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 Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Area Realtor
(RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC)
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 How much money should you invest in your Charlotte, North Carolina area home? How much of a payback will you receive when you sell your home? As homeowners, many of us like to make improvements to our home, but often forget to ask whether that improvement has a payback or how much of a payback i...

By Joe Lattanzio
(Russell Real Estate Services)
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How to Minimize Your Clutter and Maximize Your Space Many people look at a smaller living space and think that there are a lot of limitations imposed. However, a more miniature home can offer up the opportunity to be inventive with design and get creative about your abode. Whether you live in sma...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 33
 How to Turn Your Bedroom Into the Space You Deserve January is known as the best month to purchase linens and towels so what better time to think about updating your master bedroom.  Whether or not you’re planning on selling your home, you owe it to yourself to create a relaxing retreat. It’s go...

By Pat Champion
(Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty)
Comments 13
3 Simple Ways to Cut Your Electric Bill in Half..........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 how to save money on your electric bill from Home Matters experts tips.  Please contact me if you have any ...

(RE/MAX Premier Group)
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Many people imagine purchasing a brand new home, but in most cases this isn’t a choice. If you think your home looks drab and inexpensive, you don’t need to spend an arm and leg on upgrades. A few simple DIY projects can produce a creative space that looks new as well as on trend. See how here Cr...

By Kate Talarico, RESA, Top Orange County Home Decorator & Stager
(Kates Home Staging and Interior Design)
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Home renovation requires many things, from a budget, good tradesman, and the vision of the finished product.Do you have the vision for your home renovation project?Can you picture the finished space during the construction phase?Do you know how you plan on using your new space once it is complete...

By Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale - Probate Specialist
(KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
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Home Garden & Gourmet Show in San Jose Opens February 28, 2014Spring is almost here and so is the Home, Garden & Gourmet Show in San Jose. Spring is the time of year when homeowners get inspired to remodel their home or simply spruce up their gardens.   The Home Show is held at the Santa Clara Co...

By Jim Lord
(DeLex Realty)
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In my 25 years as a contractor I do not know how many times I was asked this question. The answer is, no. In most cases (especially in non-industrial settings) voltage has zero effect on the cost of electricity used.We are charged for electricity in kilowatt hours. A kilowatt hour is 1000 watts u...

By Angela Tauscher, Homes for Heroes & Military Relocation Realtor
(West USA Realty)
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Many people that move to Arizona do not realize we get rain in the winter and the summer.  Our unique environment of sporadic winter rain with 70+ degree days is a perfect set up for weeds.  Most of our communities have very vigilent Home Owner's Associations. The HOA's want our communities weed ...

By Sharon Kolb, Broker - Atlanta Decatur Homes
(Atlanta Decatur Homes)
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Preparing Your Decatur Rental PropertyRenting your Investment Home in Decatur is important, but attracting good, long-term tenants is vital.Before you begin marketing your Decatur property for lease, take a critical look at the overall condition of your home.  Renters have certain expectations wh...

By Gloria Valvasori, Outstanding Service Since 1987 416-717-6331
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Signature Service)
Comments 2
HOW TO HIRE A GOOD CONTRACTORBEWARE OF THE PITFALLS Hiring a contractor can be a scary and stressful experience and I’m sure we have all heard of the horror stories of contractors disappearing after receiving their deposit. But these pitfalls can be avoided, and you can hire the right person for ...

By Brian Burke, Broker & Advising Expert-Denver Luxury Real Estate
(Kenna Real Estate)
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Top 10 Expert Gardening Tips for Beginners...Test Your Soil,The Perfect Plants for Beginners,Start With “Easy” Plants,Well Watered for Plants,Trim and Prune,Nourish and protect your plants with eggshells,Make your own cobblestones,Proper Transport your plants,Build a trellis out of PVC pipes.

By Brian Burke, Broker & Advising Expert-Denver Luxury Real Estate
(Kenna Real Estate)
Comments 1
Make sure your dishwasher and your sink are empty before you start cooking... 

By Jim Lord
(DeLex Realty)
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As I am recalling my days as a service electrician this week I thought I would go to my second most common service call, tripped breaker. I can't tell you how many times I went to someones home who swore they checked the breakers, only to find it was in fact tripped.Only one of the major circuit ...

By Duane West
(3R's Construction Management LLC)
Comments 0
You’ve got a home remodel project that needs be completed. It’s more than you can do on your own and hiring a general contractor will be a necessity. So where do you begin? How do you know who to choose?Here at 3Rs Construction Management LLC, we would love to say, “Choose us!”  But if you don’t ...

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By Desare Kohn-Laski Skye Louis Realty, Residential Real Estate
(Skye Louis Realty)
Comments 5
Many homeowners thought that home organizing is very simple. But at the first attempt of doing so, large fraction realize that it does have some complexities. Here are some home organizing hacks gathered from all over the internet and shared for your own implementation. Candy jars as pencil, pen...

By Ray Stockwell, Ray Responds
(Metropolitan Boston Real Estate)
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4 Kitchen and Bathroom Remodeling Trends That Never Die  An article in Remodeling Magazine, estimates that a major remodel of a kitchen costs $59,000 – $120,000 and a major bathroom remodel costs $17,000 – $57,000. You probably are making a long-lasting decisions so important so that you make sma...

By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
Comments 1
Remodeling Before SellingIt seems like an incongruity to remodel your home before you put it on the market to sell.  Most sellers understand the need to freshen up a home, maybe hire a handyman to tighten things up.  But what about actually taking on some remodeling projects in anticipation of 1)...

By James White
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Landscaping can be a large expense for your home, but you don’t have to generate the money and spend it all at once. During the winter, it’s a great idea to save some money and plan projects that you can tackle in the spring, when warmer weather finally arrives.By saving some money each month, th...