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 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)
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  What's New In Plumbing? You May Not Care, But Know!   As a General Contractor in Sacramento, I get to see trends come and go over time. When it comes to the field of construction and building materials there is always trends that change how things appear and how they work. I’m sure we can r...
By Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little REALTOR® That Could
(Keller Williams Realty)
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  From the time I was a little girl, my father taught me the value of home maintenance. My dad was a Landlord. Every summer I helped my dad with home maintenance projects. I could never understand why every time a tenant left there was 10 times or more work that needed to be done before the new t...
By Rob Thomas, Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro
(Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954)
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Deck Plants Can Make A Big Difference When Selling A Home!   If you are trying to sell your home then I can promise you that ....Deck Plants Can Make A Big Difference When Selling A Home!   Curb appeal is everything when you first pull up or when you take that first walk onto to the back deck!   ...
By Joanna Cohlan, Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes
(Fresh Eyes For Your Home)
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My New Rochelle client was definitely a challenge.  Having recently remodeled her kitchen in white, white and more white, I knew that a pop of color was definitely in order.  And, the narrow space between the built in banquette and her oversized island, required that I design a custom table. I wo...
By N. Joel Walter, Cr (Certified Remodeler)
(N.J.W. Construction Inc)
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NJW, your Columbus, Ohio general contractors, are seeing a trend in kitchen islands… large and full of functional space! They say everyone gathers in the kitchen, we definitely find this to be true, do you? When doing a kitchen remodeling project, we are often asked to include a large functional...
By Ana Hitzel, Home Stager Inland Empire & Palm Springs
( AccentPositives Home Staging )
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drive·way: noun \-ˌwā\ a short private road from a street to a house or other building where cars can usually be parked –Merriam-Webster Residential driveways are also used for such things as garage sales, automobile washing and repair and recreation, notably (in North America) for basketball pra...
By Monte Wall, Keller Williams Premier Realty - Katy, Texas
(Keller Williams Premier Realty)
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The May-Wall Team has been showing lots of homes lately to our buyers and we have noticed something that is just plain sad.  We have seen quite a number of homes between 10 to 20 years old that have no trees in the back yard.  None!  It would be understandable if the home was just a couple of yea...
By Kent Temple, Specializing in Lake Norman Real Estate
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DECLUTTER ... This is something that if it's done on a daily basis your home will be always ready for unexpected guests and impromptu get-togethers! PAINT YOUR MAILBOX ... This little trick will instantly spruce up your "curb appeal" because "First Impressions are EVERYTHING&qu...
By The Albert Team KW Port St. Lucie FL 34986 Market Updates and Trends, PGA Village, Tradition, St. Lucie West
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Picking paint colors is not an activity for the easily intimatated.  What is so scary about this?  "What if I don't like it once it is done?", "It looks good on this little tiny sample, what about the entire room?" Just to name a couple of thoughts.  Then there is - Do I w...
By Suzanne Otto, Your Montgomery County PA home stager
(Six Twenty Designs)
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Decorating an Entryway   Entryways are an important part of a home. Whether it's a foyer or just a small wall when you first walk in, having that area properly decorated sets the tone of the home. People need a place to set down their keys or hang up their coats when they first come in. Decor...
By John DL Arendsen, Contractor, RE Brk, Factory Built Home Dealer/Devl
(ON THE LEVEL General Contractor, Crest Homes Factory Built Housing Dealer & Developer & TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments)
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  Pride of Ownership? Rent vs Resident Owned? Gentrification!    A Win Win!     Let there be no doubt that folks who have a vested interest in their homes have more of an incentive and motivation to Improve & Maintain their Investment.   We have been working in several Mobile & Manufactur...
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)
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  We Have To Clean That Water Damage Up   Often times when we are opening walls and doing repairs caused by water and moisture intrusion, we find more that needs to be addressed. There is no way of knowing the extent of this water damage but it should be cleaned up. We like to warn our clients of...
By Jessica Gaines Jarboe, Louisville Gaines Real Estate
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Louisville is a city known for its great respect for old buildings. In any of the nearly 150 recognized neighborhoods in the city, there are architectural marvels you might enjoy restoring. When you buy an older home, there are many expensive upgrades that lie ahead of you, so it's best to go...
By Kristin Hamilton, (909) 557-6966, CDPE, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Linda
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Landscaping in Urban Areas Where There is No Front Yard                 When you live in urban areas, apartment living, townhouses or condos and you still want to have some color in your front yard, find some pretty pots and colorful trees and flowers to make your space beautiful and also it will...
By Evelyn Bruder, CRS, GRI, ABR, E-PRO
(Steinborn & Associates Real Estate)
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Believe it or not, a common question we get from sellers and buyers is whether or not they should replace windows or ask to have windows replaced. How do you know if replacing windows is a good idea? When you sit next to your windows is the air around them noticeably cooler in the winter and war...
By Debra Valdes, Realtor Tampa Area Specialist
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By Tom Braatz, Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent,Waukesha
(Re/Max Realty Center 262-377-1459)
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 In all my years of Waukesha County Real Estate I have seen people give me their word and break it. I have had people say they were going to do something and they don't, and I have had people that said I could count on them and in the end I could not. Isn't that frustrating? The same appl...
By Jill Watts, Clark County, WA Is A Great Place To Live! Call Me
(Realty Pro, Inc.)
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Beverly Carlson, I am re-blogging your awesome home staging article! Thank you for the great information and pictures.  I enjoyed the statistics that remind us that a "Staged home brings more money for the seller!"     STAGED MASTER BEDROOM -  Yes, the lamp is casting a heart shaped sha...
By Brian Force, Work With the Best!
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As homeowners, we are constantly trying to fing the balance between creating our own personalized oasis, and protecting our investment and retaining the resale value. It's not always and easy balancing act, many upgrades, while they may improve the owner's quality of life, can yield littl...
By David Bailey, "Creating Clients for Life" Cell # 631-767-8948
(The Mortgage Outlet NMLS # 36861)
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Create a Home Theater on a Budget There are many reasons to add a theater to your home. With increasing movie prices, coupled with the quick home releases, it is simply more cost effective to create the movie experience in your home.  Home theaters are the perfect environment for scheduled famil...