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.

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Trending blogs on Home Improvement

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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Retaining Wall Posts Are Rotted   We are working on replacing a long section of retaining walls in Cameron Park made of wood. The wood posts, though pressure treated to preserve, are rotten in the center of the post. It appears that the tops and bottoms of the pressure treated lumber was not prot...
By Fred Hernden, Albuquerque area Home Inspector
(Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area)
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I would bet that every Home Inspector here on Active Rain has written a blog about Double Tapped Circuit Breakers. I even wrote one back in 2012, seen HERE! I do see them occasionally, but ran into two of them at the same inspection a few days ago.The problem here was the guy has added on to his ...
By Sharlene Hensrud, Realtor. Listener. Knowledgable. Patient.
(RE/MAX Results - HomesMSP.com)
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Tips for Buying Fall Real Estate Posted by Sharlene Hensrud So you think that the hottest home buying season is in the spring and summer? Think again. September through November can also be a perfect time to shop for real estate. In the fall, sellers are more likely to drop their prices, fellow h...
By Rei Mesa
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty)
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Fall is here! Even if you own Boca Raton luxury homes, Palm Beach Gardens luxury homes, or another property in South Florida, fall still means football, Halloween, and other fall festivities.  Despite the warm fall weather, the time change will mean evenings will be getting darker at earlier time...
By Curtis Van Carter, Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire
(Coldwell Banker Brokers of the Valley)
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Every so often, the California Association of Realtors puts out information either through their continuing education for their agents or the different messages for agents to help their clients. I think this is one of the best they have done lately.Being so important to qualify anyone who works o...
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 Fred Carver, Accredited Victoria BC Real Estate Consultant
(RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate)
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HAPPY THANKSGIVING CANADA!!...MY MUM'S PUMPKIN PIEOne of the best ways way to celebrate Our Canadian Thanksgiving is baking and eating Pumpkin Pie after our Turkey Dinner.So I thought I would share with you my Mum's Pumpkin Pie Recipe...again(I posted here last year)! I know it's not Thanksgiving...
By Ashley Cox, Dallas City Center Realtors
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Fall foliage is a glorious time to be outdoors - taking in the changing colors and crunch beneath your feet. But it can wreak havoc on your gutters. Tackle the build-up with some of these tips.Start in the CornersUsing gloves, clear tight spots first, like corners and downspouts. Toss the gunk in...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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Here are a few items you should winterize before winter temperatures set in -- Fall Temps are Here - Time to Think About Winterizing   Colorado is experiencing it's first taste of cooler weather and it won't be long before we see freezing temperatures.   Time for  everyone  to get their outside h...
By Beth Paisley Real Estate Agent with Long and Foster Webber, Winchester Virginia 540-327-2813
(Long and Foster Webber and Associates)
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In the midst of summer's sweltering heat, nothing provides relief like having a shady spot for relaxing. Backyard shade structures also help keep your outdoor furniture from fading.If you want to add a shade structure to your yard, explore the variety of options available and customize the design...
By Noemi Cardoso
(RE/MAX TerraSol)
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By Erica Sooter on Oct 2015Completing a DIY project can be incredibly satisfying, but get in over your head and you could be looking at some major expenses to fix the damage. Before you grab your toolbox, ask yourself if you’re really equipped to tackle that task.In an increasingly do-it-yourself...
By Kent Temple, Specializing in Lake Norman Real Estate
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 What's that BLACK RING?Have you ever had the black ring around the edges of your carpet?  Wonder what that is?  It's official name is "Filtration Soiling" but all you need to know is that it's unsightly and annoying!It's caused by negative air pressure in your home. It happens even more in newer...
By Romy Campbell, REALTOR
(Pacific Union Christie's International Real Estate)
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Whether you're getting your Windsor house ready for sale or decorating the home you just purchased, it's tempting to go with the latest colors and design trends. But… there is a danger. Some of those trends only last a short while – fine for people with mega-bucks who can afford to then switch to...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Lower Fairfield CT)
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Sweet.  I just met a new threshold.  120,000 clicks on my blog post - Which is better for hardwood floors:  Oil or water based poly? A while back Jason Crouch  had mentioned he had an article with over 100,000 clicks.  I made that my goal. I hit that a while back, and then at that time, his artic...
By Sandra Nickel, The Hat Team
(Sandra Nickel REALTORS)
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Of course the first day of fall was a few weeks ago but it sure hasn’t felt much like it.  This unseasonably warm weather may have made you forget to prepare your home for the cooler months but I hope to remedy that with this blog post chock full of ideas today. So sit back with your hot cup of p...
By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek & Associates LLC Team)
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Lawn Edger & Weed Trimmer Fall Maintenance TipsFall is here and you may be putting up your lawn tools until spring once you have finished your fall lawn work.  Lowe's Home 101 experts, Joel and Courtney, explain how to winterize your outdoor power equipment. Find out what you need to do for lawn ...
By Laura Sellers, www.Auburn-Realtor.com; Auburn, AL Real Estate
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.Auburn-Realtor.com, EXPERT IN AUBURN REAL ESTATE SERVICES)
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What We Can Learn From the MinimalistsDiscover the power of simplicity and how to employ a less-is-more approach in your decorating schemeBy: Janet DunnPlease click here for original post. “Perfection is achieved, not when there’s nothing left to add, but when there’s nothing left to take away.” ...
By Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI, Presence,Persistence & Perseverance
(Allison James Estates & Homes)
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Here is a new infographic from the California Association of Realtors® (CAR) and the Contractors State License Board (CSLB). This should prove helpful to many homeowners unfamiliar with the proper flow of activities that should be followed in order to assure success with positive results when und...
By The Scott Loper Team Lansdale & Harleysville PA Homes
(Keller Williams Real Estate - Montgomeryville)
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Know Your LimitsHome Improvement Projects Best Left to Professionals With the popularity of HGTV, it is often tempting for a homeowner to take on a home repair or improvement project. A successful job can save a ton of money and provide a terrific sense of accomplishment. However, there are some ...
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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Can You Get Matching Siding in Sacramento?   One of the concerns with doing any home repair or improvement in Sacramento is finding matching building materials. A bad match will only make the new work look out of place. So it is not uncommon for a contractor to be asked if matching materials are ...