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 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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Can You Get Matching Siding in Sacramento?   One of the concerns with doing any home repair or improvement in Sacramento is finding matching building materials. A bad match will only make the new work look out of place. So it is not uncommon for a contractor to be asked if matching materials are ...
By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek & Associates LLC Team)
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Caring for your Lawn in the Fall You really do not need to rake and bag all of the leaves in your yard this fall, you could just mulch them!  Mulching your leaves and following up with a fall feeding will give you a healthy, green lawn next spring.      Use this search tool to find homes that are...
By N. Joel Walter, Cr (Certified Remodeler)
(N.J.W. Construction Inc)
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At NJW, your room addition contractors, we understand the importance in building an addition strategically to ensure it is as efficient as possible in every way.When we begin a room addition we make sure the walls are insulated inside and out: inside with full cavity pack insulation, and outside ...
By Cathy Perry
(Keller Williams Realty)
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For years, real estate pundits have stated that the dining room is going the way of the dinosaur. With less formal lifestyles, they opined, homeowners (especially millennials) don't want to dedicate a room to formal furniture that is only used a few times a year for its intended purpose, if at a...
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 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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What We Can Learn From the MinimalistsDiscover the power of simplicity and how to employ a less-is-more approach in your decorating schemeBy: Janet DunnPlease click here for original post. “Perfection is achieved, not when there’s nothing left to add, but when there’s nothing left to take away.” ...
By Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little REALTOR® That Could
(Dallas Premier Keller Williams Realty)
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  Here's an idea for substituting personal photographs for something whimsy and memorable. It sure put a smile on my face when showing houses a few days ago and it left an impession on my client's too!  Putting a home on the market is a great opportunity to try something different and be creative...
Arteriors -Dallas-based, award-winning home decor brand has finally given its hometown a spectacular showroom open to the public. This 5,000-square-foot flagship store on Dragon Street is beautiful boasting 13-foot windows to show off the brand’s lighting, wall decor, decorative accents and furni...
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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I See Where The Leak Was, Why Are We Not Repairing It?   I'm not always sure what it is that goes through the thinking process of management sometimes, I just do as I am instructed. To do more may make sense to me but I may not know all the facts. This ceiling was the result of a water leak a few...
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 Rob Thomas, Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro
(Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954)
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Fall Is The Perfect Time For Aeration and Seeding Your Lawn! Home and property tip of the day .....Fall Is The Perfect Time For Aeration and Seeding Your Lawn!  Now is the perfect time for lawn maintenance .... Here's 4 really good tips so that you'll have a great looking yard come Spring! 1. Law...
By Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI, Presence,Persistence & Perseverance
(Allison James Estates & Homes)
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Here is a new infographic from the California Association of Realtors® (CAR) and the Contractors State License Board (CSLB). This should prove helpful to many homeowners unfamiliar with the proper flow of activities that should be followed in order to assure success with positive results when und...
By Rei Mesa
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty)
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Property crimes happen in Florida every 54 seconds, according to reports from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.  One in 3 homes will fall victim to a home burglary if they do not have a home security system, while only 1 in 250 will meet the same fate with a home security system in place...
By Tom and Bev Herring, Tulsa Oklahoma Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker - Rader Group)
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Eye Catching Walls: Give Your Home a Creative StatementGive your home a creative statement with eye catching walls; ideas, tips and tricks. Don’t think the fresh painted walls in your new home have to stay the same color. Give your walls a bit of your creative expression with eye catching walls. ...
By Charlie Dresen, Steamboat Springs, CO e-Pro
(Steamboat Sotheby's International Realty)
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Home Winterization ChecklistAutumn has been beautiful here in Steamboat Springs, CO - sunny, blue sky days with temperatures in the mid-upper 70s and cool nights with clear skies. The aspens are golden and vibrant.  Fall colors on Rabbit Ears Pass While it is easy to get lulled into the false sen...
By DeeDee Riley, Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas
(Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA)
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Whenever my buyers have a home inspection, I like to hear what the inspector says as I always learn something !  One thing he is always looking for: Is the electrical panel labeled?I use to think that I had that covered at my house as the few times I've looked or needed to shut off a breaker ours...
By Rob Santana
(Modern Wall Systems)
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RIPPING OFF THE EIFSTo rip off or not to rip off; (EIFS that is) that is the million dollar question. The answer is uncomplicated, and applies to practically all types of cladding. For starters, you must go beyond the symptoms of water intrusion problems, and find the actual sources of the leaks....
By Anne Lok, Homes for Modern City Dwellers
(Homelife Realty One Ltd. Brokerage)
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Can you sell for more money with a 3 bedroom by converting a den in a 2 bedroom home into a bedroom? Truthfully, there is no formula for how much the selling price can increase by adding an extra bedroom. Likewise, converting a windowless den into a second bedroom may not be an attribute when it ...
By Amy Mullen, Realtor, CPA, CDPE, MBA
(RE/MAX Professional Associates)
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  Egads!  I was not aware of that until recently so I am sharing this tidbit of information: Heating Oil Spill Remediation Coverage on Homes/Properties Effective July 1, 2010 the regular homeowner’s and property insurance programs will no longer provide coverage for property damage and liability ...
By Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI,ABR, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Keller Williams Realty Partners)
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That was until the gentlemen from JSA showed up. You see, my front steps and porch were beginning to settle. If left alone, they would have pulled away from the house and left a gap. I have visited many homes in our area where I have seen this. From cracks just starting to form, to 2-4 inch crack...