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 Paul Antonelli, Broker Owner; NextHome Antonelli Realty
(NextHome Antonelli Realty)
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There is no reason to spend a fortune on sprucing up a home’s front yard. With simple inexpensive touches, you can add life back to a dingy, played out house. Here are a few quick tips according to Realty Times. #1 Take a symmetrical approach."Balancing the elements of your yard on either side of...

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

By Brian Burke, Broker & Advising Expert-Denver Luxury Real Estate
(Kenna Real Estate)
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Clean Dusty potted plants with some mild soap and water...www.KennaRealEstate.com 

By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 707-812-7668
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
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Is there a minimum amount of repairs required for an FHA 203k?The FHA standard or full 203k has a mandatory requirement of a minimum of what I call "must do work" or work that would qualify the structure (1-4 units) for the program. Those, for the most part, are health and safety, or "of necessit...
Unexpected touches, cute patterns, and the smart use of colour can make dullness a thing of the past. With spring just a few weeks away, a quick swapping of accessories might be all you need to revive your kitchen. Below are some of the colourful and creative accent ideas you can use to transitio...

By James Murr, www.cortiersrealestate.com
(Cortiers Real Estate)
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Are you wanting to build your next home, but don’t really know where to start? It seems like there a millions things to consider before you can make any progress. Don’t stress, here are some tips to help you start! Look at various floor plans  Are you wanting a one story or two story? How many be...

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 April Stephens, Broker/Realtor - Johnston & Wake County
(RE/MAX One Realty)
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  Josh is the founder and president of Paragon Building Group, Inc., a full-service design-build custom home builder headquartered in Raleigh, NC. Josh began working in construction at the age of 15 and worked many summers with a local general contractor. “Throughout high school, I worked in cons...

By Donna Jarock, The Realtor that Delivers you Home
(MB The Brian Petrelli Team)
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Imagine the first time you turn the front door key to a new Aurora home—the first time you step over the threshold of the home you now own. It’s a moment to truly savor. Whether it’s a feeling of well-being—that of a major milestone successfully accomplished—or just the sheer joy of appreciating ...

By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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Similar to "Interment" which is the act of laying the dead to rest, Immurement  is the burying or concealing of items in the structure of a house.  Have you ever heard of the ancient burial practice called "Immurement"? I'm not a Realtor nor am I a Graverobber, but I was absolutely fascinated to ...

By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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Whether it's your new white kitchen or a new upholstered sofa - nothing is as timeless as white. Whether it's your new white kitchen or a new upholstered sofa - nothing is as timeless as white. For years, white furniture was considered casual and beachy.  White walls were considered boring and in...

By Joe Kendall, "Broker Joe" Waterfront Expert in Cape Coral FLA.
(Shore Line Realty 239-560-0726 )
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 Many of our clients both past and future are always looking for a good service companies with a good price, Service and a good long standing warranty.  In southwest Florida I refer all my clients to Coastline Heating and Cooling for all their Air Conditing Repairs replacement.  They also have a ...

By HomeInsurance.com LLC
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Winter is on the way, and the potential for hazardous road conditions looms large.Citing a 10-year study, the Federal Highway Administration reports an average of nearly 1.2 million weather-related vehicle wrecks per year, about 22% of the overall total. Many of these wrecks are linked specifical...

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. UPDATED 9/3/2015 - Additional HERO program info and benefits added. So, over the past few years, sales peop...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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 We are always on what seems to be a never ending...albeit enjoyable...(at least for me) quest to have our house be allwe want it to be as trends change...conveniences become even more convenient....and we continue with updates throughout the house.  It began with wanting a new refrigerator....a...

By Jeffrey Masich, Arizona Homes and Land to Buy or Sell
(HomeSmart in Scottsdale, Arizona)
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With more since my last blog on this subject, here are more recycle ideas that create fun and interest in your home. Don't throw those unused items away! Use them to create magical and unique functional uses in your home. Recycle those items back to life with ideas that may be better than their o...

By Laura Sellers, www.Auburn-Realtor.com; Auburn, AL Real Estate
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.Auburn-Realtor.com, EXPERT IN AUBURN REAL ESTATE SERVICES)
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Are you thinking of changing the decorations for your Auburn, AL house or Opelika, AL home and are looking for ideas?  Check out some of these ideas that were inspired from the past.Decorating Secrets for Your House in Auburn ALFor all of your real estate needs in the Auburn-Opelika area please c...

By Brian Burke, Broker & Advising Expert-Denver Luxury Real Estate
(Kenna Real Estate)
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Home with groupings of Young Succulents...www.KennaRealEstate.com

By Noah Seidenberg, Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
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Eating a Healthy Dinner Does Not Have to be HardRecently we have started to eat a dinner that is lower in fat and Cholesterol. Everyone is on a schedule that does not lend to hours of meal preparation. I wanted to tell you about what we are doing to make this happen. Please tell me your ideas. Wh...

By Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale - Probate Broker
(KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
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Santa Clara County ~ Silicon Valley Homeowners ~ If you are looking to increase the value of your home without spending a fortune you will find plenty to see and do at the South Bay Home & Garden Show, taking place at the Santa Clara Convention Center.   Saturday ~ September 6, 2008 from 11:00am ...