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 Pat Champion, Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs
(Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty)
Comments 1
Natural Alternatives for cleaning 10 Uses for VinegarI am always looking for natural alternatives to cleaning without using harsh chemicals. I have found vinegar to be a great solution. I always have a bottle ready to use at my house. Here are 10 places you can use vinegar to help you around your...

By Granite Heroes, Marble, Granite & Terrazzo Restoration
(Granite Heroes)
Comments 2
Granite Heroes has  begun to do more and more commercial work lately. One of the ways that we like to show our work to clients is to do a small "Demo" area to show them what the results would be. We tape of the area we are going to be working on so you can see the finished result right next to th...

By Brian Burke, Broker & Advising Expert-Denver Luxury Real Estate
(Kenna Real Estate)
Comments 3
How to Clean Granite Countertops?...www.KennaRealEstate.com

By Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager
(Sharon Tara Transformations)
Comments 27
Spring cleaning is not just for indoors....if you haven't already spruced up the exterior, it's time for some landscape CPR.For those of us just now crawling out from under all that snow, it's time to bring our yards back to life. All that dead grass and those dried up brown leaves can be depress...

By Jeffrey Masich, Arizona Homes and Land to Buy or Sell
(HomeSmart in Scottsdale, Arizona)
Comments 1
You may have questions about real estate and top home "update" ideas to get your home ready to sell and not sure whom to ask? You could ask me as your personal Realtor or you could ask the usually reliable but sometimes erratic "Garden Gnomes". You prefer to start with the garden gnomes, you say....

By Turner Brasher, Agent serving Northeast Louisiana
(Brasher Group LLC.)
Comments 2
First time home owners are drawn to do-it-yourself projects. The cost effectiveness is often an attractive feature when purchasing your first home! Plus, you get to fix it up your own way in your own time. But renovating a home can be tricky. One example we see frequently when showing a house is ...

By Michael McGuffie, Custom Home Building, Additions & Remodeling
(Regal Classic Homes)
Comments 1
www.regalclassichomes.com  Why A Mini Split Is A Great Way To Air Condition A Room That Needs More A/C  So you are thinking about adding a small addition to your home or there is a room that is just always too hot, perhaps a mini split is the answer to your air conditioning needs? In the past, th...

By Andrew Mooers, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
Comments 10
The place you bought that used to fit like a glove no longer does and someone starts dreaming about a "house addition".Lots to consider before putting up the staging, lining up the workers and getting the permits. For the  hammer and nailing to piece it together correctly from whatever is deliver...

By Jeffrey Masich, Arizona Homes and Land to Buy or Sell
(HomeSmart in Scottsdale, Arizona)
Comments 5
Can't decide what to 'fix up' on your home next? Ask a Third Grader if you need help. See how this compares to what "Buyers Want", and will these home improvements be beneficial when it comes time to sell.Third graders have their own ideas of what to look for in a home....do they mesh with your n...
We are all familiar with spring cleaning, a time to tidy up and revitalize your home’s interior. But homeowners have an extra responsibility when it comes to home maintenance. By following a few simple steps this spring, you can help preserve your investment whether you are planning to sell soon ...

By Brian Burke, Broker & Advising Expert-Denver Luxury Real Estate
(Kenna Real Estate)
Comments 4
www.KennaRealEstate.com - 8 Things Every Buyer Should Know About Home Inspections, Choosing Your Inspector, Buyers Are Responsible for Inspections, The Inspector Must Be Certified, You Can Attend Inspections, Request An Inspection Report, Repairs After Inspections Are Negotiable, You Can Walk Awa...

By Mike & Jennifer Rigley, Expert Real Estate Services
(Real Estate Specialist -Rigley Realty Group)
Comments 0
Mike and Jennifer Rigley (buyers) 916.378.4671 / (sellers) 916-660-5823 Info@RigleyRG.com What’s My Elk Grove Home Worth? Please call us to discuss your potential Home Value in Elk Grove, CA 916-660-5823. Click here to use our FREE Online Home Value Estimator. Call for a FREE consultation  There ...

By Shar Sitter, Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M
(Rooms With Style)
Comments 9
It seems as though it is either a love or hate response when I ask that question to my design clients.The #1 reason people tend to not like them is "My mess will be out in the open for everyone to see." Or...."I will have to keep them neat all the time and that will be too much work."I get that, ...

By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 5
The first thing a buyer looks at the home is the exterior.And what happens when the 'curb appeal' does not appeal the buyers?Will Hamm in this re-post with some...Curb appeal trends! Now the think that impress people are different then years ago.  Now you should look at some of the following: Ret...

By Joanna Cohlan, Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes
(Fresh Eyes For Your Home)
Comments 44
My grandsons have a book called Everyone Poops, a hilarious cartoon like story  to help them understand the most normal bodily function of every living creature. It’s difficult to discuss toilets without first acknowledging what they’re used for - toilets get rid of our waste so we can live in a ...

By Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"
(Hamm Homes)
Comments 20
Now the think that impress people are different then years ago.  Now you should look at some of the following:Rethink Front Door - One of the first thinks a visitor touches should look well- kept and attractive.  The cheapest option is to repaint it, and people are getting more adventurous wit co...

By Rhonda Sanderson, Pillar To Post resident Blogger
(Pillar To Post Home Inspectors)
Comments 13
 The arrival of warm weather signals fun in the backyard with friends and family and that’s how you want a potential buyer to see it when they visit one of your listings.It’s the perfect time to quickly get your sellers to paint outdoors, or at least touch up obvious shabby points. Adding flowers...

By David J. Caracausa, ABR, CRB, CRS, GRI, SRES, CRE
(The Premier Properties Group)
Comments 2
Today we are going to address a common question that many homeowners have - why is my upstairs warmer than my downstairs?It's a common issue, but often times it can be hard to find a solution.We asked a local heating and cooling expert to weigh in on the topic.Video TranscriptionToday I want to t...

By Paul Antonelli, Broker Owner; NextHome Antonelli Realty
(NextHome Antonelli Realty)
Comments 2
When it comes to selling a home, most sellers want to sell for the highest price possible. However, the price is determined on several variables. Location, age, and upgrades just to name a few. We are often asked why one home in the same are sold for more or less. Not everyone considers the indiv...

By Nathan Gesner, Broker / Property Manager
(American West Realty & Management)
Comments 26
Can you hear me now?I had a home under contract last month and ran into a rather frustrating experience with a plumber. I pride myself on providing clear instructions because I know what happens with bad communication.The home inspector said the cold water handle for the bathtub faucet was stuck ...