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 Suzanne Otto, Your Montgomery County PA home stager
(Six Twenty Designs)
Comments 29
How to Decorate a Small Space   Whether it's a small condo in a big city or a small home office, we all have spaces that need to be utilized to their full potential. No one likes to walk into a small room and have it actually feel small. This Montgomery County PA home stager is giving some re...
By Amy Boehm, Your Realtor For Life
(Keller Williams Realty - Boerne Hill Country)
Comments 4
Your summer honey-do list or do it yourself .  There's always something to do around the house when you are a homeowner, but sometimes you just don't think of everything, so here's a list to help you get started..      Call for exterminator service, those pesky pest get pretty active ...
By Jeff Onofrio, FHA 203k Lender and Homestyle Reno Specialist
(AnnieMac Home Mortgage )
Comments 3
I honestly believe that the FHA 203k renovation loan is the best mortgage product available. The loan creates amazing opportunities in ways that other mortgage products cannot. At the same time it is not the perfect loan for everyone in every situation. Here is how I weigh the FHA 203k loan looki...
By Pamela Seley, REALTOR®, Menifee Lakes California Real Estate
(REALTY EXECUTIVES OTF)
Comments 10
Don't Like the Location? – Move Your Home I’ve met many homeowners over my short, 7-year career, and one complaint I’ve heard often enough is, they love their home, but they wish they could pick it up and move it somewhere else, and then life would be perfect. Their home would then be the per...
By Suzanne Otto, Your Montgomery County PA home stager
(Six Twenty Designs)
Comments 26
How to Add Color to Your Outdoor Space.   Summer is officially upon us. With all the warm nights it's the perfect time to enjoy sitting outside on your patio or deck. And when you spend so much time in your outdoor space, you want it to feel comfortable. You want it to be your second living r...
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 7
  Geared up for an apartment cabinet and counter upgrade in Sacramento.     It has been a long time in the works but I am ready to jump into a small 5 day apartment upgrade project. The cabinets had to be ordered 4 weeks ago and they are ready today. The counters were delivered today right on tim...
By Donnie Keller, The Reata Realty Group under Fathom Realty
(FATHOM REALTY-THE REATA REALTY GROUP)
Comments 1
We are getting ready to build an outdoor kitchen and living space at our home and here are 7 of my favorite outdoor kitchens.  We'll use these or the ideas from these to come up with our own prefect outdoor kitchen.  This is a huge selling point for homes here in Fort Worth.  In my opinion, y...
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 30
  You never know what is behind that bad siding being replaced.     We had a few areas of siding repair to do today on the side of an apartment building. As we pulled off the first piece of lap siding we found a large section of the wall packed with animal droppings. On closer inspection, it turn...
By Duncan Townsend, Professional Real Estate: Principal, BIC
(Dana Properties, LLC.)
Comments 1
$875 / 4br - 1317ft² - ▐►Summerville Rent to Own Duplex (131 Boone Street) 4BR / 2.5Ba 1317ft2 duplexavailable jul 12w/d hookups off-street parking 131 Boone StreetThis is By Far the Best Valued Summerville Home in a Planned Community.Summerville, 4 Bedrooms - 2.5 Baths - Dorchester District 2 Sc...
By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long & Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 15
Home Trends:  The Single Sink is Making a Come Back You wouldn't think that a trend could affect something as non-interesting as a kitchen sink.  Naturally, the undermount sink made a lot of sense when we started spending thousands on countertop finishes  like quartz and granite.  Who wouldn&...
By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long & Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 14
My New French Door Refrigerator When I saw my first French door refrigerator, I thought it would never catch on having the freezer on the bottom.  Then, as I started seeing more and more of them, I would ponder the moments were I was attempting to jam a pizza box full of leftovers into the refrig...
By Andrew Sherant, Realtor of the Google age, like an app but better!
Comments 3
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. A Masculine Addition To Any Design Wrought iron is considered to be mascu...
By Jack Tenold, Reverse Mortgage Specialist Washington | Oregon | California - refinance & purchase
(First Priority Financial NMLS 3257 )
Comments 0
Carbon monoxide, the silent killer.  Do you have a CO alarm in your Sacramento CA home? The chemical symbol for carbon monoxide is CO.  The chemical nickname is "silent killer" and it is odorless, colorless and tasteless. A CO alarm is an alert system (similar but different from a smoke...
By Kristin Hamilton, (909) 557-6966, CDPE, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Linda
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 10
I Can Still See You Hiding in the Bushes The bunnies have gotten used to us as I am sure they think we invaded their territory. Now, they don't even run off but just sit there. This little guy last night just stuck his nose in the bush. He never did leave!           Here is a picture from the...
By Sheila Moylan, Working To Get Value For Your Money
(C21 - Commonwealth)
Comments 2
How To Spot And Treat Mold In Your Home   The first sign of mold you notice may be a musty smell in your Needham, MA home.  After looking around, you spot what looks like mold.  Don’t panic.  You can remove unhealthy mold from your house without paying an arm and a leg.   Check To Be Sure It'...
By Andrew Sherant, Realtor of the Google age, like an app but better!
Comments 4
Value is defined as the importance, worth or usefulness of something; to estimate the monetary worth of something. When the subject is a home, and what adds value to it, then breaking it down into its most common denominator is necessary. A family looking for a home decides that it has enough spa...
By John McCormack, AlbuquerqueHomes.com
(Albuquerque Homes Realty * www.AlbuquerqueHomes.com)
Comments 8
Green Home Tips:   Are you considering purchasing or building a custom Green Home in the Albuquerque or Rio Rancho NM area?  If so I hope you check out the 3 great tips Laura gives then I hope you contact me, REALTOR® John McCormack.  I would love to assist you in your Green Home purchase or buil...
By Kristin Hamilton, (909) 557-6966, CDPE, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Linda
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 13
Happy 4th of July and Be Safe Where Ever You Are   Check out my other post today "It all Started Here in Philadelphia, PA on July 4, 1776".   God Bless America!   Kristin Hamilton DRE #014092138 Keller Williams Realty – I am a full time agent and deal in all types of real estate transac...
By Will Nesbitt, Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage.
(Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria)
Comments 1
Don't like the location, move your home, is a weird way to option a different passage of locationing a home. To read how to move your home, continue reading. Don't Like the Location? – Move Your Home I’ve met many homeowners over my short, 7-year career, and one complaint I’ve heard often...
By Joanna Cohlan, Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes
(Fresh Eyes For Your Home)
Comments 0
As a Westchester County interior decorator and designer, I see homes that run the gamut of taste. And when this lovely client from Pleasantville called me, I could immediately discern that she had no taste.  Oh, I don't mean that she had bad taste-she just didn't know what style she reall...