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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Put the hammer down and the glasses on and read on.

Trending blogs on Home Improvement

By Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI,ABR, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Keller Williams Realty Partners)
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That was until the gentlemen from JSA showed up. You see, my front steps and porch were beginning to settle. If left alone, they would have pulled away from the house and left a gap. I have visited many homes in our area where I have seen this. From cracks just starting to form, to 2-4 inch crack...
By Richard Daskam, Your Real Estate Consultant
(Keller Williams Realty)
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We have a list of vendors that have done a good job for us and for our clients over the years that we provide to new buyers, listing clients, and any past clients that ask for a referral.
By Tammie White, Franklin Homes Realty, Franklin TN
((615) 495-0752 or www.FranklinHomesRealty.com)
Comments 27
Today, we received a repair request from the buyers of one of our listings. The house was built in 2010 so we knew there wouldn't be much, if anything, to do. As expected, the list consisted of a few handyman repairs; no plumbing, electrical, HVAC or roofing items.Mr. Seller is quite handy and kn...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Lower Fairfield CT)
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Just in time.  Here is September's epic flooring post.  Actually, I posted the original on my site on September 27. Warning to my Active Rain Colleagues:  This is a long epic article - over 3,000 words.  It is targeted for consumers searching for flooring advice.  I know this may be too long for ...
By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 707-812-7668
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
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ALERT! "IMPORTANT INFO FOR FIRE VICTIMS"We need to get the word out as fast as possible. With over 1,888 homes damaged in the fire we need to get the word out fast BEFORE the foundations are removed. I lost a business, a 5,000 SF brick warehouse full of stuff I had took 45 years to accumulate, to...
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 Roberta LaRocca, REALTOR®, Broker, Salesperson, Property Management
(Simply Vegas Real Estate)
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Alert - Failing KitchenAid Refrigerator Control Boards, part numbers 2307028 and the replacement W10219463, are no longer available, and apparently have had a fairly high failure rate. For the good news, I may be able to provide you with a possible simple repair as you read on.  These refrigerato...
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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I See Where The Leak Was, Why Are We Not Repairing It?   I'm not always sure what it is that goes through the thinking process of management sometimes, I just do as I am instructed. To do more may make sense to me but I may not know all the facts. This ceiling was the result of a water leak a few...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Lower Fairfield CT)
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Below is my 24th email newsletter to realtors.  Yes, it marks my 2 year anniversary and it seems to be doing well. I think, though, that next month, I may switch over the program to my CRM program (Activecampaign.com) as a) it will save me some money, b) make management of everything better and e...
By Mykel Martin, The TCR Group at Keller Williams Realty
((909) 476-9600 ~ www.WeLoveRanchoCucamonga.com)
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5 Home Remodel Projects That Will Pay Off Big Remodeling Magazine recently released the 2015 Cost vs. Value Report, that outlines the 35 most popular home additions, remodels and replacements that increases homeowner's resale value.  If you're considering making improvements on your home, I have ...
By Roy Barker
(Dockside Realty, Inc.)
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In continuing with the series on SW Florida Palm trees, we are going to take a look at Coconut Palms.  Coconut Palms come in two basic varieties, tall and dwarf.  The most common are the Jamaican Talls and Malayan Dwarfs.Although there are some commercial growers in Florida, most Coconut Palms ar...
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 Kent Temple, Specializing in Lake Norman Real Estate
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 What's the HOT New Trend in Kitchen Faucets? Of course chrome, satin nickel and polished nickel have been the "go to" choices and safe bets for years and always will be ... there are a few new choices that are becoming more and more popular. New choices include these warm tones with gold, bronze...
By Lori Ballen, Digital Marketing Strategist
(The Ballen Group Real Estate Network, The Ballen Method)
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House Cleaning Services in Las VegasLife gets busy, and we sometimes need to choose options that allow us to use our time wisely. One option to consider is the hiring of a housekeeper or cleaning person. There are many things to consider when choosing a person to come into your home and clean for...
By Rei Mesa
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty)
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Remodeling your garage not only can make practical sense for home owners, but can help in the long run on a home’s resale value. With a little ingenuity, garages in Weston luxury homes or other properties can turn into an awesome space.Ideas are endless on what a garage can be turned into, but th...
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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Sometimes The Lender Sets The Rules   We get calls in the Sacramento Region for dry rot and water damage repairs on a regular basis. Sometimes the repairs are necessary before the funding of a loan will happen. Last week we had to complete some wood rot before the refinance would be approved. We ...
By Jon Becker, Traverse City Real Estate Consultant
(Century 21 Northland)
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Posted in Home Trends, Remodeling Adviser, by Melissa Tracey on September 28, 2015   By Melissa Dittmann Tracey It’s time to add more romance into your designs. One-third of home owners say they’re renovating their master bedrooms to create a more romantic or intimate space, according to the 2015...
By Ryan Reynolds
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
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Home Improvement Projects You Can Do In A Day - Summer is over and as we move into the fall season, homeowners are beginning to tackle as many projects as they can before winter begins. Unfortunately, along with fall comes school, extracurricular activities, and everything in between, making it e...
By Ryan Reynolds
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
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5 Apps To Help With Your Home Decor - You can use your smartphone for pretty much anything these days, including decorating your home! Let apps make it easier to plan your updates, get decorating ideas, and keep everything right where you can access it easily. Here are 5 apps to help you with you...
By Joanna Cohlan, Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes
(Fresh Eyes For Your Home)
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Whew!!! I was finally able to take some photos of the Harlem Brownstone that I've worked on for the past 8 months. I originally wrote about this brownstone in my post Interior Design is Like a Game of Chess, and I've showed you the some "before" and some "in progress" along the way.  Well, today ...