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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By Paul Antonelli, Broker Owner; NextHome Antonelli Realty
(NextHome Antonelli Realty)
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Hopefully you've put your cozy blankets and sweater like pillows away since the winter. Maybe you've even stored the candles and winter decor. But is your home summer ready? In 90 degree + Florida heat, the last thing you want is to invite someone over to a dark, gloomy, dinner. So consider spruc...

By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional)
Comments 6
Use a Fake Snake and Get ResultsSpring is here and birds are nesting. Birds like high places up and out of sight places to build their nests and to stay out of sight from predators. I see bird nests in trees, gutters and other locations that are up off the ground. Birds tend to find my flower bas...

By Erika Rogers, St George Utah Real Estate & local info.
(Re/Max First Realty)
Comments 2
Should You Paint that Original Brick on Your House?Painting is a great way to change a look without remodeling it. While brick may be timeless and classic, sometimes you may want a fresh look for your home. But, should you paint brick? Some feel very strongly that it is a no-no. However, you have...

By Mason Moody
(Keller Williams)
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What is a smart home? Because of my advanced knowledge of technology, many people have asked me what a smart home is. Naturally I want to respond to this question in much more detail than what most want to hear so I thought of an easy way to explain. The term smart home simply refers to a more up...

By Patricia Feager, Selling Homes Changing Lives
(DFW FINE PROPERTIES)
Comments 52
Musings by Patricia Feager  After a wet and windy spring, this is the result of my annual manual labor in my Flower Mound garden. I enjoy planting and adding something new every year. The flowers in the top left was a complete surprise! When I planted it into the earth, there were no buds or flow...

By Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Comments 19
Our Sedona Weather Affords Us A Variety Of Plants & FlowersOne of My Favorites Is The Butterfly BushIt is all part of the Sedona Life Style The flowers come in many colors from white to dark purple.  According to the Farmer's Almanac, butterflies prefer the lavender or mauve color.  The plant is ...

By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional)
Comments 22
It pays to be aware. Take a look at this post by Lise Howe.   1. Air Fresheners Air fresheners seem to be everywhere now - as spritzes, gels, plug-ins and diffusers - with names like Crispy Cinnamon and Butterscotch Bonanza.  Many of them are horribly overwhelming - particularly in a house that i...

By Mark Murad
(United Real Estate)
Comments 1
I wanted to provide a mid week update for Stone Ridge. there are currently 10 homes for sale. 1 homes new to the market; 1 traditional sale town homes.  1 homes received a contract; 1 traditional sale town homes. 0 homes were reported sold.  There are  1 homes coming soon.  I will provide a more ...

By Brunswick Forest
(Brunswick Forest)
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Summer is just around the corner...the weather is warming up...it's time to get out in the garden!! But, where does one get their garden supplies in Leland, NC?? Let our Brunswick Forest team lead the way to the best garden supplies in town! Click here...http://bit.ly/2qM9FPS  

By Rhonda Sanderson, Pillar To Post resident Blogger
(Pillar To Post Home Inspectors)
Comments 23
With summer just around the corner, now is a great time to give your clients tips to get their homes in top shape for viewing in the months ahead. OUTDOORS Inspect siding for cracks or other damage and make any needed repairs. If paint is peeling, cracking, or chipped, repair and repaint now to l...

By Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,
(Long and Foster)
Comments 14
 1. Air FreshenersAir fresheners seem to be everywhere now - as spritzes, gels, plug-ins and diffusers - with names like Crispy Cinnamon and Butterscotch Bonanza.  Many of them are horribly overwhelming - particularly in a house that is empty and closed up, but they are doing more than just annoy...

By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek & Associates LLC Team)
Comments 2
 Overwhelmed with “stuff” and feel like the only solution is to rent a storage building?  Learn organization basics that can be applied to any organization project, from junk drawers, to your home office, to the garage; this How-To video from Rubbermaid is full of great ideas:     Now, you are ar...

By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek & Associates LLC Team)
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 At PKI, we specialize in building premium quality office and residential furnishings, cabinetry and millworks that meet unique design needs. Whether you need an eye-catching reception desk, a distinctive board-room table or custom cabinetry to match existing office furniture, PKI has the skills,...

By Amy Mullen, Realtor, CPA, CDPE, MBA
(RE/MAX Professional Associates)
Comments 4
By: Dave TohtEasy outdoor lighting ideas to bathe your home in a warm glow. Think about it: most people you invite over, come in the evening, right? So maybe they don’t see that lovely japanese maple, or that subtle pattern you just painted on your porch floor to hide the ugly gray concrete under...

By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 12
My grandsons have a book called Everyone Poops, a hilarious cartoon like story  to help them understand the most normal bodily function of every living creature.  It’s difficult to discuss toilets without first acknowledging what they’re used for - toilets get rid of our waste so we can live in ...

By Paul Antonelli, Broker Owner; NextHome Antonelli Realty
(NextHome Antonelli Realty)
Comments 2
One of the common places that gets overlooked in a home is the foyer. Many people enter their homes through the garage rather then the front door. Unfortunately the foyer becomes 'out of sight, out of mind'. Houselogic provides simple ideas to make your foyer pleasing and inviting.  - Wall ColorC...

By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
Comments 58
Here are 12 Hardwood flooring trends for 2016.  I originally wrote this post on TheFlooringGirl.com at 2016 Hardwood flooring trends.  I spent a long time on this epic post, and I'd love if you reblog and socially share.  If you do share on social media, it would be great if you share from the or...

By Melissa Barkalow, Providing an Excellent Real Estate Experience
(DCRE Residential)
Comments 3
As the temperatures continue to warm-up outside we want to get out and enjoy the nice weather on our decks.  It is coming up on the season when you have people over for backyard barbeques and an evening of outdoor enjoyment in your back yard and having a clean deck is important to help pull this ...

By Joyce Marsh, Broker Associate, Premier Sotheby's International Realty
(Premier Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 2
Hardwood Flooring remains a top flooring choice for many consumers around the United States with various regional preferences.  Hardwood Flooring trends for 2016 have been compiled and Debbie Gartner does an excellent job of outlining the pros and cons of each wood species and various finishes. D...

By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional)
Comments 19
Debbie's Quick Fixes How to Fix a Nail Pop. My quick fix will help you correct those sheetrock nails that work their way back out of the wall and make unsightly bulges. A previous post Debbie's Quick Fixes How to Fix Dents in Your Front Door helped provide information on correcting door dents. So...