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.

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Put the hammer down and the glasses on and read on.

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By Shane Lott
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It all started with a trip to Epcot at Disney.  After a long day of standing in lines, the kids were thrilled to just play on the playground before the fireworks started.  And like all things Disney, it was a fantastic playground.  It has been expertly designed down to the last detail.  As you st...
By Stephen B. Clyde, "I Sell More, Because I do More"
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 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...
By Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little REALTOR® That Could
(Dallas Premier Keller Williams Realty)
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  Iris Eyes Are Beautiful In follow up to my post Everything Is Coming Up Roses in my Flower Mound Garden, I am proud to say the Iris has come through again with shades of purple so deep they make me yearn for purple velvet luxury and where better to have that dream come true, than my very own ga...
By Jan Sohlman, RE/MAX Integrity
(RE/MAX Integrity)
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Greetings Friends,It is that time again to do some spring cleaning and some basic fix ups around the home. Here is a quick checklist that you can print out and put on your fridge to do in the next month or two.List-Test your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectorsClean out the guttersInspec...
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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 I know It Doesn't Look Safe, But I Needed Some Quick Power  There are times when I am trying to get some things done in an area that is far from a power source. The nearest outlet may be 300 feet away, this makes repairs and improvements difficult to complete. We had a job yesterday that include...
By Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little REALTOR® That Could
(Dallas Premier Keller Williams Realty)
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  Grease is one of those unpleasant topics that not many enjoy. Before we get started on tackling the grease by disposing it correctly, let's have a little fun, so turn up the speakers and enjoy!   Wasn't that fun! So here are some tips for using Elbow Grease in and around your home, especially t...
By Erika Rogers, St George Utah Real Estate & local info.
(Re/Max First Realty)
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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 Barbara Altieri, REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale
(RealtyQuest, Fairfield and New Haven County CT Real Estate)
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Gutters are installed on most homes, and homeowners just forget about them. What they don't know could be doing a lot of damage to the house and foundation. Routine gutter maintenance should be on every homeowner's mind. Maintaining the gutter system on your home is probably the most important th...
By Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com
(Zion Realty)
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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 ...
( Asheville 1031 LAND BROKERAGE)
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 aging-in-place (aka P A L A C E )  in Asheville Style Asheville Real Estate Journal  If YOU have been thinking about “quality of life” now that we are no longer spring chicks, here's some interesting information. It's our sustainability checklist. You may find it a helpful conversation -starter ...
By Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966, CDPE, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Linda
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Redlands is Celebrating Earth Day- April 24, 2015 by Planting 2 TreesEarth Day is being celebrated in Redlands by planting two trees, the California Sycamore and the Palo Verde tree, which are both drought resistant trees and need very little water. This celebration is scheduled at Heritage Park ...
(Long and Foster Real Estate, Richmond Virginia)
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      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 Dee Toohey, Broker, ABR, AHWD, CIPS, FMS, ePro
(Innovative Realty Solutions Group)
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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 Kathy Hyatt PA, Broward Realtor- Sells Plantation Acres& Jacaranda
(RE/MAX Preferred)
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 South Florida Home Remodeling for Enjoyments and ProfitsHome remodeling is not only about increasing your home’s value in the marketplace. It is also about the happiness the remodeling will provide to you and your family Home remodeling projects across the board are giving many home owners a gre...
By Rummy Dhanoa, Rummy Dhanoa
(New York Real Estate Experts)
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The good news is that there are some things you can do to not only make the job easier, but also to speed up the process so you can make it go faster.1. Add a lazy Susan to your fridgeIf you’re already taking everything out to give the fridge a good scrub, add a lazy Susan to each shelf before yo...
By Richard Daskam, Your Real Estate Consultant
(Keller Williams Realty)
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By Mary Ann Teixeira, REALTOR, SRES, GREEN
(Coldwell Banker Residential Mortgage)
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At last . . . . we begin moving in! The cleaners came in over the weekend to wash the windows and vacuum the dust off of the walls, molding, floors, crevices and cracks. Now we begin the process of moving back into our home. Yippee! Because we have dark floors now, my first concern is to hang dra...
By Maggie Dokic, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay |
(Special Miami Homes)
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Early SpringLike so many maintenance jobs, everything goes smoother -- and you’ll get better results -- with proper preparation. Early spring is the time to get ready for lawn-growing and mowing season.Sharpen mower blades to ensure clean cuts. A dull blade tears the grass, leaving jagged edges t...
By Valorie L. Ford, Valorie Ford & Co, Charlottesville/Albemarle Real
(Keller Williams Realty)
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  If there’s one thing that can make a clean bathroom look dull and dingy it’s those water stained shower doors. Actually that lack luster look is caused by a multitude of factors. First of all “hard” water stains are the beginning of the problem. Minerals contained within hard water including ma...
By John DL Arendsen, Gen Cont, Factory Built Const & Dev, RE Brk, INVS.
(TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments, ON THE LEVEL General Contractor, Crest Homes Factory Built Housing Dealer & Developer)
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French Drains Can Save A Homeowner Thousands of Dollars and Headaches Part 2   In Part 1 Rain Gutters & Drainage & What You Need To Know About It we discussed the importance of rain gutters and surface drainage. In Part 2 we will discuss the importance of a functioning FRENCH DRAIN and how it sho...