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.

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By MC2 Home Inspections, Indianapolis Westfield Carmel Fishers Indiana
(MC2 Home Inspections LLC)
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National Radon Action Week is an important time for homeowners to educate themselves on the dangers of radon. Radon is a problem that affects millions of homes across the country, it has been estimated that 1 out of 15 homes are affected in the United States. This is the time to get informed in o...
By Wanda Fears, ABR CRS GRI SFR WCR
(Long and Foster Real Estate, Richmond Virginia)
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                                                                              There’s plenty of people that think of buying properties flipping them and making a profit. This kind of investment can be high risk due to the nature of the business, the point is to buy a house in not so great condit...
By MC2 Home Inspections, Indianapolis Westfield Carmel Fishers Indiana
(MC2 Home Inspections LLC)
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If you don’t know what a ‘Passive House’ is you’re in good company, most people haven’t. Passive Houses are essentially buildings which use very little energy for heating and cooling, whilst also providing a high level of comfort. If I were to describe Passive Houses in a few words it would be ‘E...
By Joanna Cohlan, Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes
(Fresh Eyes For Your Home)
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Is your sofa too fat for your space? Is her footprint creating a tight squeeze in your space.  Let's put your sofa on a diet and slenderize her profile. For this Westchester County interior decorator and designer, most sofas I encounter don't warrant the trouble or the expense.  But for a recent ...
By Nicole Doty, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com
(Zion Realty)
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                          Ever get the feeling like you're being watched by your neighbors? Here's a tip: In Arizona Privacy screens on the outside of your windows can not only maintain your privacy but also go a long way in reducing those high energy bills in the summer time!   For information ...
By Valorie L. Ford, Valorie Ford & Co, Charlottesville/Albemarle Real
(Keller Williams Realty)
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I’ve been seeing the commercials on TV since I was a child. All you need to do is plug the little “magic box” into the nearest electric outlet and presto, your problems are solved! No more mice, rats or roaches and no need to use dangerous pesticides or poisons throughout your home. I always won...
By Nicole Doty, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com
(Zion Realty)
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I love shabby chic design styles. The distressed woods mixed with elegant chandeliers and a touch of french country. Velvet high back tufted chairs and couches can be along side an armoire built out of old barn wood. Shabby chic design has such versatility in the colors, textures, and patterns yo...
By Victoria & Marshall Henderson, Representing People Not Property
(Buyer's Edge Bethesda Maryland)
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Why clean your dryer vent?   In 2010 an estimated 16,800 reported home structure fires involving clothes dryers or washing machines killed 51 people and caused $236 million dollars in property damage.   92% of the fires were caused by clothes dryers   Failure to clean, according to the National A...
By Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI,ABR,SRES, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Keller Williams Realty Partners)
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Today, once again, the only thing that happened was the floor guy came in and put a second coat of sealant on the kitchen floor. It is really starting to look good. I can't wait to see the dining room and foyer floors refinished as well. Tomorrow the drywall guy returns to close up more holes, bu...
By Suzanne Otto, Your Montgomery County PA home stager
(Six Twenty Designs)
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How to Make Acorns for Fall Decorating I love fall. It's by far my favorite season to decorate for. Because my home decor is in neutral colors, the reds, yellows and oranges really stand out. I'm a big fan of mixing those colors with natural decor, like pine cones and acorns. I usually put them i...
By Pat Champion
(Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty)
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Fun and Useful Energy-Saving Projects I don't know about you but I love to save money; especially, while having fun. Please click on the link below to view these 4 easy energy saving projects from Houselogic:   http://www.houselogic.com/blog/saving-energy/4-fun-and-useful-energy-saving-projects/ ...
By Nicole Doty, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com
(Zion Realty)
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The most popular method of keeping a sod grass lawn green through a Southwest winter is to over-seed with perennial ryegrass. Thanks to the beautiful dark green lawn ryegrass provides, many people feel that their winter lawns are more appealing than their summer lawns! The optimum time to over-se...
By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
(Chris Brown | Certified Mortgage Planners)
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Olive oil is a heart healthy choice for all those who are diet conscious. However, this oil is not only for the body but for the large part of the household as well.  You can stock olive oil at home both for cooking and more immediate repairing needs for your home stuff. You can get your family a...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International Westchester NY & Stamford CT)
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Yes, it's now been 1 full year of my supplemental email newsletter to real estate agents.  This provides flooring advice and marketing tips.  If you would like me to add you to the mailing list, just shoot me a note.   At this point, I have the last 3 for the year done and ready to go.  So it sho...
By MC2 Home Inspections, Indianapolis Westfield Carmel Fishers Indiana
(MC2 Home Inspections LLC)
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Thirty Americans die from preventable asbestos-related diseases every day. It is up to each one of us to end this tragedy by sharing the real facts about deadly asbestos,
By MC2 Home Inspections, Indianapolis Westfield Carmel Fishers Indiana
(MC2 Home Inspections LLC)
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Why you should hire a professional to complete electrical work in your home.
By Kristin Hamilton, (909) 557-6966, CDPE, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Linda
(Keller Williams Realty)
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  When You Find Lemons....Make Lemon Water Today I was taking the photos for my new listing going on the market next weekend in Ontario CA. I was in the backyard  checking out the trees and was just amazed how large and how many lemons were on the two trees. Fruit trees are a gift that just keeps...
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 Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek & Associates LLC, Real Estate Broker/Associate with Real Living Real Estate Group www.LisaVon.com)
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These photos are so funny that I had to bring them around for a second run.  To call these creative plumbing installations "solutions" may be stretching real estate advertising (to put it mildly).  These bring a whole new level of constructions don'ts for inspectors everywhere!         And just w...
By Robert Smith, Search for Homes, Brighton-Howell-SE Michigan
(Preview Properties, PC - http://www.RealEstateMich.com)
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Plumbing leaks can hit your water bills – hard. I’ve lived in homes serviced by wells and municipal water systems.  Wells are great, except when the power goes out.  Then you have no water. Currently I’m on a municipal system and still use a water softener, so the two are not mutually exclusive. ...