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 Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Lower Fairfield CT)
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Yes, I'm almost at the 2 year mark for my realtor newsletter. Here is the August edition.  The formatting isn't coming out quite correct on here, but hopefully you get the idea.   From: The Flooring Girl Subject: 10 Tips for Selecting hardwood floors       The Flooring Girl Newsletter We bring th...
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Shower Doors are a fantastic bathroom accent. Some time it make more sence to replace old dirty glass shower doors. Glass shower doors can add class and elegance to any bathroom, especially when it is sparkling clean. There are recommended ways to clean glass shower doors that will maintain spark...
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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  Have Water Damage at the Belly-Band? It’s Very Common in Sacramento   One of the most common areas of exterior water damage to wood trim occurs when a horizontal piece of wood is nailed to a wood surface. On many two-story buildings in Sacramento there is a horizontal board that divides the upp...
By Stephanie Arnett, SRS, IMSD, Broker Associate, REALTOR
(RE/MAX Partners~ Starkville, MS)
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Fall Clean-Up & Winterization The growing season is winding down, but at U.S. Lawns, we're not slowing down. This time of year, we're preparing to clean up fall debris and prep our customers' properties for the winter.   These tasks aren't just for improved aesthetics - they keep the landscape he...
By Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI,ABR, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Keller Williams Realty Partners)
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Sometimes things go well. Sometimes things go REALLY well! We are all quick to talk about bad experiences and maybe not at all about the good ones. Well, I am trying to correct that now.6 weeks or so ago I called an irrigation company to come fix my ailing yard watering system. They showed up exa...
By Joel Jadofsky, One of the Top Realtors in Panama City Beach Area
(Keller Williams - homes for sale - Florida - Gulf - Beach )
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   Update Those Cabnits!                                               Flickr.com/Sitka ProjectsI don't know about you, but a good looking kitchen and the bathrooms really sell a house for me. Lets me know, "hey, this wont be on the market long" or "man, this is gonna be a tough sell". Kitchens a...
(Long and Foster Real Estate, Richmond Virginia)
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Yes, it’s been 90 degrees in Richmond this week, but it’s still September and it’s time to start thinking about Fall and Winter Home Maintenance.   This infographic from eReplacementParts.com gives great tips, tricks and advice on how to prep your yard for the upcoming season!
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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 That Wood Fence Isn't Too Bad, Just Need Some New Fence Posts  Wood fences are not all the difficult in design. Strong posts to keep things up and straight, good framing to support the fencing, and a lasting connection to the fence boards. Each of these are important to a good fence.Came across ...
By Fred Carver, Accredited Victoria BC Real Estate Consultant
(RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate)
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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...
By Terkel Sørensen, Realtor, 951.805.0773 , Bank owned and Short Sales
(Real Estate Places)
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Welcome to March - We are almost to the time when it I get itchy to make soe improvements to my house - I'm thinking you might too. And I'm not just talking about some new seed on the lawn. UPDATED 9/3/2015 - Additional HERO program info and benefits added. So, over the past few years, sales peop...
By Rummy Dhanoa, Rummy Dhanoa
(New York Real Estate Experts)
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These DIY architectural details will give your home tons of character—for a fraction of the cost. Custom Cabinets Blogger Cristina of Remodelando la Casa gave her kitchen a serious facelift by extending the height of her cabinets to the ceiling. Faux Wainscoting Emily of Decorchick! used a chair ...
By Jeff Pearl
(RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA)
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This scam has been going on for years. Every time a storm blows through, the scammers are out in force. In some areas, police drive around checking on proper licensing, but that won't stop a scammer hard up for quick cash. These people will use any excuse to start a conversation, cleaning gutters...
By Rei Mesa
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty)
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With schools everywhere back in session, many home owners start thinking about their fall gardens. In Florida, the growing seasons are much the same. From spring and fall, the weather is warm and moist. All the more reason to think about growing your own!  If adding a garden to Coral Gables luxur...
By Audry Wolff, Real Estate Insights in Phoenix, Mesa and Gilbert
(Solutions Real Estate)
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Imagine-you can utilize your handheld device to measure and level.  Find the right paint color and even the right floorplan, thanks to these handy apps: 6 Favorite Home Improvement Apps for the iPad, iPhone, iPod If you’ve jumped on the Apple “i” bandwagon, you’re never far from iPhone, iPod, and...
By Donna Concannon
(NSB Homes, LLC New Smyrna Beach Real Estate)
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First impressions are crucial! Use these steps to make sure your home puts its best foot forward during a showing! Attract From AfarYour home needs to be attractive to buyers before they even enter it! If you have a lawn, make sure it is up-kept. Put out a welcome mat or add a seasonal wreath to ...
By Rummy Dhanoa, Rummy Dhanoa
(New York Real Estate Experts)
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This reclaimed New York cook space (dating back to 1755!) proves everything old is, in fact, new again.Think your kitchen needs a remodel? Imagine how homeowner Daniel Flebut felt when he first laid eyes on the cook space of his overgrown 1700s stone house in New Paltz, New York. Fortunately, the...
By Elite Team, Realtors/Career Consultant
(Keller Williams Realty Acadiana)
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Homeowners spend more money on kitchen remodeling than on any other home improvement project. And with good reason: Kitchens are the hub of home life and a source of pride.A significant portion of kitchen remodeling costs may be recovered by the value the project brings to your home. Kitchen remo...
By Amy Shair, Award Winning Agent 20+ Years
(Cary Apex Durham NC Referrals - RE/MAX United - Search Durham Homes)
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Most of us know a friend or family member who has had a major water leak at their house. They are often found when people get back from vacation or when they were out of town for work. Many people who have gone through it call it “the flood” because of the amount of water that caused damage insid...
By MC2 Home Inspections, Denver, Castle Rock, Parker, Colorado Springs CO
(MC2 Home Inspections LLC)
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Knob-and-tube wiring was an early standardized method of electrical wiring in buildings, in common use in North America from about 1880 to the 1940s. Today the system is considered obsolete and a significant safety hazard. Surprisingly, many homes throughout the country still utilize live knob an...
By MC2 Home Inspections, Denver, Castle Rock, Parker, Colorado Springs CO
(MC2 Home Inspections LLC)
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As a professional Indianapolis home inspector, I have found that a great deal of the moisture problems found in homes are caused and aggravated by improper grading or as we call it in the inspection industry “negative grading”. Negative grading is where the ground around your home is sloped in to...