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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Trending blogs on Home Improvement

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...
By Suzanne Otto, Your Montgomery County PA home stager
(Six Twenty Designs)
Comments 10
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 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)
Comments 2
  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 Michelle Carr-Crowe-Selling Silicon Valley Homes in Top Schools San Jose, Cupertino, Saratoga, Palo Alto-Just Call 408-252-8900, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years
(Just Call 408-252-8900 Lynbrook Homes Cupertino KW)
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Good feng shui for the home is important to many of my San Jose, Saratoga and Cupertino home buyers. While I am not a big fan of earth tones personally, as Laura Cerrano notes in The importance of Healthy Earth Energy in Your Home and self, earth energy gives every home a sense of stability and s...
By Monte Wall, Keller Williams Premier Realty - Katy, Texas
(Keller Williams Premier Realty)
Comments 43
The May-Wall Team has been showing lots of homes lately to our buyers and we have noticed something that is just plain sad.  We have seen quite a number of homes between 10 to 20 years old that have no trees in the back yard.  None!  It would be understandable if the home was just a couple of yea...
By Marla Yost, The Marla Yost Team
(Marla Yost Team- Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 3
Energy bills to high ?? Cooling and Heating your home is usually the largest load on your engery. Adding insulation,sealing air leaks,gaps and cracks  are some of the things you can do to stop some of the energy waste. Have a high R-value insulation in your attic. Your attic should have at least ...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
Comments 1
The importance of Healthy Earth Energy in Your Home and self   When earth energy is in harmony that represents the energy feeling settled and secure. It promotes great healing energy and you can pull from various resources in which she provides to us.  Let that be with earth tone colors and artw...
By Laura Ivy Blessing 512-789-5087
(Living Austin Realty LLP)
Comments 4
I've always wanted to be one of those people that are always happy and motivated to jump out of bed in the morning to attack the day. Yet, most of the time I feel like I'm on a roller coaster ride between highly motivated and overwhelmed. So, what is the secret to being more emotionally c...
By Norma Toering, Palos Verdes & Beach Cities Homes in L.A. CA
(Charlemagne International Properties)
Comments 18
Saturday was the hot and humid kind of day best spent poolside or inside with the air-conditioner making the heat more bearable. Instead, I spent the day at the LA Zoo with my daughter's family. Yes, it was hot, but animals are savvy when it comes to staying cool. These flamingos were nowher...
By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long & Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 18
Shopping for the Lowest Priced Repair Can Sometimes Cost You More Not too long ago, I represented a seller who was asked to do some minor roof repairs which amounted to having an area of missing shingles replaced.  There were three weeks between the request and settlement, his deadline to get it ...
By Deborah Laemmerhirt, CT, Ridgefield, Bethel,Kent,Brookfield, Newtown, Redding,Roxbury,Bridgewater, Luxury Homes, Water Front Properties, Equestrian
(Keller Williams Luxury Homes International)
Comments 4
Update Your Kitchen  Deborah Laemmerhirt  203-994-4297.  www.HomesInConnecticutForSale.com When it comes to Kitchen updates there are always ideas. With the focus on social media, texting and digital devices there are changes that could enhance this lifestyle shift.   Recently Consumer Reports Ma...
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'm pretty sure they have pets, a cat is my guess.       While looking at the front door of this apartment, the door needed to be replaced, I saw that there was something wrong with the weatherstripping. The weatherstripping was not the reason why I was there in this Carmichael apartment, b...
By Kristin Hamilton, (909) 557-6966, CDPE, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Linda
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 4
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 Evelyn Bruder, CRS, GRI, ABR, E-PRO
(Steinborn & Associates Real Estate)
Comments 2
We find over and over that people tend to put off home repairs until right before they put their home for sale on the market. One of the most common repairs is due to water damage. Here are some helpful tips if you floor has been damaged by water. Vinyl Tiles Linoleum or vinyl tiles are some of ...
By Fred Carver-Top Realtor Victoria, BC, Accredited Victoria BC Real Estate Consultant
(Re/Max Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate)
Comments 12
SPEECHLESS SUNDAY IT'S SUMMER PERENNIAL TIME IN OUR YARD Spring Time Flowers are all but gone, now it's time for our perennials to shine and add Summer Colour to our Garden. Here two Perennials currently in their full bloom in our back yard as we head into August in Victoria, BC First our...
By Susan Murphy
(The Hoffman-Murphy Team - Keller Williams)
Comments 1
Danger can lurk in many areas of your home, and it’s very important to have basic safety tips for everyone who lives in your house – tips that will keep all ages safe and secure.   Basements can be a danger to many – especially if you have young children. In the case of toddlers and smaller chil...
By Greg Nino, Houston, Texas
(RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP)
Comments 4
Can the HOA prevent me from flying my flag?  Not in Texas.  HB 680 amends the current property code. HOA's can regulate the size, number and location of flags but they can no longer prevent a homeowner from flying their flag.  The regulation does not prevent the installation of at least one ...
By Cynthia Larsen, Sonoma County Real Estate Broker
(Safe Haven Realty)
Comments 13
Navigating a shark infested sea called SOLAR If you have a landline, listen to the radio, or surf the Internet ... chances are good that you have been inundated with Solar ads. Heck, you don't even have to live in a sunny climate to be hit up by the solar sharks. If you have a roof over your ...
By Deborah Laemmerhirt, CT, Ridgefield, Bethel,Kent,Brookfield, Newtown, Redding,Roxbury,Bridgewater, Luxury Homes, Water Front Properties, Equestrian
(Keller Williams Luxury Homes International)
Comments 4
#Backyard Entertainment #Extend Your Living space #Outdoor living Deborah Laemmerhirt  203-994-4297.  www.HomesInConnecticutForSale.com.  There are a number of things you can do to enhance your outdoor space and you don't have to have water front property to do so!  Take a look as some of the...
By Kwee Huset, Venice Florida Homes For Sale
(Kwee Huset Realty)
Comments 14
  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 ...