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 Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
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Wordless Wednesdadys: The Bug Man!  If you are a consumer who is considering buying or selling a home, investment real estate, vacation homes, or beach properties in Southern California, Los Angeles, Century City, Westwood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Culver City, Playa Vista, Marina Del Rey, ...
By Debb Janes, REALTOR®, EcoBroker Camas, Washington
(The Carl Group, LLC)
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Appliance colors come and go!Some of us have lived through the harvest gold and avocado green era, and likely lived in houses with these appliance colors. If you've got a great memory, or are a bit older, you may remember turquoise or even pink appliance color choices. Historically, appliances ha...
By Greg Nino, Houston, Texas
(RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP)
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The other day I showed a home that looked as if it had been built on the San Andreas fault line. You don't have to be an engineer or seasoned industry professional to know when the slab of the home is cracked in 72 different places. The property had huge gaps around the windows and there were abo...
By Noah Seidenberg, Chicago-land and its Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
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1503 Oak #213 Evanston IL 60201 SoldWe closed on 1503 Oak #213 at the Oak Courts condominium complex. With only 13 days on the market my client, the seller was very happy. A 2 bedroom and 2 bath property right on the edge of downtown Evanston. Everyone was thrilled with this transaction.If you ar...
By William Piotrowski
(Diamond Residential Mortgage Corporation )
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 Living in a small space poses many challenges from an interior design perspective. Too much furniture and your home feels small and cluttered. Too little and you lack the functionality you need for day-to-day living.From furniture placement to controlling clutter, maximizing what you have is a m...
By Pat Champion
(Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty)
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Smart ways to save money................Homeowner's who wouldn't want to save money and have more money for fun; please, click link below from AHS for some valuable tips on smart ways to save money. Please contact me if you have any questions or need any additional real estate buying or selling i...
By N. Joel Walter, Cr (Certified Remodeler)
(N.J.W. Construction Inc)
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NJW, your Columbus, Ohio home improvement company, knows what a big deal curb appeal is. Whether you love being bold and dramatic, or more subdued and subtle… your exterior paint color can say a lot about you! We found this quiz on Houzz to help you decide what exterior color might be a good fit ...
By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 707-812-7668
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
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We have your back when it comes to remodelingThat is just what it means to be a 203k consultant or renovation/remodel consultant. Most people don't remodel their home very often and guess who knows it? That is correct, the contractors know it and quite often they capitalize on it. Task was to add...
By Trey McCallie, Excellence in Real Estate since 2003
(T/D & Associates Concierge Real Estate)
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  Which Filter to Use?   A dirty air filter decreases the effectiveness of your HVAC system because it inhibits airflow and allows dirt, dust, pollen and other materials to blow through the system.   The challenge is how often it should be changed to keep the system working efficiently and extend...
By Brad Diepholz, "We have you covered"!
(HCS Restoration and Roofing, LLC)
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Brad Diepholz talks about “Attic Ventilation”-part 5 Brad Diepholz found the following information. This section I will be talking about dealing with the effects of ice dams. Winter creates a special attic ventilation problem where snowfall and cold temperatures are common occurrences. The proble...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Lower Fairfield CT)
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What are the pros and cons with dark hardwood floors vs light hardwood floors?   Hold up a white index card over half of this to shift from light to dark hardwood floors. There are several other examples throughout this article. Which do you prefer - dark or light wood?   Thankfully, when it come...
By Erick Blackwelder, Text or call Erick now at 703-677-1120.
(Cell: 703-677-1120)
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You have some spare change to invest in your home and you want to know where to spend your money for the best return on investment.  Especially if you have an older home.1. The place to start is with the existing systems in your house.  Hire a home inspector to survey your house to check the elec...
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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 Hey Tom, We Need Your Help Over Here!  Friends and family know that they van call me with their water damage problems, even if it is a current leak. It is what I do most and they know it. It usually is a surprise to get a call, most leaks are like that.The leak was controlled inside the home and...
By Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
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Sometimes looking at the big picture is the right thing to do. But sometimes narrowing ones focus and looking at details feels appropriate, and that's what I decided to do on a recent walk through the grand, beautiful San Francisco neighborhood of Seacliff. While the grace and  beauty of large Me...
By Reshawna Leaven, Hoping to be your next Realtor ® in VA, MD or DC
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Whether you are buying or renovating a home, here is a quick reference guide to see if items have been approved by the county. Check on a previous permit to see if it's been fully approved and completed or if it's an open case. Reasons why you may need a permit, to get a(an): Addition Basement-ex...
By Rick Cignoli, Sr. Mortgage Officer
(Norcom Mortgage)
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 Whether your selling your home, moving into your First Home or just staying pat, everyone wants a home that looks great. Achieving a high level of curb appeal can be easier than you think. Making a few inexpensive changes can take the exterior of you home from bland to exciting.The best place to...
By Cathy Perry
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Beautiful windows are a key component of any home, and especially so in a luxury property. Chances are, though, there are times you want at least some of your windows to be totally uncovered, and others when you want to completely or partially obscure them – for privacy, to control glare on the t...
Designing and decorating your kids’ bedrooms can be quite a challenge, but it can be fun as well! Imagine having the ‘license’ to go a little bit crazy as far as designing and decorating goes. Wouldn’t you be excited too?We are! And we are super thrilled to share with you the following steps to c...
By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage)
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I love this one.  WE are living in our 1 bedroom 1 bath condo while our home, 5 bedrooms and 3 baths is being remodeled.From 3500 sq ft to 700... I am loving it.  By Chris B Johnson Realtor®   Living in a small space poses many challenges from an interior design perspective. Too much furniture an...