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.

Trending blogs on Home Improvement

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 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 Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
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How's this for curb appeal? While few houses are as showy as the two pictured above, San Francisco's temperate climate makes gardening here a delight. In the densely populated areas of the city, gardens are tend to be small, and people creatively figure out ways to garden that suits their space, ...
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 Terkel Sørensen, Realtor, 951.805.0773 , Bank owned and Short Sales
(Real Estate Places)
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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.  So, over the past few years, sales people have likely been banging your door in trying to sell you anythi...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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Finishing out or rejuvenating an old basement adds valuable living space inside the existing footprint of your home while significantly reducing the amount of time, energy, and money required to otherwise expand your family’s living space. Has your underground space been turned into a junk collec...
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 Bill Primavera
(William Raveis Real Estate)
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When I was in college, I appeared in a play called The Madwoman of Chaillot by Jean Giraudoux with the actress Linda Lavin, who would later go on to achieve fame as “Alice” on television. The most stunning thing about that production as I recall was the amazing effects achieved by its lighting di...
By Regina P. Brown, e-Pro Realtor
(California Coast & Country Homes, Inc.)
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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 Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max All Properties New Lenox Illinois)
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Barbecue and Fire Pit Safety for the Summer Throughout the United States, the summer months are those months where millions of Americans find themselves enjoying the outdoors or chilling in the backyard. With summer comes barbecues and evenings outside, sitting beside the fire pit. It's important...
By Diane Beaumont, USDA,FHA,Jumbo,VA Woodland Park, CO Mortgage
(Benchmark Mortgage)
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Curb appeal is important in the home sales process, and this is because it will impact the overall first impression that potential home buyers have about the property. Some homeowners can easily spend a small fortune and a considerable amount of time improving curb appeal, but others may be looki...
By Joy Daniels
(Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd.)
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It's that time of year when we start to need air conditioning in Central PA.  The humidity is building and the temperatures are rising.  There are a few easy things should do (or hire an HVAC contractor to do) in order to efficiently and safely get your A/C ready for the summer!  ENJOY!!!  1.Clea...
By Victoria Piroso (561) 705-7355, Victoria's Luxury Estates Palm Beach Broker/Owner
(Victoria's Luxury Estates - real estate company)
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Are you considering putting your house up for sale, but not sure where to start? Think about setting the scene for immediate buyer interest in your property. To be really effective, you need to look at both the interior and exterior of your home. Here are 3 tips to get you started with the outsid...
By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek & Associates LLC Team)
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How to Water Your Lawn EfficientlyThe summer heat is on!  Here in the Dallas area, and many parts of Texas, there are water restrictions in place and require compliance when watering one's lawn.  Lowe's Home 101 experts, Joel and Courtney, share tips on how to water your lawn effectively. Learn w...
By J.NARRIN -Asheville Partnering Broker-in-Charge - your contact for Newsy-News, LAND, Homes, and Views, so Let Me Know What's Most Important to YOU !
( Asheville 1031 Real Estate Investments)
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  Real “Woman-Centric” Appeal? There’s a MAN in My (GREEN) Kitchen..  Is it You EMERIL?     http://www.emerils.com/  Have you ever watched Emeril grocery shopping?  According to SymphonyIRI* http://www.symphonyiri.com/  current consumer research study of which many buyers, sellers and REALTORS® m...
By Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate
(the BlueWater Realty team specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales)
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Home Staging:  Add mirrors in all shapes and sizes! When you want to spruce up a room, why not add a mirror? It can add light and depth, and you won't have to push out a wall or add a window to do it. A framed mirror is attractive, hanging alone or in a group. What's more, it can be far less exp...
By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
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Home Safety and Security should be a high priority for everyone! Here are a few tips to help! Posted on Jun 21, 2015 by Endre Barath in Home Improvements  Home Safety and Security should be a high priority for everyone! Here are a few tips to help!Sadly we live in times when we have to be more c...
By Robert (Bob) Gilbert, Your Katy TX Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
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Highly Rated Summer Home Improvement Projects Here is a potential list of worthwhile and highly rated summer home improvements projects for folks in katy and beyond Most of these items are fairly reasonable from a cost standpoint:  Clean interior of home and get rid of junk and clutter. Sometimes...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
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A Picture Can Be Worth a Thousand Words! One of the best investments that a seller can make is a fresh coat of a crowd pleasing paint color. And yet, Real Estate agents and stagers often find a resistance to this from our clients. We can suggest painting, but sellers have heard this so often that...
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...