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 Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Stamford CT)
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I finally got my first slide video to work.  It took a lot of effort yesterday, but now that I have this set up and a process, I'm well set up to get another 4 done by the end of the year.  This is one of my December projects, and I'm a week ahead of schedule on this (as well as another project)....
By John DL Arendsen, Contractor, RE Brk, Factory Built Home Dealer/Devl
(ON THE LEVEL General Contractor, Crest Homes Factory Built Housing Dealer & Developer & TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments)
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Foundation Cracks, Settling and Failures Can Ruin A Real Estate Deal   It would be interesting to know how many deals have been lost by RE Professionals but most importantly by buyers and sellers of properties that have had FOUNDATION ISSUES. As a General Contractor who's been in the foundation r...
By Will Johnson, Sell and Stage
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Staging is definitely a form of art and it does wonders to improve the image of your house, when it comes to the real estate market.  Your kitchen is one of your biggest selling points; check out our favorite staged kitchens for some inspiration. 1. This kitchen counter is the perfect mixture of...
By Amy Boehm, Your Realtor For Life
(Keller Williams Realty - Boerne Hill Country)
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Whether you are building a new home or replacing your old water heater, the new mandate by the federal government is for increased energy efficiency.  This mandate will go into effect April 2015.  The new rating for a 40-50 gallon electric water heater will be 95%. This increased efficiency will ...
By MC2 Home Inspections, Indianapolis Westfield Carmel Fishers Indiana
(MC2 Home Inspections LLC)
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No one ever said that Christmas is cheap, but just how much money are you spending on your Christmas lights? The answer lies in which types of bulbs you are using!
By Suzanne De Vita, Online Associate Editor
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If you've ever sold an older home, you know there can be many structural repairs in store for the buyer or seller. For owners of older homes, winter weather poses a significant risk, especially if household features are left unrepaired. Here are three fixes homeowners should consider making befor...
By James Murr, www.cortiersrealestate.com
(Cortiers Real Estate)
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    #117046749 / gettyimages.com Every individual wants to feel comfortable while he or she is at their own home. But it is more important that one feel comfortable while walking inside their potential home. That is why first time appearance is the opening door inside everything. Interior paintin...
By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663
(Woodland Management Service)
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Every week I pick 10 posts that I think that could use a second look, a little more exposure, or that are so good that I want all my friends to have a chance to experience it. This week is no exception and it has been a challenge to narrow the list down to 10, I hope that you enjoy these along wi...
By Nick and Cindy Davis, CRS,CIAS,ALHS,e-PRO,CDPE,SFR,Realtor(R), Team Davi
(RE/MAX Premier Group)
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Small Bathroom 6 Ways to Make it Appear Larger   In nearly everyone's home there's one room in particular that is smaller than the rest, and that's the bathroom. There's a way around that though, or at least to make it appear to be larger than it is, and that's by using a little visual deception,...
By Sheila Newton Team -- Anderson & Greenville SC Real Estate, 25 years experience -Residential Real Estate Sales
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner)
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  Today is the second in a series of posts about improving your life. Last week was the article called 25 Small Ways To Improve Your Life - Week 1 .. As we discussed last week, people get caught up in thinking that you have to make drastic changes in order to notice an improvement in the quality ...
By Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager
(Sharon Tara Transformations)
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My Review of the Haan Slim & Light Sanitizing Steam Mop Somehow I was late to the party.... floor cleaning got a lot easier and safer, and I almost missed it. If a friend on facebook hadn't mentioned their "steam floor mop", I would still be washing my floors the old fashioned way and suffering s...
By Bizzy Bee Plumbing, Cary Plumbing Commpany
(Bizzy Bee Plumbing, Inc)
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We all know when our water heater will fail. In fact we all dread money we have to spend to have it replaced. No one wants to do it, however once you realize this is it, the time has come! Bizzy Bee Plumbing will install a professional grade water heater in your attic or garage or even a crawl sp...
By Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI,ABR,SRES, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Keller Williams Realty Partners)
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The guys from the shower door company came in yesterday and installed the floating frame shower glass around the master shower. The question I have, is why does everything have to start with making more holes? In the picture to the right you can see Dave drilling into the tiles. This is where the...
By Bizzy Bee Plumbing, Cary Plumbing Commpany
(Bizzy Bee Plumbing, Inc)
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Backflows are required to be tested each year to make sure the water we drink is not contaminated with bacteria. If you have a backflow call our office to have it inspected, tested and report submitted to the City for $75! For Backflow Testing in Raleigh-Durham and Cary call 919.423.7595   Failur...
By Bizzy Bee Plumbing, Cary Plumbing Commpany
(Bizzy Bee Plumbing, Inc)
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Buying  a home in Raleigh that doesn't have a water service? Rest assured Bizzy Bee Plumbing can take care of you. As one of the most reliable Raleigh Plumbing companies that arrives on time and gives you an affordable estimate we are also licensed and insured for your peice of mind.   New Water ...
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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Now That Things Are In Place, Let's Get It Closed Up.     Sometimes you just have to open things up to see the whole picture before the repairs can be done. One example of when there is a problem under the kitchen sink. With the counter and cabinets removed, it is a lot easier to get in and do t...
By June Piper-Brandon, Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time
(Century 21 New Millenium)
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Flipping And, I’m not talking about doing somersaults!!  I am talking about making a profit after buying a property, improving and updating the structure before selling it for a higher value.  With so many programs on television where people purchase, renovate and resell a home in an hour while m...
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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  So the Plumber got his work done and the manager has been riding me to get the walls closed up. I’m all for getting things done quickly and professionally, and the schedule was right for this one to be done today. There was a problem though. The new pipes had a leak. No matter how badly we wan...
By Gloria Todor and Doug Durren - Delaware County PA Real Estate, Hard Working Professionals (484) 431-3686
(Century 21 Absolute Realty )
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Those Autumn Leaves....Bag 'Em or Mulch 'Em? It is that time of year when deciduous trees have pretty much finished their colorful autumn display by dropping their leaves to the ground leaving a blanket of leaves to be dealt with by homeowners. Now we know how fun it is to rake leaves into piles ...
By Michael Dagner, Your Denver Homes Realty Expert
(Brokers Guild Classic)
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This is such a great blog post that I couldn't wait to reblog it.  The author has really hit the nail on the head in my opinion.  After 3 decades of selling homes in the Denver area, I couldn't agree more.  The only exception to Valorie's rule of thumb about most basement finishes not fully recov...