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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Trending blogs on Home Improvement

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 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'...
By Svetlana Marinkovic, SecurityNational Mortgage Company
(SecurityNational Mortgage Company)
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Recognized Excellence We’re a Top Mortgage Lender With Great Leadership You’ll recognize the difference the moment you work with SecurityNational. We’re growing, leading, and setting higher standards to better serve your clients. Call today. Cell 480-233-3010 DylanJamesMTG@snmc.com For more infor...
By Svetlana Marinkovic, SecurityNational Mortgage Company
(SecurityNational Mortgage Company)
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You don’t need luck, to create financial security!   At SecurityNational, we don’t leave your loan up t o “luck”. Our team of mortgage professionals will guide your loan all the way through the process. From application to processing, to underwriting and funding your loan is being taken care of i...
By N. Joel Walter, Cr (Certified Remodeler)
(N.J.W. Construction Inc)
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We at N.J.W. Construction are honored to announce that The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) has named N.J.W., as a Regional Contractor of the Year (CotY) winner in 3 separate categories of its annual awards competition.   What is even more exciting, as Regional winners we wi...
By Rhonda Howlett
(Keller Williams- Rhonda Howlett Team)
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3 Affordable Things You Can Do To Your Home With Your Tax Refund      The average tax refund won’t be enough to remodel your entire kitchen or bath but hopefully it will be enough to make small improvements that add value!  Reinvesting your tax return into your home is one smart way to put that e...
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 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 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 Svetlana Marinkovic, SecurityNational Mortgage Company
(SecurityNational Mortgage Company)
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Did you know you can qualify for an FHA mortgage in as little as two years after a bankruptcy discharge, and 3 years for a foreclosure or deed in lieu negotiation? Pre–qualify today! Call or email to schedule a free confidential consultation Cell 602-421-4300 Cappy.Capozzoli@snmc.comFor more info...
By Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale - Probate Specialist
(KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
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California Home, Garden & Gourmet ShowThe largest Home Show in the Bay Area ** Free Admission ** Free Parking Friday, January 7, 2011 from 12:00 noon to 7:00pm Saturday, January 8, 2011 from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm Sunday, January 9, 2011 from 10:00 am to 5:00pm The California Home, Garden & Gourmet ...
By Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale - Probate Specialist
(KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
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South Bay's Art of Home ShowPresented by the South Bay Home and Garden ShowSouth Bay’s Art of Home “The Show About Your Home” is this weekend at the Santa Clara Convention Center.A few of the Bay Area Home Remodeling and Home Improvement Exhibitors featured at the Home Show this weekend: Master ...
(Long and Foster Real Estate, Richmond Virginia)
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As a team of realtors with access to a dream of designers, stagers, and craftsman, we strive to combine home and design.Many people love to visit open houses in new home subdivisions and seeing the design centers. I have spent the last several years devoting my love of design to help my clients g...
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 Will Nesbitt, Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage.
(Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria)
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WASHINGTON (December 9, 2015) — Homeowners preparing to sell often make improvements, both big and small, to their homes that can help yield positive results and garner top dollar from buyers. According to a new report from the National Association of Realtors®, remodeling projects can also bring...
By Michael Dagner, Your Denver Homes Realty Expert
(Brokers Guild Classic)
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Here's a lot of useful information for all those hardwood floor owners.  This content is courtesy of my AR associate, Debbie Gartner.   Before you move in, of course!   Why is that?     Originally posted at TheFlooringGirl.com When is the best time to refinish hardwood floors? Reasons it's best t...
By Svetlana Marinkovic, SecurityNational Mortgage Company
(SecurityNational Mortgage Company)
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 Mortgage insurance increases again! Avoid getting crushed when buying a new home.   SNMC offers alternative loan options... Making buying a home as affordable as ever.  For a Free pre-approval, call or email today! Cell       602-326-4983 svetlanam@snmc.comFor more information visit: SecurtyNati...
By Svetlana Marinkovic, SecurityNational Mortgage Company
(SecurityNational Mortgage Company)
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FHA is Here to Stay FHA home loans remain an integral part of the government’s efforts to help more Americans become homeowners. For borrowers with credit issues, or not much money for a down payment, FHA loans provide an alternative path on the road to homeownership. Home prices and mortgage rat...