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 Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Lower Fairfield CT)
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What are the most popular choices for hardwood flooring species?There are many species of hardwood flooring, and I thought it would be helpful to help explain and visualize the different types. There are pros and cons to each, and there is no "one size fits all." It depends on what you like and w...
By Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
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    I love the older, more experienced properties. (Yeah! Right!) Like many of our more ‘experienced’ citizens’, there are certainly stories to tell, and a journal of what has historically happened in its life.    Yesterday while inspecting a property in the East Nashville area, I ran across this...
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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Renovating your Home the Green Way  As a GREEN Realtor and Certified Green Building Professional I am asked the same important question from homeowners as they undertake renovations throughout their residences: “How can I make my home green; more environmentally friendly?”  They know that it’s no...
By Alan Kirkpatrick, Alan in Austin
(Austin Texas Homes)
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  No great forests in Texas so early builders used the materials that were available and today you find some beautiful natural stone homes across parts of Texas. Modern builders inspired by the beauty brought back the look of the stone home using Stone veneer together with masonry.  These modern ...
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 James Murr, www.cortiersrealestate.com
(Cortiers Real Estate)
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Being a first-time homeowner is a unique experience. Compared to renting, you now have much more on your plate if you want to keep your home in tip-top condition. There’s a lot to remember that comes with the responsibility of homeownership, and some of the smaller seasonal to-dos and maintenance...
By Kathy Goldman, Social Media & Marketing for Real Estate
(REVA Online | SEO Boost For Real Estate)
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Finding Time To Garden In Your Busy Life Okay. Nothing to do with real estate but a major hobby of mine. I'm a closet gardener. Not the kind that has all the plants in the house gardener. I am the kind who makes an entire week out of weeding the front flower bed (about 10 x 5') !So, obviously I h...
By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
(Chris Brown | Certified Mortgage Planners)
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Did you know that dry rot is ironically created from having too much moisture come in contact with wood?The fact is many homeowners are unaware that dry rot is even setting in, so the first step toward prevention is being able to diagnose possible areas of exposure before dry rot becomes a major ...
By Jennifer Shenbaum
(The Shenbaum Group, Inc. dba JenniferBuysHouses.com)
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What does "Owner-Builder" Mean?If you were thinking about being your own general contractor, or what is otherwise known as being an "owner-builder", you should consider these risks before you start on your next remodel project. The term basically describes a situation where you, the homeowner, se...
By Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little REALTOR® That Could
(Dallas Premier Keller Williams Realty)
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      For years I've been hearing nobody wants popcorn ceilings anymore, but is this the new alternative? So far, I've only seen corrugated galvanized steel sheet metal ceilings in restaurants, commercial buildings, and some lofts in older warehouses converted to condominiums in the Dallas Fort W...
By Reuben Saltzman, Minneapolis Home Inspections
(Structure Tech Home Inspections)
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I love dimmer switches; I use them to control almost every light in my house.Installing a dimmer switch is a common enough DIY project, but like any other DIY project, I often find them installed improperly.  The most common problem I find is when dimmer switches are connected to a ceiling fan. ...
By Jennifer Shenbaum
(The Shenbaum Group, Inc. dba JenniferBuysHouses.com)
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The Ugly House SyndromeI don't know what it is, but I have an affinity for buying ugly houses.  I like them and see "potential".  Even when we bought our personal residence, my husband thought it was cringe-worthy.  I didn't think it was ugly, but it definitely needed to be remodeled.  And this w...
By Sharon Parisi, Dallas Homes
(Keller Williams Dallas Premier Realty)
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Dallas Sanitation Services is sponsoring a class at Campbell Green Rec Center to teach homeowners about composting organic materials at home.  I love the title of the class, "Compost Happens!"  Did you know that it's been estimated that more than 30% of the waste taken to a landfill is organic in...
By Kelly and Ryan The Cummings Team, Your Real Estate Consultants For Life!!!
(The Cummings Company)
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Mulch was nature's idea long before it became man's. Fallen leaves, pine needles, rotting wood and vegetation, decaying flowers, ripe fruit, rocks rising to the Earth's surface – the environment naturally produces and disperses "mulch," adding a protective coating to the ground.Knowing the variou...
By Stanley Stepak, Realtor - Avon Lake, Avon, Bay Village, Westlake,
(Howard Hanna Gold- Avon Lake, OH)
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It's time to get your Avon Lake or Northeast Ohio Garden ready for the Spring.  Here are some tips to get started: • Clear drainage ditchesLeaves and debris gather in drainage areas over the winter. Now is the time to ensure that the spring rains will have adequate runoff. Spring seedlings do bes...
By Jeff Fisher, ArizonasRealty
(ReMax Fine Properties)
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Selling Your Home in 2015? Boost Your Resale Value with These Three Inexpensive RenovationsTo get top dollar for your home, renovations may be necessary. However, some renovations can prove costly and they don’t always add value to your home. Here are three inexpensive renovations that are sure t...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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Maybe you can get by with a touch up paint, but check first!   Please visit the original blog if you wish to leave comments.   Sure, You Can Touch Up That Paint!     We are all looking to do things fast and easy, less time and money is best! We can see this sort of thinking in many of the repairs...
By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
(Chris Brown | Certified Mortgage Planners)
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Signs of mold in your attic can be indicative of a bigger problem in your house, which is why it is a good idea to nip this situation in the bud as soon as you see it developing.The signs of this type of fungus can be quite diverse and sometimes unexpected, so it pays to understand exactly what t...
By Sharon Sigman, Sharon Sigman
(RE/MAX )
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Who says you have to stop with paint on the walls? A can of paint can easily transform a number of areas in your home, turning boring into beautiful. It's time to have fun with paint, all over your house (and outside too!). Paint your cabinets DIY paining your kitchen cabinets may not be a quick ...
By Nancy Benson, Award Winning Agent | Buy |Unique Homes| Sell
(Keller Williams Ottawa Realty, Brokerage)
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If you’ve ever sold a home, you know what it’s like to get the interior into pristine shape so that potential buyers are impressed as soon as they step inside and take their first look around.You clean, you de-clutter, you re-arrange art and accessories, you sometimes re-paint a few rooms and do ...