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 Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
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Give Your Guests the Spa Treatment! One of the perks of living in South Florida means you’ll have as much company as you can handle.  Even though many family members and other guests visit us at Spring Break and during the summer, we’re never at a loss for house guests throughout the year. So, wh...

By Lauren Williams, Professional Organizer: Puget Sound homes
(Casual Uncluttering LLC)
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It snowed in my neck of the suburbs yesterday, heavily enough that my son got a snow day even though his school was open. Snow and cold and stranded cars led me to thoughts of garages. Spring and Summer and being able to get a garage organized without freezing to death, so someone can find the ti...

By William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.
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I have seen a few mold cases in the last couple of years.Some had a company come in and remove all the mold.The mold was coming back before the tail lights went out of site. Getting rid of the mold is just the start.The moisture problem also needs to be addressed.If the moisture is still there th...

By Laura Sellers, www.Auburn-Realtor.com; Auburn, AL Real Estate
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.Auburn-Realtor.com, EXPERT IN AUBURN REAL ESTATE SERVICES)
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Would you like to make your kitchen in your Auburn, AL house or Opelika, AL home feel bigger?  If you’re remodeling a kitchen and looking to create more space without having to add on or move walls, your design choices may make a big impact. First, start by selecting lighter colors, such as grays...

By Jennifer Mackay, Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582
(Keller Williams Success Realty)
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If you are a new home owner or even if you are an experienced "old timer" such as myself, there are always home items that need to be maintained and Spring is the time of year many of us home owners use tackle these chores. Here is a short list of Spring maintenance repairs you may want to undert...

By Victoria Henderson Marshall Henderson, Real Estate for Home Buyers with Buyer's Edge
(Buyer's Edge Company Inc)
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An egress window is required in every bedroom including basements. Code varies depending on where you live. Many homes for sale in Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland pre-date code requirements. If you are replacing windows in an older home, it's a good time to consider bringing the basement win...

By Ana Hitzel, Home Stager Inland Empire & Palm Springs
( AccentPositives Home Staging )
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Stagers know that the lighter and brighter a property is during showings the more likely it is to grab potential buyers. Light and bright make a home welcoming and cheerful. If you look at photos of staged properties many times you see that windows are left “naked” or treated with very light shee...

By Granite Heroes, Marble, Granite & Terrazzo Restoration
(Granite Heroes)
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Granite Heroes Buffalo Grove stone restoration archive, documents a day in the life of Granite Heroes. FREE ESTIMATES for all clients in Buffalo Grove, Illinois. Step into our shoes, as we clean, polish & restore showers, counter tops, flooring and more. Book Online today and receive 10% off your...

By Greg Wayman, ASHI Certified Inspector - 402-330-1701
(Foundation-2-Rooftop, Inc.)
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Hallowell International was founded in 2005 and went out of business in 2011.  They had a hot product called the Acadia which was an air source heat pump that could heat a house down to -32 degrees F!  Their claim to fame was that you didn't need to have a back up heat source if you installed the...

By Jeffrey Masich, Arizona Homes and Land to Buy or Sell
(HomeSmart in Scottsdale, Arizona)
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What is the favorite thing I do as a Realtor and the best thing to do in order to sell a home? Make a home "SMILE"!A baby's smile is inviting, your home should be alsoYou heard right! Same as a cute baby, or in an interview. Smile, sparkle, make the interviewer like you. Same thing with your home...

By Joe McCord
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 One great thing about owning a home is the possibility of using it as a space to do work. There are many great benefits to having a home office. It can help you make income for your family while not being forced to sacrifice as much time away from them (be sure to read this post from a fellow Ac...

By Lennar Corporation
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With the kids out of school for the summer, storing and organizing craft supplies might be at the top of your to-do list. With the fun and freedom of creativity comes the responsibility of cleaning up and organizing – a great summertime lesson for kids. Our Lennar team searched the web and found...

By Paul Antonelli, Broker Owner; NextHome Antonelli Realty
(NextHome Antonelli Realty)
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There is no reason to spend a fortune on sprucing up a home’s front yard. With simple inexpensive touches, you can add life back to a dingy, played out house. Here are a few quick tips according to Realty Times. #1 Take a symmetrical approach."Balancing the elements of your yard on either side of...

By Granite Heroes, Marble, Granite & Terrazzo Restoration
(Granite Heroes)
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Granite Heroes Beach Park stone restoration archive, documents a day in the life of Granite Heroes. FREE ESTIMATES for all clients in Beach Park, Illinois. Step into our shoes, as we clean, polish & restore showers, counter tops, flooring and more. Book Online today and receive 10% off your servi...

By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 707-812-7668
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
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Is there a minimum amount of repairs required for an FHA 203k?The FHA standard or full 203k has a mandatory requirement of a minimum of what I call "must do work" or work that would qualify the structure (1-4 units) for the program. Those, for the most part, are health and safety, or "of necessit...

By Brian Burke, Broker & Advising Expert-Denver Luxury Real Estate
(Kenna Real Estate)
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Clean Dusty potted plants with some mild soap and water...www.KennaRealEstate.com 
Unexpected touches, cute patterns, and the smart use of colour can make dullness a thing of the past. With spring just a few weeks away, a quick swapping of accessories might be all you need to revive your kitchen. Below are some of the colourful and creative accent ideas you can use to transitio...

By Inna Ivchenko, Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Los Angeles CA
(Barcode Properties)
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Heating water consumes about 13 percent of the annual bill for the typical single-family home, says EnergyStar.It you’re not ready to invest in a new, more efficient water heater, there are still steps you can take to cut your water heating costs.1. Reduce the temperature. Set the temperature on ...

By James Murr, www.cortiersrealestate.com
(Cortiers Real Estate)
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Are you wanting to build your next home, but don’t really know where to start? It seems like there a millions things to consider before you can make any progress. Don’t stress, here are some tips to help you start! Look at various floor plans  Are you wanting a one story or two story? How many be...

By April Stephens, Broker/Realtor - Johnston & Wake County
(RE/MAX One Realty)
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  Josh is the founder and president of Paragon Building Group, Inc., a full-service design-build custom home builder headquartered in Raleigh, NC. Josh began working in construction at the age of 15 and worked many summers with a local general contractor. “Throughout high school, I worked in cons...