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 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 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 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 Donna Graham, Casa Grande Real Estate Agent
(AZ New Horizon Realty)
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Pancho's Palapas Backyard Tiki Structures in Arizona. Turn Your Backyard into a Tropical Shade Oasis  Shade Structure  One-pole, 4-pole & even 6-pole Palm Leaf Shades.  Custom Tiki carvings  Available. Palapa Shade, Tiki Hut, Patio Umbrella, Backyard Shade, Tiki Pole, Carport Cover, & Landscaping...
By Brad Diepholz, "We have you covered"!
(HCS Restoration and Roofing, LLC)
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Brad Diepholz talks about “Attic Ventilation-part 1”  Brad Diepholz found the following information. Every wonder what is the purpose of attic ventilation? This seems like a simple question. Most homeowners and even some experienced contractors believe the purpose of attic ventilation is to remov...
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 Summer Robertson, Gillette, WY Agent
(Team Properties Group, LLC)
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Can you belive the Fourth of July is just around the corner? It is so fun to get involved in the festivities and enjoy the warm weather while waiting for the bursting sounds of glorious fireworks to begin! Before I get to carried away I want to thank all of the amazing service men and women aroun...
By David Popoff, Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct
(DMK Real Estate )
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Greenwich Painting Work Now Requires Permits for Homes Built Before 1978.Homes built before 1978 could possibly have lead paint that now requires permits to work on from the town of Greenwich, Connecticut. This is due to the EPA’s Renovations, Repairs, and Paint Program that is now in full effect...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Lower Fairfield CT)
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Here is the 34th installment of my top flooring blog posts.  These were written in Feb - May 2014.  Feel free to bookmark any of these if they would be helpful for you or your clients. Satin or semigloss - which is the most popular sheen for hardwood floors?Yes, many need guidance here. Which com...
By Jean Glass, A Tradition Of Trust In Real Estate
(Better Homes & Gardens)
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As the easy, warm days of summer roll by, I thought it would be fun to get your feedback on a new trend in backyard entertainment.  What do you think of this concept?As more of us choose to stay close to home entertaining friends and family, an investment in a large-screen TV that's visible from ...
By Stanley Stepak, Realtor - Avon Lake, Avon, Bay Village, Westlake,
(Howard Hanna Gold- Avon Lake, OH)
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How will you slope the gutters so they drain? It may look nicer to have level gutters, but it’s better if they slope slightly downhill toward the downspouts. Just a little slope, about 1/16 in. per foot, is all that’s needed. Long gutter runs may require downspouts on each end and a gutter that s...
By Pamela Seley, REALTOR®, CA BRE #01824145 Real Estate - Call 951.491.4063
(West Coast Realty Division)
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Lantana is popular in Southern California and is used in commercial and residential landscaping because it is drought tolerant, blooms throughout most of the year, and acts as a perennial. Lantana is the common name for this flowering plant, and is in the verbena family of shrubs with over hundre...
By Rei Mesa
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty)
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It may not be a Cape Coral luxury home. It could be any Cape Coral real estate investment you may have made and are now thinking about tackling a redo. It could be an inspiration you got from a home improvement show on television or just because you are tired of looking at the same four walls, wh...
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 Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Lower Fairfield CT)
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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 frequently asked questions I get is "What types of hardwood flooring are best for dogs?"   Of course, this is a loaded question, and it's challengin...
By Will Johnson, Sell and Stage
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Let’s face it.  Dads are awesome.  They pick their kids up when they’re down, teach them how to ride a bike and help them navigate their first trips on the highway behind the wheel.  But these dads went a little above and beyond by making amazing changes to their house that, well, what kid wouldn...
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 Patty Clark, Helping Families Make the Right Move
(Metro Brokers/Morningside Homes, LLC)
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  Grilling Safety   More people grill in July than any other month. While grilling is all about good food, fun, friends and celebrations, it is important to make sure that accidents don’t interrupt your activities. Approximately half of the injuries involving grills are thermal burns. If you work...
By Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time
(Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373)
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Air Conditioning versus Swamp Cooler The swamp cooler is  a great option for Denver residents, as most of the time our humidity level is below 10%.    If you live in a covenant community, you will need to get approval if they are to be installed on your roof.              How the swamp cooler wor...
By Inna Ivchenko, Los Angeles / Valley Homes
(Mannis Real Estate Group)
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Great news: Building permits for the city of Los Angeles are now searchable online! Over 100 years worth! Now you are  able to look up exactly when your house was built, when the garage was turned into a living room, when the 2nd bathroom was added, when the detached garage was added, and even wh...