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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Trending blogs on Home Improvement

By Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
Comments 46
     It is not uncommon to see multiple layers of shingles on older properties. Back some years ago there was no limitations on how many layers of shingles could be installed. Today, accepted industry standards limits the number of layers to two. However, even this is not a good idea. Here’s why:...
By John DL Arendsen, Contractor, RE Brk, Factory Built Home Dealer/Devl
(ON THE LEVEL General Contractor, Crest Homes Factory Built Housing Dealer & Developer & TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments)
Comments 1
Foundation Cracks, Settling and Failures Can Ruin A Real Estate Deal   It would be interesting to know how many deals have been lost by RE Professionals but most importantly by buyers and sellers of properties that have had FOUNDATION ISSUES. As a General Contractor who's been in the foundation r...
By Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI,ABR,SRES, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Keller Williams Realty Partners)
Comments 0
In the continuing saga of the remodel from, well from places we won't speak of, the plumber is now officially DONE! Oh. My. Gosh. While I gave him a huge job to accomplish I did not think it would take almost 7 weeks to complete! But when I think over everything he did, it does make sense. He fin...
By Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty,Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes -
(Lizette Realty - Lexington KY - Richmond KY)
Comments 1
Keep Out Cold Drafts! Install Electric Switch Insulation  Electric Switch Sealers I've been working on my house all year to weatherproof so I can save on my heating and A/C bills. One small improvement has been the installation of electric switch insulation on the outside walls to keep any air fr...
By Erika Rogers, St George Utah Real Estate & local info.
(Re/Max First Realty)
Comments 1
Organize Your Thanksgiving Rush Thanksgiving is for family and friends, entertaining, or you just may spend that time in quiet gratitude. But, no matter how you will spend your holiday, if you are prepared, you’ll enjoy your holiday so much more. Therefore, I have found some tips to get you star...
By Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI,ABR,SRES, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Keller Williams Realty Partners)
Comments 0
Day 4 has started out well for this week. The kitchen guys just installed the gas cook top. The boss will be happy when she returns home tonight! It is a 5 burner, Merica brand unit, 36" wide I think. We liked this one because it spread out the burners a bit and should give lots of room to work. ...
By Roberta LaRocca, REALTOR®, Broker, Salesperson, Property Management
(Simply Vegas Real Estate)
Comments 58
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 Andrew Payne Realtor® Richmond VA Homes For Sale~804-938-5257~, Richmond, VA, Real Estate, SRES®, NAR Green
(Long & Foster Strawberry Street)
Comments 6
Having patience helps make a difference with our Richmond VA kitchen addition and remodeling project.   For approximately six months we've had an ongoing kitchen remodeling and addition project that almost has driven our Fan District vicinity home bonkers.  Fortunately, we recently switched contr...
By Will Nesbitt, Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage.
(Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria)
Comments 8
Luxury upgrades: Avoid trendy and frivolous renovation expenditures. Simple and relevant renovations are more likely to pay off in the long haul. Garage conversion: Converting a garage to a family room can turn off potential home buyers. Some people want a garage and not a family room. Consider i...
By Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi & Corinna Birgit Cromartie, Palm Harbor & Dunedin FL Residential Real Estate
(Charles Rutenberg Realty)
Comments 20
I had to reblog this one since my daughter did something really cool that I would NEVER have even considered. She did not like the cement in front of her house door, so she took matters into her own hands. I would have probably painted it one color, but not Corinna. She goes the extra mile and I ...
By Suzanne De Vita, Online Associate Editor
Comments 13
If you've ever sold an older home, you know there can be many structural repairs in store for the buyer or seller. For owners of older homes, winter weather poses a significant risk, especially if household features are left unrepaired. Here are three fixes homeowners should consider making befor...
By Tammie White, Franklin TN, South of Nashville
(Benchmark Realty, LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.TWRealtyGroup.net)
Comments 9
Is your Franklin TN home in need of painting before selling? Not to worry, I have the name of a top-notch painter in the area. Not only does he do excellent work but his prices are the most reasonable I've ever seen. This painter asked that I not include his name on this post. He works by referra...
By Christopher Pataki, Hockessin Delaware Real Estate
(RE/MAX Associates)
Comments 3
Are you putting off painting the trim around windows because of the hassle of taping off all the glass window panes? Procrastinate no more! Here's an easy way to remove paint from glass that allows you to avoid the tape altogether. The key to this endeavor is dish soap. When applied to the windo...
By Nina Rogoff, Your Hometown Realtor in Sharon MA
(RE/MAX Executive Realty - )
Comments 9
3 Easy Ways to Prevent Water from Getting into Your Home! We've all heard horror stories about people who have had flooded basements. You may be one of those people who had to deal with the clean up, damage and the loss of belongings. Even if a small amount of water gets into your home, it can ca...
By N. Joel Walter, Cr (Certified Remodeler)
(N.J.W. Construction Inc)
Comments 0
At NJW, your Columbus Ohio contractors, we value safety and security and you should also! When doing a home remodel, or room addition, our utmost priority is keeping the jobsite safe and secure for you and your family. We have listed a few steps below to help keep everyone safe while the job is ...
By Summer Robertson, Your All Seasons Gillette, WY Agent
(Team Properties Group, LLC)
Comments 3
Interior Painting Tips and Tricks With Jack Frost nipping at your nose, ’tis the season to stay warm and cozy…inside! The cold weather may keep you from all those outdoor improvements and crafts you’ve been wanting to do, but that doesn’t mean you have to lose your creative edge. We now just hav...
By David Popoff, Realtor & Property Manager, Fairfield County, Ct.
(DMK Real Estate )
Comments 1
Pay Back on Green Home Improvements. According to studies green homes will sell for more money and will sell up to 1/3 fewer days than standard homes.(1)  A new study involving large sample of homes sold in California between 2007 and early 2012 has documented that, holding all other variables co...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 18
 We have been involved in real estate for what seems like forever...in different phases as different times.  We think that sometimes our involvement was genetic.  David's father was a mason contractor. My Grandfather was a cabinet maker and did some general contracting as well as design, being a...
By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 707-812-7668
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
Comments 2
A forced air unit on a 203k I was working on was gutted. They took the blower, motor and circuit board. What can my client do? I'm afraid this is an insurance matter for the contractor. The contractor should have "work in progress" insurance to cover this. The home owner's policy might also cover...
By Gloria Todor and Doug Durren - Delaware County PA Real Estate, Hard Working Professionals (484) 431-3686
(Century 21 Absolute Realty )
Comments 9
Those Autumn Leaves....Bag 'Em or Mulch 'Em? It is that time of year when deciduous trees have pretty much finished their colorful autumn display by dropping their leaves to the ground leaving a blanket of leaves to be dealt with by homeowners. Now we know how fun it is to rake leaves into piles ...