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 Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
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What do parks, sports arenas, Walmart, trees, and Community Gardens all have in common? Surprisingly, they can all raise the value of your home. Here is a list of some things that you may not have considered that can improve your home value.   Parks, Open Spaces, and Community Gardens A desirable...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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 It just goes to show you...the power of putting something in writing...I promised in a blog the other day that we would show you our new dining room and kitchen....and we are "true our Blog/Word"  ....here it is !      Our remodeling was our new cork floor from the Cork Comfort collection by Wi...
By Denise Dimares, Realtor, Investor Serving DC and MD
(Exit Bennett Realty)
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Prince George’s County, Maryland and the surrounding communities are experiencing record low cold temperatures.  When temperatures drop significantly below normal, it’s hard to stay warm and safe even in your own home.  Taking preventive measures can be your best defense against extreme cold weat...
By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 707-812-7668
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
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 I had just arrived at a 203k project in San Juan Bautista, CA when I noticed these chickens walking down the sidewalk toward the intersection. Then the rooster stopped and the hens stopped behind him, he seemed to look both ways and turn to cross the street in the crosswalk.   Unbelievable.     ...
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 Will Nesbitt, Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage.
(Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria)
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Coldwell Banker Real Estate Agent Michael Jacobs to Pasadena, California's trending original Active Rain content is pertinent to the Home Improvement category. For the entire reblog, scroll down. One Bathroom In The House, Can I Remove The Tub and Only Have A Shower?   That’s what I was asked by ...
By Janell Kittleson, Property Management Software & Tenant Screening
(Rentec Direct)
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        Have you ever walked into a home or business and said to yourself "E-GADS!"  or "Ho-Hummm."  While hot pink walls will throw my senses for a loop and probably make me want to leave sooner than later, classic white with beige furniture makes me feel sad for the occupants.   Sad because ho...
By John Meussner, Making Mortgages Easy Costa Mesa, CA 484-680-4852
(Total Mortgage Services, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,)
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Denise offers up some great advice - although winter is (hopefully) almost over, I know some places in the north and northeast are going to need these tips for at least a few more weeks. I've known some folks who have had DISASTERS with freezing pipes and flooding...better to be safe than sorry, ...
By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek & Associates LLC Team at Real Estate Broker/Associate with Real Living Real Estate Group www.LisaVon.com)
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Cleaning naturally with White Distilled Vinegar - here is a video you might find helpful: Home expert Angelo Surmelis teaches you how to use White Distilled Vinegar to clean effectively and safely in this information and entertaining video from At Home Live. How to Clean Carpet and Upholstery and...
By Jeffrey Masich, Arizona Homes and Land to Sell or Purchase
(HomeSmart )
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With Spring coming it is time to get your creative juices flowing!   The Spring Maricopa County Home and Garden Show is this weekend March 6-8 at the University of Phoenix Stadium  where the Cardinals play. Or, check in for the next scheduled event (5 per year). Here is information about discount...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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    Welcome to our home....here is our front door and foyer....we are fortunate to have  had a friend, who worked with us on a custom stained glass design for our sidelights and round top window over our front door.    The walls are now Ralph Lauren suede finish paint in a soft blue/gray. The flo...
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 Marti Steele Kilby, Broker/Owner, San Diego, CA
(Steele Group Realty)
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I recently took a listing on a home here in San Diego County where the owners have put quite a bit of time and money into getting it ready for market; some new flooring, fresh paint and landscaping improvements.  I hadn’t seen the home for about 6 months so I was excited to see all of the work t...
By Kelly & Ryan The Cummings Team, Your Real Estate Consultants For Life!!!
(The Cummings Company)
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Creative Design Ideas for Themed Childrens' Bedrooms There are many exciting ideas you can play around with when planning a themed design for your child's bedroom. When picking out décor and choosing a theme, be sure to have fun, be creative and, most importantly, let the child's individual pers...
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 Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Stamford CT)
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Here is my 17th email newsletter for realtors.  The formatting is a bit off, but you should still be able to get the main idea.   Every month, I "scrub" my email databases (i.e. I check to see the bounces and invalid emails).  I correct those that I can.  I have a database for consumers and a dif...
By Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966, CDPE, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Linda
(Keller Williams Realty)
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During the Winter Months, Do Not Forget to Feed the Birds I live in Southern California but even here, the food for birds becomes scarce during the cold winter months. I try to feed the backyard birds and also the hummingbirds who stay for the winter. Last winter, 2013-2014, when there was only a...
By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(Keller Williams Realty)
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And once again - the winter continues! Another forecast of another snow! This time it may not be much - however, there could a compounding effect of freezing pipes! What shoud you do to take care of that? Here's a great re-blog from.... Denise Dimares Prince George’s County, Maryland and the surr...
By Nick and Cindy Davis, CRS,CIAS,ALHS,e-PRO,CDPE,SFR,Realtor(R)
(RE/MAX Premier Group)
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4 trends popping up in high-end kitchens   Here's what luxury homeowners are adding to their kitchens.  http://bit.ly/High-End-Kitchens
By Maggie Dokic, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay |
(Special Miami Homes)
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Tired of home maintenance chores? So are we. That’s why we love these easy-care features that free up your free time — and do it beautifully. Images: Bellingham from Cambria’s Waterstone Collection/Spark Modern Fires/Abby Farson Pratt/Heckard’s Door Adding good-looking, low-maintenance elements t...