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 Joel Jadofsky, One of the Top Realtors in Panama City Beach Area
(Keller Williams - homes for sale - Florida - Gulf - Beach )
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I had recently came across a article about the specific rules pertaining to our great and amazing flag of our United States. But did everyone happen to know there are detailed rules to how you can portay your patriotism? We all know that you have to be respectful to the flag but also for what it ...
By Patty Clark, Helping Families Make the Right Move
(Metro Brokers/Morningside Homes, LLC)
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  Grilling Safety   More people grill in July than any other month. While grilling is all about good food, fun, friends and celebrations, it is important to make sure that accidents don’t interrupt your activities. Approximately half of the injuries involving grills are thermal burns. If you work...
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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Air Conditioning versus Swamp Cooler The swamp cooler is  a great option for Denver residents, as most of the time our humidity level is below 10%.    If you live in a covenant community, you will need to get approval if they are to be installed on your roof.              How the swamp cooler wor...
By Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource
(Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Huntsville AL)
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Solar EnergyConsidering building a new home in Huntsville, Alabama or purchasing an existing home? The following might be something of interest to you if you want to cut utility bills and go green.A challenge faced producing solar energy is collecting and storing it in an efficient way. The early...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Lower Fairfield CT)
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Here is the 34th installment of my top flooring blog posts.  These were written in Feb - May 2014.  Feel free to bookmark any of these if they would be helpful for you or your clients. Satin or semigloss - which is the most popular sheen for hardwood floors?Yes, many need guidance here. Which com...
By Stanley Stepak, Realtor - Avon Lake, Avon, Bay Village, Westlake,
(Howard Hanna Gold- Avon Lake, OH)
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How will you slope the gutters so they drain? It may look nicer to have level gutters, but it’s better if they slope slightly downhill toward the downspouts. Just a little slope, about 1/16 in. per foot, is all that’s needed. Long gutter runs may require downspouts on each end and a gutter that s...
By Dan Johns, Professional Rug Cleaning&Restoration
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If you live in New York and need carpet , rug or upholstery cleaning or even drapery there is a new online directory that features the best companies including organic cleaning services check it out here : http://www.rugcleaningcompanies.com/source : https://www.send2press.com/newswire/new-online...
By Inna Ivchenko, Los Angeles / Valley Homes
(Mannis Real Estate Group)
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Great news: Building permits for the city of Los Angeles are now searchable online! Over 100 years worth! Now you are  able to look up exactly when your house was built, when the garage was turned into a living room, when the 2nd bathroom was added, when the detached garage was added, and even wh...
By National Realty Centers
(National Realty Centers)
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Listings to Leads - eFlyers   Walk-out lot on the 15th tee!   DESCRIPTION PHOTOS MAPS & LOCALS SCHOOLS PRINT BROCHURE       62340 Sawgrass Drive Washington, MI 48094   Bedrooms: 3 | Bathrooms: 2 full, 1 half | List Price: $ Get Current Price | 2000 square feet     For 24 Hour Information: 888-866...
By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek & Associates LLC Team)
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Conserve energy, be environmentally friendly and save some money with theseGreen Homes - Energy-Saving Tips Inside Your Home In this informative video, energy expert David Mizejewski from the National Wildlife Federation shares some simple and easy ways to "Green" your home as well as saving ener...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Lower Fairfield CT)
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This is the 33rd installment of my flooring articles.  It's a helpful way to find my higher quality flooring articles and it helps give them another shot of google juice. If you find any of these helpful, feel free to bookmark or reblog. These are from Sept 2013 - January 2014 6 Ways to make your...
By Will Johnson, Sell and Stage
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Let’s face it.  Dads are awesome.  They pick their kids up when they’re down, teach them how to ride a bike and help them navigate their first trips on the highway behind the wheel.  But these dads went a little above and beyond by making amazing changes to their house that, well, what kid wouldn...
By Lisa Southern, Lisa Southern Real Estate
(Lisa Southern Real Estate)
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 Which is more polluted, indoor air or outdoor air?10 times out of 10, the air in your house, office or apartment is going to be worse than the air outside. Indoor air pollution has been ranked among the top 5 greatest risks to public health by the EPA, and stagnant indoor air allows pollutants t...
By Utah Dave, Homes for Sale - Utah
(UtahDave.com Neighborhood Experts)
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YOUR HOME is one of your greatest financial assets. With a little creativity, it can also be a source of residual income. Slumping home values have encouraged many home owners to seak additional ways to make their mortgage payments. We're all familiar with renting out an extra room or selling som...
By Lisa Southern, Lisa Southern Real Estate
(Lisa Southern Real Estate)
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 Tackle common home improvement projects and transform often overlooked spaces with simple and budget friendly solutions. Try one... or more... of these quick, affordable mini makeovers to help your home look better! 1. Boost Kitchen Storage Whether your kitchen is large or small, ample storage i...
By David Popoff, Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct
(DMK Real Estate )
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Greenwich Painting Work Now Requires Permits for Homes Built Before 1978.Homes built before 1978 could possibly have lead paint that now requires permits to work on from the town of Greenwich, Connecticut. This is due to the EPA’s Renovations, Repairs, and Paint Program that is now in full effect...
By Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
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How's this for curb appeal? While few houses are as showy as the two pictured above, San Francisco's temperate climate makes gardening here a delight. In the densely populated areas of the city, gardens are tend to be small, and people creatively figure out ways to garden that suits their space, ...
By Terkel Sørensen, Realtor, 951.805.0773 , Bank owned and Short Sales
(Real Estate Places)
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Welcome to March -  We are almost to the time when it I get itchy to make soe improvements to my house - I'm thinking you might too. And I'm not just talking about some new seed on the lawn.  So, over the past few years, sales people have likely been banging your door in trying to sell you anythi...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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Finishing out or rejuvenating an old basement adds valuable living space inside the existing footprint of your home while significantly reducing the amount of time, energy, and money required to otherwise expand your family’s living space. Has your underground space been turned into a junk collec...
By Bill Primavera
(William Raveis Real Estate)
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When I was in college, I appeared in a play called The Madwoman of Chaillot by Jean Giraudoux with the actress Linda Lavin, who would later go on to achieve fame as “Alice” on television. The most stunning thing about that production as I recall was the amazing effects achieved by its lighting di...