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 Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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 It just goes to show you...the power of putting something in writing...I promised in a blog the other day that we would show you our new dining room and kitchen....and we are "true our Blog/Word"  ....here it is !      Our remodeling was our new cork floor from the Cork Comfort collection by Wi...
By Jeffrey Masich, Arizona Homes and Land to Sell or Purchase
(HomeSmart )
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With Spring coming it is time to get your creative juices flowing!   The Spring Maricopa County Home and Garden Show is this weekend March 6-8 at the University of Phoenix Stadium  where the Cardinals play. Or, check in for the next scheduled event (5 per year). Here is information about discount...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 30
    Welcome to our home....here is our front door and foyer....we are fortunate to have  had a friend, who worked with us on a custom stained glass design for our sidelights and round top window over our front door.    The walls are now Ralph Lauren suede finish paint in a soft blue/gray. The flo...
By Kelly & Ryan The Cummings Team, Your Real Estate Consultants For Life!!!
(The Cummings Company)
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Creative Design Ideas for Themed Childrens' Bedrooms There are many exciting ideas you can play around with when planning a themed design for your child's bedroom. When picking out décor and choosing a theme, be sure to have fun, be creative and, most importantly, let the child's individual pers...
By Holli McCray, Keller Williams Realty - Knoxville West
(Keller Williams Realty/Knoxville Premier Properties, LLC)
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The Holli McCray Group @ Keller Williams Realty (865) 291-0355 Homeowner's Tip - The Benefits of LED Lighting Search the current inventory of homes in the Knoxville area   Most of us have heard of LED Lighting at this point, but if you're like me, you don't really know why LED (light-emitting dio...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Comments 43
Don't Let the Birds Ruin the Showing on Your Home Birds played havoc with a community in the 1963 Alfred Hitchcock movie, The Birds. They could be heard and seen and they would even attack adults and children. It was eerie and a real thriller and kept you on the edge of your seat. However if you ...
By Nick and Cindy Davis, CRS,CIAS,ALHS,e-PRO,CDPE,SFR,Realtor(R)
(RE/MAX Premier Group)
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4 trends popping up in high-end kitchens   Here's what luxury homeowners are adding to their kitchens.  http://bit.ly/High-End-Kitchens
By Will Nesbitt, Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage.
(Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria)
Comments 2
Home improvements - worth it, is a pertinent Active Rain article with relevance to the Real Estate industry. For the entire article, continue and scroll down. Average costs of some low cost home improvements and what your expected Return On Investment (ROI) will be   Cleaning and decluttering ($2...
By The Mahota-Capen Team
(Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners)
Comments 0
Average costs of some low cost home improvements and what your expected Return On Investment (ROI) will be   Cleaning and decluttering ($290 cost / $1,990 price increase / 586% ROI) Landscaping ($540 cost / $1,932 price increase / 258% ROI) Repairing electrical or plumbing ($535 cost / $1,505 pri...
By Nick and Cindy Davis, CRS,CIAS,ALHS,e-PRO,CDPE,SFR,Realtor(R)
(RE/MAX Premier Group)
Comments 1
 Get ideas for clearing the decks without getting rid of all the lovely things you want to keep around. If that sounds like you, then take a look at these storage tricks that will make a big difference to your stash. http://bit.ly/Storage-Tricks-for-Those-who-Love-Stuff   
By Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966, CDPE, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Linda
(Keller Williams Realty)
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During the Winter Months, Do Not Forget to Feed the Birds I live in Southern California but even here, the food for birds becomes scarce during the cold winter months. I try to feed the backyard birds and also the hummingbirds who stay for the winter. Last winter, 2013-2014, when there was only a...
By Michael Collins, CDPE, SFR , Wisconsin Short Sale Specialist Realto
(*ROCK REALTY|Broker|Realtor|Real Estate|WI Short Sale Agent*)
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Fixer-uppers aren’t for everyone. There are many prospective home buyers who insist on buying new or simply cannot see the potential in homes that require extra work. But for those who are up for some remodeling adventures, the cost savings and end result could be phenomenal with the right proper...
By Jason Potrzeba, Private Money & Commercial Mortgage Broker - MA/RI
(Acadia Advisory Group LLC)
Comments 3
Real Simple Message Here.If you have a property or project that doesn't quite fit in with a bank but has a strong amount of equity, a private lender might be a good option for you.   My office works with hard money lenders looking for the following scenario's... *Fix & Flip. *Fix & Fill. *New Con...
By Becky Kolb, Sun Lakes Arizona Expert
(ReMax Infinity - The KOLB Team)
Comments 6
  Thinking of replacing your hot water heater? You may want to speed up the process as new energy efficient regulations enacted by the U.S. Department of Energy go into effect in April1, 2015. The new regulations require higher energy factors (EF) ratings on virtually all residential water heatin...
By Denise Dimares, Realtor, Investor Serving DC and MD
(Exit Bennett Realty)
Comments 25
Prince George’s County, Maryland and the surrounding communities are experiencing record low cold temperatures.  When temperatures drop significantly below normal, it’s hard to stay warm and safe even in your own home.  Taking preventive measures can be your best defense against extreme cold weat...
By Jim Sinnott, Realtor, ABR, GRI Licensed in MA and RI
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 70
  Projects Not to D-I-Y       Television today is awash with many real estate based reality shows: shows on buying your first home, buying and flipping homes, buying vacation homes, buying homes all over the world. There are also the programs that focus on D-I-Y, or do-it-yourself projects. In th...
By Michael Jacobs, PasadenaCA Real Estate Representation 818.516.4393
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Comments 72
One Bathroom In The House, Can I Remove The Tub and Only Have A Shower?   That’s what I was asked by someone a few years ago.   The short answer, is “Of course, it’s your home.  You can do whatever you like”.   But   What if(and he had indicated he might) I ever want to sell?   Well, there will b...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 8
       If you are considering a kitchen remodeling project or ANY remodeling project...my First piece of advice is to make a list of everything ...appliance, feature, material....that you think you want to include. Secondly research those products, brands, materials and make sure that "pretty is ...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Stamford CT)
Comments 16
Here is my 17th email newsletter for realtors.  The formatting is a bit off, but you should still be able to get the main idea.   Every month, I "scrub" my email databases (i.e. I check to see the bounces and invalid emails).  I correct those that I can.  I have a database for consumers and a dif...
By Dale Ross, Realty Group
(CEO - Dale Ross Realty Group)
Comments 1
Did you know that a new home will have as many issues as a 10-year-old home, if not more? Did you also know that the same types of defects are found in both new and older homes? It’s a fact: Every buyer of every home, new or used, should have a home inspection. And if you don’t have your brand ne...