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.

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By Ed Silva, CDPE, GRI, ABR, Real Estate Agent
(RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754)
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A Kitchen Upgrade That adds Value and Happiness So often we hear of clients doing upgrades to kitchens and baths to their homes to make them more sale-able. I have said it often and given my opinion to clients when asked if it would be a good idea. My wife has overheard some of these calls, and h...
By Mahesh Mike Patel, Call Me And Consider It Done!
(First Team Real Estate)
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Homeowners: Fast Fixes For Household Sounds If you've heard knocking, creaking, gurgling or scratching sounds in your house, this information is for you.  These noises can occur in homes of all ages, and they're usually easy to fix. We work by referrals and so if you or someone you know needs a r...
By Emcee M. Arah, CDPE, CIAS-Realtor with an Architectural Dimension
(Remax Excellence - Silver Spring, MD)
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Making the Most of Spring CleaningIt's that time of the year again! Time to freshen everything up. This is the time when everyone gets into Spring Cleaning. Here are a few tips to help you Make the Most of Spring Cleaning. Declutter - One of the fastest, easiest ways to make your home feel the ef...
By Lesley Wilson-VanGoethem
(Innovative Realty Solutions Group)
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To paint or not to paint , that is the question. Whether selling your home, or if you have recently purchased, painting will probably be in your immediate future. It is the least expensive home improvement with the biggest wow factor. For sellers: you are not so much adding $$$ to your sales pric...
By Melania & Jim Saltarella, Experience the Magic!
(Atlanta Communities)
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Thinking of buying a flooring product from Lumber Liquidators?  You may want to think again.They have received hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of complaints, most about defective product.  Visit www.investopedia.com/stock-analysis.  An article there dated October 2, 2013 states that the Better...
By Jennifer Mahota
(Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners)
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April Showers Bring May Flowers April Storms and Tornadoes Bring May Problems...   It's that time of year when we are all leary of those storms.  Here is GA, I've always heard to make sure no tall pine trees are near the house.  If so, you are just asking for disaster. Here are some tips if a tre...
By Neil Coleman
(First Midwest Bank NMLS#143306)
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When people purchase their home, one of their common requests is “plenty of light.” And for good reason! This is a critical factor for enjoying your home, and when designing your interior, you should pay special attention to just that: your sources of light. See them not only as a way to brighten...
By Eileen Burns, Commercial Real Estate Broker Ft Lauderdale
(Trans State Commercial RE Ft. Lauderdale/Miami/Palm Beach)
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When one has reached the age of 86, one should continue to enjoy a comfortable lifestyle. Mom lives in a gorgeous condo facing the ocean and the Westin Diplomat golf course. South Florida lends itself to hot, hot weather. So when your air conditioner takes a dive, you want to get a replacement ri...
By Judi Monday, CRS-Green Valley AZ Expert, Green Valley Arizona R
(RE/MAX Valley Properties)
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    For the very latest on all things Green Valley AZ Real Estate--follow Judi on Spring has definitely sprung with the lovely sonoran desert in full bloom.  With its arrival, many of us begin the annual chore of a deep spring cleaning.  Go easy on yourself with these 5 easy cleaning tips.    "A ...
By Tammie White, TW Realty Group, Franklin TN
(Benchmark Realty, LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.TWRealtyGroup.net)
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Franklin TN home sellers often think they'll have to spend a fortune to spruce up the exterior of their home before listing. I'm here to tell you that mulch will give you a lot of bang for your buck. Fresh mulch can make your whole garden look like new. Add a couple of colorful flowers and the ex...
By Joy Daniels
(Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd.)
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These are pictures from the April 2014 grand opening of Budget Blinds, Harrisburg, PA  We at Joy Daniels Real Estate Group have recommended Budget Blinds to our clients for years.  Mark & Beth Toto have always done an amazing job of servicing their clients . . . from their home!  They have now op...
By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 707-812-7668
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
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That is actually a very good question... the answer can cause you delays in closing if you choose wrongly.  The consultant is typically the first one on the job. The consultant and client create the scope of work and includes the "FHA Must Do List" and add the clients "Wish List". Together these ...
By Orson Klender
(Keller Williams Saratoga Springs)
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A home burglary occurs in the U.S. every 13 seconds and only one in four burglars are ever caught. Here's how to keep the bad guys away. 1. Replace all exterior locks with deadbolts. Locks only provide security if you know who has every key. When you move into a new home, hire a reputable locksmi...
By Women of Westchester Working Together, Women helping Women get ahead
(Women of Westchester Working Together)
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If you have clients looking to sell their home, these flooring articles may come in handy.  These are the questions I get most often from sellers who are looking to spruce up their homes before they list, but they don't want to spend an arm and a leg.   If you have hardwood under carpet, should y...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International Westchester NY & Stamford CT)
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Helping a customer select a carpet runner in Westchester NY - Larchmont 10538. One of the more challenging parts of my job is finding carpet runners for steps.  When choosing a runner, there are many things to consider visually.  I mean you also need to make sure it's well constructed, will hold ...
By Joe Kenny, Better Than Your Average Joe
(Realty Executive Midwest)
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  The City of Darien’s motto is “It’s a nice place to live” however it’s becoming a not so nice place to smell.  My neighbors dog Lilly wanted to play with Pepe Le Pew and got to know Pepe got his name. My dog Charlie met Pepe twice last year.   When Charlie first met Pepe we  inspected him while...
By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
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Twenty snow storms hit NJ this winter, and more than a few were significant storms. We've spent way too many days cooped up with cabin fever and lately, my fingers have been itching to get in the dirt. We don't have a large garden - just a few flowers here and there and a small 4x8' vegetable bed...
By Women of Westchester Working Together, Women helping Women get ahead
(Women of Westchester Working Together)
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Here is a collection of my top Carpet posts. I thought it might be helpful to gather these all in one place.   2014 Carpet Trends - This describes what's most popular for carpets and runners - styles, fibers, colors and patterns.   What types of carpet are good for cats?  Yes, if you are a cat ow...
By Melania & Jim Saltarella, Experience the Magic!
(Atlanta Communities)
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April 15, 2014 Tom Sullivan Lumber Liquidators 3000 John Deere Road Toano VA  23168   RE:  Clients:  Melania & Jim Saltarella, 3413 Ravensworth Trace, Kennesaw, GA 30144.  Phone:  770-653-0756.  Defective Product from Kennesaw GA Store, Purchased June 19, 2013   Dear Mr. Sullivan:   We went into ...
By Tammie White, TW Realty Group, Franklin TN
(Benchmark Realty, LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.TWRealtyGroup.net)
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Sellers often ask if it's absolutely necessary to update their Franklin TN home before selling. I ask: Do you want to sell at top dollar? Or Discount for condition? Because the reality is the seller will either pay upfront or later on by selling under fair market value. Plus, if they make the upd...