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 Nelson Carrillo, South San Diego, CA Homes For Sale
(McMillin Realty - Phone: (619) 940-6560)
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  Five Ways to Increase Home Value on a Budget Summer is coming! It’s time to begin the projects and repairs that you have been putting off all winter. Whether you plan on moving in the near future or are just looking to spruce up your home, these five thrifty ways to increase the value of your h...
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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 That 71” Refrigerator Won't Fit  In That 68” Opening  Often times when buying new appliances for that older home, you come to realize that the new appliances do not fit in the openings in the home. Sure they may fit in the door but will they fit in the final location? This can be a problem if yo...
By Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes
(Home Point Real Estate)
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Thinking of Selling a Brentwood California Home or a home in East Contra Costa County or beyond. You should read this ReBlog of a great post on how to get ready to Sell Your Brentwood Home. Then get a Free Home Evaluation From Home Point Real Estate. Or just call me directly at 925-260-4321.  Ask...
By Mahesh Mike Patel, Call Me And Consider It Done!
(First Team Real Estate)
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Keep Your Property In Top Shape Year Round  Keep Your Property in Top Shape Year Round Boost your home’s curb appeal and improve the livability of your property with these helpful tips. In the spring: Fertilize the lawn and plants. Clean your outdoor furniture. Service your lawn mower. Prepare yo...
By Irene Medina, PA GRI CRS CDPE SFR TRC, Official Member of GiveBackHomes
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Much Ado About Mulch: Everything Property Owners Need To Know in South Florida Mulch was nature’s idea way before it became man’s. Fallen leaves, pine needles, rotting wood and vegetation, rotting flowers, ripe fruit, rocks rising towards the surface of the earth – the ecosystem organically produ...
(Long and Foster Real Estate, Richmond Virginia)
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 Here in the Mid-Atlantic region, we have such a lush variety of garden blooms to choose from.  Whether you are looking to spruce up your back yard, or do a little landscaping for that ever-important curb appeal, your due-diligence in the month of May will pay off!  Start With The Basics Pruning ...
By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 707-812-7668
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
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We have your back when it comes to remodelingThat is just what it means to be a 203k consultant or renovation/remodel consultant. Most people don't remodel their home very often and guess who knows it? That is correct, the contractors know it and quite often they capitalize on it. Task was to add...
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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  Installing Apron Sink Before Granite Counters in Sacramento  When remodeling or updating your kitchen in Sacramento, it is a good idea to have a good working schedule for a successful construction project. It is a good idea to have a contractor with experience in the flow of the project so that...
By Jon Kolsky, Licensed California Real Estate Broker
(Kolsky Realty & Management)
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 Home Projects You Shouldn’t Attempt.    There are countless blogs about home DYI projects you should attempt, but rarely do you find blogs about home projects only a licensed professional contractor should do. And while there are many unique custom projects that can make your home stand out, cer...
By Joey Torkildson, Joey
(Keller Williams Premier Realty)
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May is a great time of year to inspect the items that you might overlook the rest of the year. Making sure you keep your home maintained will ensure that your home is doing what it is supposed to do, protect you from the elements. Here are 5 maintenance ideas to do this month.  1.      Inspect Yo...
Tame the Toilet: Drop a teaspoon of Tang Drink Mix in the bowl. The citric acid acts like a scrubber and it’s nontoxic, in case the dog takes a sip. Let it sit for a few minutes, then swish and flush. Make Doors Shine: Rubbing a teaspoon of lemon oil on glass shower doors twice a month causes wat...
By Cathy Perry
(Keller Williams Realty)
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One of the trends I saw at the recent High Point Home Furnishings Market was the arrangement of wall art in grid patterns - artwork, photographs, shadow-boxed collectibles. The photo to the right was snapped at a chic, mid-century modern vignette in the Antiques and Design Center. That got me thi...
By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
(Chris Brown | Certified Mortgage Planners)
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In many areas, the spring months mean warmer temperatures, more sunshine and plenty of beneficial rainfall that your yard may thrive with. These are prime growing conditions for your lawn, but they can also make lawn maintenance a challenge. By following these helpful tips, you can take better ca...
By Wayne Johnson, San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale
(Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS®)
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Do You Know a Good Plumber? When people move to a new city, a whole new support system is needed. Doctors, dentists, barbers, hairdressers, and plumbers. Only plumbers have to come to your home to do their work. Cause that's were the pipes, fixtures, and appliances are located. As a real estate p...
By Nick and Cindy Davis, CRS,CLHMS,ABR,CIAS,ALHS,e-PRO,CDPE,SFR,Realtor(R)
(RE/MAX Premier Group)
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Before you makeover your outdoor spaces, learn about the advances in non-wood decking in the past 20 years.  http://bit.ly/Guide-to-Composite-Decking 
By Ken and Leslye Huebsch, Realtors - Harrisburg Homes for Sale 717.514.1793
(3x Individual Agent of the Year, Luxury Homes, First-Time Buyers, Residential Resales, New Construction)
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Reroofing is necessary maintenance, depending on your roof's materials. Finding a roofing solution that is the most cost effective and longest lasting can be confusing - how do you find what's best for your home and budget? The average roof consists of three layers of material. Resting atop your ...
By Jill Murty, Realtor - Serving Orange County, CA
(PREA Realty)
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 Rawlins Piano Company in Orange County, CAFamily Owned & Operated Need a piano to provide the perfect touch for staging?  Rawlins Piano Company is here to help!  Lennar Homes and Tri-Pointe Homes have used Rawlins Piano Company to provide pianos to stage their properties and you can, too! A pian...
By N. Joel Walter, Cr (Certified Remodeler)
(N.J.W. Construction Inc)
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As your Columbus, Ohio home improvement company, we love an older home- they are typically very charming, but an older home can also be accompanied by some major issues! Building codes have been updated over the years and many of these homes have been left behind. If you are looking to buy an old...
By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
(Chris Brown | Certified Mortgage Planners)
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While some home buyers only want to live in a brand new home and will custom build a home to their specifications, others are drawn to the historic character and charm of a classic home. Older homes may have incredible architectural detail and special features that you simply do not want to chang...
 Spring is almost over but there is time to get the kitchen some love before summer rolls in. Here are a few tips to get the job done: 1. Circle Your Way Around: Always begin on the right side of your stove, then move clockwise around the room. The stove is typically the dirtiest part of the kitc...