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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Put the hammer down and the glasses on and read on.

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By Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC, Personal Service, always.
(Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC)
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Added value, return on investment.   These are the concepts home owners (eventual sellers) expect when they do something to their home. I have been asked many times about how much a pool will add to the value of a home.  My response is always something like...put in a pool if you are going to us...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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 Each remodeling, updating project has its own parts...some may not include every step we have discussed in this plan and you may choose to work with elements you already have and work with them in your new plan.  In this step, we are looking at what we call the "hardscape" of your plan...the thi...
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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Are Screws Really That Expensive?       There is a variety of methods for securing deck boards to the joists. Nails were the most common for the longest time; it was easy to do you just needed nails and a hammer. But over time the nails would begin to work their way out and needed to be correcte...
By Suzanne Otto, Your Montgomery County PA home stager
(Six Twenty Designs)
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How to Make Acorns for Fall Decorating I love fall. It's by far my favorite season to decorate for. Because my home decor is in neutral colors, the reds, yellows and oranges really stand out. I'm a big fan of mixing those colors with natural decor, like pine cones and acorns. I usually put them i...
By Sharon Sigman, Sharon Sigman
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Feeling overwhelmed as you try to get office work done at home? In as little as a few hours, your cluttered home office space can become an efficient machine, capable of maximizing your productivity, and ensuring better time management.   Prioritize It's all within easy reach. In fact, reach is o...
By Debb Janes, REALTOR®, EcoBroker Camas, Washington
(The Carl Group, LLC)
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Time to Prep Your Home for Clark County Weather   Monday evening marked the official autumn equinox when daylight starts to fade and days appear shorter.  In the Pacific Northwest, this usually means the beginning of cool, wet weather, and in East Clark County, Columbia Gorge winds will start to ...
By Right Choice Realty, Buying or Selling a Home, Make the Right Choice
(Right Choice Realty)
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Design Tips for Your Children's Playroom When designing a playroom for your children, there are some key factors to consider. This is a room where your children will learn, grow and flourish both physically and socially. It's important to craft an inspirational, fun and safe environment. Combine ...
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 MC2 Home Inspections, Indianapolis Westfield Carmel Fishers Indiana
(MC2 Home Inspections LLC)
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By Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little REALTOR® That Could
(Keller Williams Realty)
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This is a re-blog. I can't be the only one who just stumbled up this extremely valuable post by Debbie Gartner. She truly is the flooring expert and what I appreciate the most is that she isn't trying to push a specific product, she's educating the public for them to decide what's best for their ...
By Shay Hargus Webb
(Austin Avenue Real Estate Company)
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The Perfect Annul Home Maintenance Checklist The fall is the perfect time of year to do your annual home maintenance.  Therefore, I have a home maintenance checklist that can help you protect your home.  It’s your most valuable investment after all. With this checklist you can protect your home ...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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    You have chosen the basic kitchen appliances...stove, refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher. Maybe an upgrade to a stove with more burners, a double oven...microwave with more features....a whisper quiet energy saving dishwasher.There are sooo many choices in brands, styles and colors. Since th...
By Suzanne De Vita, Online Associate Editor
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Prep your home and yard for winter with this fall chore checklist!   Chimney - Have inspection annually, including exhaust flues, furnace flues and gas water heaters, by CSIA-certified professional - Clean chimney when creosote builds up to 1/8-inch thicknessFurnace - Have inspection annually for...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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     The "muscle"  of the kitchen is the cabinetry if we refer to the appliances as being "the bones". If you are coming late to this "remodeling party", here are steps one and two. There are lots of choices both in terms of finishes and materials as well as styles, arrangement and features.  Som...
By Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner, Buyer Focused ~ Buyer Results
(BuyersAgentPortland.com | (503) 810-7192 Portland Metro Exclusive Buyers Agent | 100% Buyer Representation ~ 100% of the Time)
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Seeding Your Lawn in the Fall I'm a firm believer that the less I have to do, the happier I am. The "less" in this case is watering! For many people, they live in drought areas.  Fortunately, the Pacific NW is not suffering with a drought and the day we hit Fall . . . we had Fall weather:  Fallin...
By Nicholas Conteduca, Chicago's Top Real Estate Agent - Broker/Appraiser
(Jameson Sotheby's/Anywhere Appraisals)
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3 WAYS TO ADD VALUE TO YOUR HOME       If you are looking to make some improvements to your home in order to increase the value, this article will give you some insight. I am constantly coming across homeowners complaining about an appraiser not giving value to some upgrades they have recently m...
By Robert (Bob) Gilbert, Your Katy TX Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
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Top Seven Items a Reputable Home Contractor WILL NOT DO!     Above picture courtesy of Bing free to share, modify and use pictures   There are so many companies and individuals claiming to be reputable contractors who in reality are most likely fraud artists. Here is my own list of the Top Seven ...
By Ron Marshall, Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire
(Marshall Enterprises)
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More Fall Gardening Tips for Northern Gardeners! Moving plants This is a great time to plant your newly purchased perennials, trees, and shrubs. Make sure to provide adequate water through the fall. After the ground starts to freeze, add a 6 – 8 inch layer of mulch around your new plants. This is...
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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  The Whole Room Looked Crooked     I walked into a bathroom to check on a shower and noticed that the flooring wasn't right. I had to take off my glasses because I think that was creating an illusion. When installing flooring that doesn't have lines or some sort of reference to being square this...
By Michele Connors, Your Eastern North Carolina Realtor
(The Overton Group, LLC & CB First Realty )
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  This is a very special bedroom...   Mine ! Heres a Sneak Peak at my , locally milled, Walnut floors. Wood is from Western Carolina and it smells sooooo good !!! ( A full post of before and after will follow... Im so excited and couldnt be happier with the team doing the work !! ) #Supporting L...