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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Trending blogs on Home Improvement

 
By Reuben Saltzman, Minneapolis Home Inspections
(Structure Tech Home Inspections)
Comments 69
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 Ellen Caruso
(Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 55
Aren't you excited that Iron, Iron, Iron..... is everywhere?  Iron doors and details are the latest rage in New Construction! We see ornate Iron Gates, Iron Doors, Iron Balconies, Iron Lighting Fixtures and Iron Railings inside and out. All the details can be a strong form of expression! Some eve...
By Jeffrey Masich, Arizona Homes and Land to Sell or Purchase
(HomeSmart in Scottsdale, Arizona)
Comments 0
You have been told your home needs updating. Where do you start? When ready to sell, help your Realtor by having your home not scream "I AM OUTDATED!" to potential buyers. Don't expect to get the same price as your neighbor's pristine, updated same model home if your home is outdated.Yes, everyth...
By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
Comments 7
We're in the process of revamping our kitchen: new countertops, new tile flooring, resurfaced cabinets and a few new appliances. One of the things I'm insisting upon is an Apron Sink (Farmhouse Sink or Belfast Sinks as they're AKA)I originally wanted copper but have decided to go with white inste...
By Kent Temple, Specializing in Lake Norman Real Estate
(THE TEMPLE TEAM)
Comments 5
Got MOLD?There are several ways you can tackle the problem with household items ... BleachBleach is extremely effective in killing mold spores in non-porous materialsBoraxBorax is a natural mold inhibitorVinegarVinegar is a mild acid which can kill some mold sporesAmmoniaAmonia like bleach will o...
By Kent Temple, Specializing in Lake Norman Real Estate
(THE TEMPLE TEAM)
Comments 1
 Here are a few tips for getting that "Musty Smell" out of your home! Charcoal Briquettes:  Place charcoal briquettes in a container throughout the area and replace monthly. Baking Soda:  Place baking soda throughout the affected area to absorb moisture and odorKitty Litter:  Fill a container wit...
By Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com
(Zion Realty)
Comments 61
Whether you're purchasing a brand new construction home or a resale property, one of the decisions you are most likely to be faced with is the option to upgrade counter tops. Very rarely will a home come furnished with your exact taste, style, color, or type of counter top and there are multiple ...
By Hannah Williams, Expertise in NE Philadelphia & Bucks County
(Re/Max Eastern inc.)
Comments 45
 HelpfulHannahs Tips How to Get Blood Out of Carpets  Yesterday when playing with my Siamese cat Cleo . She bit me on the vein on my wrist . It was really in a bad spot and blood was gushing   Enough of the gory details but there was blood everywhere . I was so upset I called my daughter on speak...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 17
Choosing the right counter top may not be as easy as you once thought. Whether you're purchasing a brand new construction home or a resale property, one of the decisions you are most likely to be faced with is the option to upgrade counter tops. Very rarely will a home come furnished with your ex...
By Melissa E. Spittel, Realtor, "Helping You Make The Right Move"
(Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty)
Comments 0
If you’re like most people who endure cold winters, you’ve been spending a lot of time indoors due to the cold weather. Even though Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early spring, there are several more weeks of winter to get through before we start seeing signs of warmer weather. Before you sit bac...
By Beth Paisley Realtor with Long and Foster Webber, Winchester Virginia 540-327-2813
(Long and Foster Webber and Associates)
Comments 2
When you have more items to store than closet space, something's got to give. Building and installing a closet is a fairly low-cost solution that the average adult is capable of doing. In a weekend's time, with a little planning and knowledge, you can transform an unused area into the most usefu...
By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek & Associates LLC Team)
Comments 16
Your hard earned dollars and energy resources are not to be wasted.  Here's a quick video to help you save both! How To Save Energy with Dimmers and Motion DetectorsUsing light dimmers and adding motion detection lighting are both great ways to control your energy costs. In this video fromThe Hom...
By James Murr, www.cortiersrealestate.com
(Cortiers Real Estate)
Comments 0
You don't have to go on vacation to feel as though you are at a resort. You can transform your backyard into a personal oasis. With luxurious upgrades to your property, you can still feel the comfort of your home when you venture into the outdoors. Here are four upgrades to make your yard feel li...
By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek & Associates LLC Team)
Comments 4
For the do-it-yourselfer that would like to tile their kitchen backsplash,Home Depot is here to help.  Watch this easy to follow video with step-by-step instructions and you can have an updated kitchen in no time.  The detailed steps lead you through measuring, preparation, materials, installatio...
By Chris Gurnee
(ALLPRO REAL ESTATE )
Comments 1
14062 SE 195th Place,, Renton, WA Get Directions Click Here Description Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Brochure My Reviews $ Click for current price 3 BEDROOMS | 2 (2 full ) BATHROOMS | 1540 SQUARE FEET Nicely remodeled cul-de-sac home in a quite neighborhood, minutes away from parks, element...
By Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, Broker, Tacoma Washington, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & area authority!
(RE/MAX Professionals.)
Comments 4
I really enjoyed Ellen's post and the backdrops for her examples are stunning. I remember just a few years ago people were cutting iron out of their houses right and left but now it is coming back in style with class!Please stop by Ellen's post to comment also! Aren't you excited that Iron, Iron,...
They’re fun! They’re easy! They’ll save you money!  Who doesn’t like hearing all of these things when selling their home? When assessing repair and renovation costs before putting a home on the market, most families turn their attention to DIY home improvement projects. While small DIY weekend pr...
By Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA
(Winston Realty, Inc.)
Comments 7
It Always Seems To Come Down To The Little Things Making The Difference  There’s no doubt about it. A completely renovated room – especially a kitchen or bathroom – will really impress home buyers. That room will probably look brand new and very stylish.  But you don’t have to do a full “tear-dow...
By Sharlene Hensrud, Realtor. Listener. Knowledgable. Patient.
(RE/MAX Results - HomesMSP.com)
Comments 2
Home design, inside and out, is continually in a state of flux. It reflects the economy, the environment, demographics... as well as what is going on in the world. Here are some trends to look for in 2016.COLORSEvery year Pantone debuts the superstar color of the year. This year instead of one co...
By Sheri Jones, Realtor Specializing in Rancho Cucamonga, CA
(Prudential California Realty)
Comments 2
 This week we have been talking about the different choices of exterior siding for your home. Today, let’s take a look at cedar siding. Cedar siding has long been a popular choice for the exterior of homes, not only because it is sturdy, but it gives a beautiful rustic appearance. Before making a...