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 Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Lower Fairfield CT)
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What are the most popular choices for hardwood flooring species?There are many species of hardwood flooring, and I thought it would be helpful to help explain and visualize the different types. There are pros and cons to each, and there is no "one size fits all." It depends on what you like and w...
By Sharon Parisi, Dallas Homes
(Keller Williams Dallas Premier Realty)
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Dallas Sanitation Services is sponsoring a class at Campbell Green Rec Center to teach homeowners about composting organic materials at home.  I love the title of the class, "Compost Happens!"  Did you know that it's been estimated that more than 30% of the waste taken to a landfill is organic in...
By Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little REALTOR® That Could
(Dallas Premier Keller Williams Realty)
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 Amaryllis In many parts of the county, the Amaryllis Plant sold during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays is sold as “ready to bloom for the holidays.” After the flowers bloom, I continue to water the plant; then wait until the leaves begin to wilt. When I’m sure the plant is dormant, I cut...
By Kathy Hyatt PA, Broward Realtor~Selling Plantation, Davie, Cooper City & Sunrise, Broward Realtor- Sells Plantation Acres& Jacaranda
(RE/MAX Preferred)
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 First Impressions start with the Curb Appeal of your Home In today’s Market, you've probably heard how important curb appeal is when you're trying to sell your home. Curb Appeal is important to 71% of homebuyers when choosing their next home.  The first thing buyers look at when they pull up to ...
By Jennifer Shenbaum
(The Shenbaum Group, Inc. dba JenniferBuysHouses.com)
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Time for Home ImprovementsIt's springtime in Los Angeles, so many of us homeowners will start home improvement projects that we've put off the rest of the year. I will say that in Southern California, we don't really have an excuse to not start a project any time of the year because of the weathe...
By Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966, CDPE, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Linda
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Redlands is Celebrating Earth Day- April 24, 2015 by Planting 2 TreesEarth Day is being celebrated in Redlands by planting two trees, the California Sycamore and the Palo Verde tree, which are both drought resistant trees and need very little water. This celebration is scheduled at Heritage Park ...
By Joey Torkildson, Joey
(Keller Williams Premier Realty)
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Being outdoors makes everyone happy, and you want to enjoy your time outside. I’m sure you also take pride in making sure that your lawn looks your best, but not without hard work, time, and money. Here are a few tips that might help you keep your lawn green and plush. Spring Maintenance – What t...
By Tracie Juhas Barrios
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1. Greet Guests with Flowers Flowers always make a home seem more welcoming. Adorn your entrance with assorted annuals and perrenials to keep color year long. Petunia, Snapdragon, Lily-of-the-Nile, and 'Gertrude Jekyl' roses are great additions.If you have a small space beetween your house and th...
By Jeff Fisher, ArizonasRealty
(ReMax Fine Properties)
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Selling Your Home in 2015? Boost Your Resale Value with These Three Inexpensive RenovationsTo get top dollar for your home, renovations may be necessary. However, some renovations can prove costly and they don’t always add value to your home. Here are three inexpensive renovations that are sure t...
By Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little REALTOR® That Could
(Dallas Premier Keller Williams Realty)
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  Grease is one of those unpleasant topics that not many enjoy. Before we get started on tackling the grease by disposing it correctly, let's have a little fun, so turn up the speakers and enjoy!   Wasn't that fun! So here are some tips for using Elbow Grease in and around your home, especially t...
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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 I don't see it but I think there is a piece missing.  Every once in a while I come across something that just doesnt look right – something is missing! As a general rule, homes should not have openings into confined spaces. This sort of opening invites many birds, rodents and guests to use that ...
By James Helliwell, FirespinJay
(AAJ Property)
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The times they are a changing. It wasn’t so long ago that been eco conscious and environmentally friendly was seen as a minor issue and one that was buried in the backs of everyone’s minds. Recently however, this has been challenged as climate change and other environmental hazards have become a ...
By Team Mullins
(Coldwell Banker Schmitt Real Estate Co.)
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Fred Mullins, Donna Mullins, & Erin BibyColdwell Banker Schmitt Real Estate Company1201 White Street Ste. 101 Key West, FL 33040Direct: 305-745-9440Email: mullinsf@bellsouth.netWebsite: www.lowerkeys-homes.com  Homeowners are opening their wallets. A rebound in the housing market has made homeown...
By N. Joel Walter, Cr (Certified Remodeler)
(N.J.W. Construction Inc)
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As your Columbus home improvement company, we know you are not always in the market for a large remodel, one of the spaces we find home owners outgrow fairly quickly is in the closet! Closet space is sort of like garage space, if you have it - you fill it! Deciding what works best for you is tric...
By Maggie Dokic, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay |
(Special Miami Homes)
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We want our dogs to eat well, but we don’t want them snacking on our heirloom vegetables and prized perennials. Nor do we want them digging up the daffodils.How can you keep dogs from wrecking your garden?Spray Nasty OdorsYour vegetable garden is a salad bar for your dog. To keep him away, spray ...
By Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate
(the BlueWater Realty team specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales)
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Homeowners, new one-time tax break makes sun power attractiveCongress has renewed and increased the tax credit for wind power, solar power, geothermal and other energy saving power plans.Buyers of green homes will benefit, but homeowners who install solar power in their present homes will get a 3...
By Maggie Dokic, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay |
(Special Miami Homes)
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Major kitchen remodels are among the most popular home improvements, but a revamped cooking and gathering space can set you back a pretty penny. According to "Remodeling" magazine's 2015 "Cost vs. Value Report," a major, 200-square-foot kitchen remodel costs $56,768, with a 67.8% return on invest...
By Sharon Sigman, Sharon Sigman
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The typical scenario goes something like this: the room that used to be the garage or the extra bedroom or maybe even the entire basement gets co-opted by the man of the house, adorned with all sorts of branded banners and other team-logoed stuff and is christened the Man Cave or the Dude Dungeon...
Oftentimes, people veer away from buying awesome properties just because it has one or two windowless rooms, but that shouldn’t be the case. Windowless rooms can easily be perked up with just a few minor adjustments and today’s blog is all about how you can achieve that. Read on below to find out...
By Lynn Afton, REALTOR® Near Big Rapids, MI, Mecosta County
(Greenridge Realty Oakmont)
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Home sellers- How clean is your dishwasher? Many home sellers take great care to make sure their kitchen is very visibly clean, yet forget some of the more hidden areas like the inside of the dishwasher, oven, microwave and refrigerator. Generally we tend to think of a dishwasher as CLEAN, but ha...