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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Trending blogs on Home Improvement

By Ellen Caruso
(Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty)
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Aren't you excited that Iron, Iron, Iron..... is everywhere?  Iron doors and details are the latest rage in New Construction! We see ornate Iron Gates, Iron Doors, Iron Balconies, Iron Lighting Fixtures and Iron Railings inside and out. All the details can be a strong form of expression! Some eve...
By Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com
(Zion Realty)
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Whether you're purchasing a brand new construction home or a resale property, one of the decisions you are most likely to be faced with is the option to upgrade counter tops. Very rarely will a home come furnished with your exact taste, style, color, or type of counter top and there are multiple ...
By Hannah Williams, Expertise in NE Philadelphia & Bucks County
(Re/Max Eastern inc.)
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 HelpfulHannahs Tips How to Get Blood Out of Carpets  Yesterday when playing with my Siamese cat Cleo . She bit me on the vein on my wrist . It was really in a bad spot and blood was gushing   Enough of the gory details but there was blood everywhere . I was so upset I called my daughter on speak...
By Joshua Frederick, Home Inspector - Northwest Ohio
(Home Inspector for ASPEC Residential Services, LLC)
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And it's all small stuff. Well, most of the time anyway.  As a home inspector, I  come across a lot of "small" stuff during the course of an inspection, after all, I do like to be thorough, detailed, and comprehensive when performing inspections.  In fact, I've built up a reputation as being all ...
By Svetlana Marinkovic, SecurityNational Mortgage Company
(SecurityNational Mortgage Company)
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FHA Second Chances Possible This program is designed for borrowers who have experienced an extenuating circumstance which has resulted in a credit score that does not meet standard FHA guidelines. • Primary residence, purchase 1-4 unit properties, condos in FHA-approved condo projects • All borro...
By Rei Mesa
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty)
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Is it time to seriously consider sprucing up your Weston luxury homes bathroom? Many home owners wait for too long to change that tired old bathroom, and before they know it they are either forced to make a change when there is a water leak or electrical problem.They also may find themselves reno...
By Joanna Cohlan, Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes
(Fresh Eyes For Your Home)
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An open floor plan seems to be a lifestyle choice with a very strong fan base.  Is it a passing fad or is it here to stay?When we refer to an open floor plan, we are generally talking about the common areas of a house.   An open floor plan has few dividing walls between areas - one room of the ho...
By Cathy Bradley, Converting Transactions Into Relationships
(The Cummings Company)
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5 Tips For Reducing Clutter It doesn't take much time to go from a perfectly organized room to a cluttered, chaotic mess. Papers pile up on surfaces, coats and bags end up on furniture, shoe boxes and shopping bags get stuffed in the first place you can find. But if you're proactive, you can avoi...
By Amy Boehm, Your Realtors For Life, The Boehm Team
(Keller Williams Realty - Boerne Hill Country)
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Declutter the Master Bedroom – Part 2It has been stated that one of the steps needed to work on a sleeping disorder is to unclutter your bedroom.  But as we all know, it’s not the easiest thing to do.  It’s the place you change your clothes, dump the laundry, hide the Christmas present or just a ...
By Bryan King, Remtech Environmental
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  Finding mold in your home can be an unsettling discovery. Whether or not to remove it is a simple question. However, determining if you should remove it yourself or if you should call a professional sometimes proves more difficult. Below are a few guidelines to help you make that decision.Can I...
By Steve Dobbs, Serving the Greater Louisville area
(RE/MAX Champions)
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One of the real estate agents in our Louisville KY office had questions about repairs, additions, and other items and wanted to know if inspection stickers were needed.  The home in question had a recently built garage with a lot of outlets.  There was a new hot water in the house along with some...
By Steve Dobbs, Serving the Greater Louisville area
(RE/MAX Champions)
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 The biggest news this week at 3214 Radiance, Louisville KY were the wood floors. The plan was to replace the oak hardwood floors in the living room and to refinish the hardwood floors in the bedrooms. We were a little concerned about matching the new wood and old wood. Ron Burrell assured us tha...
By Steve Dobbs, Serving the Greater Louisville area
(RE/MAX Champions)
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 Our next door neighbor at 3214 Radiance Road is a very nice woman.  When we first met, she asked if we were going to cut down the tree in the back yard.  She had tried to work with the previous owners and had not succeeded.  At that point, we had taken possession of the house, but not even thoug...
By Tamara Elliott-Deering
(Central Metro Realty)
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 Aging in Place and to a lesser degree Universal Design are buzzwords that we've been hearing a lot lately. The intent is that you remain in your home as long as possible after retiring in order to continue enjoying your independence and contact with your friends and community. Isolation is a lea...
By Shar Sitter, Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M
(Rooms With Style)
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If you are thinking about remodeling or renovating be sure you take the time to think about what is relevant now. Here is a perfect example.... This past summer I updated my kitchen and my last post "New Year. New Face" showed the before and after photos. I am so glad I did the kitchen!  One of t...
By Svetlana Marinkovic, SecurityNational Mortgage Company
(SecurityNational Mortgage Company)
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Tired of Waiting to Close? You deserve a lender that can close your loan in weeks, not months! Don’t sit in the dark, hoping for progress. Let’s all live in a world of smooth transactions. Cell 480.233.3010 DylanJamesMTG@snmc.com For more information visit: SecurtyNational Mortgage Company DylanJ...
By Rosemarie Heindel, Rosemarie Heindel
(Harry Norman Realtors)
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Three weeks ago I wrote a blog post here on Active Rain about the mountain style furniture many of the home owners in Big Canoe, Georgia use to decorate their homes. I focused on three nearby stores that offer this type of furniture for purchase. But as I have been driving around in the area late...
By Sheri Jones, Realtor Specializing in Rancho Cucamonga, CA
(Prudential California Realty)
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There are many styles of siding that you can choose for the exteriorof your home. Materials can be made from synthetic vinyl to natural cedar and stone. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of vinyl and metal siding: Vinyl Siding Pros*Vinyl siding costs much less than other home exterior produc...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional)
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If you are considering building a house then you need to think about future needs that may come into play. The following suggestions are things to consider for aging persons and aren't we all aging?   Aging in Place and to a lesser degree Universal Design are buzzwords that we've been hearing a l...
By Michael Dagner, Your Denver Homes Realty Expert
(Brokers Guild Classic)
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Here's a lot of useful information for all those hardwood floor owners.  This content is courtesy of my AR associate, Debbie Gartner.   Before you move in, of course!   Why is that?     Originally posted at TheFlooringGirl.com When is the best time to refinish hardwood floors? Reasons it's best t...