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.


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

Trending blogs on Home Improvement

 
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Lower Fairfield CT)
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Tomorrow is National Dog (August 26th) and it gives us another reason to celebrate with our furry friends.  Last week, I sent card below to our core group of realtors and some customers.  It discusses tips for choosing and maintaining your hardwood floors.   I've already had a few of my realtor ...
By Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
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    From time-to-time, I visit properties that have some rough inhabitants. Seeing fist holes in walls and doors certainly gets one’s attention. Many of these holes can be fixed quickly and easily for under $10. Supplies:    Hardware cloth or heavy screen    String    Pencil    Joint knife    Mas...
By John Handschuh, Realtor ABR SRES, Horsham Real Estate
(RE/MAX Action Realty)
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 5  Ideas to Improve Your Home Are you spending too much time and money making the wrong renovations to your home? If you are like most homeowners, it can be hard to know which projects ultimately add the most value. Fortunately, there is online guidance detailing which improvements show the grea...
By Joe McCord
(REAA)
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Building a swimming pool is an excellent way to increase the resale value of your home, but it is also very time consuming. Here are some ideas on how to build a pool. Step 1: Design Your Pool on PaperBefore you even begin to build your own pool, you must first draw up plans for your swimming poo...
By Debb Janes, REALTOR®, EcoBroker Camas, Washington
(The Carl Group, LLC)
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Zen and The Art of House Painting  or, How Achieving Consensus in a Multi-Gen Household is Also An ArtPainting is one of my favorite home improvement activities.  After a few of those projects, interior or exterior, you recognize that most of the thought and activity goes into planning: selecting...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Lower Fairfield CT)
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Here is the 38th installment of my top flooring blog posts.  These were written in June - Aug 2015.  I'm now fully caught up.  Yay! Feel free to bookmark any of these if they would be helpful for you or your clients. Blonde and light hardwood flooring - which types are lightest?  For those lookin...
By Roberta LaRocca, REALTOR®, Broker, Salesperson, Property Management
(Simply Vegas Real Estate)
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Alert - Failing KitchenAid Refrigerator Control Boards, part numbers 2307028 and the replacement W10219463, are no longer available, and apparently have had a fairly high failure rate. For the good news, I may be able to provide you with a possible simple repair as you read on.  These refrigerato...
By Bryan King, Remtech Environmental
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Much was made in the media about the National Hurricane Center’s lower-than-average prediction for the number of hurricanes in 2015. So far their predictions have proven accurate. However, in 1992 Hurricane Andrew devastated south Florida in a year with only seven named storms. It only takes one ...
By The Scott Loper Team Lansdale & Harleysville PA Homes
(Keller Williams Real Estate - Montgomeryville)
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  Q. What is the problem with knob and tube wiring?A.  Homes built from the late 1800s to the 1940s often have knob and tube electrical wiring. This is where electrical wires anchored by ceramic insulating knobs pass through tubes placed inside holes drilled in the joists of the house. Although i...
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 Kelly Young, Colorado Springs Real Estate ~ 719-226-0126
(The Platinum Group Realtors)
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Colorado Homes often have what is commonly here referred to as a "mud room".  Not that we have a lot of rain (unless it is May 2011) but more symbolic of the fact that people who live here tend to love the outdoors and enjoy various activities year round.  They also love their homes and having a...
By Kent Temple, Specializing in Lake Norman Real Estate
(THE TEMPLE TEAM)
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 Just because the sun goes down doesn't mean you have to stop enjoying the outdoors! Whether you're planning an outdoor get-together or you just want it for yourself ... it's great to have a lot of outdoor lighting glow. You can have candles or battery operated candles, lamps with oil, landscape ...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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 In a word...or two.. or three...Does Size Matter ?    Yes ...and No.   As listing agents when we look at homes in an area that have sold...we are careful to analyze every aspect.    It is NOT just the square feet....that may be  larger but the floors are vinyl, the wallpaper plentiful, the mech...
By Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind, Broker/Owner
(KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate)
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Purchasing a condo comes with many benefits - and possibly additional benefits that are covered under the home owners association.  But often HOA coverage is different from owner insurance coverage. Here are few of the differences:The Insurance Information Institute offers these guidelines for th...
By Sharon Sigman, Sharon Sigman
(RE/MAX )
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Trends come and go, and while everyone wants to be on the forefront, with a home that showcases the latest, greatest, hottest and chicest stuff, not all trends are created equal. And not all are meant for everyone. Get vertigo from busy patterns? Perhaps you want to stay away from that herringbon...
By Eric Boucher, The FHA/VA Condo Project Approval Guy
(ReadySetLoan Condo Team LLC)
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In the article below, Gabrielle does and outstanding job of explaining the difference between a condominium's HOA Master Insurance Policy and the unit owner insurance policy.  There is a distinct difference that every unit owner should understand.Please go to Gabrille's original post to leave a c...
By Teral McDowell
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A big part of homeownership is keeping up with the maintenace. As I write this I am waiting on a repairman to get my air conditioner going again. Here in Texas the days are rather warm in August and into September so having that coolant is a plus. Sometimes home maintenace can be achieved by the ...
By Rei Mesa
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty)
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Remodeling projects on Boca Raton luxury homes may require a contractor. The most popular remodeling projects include kitchen, bathrooms and bedroom overhauls, updated lighting, and expanded closets and pantries. With any of these, it’s probably a good idea to hire a contractor to ensure the home...
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 Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 707-812-7668
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
Comments 6
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...