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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By Ed Silva, CDPE, GRI, ABR, Real Estate Agent
(RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754)
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A Kitchen Upgrade That adds Value and Happiness So often we hear of clients doing upgrades to kitchens and baths to their homes to make them more sale-able. I have said it often and given my opinion to clients when asked if it would be a good idea. My wife has overheard some of these calls, and h...
By Mahesh Mike Patel, Call Me And Consider It Done!
(First Team Real Estate)
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Homeowners: Fast Fixes For Household Sounds If you've heard knocking, creaking, gurgling or scratching sounds in your house, this information is for you.  These noises can occur in homes of all ages, and they're usually easy to fix. We work by referrals and so if you or someone you know needs a r...
By Dee Toohey, Broker, ABR, AHWD, FMS, ePro
(Innovative Realty Solutions Group)
Comments 5
7 Signs You Have a Drainage Problem By: Jeanne Huber Published: August 28, 2009 Finding drainage problems when they’re smaller and easier to fix can save you thousands of dollars and plenty of headaches down the line. You don’t have to be a geophysicist to know that puddles in the basement or a l...
By Ron Marshall, Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire
(Marshall Enterprises)
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We live in a quiet neighborhood that winds around a small lake.  Most of the neighbors at least know those who live within one or two houses away.  Some more than that.  We are fortunate to have mostly one acre lots.  Some are less than one acre on the lake, but we pass each other and still wave....
By The Condo Guy Bill Desautels, RE/MAX North Professionls
(The Condo Guy)
Comments 1
Spring has arrived! The flowers are blossoming, the greyness of the sky is clearing, and the air is warming. The best season to sell your home is here, and with the added natural light and blossoming colors, you can easily take advantage of the benefits of spring when it comes to selling your ho...
By Melania & Jim Saltarella, Experience the Magic!
(Atlanta Communities)
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April 15, 2014 Tom Sullivan Lumber Liquidators 3000 John Deere Road Toano VA  23168   RE:  Clients:  Melania & Jim Saltarella, 3413 Ravensworth Trace, Kennesaw, GA 30144.  Phone:  770-653-0756.  Defective Product from Kennesaw GA Store, Purchased June 19, 2013   Dear Mr. Sullivan:   We went into ...
By N. Joel Walter, Cr (Certified Remodeler)
(N.J.W. Construction Inc)
Comments 2
With the weather finally turning more “spring like” it is time to start thinking about room additions, outdoor spaces, or all over home renovations! As your Columbus home remodeling company, we know that good design goes beyond the walls of your home. One of the items we find makes a large diffe...
By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
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It is a snap. Snap connectors in Manufactured Homes and Stick Framed Homes.   From a recent Home Inspector forum someone asked about snap connectors which is fairly common in manufactured homes. When I am doing a home inspection on manufactured home I often see these connectors at the marriage li...
By DeeDee Riley, Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas
(Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA)
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I'm sure one day I'll be blogging that Oak is back but for now.... Oak is out, paint is in! Black, white, cream, beige.....   Here are some before and after pictures of a listing I have in Cameron Park, CA. This kitchen was really dark so the seller opted for a lighter color.  Keep in mind that t...
By Kristin Hamilton, (909) 557-6966, CDPE, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Linda
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Time to Start Your Spring Planting... but Watch Out for Pests                                                Those are some big gopher holes.          Get rid of any pests in your yard before they kill your beautiful new plantings.     Thanks for reading my Blog.... Kristin Hamilton DRE #01409213...
By Tina Hecht, Your Smart Solution
(Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners)
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Keep Your Pets Safe this Spring and Summer Everyone knows I am a huge pet lover.  I have a few cats and am a sucky for strays.  So it is a big pet peeve of mine to use pet friendly products inside and outside the home to eunsure our beloved pets don't get sick. Here are tips on keeping pets safe ...
By Jim Starwalt, Real Estate Agent - Grayslake
(RE/MAX Center)
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Grayslake: College Trail Community Garage Sale 2014 Dates: Friday and Saturday  - June 6 and June 7, 2014. Location: College Trail Subdivision, Grayslake IL 60030. The subdivison is near the corner of Atkinson Road and Center Street and the subdivision continues at Brae Loch and Cambridge, on bo...
By David Kosmecki
(Mortgages Unlimited)
Comments 1
Water is the planet's most precious resource. Access to clean water is a privilege that, unfortunately, many people still take for granted. By utilizing new water efficiency technologies and age-old conservation methods, we can help preserve the water supply for future generations. Cutting down o...
By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
Comments 1
Twenty snow storms hit NJ this winter, and more than a few were significant storms. We've spent way too many days cooped up with cabin fever and lately, my fingers have been itching to get in the dirt. We don't have a large garden - just a few flowers here and there and a small 4x8' vegetable bed...
By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 707-812-7668
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
Comments 4
That is actually a very good question... the answer can cause you delays in closing if you choose wrongly.  The consultant is typically the first one on the job. The consultant and client create the scope of work and includes the "FHA Must Do List" and add the clients "Wish List". Together these ...
By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 707-812-7668
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
Comments 2
How many times have we heard that? About  every week someone tells us that and it is likely the worst thing you can do or for sure one of the worst things you can do. Why? There are no guarantees in life, and I don't want you to become a slave to your house. Get it fixed up like you want to live ...
By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 707-812-7668
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
Comments 2
How many times to we hear this? I always tell the client at the consultation that THEY must tell the contractor when the loan closes because they just signed the paperwork. If they fail to do so the pot will boil over a bit and everyone gets upset yet NO ONE has told the contractor it closed escr...
By Daryl Watters, Daryl Watters
(A Accredited Mold Inspection Service, Inc. )
Comments 1
  We have been asked a few times "is the mold in my AC ducts toxic mold?   The answer in the vast majority of cases is no.   Toxic mold loves to grow on soaking wet cellulose rich materials like paper and drywall, and the interior of AC ducts is not rich in cellulose, and is not typically soaking...
By Jennifer Shenbaum
(The Shenbaum Group)
Comments 3
It was an absolute pleasure working with this seller. This was the home she grew up in and eventually inherited. Unfortunately, she inherited some bad tenants along with it. She wanted and needed out, with as little hassle as possible.   CLICK HERE FOR MORE PHOTOS Staging by www.MovingMountainsDe...
By Christina Swanson, Keller Williams of Southern Arizona
Comments 0
Five Places Mold Could Be Hiding In Your Home    Even the most aesthetically pleasing homes can have mold issues. A type of fungus that thrives on moisture, mold can trigger symptoms such as itching eyes, asthma attacks and bouts of sneezing or coughing. As a result of the possible health issues,...