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 Kristin Hamilton, (909) 557-6966, CDPE, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Linda
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 31
How Google Earth Assists Crooks to Enter Your Home We live in such a great era where technology seems to get better and better but it is sad when crooks use this technology to further their desire of becoming rich by taking advantage of homeowners by using modern technology. We are at risk of bec...
By Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager
(Sharon Tara Transformations)
Comments 8
Yesterday I posted pictures of my kitchen's new look....  but there was one small detail I left out.  I have a topiary sitting on a pedestal in one corner of the kitchen.  I've had it for years....it was in the powder room in my last home.  When we moved here it got placed in the kitchen,...
By Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager
(Sharon Tara Transformations)
Comments 19
We bought our home two and a half years ago and when I first saw it I told my husband "It's perfect, we don't have to do a thing!"   Well, that tune changed fast and we ended up painting almost every room in the house.  We added new trim, custom built-in shelving, and new lighti...
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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    Yes, I think it's time for a new water heater     I'm not sure why the question even came up but it did. The water heater was leaking in this Arden Park Home, the hot water was virtually none, and the unit looked like it had a fire inside.   Sounds like a no-brainer right?   They had ...
By Pamela Seley, REALTOR®, Menifee Lakes California Real Estate
(REALTY EXECUTIVES OTF)
Comments 12
Don't Like the Location? – Move Your Home I’ve met many homeowners over my short, 7-year career, and one complaint I’ve heard often enough is, they love their home, but they wish they could pick it up and move it somewhere else, and then life would be perfect. Their home would then be the per...
By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 707-812-7668
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
Comments 2
Sometimes it is confusing to me that a contractor calls himself a contractor then installs the roofing material so water goes under the roofing materials on the way to the outside edge. Oh, and want a payment for the roof... NOT  They peeled back the bottom two layers at the first half course of ...
By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long & Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 25
Home Trends:  The Single Sink is Making a Come Back You wouldn't think that a trend could affect something as non-interesting as a kitchen sink.  Naturally, the undermount sink made a lot of sense when we started spending thousands on countertop finishes  like quartz and granite.  Who wouldn&...
By Susan Haughton, REALTOR Alexandria VA Homes for Sale
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Although I rarely take the time these days to read through a lot of magazines, I always make an exception for the local electric cooperative's monthly magazine, which is always chock full of helpful tips, local event and travel information and other items of interest. This month's issue w...
By Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV Real Estate, Greenbrier County
(Coldwell Banker Stuart & Watts Real Estate)
Comments 4
    Kristin Hamilton writes an excellent post that every home owner needs to know about Google Earth and how easy it is for thieves to gain access in robbing most anyone.  Most of us use Google Earth for searching neighborhoods, but the thieves use it for illegal purposes.  The Internet helps bot...
By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long & Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 22
My New French Door Refrigerator When I saw my first French door refrigerator, I thought it would never catch on having the freezer on the bottom.  Then, as I started seeing more and more of them, I would ponder the moments were I was attempting to jam a pizza box full of leftovers into the refrig...
By Sheila Moylan, Working To Get Value For Your Money
(C21 - Commonwealth)
Comments 4
What’s in a Color? Six Paint Colors That Will Affect Your Mood   Believe it or not, paint colors can affect your mood. When remodeling your home, the color you use on the walls can end up being just as critical to the thematic consistency of your home as the furniture you use to decorate it. Befo...
By Ana Hitzel, Home Stager Inland Empire & Palm Springs
( AccentPositives Home Staging )
Comments 3
drive·way: noun \-ˌwā\ a short private road from a street to a house or other building where cars can usually be parked –Merriam-Webster Residential driveways are also used for such things as garage sales, automobile washing and repair and recreation, notably (in North America) for basketball pra...
By Kristin Hamilton, (909) 557-6966, CDPE, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Linda
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 8
Roses Give Your Home Curb Appeal and Happiness     Roses are one of my favorite flowers and give your homes curb appeal.                               It is a great bush to plant and get almost immediate results.     The beautiful buds turn into large showy flowers and you can find almost any col...
By Sheila Moylan, Working To Get Value For Your Money
(C21 - Commonwealth)
Comments 6
Wrought Iron: A Simple, Strong, and Beautiful Addition to Any Modern Home   Wrought iron is a classic accent that has been used to beautify homes for centuries. The strong and simple elegance of wrought iron is a wonderful addition to any modern home. It can be incorporated into home design in ma...
By Joanna Cohlan, Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes
(Fresh Eyes For Your Home)
Comments 16
As a Westchester County interior decorator and designer, I see homes that run the gamut of taste. And when this lovely client from Pleasantville called me, I could immediately discern that she had no taste.  Oh, I don't mean that she had bad taste-she just didn't know what style she reall...
By Heidi Hovatter - Sonora & Twain Harte, Heidi The Home Hunter
(Century 21 Wildwood - Selling Homes and Cabins in Tuolumne County)
Comments 3
  The approach of summer brings longer days and bright memories of time spent outdoors with family and friends, whether at the beach or in your backyard. This time of year can also bring back memories of heatstroke, sunburns and feeling like you might actually melt. Before the heat hits, be sure...
By Women of Westchester Working Together, Women helping Women get ahead
(Women of Westchester Working Together)
Comments 0
I love this transformation that Joanna Cohlan did, not only because it looks great and brings a purpose and order to the room, but because she really LISTENED.  She didn't just do what her customer asked her to do.  Rather, she asked probing questions about the purpose and use for the room an...
By Heidi Hovatter - Sonora & Twain Harte, Heidi The Home Hunter
(Century 21 Wildwood - Selling Homes and Cabins in Tuolumne County)
Comments 0
  Summer is here, bringing with it beautiful sunshine, warm weather and children with a lot of free time on their hands.  Much of that time is likely to be spent swimming, whether at the beach or a local pool, and so some reminders on safety tips are in order. Whether you own a swimming pool, ar...
By Sheila Moylan, Working To Get Value For Your Money
(C21 - Commonwealth)
Comments 1
Creative Window Treatments That Will Totally Reinvent Your Home There are a number of ways that you can improve the look and style of a room without having to spend an arm and a leg. Of course, painting and stenciling are the most affordable ways to bring new life and unique detail to an old room...
By Pat Laracy Baker, Realtor, Green, ABR, Needham, Massachusetts
(Key Advantage Realty )
Comments 1
Single-Family – 17 Wildale Circle Needham, MA 02494 is now back on the market!   Cheap Ways to Update Your Home by PATRICIA BAKER on JULY 12, 2014 · in HOME DESIGN, HOME IMPROVEMENTS Everyone is on a budget nowadays so redecorating your house can seem like its impossible. Yet, with some small, i...