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 Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little REALTOR® That Could
(Keller Williams Realty)
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  From the time I was a little girl, my father taught me the value of home maintenance. My dad was a Landlord. Every summer I helped my dad with home maintenance projects. I could never understand why every time a tenant left there was 10 times or more work that needed to be done before the new t...
By The Albert Team KW Port St. Lucie FL 34986 Market Updates and Trends, PGA Village, Tradition, St. Lucie West
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Picking paint colors is not an activity for the easily intimatated.  What is so scary about this?  "What if I don't like it once it is done?", "It looks good on this little tiny sample, what about the entire room?" Just to name a couple of thoughts.  Then there is - Do I w...
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 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 Rob Thomas, Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro
(Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954)
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Deck Plants Can Make A Big Difference When Selling A Home!   If you are trying to sell your home then I can promise you that ....Deck Plants Can Make A Big Difference When Selling A Home!   Curb appeal is everything when you first pull up or when you take that first walk onto to the back deck!   ...
By Evelyn Bruder, CRS, GRI, ABR, E-PRO
(Steinborn & Associates Real Estate)
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Believe it or not, a common question we get from sellers and buyers is whether or not they should replace windows or ask to have windows replaced. How do you know if replacing windows is a good idea? When you sit next to your windows is the air around them noticeably cooler in the winter and war...
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 Jessica Gaines Jarboe, Louisville Gaines Real Estate
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Louisville is a city known for its great respect for old buildings. In any of the nearly 150 recognized neighborhoods in the city, there are architectural marvels you might enjoy restoring. When you buy an older home, there are many expensive upgrades that lie ahead of you, so it's best to go...
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 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 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 Herb Baldwin, Morrow County's Home Seller!
(RE/MAX Genesis)
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Outdoor Lighting Increases Curb Appeal   Walk across the street after dark and take a good look at your front door.  Can you see the door knob or the house number?  If not, you have a poorly lit front entrance.   Gather Ideas - For ideas on how to improve the lighting situation in your Morrow Cou...
By Azmi Alkurd, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Lifestyles
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Lifestyles)
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By Kwee Huset, Venice Florida Homes For Sale
(Kwee Huset Realty)
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  Dragon Fruit (Pitaya) Progression – Edible Garden in Florida     Dragon Fruit (Pitaya)    Dragon fruit is in the family of cactus. It likes dry and tropical warm weather with some rain. There are some home growers who plant them in their edible garden in Florida        Dragon Fruit Progression ...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International Westchester NY & Stamford CT)
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What is the difference between red oak and white oak hardwood? Oak flooring is the most popular species of hardwood here in Westchester County NY and the northeast in general.  Oak is a very practical wood, is readily available (grown and made in the US), very affordable and very easy to stain so...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International Westchester NY & Stamford CT)
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As the name implies, Brazilian Cherry hardwood grows in Brazil.  Due to the climate and growing cycles, Brazilian Cherry is much harder than the typical oak you traditionally see here in the US.  On the Janka hardness scale, Red Oak is a 1290 while Brazilian Cherry is 2350 - almost twice as hard....
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International Westchester NY & Stamford CT)
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I'm often asked whether prefinished hardwood or unfinished hardwood is better.  We install both and the truth is it depends on which of below factors is most important to you.  The next question I get is, which is less expensive??? Just to make sure we are on the same page for definitions, pr...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International Westchester NY & Stamford CT)
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Original article source: Carpet Color trends - Westchester County NY By far, the vast majority of carpets selected for homes in Westchester are neutrals - beiges and taupes.  These are practical and neutral as they go with almost all furniture and give you flexibility with paint color as well as ...
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...