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 Reuben Saltzman, Minneapolis Home Inspections
(Structure Tech Home Inspections)
Comments 27
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 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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10 Easiest Home Upgrades to Increase House Value  by David GlennFor original post please click here.Whether planning to sell the house, have it rented out, or simply for personal satisfaction, a little renovation and upgrade is always necessary to help increase its market value. In order to boost...
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)
Comments 5
 When Walkways Get Dangerous  We often take those outdoor walkways for granted, they appear to be safe from the top. Regular inspections can help to disclose those walkways that have become dangerous. Finding out the troubled areas and repairing the water damaged construction can prevent a disast...
By Bob Haywood, BobHaywood.com
(McGraw Realtors)
Comments 6
Let me ask you a question.  Ever had a guest or family member in your house ask to borrow your cell phone charger? You know how it goes.  They say, "Hey uh, do you have a phone charger I can borrow?"  Then you go scrambling around to find the one you have behind your bed.  Or in your office.  Or ...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Lower Fairfield CT)
Comments 22
I always recommend that we test stain colors for our customers on their own floor before committing to color.  After all, the stains come out different on different floors pending on the species, grade of wood and age.  Also, even within the same floor, some pieces are lighter and some are darker...
By Debb Janes, REALTOR®, EcoBroker Camas, Washington
(The Carl Group, LLC)
Comments 24
Zen and The Art of House Painting  or, How Achieving Consensus in a Multi-Gen Household is Also An ArtPainting is one of my favorite home improvement activities.  After a few of those projects, interior or exterior, you recognize that most of the thought and activity goes into planning: selecting...
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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Front porch is a hot commodity with new homeowners By Dawn KlingensmithCTW FeaturesPlease click here for original post.For many homeowners, the porch is less of a design feature than it is a way of life."I live on my screened porch. I built it as a present to myself for my 50th birthday and it is...
By Kelly Cummings and Ryan Cummings, Your Real Estate Consultants For Life!!!
(The Cummings Company)
Comments 1
Mulch was nature's idea long before it became man's. Fallen leaves, pine needles, rotting wood and vegetation, decaying flowers, ripe fruit, rocks rising to the Earth's surface – the environment naturally produces and disperses "mulch," adding a protective coating to the ground.Knowing the variou...
By Joel Jadofsky, One of the Top Realtors in Panama City Beach Area
(Keller Williams - homes for sale - Florida - Gulf - Beach )
Comments 0
Need Space?   I find myself just looking at all these nifty ideas on how you can go about improving the space around our house without really spending a whole lot of money on new closets around the house. Pintrest is the main place for all these ideas. But I ran across an article from My Realty T...
By Sam Shueh, mba, cdpe, reopro, pe
( (408) 425-1601)
Comments 6
Home renovation is a $400 billion business. But that doesn't mean every renovation is a successful one. So how do you know which ones bring home the ROI and which ones you shouldn't waste your time - and money ? We consult Remodeling magazine's Cost vs Value Report to find the highest return on i...
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)
Comments 16
 I'm Sure It Will Go Unnoticed By Most Buyers Okay, so you are looking at building or repairing that deck of yours and want to get some ideas to make those deck improvements. You head over to your local Big Box Hardware store to look at some displays, check the prices, and collect some design ide...
By Rei Mesa
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty)
Comments 1
Living greener is not only good for the environment but also for your personal finances. Many people, including owners of Weston luxury homes, think that to live green means they have to spend a lot of money. That is simply not the case. There are many ways for Weston luxury homes and their owner...
By Joel Jadofsky, One of the Top Realtors in Panama City Beach Area
(Keller Williams - homes for sale - Florida - Gulf - Beach )
Comments 4
Found An Aritlce About Decluttering And I Just Love It!                                                                                                                                            Flickr/Sean MacEntee   Zero clutter sir! I abosulty hate it. But when we get down to the actual task o...
 A small change can create a huge impact on a room’s ambiance. It can make a room seem brighter, feel brand-new, or make a house feel truly like a home. Don’t believe that? Then read on!If you feel that you’re tired of your home’s look or décor, then this post is definitely for you! Below are 8 s...
By Sharon Sigman, Sharon Sigman
(RE/MAX )
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Gutters should be an important consideration when it comes to purchasing a new home because of the expense it can cost you down the line, however, the function of gutters is often overlooked. Gutters serve two main purposes: to make sure water does not gather on your roof and to make sure water i...
By Rummy Dhanoa, Rummy Dhanoa
(New York Real Estate Experts)
Comments 0
The housing market has made a strong recovery, not only in sales and prices, but also in the confidence of consumers and experts as an investment. In a New York Times editorial entitled, “Homeownership and Wealth Creation” they explain:“Homeownership long has been central to Americans’ ability t...
By Nick and Cindy Davis, CRS,CLHMS,ABR,CIAS,ALHS,e-PRO,CDPE,SFR,Realtor(R)
(RE/MAX Premier Group)
Comments 0
3 Home Upgrade Options for a $1,000 BudgetLooking to update your home without spending a pile of cash? Here are three projects you can complete for just $1,000 each. http://bit.ly/Upgrade-Options    
By Rosemarie Heindel, Rosemarie Heindel
(Harry Norman Realtors)
Comments 5
Well that time came for my husband and I to start updating our home. As a Realtor we are great at telling others what they need to freshen up their house, but we are TERRIBLE at taking our own advice.  Time just slipped away from us, but we vowed we would start. Not that we have any plans of sell...
By Maggie McFarland, Pearland Realtor, Homes for Sale in Pearland Texas
(RE/MAX Pearland - Maggie McFarland)
Comments 5
  I subscribe to a newsletter from American Home Shield (AHS) and today I received one on remodeling your kitchen on a budget. It had some great ideas so I thought I would share them with you! As we all know - the kitchen is one of the most popular rooms in the home and also the biggest selling ...
By Fred Carver, Accredited Victoria BC Real Estate Consultant
(RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate)
Comments 10
SPEECHLESS SUNDAY FLOWER CLOSE UPS.My Favorite time in our garden is the Spring time. Here's a couple of macro photos I took a few Springs ago in my Garden in Victoria BC.How about you when is your favorite time in the garden in your yard or around your town or city?SPEECHLESS SUNDAY FLOWER CLOSE...