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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Your Water Heater Is About To Cause Serious Damage       So you have a home in Sacramento and are wondering how long your water heater will last, the answer is not always easy but the warning signs may help. Indoor water heaters in Sacramento can last 10, 15 or 20 years or more, but when they do ...
By Nancy Benson
(Keller Williams Ottawa Realty, Brokerage)
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Every year, as the busy summer home-buying season approaches, I receive numerous telephone calls from previous clients and referral clients who are considering  to sell their homes and  ask the question “ what do  I need to do to sell for the most money possible?” The good news is that you can m...
By Jon Kolsky, REALTOR® Long Beach, CA
(Kolsky Group/Spellens Realty)
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  Your Home Needs Attention in April…   Spring is officially here, and nothing rekindles pride of ownership more than doing some maintenance chores around your home. So go ahead, poke around and look at the condition of your home- everything from your foundation, roof, gutters, shrubs, and garden...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International Westchester NY & Stamford CT)
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I'm reblogging this post that I put on Women of Westchester blog.  I thought it might come in handy for many of you, especially those that focus on listings.  If you want to get to the original post (either to leave a comment or to reblog yourself), click on the title of this post, and it will ta...
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 Ryan Reynolds
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
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The weather is finally getting warmer, and the time has come to work on your house.  Once you finish your spring cleaning, taking a look at your house’s design should be next.  Is your kitchen looking a little less than spectacular?  Are you tired of the same old look in the same old rooms?  Wel...
By The Condo Guy Bill Desautels, RE/MAX North Professionls
(The Condo Guy)
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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 brighte...
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 Jeff Fisher, ArizonasRealty
(ReMax Fine Properties)
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    One of the most exciting times in a parent’s life is the time before a baby’s arrival. Between anticipation and preparation time passes in an instant, and before you know it you will be holding your little one in your arms. Although newborns are too small to get into too much trouble, in only...
By Victoria Roberts, Your Alaska Real Estate Consultant
(Real Estate Brokers Of Alaska)
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  As we hopefully begin to wrap up winter, As we are all ready for warmer weather to arrive.  As the snow and ice begin to melt away, it’s time to think about getting your home ready for spring. Below is a simple checklist to ensure that your indoor and outdoor areas are in top-notch shape for t...
By Cathy Perry
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Here Comes the Sun – The Resurgence of Orange   After the long winter that never seemed to end, it is wonderful to see the sun again!   So maybe because of the recent polar vortex, I just loved seeing the pops of orange that were seemingly everywhere at the recent International Furniture Market i...
By Jack Tenold, Reverse Mortgage Specialist Washington | Oregon | California - refinance & purchase, Reverse Mortgage & Conventional Loan Specialist
(First Priority Financial, Inc. NMLS 3257 Serving WA NMLS 3257 and OR ML 3337)
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Spokane County Master Gardeners Plant Sale this Saturday April 26 -- don't forget! 9 AM to 2 PM 222 N Havana, Spokane WA at WSU County Extension office     (just South of the Fairgrounds) Need advice about what lives and what doesn't in Spokane County?  These fine people will help you out.  Addit...
By Regina P. Brown, e-Pro Realtor
(California Coast & Country Homes, Inc.)
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When you think about adding some new touches to your house, consider simple things such as: LIGHTING. In key areas of your house, whether they’re dark corners or not, think about indirect lighting that sets a nice mood and can give you lots of brightness when you need it. CEILING FANS. Ceiling fa...
By Erika Rogers, Your Personal St George Utah Real Estate Guide!
(Re/Max First Realty)
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When it comes to kitchen remodeling, I have some tips about common mistakes and how you can avoid them. Dreaming of your perfect kitchen remodel usually includes a fantasy that everything will go without any problems. Deliveries will be made on time, installations will go smoothly, and cleanup w...
By Suzanne Otto, Your Montgomery County PA home stager
(Six Twenty Designs)
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Painting is one of the most important things you can do to your home to have the biggest impact on appearance. And if you do it yourself, it won't cost as much as you think. Plus your buyers won't chip away at their offer because your home needs a paint job.  If you're ready to get your home on t...
By Melania & Jim Saltarella, Experience the Magic!
(Atlanta Communities)
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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 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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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 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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  Should I replace or refinish my bathtub?   Bathtubs do not last forever; they get scratched, chipped, rust and even discolor with age. If you are experiencing these sorts of conditions with your bathtub you have a few choices. The cost will be a factor, but each situation will be unique. If you...
By David Kosmecki
(Mortgages Unlimited)
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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...