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.


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By Kelly and Ryan The Cummings Team, Your Real Estate Consultants For Life!!!
(The Cummings Company)
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Mulch was nature's idea long before it became man's. Fallen leaves, pine needles, rotting wood and vegetation, decaying flowers, ripe fruit, rocks rising to the Earth's surface – the environment naturally produces and disperses "mulch," adding a protective coating to the ground.Knowing the variou...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Lower Fairfield CT)
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What are the most popular choices for hardwood flooring species?There are many species of hardwood flooring, and I thought it would be helpful to help explain and visualize the different types. There are pros and cons to each, and there is no "one size fits all." It depends on what you like and w...
By Sharon Parisi, Dallas Homes
(Keller Williams Dallas Premier Realty)
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Dallas Sanitation Services is sponsoring a class at Campbell Green Rec Center to teach homeowners about composting organic materials at home.  I love the title of the class, "Compost Happens!"  Did you know that it's been estimated that more than 30% of the waste taken to a landfill is organic in...
By Stanley Stepak, Realtor - Avon Lake, Avon, Bay Village, Westlake,
(Howard Hanna Gold- Avon Lake, OH)
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It's time to get your Avon Lake or Northeast Ohio Garden ready for the Spring.  Here are some tips to get started: • Clear drainage ditchesLeaves and debris gather in drainage areas over the winter. Now is the time to ensure that the spring rains will have adequate runoff. Spring seedlings do bes...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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Maybe you can get by with a touch up paint, but check first!   Please visit the original blog if you wish to leave comments.   Sure, You Can Touch Up That Paint!     We are all looking to do things fast and easy, less time and money is best! We can see this sort of thinking in many of the repairs...
By Jeff Fisher, ArizonasRealty
(ReMax Fine Properties)
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Selling Your Home in 2015? Boost Your Resale Value with These Three Inexpensive RenovationsTo get top dollar for your home, renovations may be necessary. However, some renovations can prove costly and they don’t always add value to your home. Here are three inexpensive renovations that are sure t...
By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
(Chris Brown | Certified Mortgage Planners)
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Signs of mold in your attic can be indicative of a bigger problem in your house, which is why it is a good idea to nip this situation in the bud as soon as you see it developing.The signs of this type of fungus can be quite diverse and sometimes unexpected, so it pays to understand exactly what t...
By Sharon Sigman, Sharon Sigman
(RE/MAX )
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Who says you have to stop with paint on the walls? A can of paint can easily transform a number of areas in your home, turning boring into beautiful. It's time to have fun with paint, all over your house (and outside too!). Paint your cabinets DIY paining your kitchen cabinets may not be a quick ...
By Nancy Benson, Award Winning Agent | Buy |Unique Homes| Sell
(Keller Williams Ottawa Realty, Brokerage)
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If you’ve ever sold a home, you know what it’s like to get the interior into pristine shape so that potential buyers are impressed as soon as they step inside and take their first look around.You clean, you de-clutter, you re-arrange art and accessories, you sometimes re-paint a few rooms and do ...
By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek & Associates LLC Team at Real Estate Broker/Associate with Real Living Real Estate Group www.LisaVon.com)
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Renovating your Home the Green Way  As a GREEN Realtor and Certified Green Building Professional I am asked the same important question from homeowners as they undertake renovations throughout their residences: “How can I make my home green; more environmentally friendly?”  They know that it’s no...
Planning a budget friendly and easy kitchen makeover has never been so easy! We’ve compiled 14 excellent ideas on how you can update your kitchen on a tight budget and still end up with a fabulous looking kitchen which looks high end. Read on and see what kitchen makeover ideas you can tackle. Li...
By Maggie Dokic, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay |
(Special Miami Homes)
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Lawn aeration brings oxygen, water, and nutrients directly to grass roots, which helps make your lawn green and lush. It’s a critical part of spring and fall lawn care and gives roots the vital boost they need. Here’s how:Lawn Aeration BasicsLawn aeration pulls 2- to 8-inch soil “plugs” out of th...
By Wayne Johnson, San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale
(Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS®)
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Do You Know a Good Plumber? When people move to a new city, a whole new support system is needed. Doctors, dentists, barbers, hairdressers, and plumbers. Only plumbers have to come to your home to do their work. Cause that's were the pipes, fixtures, and appliances are located. As a real estate p...
By Stanley Stepak, Realtor - Avon Lake, Avon, Bay Village, Westlake,
(Howard Hanna Gold- Avon Lake, OH)
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WINDOW TYPES   If you have been stuck understanding window types.  Here is what there is out there and you can outsmart that window salesman. DOUBLE-HUNGA double-hung window has two vertically sliding sash in a single frame. Double-hungs lift open while remaining flush with the wall, making them ...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Lower Fairfield CT)
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Should I sand my hardwood floors myself or hire a professional? Lately, I have run into a LOT of botched up sanding jobs, most done by do-it-yourselfers (DIY) and some done by handymen passing themselves off as floor refinishers. It's quite sad. In the last couple of months, I have even had 2 cus...
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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  Grease is one of those unpleasant topics that not many enjoy. Before we get started on tackling the grease by disposing it correctly, let's have a little fun, so turn up the speakers and enjoy!   Wasn't that fun! So here are some tips for using Elbow Grease in and around your home, especially t...
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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 Amaryllis In many parts of the county, the Amaryllis Plant sold during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays is sold as “ready to bloom for the holidays.” After the flowers bloom, I continue to water the plant; then wait until the leaves begin to wilt. When I’m sure the plant is dormant, I cut...
By Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker
(RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto))
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Bankrupt Renovator - Runs out of Money  Recently, there have been reports about a renovation building contractor who ran into financial difficulty and has left as many as 15 families in a mess with partially completed projects. This article is too late for them, but it might help someone else who...
By Maggie Dokic, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay |
(Special Miami Homes)
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Mulching your garden is like flossing your teeth -- preventative, tedious, and vital to health. Luckily, you don’t have to mulch after every meal.But you should blanket your garden beds at least twice a year -- in early spring and late fall -- to retain moisture and keep down weeds. That’s why it...
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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  Sure, You Can Touch Up That Paint!     We are all looking to do things fast and easy, less time and money is best! We can see this sort of thinking in many of the repairs needed to rent a property. One of those areas of repair is painting, we can just touch it up with some new paint right? Befo...