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.


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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 Jim Sinnott, Realtor, ABR, GRI Licensed in MA and RI
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 23
  Projects Not to D-I-Y       Television today is awash with many real estate based reality shows: shows on buying your first home, buying and flipping homes, buying vacation homes, buying homes all over the world. There are also the programs that focus on D-I-Y, or do-it-yourself projects. In th...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 17
   The "facelift/remodeling" you choose to give your house can have simplistic starts...changing hardware, painting cabinetry, new flooring....removing wallpaper....and maybe the cosmetics are where it ends...you just need/want a "sprucing"....or are getting it ready to put up for sale.  Tuning ...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Stamford CT)
Comments 34
When it comes to pets, what is the best type of carpet for our furry friends? We love our pets and we are a very pet friendly company…In fact, each of us has at least one cat or dog. We also understand that they can do a number on carpeting making it a challenge to keep them clean. Let’s face it,...
By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
(Chris Brown | Certified Mortgage Planners)
Comments 1
There are a number of ways that you can improve the look and style of a room without having to spend an arm and a leg. Of course, painting and stenciling are the most affordable ways to bring new life and unique detail to an old room. But if you’re intent on taking it to the next level, look no f...
By Valorie L. Ford, Valorie Ford & Co, Charlottesville/Albemarle Real
(Keller Williams Realty)
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If you own an older home than you are all too familiar with dark, dingy closets that make it difficult to see due to a lack of proper lighting. This is quite common in older homes and can be a real hassle at times. Having an electrician install proper lighting can be expensive, especially if you...
By Sharon Parisi, Dallas Homes
(Keller Williams Dallas Premier Realty)
Comments 5
I recall that my first visit to Uncommon Market was when the store and warehouse were located in a small house on Fairmount Street in Dallas. My mission was to locate specific antique hardware for a client. I remember searching through drawer after drawer, until I found the perfect pulls and hand...
By Bill Primavera
(William Raveis Real Estate)
Comments 4
In my many years as both a homeowner and homestyles journalist, I have observed that home repair and improvement projects tend to fall into three categories: the ones you need to do, the ones you want to do, and the ones you do solely to increase the value of your home. The urgent projects you fi...
By Kerry Lucasse, Your Nest Atlanta Real Estate Consultant
(eXp Realty - Nest Atlanta Team)
Comments 4
Just Listed at 2630 Talley Street #303 in Decatur, GA 30030 2 bedrooms :: 2 bathrooms :: 1,050 SF :: Talley Street Lofts   Just a short stroll away from the Downtown Decatur Square, 2630 Talley Street #303 is simply stunning. Not only is it located in a fantastic area and school district, the lof...
By Mary Ann Teixeira, REALTOR, SRES, GREEN
(Coldwell Banker Residential Mortgage)
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By Thanksgiving Day, our home had been stuffed (with insulation). As you can see from the photo below, it looked just like the inside of a Teddy Bear. Also, both Jimmy and I thought that it smelled like baked cookies. Finally, the house is beginning to look like a house! They completed about 2/3 ...
By Karla Osmun, Getting Results for You and Your Family
(Realty ONE Group/The Jeff Sibbach Team)
Comments 3
How do you feel about your home décor? If you’re tired of it, and know it needs some updating, but are afraid to act, you’re not alone. Fear of change is the number one reason people live in spaces they don’t really like. A good place to start is by deciding which look you like best. Among the mo...
By Mary Cruz & Team, Real Estate Professionals
(Global Home Brokers)
Comments 2
Family Mudroom Design                 The family mudroom is, without question, one of the highest traffic areas in the home. It battles all sorts of external elements, from rain and snow to dirt and mud. It houses countless miscellaneous essentials, including shoes and boots, jackets, umbrellas, ...
By James Murr, www.cortiersrealestate.com
(Cortiers Real Estate)
Comments 1
With the holiday season at our finger-tips, decorating is a common seasonal tradition that reminds us of first appearances when walking into the front doors of our relatives and close friend’s homes. Front doors especially highlight a sense of style and mood to your home, which is why decorating...
By Nicholas Conteduca, Chicago's Top Real Estate Agent - Broker/Appraiser
(Jameson Sotheby's/Anywhere Appraisals)
Comments 5
    3 WAYS TO ADD VALUE TO YOUR HOME       If you are looking to make some improvements to your home in order to increase the value, this article will give you some insight. I am constantly coming across homeowners complaining about an appraiser not giving value to some upgrades they have recentl...
By Shannon Milligan, Richmond VA Real Estate Agent/Associate Broker, RVA Home Team - Winning with Integrity.
(RVA Home Team)
Comments 7
Richmond VA Kitchen Remodel - Step 4 Demolition This past Thursday I was getting ready to take a new client on a tour of homes for sale in Mechanicsville when the demolition crew arrived at our home. I quickly spoke to them about the process and it was determined that it would take approximately ...
By MC2 Home Inspections, Indianapolis Westfield Carmel Fishers Indiana
(MC2 Home Inspections LLC)
Comments 0
The electrical system is an essential part of your home, yet it's often taken for granted -- and that's a dangerous attitude to have when it comes to electricity.
By Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little REALTOR® That Could
(Dallas Premier Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 12
    Bricks & Mortar   If there's one thing my father taught me about brick houses when I was a kid, is that bricks and mortar need maintenance too! Tuckpointing brick may cost some money but do you really want to wake up one day and discover something like this or worse? Although the brick column...
By John Handschuh, Realtor ABR SRES, Horsham Real Estate
(RE/MAX Action Realty)
Comments 3
New Entry Door Is The Biggest Bang For Your Remodeling Buck   Want to get the best return on your remodeling investment? Stick to the exterior of your home, according to the 2015 Cost vs. Value report from the National Association of Realtors® and Remodeling Magazine.Realtors® across the country ...
By George DeVine, Mortgage Banker
(Atlantic Home Loans)
Comments 1
Making the Switch to Renewable Energy Does winter - and the high energy costs that come with it - have you taking another look at your utility bill? Some consumers have decided solar or wind power is the way to go. But is stepping away from electric or gas power right for you? Solar upfront costs...
By Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager
(Sharon Tara Transformations)
Comments 34
Give Your Home a New Look for the New Year You don't have to be selling your home to need a home makeover. If it's been five or more years since you painted or rearranged the furniture, it may be time for a new look. Many of my Home Staging clients have told me that they wished they had hired me ...
By Elite Home Sales Team, A Tenacious and Skilled Real Estate Team
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 4
    The Home Is Open Now Tell 4 At 8 Galora Ln, Ladera Ranch Beautiful flooring and a wonderful dining room. If you are looking for a great home this 3710 sf beauty is available.  It has a view 4 bedrooms 3.5 baths and a great yard. What are you waiting for come on by and say Hi.  This home is w...