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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Halloween is upon us and tonight little ghosts and goblins will be canvassing your neighborhood, knocking on doors to ask for treats. Make sure you have a fun and safe Halloween this year by following these safety tips:
By Valorie L. Ford, Valorie Ford & Co, Charlottesville/Albemarle Real
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Why is everyone so interested in buying cheap windows for their home? I suspect it’s not because of the price of a single window but is due to the fact that the average home has so many windows to replace. Many homes have 20 or more windows and that can add up to a lot of money when the time com...
By Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale - San Jose Probate Agent
(KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
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The Case of the Smoke Detector that Would Not Stop Chirping   There may come a time when I look back on this and will laugh ... but not today. I am absolutely exhausted.  I slept about 2.5 hours before the chirping started. I was awakened at 12:30am to the sound of a chirping smoke detector.  Not...
By Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,
(Keller Williams Capital Properties)
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My tenant mentioned to me yesterday morning that the toilet in her master bedroom was running and she had called a plumber.  I told her that was great and apologized for the inconvenience.  I have to say - I love my tenant- she is awesome.  My tenant lives down the street from me in the house tha...
By Nancy Benson, Award Winning Agent | Buy |Unique Homes| Sell
(Keller Williams Ottawa Realty, Brokerage)
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As the days get shorter and colder and the first snowfall could arrive any week now, it’s good to remember to do some pre-winter home maintenance to ensure that your home stays in good shape through the spring, keeping you warm and cozy. And if you’re considering possibly putting your home on th...
By Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo
(Dagny's Real Estate)
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Ticks?   Deer Problem Eating Your Bushes?   Call Redding Nursery!  I have been a fan of Redding Nursery here in Fairfield County CT for many many years!    I have used their services for tick spraying for the past 32 years, since I discovered I had Lyme Disease.   I am very careful to have the ti...
By Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI,ABR,SRES, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Keller Williams Realty Partners)
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The kitchen remodel project, which in case you haven't noticed includes just about everything in the house by now, continued yesterday with the beginning of the installation of the gas line to where the new gas cook top will be. As you can see from the picture on the right, we ended up having to ...
By Kevin Mackessy, Dedicated. Qualified. Local.
(Blue Olive Properties, LLC)
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                This October in Highlands Ranch has been one of the warmest in recent memory.  Usually by Halloween there are pounding snow storms and all the trick or treaters freeze while trying to fill their pillowcases with candy.  This Friday should be close to the 65 degree mark, providing ...
By Will Johnson, Sell and Stage
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One of the services that we offer at no additional cost is home staging.  Although you may be familiar with what staging is, you might not know what the benefits of a well-staged home actually are. How will this separate you from the competition and help you make the best sale for your home? We’...
By Suzanne Otto, Your Montgomery County PA home stager
(Six Twenty Designs)
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Decorating Tips-Make a Condo Feel Like Home This was decorating on a dime. Well a few dimes, that is. Recently I had the pleasure of helping decorate a past clients daughters condo. She was pregnant and very close to her due date and she hadn't gotten the chance to really settle in. It was import...
By Sandra Nickel, The Hat Team
(Sandra Nickel REALTORS)
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Homeowners can raise the basis or cost in their home by money spent on capital improvements. The benefit is that it will lower their gain and may save them taxes when they sell their home. Improvements must add value to your home, prolong its useful life or adapt it to new uses. Repairs are routi...
By Irene Medina, PA GRI CRS CDPE SFR TRC, The Squeaky Wheel Gets the Job Done!
(Keller Williams Realty)
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How to Clean and Maintain Your Gutters Your gutters take care of your house, but who’s taking care of the gutters? Cleaning and maintaining your gutters is just as important as changing the oil in your car. Why Gutters Need Cleaning When your gutters get clogged, you’ll see waterfalls pouring fr...
By Joy Daniels
(Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd.)
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 Summer is behind us and we are entering Fall.  As the season changes, homeowners need to prepare.  Here is a short but important checklist that will help you prepare for the Fall/Autumn Season.     Remove leaves and debris from gutters and downspouts Trim trees and bushes so nothing is touching...
By Shannon Thomas, Real Estate Broker, E-Pro, ABR, SFR
(MSWoods Real Estate, LLC )
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Along with Indiana Home Ownership comes certain homeowner Exterior maintenance tasks that should be done on a regular bases.  Taking care of maintenence as they come along will prolong the life of your home, help to keep disasters from happening and help to make a less stressful sell of your home...
By MC2 Home Inspections, Indianapolis Westfield Carmel Fishers Indiana
(MC2 Home Inspections LLC)
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When it comes to home maintenance and ouce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
By James Brockway
(Brockway Realty, LLC)
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You know how they say there's an app for that? Well, how about an app that controls most of the functions in your house? When it's time for bed and you need to turn off all the inside lights, set the air conditioner and turn off the pool lights, why not pull up your smartphone and do it remotely...
By Andrew Payne Realtor® Richmond VA Homes For Sale~804-938-5257~, Richmond, VA, Real Estate, SRES®, NAR Green
(Long & Foster Strawberry Street)
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Event on Saturday, Sept. 20th, 2014, "Saving Money:  Energy Audits for a Greener Home"   How would you like to have a more comfortable home and reduce your monthly energy bills all at the the same time?  Blake Waring, owner of Home Energy Remodeling, and I will be hosting a class at 1 - 2 PM on S...
By N. Joel Walter, Cr (Certified Remodeler)
(N.J.W. Construction Inc)
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Security is very important to home owners and a fence is a big crime deterrent. Challenging entry and exiting, equals less criminal activity. When it comes to fencing, NJW, your Columbus, Ohio general contractors understand that you enjoy your privacy; you might want something that says “keep out...
By Donna Graham, Casa Grande Real Estate Agent
(AZ New Horizon Realty)
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Jeremy's Pool & Spa Service and Repair, Best in Maricopa, Casa Grande, Ahwatukee, Gilbert Contact: JeremyPhone: 520-709-5718 Email: jeremyspoolservice@gmail.com Specializing in Routine Maintenance & Green Pool Service. Jeremy's Pool & Spa Service and Repair is a locally owned Certified Pool and ...
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...