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.

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 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 Doesn't Look Safe, I'll Be There Tomorrow To Fix That Railing  I have been getting a bunch of calls for the repair and replacement of railings this week, seems that many has started to notice that they have a problem and need help. This is important because the risk to injury is great and n...
By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(ra@napaconsultants.com)
Comments 28
As a luxury real estate  marketing professional, it is important to stay abreast of the new technology that is evolving in the Green Eco Smart Industry.  Here is something we discovered yesterday, when were having lunch at Honor Bar in Santa Barbara. The picture above shows the pedestal of one of...
By Belinda Spillman, Your Guide to Joyful Colorado Living!
(Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado)
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SynLawn Goes Above and Beyond With Service and Quality Our backyard has been an ongoing issue ever since our second golden retriever, Maverick decided to join our family.  Who knew that a second golden could create such havoc on a lawn? Early this spring, we had all of the sod replaced in our bac...
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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 But We Have New Windows Installed  I got a chance to look at some new windows that were install not too long ago with a wood rot problem. The problem is not in the new windows but the original framing and trim of the original window. The retrofitted windows should have included a better job of c...
By Malendaz Coleman, FLAT FEE MLS LISTING SERVICES - LIST LOW AS $69.00
(FLAT MLS LISTING SERVICES )
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When cleaning windows, lets get one thing clear. Sparkling window is the desire of everyone. Clean, bright shiny windows can add a new look to every house. Like furniture, windows require their own cleaning methodology to keep them looking new and tidy.Here are a few simple ideas to give your win...
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 Paul Peck, Licensed Drywall and Painting Contractor
(Peck Drywall and Painting serving Brevard County, Florida)
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Don't forget to score the caulk line first!If you're removing your baseboards for new flooring, don't forget to take a razor knife and score the top of the baseboard caulk line where the baseboard meets the wall. If you don't do this you're going to tear the paper on the drywall and create a whol...
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 Pamela Seley, REALTOR®, CA BRE #01824145 Real Estate - Call 951.491.4063
(West Coast Realty Division)
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You know that slimey pinkish, red buildup on the inside of shower curtains/doors, bathtubs and tile and grout? I mistakenly thought it was mineral buildup from the water. Wrong.... It is the result of a bacteria called Serratia marcescens that produces a red color, or dye, called Prodigiosin, whi...
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 Arina Hanciulescu, RealtyPros
(RealtyPros)
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  There are two different tax credits available for homeowners who make energy efficient upgrades. Credits directly reduce the amount of tax owed and will, therefore, save money. This blog provides energy tax credits for Las Vegas property owners.Tax Credit CategoriesThe Wind, Solar, Geothermal a...
By Sam Shueh, mba, cdpe, reopro, pe
( (408) 425-1601)
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The wash machine designed prior to 1999 typically uses 30-35 gallons per load. If you do laundry daily as most familes do, that is 12,775 gallons of water use enough to fill a complete in-ground pool.   Modern machines use less water and is more efficient.  It cuts down the usage to 10-20 gallons...
By Vince Divarco, Air Duct Cleaning by DUCTZ of North Phoenix
(DUCTZ of North Phoenix and Deer Valley / Glendale)
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Call DUCTZ.  Dryer vent fires cause hundreds of thousands of damage each year, in addition to untold loss of property and life.  New Residential dryer manufacturers recommend a safety inspection (and cleaning if necessary) annually in order to comply with warranties (every 6 months for commercial...
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 Connie Webb, | Cheyenne Real Estate
(Century 21 Bell Real Estate)
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How To Find The Right Carpet Cleaner For Your Home If you want to have clean carpets, then you don't want to just go and hire any company you find in the yellow pages in Cheyenne. You want to know what goes into keeping clean carpets and what exactly to look for in a good company. Keep reading to...
By N. Joel Walter, Cr (Certified Remodeler)
(N.J.W. Construction Inc)
Comments 3
As your Columbus, Ohio home improvement company, we know kitchens are usually the hub of the home, but they also can be a source of frustration, due to many factors, including, but not limited to, an awkward layout, inaccessible cabinets, lack of storage, and inadequate lighting. Incorporating th...
By JOE RYSTROM & TEAM, Real Estate Professionals
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The family mudroom is, without question, one of the highest traffic areas in the home. It battles all sorts of external elements, from rain and snow to dirt and mud. It houses countless miscellaneous essentials, including shoes and boots, jackets, umbrellas, scarves and more. It is home to pet n...
By Delaware Junk Removal Residential And Commercial Hauling Clean Outs, Whole House Clean Outs, Basements, Garages, Attics
(Delaware Junk Removal 302-530-9186)
Comments 1
Wilmington Delaware Hoarder Clean Out Junk Removal Hauling                     Delaware Junk Removal takes on the toughest jobs even hoarding clean outs.   From a single room to a entire home full of unwanted items.  With years of experience we take care to remove only the items requested at  a ...