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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By Rick Cignoli, Sr. Mortgage Officer
(Norcom Mortgage)
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There comes a time in many families lives when they realize their First Home no longer fits their needs. Maybe more space is required for a growing family or a pay raise allows you to upgrade to something a little nicer. Before deciding whether to renovate your current home or move into a new one...
By Stacey Mayer, Snohomish-Homes.com
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Remodeling and repair can add usability, and restore enjoyment, to a valuable real estate property.  But, it needs to be done efficiently, and correctly, in order to save time, and preserve the family from added stress. Any builders with this reputation are gold; some clients won't even share the...
By Terry Records
(Records Results!Real Estate)
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 If you are thinking about selling your home in the future, it is wise to think about how you can increase your property value. There are many ways you can do so with just a little bit of time and effort.  With the realty market in Florida doing quite well, now is prime time to list your property...
“Trees are the earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.”  -Rabindranath Tagore   Almost every home contains a few houseplants and probably some fine landscaping outdoors, but now, architects and homeowners are taking the green living movement to a new level by incorporating live ...
By Anthony Alfano
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Your year-round home maintenance checklist.   If you’re a homeowner, then you’ll agree that it’s a whole lot of work to clean and maintain your house and yard. It might even feel like more of our time is spent mowing and painting and cleaning than with our families! But if you don’t stay on top o...
By Dan Johns, Professional Rug Cleaning&Restoration
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Vacuuming removes the majority of the soil from rugs. Cleaning the carpet removes oily sticky soil that builds up on rug fibers. The odor and dirt tracked indoors is also removed. Rug cleaning, like other spring cleaning chores, is not on the list of fun things to do. It is necessary and should b...
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 Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource
(Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Huntsville AL)
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Solar EnergyConsidering building a new home in Huntsville, Alabama or purchasing an existing home? The following might be something of interest to you if you want to cut utility bills and go green.A challenge faced producing solar energy is collecting and storing it in an efficient way. The early...
By Erika Rogers, St George Utah Real Estate & local info.
(Re/Max First Realty)
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Summer Maintenance Tips – St. George UT Real EstateSummer maintenance tips for your home this year. If you missed my Spring Maintenance Tips then it's not too late for summer maintenance tips that can help you get those important semi-annual home projects done before more time passes by. Therefor...
By Pamela Seley, REALTOR®, CA BRE #01824145 Real Estate - Call 951.491.4063
(West Coast Realty Division)
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I wrote about a Wax-leaf Privet tree I snapped a photo of during one in my wanderings. Today I was at Diamond Valley Golf Course in Southwest Hemet, only a 15-minute drive to Temecula wine country, and snapped this photo of this Wax-leaf Privet pruned to make a hedge. Wax-leaf Privet hedge at Dia...
By The Friendly Home Team, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate
(Realty Pro Oregon, LLC)
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Right now you are thinking it isn't time to insulate pipes. In reality, it is the perfect time. It isn't freezing yet and it iseasier to get under the house when it is dry.There are two ways that pipes can beinsulated. The first involves insulating tape and the second involves a foam product.Here...
By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
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Home Safety and Security should be a high priority for everyone! Here are a few tips to help! Posted on Jun 21, 2015 by Endre Barath in Home Improvements  Home Safety and Security should be a high priority for everyone! Here are a few tips to help!Sadly we live in times when we have to be more c...
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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 Add Home Value with These Indoor Décor IdeasContributed by Kristin BeltPlease click here for original post.If you’re like a lot of homeowners today, you might be tempted to chalk decorating choices up to personal preference and think they have little to do with home value — but this is a mistake...
By The Crews Team At Keller Williams Realty
(The Crews Team, Keller Williams Realty)
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Village of Idlewild Home Values: Painting Tips to Ensure a Quick SaleVillage of Idlewild homeowners - No matter how much you rearrange or decorate a room, nothing affects appearance like a fresh coat of paint. When you enter a Village of Idlewild home, your eye may be drawn to little decorative t...
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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I had recently came across a article about the specific rules pertaining to our great and amazing flag of our United States. But did everyone happen to know there are detailed rules to how you can portay your patriotism? We all know that you have to be respectful to the flag but also for what it ...
By sandy straley, Selling Homes for over 35 Years
(Rindlesbach Homes)
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Millcreek Homes          10 simple ways to save energy and money this summer: Set your air conditioner thermostat as high as comfortable – we recommend 78ºF or higher when you’re at home, and 85ºF when you’re gone. Keep inside air vents clear from furniture and other objects.   Have your central ...
By The Myers Team | Las Vegas Top Realtors ®, | Nobody Finds BUYERS Faster Than The MYERS
(Simply Vegas Real Estate)
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Las Vegas, Nevada -- Las Vegas is a beautiful place to live; however, it’s no secret that the desert gets “a little hot” between May and October.  In fact, it’s not uncommon to see consecutive triple digit temperatures for many months in a row.  One of the biggest mistakes Las Vegas homebuyers ma...
By Denise Dimares, Realtor, Investor Serving DC and MD
(Exit Bennett Realty)
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While some home upgrades can add value to your home, others don’t measure up as well. One of the worst offenders? The home office remodel. Many home remodeling projects do wonders for the value of the home including a gourmet kitchen, finished basement with a theater room, an additional room or a...
By Michael Dagner, Your Denver Homes Realty Expert
(Brokers Guild Classic)
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Have dogs?  Considering installing hardwood floors anytime soon?   Read this before buying.  Content is courtesy of my AR associate, Debbie Gartner. Yes, today is National Dog Day (August 26th).  I love dogs (as well as cats) and many of my customers have the most wonderful dogs.  One of the most...
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 Window Has Lost It's Seal,It Needs To Be Replaced.  Dual pane windows do not last forever, they will need to be replaced. The insulation value is connected to the space and properties between the two panes of glass, it is sealed. Over time the gaskets will fail and the seal broken.  How do ...