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.

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

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By Jeremy Wrenn, President, Wrenn Home Improvements
(Wrenn Home Improvements)
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We are seeking a full time Lead Carpenter/Working Crew Leader for immediate employment.  The Crew Leader will work under the supervision of Field Supervisor, and will likely have a helper assigned to them to supervise & lead hands-on in the work. The position has potential for long term stability...
By Joe McCord
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 If you have children and you enjoy tackling do-it-yourself projects around the house, it can be fun and rewarding to involve your kids in the process. When you're ready to get started on a new DIY project, we invite you to consider the following 3 kid-friendly home improvement ideas. 1. Building...
By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek & Associates LLC Team)
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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 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 Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Lower Fairfield CT)
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I'm almost caught up on all of these.  Here are the "best of my flooring" posts Part 37. These were written in Mar - May 2015. Feel free to reblog or bookmark if these would be useful for you or your clients. Lumber Liquidators Health ScareThis provides some advice for those that might find thems...
By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Many home owners ask me this question - 'What are the upgrades we should do so we get more for our home?'It's always a return on investment - and this post from Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl explains what are those upgrades. When you upgrade your home, the most important consideration is how much you...
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 Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Lower Fairfield CT)
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I'm continuing in my series of Collecting my best flooring articles.  This is installment #36.  These articles were written fromNov 2014 - Feb 2015 Hardwood flooring borders and inlays.  Getting fancy with hardwood floors.This post has some fun pictures of borders and inlays. There are so many wa...
By Rita Boswell, Central Ohio Real Estate
(Keller Williams Capital Partners)
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Wanting to amp up your landscaping? Planting trees in your yard will yield a multitude of benefits, including shading your house, decreasing energy costs, curb appeal, improvement of the quality of air you breathe, and more! The best part is, trees are low-maintenance once planted and can help im...
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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 Adding Some Under The Cabinet Lighting  As a part of a kitchen remodel in Cameron Park, a contractor may be asked to do a small portion of a owner/contractor remodel. I had the opportunity to add some under the cabinet lighting in a kitchen in Cameron Park. This was one of the final touches as t...
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 Roy Barker
(Dockside Realty, Inc.)
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We had an appraisal on one of our listings the other day and my wife was asking the appraiser about landscaping.  We have landscaped our yard to the tune of many thousands of dollars and were just curious about how the appraisers look at landscaping.  We had been told by another appraiser that la...
By Chris B Johnson, Realtor-Quality, Not Quantity
(Allison James Elite)
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By Chris B Johnson Realtor®     Time To Buy #ChrisBJohnsonRealtor        Chris B Johnson, REALTOR®Good weather should be enjoyed to its fullest extent. To do that you have to actually go outside. But if your home lacks an enticing outdoor living space, there’s little incentive to venture out.Outd...
By Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
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    I really enjoy gardening and deer are okay to view from a distance; not munching on my hydrangeas or mowing down the hostas. Purchasing commercially made products like Deer Off or Plantskydd can get expensive over a period of time especially when one has to spray every 3 or 4 days or after a ...
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 Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
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When you upgrade your home, the most important consideration is how much you, the owner, will enjoy the upgrade. Your home is your castle, and your home improvement budget should help make it even more regal every year. But another factor to consider is how a home improvement project will affect ...
By Matt Nguyen, The Agent That WINS- Susan Thai Team Silicon City
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It is the end of July and wherever you are, it is probably very hot. So, to cool things off, at least in your mind, close your eyes and think about the beauty of Christmas – especially the lights. There is nothing that takes you away to a peaceful state, than driving around the neighborhoods and ...
By Shannon Thomas, Real Estate Broker, E-Pro, ABR, SFR
(MSWoods Real Estate, LLC )
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Along with Indiana Home Ownership comes certain homeowner Exterior maintenance tasks that should be done on a regular bases.  Taking care of maintenence as they come along will prolong the life of your home, help to keep disasters from happening and help to make a less stressful sell of your home...
By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
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The California Drought an Opportunity in disguise!There has been a great deal of talk about this Epic Drought in California. Almost every California resident has been affected by it in some form or another. Most people have been focusing on the lakes, rivers and of course every home owner has bee...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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    You know the minute you walk into a listing appointment...there is an HGTV kind of "thing" going on...the future sellers have done things "by the book"...or make that tube...ahhh screen... with the updates they believe will be the magic to sell the home quickly for the highest possible price....