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.

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By Granite Heroes, Marble, Granite & Terrazzo Restoration
(Granite Heroes)
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Granite Heroes Bannockburn stone restoration archive, documents a day in the life of Granite Heroes. FREE ESTIMATES for all clients in Bannockburn, Illinois. Step into our shoes, as we clean, polish & restore showers, counter tops, flooring and more. Book Online today and receive 10% off your ser...

By Lauren Selinsky CRS, Orange County Real Estate #oclauren
(CA Coastal Estates, Inc. CA Broker )
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Speechless Sunday  | Maui Anyone?  WITH ALL THE RAIN WE HAVE HAD I AM SO READY TO FLY OUT AND STAY IN MAUI, HAWAII. Who's with me?  Lauren Selinsky California Realtor 949.310.4960Lauren Selinsky with contact in Hawaii, Call for referral.Lauren Selinsky Selinsky CRS Realtor/ BrokerInterested in a ...

By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek & Associates LLC Team)
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So, you are ready to tackle painting a room (or rooms) in your home all by  yourself.  This is a DYI project that many can do while otherswill still want to call in a professional.  But with this video fromHome Depot, you can achieve great results by using the rightpreparation and techniques, som...

By Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation
(Brown Realty, 210-789-4216,www.JeremiahNewman.com)
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This article by Diane Beaumont gives some excellent advice for all those thinking about investing in fixer-upper properties, and getting into the flipping market. It's not as easy as it appears on those Reality TV shows. Investors need to do their homework, and know their bottom line. Be sure to ...

By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek & Associates LLC Team)
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 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 Inna Ivchenko, Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Los Angeles CA
(Barcode Properties)
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Heating water consumes about 13 percent of the annual bill for the typical single-family home, says EnergyStar.It you’re not ready to invest in a new, more efficient water heater, there are still steps you can take to cut your water heating costs.1. Reduce the temperature. Set the temperature on ...

By Michelle Cooks, Pensacola, Pace & Gulf Breeze Property Management
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services)
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Pensacola, Pace, Gulf Breeze Property Management, Today's modern living room driven by Tech design. The formal living room is on its way out as families transform technology into a design element, adapt to changing lifestyles and adjust to generational shifts. Read more.    Are you paying too muc...

By Gil Strachan
(Electrospec Home Inspection Services)
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(NC)-Replacing your old garage door system can completely change the appearance of your garage and bring undeniable advantages to your home. According to the experts at Garaga, one of the leading sectional garage door manufacturers in Canada, there are ten valuable reasons to replacing your old g...

By Nick and Cindy Davis, CRS,CLHMS,ABR,GRI,CIAS,ALHS,e-PRO,CDPE,SFR
(RE/MAX Premier Group)
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Barn doors can also be an attractive versatile decor solution. They can be a fun alternative to popular accent walls, an easy bite into the reclaimed wood trend, and a clever way to conceal and reveal various aspects of the home. See suggestions here Barn doors to influence your trendy farmhouse ...

By Granite Heroes, Marble, Granite & Terrazzo Restoration
(Granite Heroes)
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Just wait to you see these pictures from of our job in Wheaton, IL. I am so excited tot alk about this job we did. I have some before pictures as well. When I went to do the estimate I did not think of the slate flooring having any wax on it since the client had mentioned to me that they have nev...

By Marianne Bandy, CRS, GRI, Certified Negotiation Specialist
(Parker Homes - The Bandy Team - Keller Williams Park Meadows)
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If you are looking to add some curb appeal to your Denver home, here are five budget-friendly ways to spruce up your front porch for under $500.Architectural appeal- Make your front porch more appealing by adding trim pieces that are architecturally pleasing to look at. These pieces are available...

By Matt Brady, Lending With Competence And Character
(Skyline Home Loans)
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You’ve heard of the importance of location, location, location when searching for a home. But have you thought about what’s most important in owning one?You need a maintenance plan!Unless you plan on hiring a team of housekeepers and gardeners, the best plan for handling home maintenance is to cr...

By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek & Associates LLC Team)
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Renovating your Home the Green Way  As a GREEN Realtor and Certified Green Building Professional I am asked the same important question from homeowners as they undertake renovations throughout their residences: “How can I make my home green; more environmentally friendly?”  They know that it’s no...

By Claude Cross, Charlotte NC Homes For Sale
(Homes By Cross, Inc. )
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Tips for Choosing the Right Paint Quality for Your Home in CharlotteJust when you have the color nailed down for your next paint job in a Waxhaw house for sale, you’re left to consider quality. Prices differ drastically and many are left scratching their heads and wondering why. Read this article...

By James Murr, www.cortiersrealestate.com
(Cortiers Real Estate)
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2017 could be a great year for selling a home. 2016 was the best existing-home sales year since 2006, with 5.45 million sales, the National Association of Realtors reported in January. This growing demand was coupled with record-low supply, pushing home values up to a median of $232,200 in Decemb...
Gone are the days when the hearth used to be the home’s focal point when the cold months roll in. With modern heating available these days, more and more homes have no real use for fireplaces anymore. Don’t you want to change that? With just a few tweaks, your home’s fireplace could once again be...

By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
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Hi everybody.   I've been working fast and furiously on my wordpress sites.  Sorry that I haven't posted them on here yet, but some of the plugins I have on my site don't translate so well on here, so it's a LOT of work to reformat them, and I just haven't been able to find the time, especially a...

By Victoria Henderson Marshall Henderson, Real Estate for Home Buyers with Buyer's Edge
(Buyer's Edge Company Inc)
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An egress window is required in every bedroom including basements. Code varies depending on where you live. Many homes for sale in Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland pre-date code requirements. If you are replacing windows in an older home, it's a good time to consider bringing the basement win...

By sandy straley, Selling Homes for over 35 Years
(Rindlesbach Homes)
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Pest Control When it comes to bugs, homeowners are pretty much unanimous: not in my house. Often it feels like an uphill battle and that the bugs are winning. But despair not – there are ways to discourage small, uninvited guests. There’s a little thing called Integrated Pest Management (IPM), w...

By Granite Heroes, Marble, Granite & Terrazzo Restoration
(Granite Heroes)
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Today we had a great day. We finished a blue stone flooring job today. This floor had been through a flood and was not cleaned at all. We also found out it had  not been sealed. Our heroes were able to bring the floor back to life and lfet ouor customer very happy with the work. We hope to contin...