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.


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By Brad Diepholz, "We have you covered"!
(HCS Restoration and Roofing, LLC)
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Brad Diepholz talks about “Attic Ventilation”-part 5 Brad Diepholz found the following information. This section I will be talking about dealing with the effects of ice dams. Winter creates a special attic ventilation problem where snowfall and cold temperatures are common occurrences. The proble...
By Debb Janes, REALTOR®, EcoBroker Camas, Washington
(The Carl Group, LLC)
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Appliance colors come and go!Some of us have lived through the harvest gold and avocado green era, and likely lived in houses with these appliance colors. If you've got a great memory, or are a bit older, you may remember turquoise or even pink appliance color choices. Historically, appliances ha...
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 Greg Nino, Houston, Texas
(RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP)
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The other day I showed a home that looked as if it had been built on the San Andreas fault line. You don't have to be an engineer or seasoned industry professional to know when the slab of the home is cracked in 72 different places. The property had huge gaps around the windows and there were abo...
By Roberta LaRocca, REALTOR®, Broker, Salesperson, Property Management
(Simply Vegas Real Estate)
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Alert - Failing KitchenAid Refrigerator Control Boards, part numbers 2307028 and the replacement W10219463, are no longer available, and apparently have had a fairly high failure rate. For the good news, I may be able to provide you with a possible simple repair as you read on.  These refrigerato...
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 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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 Hey Tom, We Need Your Help Over Here!  Friends and family know that they van call me with their water damage problems, even if it is a current leak. It is what I do most and they know it. It usually is a surprise to get a call, most leaks are like that.The leak was controlled inside the home and...
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 Cathy Perry
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Beautiful windows are a key component of any home, and especially so in a luxury property. Chances are, though, there are times you want at least some of your windows to be totally uncovered, and others when you want to completely or partially obscure them – for privacy, to control glare on the t...
Designing and decorating your kids’ bedrooms can be quite a challenge, but it can be fun as well! Imagine having the ‘license’ to go a little bit crazy as far as designing and decorating goes. Wouldn’t you be excited too?We are! And we are super thrilled to share with you the following steps to c...
By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage)
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I love this one.  WE are living in our 1 bedroom 1 bath condo while our home, 5 bedrooms and 3 baths is being remodeled.From 3500 sq ft to 700... I am loving it.  By Chris B Johnson Realtor®   Living in a small space poses many challenges from an interior design perspective. Too much furniture an...
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 Delaware Junk Removal Residential And Commercial Hauling Clean Outs, Whole House Clean Outs, Basements, Garages, Attics
(Delaware Junk Removal 302-530-9186)
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Delaware Junk Removal The Estate Clean Out Experts Fast Low Cost Delaware Junk Removal  will remove anything from a single item to a whole home full of its contents. Every year hundreds of happy clients choose Delaware Junk Removal for help with estate clean outs or moving clean outs.We love the ...
By Delaware Junk Removal Residential And Commercial Hauling Clean Outs, Whole House Clean Outs, Basements, Garages, Attics
(Delaware Junk Removal 302-530-9186)
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Junk Removal Property Clean Outs Hauling Newark Delaware Delaware Junk Removal is the first choice for furniture removal, home or apartment clean outs and clutter removal.  We haul away everything from a single item to a whole home or business full of its contents. We are a locally owned and ope...
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 Vince Divarco, Air Duct Cleaning by DUCTZ of North Phoenix
(DUCTZ of North Phoenix and Deer Valley / Glendale)
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Hiring an air duct cleaning contractor, or any contractor, can be an intimidating experience and you should know what questions to ask and what to expect before hiring anyone to work in your home or business.Your DUCTZ technician will conduct a thorough inspection to deem if an air duct cleaning ...
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 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 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...