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 Sarah Oswald, Broker, Realtor, CDPE, CIAS, SFR , Investor
(Eastvale Team Realty & Property Mgmt)
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Eastvale / Ontario Treasure Hunt - Free Fertilizer         I had a sighting today that I would like to share with you all for that home improvement project. If you need a little boost for your landscaping, here is your chance to get some free fertilizer while it lasts. Go to where the black arrow...
By Kent Temple, Specializing in Lake Norman Real Estate
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DECLUTTER ... This is something that if it's done on a daily basis your home will be always ready for unexpected guests and impromptu get-togethers! PAINT YOUR MAILBOX ... This little trick will instantly spruce up your "curb appeal" because "First Impressions are EVERYTHING&qu...
By Marla Yost, The Marla Yost Team
(Marla Yost Team- Keller Williams Realty)
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Energy bills to high ?? Cooling and Heating your home is usually the largest load on your engery. Adding insulation,sealing air leaks,gaps and cracks  are some of the things you can do to stop some of the energy waste. Have a high R-value insulation in your attic. Your attic should have at least ...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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The importance of Healthy Earth Energy in Your Home and self   When earth energy is in harmony that represents the energy feeling settled and secure. It promotes great healing energy and you can pull from various resources in which she provides to us.  Let that be with earth tone colors and artwo...
By Suzanne Otto, Your Montgomery County PA home stager
(Six Twenty Designs)
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Decorating an Entryway   Entryways are an important part of a home. Whether it's a foyer or just a small wall when you first walk in, having that area properly decorated sets the tone of the home. People need a place to set down their keys or hang up their coats when they first come in. Decor...
By John DL Arendsen, Contractor, RE Brk, Factory Built Home Dealer/Devl
(ON THE LEVEL General Contractor, Crest Homes Factory Built Housing Dealer & Developer & TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments)
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  Pride of Ownership? Rent vs Resident Owned? Gentrification!    A Win Win!     Let there be no doubt that folks who have a vested interest in their homes have more of an incentive and motivation to Improve & Maintain their Investment.   We have been working in several Mobile & Manufactur...
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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  We Have To Clean That Water Damage Up   Often times when we are opening walls and doing repairs caused by water and moisture intrusion, we find more that needs to be addressed. There is no way of knowing the extent of this water damage but it should be cleaned up. We like to warn our clients of...
By Laura Ivy Blessing 512-789-5087
(Living Austin Realty LLP)
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I've always wanted to be one of those people that are always happy and motivated to jump out of bed in the morning to attack the day. Yet, most of the time I feel like I'm on a roller coaster ride between highly motivated and overwhelmed. So, what is the secret to being more emotionally c...
By Kristin Hamilton, (909) 557-6966, CDPE, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Linda
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Landscaping in Urban Areas Where There is No Front Yard                 When you live in urban areas, apartment living, townhouses or condos and you still want to have some color in your front yard, find some pretty pots and colorful trees and flowers to make your space beautiful and also it will...
By Deborah Laemmerhirt, CT, Ridgefield, Bethel,Kent,Brookfield, Newtown, Redding,Roxbury,Bridgewater, Luxury Homes, Water Front Properties, Equestrian
(Keller Williams Luxury Homes International)
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Update Your Kitchen  Deborah Laemmerhirt  203-994-4297.  www.HomesInConnecticutForSale.com When it comes to Kitchen updates there are always ideas. With the focus on social media, texting and digital devices there are changes that could enhance this lifestyle shift.   Recently Consumer Reports Ma...
By David Bailey, "Creating Clients for Life" Cell # 631-767-8948
(The Mortgage Outlet NMLS # 36861)
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Create a Home Theater on a Budget There are many reasons to add a theater to your home. With increasing movie prices, coupled with the quick home releases, it is simply more cost effective to create the movie experience in your home.  Home theaters are the perfect environment for scheduled famil...
By Deborah Laemmerhirt, CT, Ridgefield, Bethel,Kent,Brookfield, Newtown, Redding,Roxbury,Bridgewater, Luxury Homes, Water Front Properties, Equestrian
(Keller Williams Luxury Homes International)
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#Backyard Entertainment #Extend Your Living space #Outdoor living Deborah Laemmerhirt  203-994-4297.  www.HomesInConnecticutForSale.com.  There are a number of things you can do to enhance your outdoor space and you don't have to have water front property to do so!  Take a look as some of the...
By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 707-812-7668
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
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4" OG or Oh Gee as some call it and it comes in several sizes but has a similar shape. I've seen 4", 5" and 6"  1/2 Round Gutter  5 1/4" Fascia Gutter is typically for use on a roof that has 2x4 rafters as when they are cut at a 4:12 pitch the result is a 5 1/4" ...
By Azmi Alkurd, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Lifestyles
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Lifestyles)
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By Brian Force, Work With the Best!
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As homeowners, we are constantly trying to fing the balance between creating our own personalized oasis, and protecting our investment and retaining the resale value. It's not always and easy balancing act, many upgrades, while they may improve the owner's quality of life, can yield littl...
By Deborah Laemmerhirt, CT, Ridgefield, Bethel,Kent,Brookfield, Newtown, Redding,Roxbury,Bridgewater, Luxury Homes, Water Front Properties, Equestrian
(Keller Williams Luxury Homes International)
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  5 DIY Backyard Projects - The weather is still beautiful and now is the perfect time to start a backyard DIY project! You don’t need to spend a ton of time or money to complete these fun and DIY projects. Check out our favorite backyard updates that anyone can do below:   1. Backyard theatre -...
By Steve Sicard, Always putting your needs first!
(Keller Williams Solid Rock Realty)
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  If you have young children, or expect a visit from friends or relatives with little ones in tow, it pays to ensure your home is free of hazards. The last thing you want is an injury that could have easily been prevented.    Here are some basic childproofing tips.    Remove everything that is to...
By Chrissy Doremus ~ US Inspect ~, Residential & Commercial Property Inspections
(US Inspect)
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Summer is in full swing and we are spending lots of time entertaining. If you have a deck, it's probably a popular venue for meals and get-togethers. But are you feeling like your space is a bit dull or drab despite the vibrance of summer? Dress it up with these 7 ideas!     Add Some Plant Li...
By 3BlindMiceUSA.com Custom Blinds, Shades, Shutters & More!, San Diego | Sacramento | Austin
(3BlindMiceUSA.com- San Diego Window Coverings)
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-- ORIGINALLY POSTED ON 3BlindMice --    Solar powered drapes with motorization are just one of the modern, elegant and beautiful solutions BTX offers for covering windows, sliding glass doors, and other wide openings. One of the bolder window fashion design trends for 2014, it has never been eas...
By Michelle Carr-Crowe-Selling Silicon Valley Homes in Top Schools San Jose, Cupertino, Saratoga, Palo Alto-Just Call 408-252-8900, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years
(Just Call 408-252-8900 Lynbrook Homes Cupertino KW)
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Good feng shui for the home is important to many of my San Jose, Saratoga and Cupertino home buyers. While I am not a big fan of earth tones personally, as Laura Cerrano notes in The importance of Healthy Earth Energy in Your Home and self, earth energy gives every home a sense of stability and s...