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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Trending blogs on Home Improvement

By Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Sacramento, CA - 916-765-5366
(Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366)
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      I came across something very interesting and extremely dangerous in an apartment yesterday. Are you kidding me?   I have never seen such an attempt to repair a light switch, and I would not recommend doing such a repair as this one. Electricity is not something to be taken lightly, hire a q...
By Amanda and Jared Christiansen, YOUR Fort Wayne Realtors, Century 21 Bradley.
(Century 21 Bradley (260)704-0843)
Comments 157
I'm of the opinion that there are no magic tricks to selling your home.   If it's priced right and presented well, it's going to sell.  Period.    We recently did an open house on one of our higher end listings.  One of the other agents in my office suggested that we bake cookies right before the...
By Stephanie Wardwell, Woodbridge, VA in Prince William County
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Better Curb Appeal Means A Better Dressed House There are many things you can do to make your house look great from the curb.  Curb appeal is probably the most important thing to do when selling your house.  These items should be done even if you aren't selling your house. 1. Mulch! Mulching the ...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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What wall is best to place my bed in the Master Bedroom? Question: "I have a VERY tiny master bedroom. My husband and I are tall and have a California King size bed. We could put the bed on three of the four walls. Is it better to enter the room at the foot of the bed, next to the head of the bed...
By Mark Arlow Home Selling Team, Proudly serving Richmond Hill, Pooler and Savannah
(Keller Williams)
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The Mark Arlow Home Selling Team is now able to offer you a free Home Security System Installation, in conjunction with Tony Denison at Southern Alarm, valued at $1,200.  Whatever your security needs give the folks at Southern Alarm a call, Tony Denison (912)660-2583 will come out and give you a...
By Ron Marshall, Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire
(Marshall Enterprises)
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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 Shannon Jones, Long Beach CA Real Estate
(The Shannon Jones Team)
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Should You Feng Shui Your Home? Feng translates to wind and Shui translates to water, and in Chinese culture both these elements are associated with good health. Therefore, ensuring the flow of this particular energy is a way in which the ancients believed they could influence health and fortune...
By David Popoff, Realtor & Property Manager, Fairfield County, Ct.
(DMK Real Estate & Property Mgmt)
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FREE LEED BD & C STUDY CHART.   If you are going to take the LEED AP exam for Building Design & Construction (LEED BD & C) here is a one page excel spreadsheet cheat sheet chart that is FREE. It will help you remember all the prerequisites and credit for LEED Green Building Design and Constructio...
By Laura Andersen, A HomeSOLD Name (678)462-1191 Woodstock, Georgia
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USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map  I had a friend here in Atlanta decide to take advantage of a beautiful, sunny day we were lucky to have in February.  She decided to go ahead and enjoy the great weather by planting some flowers.  No!  It's not safe to go outside to plant yet.  Mother Nature has a w...
By Emcee M. Arah, CDPE, CIAS-Realtor with an Architectural Dimension
(Remax Excellence - Silver Spring, MD)
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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 League City, TX - Worrell Team, REALTORS, GRI, CNE
(Bayou Properties Realty)
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The Best League City Storage Facility in League City and Friendswood -- STORAGE CHOICE! Storage Choice - One of Houston's highest rated self storage companies - has purchased the storage facility in Westover Park.  Join the celebration and move into any new storage unit of your choice for only $2...
By Suzanne Otto, Your Montgomery County PA home stager
(Six Twenty Designs)
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This is a great example of what DIY knowledge can do for you when selling your home. I'm a big believer in painted cabinets and new hardware. It can turn a tired and dated kitchen into fresh and bright with just some primer and paint.  And if you really want to get adventurous, add some molding f...
By Mastercraft Exteriors
(Mastercraft Exteriors)
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The Rockford/Chicago areas were recently damaged by a hail strom that rolled in this past weekend.  Mastercraft Exteriors is a national roofing company based out of Rockton, IL.  They are out responding to the recent damage.  Mastercraft Exteriors began in 1996 and has put on over 10,000 roofs. T...
By Christina Swanson, Keller Williams of Southern Arizona
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Six Creative Lighting Installations That Will Enhance Your Home 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 tha...
By Michelle Gibson, REALTOR
(Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. )
Comments 87
Our family is pretty organized, but having an organized garage seemed impossible. Every few months my husband would re-organize and clean out the garage, but within a week it was a disaster again. A garage makeover was on our wish list for a while, I even went as far as getting estimates, but the...
By Christina (Asad) Cavins, www.DaytonOhioHouse.com Search Ohio Homes For Sale
(Irongate Inc. REALTORS)
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5 Home Spring Cleaning Tips Use wax-based aerosol spray to clean and protect stainless steel appliances. Clean painted walls with a cloth or sponge and water. If that doesn't work, mix dish soap into the water and scrub walls. Disinfect the sink with soap and water, then spray vinegar, followed b...
By DeeDee Riley, Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas
(Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA)
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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 Kristin Hamilton, (909) 557-6966, CDPE, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Linda
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Fountains are a Great Way to Decorate and Relax in Your Garden                             I enjoy spotting fountains when I am out showing property, driving to new places and even at the home improvement stores. Ialways have a camera or my phone so I like to get out and take a picture. I have al...
By Roy Kelley
(Retired Real Estate Broker, Maryland Blogger)
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How to Paint a Cabinet   Your spring projects may include a little painting. Take time to see the video in this blog by Lisa Von Domek for some advice on how to paint a cabinet. Please go to the original blog if you wish to leave comments. How to Paint a Cabinet "Mr. Fix It," Lou Manfredini joins...
By David Noce, Professionalism and Dedication to my clients
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Some things that are called design are really a matter of taste. Others aren't. Here are some guidelines about what good design looks like (or doesn't):  1) Every room needs a window, unless it's an interior bathroom. In that case, a fan that vents to the outside is required by code. 2) Kitchens ...