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 Ellen Caruso
(Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 38
Aren't you excited that Iron, Iron, Iron..... is everywhere?  Iron doors and details are the latest rage in New Construction! We see ornate Iron Gates, Iron Doors, Iron Balconies, Iron Lighting Fixtures and Iron Railings inside and out. All the details can be a strong form of expression! Some eve...
By Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com
(Zion Realty)
Comments 54
Whether you're purchasing a brand new construction home or a resale property, one of the decisions you are most likely to be faced with is the option to upgrade counter tops. Very rarely will a home come furnished with your exact taste, style, color, or type of counter top and there are multiple ...
By Hannah Williams, Expertise in NE Philadelphia & Bucks County
(Re/Max Eastern inc.)
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 HelpfulHannahs Tips How to Get Blood Out of Carpets  Yesterday when playing with my Siamese cat Cleo . She bit me on the vein on my wrist . It was really in a bad spot and blood was gushing   Enough of the gory details but there was blood everywhere . I was so upset I called my daughter on speak...
By Joshua Frederick, Home Inspector - Northwest Ohio
(Home Inspector for ASPEC Residential Services, LLC)
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And it's all small stuff. Well, most of the time anyway.  As a home inspector, I  come across a lot of "small" stuff during the course of an inspection, after all, I do like to be thorough, detailed, and comprehensive when performing inspections.  In fact, I've built up a reputation as being all ...
By Svetlana Marinkovic, SecurityNational Mortgage Company
(SecurityNational Mortgage Company)
Comments 1
FHA Second Chances Possible This program is designed for borrowers who have experienced an extenuating circumstance which has resulted in a credit score that does not meet standard FHA guidelines. • Primary residence, purchase 1-4 unit properties, condos in FHA-approved condo projects • All borro...
By Victoria Roberts, Alaska Best Homes
(Real Estate Brokers Of Alaska)
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4 Ways to Cut Kitchen Clutter The kitchen may be the heart of the home, but it's also home to a lot of clutter. Resolve to bring order to your kitchen once and for all with these tips, courtesy of the experts at Moen.You don't need a large pantry or countless cupboards and drawers to find the per...
By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek & Associates LLC Team)
Comments 11
Your hard earned dollars and energy resources are not to be wasted.  Here's a quick video to help you save both! How To Save Energy with Dimmers and Motion DetectorsUsing light dimmers and adding motion detection lighting are both great ways to control your energy costs. In this video fromThe Hom...
By Terkel Sørensen, Realtor, 951.805.0773 , Bank owned and Short Sales
(Real Estate Places)
Comments 39
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. UPDATED 9/3/2015 - Additional HERO program info and benefits added. So, over the past few years, sales peop...
By Rei Mesa
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty)
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Is it time to seriously consider sprucing up your Weston luxury homes bathroom? Many home owners wait for too long to change that tired old bathroom, and before they know it they are either forced to make a change when there is a water leak or electrical problem.They also may find themselves reno...
By Joanna Cohlan, Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes
(Fresh Eyes For Your Home)
Comments 22
An open floor plan seems to be a lifestyle choice with a very strong fan base.  Is it a passing fad or is it here to stay?When we refer to an open floor plan, we are generally talking about the common areas of a house.   An open floor plan has few dividing walls between areas - one room of the ho...
By Bryan King, Remtech Environmental
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  Finding mold in your home can be an unsettling discovery. Whether or not to remove it is a simple question. However, determining if you should remove it yourself or if you should call a professional sometimes proves more difficult. Below are a few guidelines to help you make that decision.Can I...
By Amy Boehm, Your Realtors For Life, The Boehm Team
(Keller Williams Realty - Boerne Hill Country)
Comments 2
Declutter the Master Bedroom – Part 2It has been stated that one of the steps needed to work on a sleeping disorder is to unclutter your bedroom.  But as we all know, it’s not the easiest thing to do.  It’s the place you change your clothes, dump the laundry, hide the Christmas present or just a ...
By Sara Kareer, Boutique Real Estate Services to Buyers & Sellers
(Kingsway Real Estate Brokerage)
Comments 0
Ontario Investing $100 Million to Create Jobs and Help Homeowners Save Energy Green Investment Fund Fighting Climate Change, Growing Ontario’s Economy   Hot off the Press!  Attached is an announcement from the Ministry of Energy.  The province is putting its new Climate Change Strategy into acti...
By Cathy Bradley, Converting Transactions Into Relationships
(The Cummings Company)
Comments 9
5 Tips For Reducing Clutter It doesn't take much time to go from a perfectly organized room to a cluttered, chaotic mess. Papers pile up on surfaces, coats and bags end up on furniture, shoe boxes and shopping bags get stuffed in the first place you can find. But if you're proactive, you can avoi...
By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek & Associates LLC Team)
Comments 12
Your hard earned dollars and energy resources are not to be wasted.  Here's a quick video to help you save both! How To Save Energy with Dimmers and Motion DetectorsUsing light dimmers and adding motion detection lighting are both great ways to control your energy costs. In this video fromThe Hom...
By Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale - Probate Specialist
(KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
Comments 19
First Step in Improving a San Jose Home is a Contractor License CheckIf you plan to make improvements to your San Jose home the first step is a contractor license check. That is of course if you plan to hire someone to do the work. I fired the last person I hired to work on my San Jose home. The ...
By Steve Dobbs, Serving the Greater Louisville area
(RE/MAX Champions)
Comments 2
One of the real estate agents in our Louisville KY office had questions about repairs, additions, and other items and wanted to know if inspection stickers were needed.  The home in question had a recently built garage with a lot of outlets.  There was a new hot water in the house along with some...
By Steve Dobbs, Serving the Greater Louisville area
(RE/MAX Champions)
Comments 0
 The biggest news this week at 3214 Radiance, Louisville KY were the wood floors. The plan was to replace the oak hardwood floors in the living room and to refinish the hardwood floors in the bedrooms. We were a little concerned about matching the new wood and old wood. Ron Burrell assured us tha...
By Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale - Probate Specialist
(KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
Comments 11
Spring Home and Landscape Show in San JoseThe Spring Home and Landscape Show is taking place at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center located at 150 West San Carlos Street, San Jose, CA 95110  Saturday, March 9, 10:00am - 8:00pm Sunday, March 10, 10:00am - 6:00pm Admission is Free Attending the ...
By Steve Dobbs, Serving the Greater Louisville area
(RE/MAX Champions)
Comments 2
 Our next door neighbor at 3214 Radiance Road is a very nice woman.  When we first met, she asked if we were going to cut down the tree in the back yard.  She had tried to work with the previous owners and had not succeeded.  At that point, we had taken possession of the house, but not even thoug...