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 Kristin Hamilton, (909) 557-6966, CDPE, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Linda
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Ideas to Decorate Your House on a Dime for Thanksgiving Suggestions: Craft stores and dollar stores have a great selection of decorations. Specialty stores have ideas and table decorations for a beautiful table. Add a few decorations to your current dishes, placements, tablecloths to make it fest...
By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
(Chris Brown | Certified Mortgage Planners)
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Wrought iron is a classic accent that has been used to beautify homes for centuries. Its strong and simple elegance is a wonderful addition to any modern home and can be incorporated into home design in many different ways. Read full post here: Wrought Iron, A Simple, Strong, And Beautiful Additi...
By Chrissy Doremus ~ US Inspect ~, Residential & Commercial Property Inspections
(US Inspect)
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They're cooooming! The Thanksgiving Holiday is upon us! Fear not. It is possible to get your house comfortable and set to impress in less than 24 hours, and here's how:   1. Put out the welcome mat. ​Literally! Be sure your entry to your home is uncluttered, welcoming, and that there is an easy a...
By Donald Horne, Associate Broker, Oxford / Lapeer Homes
(Coldwell Banker-Shooltz Realty)
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This article in Realtor.com dated 10/12/2014, When Hiring a Contractor, Look Out For These Red Flags, discusses hard to see red flags from contractors on large projects ... Great read. He bristles at your questions about his work history. He says there’s no reason to solicit other contractor bids...
By Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi & Corinna Birgit Cromartie, Palm Harbor & Dunedin FL Residential Real Estate
(Charles Rutenberg Realty)
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I am finding that it is easier to get hit by lightening than to get new windows installed!  We have called over a dozen window companies and constantly hear the same thing: first they have to come out and measure the size of the windows as well as measuring what percentage of the homes windows ar...
By Kevin Mackessy, Dedicated. Qualified. Local.
(Blue Olive Properties, LLC)
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                As part of our Denver property management FAQ series this week we will touch on the last bit of the Winterizing checklist for your home.  We covered this topic in length in the last few blog posts but this post will be a little more varied.  This entry will cover a few things we h...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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Every family should be aware of the dangers described in this blog by Patricia Feager. Please visit the original blog if you wish to leave comments.     Carbon monoxide (CO) is one of the leading causes of accidental poisoning in the United States. Smoke Detectors and CO detectors should be funct...
By Cheryl! Tisland, BSCS, Real Estate Agent
(Realty Executives Phoenix)
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Last week, our long-awaited permits were approved and construction resumed on the building that is going to hold two retail locations.  This poor building in Historic Downtown Chandler had been vacant and neglected for years.  Since June, we have been working on bring it back to life.  With the f...
By Suzanne De Vita, Online Associate Editor
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If you've ever sold an older home, you know there can be many structural repairs in store for the buyer or seller. For owners of older homes, winter weather poses a significant risk, especially if household features are left unrepaired. Here are three fixes homeowners should consider making befor...
By Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little REALTOR® That Could
(Keller Williams Realty)
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    Carbon monoxide (CO) is one of the leading causes of accidental poisoning in the United States. Smoke Detectors and CO detectors should be functioning in every home, apartment, lease home, vacation home, office building, condo, townhouse, and business.   WHAT ARE THE DANGERS   Invisible - Ca...
By Colleen Towle, St George Real Estate
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Small Home Makeover Tips and Advice When it comes to selling your home, you have to stand out from the rest of the crowd. It’s important to do a little extra to your home; however, you don’t have to go overboard either. These home features will have buyers biting at your home sale in no time. Go...
By Terez B. Harris, Your Real Estate Advocate
(Keller Williams Realty New Orleans)
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  First of all, a Spoiler Alert: It’s not fair to peek down where the answers are! Now that we’re clear on that, this is a quiz that will tell you how “Decade Sensitive” you are when it comes to Metairie and New Orleans home décor. It took a little browsing around to put this together, but it su...
By MC2 Home Inspections, Indianapolis Westfield Carmel Fishers Indiana
(MC2 Home Inspections LLC)
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While it may be tempting to use a do it yourself (DIY) mold test kit that utilizes settling plates to diagnose mold in a home or other type of building, this over-the-counter method often has many shortcomings.
When you open your basement door, a foul smell fills your nose and you just can’t locate its source. This is a huge problem for many. In addition, it’s embarrassing to invite friends and family over. This is definitely a situation that has to be resolved as quickly as possible. Indeed, noxious fu...
By Susan Murphy
(The Hoffman-Murphy Team - Keller Williams)
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  Everyone is starting to spruce up their homes for holiday entertaining. If you haven’t started yet, many of us are at least thinking about it. It makes your home so magical – and in many cases neighbors try to out-do each other to make their home the best light show on the block.   When decora...
By Sheila Newton Team -- Anderson & Greenville SC Real Estate, 25 years experience -Residential Real Estate Sales
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner)
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  Today is the second in a series of posts about improving your life. Last week was the article called 25 Small Ways To Improve Your Life - Week 1 .. As we discussed last week, people get caught up in thinking that you have to make drastic changes in order to notice an improvement in the quality ...
Simple Kitchen Upgrades Can Increase Your Home’s Resale Value This Thanksgiving, many of us will spend a lot of time in our kitchens. Preparing an elaborate meal often reveals your kitchen’s problem areas. If you are thinking of selling your home, resolving these problems before bringing buyers i...
By Joe Neuah, Doing Real Estate with Passion!!
(Rodeo Realty)
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Cash for Grass     The Districts are offering property owners $1 for every square foot of grass replaced with water-efficient landscaping through the Cash for Grass Rebate Program, up to 5,000 square feet.  That’s $5,000!   Eligible water-efficient landscaping includes: Drought-tolerant plants Mu...
(Long and Foster Real Estate, Richmond Virginia)
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  The holidays are officially here and honestly I couldn’t be more excited. Honestly, what isn’t there to love? There’s holiday parties, tons of delicious food and more importantly we get to spend time with our loved ones. Yeah, it may be a little bit cold but I think everything else makes up fo...
By Erika Rogers, St George Utah Real Estate & local info.
(Re/Max First Realty)
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Affordable Kitchen Upgrades For A Small Budget When you are remodeling on a budget there are still plenty of affordable upgrade options that can have your kitchen looking luxurious without the fancy price. Whether you are upgrading your kitchen, bathroom or any other room in your home, you can u...