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 Olga Simoncelli, Broker/Owner Veritas Prime Candlewood Lake Area CT
(Veritas Prime, LLC)
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  Solar Energy Ideas for Small Farms and Gardens When I was visiting the Happy Acres Farm in Sherman, CT this weekend, I was impressed with the farm’s electric fencing, powered by solar panels. The panel was very small, yet sufficient to power the fence around the chicken coop, in this case, to k...
By Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond
(Phillips Post Road Realty ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate)
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It Is Amazing What Paint Can Do to Kitchen Cabinets Have you seen it done well to kitchen cabinetry?  That smart painting by a professional that uses a process of anodized conversion varnish like the top factories do.  I am really blown away by the degree of finish work that comes out of some of ...
By DeeDee Riley, Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas
(Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA)
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Whenever my buyers have a home inspection, I like to hear what the inspector says as I always learn something !  One thing he is always looking for: Is the electrical panel labeled?I use to think that I had that covered at my house as the few times I've looked or needed to shut off a breaker ours...
By Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent
(GreatWest Realty)
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If you are a California Homeowner, you are likely very conscious of any faucet drips, or other avenues of water loss.  Our state is enduring a drought. Every aqua drop counts.  Over the years, I’ve accumulated a few handy skills to keep my own home in good condition.  I have accomplished diverse ...
By Noah Seidenberg, Chicago-land and its Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
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1503 Oak #213 Evanston IL 60201 SoldWe closed on 1503 Oak #213 at the Oak Courts condominium complex. With only 13 days on the market my client, the seller was very happy. A 2 bedroom and 2 bath property right on the edge of downtown Evanston. Everyone was thrilled with this transaction.If you ar...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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Butt joints are one of the hardest things to get right when it comes to drywall finishing! I did this short video clip for all of those DIYers out there brave enough to try thier own drywall finishing on remodels and drywall repairs. Butt joints are one of the hardest things to get right when it ...
By Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966, CDPE, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Linda
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Homeowner Tips to Pet Proof Your Home for a New Pet  Here are a few tips to help you get your home ready for a new pet. Install childproof locks on your cabinets in bathroom and kitchen so your new pet can’t open them and get to potentially dangerous items.  Put anything your pet can reach — medi...
By Michael Collins, CDPE, SFR , Wisconsin Short Sale Specialist Realto
(*ROCK REALTY|Broker|Realtor|Real Estate|WI Short Sale Agent*)
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A home office should be a space that is pleasant, yet encourage productivity. It should represent your personal style, though must also be an environment that will support positive and efficient work habits. Here are the various elements of office design that should be kept in mind when you creat...
By Steve Adams, Steve Adams REALTOR ®, ABR,GRI
(RE/MAX 1)
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Pros And Cons Of Using A Solar Panel In Your Home - Wanting to go green with your home? If you are considering installing a solar panel, you might want to consider all the pros and cons before taking the plunge. Check out the helpful list below to get started. Pros: Sustainability: When you insta...
By Robert & Sandra Bolcar, The Bolcar Team
(Keller Williams - NJ Metro Group)
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HOA Regulations: What You Need to KnowPlanning on making a major structural change to your HOA home? Before you go any further, be sure to have your plans approved by your HOA. Small, aesthetic renovations are generally permissible so long as they don’t affect the common area or alter the charact...
By Steve Adams, Steve Adams REALTOR ®, ABR,GRI
(RE/MAX 1)
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Do Organic Home Remedies Really Work? - There is a home remedy for everything to help keep your home free of harmful chemicals, while still getting the job done. Organic home remedies can be of use indoors, or outdoors, it all depends on what you’re trying to accomplish. Here are five home remedi...
By Tom and Stephanie Hansson, Hansson and Hansson Real Estate Team
(Cortiers Real Estate)
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Anyone who has lived in the College Station community knows how humid we get in the summer.  July and August are peak times for air conditioner usage.  If you recently replaced your old AC unit with a more energy-efficient model, good for you!  You may even be eligible for some money back via the...
By Reuben Saltzman, Minneapolis Home Inspections
(Structure Tech Home Inspections)
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Dirty bathrooms are a huge turnoff for home buyers.  Mold is another huge turnoff.  Combine the two and the 'yuck' factor multiplies.  I think everyone has seen moldy bathroom caulk before, and if you've tried cleaning this stuff, you know it's impossible.   I recently moved in to home with some...
By John DL Arendsen, Gen Cont, Factory Built Const & Dev, RE Brk, INVS.
(TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments, ON THE LEVEL General Contractor, Crest Homes Factory Built Housing Dealer & Developer)
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SoCal Turf Removal Program Worked! Before, After & Big $$$ Savings! In a previous blog I shared the before photos on two areas of my property that qualified for the SoCal Water Smart Turf Removal & Rebate Program. I told you that I would do a follow up whence the project was completed. Now after ...
By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(ra@napaconsultants.com)
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As a luxury real estate  marketing professional, it is important to stay abreast of the new technology that is evolving in the Green Eco Smart Industry.  Here is something we discovered yesterday, when were having lunch at Honor Bar in Santa Barbara. The picture above shows the pedestal of one of...
By Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
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Sometimes looking at the big picture is the right thing to do. But sometimes narrowing ones focus and looking at details feels appropriate, and that's what I decided to do on a recent walk through the grand, beautiful San Francisco neighborhood of Seacliff. While the grace and  beauty of large Me...
By Sharon Sigman, Sharon Sigman
(RE/MAX )
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Cleaning is called a chore for a reason. For most of us, it's never going to be fun. But it can be made a little less tedious by using some clever cleaning hacks, or at least finding products that won't make you feel like you're being attacked by toxic fumes. Check out some of these 25 tips, and ...
By Jack Solloway, There's Only One Right Choice in Real Estate
(Right Choice Realty)
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There are many things to consider when planning your child's nursery. There's a wave of excitement to tap into when designing a room that will be your baby's. Naturally, it should welcome them to your home and be a cute, cozy and comfortable environment.There's no shortage of themes to choose fro...
By Sharon Sigman, Sharon Sigman
(RE/MAX )
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Mosquitoes are annoying. That's not news to anyone. They can make it hard to enjoy the outdoors, what with their swarming, biting, and disease carrying. Which is a shame, since, in many areas, there's a limited amount of time to enjoy the sunshine before the shivery cold winter descends again. Th...
By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek & Associates LLC Team)
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Your hard earned dollars and energy resources are not to be wasted.  Here's a quick video to help you save both! How To Save Energy with Dimmers and Motion DetectorsUsing light dimmers and adding motion detection lighting are both great ways to control your energy costs. In this video fromThe Hom...