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 Brad Diepholz, "We have you covered"!
(HCS Restoration and Roofing, LLC)
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Information about Asphalt Shingles-Part 2 Brad Diepholz found the follow information Asphalt shingles come in a variety of colors and patterns. The two most popular patterns are three-tab and architectural. Both of these patterns are cut in a 12 inch wide by 36 inch long sheet and are then wrappe...
By Joanna Cohlan, Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes
(Fresh Eyes For Your Home)
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One of the best things about living in NYC, is the possibility of enjoying a rooftop!!! Since space in NYC is clearly at a premium, a rooftop sitting room is undoubtedly a bonus!While the interior of my Harlem client's new home is not yet ready for occupancy, we've transformed the rooftop into an...
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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I do love to watch my landscaping grow...and with all of the rain we enjoyed(?) in May - everything is growing!  Slowly but surely I am learning more about gardening and making time to enjoy it - and the down time that it provides.You Too Can Have a Green Thumb...      This How-To video from Info...
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How to Get a Mortgage Loan for a FixerHere's a clever real estate dictum for you: Don't buy the best house in a bad neighborhood; buy the worst house in a good neighborhood.There are several reasons for this rule, but the main one has to do with property values, which are determined in large part...
By Ralph Mark Maupin, Michigan Real Estate Investors Host
(National Real Estate Network, LLC)
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 It's very likely that as the summer begins to hit with the full force of its sun rays, we immediately turn to A/C to answer our temperature issues. Little do we consider one of the major underlying contributors to our home's temperature issues; our windows and doors. The problem with most doors ...
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 Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Lower Fairfield CT)
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Hardwood flooring buying tipsHardwood flooring can add beauty and warmth to your Westchester home. It can also be a large and a long term investment. This choice can impact the style (as well as value) of your home, and you'll be living with it for years to come. It's ideal to thoroughly research...
By Mykel Martin, The TCR Group at Keller Williams Realty
((909) 476-9600 ~ www.WeLoveRanchoCucamonga.com)
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They say you never miss the well until the water runs dry.  Some California residents are literally living that reality as California enters its 4th year of drought.   This is perhaps the worst drought that California has ever seen.  Unfortunately California isn’t the only state feeling an absenc...
By Inna Ivchenko, Los Angeles / Valley Homes
(Mannis Real Estate Group)
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Want To Try Something New? Try Homemade Soap Party Favors! My daughter's birthday party is coming! Time to prepare our party favors. What 12 y.o. girls would love? I was searching Pinterest for DIY ideas and Bingo! Today, for the very first time, I made a homemade soap! It was much easier than I ...
By Anthony Alfano
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DIY house painting tips.   Congratulations on buying your new home!  Now comes the hard part - fixing it up and redecorating to your liking.  You'll want to hire a professional painter if your budget allows, but if you're willing to invest some elbow grease and your weekend to the task, you may b...
By Stanley Stepak, Realtor - Avon Lake, Avon, Bay Village, Westlake,
(Howard Hanna Gold- Avon Lake, OH)
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As a Realtor this question of how to prevent future flooding to my Avon Lake or Northeast Ohio Home always is brought up in the season (like we are having now). Depending upon your region, your budget and your own decisions, you’ll want to a) assess where the water is coming from and b) note the ...
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 Police Busted The Door, Can You Fix It?  I got an early morning call from a property maintenance employee, it seems the police were involved with the ramming of an apartment door to make an arrest. The slamming of the door caused serious damage. The damaged entry door was beyond repair, the...
By Joy Daniels
(Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd.)
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It's that time of year when we start to need air conditioning in Central PA.  The humidity is building and the temperatures are rising.  There are a few easy things should do (or hire an HVAC contractor to do) in order to efficiently and safely get your A/C ready for the summer!  ENJOY!!!  1.Clea...
By Paul Peck, Licensed Drywall and Painting Contractor
(Peck Drywall and Painting serving Brevard County, Florida)
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I did this short video clip for all of those DIYers out there brave enough to try thier own drywall finishing on remodels and drywall repairs.Butt joints are one of the hardest things to get right when it comes to drywall finishing!After the new drywall was installed, I taped all of the drywall s...
By Sharon Sigman, Sharon Sigman
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Everyone is thinking that a certain room in the house wishes was just a little larger. That many don’t understand is that with a little work and some TLC, they might be seeing what they are searching for.Here are some designer tips to help you make any room look larger:1. Utilize a color scheme t...
By Sharon Sigman, Sharon Sigman
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If your home has carpet, you've probably struggled with cleaning a stain or two. It's possible you've filled your shopping cart with an array of conventional carpet cleaners that promise to remove persistent carpet stains. Unfortunately, many over-the-counter carpet cleaners contain toxic chemica...
By Randy "Lazarus" McAtee, Owner/Broker, Lazarus Realty, Fresno California
(Lazarus Realty)
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Thought I might say a few things about unlicensed contractors. If you hire a contractor and they perform a job where the total amount of labor and material exceeds $500.00, by law, they must be licensed. You are not obligated to pay an unlicensed contractor for a job if the combined total of labo...
By N. Joel Walter, Cr (Certified Remodeler)
(N.J.W. Construction Inc)
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As your Columbus, Ohio home improvement company, we loved this article on corner cabinet solutions! It talks about how there aren’t many options for kitchen layouts that don’t include one blind corner cabinet… we all have one right?Some designers will add a rear-facing cabinet at the wall end of ...
By Rob Denny, "Dream Home Specialist"
(Allison James Estates & Homes)
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An anthropological UCLA study, described in the book “Life at Home in the Twenty-First Century,” blames our fascination with digital devices — tablets, computers, televisions, games — for keeping us cooped up. The UCLA research participants spent less than half an hour each week in their outdoor ...
Late last night, to the horror of my eyes, I discovered that our beautiful new kitchen granite countertop had somehow become stained in multiple areas with what appeared to be some form of red color! It took me a few minutes to calm down, but I realized that the previous day we had strawberry de...