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...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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Opps!....I did it again. I had a slip of profanity or a bad thought about an ex. We try to be as mindful as possible, yet at times our emotions may get the best of us. Sometimes negative energy could come from a radio program or what watch on T.V. Consider making this a weekly practice, lighting ...
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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 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 Rummy Dhanoa, Rummy Dhanoa
(New York Real Estate Experts)
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While autumn's weather remains relatively mild, spend some quality time caring for your home and yard. Read on for reminders on which tasks to tackle this time of year.1. Keep Gutters Free of Leaves To cut back on gutter-cleaning duty, consider installing aluminum, foam, or vinyl gutter guards th...
By Lisa Bear (RE/MAX REALTY CENTER) Waukesha,MilwWI Real Estate 2628935555
(Buyers Agent/Luxury/Lake/REO, listing package options)
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Nothing transforms the look of a home as simply and inexpensively as paint. Whether you’d like to liven up a dated design or refresh your entire home to sell.   1. When it comes to paint, quality matters. Look for High-Quality Products and use the right supplies. Prep before painting! 2.  Explore...
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 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 Raoul Loustaunau, urhomefinder.com myvaluetoday.com
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t's where you and your family spend the majority of your time. It’s the room your guests see the most of when they come to your home. It should be a place that is comfortable and functional. However, don't overlook the importance of your living room decor. ----Here are 5 low-cost living room deco...
By Raoul Loustaunau, urhomefinder.com myvaluetoday.com
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Try calculating your environmental footprint to assess your personal impact on the environmentand see where you can make small changes to help better the planet. With the plethora of environmentally smart ideas and products on the market, going green can be easy. ***Do Shop locally. Visit your ne...
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 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 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 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...