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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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.

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Trending blogs on Home Improvement

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 Shar Sitter, Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M
(Rooms With Style)
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If you are thinking about remodeling or renovating be sure you take the time to think about what is relevant now. Here is a perfect example.... This past summer I updated my kitchen and my last post "New Year. New Face" showed the before and after photos. I am so glad I did the kitchen!  One of t...
By Olga Simoncelli, Broker-Owner, RE Consultant, Licensed in CT & NY
(Veritas Prime, LLC)
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MAINTENANCE “MUTATION” - MAYBE YOU DON’T NEED TO COVER YOUR POOL FOR THE WINTER?  Several years ago we had a nice, long Indian summer that we enjoyed tremendously. We admired the striking foliage in our New England surroundings and stretched the use of the pool by heating up the spa section proba...
By Sharlene Hensrud, Realtor. Listener. Knowledgable. Patient.
(RE/MAX Results - HomesMSP.com)
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Home design, inside and out, is continually in a state of flux. It reflects the economy, the environment, demographics... as well as what is going on in the world. Here are some trends to look for in 2016.COLORSEvery year Pantone debuts the superstar color of the year. This year instead of one co...
By Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale - Probate Specialist
(KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
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Fall Home, Landscape & Solar Show in San Jose on November 2 & 3, 2013The Fall Home Show in San Jose is this weekend.  Are you a new homeowner? Have you lived in your San Jose home for many years and feel it is time for some home improvements? If you desire to update your home or simply create a n...
By Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale - Probate Specialist
(KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
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Home Garden & Gourmet Show in San Jose Opens February 28, 2014Spring is almost here and so is the Home, Garden & Gourmet Show in San Jose. Spring is the time of year when homeowners get inspired to remodel their home or simply spruce up their gardens.   The Home Show is held at the Santa Clara Co...
By Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale - Probate Specialist
(KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
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Why Should I Attend The San Jose Spring Home Show On March 8-9, 2014?If you are a San Jose home owner then you want to attend the San Jose Spring Home Show to find inspiration for new ideas for your home. It is a place where you can meet contractors face to face; get expert advice; and find resou...
By Tamara Elliott-Deering
(Central Metro Realty)
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 Aging in Place and to a lesser degree Universal Design are buzzwords that we've been hearing a lot lately. The intent is that you remain in your home as long as possible after retiring in order to continue enjoying your independence and contact with your friends and community. Isolation is a lea...
By Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com
(Zion Realty)
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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 Michele Connors, Your Eastern North Carolina Realtor
(The Overton Group, LLC Pitt & Carteret County)
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Every Spring we can count on the wonderful Home and Garden Expos in our area to inspire us to plant flowers and gardens. To understand the latest home technologies. We want to see the current trends and of course we want to look at home improvements and gather ideas to make our comforts of home b...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional)
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If you are considering building a house then you need to think about future needs that may come into play. The following suggestions are things to consider for aging persons and aren't we all aging?   Aging in Place and to a lesser degree Universal Design are buzzwords that we've been hearing a l...
By Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA
(Winston Realty, Inc.)
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It Always Seems To Come Down To The Little Things Making The Difference  There’s no doubt about it. A completely renovated room – especially a kitchen or bathroom – will really impress home buyers. That room will probably look brand new and very stylish.  But you don’t have to do a full “tear-dow...
By Nick and Cindy Davis, CRS,CLHMS,ABR,CIAS,ALHS,e-PRO,CDPE,SFR,Realtor(R)
(RE/MAX Premier Group)
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We know what you are thinking. There’s no basements in Tampa, what do you know about this? Well Nick was born and raised in New England, Chicopee Massachusetts. So he does know just a little about basements. Do you find yourself fantasizing about a separate room where you can cloister the kids wh...
By Rosemarie Heindel, Rosemarie Heindel
(Harry Norman Realtors)
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Three weeks ago I wrote a blog post here on Active Rain about the mountain style furniture many of the home owners in Big Canoe, Georgia use to decorate their homes. I focused on three nearby stores that offer this type of furniture for purchase. But as I have been driving around in the area late...
By Joanna Cohlan, Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes
(Fresh Eyes For Your Home)
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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 Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Lower Fairfield CT)
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I was so happy to stumble upon this article this morning.  I noticed a bunch of hits from this website, so I thought I'd check it out. 41 fresh kitchen trends for 2016. It's a wonderful article and it contains 2 links to my articles.  I agree with these trends and have been seeing them in New Yor...
By Cathy Bradley, Converting Transactions Into Relationships
(The Cummings Company)
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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 Raoul Loustaunau, urhomefinder.com myvaluetoday.com
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Curb appeal is so important when you are going to sell your home. A beautiful garden will add aesthetic curb appeal to the exterior of your home. Try planting different perennials that blossom during the spring, summer, and fall. Springtime is the best time to view amazing tulips blazing with col...
By Renovation Find, Helping you find the best renovation companies.
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We hear stories of homeowners getting ripped off by general contractors and renovation companies all the time.  Either we have a friend or family member that has had a terrible experience or we’ve caught stories of shoddy work, damages, unfinished work and even fraud on the 6 o ‘clock news.  It’s...
By Bob Ratliff, Broker Associate - REALTOR® CRS, GRI ~ 512-587-5689, "Sold with Bob"
(RE/MAX Capital City ~ Call Bob ~512-587-5689 Austin TX )
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"The secret to having your best life at any age is in planning, and the best time to start planning is now."Above sentence was from my good friend  Tamara Eilliott-Deering blogDon't wait for your Golden years to PLAN.   Aging in Place and to a lesser degree Universal Design are buzzwords that we'...