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.

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By Inna Ivchenko, Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Los Angeles CA
(Barcode Properties)
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Surprisingly, lead poisoning isn't a thing of the past. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that houses built before 1978, the year lead-based paint for home use was banned, likely still contain some lead-based paint. Approximately 24 million housing units have deteriorated lead p...
By Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
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  This little light switch is for safety and convenience. We all know that plug in night lights don't last very long so here is a simple and inexpensive solution for an electrician to make a home more comfortable. Take an ordinary light switch like the one on the left below and add illumination. ...
By Svetlana Marinkovic, SecurityNational Mortgage Company
(SecurityNational Mortgage Company)
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Your timing couldn’t be better-historically low interest rates PLUS rock-bottom home prices means... YOU COULD OWN A HOME FOR AS MUCH AS YOU PAY IN RENT! • AVAILABLE FIRST-TIME BUYER DOWN PAYMENT ASSISTANCE • ZERO-DOWN LOAN OPTIONS • CREDIT PROBLEMS OK Call today and get started on the road to ho...
You don’t need to follow some top secret designer tips or read from a handbook to make your home look better. Even designers often go with what looks organic and feel right when spicing up a space. With that said, there are a few tips and tricks of the trade to help ensure a harmonious space. Tak...
Renovating a home or looking for a new one but not sure which kitchen style to go for? Take a look at the 12 kitchen styles. We shared some bits on what makes them appealing and unique. Choose which one suits your personality and needs the best. We’ve added photos for you to see what inspires you...
By Regina Minton, Real Estate Assistant
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Many factors may encourage you to add a room to your existing home. The new room could be a man cave, a study, make for more or a larger living space, a small bedroom, a small library or just a room that you can use for more than one purpose from time to time. While you can suddenly decide that y...
By Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time
(Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373)
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  I get calls all the time from my past client with thought of doing some remodeling/upgrading of their homes --- and love these calls!   Much better to get these calls before they spend money on items in the home that will not produce value.   (Unless they are adamant about an item!) In years pa...
By Brad Miller
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Picking a paint colour for your walls is never an easy task. There’s location, lighting, undertone, and colour palette to think of, plus your personality and the look you are aiming for. We’ve compiled 11 of the most amazing paint colours that look great on walls, wherever room of the house they ...
Small colour touches can bring about a huge change in your outdoor space’s aesthetics and summer is the best time to do so! Venture into the bold and the beautiful world of daring colourful additions for your garden and watch your garden go even more vibrant with the colourful ideas below!Add a B...
By David Landau, RE/MAX Right Choice
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  If you've been anywhere near Connecticut this week.. You've probably been suffering just as much as me. And for your information, I live in the portion of the country that has the highest humidity level. Humidity has hit its all-time high in the last few days and sometimes it makes me question ...
By Gabriela Agostinelli, your full time agent!
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Flipping Houses in Southern Maryland Flipping houses, can you really make money with it? I am not an expert on doing it but I confess that I’m attempted to do it! I love the HGTV show flip or Flop, where the realtor Tarek and his wife Christina buy, renovate and sell houses in CA.California marke...
By Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation
(Brown Realty, 210-789-4216,www.JeremiahNewman.com)
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Thinking about renovating an older home or a fixer-upper, but you just don't know where to find the funds for the project? Lenders like Prime Lending have Renovation Loans that may help you to make that "diamond in the rough" a reality. If you’re one of those home buyers who can spot a good deal ...
By Karyn Smith Woody
(Firefly Realty, Inc (NC) & Cozy Cove Realty (GA))
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  Rusted Farmhouse ....Primitive, industrial, salvaged goods, shabby, chippy white, iron =  All my favorite things! Decorate your house and make it as unique as you with a great selection of vintage-inspired (NEW) décor from my friends at Rusted Farmhouse. Y'all seriously need to check this place...
By Svetlana Marinkovic, SecurityNational Mortgage Company
(SecurityNational Mortgage Company)
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They say that music speaks to the soul. Let us help you find a career that you connect with on a deeper level. Call today: Cell 602-421-4300 Cappy.Capozzoli@snmc.comFor more information visit: SecurityNational Mortgage Company
By Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager
(Sharon Tara Transformations)
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As a professional Home Stager here in New Hampshire, it's my job to transform....to improve and impress!I help people dress their home for success!One of the things that people are most surprised at is how much lost space they have in their home.We all get so used to our surroundings that we aren...
By Svetlana Marinkovic, SecurityNational Mortgage Company
(SecurityNational Mortgage Company)
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By Svetlana Marinkovic, SecurityNational Mortgage Company
(SecurityNational Mortgage Company)
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A STREAMLINE MORTGAGE REFINANCE COULD SAVE YOU $100s EVERY MONTH! Our streamline refinance process means: NO appraisal and NO income verification required. Contact us to see how you may be able to lower your monthly mortgage payment by refinancing today! Cell 480-233-9010 DylanJamesMTG@snmc.comFo...
By 3BlindMiceUSA.com Custom Blinds, Shades, Shutters & More!, San Diego | Sacramento | Austin
(3BlindMiceUSA.com- San Diego Window Coverings)
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Each year, we go to the International Window Covering Expo (IWCE) to explore and discover the latest window treatment trends and products of the industry.  For the fifth year in a row, we interviewed window experts and builders from around the world for your viewing pleasure.  Products Of The Yea...
By Rei Mesa
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty)
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A hot trend in the Orlando luxury homes market is green fencing. This natural barrier is nothing new to the landscaping business, but it has recently experienced somewhat of a revival with the push toward environmentally-friendly materials and lifestyle. Hedges, bushes, trees, and shrubs are all ...
By Joanna Cohlan, Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes
(Fresh Eyes For Your Home)
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I am currently working on a design/build project in Chappaqua that includes the installation of radiant heating throughout the house.Did you know that radiant heat is a sustainable method of heating that can be traced back to ancient times?Did you know that while radiant heat has been attributed ...