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)
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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)
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What are the pros and cons with dark hardwood floors vs light hardwood floors?   Hold up a white index card over half of this to shift from light to dark hardwood floors. There are several other examples throughout this article. Which do you prefer - dark or light wood?   Thankfully, when it come...
By Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage
(Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366)
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 Adding Some Under The Cabinet Lighting  As a part of a kitchen remodel in Cameron Park, a contractor may be asked to do a small portion of a owner/contractor remodel. I had the opportunity to add some under the cabinet lighting in a kitchen in Cameron Park. This was one of the final touches as t...
By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
(Chris Brown | Certified Mortgage Planners)
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When decorating a small space, there is a general desire to make the space look and feel larger than it is while also meeting basic functional needs in the room. For example, there may be a need to accommodate seating for a group of people in a living room, but there also may be a desire to provi...
By Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
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Sometimes looking at the big picture is the right thing to do. But sometimes narrowing ones focus and looking at details feels appropriate, and that's what I decided to do on a recent walk through the grand, beautiful San Francisco neighborhood of Seacliff. While the grace and  beauty of large Me...
By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek & Associates LLC Team)
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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 Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
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    I really enjoy gardening and deer are okay to view from a distance; not munching on my hydrangeas or mowing down the hostas. Purchasing commercially made products like Deer Off or Plantskydd can get expensive over a period of time especially when one has to spray every 3 or 4 days or after a ...
By Michael Collins, CDPE, SFR , Wisconsin Short Sale Specialist Realto
(*ROCK REALTY|Broker|Realtor|Real Estate|WI Short Sale Agent*)
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Buying your first home can be overwhelming, whether you've been renting an apartment for years or you've just moved out of your college dorm room. Suddenly there's no one to call when the faucet leaks or the sewer backs up into the tub. It doesn't have to be scary though, and more importantly it ...
By N. Joel Walter, Cr (Certified Remodeler)
(N.J.W. Construction Inc)
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NJW, your Columbus, Ohio home improvement company, knows what a big deal curb appeal is. Whether you love being bold and dramatic, or more subdued and subtle… your exterior paint color can say a lot about you! We found this quiz on Houzz to help you decide what exterior color might be a good fit ...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Lower Fairfield CT)
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I'm almost caught up on all of these.  Here are the "best of my flooring" posts Part 37. These were written in Mar - May 2015. Feel free to reblog or bookmark if these would be useful for you or your clients. Lumber Liquidators Health ScareThis provides some advice for those that might find thems...
By Rick Cignoli, Sr. Mortgage Officer
(Norcom Mortgage)
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 Whether your selling your home, moving into your First Home or just staying pat, everyone wants a home that looks great. Achieving a high level of curb appeal can be easier than you think. Making a few inexpensive changes can take the exterior of you home from bland to exciting.The best place to...
By Mary Ann Teixeira, REALTOR, SRES, GREEN
(Coldwell Banker Residential Mortgage)
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One of the good things about living in the house during construction is that you can grab a cup of coffee in the morning and check out the previous day's work while still in your pajamas. So here I am checking out the tile shower surround and the cool diamond-shaped border: Our contractor suggest...
By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 707-812-7668
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
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We have your back when it comes to remodelingThat is just what it means to be a 203k consultant or renovation/remodel consultant. Most people don't remodel their home very often and guess who knows it? That is correct, the contractors know it and quite often they capitalize on it. Task was to add...
By Jack Solloway, There's Only One Right Choice in Real Estate
(Right Choice Realty)
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Bed Bugs: How to Evict Them from Your HomeBelieve it or not, bed bugs are an ancient problem. Bed bugs, lice and other parasitic insects thrived through the Dark Ages when hygiene was poor, people lived close together, and knowledge of why things happened was based more on superstition than fact....
By Jeremy Wrenn, President, Wrenn Home Improvements
(Wrenn Home Improvements)
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We are seeking a full time Lead Carpenter/Working Crew Leader for immediate employment.  The Crew Leader will work under the supervision of Field Supervisor, and will likely have a helper assigned to them to supervise & lead hands-on in the work. The position has potential for long term stability...
By Joe McCord
(REAA)
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 If you have children and you enjoy tackling do-it-yourself projects around the house, it can be fun and rewarding to involve your kids in the process. When you're ready to get started on a new DIY project, we invite you to consider the following 3 kid-friendly home improvement ideas. 1. Building...
By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Many home owners ask me this question - 'What are the upgrades we should do so we get more for our home?'It's always a return on investment - and this post from Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl explains what are those upgrades. When you upgrade your home, the most important consideration is how much you...
By Pat Champion
(Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty)
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Smart ways to save money................Homeowner's who wouldn't want to save money and have more money for fun; please, click link below from AHS for some valuable tips on smart ways to save money. Please contact me if you have any questions or need any additional real estate buying or selling i...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Lower Fairfield CT)
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I'm continuing in my series of Collecting my best flooring articles.  This is installment #36.  These articles were written fromNov 2014 - Feb 2015 Hardwood flooring borders and inlays.  Getting fancy with hardwood floors.This post has some fun pictures of borders and inlays. There are so many wa...
By Rita Boswell, Central Ohio Real Estate
(Keller Williams Capital Partners)
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Wanting to amp up your landscaping? Planting trees in your yard will yield a multitude of benefits, including shading your house, decreasing energy costs, curb appeal, improvement of the quality of air you breathe, and more! The best part is, trees are low-maintenance once planted and can help im...