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 Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 707-812-7668
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
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FHA 203k renovation loans are alive and well in Dixon CaliforniaWhile we are always doing 203k loans all over CA sometimes it is good to remind everyone that we do them in your city too. If you need an FHA 203k renovation loan or a FannieMae HomeStyle® Renovation Mortgage we do them all over the ...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Lower Fairfield CT)
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How can you match existing hardwood and new hardwood flooring? Most homes in Westchester County have hardwood floors, at least in some areas of the house. Hardwood flooring is by far the preferred choice of flooring especially in mid to higher end homes.    The trend has been to add hardwood to m...
By Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource
(Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Huntsville AL)
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Solar EnergyConsidering building a new home in Huntsville, Alabama or purchasing an existing home? The following might be something of interest to you if you want to cut utility bills and go green.A challenge faced producing solar energy is collecting and storing it in an efficient way. The early...
By N. Joel Walter, Cr (Certified Remodeler)
(N.J.W. Construction Inc)
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As your Columbus, Ohio home improvement company, we are used to fixing things, making them better, creating new looks for spaces, improved function etc…and our website is no different!We are excited to announce the launch of our NEW and IMPROVED website!SomeThings You Might notice: Improved Navig...
By Stacey Mayer, Snohomish-Homes.com
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Remodeling and repair can add usability, and restore enjoyment, to a valuable real estate property.  But, it needs to be done efficiently, and correctly, in order to save time, and preserve the family from added stress. Any builders with this reputation are gold; some clients won't even share the...
By John Handschuh, Realtor ABR SRES, Horsham Real Estate
(RE/MAX Action Realty)
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How to Decorate Your Outdoor Space Expanding your living space beyond the walls of your home can give you additional room and help you connect with the world around you. Here are some great ways you can decorate your outdoor spaces to make them inviting places to spend time. A conversation space:...
By Bill Primavera
(William Raveis Real Estate)
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For years, from a style perspective, we’ve preferred the clean sleek look of hardwood floors over wall-to-wall carpeting, especially since we figured out that the costs were comparable. And, from a health consideration, we’ve had the perception in the media that hard surface flooring holds advant...
By Jan Green, RE/MAX Excalibur, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN
(Scottsdale, Phoenix, Cave Creek, Carefree, 602-620-2699)
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That's One Expensive Potty!  Okay is this a post about Potty Talk or eaud de toilette?  It's both!   Sharing this info with Anna Banana tonight over a glass of vino, it was too newsworthy not to share!  Visiting with a general contractor last weekend, I happened upon a large box and asked what it...
By Kat DeLong, Realtor BRE#01235311, Lake Arrowhead Real Estate (
(LAKEVIEW REALTY, Lake Arrowhead. 909-273-4542)
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By Inna Ivchenko, Los Angeles / Valley Homes
(Mannis Real Estate Group)
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Great news: Building permits for the city of Los Angeles are now searchable online! Over 100 years worth! Now you are  able to look up exactly when your house was built, when the garage was turned into a living room, when the 2nd bathroom was added, when the detached garage was added, and even wh...
By Nick and Cindy Davis, CRS,CLHMS,ABR,CIAS,ALHS,e-PRO,CDPE,SFR,Realtor(R)
(RE/MAX Premier Group)
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Transform a patch of green into an outdoor destination with these fresh upgrades. http://bit.ly/13-Ideas-Creating-Garden-Retreats 
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 Will Johnson, Sell and Stage
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Let’s face it.  Dads are awesome.  They pick their kids up when they’re down, teach them how to ride a bike and help them navigate their first trips on the highway behind the wheel.  But these dads went a little above and beyond by making amazing changes to their house that, well, what kid wouldn...
By Mary Stewart
(Keller Williams Atlantic Partners/Southside)
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My Three Best Products for Updating A Home   I am always looking for ideas to help homeowners to improve the appearance of their property.  I offer all the advice regarding de-cluttering and cleaning but sometimes it is the little things that jump out at a potential buyer. I am always on the wat...
By Margaret Oscilia, Home Stager, Salem Oregon
(Creative Concepts-Home Staging and Contracting, Salem Oregon)
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All too often we see kitchens that lack pizzazz and feel dated.  Does this kitchen need a complete remodel?  What if a few things are changed to give it a new look?  We all know that having a fabulous kitchen helps sell homes! This kitchen island placement is awkward and small when compared to mo...
By Rick Cignoli, Sr. Mortgage Officer
(Norcom Mortgage)
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There comes a time in many families lives when they realize their First Home no longer fits their needs. Maybe more space is required for a growing family or a pay raise allows you to upgrade to something a little nicer. Before deciding whether to renovate your current home or move into a new one...
By Terry Records
(Records Results!Real Estate)
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 If you are thinking about selling your home in the future, it is wise to think about how you can increase your property value. There are many ways you can do so with just a little bit of time and effort.  With the realty market in Florida doing quite well, now is prime time to list your property...
“Trees are the earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.”  -Rabindranath Tagore   Almost every home contains a few houseplants and probably some fine landscaping outdoors, but now, architects and homeowners are taking the green living movement to a new level by incorporating live ...
By Anthony Alfano
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Your year-round home maintenance checklist.   If you’re a homeowner, then you’ll agree that it’s a whole lot of work to clean and maintain your house and yard. It might even feel like more of our time is spent mowing and painting and cleaning than with our families! But if you don’t stay on top o...
By Dan Johns, Professional Rug Cleaning&Restoration
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Vacuuming removes the majority of the soil from rugs. Cleaning the carpet removes oily sticky soil that builds up on rug fibers. The odor and dirt tracked indoors is also removed. Rug cleaning, like other spring cleaning chores, is not on the list of fun things to do. It is necessary and should b...