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.

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By john wayne, I am wayne john A real state marketer
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When purchasing property, numerous buyers are worried about seeing to it they are getting a good deal for their money. While a real estate professional will have the ability to provide a buyer a lot of information regarding neighborhoods and expected home values, the one area they can not help is...

By Desare Kohn-Laski Skye Louis Realty, Residential Real Estate
(Skye Louis Realty)
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Selling a house, especially an empty house, requires imagination. It should receive home staging touches to make the minds of home buyers imagine the household as if they have already moved in to the property. It also serves solid proof of the real layout of the house with minimal furniture and a...

By Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info
(Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers)
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We celebrated Earth Day weekend by getting a new spring garden tilled up and ready to plant. My dear husband goes all out once a year and gives it a deep digging with his backhoe bucket to get rid of roots. I jump in and remove most of the grass roots, tree roots and other debris.  After adding s...

By Inna Ivchenko, Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Los Angeles CA
(Barcode Properties)
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 Energy efficiency, health, and comfort all are hallmarks of a green house. Such properties are often called high-performance, eco-friendly or energy efficient homes.    Common elements While some homes are certified as green by housing or environmental industry groups, properties don’t necessari...

By Kwee Huset, Venice Florida Homes For Sale
(Kwee Huset Realty)
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  Ixora – Florida Gardening Ixora is also known as Flame of the woods.  It is a colorful flowering shrub that favors warm climates. The plant is native to East Indies and a popular landscaping shrub in tropical or subtropical zones throughout the world.   Variety of Ixora There are dwarf and regu...

By Joe McCord, Making It Rain On The Regular
(Property Investment Wise)
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Given the highly likely scenario that you will eventually sell your home and move to a new location, it is always wise to boost your home's value and, at the same time, enjoy some extra amenities. While every improvement you make to your home can add something to its resale value, some are more s...

By Paul Antonelli, Broker Owner; NextHome Antonelli Realty
(NextHome Antonelli Realty)
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Not all of us can be clever masterful yard keepers. Some of us struggle with puttin mulch down. However, don't let your lack of skills stop you from trying. Houselogic provided an article '4 Genius Yard Upgrades Even a Klutz Can Crush'. Here are a summary of those 4 tips. #1 No-Blow Outdoor Curta...

By Renovation Find, Helping you find the best renovation companies.
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Summer is short in Alberta and homeowners want to maximize their time spent outdoors during these warmer months. Enhance your outdoor living space with a deck addition and give your family a place to cook, dine, entertain and relax.Here are some advantages to building a deck addition:Add function...

By Ron Chastain, What ever it takes
(Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners)
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Ah, springtime! As the daylight hours grow longer and buds and blossoms dot Henry County’s trees and gardens, even when a rainy day is in the forecast, the feeling of new life in the air can’t be denied!Also undeniable is the all-too-apparent fact that Henry County’s bright April sunlight is now ...

By Granite Heroes, Marble, Granite & Terrazzo Restoration
(Granite Heroes)
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What is the best way to clean tile floors?Granite Hero Hints: Antioch Stone, Tile & Maintenance TipsTile Floor Cleaning Basics. Sweep or vacuum your glazed tile floors regularly to keep them from getting dull. Tiles may be resistant to dirt, but sand and grit can dull glazed surfaces. Clean tile ...

By Granite Heroes, Marble, Granite & Terrazzo Restoration
(Granite Heroes)
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How do you get stains out of grout? - CHICAGOLAND Grout RestorationGRANITE HERO HINT: Removing stains from grout has about a 50/50 success rate. To remove stains from your grout, dip a wet brush into the oxygenated bleach to make a paste. Wipe clean, then allow to dry. DO NOT USE BLEACH ON NATURA...

By Sussie Sutton, UTR TEXAS Realtors - Rep for buyers and sellers.
(UTR Texas Realtors)
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The best way to fix a two to three inch shallow rut in your yard is to first loosen the dirt around and under the rut with a garden fork. The idea is to bring the dirt up to the sides of the rut, then spread a little compost over it. Once your compost is in place, then spread your dirt back onto ...

By William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.
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Plastic Recovery Technologies...REMEMBER THAT NAME !!  Located in Wyoming Minnesota, they are the only place in Minnesota that recycles vinyl siding.  This firm worked for over 5 years developing the technology to do this great service.  They will bring out a dumpster  for a small fee, and come a...

By Jeffrey Masich- Arizona Associate Broker,MBA &GRI, Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell
(HomeSmart Real Estate)
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You may have questions about real estate and dream of a home with a "view" or wish you had a view at a reasonable cost. Homes with a "view" make them more enjoyable and also get attention to make your home sell. Are you not sure whom to ask about where to find a view home or how to get a view in...

By April Stephens, Broker/Realtor - Johnston & Wake County
(RE/MAX One Realty)
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 1. Amp up your curb appeal!Curb appeal may sound daunting, but there are several easy ways to make your home stand out on your block. While landscaping is an important part of curb appeal, it doesn’t necessarily mean you need to do a complete (and often expensive) overhaul. For instance, in lieu...

By Barbara Hobbs, Lic. FL, AL & MA.
(RE/MAX Professional Associates)
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By: HomeAdvisor.com With a growing emphasis on sustainability, energy efficiency is becoming increasingly important. Fortunately, improving your home’s energy efficiency isn’t as difficult (or expensive) as you may think. Here are four tips to help you cut costs without compromising comfort. 1. A...

By Charles Stallions, 800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services )
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Call or Text Charles Stallions 850-476-4494 for any of you real estate related questions NOW. Pensacola, Pace and Gulf Breeze Florida Homes and Real Estate: Pensacola Realtor Charles Stallions ask,Fla. building permits rose 20.8% year-to-yearHome construction continues to lag nationwide, but incr...

By Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent
(GreatWest Realty)
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I've been dealing with a fairly significant plumbing problem at my home the last couple days. Out in my yard, there is a break in the waterline from the main at my back fence to the house. The break was under my brick patio. Several years ago, there was an addition put onto my home to create a di...

By Mullen Real Estate Team, Realtor, CPA, CDPE, MBA
(RE/MAX Professional Associates)
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By: HouseLogic.com No need for fancy DIY skills, a lot of money, or a ton of time to pull off these yard upgrades. #1 Add Some (Tough) Edging:It’s your yard — yours to do with as you wish. And while that’s great, that doesn’t mean you have to be one of those people who spends every spare moment i...

By Joe Lattanzio
(Russell Real Estate Services)
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 The oft-repeated maxim that there is never a second chance to make a great first impression is especially true when it comes to real estate. Street appeal may focus on a dramatic approach to the front door, but prospective buyers will be especially “wowed” by an appealing back yard.Early spring ...