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.


Everything you need to know – the answers to all your burning questions – about energy efficiency, green homes, landscaping, home maintenance, staging, landscaping and more is right here at your fingertips.


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.


While you'll find a ton of helpful ideas and hints within these pages, you'll want to bookmark the site so that you can check back for the hundreds of daily updates from authors who spend their days actually performing the tasks you have questions about.


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

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By Lauren Williams, Professional Organizer: Puget Sound homes
(Casual Uncluttering LLC)
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The lovely photo of a pristine bathroom above is NOT representative of the wet mess I, no eyeglasses yet, no coffee, squelched onto first thing 5:30 this cold Pacific Northwest morning. My supply line - OK, what is a supply line??? - had sprung a leak overnight, gracing me with a lake in the cabi...

By Joanna Cohlan, Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes
(Fresh Eyes For Your Home)
Comments 30
Whether it's your new white kitchen or a new upholstered sofa - nothing is as timeless as white.For years, white furniture was considered casual and beachy.  White walls were considered boring and institutional and white bedding reminded us too much of our grandma's house- remember those old whit...

By Nick and Cindy Davis, CRS,CLHMS,ABR,GRI,CIAS,ALHS,e-PRO,CDPE,SFR
(RE/MAX Premier Group)
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Home homeowners who sign up to have their homes redecorated and remodeled on a reality Television are having regrets. They say they got stuck paying thousands of dollars afterwards as a result of TV renovations. See why here Give Consideration to the Television Home Makeover 

By Peter Mohylsky, Your Bucket List Broker.
(BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS REAL ESTATE)
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Peoples wants and desires with regards to homes are constantly changing.   It is much easier to look back and see what the trends have been over the lasy year rather than look forward to see what will happen in the future.  Here are a few items I have noticed in the Destin area with regards to Lu...

By Doug Dawes, Your Personal Realtor®
(Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA)
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Pam & I are excited today. Why, you say? It's simple. Today we are having Artisan Flooring, in Groveland, MA coming by to install our new Mannington bathroom floor! Then Mark Jr. Plumbing will install a new Kohler Cimarron commode...the 16½" tall version. You see, Pam & I are taking one project a...

By Hillary Sheperd, Co-Owner ~ Servpro of Scarsdale / Mount Vernon, NY
(Servpro of Scarsdale / Mount Vernon)
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This is a worthy blog from our Rainmaker, Reuben, with odd weather and icy temps, then 60 degree days. Most business and homeowners / sellers are not aware of the damage that an ice dam buildup can cause.  Remember that DIY is great, but getting on a ladder or on the freezing ground to clear gutt...

By Granite Heroes, Marble, Granite & Terrazzo Restoration
(Granite Heroes)
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Granite Heroes traveled to Park Ridge, Il to do a job this week. We restored a marble floor. The floor had not been worked on for about 20 years. So, as  you can imagine the marble floor had some cracks that we fixed, etch marks that we removed, water spots that were removed and very dull. We wer...
Knowing ahead of time which people coming into your life have bad intentions towards you and/or your loved ones would be a wonderful thing.Sure, the fact that even one person has bad intentions towards you is a little unsettling, but wouldn’t you at least like to know ahead of time who they are?T...

By Brian Burke, Broker & Advising Expert-Denver Luxury Real Estate
(Kenna Real Estate)
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Clean Up your Garage Space... www.KennaRealEstate.com 

By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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Similar to "Interment" which is the act of laying the dead to rest, Immurement  is the burying or concealing of items in the structure of a house.  Have you ever heard of the ancient burial practice called "Immurement"? I'm not a Realtor nor am I a Graverobber, but I was absolutely fascinated to ...

By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 707-812-7668
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
Comments 0
Who can actually close a 203k loan fast in Marin County?There are lots of lenders who profess to be able to close a renovation loan quickly and then there are those who actually do close them quickly. But remember it isn't all on their shoulders, your client or the client must take an active role...

By Lauren Williams, Professional Organizer: Puget Sound homes
(Casual Uncluttering LLC)
Comments 3
Do you have a Harry Potter closet? As I sit in my apartment, pondering how to find another few inches of space next to my water heater for the shipment of boxes which arrived two weeks earlier than I expected, I’m somehow reminded of Harry Potter’s cupboard under the stairs. A nuisance space, too...

By Granite Heroes, Marble, Granite & Terrazzo Restoration
(Granite Heroes)
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Granite Heroes Naperville stone restoration archive, documents a day in the life of Granite Heroes. FREE ESTIMATES for all clients in Naperville, Illinois. Step into our shoes, as we clean, polish & restore showers, counter tops, flooring and more. Book Online today and receive 10% off your servi...

By Francine Viola, Realtor, In Tune with your Real Estate Needs
(Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA)
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Timing is everything especially when it comes to illuminating your house. I have four sets of outdoor lights with light switches all over the house. Out of laziness, I don’t run around the house and garage flipping light switches to light up the outside of my house, therefore my house looks prett...

By The Chris Fritch Team ~ Keller Williams Classic Realty, HomesinAnokaCounty.com 763-746-3997
(Keller Williams Classic Realty)
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You’re thinking about what to do with the guest bathroom. More specifically, you’re thinking about your mother in-law’s commentary on the dripping showerhead, your brother-in-law’s judgment of the archaic toilet that uses gallons of water per flush, and your sister-in-law’s reaction to the total ...

By Inna Ivchenko, Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Los Angeles CA
(Barcode Properties)
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Heating water consumes about 13 percent of the annual bill for the typical single-family home, says EnergyStar.It you’re not ready to invest in a new, more efficient water heater, there are still steps you can take to cut your water heating costs.1. Reduce the temperature. Set the temperature on ...

By Joanna Cohlan, Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes
(Fresh Eyes For Your Home)
Comments 22
Have you ever heard of the ancient burial practice called "Immurement"? I'm not a Realtor nor am I a Graverobber, but I was absolutely fascinated to learn about this.  Similar to "Interment" which is the act of laying the dead to rest, Immurement  is the burying or concealing of items in the stru...

By Melissa Muse Wiggans, CRS, GRI, ABR - Real Estate Muses
(Real Estate Muses)
Comments 0
Excited to move to San Antonio?Like many military personnel who received their transfer order to San Antonio, you probably feel mixed emotions.  After all, you have been in your current home for around three years and have grown to love the place and have made new friends. But transfers are inevi...

By Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate
(Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales)
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Those of you thinking of sprucing up your mater bedrooms, here are some wonderful tips to help you do just that from Kathy Streib.  There are some great tips below:   How to Turn Your Bedroom Into the Space You Deserve   January is known as the best month to purchase linens and towels so what bet...

By Jeffrey Masich, Arizona Homes and Land to Buy or Sell
(HomeSmart in Scottsdale, Arizona)
Comments 2
What is the favorite thing I do as a Realtor and the best thing to do in order to sell a home? Make a home "SMILE"!A baby's smile is inviting, your home should be alsoYou heard right! Same as a cute baby, or in an interview. Smile, sparkle, make the interviewer like you. Same thing with your home...