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 Valorie L. Ford, Valorie Ford & Co, Charlottesville/Albemarle Real
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Why is everyone so interested in buying cheap windows for their home? I suspect it’s not because of the price of a single window but is due to the fact that the average home has so many windows to replace. Many homes have 20 or more windows and that can add up to a lot of money when the time com...
By Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,
(Keller Williams Capital Properties)
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My tenant mentioned to me yesterday morning that the toilet in her master bedroom was running and she had called a plumber.  I told her that was great and apologized for the inconvenience.  I have to say - I love my tenant- she is awesome.  My tenant lives down the street from me in the house tha...
By Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI,ABR,SRES, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Keller Williams Realty Partners)
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The kitchen remodel project, which in case you haven't noticed includes just about everything in the house by now, continued yesterday with the beginning of the installation of the gas line to where the new gas cook top will be. As you can see from the picture on the right, we ended up having to ...
By Nancy Benson, Award Winning Agent | Buy |Unique Homes| Sell
(Keller Williams Ottawa Realty, Brokerage)
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As the days get shorter and colder and the first snowfall could arrive any week now, it’s good to remember to do some pre-winter home maintenance to ensure that your home stays in good shape through the spring, keeping you warm and cozy. And if you’re considering possibly putting your home on th...
By Kevin Mackessy, Dedicated. Qualified. Local.
(Blue Olive Properties, LLC)
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                This October in Highlands Ranch has been one of the warmest in recent memory.  Usually by Halloween there are pounding snow storms and all the trick or treaters freeze while trying to fill their pillowcases with candy.  This Friday should be close to the 65 degree mark, providing ...
By Will Johnson, Sell and Stage
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One of the services that we offer at no additional cost is home staging.  Although you may be familiar with what staging is, you might not know what the benefits of a well-staged home actually are. How will this separate you from the competition and help you make the best sale for your home? We’...
By Suzanne Otto, Your Montgomery County PA home stager
(Six Twenty Designs)
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Decorating Tips-Make a Condo Feel Like Home This was decorating on a dime. Well a few dimes, that is. Recently I had the pleasure of helping decorate a past clients daughters condo. She was pregnant and very close to her due date and she hadn't gotten the chance to really settle in. It was import...
By James Brockway
(Brockway Realty, LLC)
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You know how they say there's an app for that? Well, how about an app that controls most of the functions in your house? When it's time for bed and you need to turn off all the inside lights, set the air conditioner and turn off the pool lights, why not pull up your smartphone and do it remotely...
By Andrew Payne Realtor® Richmond VA Homes For Sale~804-938-5257~, Richmond, VA, Real Estate, SRES®, NAR Green
(Long & Foster Strawberry Street)
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Event on Saturday, Sept. 20th, 2014, "Saving Money:  Energy Audits for a Greener Home"   How would you like to have a more comfortable home and reduce your monthly energy bills all at the the same time?  Blake Waring, owner of Home Energy Remodeling, and I will be hosting a class at 1 - 2 PM on S...
By N. Joel Walter, Cr (Certified Remodeler)
(N.J.W. Construction Inc)
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Security is very important to home owners and a fence is a big crime deterrent. Challenging entry and exiting, equals less criminal activity. When it comes to fencing, NJW, your Columbus, Ohio general contractors understand that you enjoy your privacy; you might want something that says “keep out...
By Donna Graham, Casa Grande Real Estate Agent
(AZ New Horizon Realty)
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Jeremy's Pool & Spa Service and Repair, Best in Maricopa, Casa Grande, Ahwatukee, Gilbert Contact: JeremyPhone: 520-709-5718 Email: jeremyspoolservice@gmail.com Specializing in Routine Maintenance & Green Pool Service. Jeremy's Pool & Spa Service and Repair is a locally owned Certified Pool and ...
By Mark Taylor Mortgages, 602-361-0707 #MarkTaylor #Awesomerates NMLS#207897
(and for 1st Time Buyers, Move Up Buyers & Investors )
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Want To Enhance Your Home’s Value Before You List It for Sale?     Whether you’ve decided it’s time for an upgrade or you’re moving on to a new city, if you’re selling your home you may be wondering how you can boost its value before listing it up for sale. In today’s blog post we’ll share four w...
By RVA Home Pro Michael Hottman, Helping you achieve goals in life & real estate
(RVA Home Pro Realtor with RE/MAX Commonwealth serving Hanover, Henrico, Chesterfiled and Richmond, Virginia)
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Yes it's that weekend for most of the United States and Canada when people get an extra hour of sleep due to the change from Daylight Savings Time to Standard Time that occurs this weekend. If you are connected to some professional who gets business in any way no undoubtedly you have been reminde...
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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  My Laminate Counter Insider in Placerville   I feel that I have some key people that I rely on for getting the job done on time and in a professional manner. I like to have these key players who I know will get the job done right. I have no need to search over and over for the same thing. I hav...
By Will Johnson, Sell and Stage
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Staging is definitely a form of art and it does wonders to improve the image of your house, when it comes to the real estate market.  Your kitchen is one of your biggest selling points; check out our favorite staged kitchens for some inspiration. 1. This kitchen counter is the perfect mixture of...
By Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI,ABR,SRES, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Keller Williams Realty Partners)
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Things have stabilized a bit at the den Boer remodeling. Things like the shower fixtures. Yesterday I spoke with the plumber about a shower handle and faucet that wobbled. Now, I am no expert, but I figured this was not a good thing. Luckily the plumber agreed and stabilized the whole thing by p...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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  This week the kitchen remodeling will take on what we call the "behind the scenes" aspect...and in the finished project, will not be really "seen".  We will begin the week with the HVAC specialist.      Our plan has a new island and the gas cooktop will be a part of it.  While there are many mo...
By Judy & Allan Wagner, We Promise Clients Our Best & We Keep Our Promises
(Weichert, REALTORS, Weber-Hodges Group)
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http://www.hgtv.com/color/6-tips-for-painting-with-strong-colors/index.html In my humble opinion, the Best tip: Paint a large piece of poster board (or better yet foam core board - which can be reused not wasted) and place these painted display boards in the room in question. Lighting is never th...
By Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI,ABR,SRES, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Keller Williams Realty Partners)
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As remodeling days go yesterday was a quiet one. The plumber worked most of the day installing shower valves and bath fixtures in the remaining bathrooms. They are looking good. I will be talking to him today about one that seems wobbly, but for the most part things are going well. It seems that ...
By Andrea Bedard, M.A.; REALTOR Silver Spring, MD and beyond
(Thompson Company, REALTORS)
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Being part of a family-owned, neighborhood-oriented, independent and small Real Estate brokerage has many perks. One is the network that I can fall back on and ask for help or advice. There is a general contractor, a landscaper, an interior decorator, an HVAC guy .. and each and every one of them...