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 Rhonda Sanderson, Pillar To Post resident Blogger
(Pillar To Post Home Inspectors)
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Use Less Energy: A high efficiency furnace uses less gas to heat your home.Using Fewer Natural Resources: Engineered lumber uses less wood fiber and preserves old growth forests. Companies such as Floor Coverings International specialize in engineered wood floors that look so real often people ca...

By Tom and Bev Herring, Tulsa Oklahoma Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker - Rader Group)
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How to Maintain Your Hot Water Heater Hot water heaters are an essential part of your Tulsa home. Do you know how to care for yours? They can be the appliance you forget about. They are tucked away in a closet somewhere in your house and just kind of exist there, unattended to. As with anything e...

By Patricia Feager, Selling Homes Changing Lives
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by Patricia Feager, 7/19/2017 F/U - CO This is in F/U (follow-up) to my ActiveRain post written on 11/7/2014, "CO Poisoning, the Silent Killer." By definition carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas. For more information look it up and know the signs. Since last night, qualified contractors ...

By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
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There are many ways of doing things: One of them is the right way and the other….As we walk our Westchester neighborhood, my assistant and I often stop and ponder and then just shake our heads as we move on. There are many ways to fix problems, not all are as good as others. We have noticed that ...

By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 707-812-7668
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
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Living "Rent Free" in AmericaAmerican's bred and born in America are less apt to see the potential for the FHA 203k to build wealth, but foreign born Americans see it right now and access this powerful strategy to get established and make money in America.In the mid to late 1990's it was the Hisp...

By Sybil Campbell, REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia
(Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia)
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I had a problem with a bird's nest in the wreath on my front door.  This is an awesome solution and it can keep your front door from having a ton of bird poo on it! Use a Fake Snake and Get Results Spring is here and birds are nesting. Birds like high places up and out of sight places to build th...

By Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info
(Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers)
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You might ask yourself... "Where can I find a hardware store in Kihei Maui?" Look no further than the Azeka Place Shopping Center and Ace Hardware, at 1290 S. Kihei Rd. They're in the back of the shopping center, behind the Kihei Post Office, and towards the ocean. Call them at 808 879-7060It's a...

By Paul Antonelli, Broker Owner; NextHome Antonelli Realty
(NextHome Antonelli Realty)
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With the summer activities upon us, we are ready to celebrate with BBQs, picnics, and pool side fun. So who has time to spend hours pruning, weeding, planting, and maintaining a yard? Well, you do. With these simple ideas from Houselogic.com, you can have a beautiful yard with less time and effor...

By Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager
(Sharon Tara Transformations)
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I recently got a gift from my mom....a product she found at her local flea market in Florida.  Mom loves this product so much she bought one for me.  I'm so glad she did!It's a glass cleaning cloth, called Holy Moly.  What makes Holy Moly so special?You use ONLY WATER....no Windex or household cl...

By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
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Did you know you're supposed to use a DIFFERENT vacuum for hardwood floors than for carpet?  Did you know that your current vacuum may be scratching your hardwood?  Most people don't realize this. Originally posted in full here:  What's the best vacuum for hardwood floors?  (Please note that ther...

By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek & Associates LLC Team)
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                           Even the not-so-handy person out there can manage some basictechniques to maintain their garage door.  It's something that mosthomes have, and sometimes in multiples!  From those helpful,handy folks at Lowe's Home Improvement, here is Mike Kraft witheasy tips to help ke...

By Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation
(Brown Realty, 210-789-4216,www.JeremiahNewman.com)
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As far as home improvement is concerned, choosing the right kind of windows for your property is undeniably one of the most important—and expensive—tasks you will have to do as a homeowner. When the time comes to replace your windows, the decision-making process may feel daunting. But there are a...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
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I love Jerry's posts and this one does not disappoint. We so rarely read about how to choose windows!  Whether you're in the market yourself, or just want to be informed for your clients, Jerry offers some good information.  Please head to his post and leave a comment! As far as home improvement ...

By Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager
(Sharon Tara Transformations)
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Are you a Seacoast New Hampshire homeowner who is feeling overwhelmed because you have to prepare your home for sale and have years of accumulation to deal with?OrAre you a Seacoast New Hampshire homeowner who is not selling, but wants to restore order to a disorganized and cluttered home? A two ...

By Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager
(Sharon Tara Transformations)
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Most of us have way too much STUFF. We all know it's a good idea to purge now and then, but how often do we actually do it?Not often enough.   Maybe you have a collection, that once meant something to you, that is now simply taking up space and collecting dust. Maybe, since your daughter got marr...

By Paul Antonelli, Broker Owner; NextHome Antonelli Realty
(NextHome Antonelli Realty)
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Recently a family member came by our home and was discussing some new yard gadgets he had installed in his yard. He was full of excitement about his new toys. During a recent party he let us borrower some misters that we hooked up to tents and kept our guests cool  during our outdoor BBQ. It got ...

By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
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I've often wondered exactly this as I drag my old vacuum cleaner across rooms of hardwood flooring in my home. Are there really ones that are better than others?  Can you even us an upright on a hardwood floor?  Read more from one of the country's premier experts on hardwood floors as she describ...
Trees, while beautiful and decorative, can become so much more than landscaping. You might be able to remember the tree in front of your childhood house — one you climbed with neighborhood friends and tied a rope swing to as a teen. A tree, planted in the right climate and location, can live and ...

By Jesse Ortega, Marketing Strategist
(Private Marketing CO-OP)
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Clint Rogers of CK Rogers Idaho addresses another popular question people have when looking to remodel their home: How do I pick a contractor?When picking an Idaho contractor, these are things to look for and do to get the best experience possible. One, choose someone who has experience. Make sur...

By Debra Leisek
( Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska)
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If you have Hardwood Floors you need to read this great article by Debbie Gartner Excellent Information! Did you know you're supposed to use a DIFFERENT vacuum for hardwood floors than for carpet?  Did you know that your current vacuum may be scratching your hardwood?  Most people don't realize t...