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 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 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 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 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 Ronnie Jones, Lifestyle Garage Screen
(Home Improvement)
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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...
By Nancy Moeller
(Seven Gables Real Estate)
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Prevent Basement Floods Making your basement into a comfortable living area can significantly raise the value of your home but it is extremely important for you to take the necessary action before you start your remodel. The basement could turn into a massive loss if not protected. The largest c...
By Nancy Moeller
(Seven Gables Real Estate)
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When you move into your new home, you may not think to revise and update your emergency plan, but natural disasters strike without warning. Avoid being caught without a plan in place at your new address. Here are ten steps to take to make sure you are ready the day you move in and continue stayin...
By Nancy Moeller
(Seven Gables Real Estate)
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Tips for Cleaning Your Home Stains and odors Once you find a stain blot it up immediately while putting a plastic liner or garbage baf between the cushion and the fabric so the contaminant does not spread to the cushion. The rinse with cold water as best you can, the cold water doesn’t set stain...
By Nancy Moeller
(Seven Gables Real Estate)
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Keeping Cool During Summer Like many Southern Californians, rising temperatures can be not only a blessing but also a curse.  If you are blessed enough to have a HVAC system in your home then you may not be aware of the struggle to keep cool during the hot summer months.  For those of your witho...
By Nancy Moeller
(Seven Gables Real Estate)
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Worthless Home Improvement Homeowners partake in certain “renovations” that they think will drastically improve the value of their house. When in reality, it probably wasn’t the best investment. Here I will discuss a couple things homeowners do but don’t actually help the value of the home. Ther...
By Pat Laracy Baker, Realtor, Green, ABR, Needham, Massachusetts
(Key Advantage Realty )
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    The Carpet Workroom* New Location* 39 Highland Circle, Needham, MA  as seen Channel 5 Chronicle http://www.thecarpetworkroom.net/ The website is update too! One in a million type of store.   Carpet Work Room. He finishes off carpets that he gets from retailers who do not have the   equipment ...
By Joe Neuah, Doing Real Estate with Passion!!
(Rodeo Realty)
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Home Staging: Making Your Home Sellable   You've listed your home and the agent wants to start showing it to prospective buyers. Here's a few tips to help it look its best.  You may have already read the importance of clearing out clutter. Well, that's because it can't be stressed...
By Valorie L. Ford, Valorie Ford & Co, Charlottesville/Albemarle Real
(Keller Williams Realty)
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One of the reasons that we like siding on our homes is the fact that we don’t need to paint it. This has been its main selling point since it was first introduced but even high quality siding can lose that shiny “like new” luster after some years. With this in mind sometimes a change can be good...
By David Popoff, Realtor & Property Manager, Fairfield County, Ct.
(DMK Real Estate & Property Mgmt)
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Big Connecticut  Rebates For Energy Efficient Renovations & New Homes. If you are considering a home renovation or building a new home here in Connecticut then take a look at these rebates that you can get when using energy efficient appliances, heating / cooling system and smart building cho...
By Stacy Ann Stephens, Realtor, New Haven & Hartford CT Homes For Sale
(Keller Williams Realty CT - 860-704-9070)
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Remodeling Projects With The Most Pay Back    Thinking of selling your home and wondering what updates would produce the highest rate of return on your investment?   According to Remodeling Magazine 2014 Cost vs Value Report here are the top 5 renovations/remodeling that can put money in your poc...
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 TIM GARTON, "Highly Skilled Pro"
(RE/MAX Gold)
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Hello Everyone,   The second of two four-day long Design Charrettes for the Sonoma Boulevard Specific Plan starts today and runs through Friday, July 25th at 415 Virginia Street in Downtown Vallejo. Part of the General Plan Update, the first Charrette, held June 24th to June 27th, focused on a va...