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 Jeff Fisher, RE/MAX Fine Properties
(RE/MAX Fine Properties)
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There is nothing like looking at a design magazine or reading an inspiring article to get you excited about renovating your kitchen, but on a tight budget your options might feel limited. With so many resources available and enough elbow grease, you would be surprised how easily you can transform...

By Patty Clark, Helping Families Make the Right Move
(Metro Brokers/Morningside Homes, LLC)
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 The new tax law that was signed into effect at the end of 2017 will affect all taxpayers. Homeowners should familiarize themselves with the areas that could affect them which may require some planning to maximize the benefits.Some of the things that will affect most homeowners are the following:...

By Stacey Perry
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We all have great home improvement ideas we think would be perfect for our house! But when considering your home’s value, some ideas are best left unrealized. Or if your home currently has these features, considering removing them. Here are some trends to avoid when updating your home: Inconsiste...

By Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor
(RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC)
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 The 2018 Charlotte Home Show comes to the Queen City this weekend, January 20-21. And it's free to attend! How great a deal is that? How many things are free these days? But this "great deal" is great for more reasons than that the show is free.  Here's what else is great about the Charlotte Hom...

By Dan Johns, Professional Rug Cleaning&Restoration
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Oriental Rug Repair MethodsOriental rugs are fabulous floor coverings. An Oriental rug adds warmth, color, and beauty to the floor. It uplifts the whole room. By their very nature, they are subjected to damage-inducing experiences. Oriental rugs often endure spills, moths eat at the fibers, heavy...

By Gayle Barton, Forsyth County Real Estate, Cumming GA Homes For Sale (404) 710-0204
(BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY Georgia Properties)
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 Like me, have you decided that 2018 is the year you’re finally going to get your home organized? Last week we got started with the 10-Day Simplification Challenge. It went well, I am moving on! Over the next few weeks I will be sharing interesting articles I find about getting organized and how ...

By Jeff Fisher, RE/MAX Fine Properties
(RE/MAX Fine Properties)
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5 Things to Consider Before Committing to a “Fixer-Upper”“Needs a little love,” “project home,” and “fixer-upper” are terms that pop up on listings around the country, aimed at enticing energetic and industrious homebuyers who are looking for a unique and rewarding challenge. However, are you rea...

By John Handschuh, Realtor ABR SRES, Horsham Real Estate
(RE/MAX Action Realty)
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The Big Questions to Ask Before Starting Any Home Remodel Thinking of remodeling your home? A home remodel can be a great way to upgrade your home so that it includes all the features that you have been dreaming of; it is also a major project that should not be undertaken on a whim. Before you st...

By Paul Diaz, 25 Year Florida Licensed Real Estate Broker
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Bamboo floors are increasingly being used as an alternative to laminate and hardwood flooring. Modern engineering techniques allow bamboo to be formed into a wide array of beautiful presentations that have nothing to do with bamboos tiki lounge image of the past. Color, finish options and durabil...

By Joyce Marsh, Florida Real Estate, Premier Sotheby's International Realty
(Premier Sotheby's International Realty)
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 Does your Kitchen need a Refresher? Here are some great “Budget Friendly Ideas”! Here are few tips to help you update your kitchen on a limited budget. Paint Kitchen Cabinets – One of the most popular trends is the Rustoleum cabinet kit as it’s easy to use and economical. The Rustoleum cabinet k...

By Andre Smith, Real estate agent in Glenn County
(Morrie Mages Property)
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Now that you are thinking about making some changes to the home, it’s time to look closely at your windows. Are they still in great shape or could they use some help? Before making a decision, it pays to look at four key signs indicating the old windows need to go. Depending on what you find, cal...

By Women of Westchester Working Together, Women helping Women get ahead
(Women of Westchester Working Together)
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If you live in the Northeast or Midwest...or anywhere that gets a lot of snow (like we do in here in New York), this post may seem out of place because it's snow season.  And, I can't wait until the snow is done and spring gets here. But, spring will come again and knowing this information to pre...

By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 916-758-1807
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
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Want to learn more about the 203k & renovation loans?Our new radio program starts next Sunday 7 January 2017 from 1-2 pm. Click on the link above to get more details and call in numbers, etc. Please join us if you can, call in or email us to get your specific questions answered on the air. Some o...

By Ryan Reynolds Team, Helping YOU is What We're Here to Do!
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
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DIY Tailgate Games for Football Season – Football season is finally here! Living in central Ohio, football and tailgating are on many people’s minds this time of year. Whether you’re rooting for your alma mater or cheering on your favorite NFL team, it’s time to get in the spirit of the season. ...

By Eugene Kanciar, Our Experience, Your Peace-of-Mind
(EKAN Home Inspection)
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Here's a typical request I get... "Can you help me, do you know a good contractor to renovate my condo?" Certainly I have a short list of preferred suppliers. These are companies that I have worked with before and I know the quality of construction I can expect from them. Notice I said 'quality' ...

By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
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By What Not To Renovate - Milan B., We provide tips & trends on home renos & designs
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Here are few tips to help you update your kitchen on a limited budget.Paint Kitchen Cabinets – One of the most popular trends is the Rustoleum cabinet kit as it’s easy to use and economical. The Rustoleum cabinet kit has detailed step by video instruction in the kit to help.     2. Change A Few C...

By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(LAER Realty Partners)
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Love these kitchens - all these pictures are compiled by Lindsey, new to ActiveRain, though does not look like she is new to blogging. Hence this re-blog. (Lindsey, just an FYI, re-blogging on ActiveRain means I liked your post and want to promote it.) Please stop by at her post and welcome her! ...

By William Summers, www.designenvelope.com
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One thing that is extremely important from the perspective of a buyer, but unfortunately frequently overlooked, are building floor plans. True, agents sometimes offer a simple, single line sketch of the plan, but these are not presentational, and lack precision - I can never really be sure of the...

By Sharlene Hensrud, Realtor. Listener. Knowledgable. Patient.
(RE/MAX Results - HomesMSP.com)
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Thinking about making some home improvements but not sure what it will cost? You are not alone, more than 1/3 of homeowners are uncertain of costs… and 2/3 are afraid of overpaying.HomeAdvisor has put together the awesome infographic below with not only average costs, but also highest and lowest ...