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 Inna Ivchenko, Los Angeles / Valley Homes
(Mannis Real Estate Group)
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If you still didn't know that, I love crafts, arts and yummy home made food. Today we are going to make Cake Pops! They are fun/easy/cheap to do and taste delicious! I promise, you and yours will love them:) Are you ready for these most cakes covered in yummy chocolate and sprinkles?   Here is wh...
By John Handschuh, Realtor ABR SRES, Horsham Real Estate
(RE/MAX Action Realty)
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Careful With That Power Washer!   A power washer, also called a pressure washer, is a powerful tool. So powerful, in fact, that it can cause damage quickly before you even realize what you’re doing isn't washing at all. How can you make sure that you’re not causing unnecessary damage to your home...
By Sharon Parisi, Dallas Homes
(Keller Williams Dallas Premier Realty)
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Stop by North Haven Gardens Sunday afternoon and pick up some tips on how to improve your lawn. The extreme dry summer heat and recent  record setting cold winter, have impacted many Dallas lawns.  The staff at North Haven Gardens will share information on fertilizers and other types of soil tre...
By John Handschuh, Realtor ABR SRES, Horsham Real Estate
(RE/MAX Action Realty)
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Window Replacement Firms Mislead On Energy Savings   If you’re in the market to buy new windows, you’ll hear a lot of claims about how much energy you could save. How much will you really save. The average heating season is four or five months long. If the windows will save you 15% on your heatin...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Lower Fairfield CT)
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Over the last year and a half, my blog posting strategy has shifted a bit.  My goal is simple:  Write 1 powerhouse epic post per month.  (During the winter months when I'm a bit slower, I sometimes write an extra 1 or 2 posts...but only as time allows).   This is the concept of "less is more."  P...
By Stanley Stepak, Realtor - Avon Lake, Avon, Bay Village, Westlake,
(Howard Hanna Gold- Avon Lake, OH)
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After a long, dreary winter, and during the even worse "mud" season, hardy spring bulbs can be used to provide bright and cheery color in the landscape. They are usually the earliest plants to bloom, and most of them have exceptionally showy flowers.  Mid September through October is the best tim...
By Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation
(Green Home Realty, 210-789-4216,www.Selling-SanAntonioHomes.com)
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Home renovations can be tricky. You want to improve your space (and the way you live in it). But you don't want to end up in the red when it comes time to sell. Before you splurge on that chef's kitchen or a steam shower in your bath, make sure your projects enhance your home in the eyes of futur...
By Jeffrey Masich, Arizona Homes and Land to Sell or Purchase
(HomeSmart )
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Just moved in? The landscaping needs something. But what? Shall I head to Home Depot and start buying shrubs and drip irrigation? Maybe I should map out a new retaining wall or put in a pond or af fountain?What is the very first thing that I should do?House Logic says, Do Nothing! You can learn a...
By Denise Dimares, Realtor, Investor Serving DC and MD
(Exit Bennett Realty)
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Prince George’s County, Maryland and the surrounding communities are experiencing record low cold temperatures.  When temperatures drop significantly below normal, it’s hard to stay warm and safe even in your own home.  Taking preventive measures can be your best defense against extreme cold weat...
By Lynn Donn, Homes for Sale in Nanaimo BC
(Royal Lepage Nanaimo Realty)
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Decor trends come and decor trends go - sometimes both in the same year! Not to worry thought, here are some of the hottest home decorating trends for 2015 that will remain fashionable for years to come: 1.  Modern pastel colors - Perfect when contrasted by a bright white color, these popular pas...
By C. Lloyd McKenzie, Living Albuquerque
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Mexico Properties)
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My Friend Jerry Newman, a Retired Army Veteran, Realtor,  and Military Relocation Specialist provides some great tips in the below article for anyone considering a remodeling project on their home.  Regardless of where you live these are great tips.  Thank you Jerry. Home renovations can be trick...
By Terry Records
(Records Results!Real Estate)
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  When you want to sell your home, you want to be sure that your home is sitting pretty with the value as you want it to be.  There’s nothing worse than having to list your home for much less than you think it’s really worth or not even enough to break even.  Good news is that there are some hom...
By Terkel Sørensen, Realtor, 951.805.0773 , Bank owned and Short Sales
(Real Estate Places)
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Welcome to March -  We are almost to the time when it I get itchy to make soe improvements to my house - I'm thinking you might too. And I'm not just talking about some new seed on the lawn.  So, over the past few years, sales people have likely been banging your door in trying to sell you anythi...
By Lynn Donn, Homes for Sale in Nanaimo BC
(Royal Lepage Nanaimo Realty)
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 Just as with home staging, updating your room is something that you can do yourself . . . quickly, easily and inexpensively. Here are three time-tested ways to make that old room look brand new. First, a fresh coat of paint in today's trendiest colours will make a world of difference.  Consider ...
By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
(Chris Brown | Certified Mortgage Planners)
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If you are finally finding time to tend your garden, don’t feel guilty — just get dirty! In one June weekend, you can have your yard looking colorful and smelling sweet. All it takes is a shovel, a design idea and a knowledgeable trip to a greenhouse. Whether a rose is your favorite or you know n...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Lower Fairfield CT)
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What's the difference between solid hardwood and engineered hardwood flooring? Which is better? Many of my customers ask whether solid hardwood or engineered hardwood flooring is better, and which is less expensive. Of course the answer is "it depends." It depends on many factors including your s...
By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
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I like To-Do Lists. I especially like a To-Do list with lots of things crossed off. Here's a quick and easy Spring cleaning To-Do list with items that can be done in 1 minute, 5 minute, or 10 minute sprints. Accomplish one item every time you're on hold or when you're waiting for your coffee to b...
By Sharon Parisi, Dallas Homes
(Keller Williams Dallas Premier Realty)
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Monte Koch and Howard Saucier will share their wealth of knowledge about irrigation systems, on Saturday,  April 11, at Richland College.  Sensible approaches to keeping your landscape healthy, while conserving  water will be discussed.   Their advice on simple irrigation system repairs  will be ...
By Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker
(RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto))
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The Contractor assures that there is not now any claim, action, contract, rule or other circumstance which may interfere with the Contractor's ability to perform its obligations under this contract.   If you require assistance in drafting a Renovation contract, please do not hesitate to give me a...
By Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker
(RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto))
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