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 Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Lower Fairfield CT)
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What's the difference between solid hardwood and engineered hardwood flooring? Which is better? Many of my customers ask whether solid hardwood or engineered hardwood flooring is better, and which is less expensive. Of course the answer is "it depends." It depends on many factors including your s...
By Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation
(Green Home Realty, 210-789-4216,www.Selling-SanAntonioHomes.com)
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Home renovations can be tricky. You want to improve your space (and the way you live in it). But you don't want to end up in the red when it comes time to sell. Before you splurge on that chef's kitchen or a steam shower in your bath, make sure your projects enhance your home in the eyes of futur...
By Valorie L. Ford, Valorie Ford & Co, Charlottesville/Albemarle Real
(Keller Williams Realty)
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  We’ve all heard the stories about homeowners that generate their own electricity and sell the “surplus” back to the local utility company, but is this really true? Actually, the federal government requires a total of 42 states (as well as the District of Columbia) to purchase surplus power fro...
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Each year it seem like the pollen count gets higher and higher.. And the environment is suffering its effects.   The wind and air is the means of transportation - and consequently, the means by which microorganisms get spread, more commonly that ever before. It's pretty easy for an epidemic to ge...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Lower Fairfield CT)
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Over the last year and a half, my blog posting strategy has shifted a bit.  My goal is simple:  Write 1 powerhouse epic post per month.  (During the winter months when I'm a bit slower, I sometimes write an extra 1 or 2 posts...but only as time allows).   This is the concept of "less is more."  P...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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"Post less often, but make sure the quality is top notch.  One really strong post can rank well in google and generate clicks and calls each month."   Over the last year and a half, my blog posting strategy has shifted a bit.  My goal is simple:  Write 1 powerhouse epic post per month.  (During t...
By Terry Records
(Records Results!Real Estate)
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  When you want to sell your home, you want to be sure that your home is sitting pretty with the value as you want it to be.  There’s nothing worse than having to list your home for much less than you think it’s really worth or not even enough to break even.  Good news is that there are some hom...
By Mary Ann Teixeira, REALTOR, SRES, GREEN
(Coldwell Banker Residential Mortgage)
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We just dealt with a week of sanding, staining and sealing the floors. I thought that we would have to be out of the house for that, but we were able to avoid most of the dust and the odor by long office days. We are not supposed to walk on the floor, but we soon discovered that if we waited unti...
By Tina Hecht, Your Smart Solution
(Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners)
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Experts say home owners should set aside money every year — 1% to 3% of the home’s purchase price — for repairs and maintenance.  Below is a list of some relatively inexpensive repairs that make a big impact: Repair a Leaky Faucet - $97 to $330 Replace Ceiling Fan - $104 to $1,200 Repair Drywall...
By Chris and Maria Jeantet, Redding CA Real Estate Couple
(Coldwell Banker C&C Properties)
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Remodeling is a great way to bring your home up-to-date, adapt it to your changing family needs and improve its value. If you're planning on selling, making a few basic home improvements may make your home more attractive to potential buyers. 5 Renovations That Offer the Biggest Returns A new Fro...
By Sharon Parisi, Dallas Homes
(Keller Williams Dallas Premier Realty)
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Dallas area lake levels continue to rise.  What a gift that is for Dallas as we move into Spring.  Many homeowners made it through the winter without supplementing Mother Nature's showers.  Though we are fortunate to begin the year with record rainfalls, the City of Dallas is still requiring res...
By Holli McCray, Keller Williams Realty - Knoxville West
(Keller Williams Realty/Knoxville Premier Properties, LLC)
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The Holli McCray Group @ Keller Williams Realty (865) 291-0355 Homeowner's Tip - The Benefits of LED Lighting Search the current inventory of homes in the Knoxville area   Most of us have heard of LED Lighting at this point, but if you're like me, you don't really know why LED (light-emitting dio...
By Michael Collins, CDPE, SFR , Wisconsin Short Sale Specialist Realto
(*ROCK REALTY|Broker|Realtor|Real Estate|WI Short Sale Agent*)
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Moving into your first home is a momentous life experience. As much as you would like to get into your new house right away, there are some steps you should take before you begin unpacking boxes. Get your new home ready for a seamless transition by following this practical checklist: Change the L...
By Susan McCall
(Compass Realty Solutions, Portland, OR - Vancouver, WA)
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The northwest is known for wood and wood products.  The early Oregon economy was based on timber harvesting, sawmills, and wood pulp products.  Family wealth was created by the trees that they cut down.  It is still possible in Oregon and Washington  to puchase property with harvestable timber.  ...
By Connie Webb, | Cheyenne Real Estate
(Century 21 Bell Real Estate)
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Snow on Your Roof?  One of the responsibilities that comes with being a homeowner in Cheyenne,Wyoming, is taking care of your roof. When you experience a roofing problem, it is something you want to take care of right away. Unfortunately, many people don't know how to properly maintain their roof...
By Nilgun Foley, Organizing and Consulting
(A Well-Ordered Life)
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This weekend, I spent a long time on-line searching for that elusive large kitchen cabinet organizer - and found I had to eliminate a lot before finding the few relevant. I wanted to share my findings to save others time and frustration: After all I am a Professional Organizer and care about Time...
By Maggie Dokic, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay |
(Special Miami Homes)
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You want to get projects done around the house, but you lack the skills, desire, or the time to DIY. The other side of the coin -- hiring it all out -- is an expensive option you'd like to avoid. What to do?BIY, that's what.BIY -- buy-it-yourself -- is a smart middle ground for those who want to ...
By Nilgun Foley, Organizing and Consulting
(A Well-Ordered Life)
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I was helping a client re-examine the layout of her daughter's bedroom today when she asked me if I had noticed her daughter's little desk was not so cluttered. Indeed, she explained, a 4th grade friend had volunteered to give some order to the disarray on the desk: The pens and pencils stood upr...
By Maggie Dokic, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay |
(Special Miami Homes)
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We might love the idea of maintaining our lawns with non-toxic pantry products -- soda, vinegar, and dish detergent -- that help keep pesticides and other chemicals out of the environment while saving us a little money.   But do these home remedies really work as organic alternatives to tradition...
By Michael Dagner, Your Denver Homes Realty Expert
(Brokers Guild Classic)
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You've just closed the sale on that brand new home.  Congratulations!  Now what to do first after the move-in?  Here's a smart checklist of reminders to post for yourself.  My priorities would be items 2, 9 and 10, but you decide.  This content is courtesy of AR associate, Chrissy Doremus. Congra...