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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By Reuben Saltzman, Minneapolis Home Inspections
(Structure Tech Home Inspections)
Comments 31
Dirty bathrooms are a huge turnoff for home buyers.  Mold is another huge turnoff.  Combine the two and the 'yuck' factor multiplies.  I think everyone has seen moldy bathroom caulk before, and if you've tried cleaning this stuff, you know it's impossible.   I recently moved in to home with some...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Lower Fairfield CT)
Comments 51
Just in time.  Here is September's epic flooring post.  Actually, I posted the original on my site on September 27. Warning to my Active Rain Colleagues:  This is a long epic article - over 3,000 words.  It is targeted for consumers searching for flooring advice.  I know this may be too long for ...
By Tammie White, Franklin Homes Realty, Franklin TN
((615) 495-0752 or www.FranklinHomesRealty.com)
Comments 9
Today, we received a repair request from the buyers of one of our listings. The house was built in 2010 so we knew there wouldn't be much, if anything, to do. As expected, the list consisted of a few handyman repairs; no plumbing, electrical, HVAC or roofing items.Mr. Seller is quite handy and kn...
By Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time
(Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373)
Comments 30
Fall Temps are Here - Time to Think About Winterizing   Colorado is experiencing it's first taste of cooler weather and it won't be long before we see freezing temperatures.   Time for  everyone  to get their outside hoses unhooked.   With overnight temperatures below freezing, this could damage...
By Joanna Cohlan, Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes
(Fresh Eyes For Your Home)
Comments 16
Whew!!! I was finally able to take some photos of the Harlem Brownstone that I've worked on for the past 8 months. I originally wrote about this brownstone in my post Interior Design is Like a Game of Chess, and I've showed you the some "before" and some "in progress" along the way.  Well, today ...
By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 707-812-7668
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
Comments 0
When does it make sense to refinance before 6 months is up?You just purchased a home, it isn't quite the way you wanted it but you needed to close the loan quickly, or so everyone told you. Now you can't really enjoy it till you get it fixed up and everyone is now telling you that you need to let...
By Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource
(Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Huntsville AL)
Comments 28
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 Elite Team, Realtors/Career Consultant
(Keller Williams Realty Acadiana)
Comments 1
Homeowners spend more money on kitchen remodeling than on any other home improvement project. And with good reason: Kitchens are the hub of home life and a source of pride.A significant portion of kitchen remodeling costs may be recovered by the value the project brings to your home. Kitchen remo...
By Tina Fountain
(Tina Fountain, REALTORS)
Comments 2
Have you ever driven up to your home and felt under whelmed by its appearance? Have you ever wondered why some homes look great while others lack zest? Do you have a favorite street you like to drive down because all the homes on it look sophisticated?What is Curb Appeal?If you've answered "yes" ...
By Andrew Payne Realtor® Richmond VA Homes For Sale~804-938-5257~, Richmond, VA, Real Estate, SRES®, NAR Green
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty)
Comments 2
#1 - Painting Tops the List While getting my own home ready for the market this fall, I find that painting does go a long way!  Although cost and quality can vary, I will shop around for a quality paint for the best price.  Lowe's and Home Depot can be a great resource.  (Also, I like to check my...
By Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
Comments 5
At the start of this week I had the great opportunity of working with client located along the Gold Coast of New Jersey. Their home was pretty impressive, 8,966 square-footage, 13 rooms, 2 three car garages, a beautiful Zen garden, and so much more! Bottom line, there was a lot of space. Keep thi...
By Andrea Bedard, M.A.; REALTOR Silver Spring, MD and beyond
(Thompson Company, REALTORS)
Comments 4
I have worked with quite a few buyers in Silver Spring, MD and beyond who were planning on refinishing existing hardwood floors or installing new ones or both right after settlement. I have always advised to get it done before moving into the home. I'll continue to do so but will also forward The...
By Jack Solloway, There's Only One Right Choice in Real Estate
(Right Choice Realty)
Comments 1
Designing Backyard Shade StructuresIn the midst of summer's sweltering heat, nothing provides relief like having a shady spot for relaxing. Backyard shade structures also help keep your outdoor furniture from fading.If you want to add a shade structure to your yard, explore the variety of options...
By The Scott Loper Team Lansdale & Harleysville PA Homes
(Keller Williams Real Estate - Montgomeryville)
Comments 1
Home Tech Trends:PERMABOOTFor Roof Leak Repairs The most common cause of roof leaks is the deterioration of the rubber boots that cover the vent pipes penetrating the roof. In the past, replacing the boot required:  1. Pry up the roofing nails used to attach the old flashing.2. Gently lift up the...
By Nick and Cindy Davis, CRS,CLHMS,ABR,CIAS,ALHS,e-PRO,CDPE,SFR,Realtor(R)
(RE/MAX Premier Group)
Comments 4
We had Nebula lighting installed on the lanai today. What do you think? 
By Rei Mesa
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty)
Comments 1
Weston luxury homes are a delight to live in, as long as the electricity is working. If hit by a hurricane or severe storm, electrical issues can happen in Weston luxury homes. Hopefully, a generator is handy or the problem is cleared up quickly.Another seemingly less demonstrative but definitely...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 8
Water problems are high on my list.      When it comes to maintenance around the home, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. Most of the items I find fall under the category of what I refer to as ‘deferred maintenance’. Leaking gutters, rotted wood on the trim or fascia and a host of...
By Sandra Nickel, The Hat Team
(Sandra Nickel REALTORS)
Comments 3
In Part 1 of ‘Top Kitchen Remodeling Trends’ we looked at five trends from a recently published survey by Houzz, the popular design and remodeling website. Here are more of the hottest kitchen design elements to consider for your kitchen… Stainless Steel: A majority of survey respondents, 65% fa...
By Kelly Turbeville, Real Estate Possibilities in the Saddleback Valley
(Keller Williams)
Comments 4
Good insights if you are looking to update your flooring!! Just in time.  Here is September's epic flooring post.  Actually, I posted the original on my site on September 27.   Warning to my Active Rain Colleagues:  This is a long epic article - over 3,000 words.  It is targeted for consumers sea...
By Anita Allen, Realtor - Homes for Sale in the Florida Panhandle
(Coldwell Banker United, Realtors - 850-377-4410)
Comments 3
A vast majority of home buyers decide whether or not to look inside a home, based on their first impressions of the outside… does it have “curb appeal?” ..the view they see when they drive by or arrive for a showing. You can ensure people want to come inside your home by spending some time workin...