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 Vince Divarco, Air Duct Cleaning by DUCTZ of North Phoenix
(DUCTZ of North Phoenix and Deer Valley / Glendale)
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Call DUCTZ.  Dryer vent fires cause hundreds of thousands of damage each year, in addition to untold loss of property and life.  New Residential dryer manufacturers recommend a safety inspection (and cleaning if necessary) annually in order to comply with warranties (every 6 months for commercial...
By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
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Wordless Wednesdadys: The Bug Man!  If you are a consumer who is considering buying or selling a home, investment real estate, vacation homes, or beach properties in Southern California, Los Angeles, Century City, Westwood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Culver City, Playa Vista, Marina Del Rey, ...
By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(ra@napaconsultants.com)
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As a luxury real estate  marketing professional, it is important to stay abreast of the new technology that is evolving in the Green Eco Smart Industry.  Here is something we discovered yesterday, when were having lunch at Honor Bar in Santa Barbara. The picture above shows the pedestal of one of...
By Noah Seidenberg, Chicago-land and its Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
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1503 Oak #213 Evanston IL 60201 SoldWe closed on 1503 Oak #213 at the Oak Courts condominium complex. With only 13 days on the market my client, the seller was very happy. A 2 bedroom and 2 bath property right on the edge of downtown Evanston. Everyone was thrilled with this transaction.If you ar...
By Belinda Spillman, Your Guide to Joyful Colorado Living!
(Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado)
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SynLawn Goes Above and Beyond With Service and Quality Our backyard has been an ongoing issue ever since our second golden retriever, Maverick decided to join our family.  Who knew that a second golden could create such havoc on a lawn? Early this spring, we had all of the sod replaced in our bac...
By Debb Janes, REALTOR®, EcoBroker Camas, Washington
(The Carl Group, LLC)
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Appliance colors come and go!Some of us have lived through the harvest gold and avocado green era, and likely lived in houses with these appliance colors. If you've got a great memory, or are a bit older, you may remember turquoise or even pink appliance color choices. Historically, appliances ha...
By Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage
(Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366)
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 That Doesn't Look Safe, I'll Be There Tomorrow To Fix That Railing  I have been getting a bunch of calls for the repair and replacement of railings this week, seems that many has started to notice that they have a problem and need help. This is important because the risk to injury is great and n...
By William Piotrowski
(Diamond Residential Mortgage Corporation )
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 Living in a small space poses many challenges from an interior design perspective. Too much furniture and your home feels small and cluttered. Too little and you lack the functionality you need for day-to-day living.From furniture placement to controlling clutter, maximizing what you have is a m...
By Pamela Seley, REALTOR®, CA BRE #01824145 Real Estate - Call 951.491.4063
(West Coast Realty Division)
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You know that slimey pinkish, red buildup on the inside of shower curtains/doors, bathtubs and tile and grout? I mistakenly thought it was mineral buildup from the water. Wrong.... It is the result of a bacteria called Serratia marcescens that produces a red color, or dye, called Prodigiosin, whi...
By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 707-812-7668
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
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We have your back when it comes to remodelingThat is just what it means to be a 203k consultant or renovation/remodel consultant. Most people don't remodel their home very often and guess who knows it? That is correct, the contractors know it and quite often they capitalize on it. Task was to add...
By Connie Webb, | Cheyenne Real Estate
(Century 21 Bell Real Estate)
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How To Find The Right Carpet Cleaner For Your Home If you want to have clean carpets, then you don't want to just go and hire any company you find in the yellow pages in Cheyenne. You want to know what goes into keeping clean carpets and what exactly to look for in a good company. Keep reading to...
By N. Joel Walter, Cr (Certified Remodeler)
(N.J.W. Construction Inc)
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As your Columbus, Ohio home improvement company, we know kitchens are usually the hub of the home, but they also can be a source of frustration, due to many factors, including, but not limited to, an awkward layout, inaccessible cabinets, lack of storage, and inadequate lighting. Incorporating th...
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 Delaware Junk Removal Residential And Commercial Hauling Clean Outs, Whole House Clean Outs, Basements, Garages, Attics
(Delaware Junk Removal 302-530-9186)
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Wilmington Delaware Hoarder Clean Out Junk Removal Hauling                     Delaware Junk Removal takes on the toughest jobs even hoarding clean outs.   From a single room to a entire home full of unwanted items.  With years of experience we take care to remove only the items requested at  a ...
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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    Heads Up !! It being called a HUGE grass roots and global effort to help “Boomers” and Older People Stay in Our Homes … I say “OUR” because this is a situation involving aging- one we will all face, if we are lucky! Will “Boomers” and Older People Chose Aging-in-Place Solutions? There sure is...
By Greg Nino, Houston, Texas
(RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP)
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The other day I showed a home that looked as if it had been built on the San Andreas fault line. You don't have to be an engineer or seasoned industry professional to know when the slab of the home is cracked in 72 different places. The property had huge gaps around the windows and there were abo...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Lower Fairfield CT)
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What are the pros and cons with dark hardwood floors vs light hardwood floors?   Hold up a white index card over half of this to shift from light to dark hardwood floors. There are several other examples throughout this article. Which do you prefer - dark or light wood?   Thankfully, when it come...
By Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage
(Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366)
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 Hey Tom, We Need Your Help Over Here!  Friends and family know that they van call me with their water damage problems, even if it is a current leak. It is what I do most and they know it. It usually is a surprise to get a call, most leaks are like that.The leak was controlled inside the home and...
By Sharon Sigman, Sharon Sigman
(RE/MAX )
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A boring bedroom could lead to other boring pursuits in the room. Or even poor sleeping patterns. Time for a re-do? Excellent. Let's consider some options. Get a new headboard You don't need a whole new bed to create a luxurious bedroom space. You don't need to spend a whole bunch of money either...
By Pat Champion
(Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty)
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Smart ways to save money................Homeowner's who wouldn't want to save money and have more money for fun; please, click link below from AHS for some valuable tips on smart ways to save money. Please contact me if you have any questions or need any additional real estate buying or selling i...