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.

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

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

By John Handschuh, Realtor ABR SRES, Horsham Real Estate
(RE/MAX Action Realty)
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So you're selling your house. Congratulations! But, uh, what are you going to do about that kitchen? You know, the one you've been saying for years you wanted to renovate but never got around to? The thing is, you're not going to have as many prospective buyers with an eyesore like that. Here are...

By Doug Dawes, Your Personal Realtor®
(Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA)
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Pam & I are excited today. Why, you say? It's simple. Today we are having Artisan Flooring, in Groveland, MA coming by to install our new Mannington bathroom floor! Then Mark Jr. Plumbing will install a new Kohler Cimarron commode...the 16½" tall version. 1.28 gallons per flush. Or, should I say ...

By Lyn Sims, Schaumburg IL Area Real Estate
(RE/MAX Suburban - Northwest Suburbs of Chicago)
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This is one of the true mysteries with home improvement posts & articles. There is such a giant variance in price that the high end seems insane & the low end seems too reasonable. They're smokin' something I'm afraid .... Here's a case in point ... every year Remodeling Magazine puts out a Cost...

By Dianne Goode, Realtor/Broker
(Raleigh Cary Realty)
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It's common wisdom that we should get three estimates and take the lowest bid.  That's just being an intelligent consumer, right?  But I would argue that the lowest bid is rarely the best choice.Now if the item is the product of mass manufacture -- a car, for example -- that's different.   I'm ta...

By Lauren Williams, Professional Organizer: Puget Sound homes
(Casual Uncluttering LLC)
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The lovely photo of a pristine bathroom above is NOT representative of the wet mess I, no eyeglasses yet, no coffee, squelched onto first thing 5:30 this cold Pacific Northwest morning. My supply line - OK, what is a supply line??? - had sprung a leak overnight, gracing me with a lake in the cabi...

By Wendi-Mae Davis, CRS, GRI, Broker Associate
(Future Homes & Real Estate)
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The Top 5 Household projects that give the Highest ROI (Return on investment)...may surprise you!  Now that the sun is out, and Spring is almost here, many of us are starting to think about what we can do to clean and brighten their homes.  The top 5 projects are:Garage Door Replacement-85% ROI, ...

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 Joanna Cohlan, Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes
(Fresh Eyes For Your Home)
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Whether it's your new white kitchen or a new upholstered sofa - nothing is as timeless as white.For years, white furniture was considered casual and beachy.  White walls were considered boring and institutional and white bedding reminded us too much of our grandma's house- remember those old whit...

By BILL CHERRY, Broker & Wealth Coach
(Bill Cherry, Realtor)
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A woman who I didn't know, called me a week or so ago at the suggestion of a mutual friend.The woman lives in California, but she and her husband had bought a Dallas home in a popular and hot 1930s section of bungalows. The MLS shows that they paid $425,000 for it; apparently it was a cash sale. ...

(RE/MAX Premier Group)
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Home homeowners who sign up to have their homes redecorated and remodeled on a reality Television are having regrets. They say they got stuck paying thousands of dollars afterwards as a result of TV renovations. See why here Give Consideration to the Television Home Makeover 

By Peter Mohylsky, Your Bucket List Broker.
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Peoples wants and desires with regards to homes are constantly changing.   It is much easier to look back and see what the trends have been over the lasy year rather than look forward to see what will happen in the future.  Here are a few items I have noticed in the Destin area with regards to Lu...

By Mark Neighbor, Sell House Fast In Georgia
(A O Home Solutions - Sell House Georgia - Buy House Georgia)
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Would you like to do all rehab projects for less? Save money every day. I have been using this for a long time and it has saved me a lot of money. Would it be worth your time to find out how to get discounts at big box stores you buy or rent equipment and supplies from? You will pay less for wood...

By Hillary Sheperd, Co-Owner ~ Servpro of Scarsdale / Mount Vernon, NY
(Servpro of Scarsdale / Mount Vernon)
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This is a worthy blog from our Rainmaker, Reuben, with odd weather and icy temps, then 60 degree days. Most business and homeowners / sellers are not aware of the damage that an ice dam buildup can cause.  Remember that DIY is great, but getting on a ladder or on the freezing ground to clear gutt...

By Granite Heroes, Marble, Granite & Terrazzo Restoration
(Granite Heroes)
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Granite Heroes traveled to Park Ridge, Il to do a job this week. We restored a marble floor. The floor had not been worked on for about 20 years. So, as  you can imagine the marble floor had some cracks that we fixed, etch marks that we removed, water spots that were removed and very dull. We wer...
Knowing ahead of time which people coming into your life have bad intentions towards you and/or your loved ones would be a wonderful thing.Sure, the fact that even one person has bad intentions towards you is a little unsettling, but wouldn’t you at least like to know ahead of time who they are?T...

By Brian Burke, Broker & Advising Expert-Denver Luxury Real Estate
(Kenna Real Estate)
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Clean Up your Garage Space... www.KennaRealEstate.com 

By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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Similar to "Interment" which is the act of laying the dead to rest, Immurement  is the burying or concealing of items in the structure of a house.  Have you ever heard of the ancient burial practice called "Immurement"? I'm not a Realtor nor am I a Graverobber, but I was absolutely fascinated to ...

By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 707-812-7668
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
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Who can actually close a 203k loan fast in Marin County?There are lots of lenders who profess to be able to close a renovation loan quickly and then there are those who actually do close them quickly. But remember it isn't all on their shoulders, your client or the client must take an active role...

By Lauren Williams, Professional Organizer: Puget Sound homes
(Casual Uncluttering LLC)
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Do you have a Harry Potter closet? As I sit in my apartment, pondering how to find another few inches of space next to my water heater for the shipment of boxes which arrived two weeks earlier than I expected, I’m somehow reminded of Harry Potter’s cupboard under the stairs. A nuisance space, too...