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.

Trending blogs on Home Improvement

 
By Debb Janes, REALTOR®, EcoBroker Camas, Washington
(The Carl Group, LLC)
Comments 20
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)
Comments 15
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 Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek & Associates LLC Team)
Comments 6
How to make Natural Air FreshenerLearn how to make simple Homemade Air Fresheners that are Cheap and Safe for the Household and Environment from home staging expert John Mangano. This is an effective way to deodorize your home for home staging, easy and inexpensive and safe for the environment to...
By Audrey Black Maine
Comments 3
The importance of home maintenance ... Today my experience as a Realtor came in handy in my own home in a way I never thought it would.   I have had a few boxes sitting on my window seat that I have been meaning to go through.  Today, I decided to get those out of the way and as I remove the last...
By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
(Chris Brown | Certified Mortgage Planners)
Comments 4
If you’re moving from a large home into a smaller house or condo, you’re probably looking forward to enjoying a lower utility bill and not having to do as much cleaning. But before you move, you’ll want to take certain precautions to ensure that you’re not overwhelmed.A smaller home won’t have as...
By Rei Mesa
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty)
Comments 1
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 Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Lower Fairfield CT)
Comments 48
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.)
Comments 19
    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 Harry Ikanson
Comments 8
So you just bought an old house with an idea in mind that you will restore it to its former glory. But looking at it, you break out into a cold sweat because there seems to be so many repairs that need to be done, and you don’t even know where to start!Restoring and repairing an old house can be ...
By John Handschuh, Realtor ABR SRES, Horsham Real Estate
(RE/MAX Action Realty)
Comments 2
 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)
Comments 0
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 Roberta LaRocca, REALTOR®, Broker, Salesperson, Property Management
(Simply Vegas Real Estate)
Comments 85
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 The Scott Loper Team Lansdale & Harleysville PA Homes
(Keller Williams Real Estate - Montgomeryville)
Comments 2
  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 Bryan King, Remtech Environmental
Comments 0
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 Pat Champion
(Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty)
Comments 9
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 Nick and Cindy Davis, CRS,CLHMS,ABR,CIAS,ALHS,e-PRO,CDPE,SFR,Realtor(R)
(RE/MAX Premier Group)
Comments 3
5 Universal Design Ideas for Your Bathroom Make your bath safe and accessible for the whole family.  http://bit.ly/5-Universal-Bathroom-Ideas 
By Marcus Rice, Richmond & Northern VA REALTOR/Principal Broker, CEO/Owner, CDPE, RAR, FAAR, BBB
(Equity First Realty )
Comments 3
8 Steps To a Successful Home RenovationRenovating your home can be an exciting and rewarding process. Whether you are making modest changes in one or two rooms, or you are transforming the entire house into a dream of a lifetime, the process should be pleasant and smooth, that is if you take the ...
By Kelly Young, Colorado Springs Real Estate ~ 719-226-0126
(The Platinum Group Realtors)
Comments 1
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)
Comments 2
 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 Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind, Broker/Owner
(KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate)
Comments 10
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...