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 Jim Sinnott, Realtor, ABR, GRI Licensed in MA and RI
(Keller Williams Realty)
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  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...
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10 QUESTIONS  plus  LINKS Let's Talk about Aging-in-Place   1. What DESIGN elements do YOU consider important to incorporate in a lifelong home?  (Think  3 or more.) 2. How might YOU  leverage boomer influence  to to get more age-friendly products in our homes ?   (We suggest reading articles by ...
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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  It May Not Look Like Much, You Should Have Seen It Three Days Ago!     A slow drain leak inside the walls can do a lot of damage of the years before it is detected. The clean up of this mess can take some time. Slow plumbing leaks inside the walls and ceilings can be quite messy, you should con...
By Jayne Esposito
(Coldwell Banker-Los Gatos)
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We are all aware that Los Gatos, as well as most of the San Francisco Bay Area and a large portion of California, is experiencing seriousdrought conditions.  Last week I was walking on the Los Gatos Creek Trail, and I couldn't resist the irony of the picture below. While we had substantial rain i...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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    Yes,... I will do a video of our new kitchen and show you the features...I will.. I will..the reason I have not....we have one little adjustment...we have a double oven and a warming drawer on one wall. After installation...whoops...the only whoops....the top oven was just a little too high f...
By Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,
(Keller Williams Capital Properties)
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 Now that the hype of the New Year is over and the long nights of winter are upon us, this is a great list of things to do around the house to make it as exciting to you as when you first moved in! I am thinking of an accent wall in Marsala - the new hot color for 2015! What about you?  1. Get ri...
By Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little REALTOR® That Could
(Dallas Premier Keller Williams Realty)
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    Bricks & Mortar   If there's one thing my father taught me about brick houses when I was a kid, is that bricks and mortar need maintenance too! Tuckpointing brick may cost some money but do you really want to wake up one day and discover something like this or worse? Although the brick column...
By Patty Da Silva, Davie, Southwest Ranches Cooper City, Plantation, Weston, REALTOR, Top Listing Broker
(BROKER of Green Realty Properties® - 954-667-7253)
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For Sale ~ 2400 NW 108 DR Coral Springs FL 33065  by PAULA JONES of Green Realty Properties     Welcome home to this spacious and golf community. Home features an office, three bedrooms on the main floor, formal living and dining areas.  Kitchen and family room face the golf course where you can ...
By Michael Fagan
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach Realtors)
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      With so much time spent in the home today, designing for family living is more important than ever. Gone are the days of creating rooms that are off limits to everyone but "company," with fabrics that aren't allowed to crease and breakables everywhere you look. Instead, homeowners today are...
By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 707-812-7668
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
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203k loan limits don't go high enough for my neighborhood I'm afraid that is the harsh reality in many neighborhoods. What then, is the answer where the homes in my area are selling in the $1MM to $3MM or more. All is good with another renovation product that is available and our group consultant...
By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max All Properties New Lenox Illinois)
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Alternative Energy and Your Home   We all appreciate electricity -- each one of us uses it in some capacity every day. Heating and cooling our homes is one of our top priorities, not only for our comfort but also for our safety. In recent years more and more information about alternative and gree...
By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Decades Of Service to the Greater Minot ND Area
(National Marketing Realtors)
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lt720EDNO5E&feature=youtu.be I used to dread changing the cartridge on my whole house water filter but as they say "Practice Makes Perfect" and I've learned a couple of tricks along the way to make the process faster and eaiser. Hope these tricks help you.
By Ana Hitzel, Home Stager Inland Empire & Palm Springs
( AccentPositives Home Staging )
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Small spaces are always a challenge. You want to maximize every inch without cluttering it up. Tiny furniture is not necessary. If possible create an entry space and use less furniture of a normal scale. Lighter colors in similar shades open up an area. Warm it up with colorfull fabrics and use a...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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   The "facelift/remodeling" you choose to give your house can have simplistic starts...changing hardware, painting cabinetry, new flooring....removing wallpaper....and maybe the cosmetics are where it ends...you just need/want a "sprucing"....or are getting it ready to put up for sale.  Tuning ...
By Martin Millner
(Coldwell Banker Hearthside)
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I promise you – it may not seem like it right now, especially with the snow on the ground and the cold wind gusts – but spring is coming. All of us are patiently waiting for its arrival!   While you’re waiting, you can actually start on a little bit of spring cleaning (which will completely allo...
By Paul Peck, Licensed Drywall and Painting Contractor
(Peck Drywall and Painting serving Brevard County, Florida)
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    While on a complete exterior repaint in Rockledge, Fl. I was painting the lanai ceiling when the knockdown texture on the pool patio ceiling started to come off onto my roller while rolling the first coat of paint on this ceiling. In this video clip I'm using a sea sponge to apply joint compo...
By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
(Chris Brown | Certified Mortgage Planners)
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When it comes to painting the walls of a house, sometimes subtle is best. You want to add design, color, and texture to the walls, but you don’t want it jarring to the eyes. Here are three subtle painting techniques you can try on your home walls. Continue here: Three Subtle Painting Tricks That ...
By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 707-812-7668
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
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Ft Pierce FL 203k renovation loans for refinance I just purchased a home two months ago and there is more work than we expected to get it livable. What options do we have, if any, to get money to do the necessary work? Actually you are in very good shape to get the money to do the work on your ho...
By Stephen B. Clyde, "I Sell More, Because I do More"
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1. Get rid of the beige. It’s been replaced by gray. Really. Do it. Gray isn’t going anywhere   2. Make a big change. Knock down a wall. Change your countertops. Convert the upstairs loft to a full-blown entertainment room. If not now, when?    3. Make a bunch of small changes. Walk through your...
By Paul Peck, Licensed Drywall and Painting Contractor
(Peck Drywall and Painting serving Brevard County, Florida)
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Painter in Cocoa Beach  On this Cocoa Beach, Florida exterior repaint we repaired several staircase stucco cracks and a buckled stucco area.    Water had gotten behind the decorative stucco piece causing water damage and it also rusted out the wire lathe at the front entrance of this South facing...