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 David Popoff, Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct
(DMK Real Estate )
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 DIY Easy Gardening Tips for Amazing Results.Gardening is not hard and if you follow these easy natural gardening tips you will have full and lush vegetable and flower gardens with little maintenance. Getting the Garden Ready.~ First you want to use native and local type plants that typically nee...
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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 Deck Rot Finally Shows Itself  Wood decking can add value and enjoyment to your backyard experience. Maintaining it can extend the life of the wood decking and even hold off the rotting and decay of the wood members. Despite our efforts, wood will one day rot and show itself.If your deck is in n...
By Ryan Reynolds
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
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 Tips For A Smooth Home Renovation - Renovating or remodeling your home may seem like a daunting task if you don't know where to start, but it doesn't have to be a stressful project. Planning ahead and doing research will help you ensure a smooth home renovation. Here are some tips from BHG to ge...
By Jean Wawrzyniak-Fry
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New Federal Requirements for Water Heaters Are Here. Reducing energy consumption is vital to the long-term health of our planet, and a higher efficiency water heater will likely save you money over the lifetime of the unit. That said, new federal regulations (effective April 16, 2015) may impact ...
By JOE RYSTROM & TEAM, Real Estate Professionals
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The family mudroom is, without question, one of the highest traffic areas in the home. It battles all sorts of external elements, from rain and snow to dirt and mud. It houses countless miscellaneous essentials, including shoes and boots, jackets, umbrellas, scarves and more. It is home to pet n...
By Olga St Pierre, Helping you create a lifetime of memories!
(Keller Williams Real Estate)
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A few good reasons to switch from electric and oil heating to propane gas In our area, there are many homes that use oil for heating their homes and heating water. This past harsh winter, the expenses for oil heating bills were sky high an unpleasant for many owners, I heard it too often. The ele...
By Stephen B. Clyde, "I Sell More, Because I do More"
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  The right interior paint colors can transform the entire appearance of your home. The interior colors of your home significantly influence the atmosphere of the home and thereby, influence the moods of people in the home. ----------The colors you select also unify architectural elements, floori...
By Roberta LaRocca, REALTOR®, Broker, Salesperson, Property Management
(Simply Vegas Real Estate)
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Alert - Failing KitchenAid Refrigerator Control Boards, part numbers 2307028 and the replacement W10219463, are no longer available, and apparently have had a fairly high failure rate. For the good news, I may be able to provide you with a possible simple repair as you read on.  These refrigerato...
By Joanna Cohlan, Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes
(Fresh Eyes For Your Home)
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I've been MIA from the Rain during the last two weeks because there has been lots of activity at my Harlem brownstone project.  For those of you who remember my posts Interior Design is Like a Game of Chess and The Knight and the Bishop Shake Hands, there were lots of challenges when I commenced ...
By Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 www.SpaceCoastHomesNow.com, Your Space Coast Real Estate Expert!
(Fontaine Property Group)
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I wanted to give a shout out Kip at Classic Plumbing of Brevard. I had a leak in the ceiling of my kitchen. I needed it fixed quickly and called quite a few plumbers before I ran across Classic Plumbing.Classic Plumbing of Brevard is located in Palm Bay, FL and services the Space Coast. They are ...
By Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966, CDPE, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Linda
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Squirrel Streaking Down the Road Today while outside fixing a sprinkler head, I saw something moving in the bushes. We get bunnies so I thought I had spotted a cotton tail rabbit.  Then all of a sudden, this squirrel pops it head out of the bushes. I ran for my camera and it started STREAKING dow...
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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 Let's Start with the Can Lights In the Kitchen  There is nothing wrong with acting as your own contractor when doing a kitchen remodel or improvement. If you know the process, you can save a some money in completing the project. I was asked to help out this homeowner in getting some can lights i...
By Paul Peck, Licensed Drywall and Painting Contractor
(Peck Drywall and Painting serving Brevard County, Florida)
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  While on a complete exterior repaint in Rockledge, Fl. I was painting the lanai ceiling when the knockdown texture on the pool patio ceiling started to come off onto my roller while rolling the first coat of paint on this ceiling.In this video clip I'm using my knockdown texture repair sponge t...
By Maggie Dokic, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay |
(Special Miami Homes)
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You don’t have to switch on the air conditioner to get a big chill this summer. These tips will help you keep your house cool without AC, which will save energy (and avoid AC wars with your family). Block that Sun!When sunlight enters your house, it turns into heat. You’ll keep your house cooler ...
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 Ana Hitzel, Home Stager Inland Empire & Palm Springs
( AccentPositives Home Staging )
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Small spaces are always a challenge. You want to maximize every inch without cluttering it up. Tiny furniture is not necessary. If possible create an entry space and use less furniture of a normal scale. Lighter colors in similar shades open up an area. Warm it up with colorfull fabrics and use a...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com)
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Don't Say "Oops!", Call OUPS BEFORE Digging!Dear BLiz, How do I find out where the utility lines are on that new house you helped us buy? Signed, Dig Dug Dear DD, That's a valid concern!  Where are the gas, water & electric lines? Bigtime safety issue if you start slicing into these! How about th...
By Kent Temple, Specializing in Lake Norman Real Estate
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Have a qualified HVAC professional inspect your home’s ducts and cooling equipment. Clean or replace your AC filters every month. Clean chimney and check to see if your fireplace is working properly. Clean out rain gutters and storm drains. Clean and vacuum vents, baseboard heaters and ducts. Se...
By Jack Solloway, There's Only One Right Choice in Real Estate
(Right Choice Realty)
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Can You Convert Your Attic? 6 Questions to Ask Maybe you have always dreamed of a better master bedroom, as large as the house and as private as can be. Or perhaps your teenager needs more space – but you can't imagine where you'll make it. Maybe you want a little rental unit, or a romp room for ...
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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Low Maintenance LandscapingIf you are like me, you need all of the time you can get to manage everything that you do. If you want to spend more time enjoying your garden then you need a low maintenance garden. Make your garden easier to care for with these low maintenance lawn tips.