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 Stephen B. Clyde, "I Sell More, Because I do More"
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 Green roofs are the latest building trend in the residential construction. To create more green space in urban areas, to provide energy savings and to create a more comfortable living environment for both people and pets, more and more eco-friendly homebuilders are incorporating green roofs into...
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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  Iris Eyes Are Beautiful In follow up to my post Everything Is Coming Up Roses in my Flower Mound Garden, I am proud to say the Iris has come through again with shades of purple so deep they make me yearn for purple velvet luxury and where better to have that dream come true, than my very own ga...
By Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966, CDPE, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Linda
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Redlands is Celebrating Earth Day- April 24, 2015 by Planting 2 TreesEarth Day is being celebrated in Redlands by planting two trees, the California Sycamore and the Palo Verde tree, which are both drought resistant trees and need very little water. This celebration is scheduled at Heritage Park ...
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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 In My Flower Mound GardenEverything is Coming Up Roses!!!                                  Living Art Quite Fragrant Tough as Thorns Easily Adaptable Survives Adversity Naturally Beautiful  I am the Architect of my garden. I like to play in the dirt and design my own landscape without a degree i...
By Debbie Wilkes, Broker/Owner - Serving Mocksville and Davie County
(Premier Realty NC)
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 Whether you plan on selling your house soon or are just wanting to make a change, there are certain renovations that are more likely to add value to your home. Some are more pricy than others. Some renovations that can increase property values are below.Kitchen RemodelingKitchens are one of the ...
By Joanna Cohlan, Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes
(Fresh Eyes For Your Home)
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Abandon reality for just one moment and envision your living room as a clean, empty white space.  Now, imagine placing your favorite pieces of art and objects in their best possible location, along with furniture and furnishings to complement these special things.  And what would that location be...
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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 The Importance of Priming Siding Before Paint  Many of the problems that occur years after painting of siding is due to the fact that the bare wood was not primed. Applying a coat of primer to the wood siding will be a long way to help preserve the weather tight finish.  
By Nick and Cindy Davis, CRS,CIAS,ALHS,e-PRO,CDPE,SFR,Realtor(R)
(RE/MAX Premier Group)
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Backsplashes not only protect your walls, they also add color, pattern and texture. Find out which material is right for you. http://bit.ly/How-to-Choose-Perfect-Backsplash 
By Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate
(the BlueWater Realty team specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales)
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Whether you have unwanted noise coming from the street or from another room, there are things you can do to lessen the din. Noise from traffic can be muffled with fabric, the more the better. Walls can be upholstered with fabric over padding to prevent sound absorption. The more plush the fabric,...
By Inna Ivchenko, Los Angeles / Valley Homes
(Mannis Real Estate Group)
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Avoid money sucking, gut wrenching DIY nightmares...   and increase your homes value  at the same time tips, #1.       Avoid money sucking, gut wrenching DIY nightmares... and increase your homes value at the same time tips.     To DIY or not to DIY, that is the question.... I have many owners wo...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Lower Fairfield CT)
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I can't even begin to tell how important it is to have someone come to your home and help guide you on the best floor for your needs and your home.  (As background we design and install all types of flooring - hardwood, carpet, tile, laminate, vinyl, sand & refinish.  And, best of all, "We bring ...
By Erika Rogers, St George Utah Real Estate & local info.
(Re/Max First Realty)
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The 2015 Kitchen Trends You Will WantIn the past, kitchen trends were set with stylish cabinets, granite countertops and backsplash. However, the future in kitchen trends is moving toward a warm and inviting feel. Since we spend a large amount of time in the kitchen for cooking and eating and som...
By Stieg Strand, Realtor & Social Media Sage
(RE/MAX Results)
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It has been said that "Man Caves" cure the "manly" ailments, well how about "She Sheds". Whether it is sprouting off a gardening shed, an outdoor gazebo, or even a converted playhouse ~ She Sheds are quickly gaining momentum around the US as a real alternative to the "Man Cave"... Click here for ...
By Dee Toohey, Broker, ABR, AHWD, CIPS, FMS, ePro
(Innovative Realty Solutions Group)
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Not only Tallahassee, in most of Florida. I live in Longwood Florida and we have the same rules.  Always check with your local officials before you cut down a tree.  The fines can be hefty.       Tree Huggers!  Tree Worshipers!   Tallahassee, Florida is known for its beautiful trees and its Canop...
By Stephen B. Clyde, "I Sell More, Because I do More"
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Has your underground space been turned into a junk collector full of memorabilia, holiday decorations and old sports equipment that you will never use? Do you need more living space for a growing family? Finishing out or rejuvenating an old basement adds valuable living space inside the existing ...
By Sharon Parisi, Dallas Homes
(Keller Williams Dallas Premier Realty)
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Stop by North Haven Gardens Sunday afternoon and pick up some tips on how to improve your lawn. The extreme dry summer heat and recent  record setting cold winter, have impacted many Dallas lawns.  The staff at North Haven Gardens will share information on fertilizers and other types of soil tre...
By Patty Mortara REALTOR, ABR, CRS | Hunterdon County (NJ)
(Hunterdon Realty Group)
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WOW, Debbie really did an excellent job of explaining the difference between "solid hardwood flooring" and "engineered hardwood".  I have to admit that sometimes I'm guilty of interchanging the terms "laminate" with "engineered hardwood". This article also SHOWS you the difference.   What's the d...
By Fred Griffin, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker
(Frederick Griffin, Licensed Real Estate Broker)
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     Tree Huggers!  Tree Worshipers!   Tallahassee, Florida is known for its beautiful trees and its Canopy Roads.  People flying into Tallahassee look out the windows of the airplane, and ask, "Where is the town?  There is nothing down there except a forest of trees!"     Leon County and City of...
By Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966, CDPE, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Linda
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Landscaping with Succulents-A Popular Trend Being a Realtor, I am always driving into neighborhoods and shopping centers and over the past couple of years have seen succulents used to landscape area that once was exclusively covered by flowers and shrubs. Succulents can grow in sandy soil and tak...
By Randy and Sue Wells, Nobody Knows Your Home Like a Neighbor!
(Keller Williams Community Partners)
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My thoughts on this blog center around a Time Magazine article entitled "The Joy of Less" by Josh Sanburn. This article appeared in the March 23rd issue.The article hit home with the accumulation of "stuff" that the average homeowner has and how it affects them when it comes to selling their home...