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.

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By Lynne Hart Herrera, St. Louis City Homes, Rehabs, Multifamilies
(Keller Williams Realty)
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After finishing a year long rehab on our new (to us) home, the free sprited daredevil in me elected along with my husband to purchase a gorgeous cream colored cigar couch.  It looked GREAT.  Little did I consider the anxiety it would give me - we love red wine at our house.  Ultimately I left it ...
By Tammie White, Franklin Homes Realty, Franklin TN
((615) 495-0752 or www.FranklinHomesRealty.com)
Comments 18
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 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 Rob Ernst, Reno, NV-775-342-4767- Inspector & Energy Auditor
(Certified Structure Inspector)
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We are getting towards the end of the year which is the time when many people change out the batteries in theier smoke alarms. Dead battieries are a major cause of people not being warned of fire in the home. Worst yet many homes lack the proper amount of detectors and many home don't even have o...
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 Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Lower Fairfield CT)
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Carpet Trends for 2014What's stylish when it comes to carpeting? Here are the carpet trends that I'm seeing for 2014 in Westchester, NY. As you'll see, some of the trends overlap.  Styles may differ a bit across the country both due to geographic/climate differences as well as other area may be a...
By Ashley Cox, Dallas City Center Realtors
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If you're considering putting your home on the market, there are a plethora of improvements you can make that will attract buyers to your home. But chatting with your neighbor or watching HGTV won't necessarily tell you which of those improvements to put money into.The trick is to spend on improv...
By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 707-812-7668
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
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Can I replace the foundation with a 203k loan?I have a 203K client that is starting the project from the foundation (pier and beam).  During the estimate development process, the contractor selected is recommending replacement of all piers is that okay to replace all piers and still remain compli...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Lower Fairfield CT)
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When it comes to hardwood floors, which type of finish sheen is most in style?Originally posted at: What type of sheen is most popular for hardwood? Satin or Semi-gloss? There are 4 levels of hardwood floor finish sheens: Matte, Satin, Semi-gloss, Glossy (from least shiny to most shiny)The sheen ...
By Robert Hammerstein, Bergen County NJ Real Estate
(Keller Williams Valley Realty)
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Bergen County N.J. - Energy Saving Tips!   In Bergen County New Jersey the Winter months begin to kick in right after Halloween when the evening temperatures start to really take a dip.  Home heating costs always seem to go up at this time of the year as the temperatures go down.  Whether you hea...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Lower Fairfield CT)
Comments 22
Yes, it happens.  We lose customers/clients as they think they can save money by going with someone else.  It happens all the time. Well every once in a while karma works, and they come back to you.  Today I met with a customer from last year who moved into a new home.  I spent a lot of time with...
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 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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Fall Temps are Here - Time to Think About Winterizing   Colorado is experiencing it's first taste of cooler weather and it won't be long before we see freezing temperatures.   Time for  everyone  to get their outside hoses unhooked.   With overnight temperatures below freezing, this could damage...
By Joanna Cohlan, Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes
(Fresh Eyes For Your Home)
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Whew!!! I was finally able to take some photos of the Harlem Brownstone that I've worked on for the past 8 months. I originally wrote about this brownstone in my post Interior Design is Like a Game of Chess, and I've showed you the some "before" and some "in progress" along the way.  Well, today ...
By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 707-812-7668
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
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When does it make sense to refinance before 6 months is up?You just purchased a home, it isn't quite the way you wanted it but you needed to close the loan quickly, or so everyone told you. Now you can't really enjoy it till you get it fixed up and everyone is now telling you that you need to let...
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 Elite Team, Realtors/Career Consultant
(Keller Williams Realty Acadiana)
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Homeowners spend more money on kitchen remodeling than on any other home improvement project. And with good reason: Kitchens are the hub of home life and a source of pride.A significant portion of kitchen remodeling costs may be recovered by the value the project brings to your home. Kitchen remo...
By Tina Fountain
(Tina Fountain, REALTORS)
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Have you ever driven up to your home and felt under whelmed by its appearance? Have you ever wondered why some homes look great while others lack zest? Do you have a favorite street you like to drive down because all the homes on it look sophisticated?What is Curb Appeal?If you've answered "yes" ...
By Andrew Payne Realtor® Richmond VA Homes For Sale~804-938-5257~, Richmond, VA, Real Estate, SRES®, NAR Green
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty)
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#1 - Painting Tops the List While getting my own home ready for the market this fall, I find that painting does go a long way!  Although cost and quality can vary, I will shop around for a quality paint for the best price.  Lowe's and Home Depot can be a great resource.  (Also, I like to check my...
By Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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At the start of this week I had the great opportunity of working with client located along the Gold Coast of New Jersey. Their home was pretty impressive, 8,966 square-footage, 13 rooms, 2 three car garages, a beautiful Zen garden, and so much more! Bottom line, there was a lot of space. Keep thi...