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 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 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 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 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 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...
By Kristin Hamilton, (909) 557-6966, CDPE, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Linda
(Keller Williams Realty)
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  These Flowers Remind Me of Angels Floating in my Yard       This flower reminds me of a fairy sitting in the lawn.    California is a dream come true state no matter what your needs or wants are. We have year round warm weather, beautiful beaches, rustic mountains and desert communities. If you...
By Rain Silverhawk, Realtor, Sandpoint North Idaho Real Estate by Rain
(Keller Williams Sandpoint)
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Landscaping can make a world of difference or change the entire look of a home. Whether you are sprucing up the curb appeal to sell a home, or just making your home your own, landscaping will add so much to the quality of your home and your life.   Here are a few before and after examples of lan...
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 Rain Silverhawk, Realtor, Sandpoint North Idaho Real Estate by Rain
(Keller Williams Sandpoint)
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Using landscaping stones in your design can produce a pure natural beauty to your yard, full of texture, color and provide a focal point. You can use landscaping stones to accent certain portions of your yard, give it depth, you can even plant some plants to make it look more natural. They look g...
By Rain Silverhawk, Realtor, Sandpoint North Idaho Real Estate by Rain
(Keller Williams Sandpoint)
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Get a great landscaping picture   Most people have a hard time coming up with a great landscaping plan. Take a look through books, magazines, and online resources like pinterest and Houzz. Once you find all your landscaping pictures you will be that much closer to designing your yard, just like t...
By Rain Silverhawk, Realtor, Sandpoint North Idaho Real Estate by Rain
(Keller Williams Sandpoint)
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There are a few different things to think about when making a landscaping plan tobe successful. Your plan needs to be well thought out and all issues must be dealtwith ahead of time. Take into consideration the amount of sun each are of the yardwill get as well as how much water it will receive a...
By Kristin Hamilton, (909) 557-6966, CDPE, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Linda
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Do You Have Squeaks in Your House......One Simple Quick Fix WD-40   Do you have a door or a cabinet that squeaks all the time or a chair that is driving you nuts.     When I have a squeak in one of my listings, I always zap it right away but when it is your own house, you say I will do it later. ...
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 Sharon Paxson, Newport Beach Real Estate - HOM Sotheby's Int'l Re
(HÔM Sotheby's International Realty, BRE License 01501912)
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Importance of Decluttering when Preparing Your Home to Sell | Selling Your Newport Beach Home Whether or not you are considering selling your home, it is important to declutter. Living with clutter just creates anxiety in my opinion. I know we are all guilty of hanging onto "things" tha...
By Silvia Dukes PA, REALTOR, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living
(Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!)
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Functional Design Features in New Home Construction   There is no doubt, looking at new home construction and especially model homes is always a delight with so many nice features that are put into these homes.   There are probably as many "most important" aspects and features as there ...
By Ana Hitzel, Home Stager Inland Empire & Palm Springs
( AccentPositives Home Staging )
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drive·way: noun \-ˌwā\ a short private road from a street to a house or other building where cars can usually be parked –Merriam-Webster Residential driveways are also used for such things as garage sales, automobile washing and repair and recreation, notably (in North America) for basketball pra...