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 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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 Add Home Value with These Indoor Décor IdeasContributed by Kristin BeltPlease click here for original post.If you’re like a lot of homeowners today, you might be tempted to chalk decorating choices up to personal preference and think they have little to do with home value — but this is a mistake...
By Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource
(Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Huntsville AL)
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Solar EnergyConsidering building a new home in Huntsville, Alabama or purchasing an existing home? The following might be something of interest to you if you want to cut utility bills and go green.A challenge faced producing solar energy is collecting and storing it in an efficient way. The early...
By David Popoff, Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct
(DMK Real Estate )
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Greenwich Painting Work Now Requires Permits for Homes Built Before 1978.Homes built before 1978 could possibly have lead paint that now requires permits to work on from the town of Greenwich, Connecticut. This is due to the EPA’s Renovations, Repairs, and Paint Program that is now in full effect...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Lower Fairfield CT)
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Here is the 34th installment of my top flooring blog posts.  These were written in Feb - May 2014.  Feel free to bookmark any of these if they would be helpful for you or your clients. Satin or semigloss - which is the most popular sheen for hardwood floors?Yes, many need guidance here. Which com...
By Stanley Stepak, Realtor - Avon Lake, Avon, Bay Village, Westlake,
(Howard Hanna Gold- Avon Lake, OH)
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How will you slope the gutters so they drain? It may look nicer to have level gutters, but it’s better if they slope slightly downhill toward the downspouts. Just a little slope, about 1/16 in. per foot, is all that’s needed. Long gutter runs may require downspouts on each end and a gutter that s...
By Pamela Seley, REALTOR®, CA BRE #01824145 Real Estate - Call 951.491.4063
(West Coast Realty Division)
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Lantana is popular in Southern California and is used in commercial and residential landscaping because it is drought tolerant, blooms throughout most of the year, and acts as a perennial. Lantana is the common name for this flowering plant, and is in the verbena family of shrubs with over hundre...
By Jean Glass, A Tradition Of Trust In Real Estate
(Better Homes & Gardens)
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As the easy, warm days of summer roll by, I thought it would be fun to get your feedback on a new trend in backyard entertainment.  What do you think of this concept?As more of us choose to stay close to home entertaining friends and family, an investment in a large-screen TV that's visible from ...
By Rei Mesa
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty)
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It may not be a Cape Coral luxury home. It could be any Cape Coral real estate investment you may have made and are now thinking about tackling a redo. It could be an inspiration you got from a home improvement show on television or just because you are tired of looking at the same four walls, wh...
By Summer Robertson, Gillette, WY Agent
(Team Properties Group, LLC)
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Can you belive the Fourth of July is just around the corner? It is so fun to get involved in the festivities and enjoy the warm weather while waiting for the bursting sounds of glorious fireworks to begin! Before I get to carried away I want to thank all of the amazing service men and women aroun...
By Joel Jadofsky, One of the Top Realtors in Panama City Beach Area
(Keller Williams - homes for sale - Florida - Gulf - Beach )
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I had recently came across a article about the specific rules pertaining to our great and amazing flag of our United States. But did everyone happen to know there are detailed rules to how you can portay your patriotism? We all know that you have to be respectful to the flag but also for what it ...
By Patty Clark, Helping Families Make the Right Move
(Metro Brokers/Morningside Homes, LLC)
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  Grilling Safety   More people grill in July than any other month. While grilling is all about good food, fun, friends and celebrations, it is important to make sure that accidents don’t interrupt your activities. Approximately half of the injuries involving grills are thermal burns. If you work...
By Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time
(Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373)
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Air Conditioning versus Swamp Cooler The swamp cooler is  a great option for Denver residents, as most of the time our humidity level is below 10%.    If you live in a covenant community, you will need to get approval if they are to be installed on your roof.              How the swamp cooler wor...
By Inna Ivchenko, Los Angeles / Valley Homes
(Mannis Real Estate Group)
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Great news: Building permits for the city of Los Angeles are now searchable online! Over 100 years worth! Now you are  able to look up exactly when your house was built, when the garage was turned into a living room, when the 2nd bathroom was added, when the detached garage was added, and even wh...
By Dan Johns, Professional Rug Cleaning&Restoration
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If you live in New York and need carpet , rug or upholstery cleaning or even drapery there is a new online directory that features the best companies including organic cleaning services check it out here : http://www.rugcleaningcompanies.com/source : https://www.send2press.com/newswire/new-online...
By National Realty Centers
(National Realty Centers)
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Listings to Leads - eFlyers   Walk-out lot on the 15th tee!   DESCRIPTION PHOTOS MAPS & LOCALS SCHOOLS PRINT BROCHURE       62340 Sawgrass Drive Washington, MI 48094   Bedrooms: 3 | Bathrooms: 2 full, 1 half | List Price: $ Get Current Price | 2000 square feet     For 24 Hour Information: 888-866...
By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek & Associates LLC Team)
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Conserve energy, be environmentally friendly and save some money with theseGreen Homes - Energy-Saving Tips Inside Your Home In this informative video, energy expert David Mizejewski from the National Wildlife Federation shares some simple and easy ways to "Green" your home as well as saving ener...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Lower Fairfield CT)
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This is the 33rd installment of my flooring articles.  It's a helpful way to find my higher quality flooring articles and it helps give them another shot of google juice. If you find any of these helpful, feel free to bookmark or reblog. These are from Sept 2013 - January 2014 6 Ways to make your...
By Will Johnson, Sell and Stage
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Let’s face it.  Dads are awesome.  They pick their kids up when they’re down, teach them how to ride a bike and help them navigate their first trips on the highway behind the wheel.  But these dads went a little above and beyond by making amazing changes to their house that, well, what kid wouldn...
By Lisa Southern, Lisa Southern Real Estate
(Lisa Southern Real Estate)
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 Which is more polluted, indoor air or outdoor air?10 times out of 10, the air in your house, office or apartment is going to be worse than the air outside. Indoor air pollution has been ranked among the top 5 greatest risks to public health by the EPA, and stagnant indoor air allows pollutants t...
By Utah Dave, Homes for Sale - Utah
(UtahDave.com Neighborhood Experts)
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YOUR HOME is one of your greatest financial assets. With a little creativity, it can also be a source of residual income. Slumping home values have encouraged many home owners to seak additional ways to make their mortgage payments. We're all familiar with renting out an extra room or selling som...