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 Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes
(Home Point Real Estate)
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A Home Should be Timeless There is an interesting Infographic put out by the California Association of Realtor's (CAR) showing what people want in Technology for their homes. Here it is: Well it is no secret but people want Technology in their homes, they want homes integrated with their smart ph...
By Michael Jacobs, PasadenaCA Real Estate Representation 818.516.4393
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
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One Bathroom In The House, Can I Remove The Tub and Only Have A Shower?   That’s what I was asked by someone a few years ago.   The short answer, is “Of course, it’s your home.  You can do whatever you like”.   But   What if(and he had indicated he might) I ever want to sell?   Well, there will b...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
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Don't Let the Birds Ruin the Showing on Your Home Birds played havoc with a community in the 1963 Alfred Hitchcock movie, The Birds. They could be heard and seen and they would even attack adults and children. It was eerie and a real thriller and kept you on the edge of your seat. However if you ...
By Erika Rogers, St George Utah Real Estate & local info.
(Re/Max First Realty)
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Are you counting the days until the first day of spring?  Or counting until the warm weather arrives?  Either way, most of us think about spring cleaning whether we like it or not. Here's some helpful motivation. We’ve put together a spring cleaning list for those areas in our homes we most negle...
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 Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Stamford CT)
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This week, I hit a new threshold on my website.  I now have 2 articles that each have over 80,000 clicks. How long does it take to refinish hardwood floors? Oil vs water poly - Which is better for sanding hardwood floors?     These two articles continue to get ongoing traffic.  The first one is n...
By Becky Kolb, Sun Lakes Arizona Expert
(ReMax Infinity - The KOLB Team)
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  Thinking of replacing your hot water heater? You may want to speed up the process as new energy efficient regulations enacted by the U.S. Department of Energy go into effect in April1, 2015. The new regulations require higher energy factors (EF) ratings on virtually all residential water heatin...
By Maggie Dokic, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay |
(Special Miami Homes)
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Adding skylights, solar light tubes, windows, and other means of daylighting can brighten your winter and help alleviate symptoms of seasonal affective disorder (SAD). If winter brings on bouts of the blahs, you’re in good company. As days shorten and temperatures drop, most people tend to slow d...
By Jason Stanley, Custom Home Builder
(Stanley Homes Inc)
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Stanley Homes, Premier Home Builder of Brevard and Volusia County, enjoys watching your dream home come together. When you meet for a 4 hour complimentary consultation with our Interior Designer, there will be that moment when you have to decide what color to paint your front door.  There is no w...
By Belinda Spillman, Your Guide to Joyful Colorado Living!
(Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado)
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Spring Brings Home Improvement Projects – Protect Yourself   Spring is just around the corner and that is when many homeowners decide to take on some home improvement projects.  We all like to get our projects done in the Spring so we can enjoy the benefits throughout the warm days of summer.    ...
By Maya Garg, Real Estate Expert - MISSISSAUGA Square1, Churchil
(Royal Lepage Signature Realty,Mississauga, Ontario)
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  There are many hidden sources of moisture in your home that can lead to serious problems, such as mould. To keep moisture levels in check, consider these tips: Bathrooms are an obvious source of moisture build-up.Contractor and TV personality Mike Holmes recommends keeping the fan going for at ...
By Susan Murphy
(The Hoffman-Murphy Team - Keller Williams)
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Unfortunately there are a ton of foreclosure properties for sale. Some foreclosures are in great condition – but sadly that is not always the case.   A foreclosure property can be a great way to earn some extra income. Once the home is “fixed up”, it can easily be rented out, which could potenti...
By Cook Real Estate Services
(Cook Real Estate Services)
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It’s time to choose the right paint for your home’s interior! This is an exciting choice to make, but you don’t want to be hasty in making your selection. Learning more about paint types, colors and quality is absolutely essential to the successful transformation of your home. Choosing the right ...
By Sharon Parisi, Dallas Homes
(Keller Williams Dallas Premier Realty)
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In spite of the rain we've had in the Dallas area this winter, we are still in a drought, with many local area lakes significantly below normal.  The Texas A&M AgriLife Research Center and Dallas water Utilities are once again teaming up to sponsor Free classes to share information about  plants...
By Debbie Wilkes, Broker/Owner - Serving Mocksville and Davie County
(Premier Realty NC)
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  Home features are always changing. It is helpful to understand trends to improve your property's value. Below is some information on home renovation trends in NC. Green Building Green building is more popular today than in the past. You may even notice properties highlighting this in their mar...
By Tom and Bev Herring, Tulsa Oklahoma Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker - Rader Group)
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Thinking about creating a home inventory list for insurance may sound overwhelming, but it doesn’t need to be The key is to have a record of your possessions in the event you experience a theft or loss from flood, fire, or other disasters. The more thorough you document your belongings, the less ...
By Robert Smith, Search for Homes, Brighton-Howell-SE Michigan
(Preview Properties, PC - http://www.RealEstateMich.com)
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At last month’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, LG introduced a twin tub washing machine.  The front loader has a bigger capacity than the smaller pull-out tub at the bottom.  This means you can wash your larger load of say, towels, in the top and maybe those pesky reds and pinks in...
By Demarco & Marisa Fletcher, The Hunter Group @ Remax Kings
(Remax Kings Realty)
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For three years California has been in a drought status and its natural water reservoirs are shrinking. It is up to not only state and government officials to help fix the problem, but to its citizens as well. How can a homeowner help? The state has gone through some great strides in educating th...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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    As we continue through our update/redecorate decor....Yes I will get those pictures of the kitchen done soon...maybe even get a video.....We get distracted by doing other rooms in the house and  making use of faux painting techniques.  While our painter was intially not excited...lots more wo...
By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
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With Old Man Winter around, many people get stuck indoors wishing for Spring to arrive soon. It is a perfect time to take on a small home improvement project, that can lift both you and your home out of the winter doldrums.    Install a Programmable Thermostat Upgrading to a programmable thermost...