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.

Trending blogs on Home Improvement

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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"Is the Basement finished ?" Wisconsin home Buyers frequently ask.   If it is not...buyers often quickly mentally discount the projected cost to finish it from the list price...justified or not.  Finished is what they want...and often the sold comps in the market have finished lower levels.   "F...
By Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager
(Sharon Tara Transformations)
Comments 35
As a professional Home Stager here in New Hampshire, it's my job to transform....to improve and impress!I help people dress their home for success!One of the things that people are most surprised at is how much lost space they have in their home.We all get so used to our surroundings that we aren...
By Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation
(Brown Realty, 210-789-4216,www.JeremiahNewman.com)
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Thinking about renovating an older home or a fixer-upper, but you just don't know where to find the funds for the project? Lenders like Prime Lending have Renovation Loans that may help you to make that "diamond in the rough" a reality. If you’re one of those home buyers who can spot a good deal ...
By Jan Green, RE/MAX Excalibur, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN
(RE/MAX Excalibur,Scottsdale, 602-620-2699)
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Swimming pool owners may not consider that their equipment could be more energy efficient. But imagine that your pool pump uses a significant amount of energy and runs for hours at a time.  And if you have an older pool, well compare that to an older home.  Just as older homes use more energy to ...
By Victoria Roberts, Alaska Best Homes
(Real Estate Brokers Of Alaska)
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 8 Ways to Boost Your Home's ValueImproving the look and functionality of your home goes a long way toward boosting its value. But what types of renovation are today's buyers looking for?If you are thinking of remodeling, a national survey by Consumer Reports reveals the most sought-after ameniti...
By Svetlana Marinkovic, SecurityNational Mortgage Company
(SecurityNational Mortgage Company)
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By Svetlana Marinkovic, SecurityNational Mortgage Company
(SecurityNational Mortgage Company)
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By Svetlana Marinkovic, SecurityNational Mortgage Company
(SecurityNational Mortgage Company)
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Attention Underwater Homeowners! HARP 2.0 is HERE! Fannie Mae has adopted changes to the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) and you may be eligible to take advantage of these changes. If your mortgage is owned or guaranteed by Fannie Mae, you may be eligible to refinance your mortgage under...
By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Take time with design and decoration ideas.What a beautiful thought and great advice.A re-post from Joanna Cohlan .HOME WAS NOT BUILT IN A DAY! When buying a home, the urge to make it yours can be overwhelming. While it's natural to want to place your stamp on each room and make your own personal...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
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This is Jerry Newman at his best!  You can do what I did and buy This Old House, then renovate it over the next few decades. Or you can follow Jerry's great advice!I recommend the latter! Thinking about renovating an older home or a fixer-upper, but you just don't know where to find the funds for...
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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  I get calls all the time from my past client with thought of doing some remodeling/upgrading of their homes --- and love these calls!   Much better to get these calls before they spend money on items in the home that will not produce value.   (Unless they are adamant about an item!) In years pa...
By Duane West
(3R's Construction Management LLC)
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  Well, we hate to say it, but Christmas will be here before we know it.   Are your kitchens and bathrooms ready for all the holiday festivities? When winter arrives, you’ll be making plans to create happy memories with family and friends. If your kitchen and bathrooms get a lot of use when you’r...
By National Realty Centers
(National Realty Centers)
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4350 FOREST BRIDGE, Canton, MI Get Directions Click Here Description Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Brochure $ Click for current price 3 BEDROOMS | 4 (4 full ) BATHROOMS | 1837 SQUARE FEET For 24 Hour Information: 888-866-9430 ext. 4350 Must see! Beautiful end unit backs to the woods. 3 bedro...
By Maggie Harper, Maggie Harper
(Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners)
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 Glamour is about quality, not quantity, a few touches of spark and drama, glamour is not over the top, it's about elegance, sophistication and an air of timeless design. A glamorous home should be tidy and neat, dust, fingerprints, toys and shoes scattered around it's definitely NOT glamorous! T...
By Joanna Cohlan, Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes
(Fresh Eyes For Your Home)
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When buying a home, the urge to make it yours can be overwhelming. While it's natural to want to place your stamp on each room and make your own personal statement, TASTES DO CHANGE.  Decorating and design is a process, so make sure to live in your new house for a while and learn about its quirks...
By Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
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  This little light switch is for safety and convenience. We all know that plug in night lights don't last very long so here is a simple and inexpensive solution for an electrician to make a home more comfortable. Take an ordinary light switch like the one on the left below and add illumination. ...
You don’t need to follow some top secret designer tips or read from a handbook to make your home look better. Even designers often go with what looks organic and feel right when spicing up a space. With that said, there are a few tips and tricks of the trade to help ensure a harmonious space. Tak...
By DALIA KIBBY, Selling Broward County Homes with Passion!
(Keller Williams Realty Partners SW)
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Making expensive but needed home improvements is something that all homeowners face eventually. Cities have a compelling interest that properties within their jurisdictions be updated as needed because well-maintained homes raise property values, and enhance neighborhoods and a city's reputation....
By Inna Ivchenko, Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Los Angeles CA
(Barcode Properties)
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Surprisingly, lead poisoning isn't a thing of the past. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that houses built before 1978, the year lead-based paint for home use was banned, likely still contain some lead-based paint. Approximately 24 million housing units have deteriorated lead p...
By Svetlana Marinkovic, SecurityNational Mortgage Company
(SecurityNational Mortgage Company)
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