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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Trending blogs on Home Improvement

By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Lower Fairfield CT)
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How can you match existing hardwood and new hardwood flooring? Most homes in Westchester County have hardwood floors, at least in some areas of the house. Hardwood flooring is by far the preferred choice of flooring especially in mid to higher end homes.    The trend has been to add hardwood to m...
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 N. Joel Walter, Cr (Certified Remodeler)
(N.J.W. Construction Inc)
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As your Columbus, Ohio home improvement company, we are used to fixing things, making them better, creating new looks for spaces, improved function etc…and our website is no different!We are excited to announce the launch of our NEW and IMPROVED website!SomeThings You Might notice: Improved Navig...
By Bill Primavera
(William Raveis Real Estate)
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For years, from a style perspective, we’ve preferred the clean sleek look of hardwood floors over wall-to-wall carpeting, especially since we figured out that the costs were comparable. And, from a health consideration, we’ve had the perception in the media that hard surface flooring holds advant...
By John Handschuh, Realtor ABR SRES, Horsham Real Estate
(RE/MAX Action Realty)
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How to Decorate Your Outdoor Space Expanding your living space beyond the walls of your home can give you additional room and help you connect with the world around you. Here are some great ways you can decorate your outdoor spaces to make them inviting places to spend time. A conversation space:...
By Margaret Oscilia, Home Stager, Salem Oregon
(Creative Concepts-Home Staging and Contracting, Salem Oregon)
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All too often we see kitchens that lack pizzazz and feel dated.  Does this kitchen need a complete remodel?  What if a few things are changed to give it a new look?  We all know that having a fabulous kitchen helps sell homes! This kitchen island placement is awkward and small when compared to mo...
By Rick Cignoli, Sr. Mortgage Officer
(Norcom Mortgage)
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There comes a time in many families lives when they realize their First Home no longer fits their needs. Maybe more space is required for a growing family or a pay raise allows you to upgrade to something a little nicer. Before deciding whether to renovate your current home or move into a new one...
By Stacey Mayer, Snohomish-Homes.com
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Remodeling and repair can add usability, and restore enjoyment, to a valuable real estate property.  But, it needs to be done efficiently, and correctly, in order to save time, and preserve the family from added stress. Any builders with this reputation are gold; some clients won't even share the...
By Terry Records
(Records Results!Real Estate)
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 If you are thinking about selling your home in the future, it is wise to think about how you can increase your property value. There are many ways you can do so with just a little bit of time and effort.  With the realty market in Florida doing quite well, now is prime time to list your property...
“Trees are the earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.”  -Rabindranath Tagore   Almost every home contains a few houseplants and probably some fine landscaping outdoors, but now, architects and homeowners are taking the green living movement to a new level by incorporating live ...
By Anthony Alfano
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Your year-round home maintenance checklist.   If you’re a homeowner, then you’ll agree that it’s a whole lot of work to clean and maintain your house and yard. It might even feel like more of our time is spent mowing and painting and cleaning than with our families! But if you don’t stay on top o...
By Dan Johns, Professional Rug Cleaning&Restoration
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Vacuuming removes the majority of the soil from rugs. Cleaning the carpet removes oily sticky soil that builds up on rug fibers. The odor and dirt tracked indoors is also removed. Rug cleaning, like other spring cleaning chores, is not on the list of fun things to do. It is necessary and should b...
By JOE RYSTROM & TEAM, Real Estate Professionals
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The family mudroom is, without question, one of the highest traffic areas in the home. It battles all sorts of external elements, from rain and snow to dirt and mud. It houses countless miscellaneous essentials, including shoes and boots, jackets, umbrellas, scarves and more. It is home to pet n...
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 Erika Rogers, St George Utah Real Estate & local info.
(Re/Max First Realty)
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Summer Maintenance Tips – St. George UT Real EstateSummer maintenance tips for your home this year. If you missed my Spring Maintenance Tips then it's not too late for summer maintenance tips that can help you get those important semi-annual home projects done before more time passes by. Therefor...
By Pamela Seley, REALTOR®, CA BRE #01824145 Real Estate - Call 951.491.4063
(West Coast Realty Division)
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I wrote about a Wax-leaf Privet tree I snapped a photo of during one in my wanderings. Today I was at Diamond Valley Golf Course in Southwest Hemet, only a 15-minute drive to Temecula wine country, and snapped this photo of this Wax-leaf Privet pruned to make a hedge. Wax-leaf Privet hedge at Dia...
By The Friendly Home Team, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate
(Realty Pro Oregon, LLC)
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Right now you are thinking it isn't time to insulate pipes. In reality, it is the perfect time. It isn't freezing yet and it iseasier to get under the house when it is dry.There are two ways that pipes can beinsulated. The first involves insulating tape and the second involves a foam product.Here...
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 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 The Crews Team At Keller Williams Realty
(The Crews Team, Keller Williams Realty)
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Village of Idlewild Home Values: Painting Tips to Ensure a Quick SaleVillage of Idlewild homeowners - No matter how much you rearrange or decorate a room, nothing affects appearance like a fresh coat of paint. When you enter a Village of Idlewild home, your eye may be drawn to little decorative t...