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 Roy Sanborn, Lakes Region of New Hampshire
(Four Season Sotheby's International Realty)
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The residential home inventory stood at 1277 homes available as of July 1, 2010 in the communities in this Lakes Region of NH Real Estate Market Report. The average asking price came in at $551,228 and the median asking price was $285,000. This inventory level represents 19 ¾ months worth of hom...
By Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.928.8000
(Keller Williams Realty)
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This month has been busy for everyone across the board.  I have a client whose property developed leaks in the roof.  I began reaching out, trying to get someone out to look at the roof to get an estimate.  Apparently this time of year is one of the busiest for people who do roofing. I was not ha...
By Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor
(Charles Rutenberg Realty)
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Chimney Sweep Day and Olde World Chimney Sweep  of Palm Harbor Florida is who I called. Why? This is the company I used when I had a home with a chimney. They are professional, always on time and their price is reasonable. Today I am meeting them for a client to get his home's chimney cleaned out...
By Ana Hitzel, Home Stager Inland Empire & Palm Springs
( AccentPositives Home Staging )
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  Everyone is always looking for more storage right? Small living spaces can especially come up short on places to put your stuff. Fear not, open bookcases and shelves are a great solution. You can find practically any style, size and price to fit your needs.  These type units can help keep a spa...
By Joanna Cohlan, Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes
(Fresh Eyes For Your Home)
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Bringing warmth and life into our homes, creating atmosphere as well as comfort - color and texture are two critical elements of interior design.   Color is a versatile design tool which can be used to enhance and to alter the quality of natural light, make a room seem more spacious or intimate a...
By Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo
(Dagny's Real Estate)
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My husband always likes to know when someone is driving in our driveway.    So, he has purchased this little electric eye that announces cars or people or deer when they pass by.   I am sure that this can also be used for other purposes, but this has been what we have used it for.  It definitely ...
By Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,
(Keller Williams Capital Properties)
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Pantone is the arbiter of all things color and Pantone has spoken about the IT color for 2015 - Marsala! Let's all raise our glasses to this new color - make mine a red wine!  Each year, Pantone picks a particular color as the "Color of the Year." Twice a year, the company hosts a secret meeting ...
By Ryan Cummings, Your Real Estate Consultant For Life!!!
(The Cummings Company)
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Easy Ways to Improve the Curb Appeal of Your Home     Walk across the street and look at your overall landscape.   Are shrubs trimmed neatly?  Windows and doors shouldn't be overshadowed by overgrown bushes.   Clear your entry, sidewalk, and plant beds of leaves and debris.   Add a new layer of a...
By Paul Peck, Licensed Drywall and Painting Contractor
(Peck Drywall and Painting serving Brevard County, Florida)
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  In this video I'll show you how to turn those ugly, outdated kitchen ceiling grid style lights into a beautiful and modern lighted tray ceiling.  So, if you're thinking about doing a kitchen remodel or you're just looking to modernize and open up your kitchens feel and get rid of that outdated...
By Paul Peck, Licensed Drywall and Painting Contractor
(Peck Drywall and Painting serving Brevard County, Florida)
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  In this video I will demonstrate how to repair a hole in drywall from a doorknob that went through the drywall on your wall. Because just applying joint compound won't resolve this drywall issue!I'll show you the step by step process from adding a furring strip to attach the drywall, to a nice...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
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Looking At Rehabs?  PERMITS?  Just ask.  I have a deep respect for investor buyers who buy homes in horrific condition, rehab and resell them.  The home provide good housing for families in certain price ranges. That said, I have more respect for consumers who take the plunge and buy homes to reh...
By Regina P. Brown, e-Pro Realtor
(California Coast & Country Homes, Inc.)
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Article as published in The San Diego Realtor® magazine, pages 28-30. By Regina P. Brown Part 1 of 3 We’re back again this month with the decade’s hottest topic, GREEN living.  We’ve learned to recycle, right?  Everyone’s talking about renewable energy.  Clients want to know about tax rebates for...
By Ryan Cummings, Your Real Estate Consultant For Life!!!
(The Cummings Company)
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Five Quick And Easy Home Improvement Projects Go Green: A few changes to the landscaping of your home can make a world of difference! You might want to consider plating some fruit trees in the backyard, adding a touch of color with some bright and unusual flowers, or perhaps finally starting the ...
By Erika Rogers, St George Utah Real Estate & local info.
(Re/Max First Realty)
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Easy Ways to Make Your Home Energy Efficient Making your home energy efficient is now the big thing to do for homeowners across the country as utility rates rise. And now, it is easier than ever to make your home energy efficient. Therefore, I have found some really easy ways to make your home u...
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)
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  Yes I Can Replace That Rotted Siding, But I Need To See What Is Behind It   When handling water damage found in the exterior siding on a home, the problem can extend beyond what can be seen during the time of inspection. So the siding replacement, may be a simple task, but the damages that are ...
By Perrin Cornell, Broker, ABR
(Century 21 Exclusively, Wenatchee, WA)
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My sister-in-law likes to take a lot of time decorating for Christmas (as does me wife and they are both very good at it). This year, she (sister-in-law) did a different twist on the tree decorating their home in East Wenatchee. She started with the usually green faux tree. There were the normal ...
By J.P. Stone, Stone's House Movers Inc.
(Stone's House Movers Inc)
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We move houses in Destin Florida.  Give us a call if you are planning on moving a house in Destin or if you would like to have a house moved to your property.  Stone's House Movers has houses for sale to be moved to your property to suit your needs.  Give us a call.
By Debb Janes, REALTOR®, EcoBroker Camas, Washington
(The Carl Group, LLC)
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Have Fun at Home - Make it Safe and Warm     My husband and I enjoy watching the National Lampoon movie "Christmas Vacation" as a silly break from the holiday craziness. Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase), the well-intentioned but hapless homeowner, is determined to stage the best Christmas ever for hi...
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)
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  Glad To Get That Water Damaged Wall Fixed Before Christmas   Working around the holidays can be tough for a number of reasons. When working inside a home we have to be concerned about the homeowners schedule. It's the holidays, they may be expecting guests or hosting a party. The last thing tha...
By Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI,ABR,SRES, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Keller Williams Realty Partners)
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The end of week 11 of the home improvement saga brought more  workers and the near completion of this huge project. As you can see to the right, the staircase guys came in and worked all day putting the finishing touches on the staircase. All it needs now is some touch up paint that will be done ...