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 Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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    Yes,... I will do a video of our new kitchen and show you the features...I will.. I will..the reason I have not....we have one little adjustment...we have a double oven and a warming drawer on one wall. After installation...whoops...the only whoops....the top oven was just a little too high f...
By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Decades Of Service to the Greater Minot ND Area
(National Marketing Realtors)
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lt720EDNO5E&feature=youtu.be I used to dread changing the cartridge on my whole house water filter but as they say "Practice Makes Perfect" and I've learned a couple of tricks along the way to make the process faster and eaiser. Hope these tricks help you.
By Martin Millner
(Coldwell Banker Hearthside)
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I promise you – it may not seem like it right now, especially with the snow on the ground and the cold wind gusts – but spring is coming. All of us are patiently waiting for its arrival!   While you’re waiting, you can actually start on a little bit of spring cleaning (which will completely allo...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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   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 Ana Hitzel, Home Stager Inland Empire & Palm Springs
( AccentPositives Home Staging )
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Small spaces are always a challenge. You want to maximize every inch without cluttering it up. Tiny furniture is not necessary. If possible create an entry space and use less furniture of a normal scale. Lighter colors in similar shades open up an area. Warm it up with colorfull fabrics and use a...
By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
(Chris Brown | Certified Mortgage Planners)
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When it comes to painting the walls of a house, sometimes subtle is best. You want to add design, color, and texture to the walls, but you don’t want it jarring to the eyes. Here are three subtle painting techniques you can try on your home walls. Continue here: Three Subtle Painting Tricks That ...
By Paul Peck, Licensed Drywall and Painting Contractor
(Peck Drywall and Painting serving Brevard County, Florida)
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    While on a complete exterior repaint in Rockledge, Fl. I was painting the lanai ceiling when the knockdown texture on the pool patio ceiling started to come off onto my roller while rolling the first coat of paint on this ceiling. In this video clip I'm using a sea sponge to apply joint compo...
By Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,
(Keller Williams Capital Properties)
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 Now that the hype of the New Year is over and the long nights of winter are upon us, this is a great list of things to do around the house to make it as exciting to you as when you first moved in! I am thinking of an accent wall in Marsala - the new hot color for 2015! What about you?  1. Get ri...
By Patty Da Silva, Davie, Southwest Ranches Cooper City, Plantation, Weston, REALTOR, Top Listing Broker
(BROKER of Green Realty Properties® - 954-667-7253)
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For Sale ~ 2400 NW 108 DR Coral Springs FL 33065  by PAULA JONES of Green Realty Properties     Welcome home to this spacious and golf community. Home features an office, three bedrooms on the main floor, formal living and dining areas.  Kitchen and family room face the golf course where you can ...
By Jim Sinnott, Realtor, ABR, GRI Licensed in MA and RI
(Keller Williams Realty)
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  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 Paul Peck, Licensed Drywall and Painting Contractor
(Peck Drywall and Painting serving Brevard County, Florida)
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Painter in Cocoa Beach  On this Cocoa Beach, Florida exterior repaint we repaired several staircase stucco cracks and a buckled stucco area.    Water had gotten behind the decorative stucco piece causing water damage and it also rusted out the wire lathe at the front entrance of this South facing...
By MC2 Home Inspections, Indianapolis Westfield Carmel Fishers Indiana
(MC2 Home Inspections LLC)
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Here is how much you energy you can save in each room around your house with just one simple upgrade. When you save energy around the home, it saves money for the household, as well!
By Ken & Leslye Huebsch, Realtors - Harrisburg Homes for Sale 717.514.1793
(First-Time Buyers, Residential Resales, New Construction)
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When To DIY, and When Not To... You know the saying about your eyes being bigger than your stomach when you order a giant meal at a restaurant and then only eat a fraction? When it comes to DIY, your eyes can be bigger than your skill. Or your balance. Or your finesse. Paint your room or pull up ...
By Maggie Dokic, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay |
(Special Miami Homes)
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Renovations can take weeks -- and sometimes months. That means endless days of subcontractors traipsing through your home, noisy tools, and major dust. Even some minor projects can disrupt your daily routine. Before you begin to remodel, know what’s in store for you and your family. We’ve highlig...
By Elite Home Sales Team, A Tenacious and Skilled Real Estate Team
(Keller Williams Realty)
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    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...
By David Popoff, Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct
(DMK Real Estate )
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Pay Back on Green Home Improvements. According to studies green homes will sell for more money and will sell up to 1/3 fewer days than standard homes.(1)  A new study involving large sample of homes sold in California between 2007 and early 2012 has documented that, holding all other variables co...
By N. Joel Walter, Cr (Certified Remodeler)
(N.J.W. Construction Inc)
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To Ensure You are Not Overspending on Your Cabinetry As your Columbus remodeling company, some of the biggest questions we receive surround the cabinetry, and the budget for that type of project. Whether you are planning new construction or a kitchen remodel, your cabinet budget will be structur...
By David Popoff, Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct
(DMK Real Estate )
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Vinegar, Cleaning Wonder & More. Vinegar is made from over-fermenting alcohol. White vinegar is made out of corn alcohol, Apple cider vinegar is made from cider or the apple must and Balsamic vinegar is made from the concentrated juice or must of white grapes. As the sugar ferments it is converte...
By Cynthia Freeney
(Basement Systems Inc)
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Guest post by Zubin Doshi - This week's post was written by my colleague Zubin Doshi, a certified waterproofing specialist and blogger. Zubin writes home improvement articles for several sites, including Patch.com. The law of foundations dictates that any structure built on or below the ground is...
By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 707-812-7668
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
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203k loan limits don't go high enough for my neighborhood I'm afraid that is the harsh reality in many neighborhoods. What then, is the answer where the homes in my area are selling in the $1MM to $3MM or more. All is good with another renovation product that is available and our group consultant...