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 Suzanne Otto, Your Montgomery County PA home stager
(Six Twenty Designs)
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Easy Ways to Improve Your Curb Appeal You know what they say, you never get a second chance to make a first impression. When you're selling your Montgomery County PA home, curb appeal counts. It's the first thing a buyer sees when they find your home on the internet. And as Montgomery Co...
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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  Water Continues to Seep in Around The Windows in Sacramento    We get calls from homeowners and management companies regarding water getting in around the windows. Sometimes the water is dripping, other times there are signs of discoloration and moisture is detected in the walls. This usually c...
By Mahesh Mike Patel, Call Me And Consider It Done!
(First Team Real Estate)
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 5 Ways to Freshen Up Your Bathroom If you want to make over your bathroom, but don't want to take a full renovation, here are 5 things to do to make it look like almost new: Paint Lighting Fixtures Window treatments Accessories     Compliments of Mike Patel, Broker Associate, Bre 01146880    
By Terri Poehler, Coral Springs Real Estate Agent
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It's hard to believe while looking outside a window in sunny South Florida that it is hurricane season. But the truth of the matter is, a hurricane can sneak up in a day! The city of Coral Springs urges tree owners to prune and cut back any loose branches and discard right away. Believe it or...
By Kristin Hamilton, (909) 557-6966, CDPE, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Linda
(Keller Williams Realty)
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  These Flowers Remind Me of Angels Floating in my Yard       This flower reminds me of a fairy sitting in the lawn.    California is a dream come true state no matter what your needs or wants are. We have year round warm weather, beautiful beaches, rustic mountains and desert communities. If you...
By Juli Vosmik, Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739
(Dominion Real Estate Partners, LLC, Scottsdale, AZ)
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TV REPAIR IN SCOTTSDALE & PHOENIX AREA Our 60” big screen HDTV was starting to act up - you know - those annoying lines and static running through the screen.   In the 8 years we’ve owned this TV, we have placed the lamp twice and knew just where to go to purchase another:  TVS Brothers.  Aft...
By zeta cross
(Smart Green Realty)
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Thanks to Green Home Guide! http://bit.ly/1nRENnx  www.greenhomeguide.com Solar thermal: The best on energy factor however didn’t meet our budget and had to be installed on the south side of our roof which was the front of the house.  My wife didn’t like that. LP Gas tankless: The energy factor i...
(Long and Foster Real Estate, Richmond Virginia)
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  Selling your home is something that requires a lot of planning and preparation, especially if you’ve lived in your home for a few years. When selling a home, the home owner notices that their home may need significant improvements before it can be put on the market. For some of these you may h...
By Yvette Belisle, Your Local Real Estate Expert
(Real Estate Brokers of Alaska)
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Are you planning to sell your house this year? Is your house ready for an open house? Most of the people would say yes without considering the condition of their landscaping. Landscaping is an important part of the exterior of your house and it can even turnoff a potential buyer. Houses with bad ...
By Rummy Dhanoa, Rummy Dhanoa
(Rummy Dhanoa Real Estate Experts )
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  One of the things that gives me most peace is having a clean and simple home. When I wake up in the morning and walk downstairs into a kitchen and living room that have been decluttered, that have a minimalist look, and have no junk lying around, there is a calm and joy that enters my heart. W...
By Rain Silverhawk, Realtor, Sandpoint North Idaho Real Estate by Rain
(Keller Williams Sandpoint)
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Using landscaping stones in your design can produce a pure natural beauty to your yard, full of texture, color and provide a focal point. You can use landscaping stones to accent certain portions of your yard, give it depth, you can even plant some plants to make it look more natural. They look g...
By Thom Abbott, Midtown Atlanta Condos For Sale
(MyMidtownMojo.com Thomas Ramon Realty)
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Where Can I Buy Furniture for My Midtown Atlanta Condo | IKEA Congratulations! You've closed on your new Midtown Atlanta condo, and you are moving in. As you moved out of that old rental apartment, you started to toss! I mean, I've got a new place! I want NEW stuff! I want it to be stylis...
By Jane & Jeff Daley, PhD, Scottsdale Real Estate Arizona
(Luxury Valley Homes For Buyers & Sellers Phoenix AZ Area)
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How to Get an Organized Bathroom, Scottsdale Real Estate Here are some great tips to get your bathroom organized: One of the rooms in most homes that can get out-of-hand crazy is the bathroom. Toothpaste, lotions, tissue and towels can easily get strewn out over the counter tops, or in the case ...
By Steve Sicard
(Keller Williams Solid Rock Realty)
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  You have smoke detectors. Your doors have good locks. The bathtub has a slip-free pad. By all accounts, your home is a safe and secure place for your family to live.       However, there are some hazards that many homeowners don't consider or even know about. For instance:       Blocked eav...
By Kathleen Vetrano, Luxury Home Real Estate Consultant
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
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The driveway is the first impression.   When preparing your home for the market keep this in mind.  Your driveway is the street to your home, make it welcoming and memorable.  Ana Hitzel has written a wonderful article about this, providing all home sellers with useful information. drive·way: nou...
By Sharon Paxson, Newport Beach Real Estate - HOM Sotheby's Int'l Re
(HÔM Sotheby's International Realty, BRE License 01501912)
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Importance of Decluttering when Preparing Your Home to Sell | Selling Your Newport Beach Home Whether or not you are considering selling your home, it is important to declutter. Living with clutter just creates anxiety in my opinion. I know we are all guilty of hanging onto "things" tha...
By Ronnie Jones, Lifestyle Garage Screen
(Home Improvement)
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Lifestyle Screens Edmond, OK CLICK PICTURE BELOW FOR VIDEO DEMONSTRATION   Introducing the Lifestyle Garage Screen Door to Edmond, OK. A necessity for avid garage dwellers across the nation, the Lifestyle Garage Screen Door provides a supreme level of privacy in the garage for the homeowner. The ...
By Ronnie Jones, Lifestyle Garage Screen
(Home Improvement)
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Lifestyle Screens New Orleans, LA CLICK PICTURE BELOW   Lifestyle Screens of New Orleans is offering the Lifestyle garage screen door to residences of New Orleans, LA. No longer do you hav to be rich and famous to enjoy luxurious perk additions to your home. You and I both know the state of Louis...
By Ronnie Jones, Lifestyle Garage Screen
(Home Improvement)
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Lifestyle Screens Torrance, CA CLICK PICTURE BELOW   Torrance California is the latest destination of the Lifestyle Garage Screen Door. A necessity to homes on the eastern seaboard, the time is now for avid garage dwellers in the state of California to enjoy the perks of what having a Lifestyle G...
By Ronnie Jones, Lifestyle Garage Screen
(Home Improvement)
Comments 1
Lifestyle Screens Mercer Island, WA CLICK PLAY FOR VIDEO DEMONSTRATION Introducing the Lifestyle Garage Screen Door to the Pacific Northwest. A necessity for avid garage dwellers across the nation, the Lifestyle Garage Screen Door provides a supreme level of privacy in the garage for the homeowne...