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 Pat Laracy Baker, Realtor, Green, ABR, Needham, Massachusetts
(Key Advantage Realty )
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    The Carpet Workroom* New Location* 39 Highland Circle, Needham, MA  as seen Channel 5 Chronicle http://www.thecarpetworkroom.net/ The website is update too! One in a million type of store.   Carpet Work Room. He finishes off carpets that he gets from retailers who do not have the   equipment ...
By Joe Neuah, Doing Real Estate with Passion!!
(Rodeo Realty)
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Home Staging: Making Your Home Sellable   You've listed your home and the agent wants to start showing it to prospective buyers. Here's a few tips to help it look its best.  You may have already read the importance of clearing out clutter. Well, that's because it can't be stressed...
By Mahesh Mike Patel, Call Me And Consider It Done!
(First Team Real Estate)
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 5 Ways to Freshen Up Your Bathroom If you want to make over your bathroom, but don't want to take a full renovation, here are 5 things to do to make it look like almost new: Paint Lighting Fixtures Window treatments Accessories     Compliments of Mike Patel, Broker Associate, Bre 01146880    
By Valorie L. Ford, Valorie Ford & Co, Charlottesville/Albemarle Real
(Keller Williams Realty)
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One of the reasons that we like siding on our homes is the fact that we don’t need to paint it. This has been its main selling point since it was first introduced but even high quality siding can lose that shiny “like new” luster after some years. With this in mind sometimes a change can be good...
By Suzanne Otto, Your Montgomery County PA home stager
(Six Twenty Designs)
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Easy Ways to Improve Your Curb Appeal You know what they say, you never get a second chance to make a first impression. When you're selling your Montgomery County PA home, curb appeal counts. It's the first thing a buyer sees when they find your home on the internet. And as Montgomery Co...
By Yvette Belisle, Your Local Real Estate Expert
(Real Estate Brokers of Alaska)
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Are you planning to sell your house this year? Is your house ready for an open house? Most of the people would say yes without considering the condition of their landscaping. Landscaping is an important part of the exterior of your house and it can even turnoff a potential buyer. Houses with bad ...
By Stacy Ann Stephens, Realtor, New Haven & Hartford CT Homes For Sale
(Keller Williams Realty CT - 860-704-9070)
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Remodeling Projects With The Most Pay Back    Thinking of selling your home and wondering what updates would produce the highest rate of return on your investment?   According to Remodeling Magazine 2014 Cost vs Value Report here are the top 5 renovations/remodeling that can put money in your poc...
By David Popoff, Realtor & Property Manager, Fairfield County, Ct.
(DMK Real Estate & Property Mgmt)
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Big Connecticut  Rebates For Energy Efficient Renovations & New Homes. If you are considering a home renovation or building a new home here in Connecticut then take a look at these rebates that you can get when using energy efficient appliances, heating / cooling system and smart building cho...
By Kathleen Vetrano, Luxury Home Real Estate Consultant
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
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The driveway is the first impression.   When preparing your home for the market keep this in mind.  Your driveway is the street to your home, make it welcoming and memorable.  Ana Hitzel has written a wonderful article about this, providing all home sellers with useful information. drive·way: nou...
By N. Joel Walter, Cr (Certified Remodeler)
(N.J.W. Construction Inc)
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At NJW, your Columbus, Ohio general contractors, we are always trying to find ways to help our customers when it comes to all things HOME related…this includes home renovations, remodeling projects, and even home design.  When it comes to design you have many options, you can hire a designer fro...
By Steve Adams, Steve Adams REALTOR ®, ABR
(RE/MAX 1)
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5 Home Luxuries For Less – Everyone wants more luxury in their life, right? While many home upgrades can tend to be expensive, there are affordable improvements out there that can add extravagance without breaking the bank! From at home spas to sound systems, we’ve gathered the best options to c...
By Renée Burrows, Las Vegas Real Estate Broker - www.urLVhome.com
(Savvy Home Strategies Realty, LLC-REALTOR®-Estate-Probate)
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Free Solar Panels for Your Las Vegas House! July 15, 2014 By Renee Burrows      So there is quite a buzz about the company that is giving away free solar panels for homes here in the Las Vegas valley.  I wanted to be one of the “cool kids” and jump on the bandwagon before it was too late!  So I c...
By Kwee Huset, Venice Florida Homes For Sale
(Kwee Huset Realty)
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  Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla), Beautiful Flowers for Garden   Hydrangea is a common name, and hydrangea macrophylla is the scientific name. It is a green bush with beautiful flowers in round shapes, which have attractive colors of pink, blue or white for your garden. It grows wild along the...
By TIM GARTON, "Highly Skilled Pro"
(RE/MAX Gold)
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Hello Everyone,   The second of two four-day long Design Charrettes for the Sonoma Boulevard Specific Plan starts today and runs through Friday, July 25th at 415 Virginia Street in Downtown Vallejo. Part of the General Plan Update, the first Charrette, held June 24th to June 27th, focused on a va...
By Josh Gidcumb, Real Estate - 217-202-0571, Champaign, IL
(Keller Williams Realty)
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From simple curb appeal tips with your landscaping to updating your front door, easy ideas to help sellers. Check out these simple tricks to add vigor and sparkle to your front entry while improving your home at the same time. Great tips if you are staying in your home or trying to move. Check ou...
By Richard Strahm, Lansdale and North Penn Real Estate
(RE/MAX Realty Group - Lansdale, PA)
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One of the all time best videos I've seen on why it's so important to get a home inspection. Although I think my mother could have picked up on this beauty!     Richard Strahm is an award winning Realtor specializing in the North Penn areas of Montgomery County -- Lansdale, Upper Gwynedd,...
By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 707-812-7668
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
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Contractors are needed to get these projects completed in a timely workmanlike manner. If you aren't getting all the work you can handle contact local 203k consultants and get on their lists ASAP. You will be happily surprised to see the results. Contractors who could use a bit more work migh...
By Paula McDonald, CHEVAUX Group ~ The Woodlands, TX 936-203-0279
(Chevaux Group, PLLC)
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PAULA'S PICKS ~ TOP HOME IMPROVEMENT BUSINESSES IN THE WOODLANDS We just completed building a home and although it has been exciting, there was a lot of work and decisions that had to be made.  We spent countless hours visiting showrooms, talking with contractors and comparing prices.  There ...
By Kristin Hamilton, (909) 557-6966, CDPE, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Linda
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Gardening Help- Do Wasps Eat Trees         This is a fairly new tree planted about 8-10 months ago.   It was full last fall and lost it leaves during the winter months. Then it bloomed this spring.     Spring arrived and it was full of leaves but then we noticed wasps on the tree all the time. Th...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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Westchester New York Feng Shui Consultations with Laura Cerrano Welcome, my name is Laura Cerrano CEO and founder of Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island a family owned and operated consulting firm founded in 1997.  I take a multi-dimensional approach which cohesively blends several methods of Feng Sh...