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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Yes, today is National Dog Day (August 26th).  I love dogs (as well as cats) and many of my customers have the most wonderful dogs.  One of the most frequently asked questions I get is "What types of hardwood flooring are best for dogs?"   Of course, this is a loaded question, and it's challengin...
By Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little REALTOR® That Could
(Keller Williams Realty)
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  Reading and preparing contracts is something Realtors® do all the time. Whenever a client is presented with a contract, they need to read it and know what they are signing.   While getting bids on home repairs for my property, I was given a bid for work I agreed to have done but when I received...
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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  Looks like a propane gas flow problem!     I replaced a water heater and in taking the sediment trap off at the gas valve I noticed that there was blockage at the gas intake. I'm not an expert on propane gas flow, but this looks like it may be a problem. Granted this is the water heater that wa...
By Jill Sackler, Long Island's South Shore Real Estate Agent
(Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. "Said and Done!")
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Can I Use Hardwood for my Kitchen Floor?   I'm no flooring expert. So, if you're looking for expertise, please feel free to move on. However, if you're thinking of putting down a hardwood floor in your kitchen, and you're open to anecdotal advice, from one who's currently there, I'm your gal.  Th...
By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905, "Your Gateway to the Lake" Birkenfeld Oregon
(Vernonia Realty)
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This is an incredibly informative article for all of you clients of mine (and friends) who have dogs and are wondering about the right kind of wood floors to get....Debbie Gartner has all of the answers! Please be sure and comment on the original blogpost! Yes, today is National Dog Day (August 2...
By Regina P. Brown, e-Pro Realtor
(California Coast & Country Homes, Inc.)
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A well-designed landscape is a pleasure to the family, enhances a community, and adds tremendously to a property’s value. Landscape design involves much more than placing trees, shrubs, and other plants on the property.  It is an art which creates conscious arrangement or organization of outdoor ...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Retired Real Estate Broker, Maryland Blogger)
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Installing a Television Over a Fireplace   The area over the fireplace has become a very popular place for installing a television. Some installers, however, may not fully consider some of the issues that may result from the installation. Heat may be a major factor because heat may very well dama...
By Patty Clark, Real Estate Broker Aurora Homes for Sale 720-231-5
(Serving the Denver Metro Area since 1979)
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Which Filter to Use? - 8/25/2014   A dirty air filter decreases the effectiveness of your HVAC system because it inhibits airflow and allows dirt, dust, pollen and other materials to blow through the system. The challenge is how often it should be changed to keep the system working efficiently an...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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Re-think Pulling Those Weeds In Your Yard To another person they may look at this photo and think, look at all those weeds...yuk. I have to admit I used to be like that until I became more aware of how important each and every plant-weed-and flower is to our local Eco system. Taking a closer look...
By Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent
(GreatWest Realty)
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As we enter the last few weeks of summer, on our way to autumn, it continues to be a great time to spruce up our homes. Perhaps you have maintenance tasks to perform before winter.  I notice folks in my neighborhood haven’t entirely bought into the idea that brown grass ought to be the new Califo...
By Monte Wall, Keller Williams Premier Realty - Katy, Texas
(Keller Williams Premier Realty)
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The May-Wall Team has been showing lots of homes lately to our buyers and we have noticed something that is just plain sad.  We have seen quite a number of homes between 10 to 20 years old that have no trees in the back yard.  None!  It would be understandable if the home was just a couple of yea...
By Suzanne Otto, Your Montgomery County PA home stager
(Six Twenty Designs)
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Decorating an Entryway   Entryways are an important part of a home. Whether it's a foyer or just a small wall when you first walk in, having that area properly decorated sets the tone of the home. People need a place to set down their keys or hang up their coats when they first come in. Decoratin...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Retired Real Estate Broker, Maryland Blogger)
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Dragon Fruit Venice, Florida real estate professional Kwee Huset provides a lesson on Dragon Fruit.   Please visit the original blog if you wish to leave comments.   Dragon Fruit (Pitaya) Progression – Edible Garden in Florida     Dragon Fruit (Pitaya)    Dragon fruit is in the family of cactus. ...
By Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little REALTOR® That Could
(Keller Williams Realty)
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  From the time I was a little girl, my father taught me the value of home maintenance. My dad was a Landlord. Every summer I helped my dad with home maintenance projects. I could never understand why every time a tenant left there was 10 times or more work that needed to be done before the new t...
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 Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek & Associates LLC, Real Estate Broker/Associate with Real Living Real Estate Group www.LisaVon.com)
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Low Maintenance Landscaping If 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.  
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Prudential PenFed Realty, "The Real Debbie Reynolds" Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
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Debbie's Quick Fixes How to Fix a Nail Pop Refresher My quick fixes will help you correct those sheetrock screws that work their way back out of the wall and make unsightly bulges. I wrote a previous post Debbie's Quick Fixes How to Fix Dents in Your Front Door that helped provide information on ...
By David Popoff, Realtor & Property Manager, Fairfield County, Ct.
(DMK Real Estate & Property Mgmt)
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Sites for FREE LEED CE Credits.   If you are a LEED AP it is required that you maintain your credential by through Continuing Education Credits.  Every two years LEED Professionals must earn 30 hours of which 6 hours must be LEED-specific (LEED Green Associates must earn 15 hours/3 hrs LEED-Speci...
By Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services
(BHG The Masiello Group)
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Clients often ask what flooring is best if they have dogs.  The Flooring Lady has the Answers.  I know you will enjoy this recent post. Yes, today is National Dog Day (August 26th).  I love dogs (as well as cats) and many of my customers have the most wonderful dogs.  One of the most frequently a...
By Joanna Cohlan, Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes
(Fresh Eyes For Your Home)
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My New Rochelle client was definitely a challenge.  Having recently remodeled her kitchen in white, white and more white, I knew that a pop of color was definitely in order.  And, the narrow space between the built in banquette and her oversized island, required that I design a custom table. I wo...