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 Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
Comments 22
     On July 4 of this year I stepped into my garage and felt that familiar squish on the rug at the foot of the steps that told me my water heater had sprung a leak. Drats! I could think of better things to do on the 4 July than to change out a water heater. Thank goodness, the big box stores we...
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)
Comments 8
  Let's Be Clear Sir, Your Concrete Deck is Rotted.   No one likes to hear that they have dry rot in their deck structure or home but it is best to find out early. I got a call from someone who did her research and found me on the internet while searching for lightweight concrete deck contractors...
By Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI,ABR,SRES, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Keller Williams Realty Partners)
Comments 5
As I was typing in the Title of this blog today I realized that this post would have nothing at all to do with the kitchen remodel! Yesterday was all about the plumber continuing to put in new valves for the showers, and the bath fixtures and new toilet guts. That's a technical term. We are putti...
By Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 2
Great information from home inspector Michael Thornton, in Brentwood, TN. Hybrid water heaters are new to me; perhaps they are to you, too. When it's time to replace your current water heater, consider the energy savings as well as the initial cost, and fine the right answer for your needs. Read ...
By Bob Ratliff, Broker Associate - REALTOR® 512-587-5689, Your Cedar Park Real Estate Consultant, REALTOR®
(RE/MAX Capital City ~ Call Bob ~512-587-5689 Austin TX - REALTOR®)
Comments 23
The Pros & Cons of Swimming Pool Ownership   When we built our swimming pool sixteen years ago we didn’t give any consideration to the pros and cons of building one.  Many homeowners love swimming and swimming pools, but deciding whether or not to have one requires serious consideration.   Safety...
By Joy Daniels
(Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd.)
Comments 8
 Summer is behind us and we are entering Fall.  As the season changes, homeowners need to prepare.  Here is a short but important checklist that will help you prepare for the Fall/Autumn Season.     Remove leaves and debris from gutters and downspouts Trim trees and bushes so nothing is touching...
By David Popoff, Realtor & Property Manager, Fairfield County, Ct.
(DMK Real Estate & Property Mgmt)
Comments 341
FREE LEED BD & C STUDY CHART.   If you are going to take the LEED AP exam for Building Design & Construction (LEED BD & C) here is a one page excel spreadsheet cheat sheet chart that is FREE. It will help you remember all the prerequisites and credit for LEED Green Building Design and Constructio...
By Pat Champion
(Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty)
Comments 16
Fun and Useful Energy-Saving Projects I don't know about you but I love to save money; especially, while having fun. Please click on the link below to view these 4 easy energy saving projects from Houselogic:   http://www.houselogic.com/blog/saving-energy/4-fun-and-useful-energy-saving-projects/ ...
By Cheo Lopez
(Carpet To GO)
Comments 0
QuartzLock comes pre-mixed in 9lb and 18lb buckets, making it easily applicable and ready to use.  This Urethane based grout gets its vibrant color from ground quartz and requires no sealing after application.  The urethane makes is less porous so it resists dirt and staining.  Have you ever had ...
By David Popoff, Realtor & Property Manager, Fairfield County, Ct.
(DMK Real Estate & Property Mgmt)
Comments 7
Preparing for the LEED GA exam from USGBC.     The exam is ever changing with different questions but here are the basics that I used to pass the LEED Green Associates (LEED GA) exam in 2010.   1. Take a “LEED Green Associate Core Concepts” class, live presentation at a local community college. T...
By John Anello, Stamford Area Electrician, Call Safe and Sound Electric at 203-536-0021
(Safe and Sound Electric LLC)
Comments 5
I would like to explain what exactly is a GFI. A GFI, or GFCI, as it is known, stands for Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter. It looks like a regular outlet, but it has two little buttons in the middle. There’s a test button and a reset button, and they are designed to turn off when they detect mo...
By John Anello, Stamford Area Electrician, Call Safe and Sound Electric at 203-536-0021
(Safe and Sound Electric LLC)
Comments 3
I was at a customer’s house in Greenwich, CT last week when he was complaining that his furnace was not getting power. I started at the electrical panel and tested each circuit breaker. Each breaker had the right voltage, so I know the problem was not outside the house, and not in the panel.  He ...
By John Anello, Stamford Area Electrician, Call Safe and Sound Electric at 203-536-0021
(Safe and Sound Electric LLC)
Comments 6
The technology of LED light fixtures is rapidly improving in the market.  After the ban of 100-watt incandescent bulbs, the growth of available replacements has ballooned.  75-watt incandescent bulbs are also on the way out, and 60-watt bulbs are next.     When energy-saving light bulbs first cam...
By Will Johnson, Sell and Stage
Comments 74
Staging is definitely a form of art and it does wonders to improve the image of your house, when it comes to the real estate market.  Your kitchen is one of your biggest selling points; check out our favorite staged kitchens for some inspiration. 1. This kitchen counter is the perfect mixture of...
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)
Comments 17
  It's Behind the Frig, Who's Going to See It?     I was replacing kitchen counters today in Cameron Park, and came across something behind the refrigerator. I realize that not all repairs are as good as others, but it should look like it was done professionally. This area around the water line f...
By Nicole Doty, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com
(Zion Realty)
Comments 19
I was showing a home yesterday to my buyers and there were several houseplants throughout the house. I didn't think anything of it until last night as I was discussing the days events with my husband. As I was describing the homes I had seen that day I found myself describing how the "houseplant ...
By Maria Gilda Racelis, "Your Goal, My Goal. We Can Make it Happen."
(Home Buyers Realty, LLC-Manchester, Bolton. Vernon,Ellington)
Comments 9
Properties with swimming pool. Here in Connecticut, don't we get excited to see an ingound swimming pool at the back of the house especially when the weather is blistering hot? But we do know that swimming pools are only used here in New England a few weeks in a year. Not only that, it entails a ...
By Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI,ABR,SRES, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Keller Williams Realty Partners)
Comments 8
Not much happened today. Someone was in the house today, I can tell, but not sure if they did anything. It could have been the guy measuring for the granite counter tops.   The cabinet in the center island shown above will house a mixer lift. The lift itself will swing up and out for use, the dow...
By Kristin Hamilton, (909) 557-6966, CDPE, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Linda
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 3
Gigantic Extravaganza at Cabazon Outlet Mall Sat Oct 25, 2014 Shop and help others as your ticket helps so many charities. See list below of the charities who will benefit from this event. Shop for yourself, your family and friends and for your home on this great shopping day.                    ...
By Chris Griffith, Bonita Springs Fl Real Estate
(Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs, FL)
Comments 16
Queen Butterfly on Blue Mist Flower My son is a landscaper and owns a lawn service. Last year he mowed a little stretch of my back yard and accidentally planted all of these weeds, the Blue Mist Flower, when he took down some tall grass along the back yard.  It happened to be a blessing in disgui...