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 Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 34
 It just goes to show you...the power of putting something in writing...I promised in a blog the other day that we would show you our new dining room and kitchen....and we are "true our Blog/Word"  ....here it is !      Our remodeling was our new cork floor from the Cork Comfort collection by Wi...
By Jeffrey Masich, Arizona Homes and Land to Sell or Purchase
(HomeSmart )
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With Spring coming it is time to get your creative juices flowing!   The Spring Maricopa County Home and Garden Show is this weekend March 6-8 at the University of Phoenix Stadium  where the Cardinals play. Or, check in for the next scheduled event (5 per year). Here is information about discount...
By Denise Dimares, Realtor, Investor Serving DC and MD
(Exit Bennett Realty)
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Prince George’s County, Maryland and the surrounding communities are experiencing record low cold temperatures.  When temperatures drop significantly below normal, it’s hard to stay warm and safe even in your own home.  Taking preventive measures can be your best defense against extreme cold weat...
By Kelly & Ryan The Cummings Team, Your Real Estate Consultants For Life!!!
(The Cummings Company)
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Creative Design Ideas for Themed Childrens' Bedrooms There are many exciting ideas you can play around with when planning a themed design for your child's bedroom. When picking out décor and choosing a theme, be sure to have fun, be creative and, most importantly, let the child's individual pers...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 30
    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 Marti Steele Kilby, Broker/Owner, San Diego, CA
(Steele Group Realty)
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I recently took a listing on a home here in San Diego County where the owners have put quite a bit of time and money into getting it ready for market; some new flooring, fresh paint and landscaping improvements.  I hadn’t seen the home for about 6 months so I was excited to see all of the work t...
By Holli McCray, Keller Williams Realty - Knoxville West
(Keller Williams Realty/Knoxville Premier Properties, LLC)
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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 Nick and Cindy Davis, CRS,CIAS,ALHS,e-PRO,CDPE,SFR,Realtor(R)
(RE/MAX Premier Group)
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4 trends popping up in high-end kitchens   Here's what luxury homeowners are adding to their kitchens.  http://bit.ly/High-End-Kitchens
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Stamford CT)
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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 Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 6
And once again - the winter continues! Another forecast of another snow! This time it may not be much - however, there could a compounding effect of freezing pipes! What shoud you do to take care of that? Here's a great re-blog from.... Denise Dimares Prince George’s County, Maryland and the surr...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
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Don't Let the Birds Ruin the Showing on Your Home Birds played havoc with a community in the 1963 Alfred Hitchcock movie, The Birds. They could be heard and seen and they would even attack adults and children. It was eerie and a real thriller and kept you on the edge of your seat. However if you ...
By Will Nesbitt, Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage.
(Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria)
Comments 3
Home improvements - worth it, is a pertinent Active Rain article with relevance to the Real Estate industry. For the entire article, continue and scroll down. Average costs of some low cost home improvements and what your expected Return On Investment (ROI) will be   Cleaning and decluttering ($2...
By Maggie Dokic, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay |
(Special Miami Homes)
Comments 0
Tired of home maintenance chores? So are we. That’s why we love these easy-care features that free up your free time — and do it beautifully. Images: Bellingham from Cambria’s Waterstone Collection/Spark Modern Fires/Abby Farson Pratt/Heckard’s Door Adding good-looking, low-maintenance elements t...
By Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966, CDPE, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Linda
(Keller Williams Realty)
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During the Winter Months, Do Not Forget to Feed the Birds I live in Southern California but even here, the food for birds becomes scarce during the cold winter months. I try to feed the backyard birds and also the hummingbirds who stay for the winter. Last winter, 2013-2014, when there was only a...
By The Mahota-Capen Team
(Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners)
Comments 0
Average costs of some low cost home improvements and what your expected Return On Investment (ROI) will be   Cleaning and decluttering ($290 cost / $1,990 price increase / 586% ROI) Landscaping ($540 cost / $1,932 price increase / 258% ROI) Repairing electrical or plumbing ($535 cost / $1,505 pri...
By Michael Collins, CDPE, SFR , Wisconsin Short Sale Specialist Realto
(*ROCK REALTY|Broker|Realtor|Real Estate|WI Short Sale Agent*)
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Fixer-uppers aren’t for everyone. There are many prospective home buyers who insist on buying new or simply cannot see the potential in homes that require extra work. But for those who are up for some remodeling adventures, the cost savings and end result could be phenomenal with the right proper...
By Nick and Cindy Davis, CRS,CIAS,ALHS,e-PRO,CDPE,SFR,Realtor(R)
(RE/MAX Premier Group)
Comments 1
 Get ideas for clearing the decks without getting rid of all the lovely things you want to keep around. If that sounds like you, then take a look at these storage tricks that will make a big difference to your stash. http://bit.ly/Storage-Tricks-for-Those-who-Love-Stuff   
By Janell Kittleson, Property Management Software & Tenant Screening
(Rentec Direct)
Comments 2
        Have you ever walked into a home or business and said to yourself "E-GADS!"  or "Ho-Hummm."  While hot pink walls will throw my senses for a loop and probably make me want to leave sooner than later, classic white with beige furniture makes me feel sad for the occupants.   Sad because ho...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 20
  As "veterans" in real estate and have built and remodeled...one of our first tasks is to research the options...narrow our choices...research brands and reputation and decide on a vendor.      We had maple floors....for us....too much maintenance, noise.....we knew that hardwood would not be a...
By Bobi Bigelow, Advertising, Marketing, Public Relations
(Alpine Lakes Real Estate)
Comments 3
Thank you Chris Benson, for sharing these tips. I want to insall Smart Thermostats in my New Hampshire house so I can keep my programmable thermostats down low while I am out and turn it up to 70° prior to arriving home to save on fuel.   The green revolution is in full swing, and as it becomes m...