, outdoor rooms these days are a key feature for some homes. Read on and enjoy these eye candies! Treetop Canopy RoomWhether you live in the ru...
By James Murr, www.cortiersrealestate.com
(Cortiers Real Estate)
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Selling your home can difficult sometimes, but can be even more challenging if you do not make a good first impression on your buyers. To avoid having your potential buyers be turned away from your home just at the first impression.Here are four great ways to keep your potential buyers from turni...
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)
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 Installing It Incorrectly Can Mean A Lifetime of Problems With Moisture Intrusion.  As a contractor in the Sacramento area, I get to help homeowners with all sorts of repairs. Many of the repairs that I do involve moisture and the intrusion into the home. Water supply leaks, drainage problems, a...
By Robert (Bob) Gilbert, Your Katy TX Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
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Spring/Summer Home Improvement Project|Questions to Ask Contractors|  Above picture courtesy of Bing free to share, modify and use pictures There are numerous companies and individuals claiming to be reputable contractors who in reality are most likely fraud artists. I have read home improvement ...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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No one gets organized by planning to get organized at a later day and time. Wishful thinking does not beget results. Actions do. Being organized is not a static state. Paradoxically, order requires constant motion. It helps if you recognize these 6 organizing must haves if you are to remain on to...
By Jill Murty, Realtor - Serving Orange County, CA
(PREA Realty)
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 Rawlins Piano Company in Orange County, CAFamily Owned & Operated Need a piano to provide the perfect touch for staging?  Rawlins Piano Company is here to help!  Lennar Homes and Tri-Pointe Homes have used Rawlins Piano Company to provide pianos to stage their properties and you can, too! A pian...
By Judi K Barrett, Broker/Owner, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDAB
(Judi Barrett~Integrity Real Estate Services~Idabel, Oklahoma)
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Still Time to Buy GE Appliances for Your Home and Get a Rebate 5/26/15 Have you been shopping for appliances for your new home?  Or maybe it's just time to update appliances or you had one go on the blink over the week-end?   There's still time to get in on GE's appliance rebate.  Today is the la...
By Mike Rigley, Your go to Real Estate Specialist
(Real Estate Specialist - Keller Williams Realty)
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Household Tips and Tricks – How to Get Rid of Mold  Mike and Jennifer Rigley 916.660.5823 / Info@RigleyRG.com What’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 Value Estimator. We represent b...
By Dana Hollish Hill, Vice President & Associate Broker
(Buyer's Edge Company, Inc.)
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All Those Collections Can Be Serious Clutter Problems My husband and I were recently thinking about moving to a larger home. While is it fun to think about all the additional space that a larger home might bring, we realized that our stuff would follow us if we aren't careful. We have a major clu...
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Many homeowners who are seeking to increase value to their homes enjoy the durability and easy maintenance when upgrading to granite countertops. Granite is one of the most durable of all stones, second only to diamonds. Granite, being created from molten rock, can withstand the heat from a hot p...
By Michele Connors, Your Eastern North Carolina Realtor
(The Overton Group, LLC Pitt & Carteret County)
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Every home I have  ever owned had had to have a porch...I am a porch person !This is a porch of a listing I have at : 1129 Scarlet Oak Drive  Greenville , NC  27858 This is a standard concrete porch that has been taped off and painted !  Do you like it ???  Click on address to see the rest of thi...
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)
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  The Good News Is That The Post Isn't Supporting A Lot Of Weight  In looking at this overhang corner post, there is a clear separation between the post and overhang. This needs to be corrected for several reasons. The good news is that the post does not seem to be bearing a lot of weight right n...