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.

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Put the hammer down and the glasses on and read on.

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By Duane West
(3R's Construction Management LLC)
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Are you an avid baker or do you just eat the store-bought cookie dough right out of the tube? Is your kitchen oven sending out aromas that make your mouth water or are you smelling the burnt overflow of last night’s dinner?Maybe baking isn’t your thing or perhaps you’re ready for a new oven as pa...
By Joy Daniels
(Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd.)
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 Many people ask me when I am listing their homes if their garages are important in the sale of their home!  My answer is always - YES!   When preparing to sell a home, the garage is one of the most forgotten rooms in the house. By nature, garages are places where we store many things that we don...
By Joanna Cohlan, Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes
(Fresh Eyes For Your Home)
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When faced with 150 shades of white at the paint store, finding the perfect one seems impossible. Donald Kaufman, color guru to top designers and architects, has been helping clients navigate this sea of white for over 30 years. “The first mistake to avoid is getting caught up on the name of the ...
By Scott Gleason, Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist
(RE/MAX Properties Unlimited)
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Are you interested in selling your Westfield area home soon?  Most Buyers want eco-friendly homes.  High end Westfield Buyers want smart homes.  In fact, Digital Interiors found that 94% of luxury homeowners would be willing to give up as much as 1,000 square feet of living space for a more techn...
By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 707-812-7668
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
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Why does it take a 203k or renovation loan so long to close escrow?The short answer is that it doesn't take that long if everyone races to the finish line. If you use a proven team you should close a 203k in about the same amount of tiem as a 203b (Standard FHA loan). The problems come up when th...
By Sheri McLaughlin, Renovation Loan Specialist
(HomeBridge Financial Services, Inc. )
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Are you looking to find a great deal on a home that may need some work?  Do you have the "vision" to see what that "diamond in the rough" could be with the help of a good Contractor and the means to get the funds needed to make it your dream home?  Fixer uppers often represent a good way to get a...
By Victoria Roberts, Alaska Best Homes
(Real Estate Brokers Of Alaska)
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Check These Late Summer Tips to Ready Your Home for FallFall is fast approaching, and with it, the need for home maintenance. According to experts, the most important tasks for late summer are:Painting the ExteriorLower humidity and cooler temperatures make late summer and early fall ideal times ...
By Karl Hess, on The Jersey Shore
(Keller Williams Shore Properties)
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 8 Smart Home Technology Trends that Can Save You MoneyThe ‘smart home’ is the new ‘internet of things’, or objects that can serve you better by communicating with each other or directly with you through apps on your smart phone. In the ideal version of the wired future, all of our appliances and...
By Sumantha Sakalya, CRO, Home Warranty Research Specialist, Tech Savvy
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Every home has a story of its own. An ambiance, that takes you into the resident’s world without speaking at all. For most of us, comfort is the key to a good home and what better than flooring itself to start with? New flooring materials are being introduced every day to provide customers with e...
By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
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When water doesn't go DOWN the drain.Why not?  What's it doing instead?In this case we could see where a lot of it was going.This is the newly-finished "bathroom" in the same newly-"finished" basement in yesterday's post.Running the water for a while in the shower stall (which looked really nice)...
We’ve previously shared with you 10 easy ways to personalize a new home, and here’s the second part of that series!It is completely normal for any new homeowner to want to make the new house feel like their own home. Below are easy tweaks than can be done in a day or two to achieve just that!Scru...
Don’t you just love the natural charm and earthy elegance that wood furniture brings to any room?There’s something about exposed natural wood that makes a space extra special. It may be the added warmth, the beauty of nature, or maybe just because it blends so well with almost any decorating styl...
By The Murray Morris Group, Richmond, VA Real Estate Experts
(Keller Williams Richmond West)
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Now is the time to start checking your home in preparation for winter. A few hours of inspection and maintenance can result in having a problem free, warm and cozy winter. And possibly save hundreds of dollars in energy savings and repairs. 1. WINDOWS Check for gaps around your frames, on the ins...
By HomeInsurance.com LLC
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What is it about warming yourself in front of an outdoor fire that makes it so satisfying? The primal urge that began as a survival tool for our ancestors has evolved into a trendy design element for modern-day homeowners who enjoy heating things up with fire pits and backyard fireplaces.Unfortun...
By Jennifer Carstensen, I specialize in selling houses (License: 317824)
(REMAX Real Estate Experts)
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No space in your home is more accommodating and homey, or conversely scary, than your basement. A nicely finished basement can be the entertainment centerpiece of your entire home, housing your big-screen TV, the most comfortable couches in the place and a warm, inviting atmosphere that wraps eac...
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 Donna Foerster, Metro Denver Real Estate Agent
(Cherry Creek Properties, LLC)
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Enjoy It Yourself! How old is your home? 10 years? 15? Older? Are there things in your home that are outdated, or maybe there isn't enough living space? Do you have adequate outdoor space for entertaining in the summer? If you convert an extra bedroom in to a home office do you run out of guest s...
By Cheryl Ritchie, Southern Maryland 301-980-7566
(RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com)
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I like to have the Seller order a Home Inspection prior to listing the home so all the important Maintenence items are addressed in addition to the visual updates or decorating items. Love the fresh towel suggestion below! Check out new countertops for s fresh, clean look that gets the home sold ...
By Nilgun Foley, Realtor - Business and Investment Properties
(Atherton Associates Commercial Brokerage)
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I was helping a client re-examine the layout of her daughter's bedroom today when she asked me if I had noticed her daughter's little desk was not so cluttered. Indeed, she explained, a 4th grade friend had volunteered to give some order to the disarray on the desk: The pens and pencils stood upr...
By Vincent O'Rourke, CENTURY 21 Crest Real Estate, Inc.
(Crest Real Estate, Inc.)
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Have you ever heard the saying, “An organized home is a happy home?” When your home is organized, life can be calmer. Everything in the home has a place, but sometimes finding that place isn’t so easy. Get inspired instantly by these expert home organizers on Instagram.   One look at these Instag...