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.

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By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 17
 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 Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 24
    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 Kelly & Ryan The Cummings Team, Your Real Estate Consultants For Life!!!
(The Cummings Company)
Comments 1
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 Holli McCray, Keller Williams Realty - Knoxville West
(Keller Williams Realty/Knoxville Premier Properties, LLC)
Comments 31
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)
Comments 4
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 Jason Potrzeba, Private Money & Commercial Mortgage Broker - MA/RI
(Acadia Advisory Group LLC)
Comments 3
Real Simple Message Here.If you have a property or project that doesn't quite fit in with a bank but has a strong amount of equity, a private lender might be a good option for you.   My office works with hard money lenders looking for the following scenario's... *Fix & Flip. *Fix & Fill. *New Con...
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 Denise Dimares, Realtor, Investor Serving DC and MD
(Exit Bennett Realty)
Comments 25
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 Jim Sinnott, Realtor, ABR, GRI Licensed in MA and RI
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 70
  Projects Not to D-I-Y       Television today is awash with many real estate based reality shows: shows on buying your first home, buying and flipping homes, buying vacation homes, buying homes all over the world. There are also the programs that focus on D-I-Y, or do-it-yourself projects. In th...
By Michael Jacobs, PasadenaCA Real Estate Representation 818.516.4393
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Comments 72
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 Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Stamford CT)
Comments 16
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 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 Maggie Dokic, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay |
(Special Miami Homes)
Comments 0
Moving into your first home is exciting! But it also means you’ve got work to do. When I bought my first house, my timing couldn’t have been better: The house closing was two weeks before the lease was up on my apartment. That meant I could take my time packing and moving, and I could get to know...
By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
(Chris Brown | Certified Mortgage Planners)
Comments 1
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 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 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 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 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 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...