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.

Trending blogs on Home Improvement

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 Melania & Jim Saltarella, Experience the Magic!
(Atlanta Communities)
Comments 6
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 Eileen Burns, Commercial Real Estate Broker Ft Lauderdale
(Trans State Commercial RE Ft. Lauderdale/Miami/Palm Beach)
Comments 5
When one has reached the age of 86, one should continue to enjoy a comfortable lifestyle. Mom lives in a gorgeous condo facing the ocean and the Westin Diplomat golf course. South Florida lends itself to hot, hot weather. So when your air conditioner takes a dive, you want to get a replacement ri...
By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
Comments 6
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 Jeff Fisher, ArizonasRealty
(ReMax Fine Properties)
Comments 3
This is an entirely different story for a trend shift in the opposite direction, and may requiresyou to get out the soaking bucket and scraping tool, but wallpaper coming back into style as a home décor is a blessing for many. Wallpaper is back in – in a big way! – and it’s making your dreams of...
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 Emcee M. Arah, CDPE, CIAS-Realtor with an Architectural Dimension
(Remax Excellence - Silver Spring, MD)
Comments 6
Making the Most of Spring CleaningIt's that time of the year again! Time to freshen everything up. This is the time when everyone gets into Spring Cleaning. Here are a few tips to help you Make the Most of Spring Cleaning. Declutter - One of the fastest, easiest ways to make your home feel the ef...
By The Florida Movers, Movers Jacksonville Fl
(Movers Jacksonville, Fl)
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                         The new homeowner painstakingly moved the paint brush back and forth along the wall, careful not to smudge the window ledge. Crouching, she slowly swirled the brush around the edges of the electrical outlets. “This is hard work,” she said, dipping the brush into the pan o...
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)
Comments 17
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 DeeDee Riley, Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas
(Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA)
Comments 11
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 Diane Beaumont, USDA,FHA,FHA 203k,Jumbo Woodland Park, CO Mortgage
(Benchmark Mortgage)
Comments 0
When people purchase their home, one of their common requests is "plenty of light." And for good reason! This is a critical factor for enjoying your home, and when designing your interior, you should pay special attention to just that: your sources of light. Light is not only a way to brighten up...
By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
Comments 3
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 David Kosmecki
(Mortgages Unlimited)
Comments 0
When people purchase their home, one of their common requests is "plenty of light." And for good reason! This is a critical factor for enjoying your home, and when designing your interior, you should pay special attention to just that: your sources of light. See them not only as a way to brighten...
By The Condo Guy Bill Desautels, RE/MAX North Professionls
(The Condo Guy)
Comments 2
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 Kristin Hamilton, (909) 557-6966, CDPE, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Linda
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 12
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 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 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 Cathy Carter, Finding You The Perfect Home!
(Re/Max Infinity)
Comments 0
Give Your Home An Instant Facelift, Wallpaper Is Back Though it can be an entirely different story for a trend shift in the opposite direction, which then requires you to get out the soaking bucket and scraping tool, wallpaper coming back into style is a home décor blessing for many. Wallpaper is...
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...