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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Put the hammer down and the glasses on and read on.

Trending blogs on Home Improvement

 
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 Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 17
    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 Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Stamford CT)
Comments 15
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 Michael Jacobs, PasadenaCA Real Estate Representation 818.516.4393
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Comments 71
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 Holli McCray, Keller Williams Realty - Knoxville West
(Keller Williams Realty/Knoxville Premier Properties, LLC)
Comments 29
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 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 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...
By Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA
(Winston Realty, Inc.)
Comments 3
The Spring Fling Clean-Up Check ListHomeowners always want to know what they can do to ensure that their homes fetch top dollar when they're ready to sell. With spring finally here, why not throw open the windows and tackle those projects that you've been putting off all winter!   The checklist ...
By Irene Medina, PA GRI CRS CDPE SFR TRC, The Squeaky Wheel Gets the Job Done!
Comments 0
Reutilizar, Reacondicionar y Reciclar: Cómo Ir Ecológico con su Home Design Muebles, decoración o redecorar una casa puede ser costoso, tedioso ya veces un poco frustrante. Tenemos que tratar de mantenerse al día con los últimos, siempre cambiantes tendencias de la moda a la vez que intentar equ...
By Sharon Parisi, Dallas Homes
(Keller Williams Dallas Premier Realty)
Comments 14
In spite of the rain we've had in the Dallas area this winter, we are still in a drought, with many local area lakes significantly below normal.  The Texas A&M AgriLife Research Center and Dallas water Utilities are once again teaming up to sponsor Free classes to share information about  plants...
By Irene Medina, PA GRI CRS CDPE SFR TRC, The Squeaky Wheel Gets the Job Done!
Comments 0
Reutilizar, Reacondicionar y Reciclar: Cómo Ir Ecológico con su Home Design Reutilizar, Reacondicionar y Reciclar: Cómo Ir Ecológico con su Home Design Muebles, decoración o redecorar una casa puede ser costoso, tedioso ya veces un poco frustrante. Tenemos que tratar de mantenerse al día con los ...
By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
(Chris Brown | Certified Mortgage Planners)
Comments 0
Sometimes, when buying – or even thinking about buying real estate for investment purposes, you’re faced with the need to fix up the property.  The question then arises: Should I fix it up myself or hire it done? Unfortunately, no one can give you the right answer. However, there are a few questi...
By Irene Medina, PA GRI CRS CDPE SFR TRC, The Squeaky Wheel Gets the Job Done!
Comments 0
Reuse, Refurbish and Recycle: How to Go Eco-Friendly With Your Home Design Furnishing, decorating or redecorating a home can be expensive, tedious and sometimes a bit frustrating. We must try to keep up with the latest, ever-changing fashion trends while also attempting to carefully balance expe...
By N. Joel Walter, Cr (Certified Remodeler)
(N.J.W. Construction Inc)
Comments 2
  So you’re planning to remodel your bathroom, you want to update the look, increase resale value, add functionality, amenities and storage or a combination of all or some of these. Simple enough, and as your Columbus Ohio remodeling company, we can help! The scope of the project depends on a var...
By N. Joel Walter, Cr (Certified Remodeler)
(N.J.W. Construction Inc)
Comments 2
NJW your Columbus, Ohio contractor understands the importance of an entrance…from the façade to the functionality. A home's entryway paints a portrait of both your design aesthetic and personality. Often overlooked, this area holds potential for plenty of charm. We advise your entrance be grand ...
By N. Joel Walter, Cr (Certified Remodeler)
(N.J.W. Construction Inc)
Comments 2
  NJW your Columbus, Ohio contractor knows that once construction is completed on a home renovation or remodel everyone is anxious to utilize the space, or “move into” the area...but one thing that must not be overlooked is clean-up. At NJW Construction we believe this is an important aspect to t...
By N. Joel Walter, Cr (Certified Remodeler)
(N.J.W. Construction Inc)
Comments 5
As your Columbus, Ohio general contractors, we believe that room additions should be seamless and appear as if they have always been a part of the original house. We love it when we hear people say they would have never known a room was added on after the house was built!   We take pride in ensu...
By Pamela Seley, REALTOR®, CA BRE #01824145 Real Estate - Call 951.491.4063
(West Coast Realty Division)
Comments 10
Home Depot used to have Ralph Lauren paint and then they discontinued it. Now they've brought it back.  It is expensive, but you get what you pay for; and it's not only the designer name. Ralph Lauren paint is a high, quality paint and from my past experience, it doesn't glob up like some of the ...
By Terkel Sørensen, Realtor, 951.805.0773 , Bank owned and Short Sales
(Real Estate Places)
Comments 3
Welcome to March -  We are almost to the time when it I get itchy to make soe improvements to my house - I'm thinking you might too. And I'm not just talking about some new seed on the lawn.  So, over the past few years, sales people have likely been banging your door in trying to sell you anythi...
By Stanley Stepak, Realtor - Avon Lake, Avon, Bay Village, Westlake,
(Howard Hanna Gold- Avon Lake, OH)
Comments 2
Water is one of the few materials that expands when it freezes. Understanding this fundamental principle of physics is key to avoiding damage to your home during cold, winter months. An estimated quarter-million households sustain significant property damage and untold aggravation each year becau...