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.

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By MC2 Home Inspections, Indianapolis Westfield Carmel Fishers Indiana
(MC2 Home Inspections LLC)
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You’ve heard about it in the news.  You’ve heard that you can go years without knowing that it is in your home, and that it can be hazardous to your health and to the health of your family.  But what exactly is radon, and why is it a problem?
By Joanna Cohlan, Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes
(Fresh Eyes For Your Home)
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Is your sofa too fat for your space? Is her footprint creating a tight squeeze in your space.  Let's put your sofa on a diet and slenderize her profile. For this Westchester County interior decorator and designer, most sofas I encounter don't warrant the trouble or the expense.  But for a recent ...
By June Piper-Brandon, Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time
(Century 21 New Millenium)
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Some Tips on How to Keep the Pests Under Control Trim Back Trees and Plantings – Prevent pests from using tree branches as a bridge to your home by cutting back any limbs that overhang or touch your roof or brush up against the foundation of your home. Eliminate Entry Points – Repair damaged scre...
By Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo
(Dagny's Real Estate)
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John Capeci - Landscaper Extraordinaire! in Fairfield County, CT John Capeci is an extremely unusual man.   He is prompt, he calls back as soon as he can, he takes very good care of his clients, he really genuinely likes people, and he loves working outdoors! John has a lot of knowledge, will sea...
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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    Your Carmichael Shower Needs a New Enclosure     I get to see a lot of damaged tub and showers in the Carmichael area of Sacramento. Homes and apartments both have a need for the repair and replacement of shower walls. This an be a fairly easy repair if the damages have not extended too far i...
By Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI,ABR,SRES, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Keller Williams Realty Partners)
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They are here! The kitchen guys showed up and this is what they did!   I left early this morning around 7:30 and came back to find the foreman just leaving. There is much to do yet just with the cabinets, but boy are they a sight for sore eyes. The kitchen guys even used the cut up cardboard boxe...
By Raymond E. Camp, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester
(Empire Realty Group)
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The next project the team takes on will be at 5817 Mountain Ash Drive, Farmington, NY 14425. This is a 3 bedroom 1 bath split that has many possibilities from remaining a 3 bedroom and adding another bath with a nice family room or if the right person comes along it could be made into a 5 bedroom...
By Nicole Doty, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com
(Zion Realty)
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I love shabby chic design styles. The distressed woods mixed with elegant chandeliers and a touch of french country. Velvet high back tufted chairs and couches can be along side an armoire built out of old barn wood. Shabby chic design has such versatility in the colors, textures, and patterns yo...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
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Yesterday, Crestwood had a home tour, giving residents a chance to see some amazing homes that our neighbors have restored and renovated.  And one of my favorite homes on the tour is one owned by DC area master builder, Ethan Landis and his wife, Jude.  This brick mansion with it's round portico ...
By Dorie Dillard, Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale
(Coldwell Banker United Realtors)
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    MG Floors NW Austin TX~ Meet Miranda and Manor~A Trusted Resource   Making a decision to replace flooring can be a daunting process. There will come a time when the assessment to replace flooring needs to be made and there are so many choices! You know you have put it off way too long, the ti...
By Victoria & Marshall Henderson, Representing People Not Property
(Buyer's Edge Bethesda Maryland)
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Why clean your dryer vent?   In 2010 an estimated 16,800 reported home structure fires involving clothes dryers or washing machines killed 51 people and caused $236 million dollars in property damage.   92% of the fires were caused by clothes dryers   Failure to clean, according to the National A...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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   Our kitchen has ...make that had...but will again...solid cherry cabinets.  It is the "flavor" and color of the wood I grew up with...the grandaughter of a cabinet maker. To me, it is a taste of my childhood....and a warmer, richer color that is the one we have chosen throughout our home from ...
By Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
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Fall is in the air....and leaves are hitting the ground; gutters need cleaning and lawns need raking. This Throwback Thursday picture dates back to around 1980, when my daughter Susan (on the left) and two neighbor friends loved to help me tame the leaves at our  San Carlos home. Their favorite p...
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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  Wonder Which Came First     I am a contractor that works on older homes and apartments in the Sacramento area from time to time. I get to repair some things that you may not see everyday. Older homes will often have some modern changes that doesn't quite fit, not the same texture or even a slig...
By Roberta LaRocca, REALTOR®, Broker, Salesperson, Property Management
(Simply Vegas Real Estate)
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Alert - Failing KitchenAid Refrigerator Control Boards, part numbers 2307028 and the replacement W10219463, are no longer available, and apparently have had a fairly high failure rate. For the good news, I may be able to provide you with a possible simple repair as you read on.  These refrigerato...
By Erika Rogers, St George Utah Real Estate & local info.
(Re/Max First Realty)
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DIY Halloween Décor Tips Halloween is just around the corner. It’s time for everyone to dress up as ghouls and goblins to scare those around us. It’s also time for you to show off your Halloween décor. Therefore, I have some do-it-yourself tips that you’ll be proud to show off to your family, fr...
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 Pat Champion
(Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty)
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Fun and Useful Energy-Saving Projects I don't know about you but I love to save money; especially, while having fun. Please click on the link below to view these 4 easy energy saving projects from Houselogic:   http://www.houselogic.com/blog/saving-energy/4-fun-and-useful-energy-saving-projects/ ...
By Kathleen Lordbock, Keller Williams Realty Professionals
(Keller Williams Realty Professionals)
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    Is your Brainerd, MN home ready for another Minnesota winter of frosty temperatures and   beautiful snowy weather?  It is important to clean and prepare your home in the fall before winter arrives. This checklist   covers most of the necessary maintenance for your home and gets you ready for ...
By Joe & Linda Sopo, "Los Altos Experts" - Let Us Move You!
(Keller Williams Realty)
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CA Native Plant Sale at El Dorado Nature Center, October 25th   As the drought continues, replacing water-thirsty landscaping has become an even more important and appealing project for local residents. Just in time for fall planting season, Friends of El Dorado Nature Center is hosting its annua...