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.


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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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10 Easiest Home Upgrades to Increase House Value  by David GlennFor original post please click here.Whether planning to sell the house, have it rented out, or simply for personal satisfaction, a little renovation and upgrade is always necessary to help increase its market value. In order to boost...
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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Need Space?   I find myself just looking at all these nifty ideas on how you can go about improving the space around our house without really spending a whole lot of money on new closets around the house. Pintrest is the main place for all these ideas. But I ran across an article from My Realty T...
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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 When Walkways Get Dangerous  We often take those outdoor walkways for granted, they appear to be safe from the top. Regular inspections can help to disclose those walkways that have become dangerous. Finding out the troubled areas and repairing the water damaged construction can prevent a disast...
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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 I'm Sure It Will Go Unnoticed By Most Buyers Okay, so you are looking at building or repairing that deck of yours and want to get some ideas to make those deck improvements. You head over to your local Big Box Hardware store to look at some displays, check the prices, and collect some design ide...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Lower Fairfield CT)
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I always recommend that we test stain colors for our customers on their own floor before committing to color.  After all, the stains come out different on different floors pending on the species, grade of wood and age.  Also, even within the same floor, some pieces are lighter and some are darker...
By Rei Mesa
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty)
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Living greener is not only good for the environment but also for your personal finances. Many people, including owners of Weston luxury homes, think that to live green means they have to spend a lot of money. That is simply not the case. There are many ways for Weston luxury homes and their owner...
 A small change can create a huge impact on a room’s ambiance. It can make a room seem brighter, feel brand-new, or make a house feel truly like a home. Don’t believe that? Then read on!If you feel that you’re tired of your home’s look or décor, then this post is definitely for you! Below are 8 s...
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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Found An Aritlce About Decluttering And I Just Love It!                                                                                                                                            Flickr/Sean MacEntee   Zero clutter sir! I abosulty hate it. But when we get down to the actual task o...
By Sam Shueh, mba, cdpe, reopro, pe
( (408) 425-1601)
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Home renovation is a $400 billion business. But that doesn't mean every renovation is a successful one. So how do you know which ones bring home the ROI and which ones you shouldn't waste your time - and money ? We consult Remodeling magazine's Cost vs Value Report to find the highest return on i...
By Rummy Dhanoa, Rummy Dhanoa
(New York Real Estate Experts)
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The housing market has made a strong recovery, not only in sales and prices, but also in the confidence of consumers and experts as an investment. In a New York Times editorial entitled, “Homeownership and Wealth Creation” they explain:“Homeownership long has been central to Americans’ ability t...
By Nick and Cindy Davis, CRS,CLHMS,ABR,CIAS,ALHS,e-PRO,CDPE,SFR,Realtor(R)
(RE/MAX Premier Group)
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3 Home Upgrade Options for a $1,000 BudgetLooking to update your home without spending a pile of cash? Here are three projects you can complete for just $1,000 each. http://bit.ly/Upgrade-Options    
By Sharon Sigman, Sharon Sigman
(RE/MAX )
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Gutters should be an important consideration when it comes to purchasing a new home because of the expense it can cost you down the line, however, the function of gutters is often overlooked. Gutters serve two main purposes: to make sure water does not gather on your roof and to make sure water i...
By Rosemarie Heindel, Rosemarie Heindel
(Harry Norman Realtors)
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Well that time came for my husband and I to start updating our home. As a Realtor we are great at telling others what they need to freshen up their house, but we are TERRIBLE at taking our own advice.  Time just slipped away from us, but we vowed we would start. Not that we have any plans of sell...
By Fred Carver, Accredited Victoria BC Real Estate Consultant
(RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate)
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SPEECHLESS SUNDAY FLOWER CLOSE UPS.My Favorite time in our garden is the Spring time. Here's a couple of macro photos I took a few Springs ago in my Garden in Victoria BC.How about you when is your favorite time in the garden in your yard or around your town or city?SPEECHLESS SUNDAY FLOWER CLOSE...
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 Audrey Black Maine
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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 Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek & Associates LLC Team)
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Conserve energy, be environmentally friendly and save some money with theseGreen Homes - Energy-Saving Tips Inside Your Home In this informative video, energy expert David Mizejewski from the National Wildlife Federation shares some simple and easy ways to "Green" your home as well as saving ener...
By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek & Associates LLC Team)
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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 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 Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
(Chris Brown | Certified Mortgage Planners)
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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...