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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Trending blogs on Home Improvement

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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When is the Best Time to Aerate Your Lawn? The answer is FALL!  Has the LONG HOT SUMMER taken a toll on your lawn? Have the weeds taken over and the grass is barely visible? Do you have bald spots?  Are you ready to have your beautiful lush green grass back again? Here are a few tips to get your ...
By Erika Rogers, St George Utah Real Estate & local info.
(Re/Max First Realty)
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Cozy Kitchen for the Fall Season and Holiday’sNow that the season has changed into fall, it is time to get a cozy kitchen that helps express the fall season and the holiday’s. When you decorate for cooler months, you are actually inviting a warm feeling with textures and colors. Creating a cozy k...
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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Retaining Wall Posts Are Rotted   We are working on replacing a long section of retaining walls in Cameron Park made of wood. The wood posts, though pressure treated to preserve, are rotten in the center of the post. It appears that the tops and bottoms of the pressure treated lumber was not prot...
By Jan Green, RE/MAX Excalibur, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN
(RE/MAX Excalibur,Scottsdale, 602-620-2699)
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Situation Handled It’s been quite a while since I wrote a blog, at, at least for me anyway.  I’ve been slammed between work and remodeling a house I bought and remodeled.  I’ve written on my progress and now it’s all about to come to fruition.  As a real estate professional, experiencing the ins ...
By Curtis Van Carter, Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire
(Coldwell Banker Brokers of the Valley)
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Every so often, the California Association of Realtors puts out information either through their continuing education for their agents or the different messages for agents to help their clients. I think this is one of the best they have done lately.Being so important to qualify anyone who works o...
By Fred Hernden, Albuquerque area Home Inspector
(Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area)
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I would bet that every Home Inspector here on Active Rain has written a blog about Double Tapped Circuit Breakers. I even wrote one back in 2012, seen HERE! I do see them occasionally, but ran into two of them at the same inspection a few days ago.The problem here was the guy has added on to his ...
By Nick and Cindy Davis, CRS,CLHMS,ABR,CIAS,ALHS,e-PRO,CDPE,SFR,Realtor(R)
(RE/MAX Premier Group)
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Modular furniture, compact furniture and dual-purpose furnishings are a few of the space-saving solutions that could maximize your small space!  http://nickandcindydavis.cb1.so/a/1ial3l   
By Rei Mesa
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty)
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Fall is here! Even if you own Boca Raton luxury homes, Palm Beach Gardens luxury homes, or another property in South Florida, fall still means football, Halloween, and other fall festivities.  Despite the warm fall weather, the time change will mean evenings will be getting darker at earlier time...
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 Bob Haywood, BobHaywood.com
(McGraw Realtors)
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Let me ask you a question.  Ever had a guest or family member in your house ask to borrow your cell phone charger? You know how it goes.  They say, "Hey uh, do you have a phone charger I can borrow?"  Then you go scrambling around to find the one you have behind your bed.  Or in your office.  Or ...
By Joyce Kelley, Buyers Agent 800-309-3414 Pace and Gulf Breeze,Fl.
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services Inc)
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Gulf Breeze Real Estate Happenings 32561, 32563, 32566, Is a landlord responsible for storm shutters?Real estate Q&A: A landlord wants a tenant to put up storm shutters when a hurricane threatens. The tenant wants to know if that's actually his responsibility. Read more.   Homes in Gulf Breeze, ...
By David Popoff, Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct
(DMK Real Estate )
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Greenwich Painting Work Now Requires Forms for Homes Built Before 1978.Homes built before 1978 could possibly have lead paint now requires Greenwich town form registrations to be filled out before work is done. This is due to the EPA’s Renovations, Repairs, and Paint Program that is now in full e...
By Noemi Cardoso
(RE/MAX TerraSol)
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By Erica Sooter on Oct 2015Completing a DIY project can be incredibly satisfying, but get in over your head and you could be looking at some major expenses to fix the damage. Before you grab your toolbox, ask yourself if you’re really equipped to tackle that task.In an increasingly do-it-yourself...
By Fred Carver, Accredited Victoria BC Real Estate Consultant
(RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate)
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HAPPY THANKSGIVING CANADA!!...MY MUM'S PUMPKIN PIEOne of the best ways way to celebrate Our Canadian Thanksgiving is baking and eating Pumpkin Pie after our Turkey Dinner.So I thought I would share with you my Mum's Pumpkin Pie Recipe...again(I posted here last year)! I know it's not Thanksgiving...
By Ashley Cox, Dallas City Center Realtors
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Fall foliage is a glorious time to be outdoors - taking in the changing colors and crunch beneath your feet. But it can wreak havoc on your gutters. Tackle the build-up with some of these tips.Start in the CornersUsing gloves, clear tight spots first, like corners and downspouts. Toss the gunk in...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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Here are a few items you should winterize before winter temperatures set in -- 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 h...
By Beth Paisley Real Estate Agent with Long and Foster Webber, Winchester Virginia 540-327-2813
(Long and Foster Webber and Associates)
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In the midst of summer's sweltering heat, nothing provides relief like having a shady spot for relaxing. Backyard shade structures also help keep your outdoor furniture from fading.If you want to add a shade structure to your yard, explore the variety of options available and customize the design...
By Kent Temple, Specializing in Lake Norman Real Estate
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 What's that BLACK RING?Have you ever had the black ring around the edges of your carpet?  Wonder what that is?  It's official name is "Filtration Soiling" but all you need to know is that it's unsightly and annoying!It's caused by negative air pressure in your home. It happens even more in newer...
By Romy Campbell, REALTOR
(Pacific Union Christie's International Real Estate)
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Whether you're getting your Windsor house ready for sale or decorating the home you just purchased, it's tempting to go with the latest colors and design trends. But… there is a danger. Some of those trends only last a short while – fine for people with mega-bucks who can afford to then switch to...