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 Terkel Sørensen, Realtor, 951.805.0773 , Bank owned and Short Sales
(Real Estate Places)
Comments 66
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 Bobi Bigelow, Advertising / Marketing Administrator
(Jim Green Realty)
Comments 2
  Looking to add value to your home by renovating? Remodeling your home can be a big investment, in both time and money, so it is important to choose projects wisely. According to an October 2015 survey by the National Association of REALTORS®, the following projects are going to be your best bet...
By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Comments 16
Home Owners: Time to get  back to basics!The most valuable asset for most people is their home. There are a few exceptions but to most mere mortals this is their largest asset and they need to take care of it.Back to School is a good time to get back to basics:        . Most people have been runn...
By Svetlana Marinkovic, SecurityNational Mortgage Company
(SecurityNational Mortgage Company)
Comments 1
The Battle Of Multiple Bidders Arm your buyer with a solid pre-approval and fast turn-around to protect their homefront. Live in a world of smooth transactions. Cell 602-326-4983 svetlanam@snmc.comFor more information visit: SecurityNational Mortgage Company
By Svetlana Marinkovic, SecurityNational Mortgage Company
(SecurityNational Mortgage Company)
Comments 0
“In-house processing is a huge advantage for our loan officers. Not only do they consistently know the status of their files, but the entire transaction is more efficient.” Karie Wakefield Corporate Retail Operations Manager Call today. Cell 602-326-4983 svetlanam@snmc.comFor more information vis...
By Svetlana Marinkovic, SecurityNational Mortgage Company
(SecurityNational Mortgage Company)
Comments 0
VA Program Highlights: • Short Sales and Foreclosures seasoned 2 years • Exceptions apply on short sales less than two year (call your AE for details) • Lender Paid compensation available up to 4% • Use all above par pricing to be applied to third part closing cost (NO caps) • VA IRRRLS available...
By Fred Hernden, Albuquerque area Home Inspector
(Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area)
Comments 3
Here in Albuquerque we are officially in our monsoon season. The monsoon first begins in northern Mexico in May. The summer sun evaporates water from the Gulfs of Mexico and California and creates humid conditions over the land which produce rain. Humidity rises, fueling more rain and more transp...
By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek & Associates LLC Team)
Comments 28
Here are some great tips from Lowe's on how to add variety to your landscape of the edible kind.  I have to say, though, that the rabbits inmy yard already think I am growing an edible landscape! Use Garden Plants in your LandscapingLearn how to add edible plants like herbs, vegetables and fruits...
By John Anello, Stamford Area Electrician, Call Safe and Sound Electric at 203-536-0021
(Safe and Sound Electric LLC)
Comments 4
The demand for electricians in the United States has risen in the past few years. Employment of electricians is expected to grow 23 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. U.S. News and World Report ranked "Electrician" as #3 in Best Contruction Jobs. So why is so ...
By Duane West
(3R's Construction Management LLC)
Comments 1
DEMOLITION vs. DECONSTRUCTIONThe tearing down or deconstructing of a structure or building has become a real science. The primary difference between demolition and deconstruction is in the methods selected to achieve the end result of removing something, usually a structure to make room for somet...
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)
Comments 1
While you want to do everything you can to increase the value of your Auburn or Opelika home, some renovation ideas may not be a good fit for your current budget. Rather than feeling stuck with the look of your house, there are plenty of changes you can make to your home that are both affordable ...
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)
Comments 15
 Sure, I can bid on that!   While working on a large project at an apartment community yesterday, there was a lot of comotion going on just outside the property. Since we were busy doing our jobs we didn't pay much attention to all that was happening. In a short time span the police, fire departm...
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)
Comments 11
 That Doesn't Look Safe, I'll Be There Tomorrow To Fix That Railing  I have been getting a bunch of calls for the repair and replacement of railings this week, seems that many has started to notice that they have a problem and need help. This is important because the risk to injury is great and n...
By Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
(New Paradigm Partners LLC)
Comments 20
 This is what the house across the street from one of our rentals looked like last Halloween. Nice theme, right? A hearse, some graves, a few bones scattered around, a hand clawing it's way up from under the ground. These guys really got into the spirit - and they never really got out of it. This...
By Regina P. Brown, e-Pro Realtor
(California Coast & Country Homes, Inc.)
Comments 0
Article as published in The San Diego Realtor® magazine, pages 28-30.By Regina P. BrownPart 1 of 3We’re back again this month with the decade’s hottest topic, GREEN living.  We’ve learned to recycle, right?  Everyone’s talking about renewable energy.  Clients want to know about tax rebates for ap...
By Diane Beaumont, USDA,FHA,Jumbo,VA Woodland Park, CO Mortgage
(Benchmark Mortgage)
Comments 1
  Whether you're looking for ways to refresh your house before putting it on the market or just want to give worn-out elements a second life, look no further. Update the look of your home without enduring the inconvenience, time and expense of remodeling. Here are five areas to refurbish in your...
By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905, "Your Gateway to the Lake" Birkenfeld Oregon
(Vernonia Realty)
Comments 17
In an old garage once, I saw a rickety old handmade sign:Men Buying Paint Must Have a Note From Their WivesDoesn't that conjure up stories of mistakes you've made (or your partner) when trying to do a bit of your own repairing/remodeling?"Honey, you got 8 gallons of IVORY paint, not WHITE!!"  The...
By Diane Beaumont, USDA,FHA,Jumbo,VA Woodland Park, CO Mortgage
(Benchmark Mortgage)
Comments 4
New homes can be scary. But when you take the time to think about it and plan ahead, maintaining a home is easier than you think. Here are five skills that will help maintain your new home for years to come.Fixing A Toilet It's not as daunting as it sounds. Just remember that toilets work with gr...
Spring might be long over in Toronto but we still got the rest of summer left to revel in the sights and sounds of the outdoors.  If you’ve got the space, there is no reason not to take advantage of that and have an outdoor room for a few months before the weather turns cold. Outdoor rooms need n...
Putting your home on the market can be a stressful time as you’re transitioning to move out and also preparing your house for showing. We’ve got your back with these 10 affordable tweaks that you can DIY in just a few hours or a few days and are bound to be investment well spent.Landscape and Ext...