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 Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little REALTOR® That Could
(Dallas Premier Keller Williams Realty)
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  Here's an idea for substituting personal photographs for something whimsy and memorable. It sure put a smile on my face when showing houses a few days ago and it left an impession on my client's too!  Putting a home on the market is a great opportunity to try something different and be creative...
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 See Where The Leak Was, Why Are We Not Repairing It?   I'm not always sure what it is that goes through the thinking process of management sometimes, I just do as I am instructed. To do more may make sense to me but I may not know all the facts. This ceiling was the result of a water leak a few...
By Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI,ABR, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Keller Williams Realty Partners)
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That was until the gentlemen from JSA showed up. You see, my front steps and porch were beginning to settle. If left alone, they would have pulled away from the house and left a gap. I have visited many homes in our area where I have seen this. From cracks just starting to form, to 2-4 inch crack...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Lower Fairfield CT)
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Just in time.  Here is September's epic flooring post.  Actually, I posted the original on my site on September 27. Warning to my Active Rain Colleagues:  This is a long epic article - over 3,000 words.  It is targeted for consumers searching for flooring advice.  I know this may be too long for ...
By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 707-812-7668
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
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ALERT! "IMPORTANT INFO FOR FIRE VICTIMS"We need to get the word out as fast as possible. With over 1,888 homes damaged in the fire we need to get the word out fast BEFORE the foundations are removed. I lost a business, a 5,000 SF brick warehouse full of stuff I had took 45 years to accumulate, to...
By Tammie White, Franklin Homes Realty, Franklin TN
((615) 495-0752 or www.FranklinHomesRealty.com)
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Today, we received a repair request from the buyers of one of our listings. The house was built in 2010 so we knew there wouldn't be much, if anything, to do. As expected, the list consisted of a few handyman repairs; no plumbing, electrical, HVAC or roofing items.Mr. Seller is quite handy and kn...
By Richard Daskam, Your Real Estate Consultant
(Keller Williams Realty)
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We have a list of vendors that have done a good job for us and for our clients over the years that we provide to new buyers, listing clients, and any past clients that ask for a referral.
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 Belinda Johns, Northern Virginia "Hometown" Realtor
(Exit Realty)
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 Fall  has arrived ! Now is the time to start thinking aboutHome Maintenance to get your home ready for the cold months ahead.  Here are some tips to get you started: 1.Schedule your semi-annual HVAC system servicing to make sure the heat will come on when it’s time to close the windows. 2. Mulch...
By Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI, Presence,Persistence & Perseverance
(Allison James Estates & Homes)
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Here is a new infographic from the California Association of Realtors® (CAR) and the Contractors State License Board (CSLB). This should prove helpful to many homeowners unfamiliar with the proper flow of activities that should be followed in order to assure success with positive results when und...
By Rob Thomas, Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro
(Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954)
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Fall Is The Perfect Time For Aeration and Seeding Your Lawn! Home and property tip of the day .....Fall Is The Perfect Time For Aeration and Seeding Your Lawn!  Now is the perfect time for lawn maintenance .... Here's 4 really good tips so that you'll have a great looking yard come Spring! 1. Law...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Lower Fairfield CT)
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Below is my 24th email newsletter to realtors.  Yes, it marks my 2 year anniversary and it seems to be doing well. I think, though, that next month, I may switch over the program to my CRM program (Activecampaign.com) as a) it will save me some money, b) make management of everything better and e...
By Kent Temple, Specializing in Lake Norman Real Estate
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Fall is a great time to get some much need things done around the house before it's too chilly to go outside. Here's a helpful list of things to do in and around the house before you settle in for the Winter!Clean air filtersClean windows and window sillsClean curtains, shades, shutters, blinds a...
By Marina Gavrylyuk, Marina
(Sutton Group Summit)
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There are lots of reputable home improvement businesses that rely upon “person-to-person” marketing to get new customers.Unfortunately, there are also some undesirable contractors whose plan is to relieve you of your possessions and/or money while performing substandard, overpriced services that ...
By DeeDee Riley, Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas
(Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA)
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Whenever my buyers have a home inspection, I like to hear what the inspector says as I always learn something !  One thing he is always looking for: Is the electrical panel labeled?I use to think that I had that covered at my house as the few times I've looked or needed to shut off a breaker ours...
By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek & Associates LLC Team)
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Renovating your Home the Green Way  As a GREEN Realtor and Certified Green Building Professional I am asked the same important question from homeowners as they undertake renovations throughout their residences: “How can I make my home green; more environmentally friendly?”  They know that it’s no...
By Mykel Martin, The TCR Group at Keller Williams Realty
((909) 476-9600 ~ www.WeLoveRanchoCucamonga.com)
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5 Home Remodel Projects That Will Pay Off Big Remodeling Magazine recently released the 2015 Cost vs. Value Report, that outlines the 35 most popular home additions, remodels and replacements that increases homeowner's resale value.  If you're considering making improvements on your home, I have ...
By Roy Barker
(Dockside Realty, Inc.)
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In continuing with the series on SW Florida Palm trees, we are going to take a look at Coconut Palms.  Coconut Palms come in two basic varieties, tall and dwarf.  The most common are the Jamaican Talls and Malayan Dwarfs.Although there are some commercial growers in Florida, most Coconut Palms ar...
By Reuben Saltzman, Minneapolis Home Inspections
(Structure Tech Home Inspections)
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Dirty bathrooms are a huge turnoff for home buyers.  Mold is another huge turnoff.  Combine the two and the 'yuck' factor multiplies.  I think everyone has seen moldy bathroom caulk before, and if you've tried cleaning this stuff, you know it's impossible.   I recently moved in to home with some...
By Kent Temple, Specializing in Lake Norman Real Estate
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 What's the HOT New Trend in Kitchen Faucets? Of course chrome, satin nickel and polished nickel have been the "go to" choices and safe bets for years and always will be ... there are a few new choices that are becoming more and more popular. New choices include these warm tones with gold, bronze...