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 Andrea Bedard, M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond
(Thompson Company, REALTORS®)
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Finally, finally I got around to remodeling my bathroom and the thing that inspired the whole design was my shower curtain! Of course I neglected to take a proper before picture but there was nothing in my old bathroom that was worth remembering. I was too eager and happy to tear it all out to st...

By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Lyon Real Estate)
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Not only do I greatly admire this woman and want to be her, no, wait, now I hear the Samantha Bee intro song in my head, LOL. But seriously, I am over-the-top ecstatic that The Flooring Girl, Debbie Gartner, wrote a blog for my Sacramento readers about luxury hardwood choices.This is the first ti...

By Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM, Associate Broker
(Harry Norman, REALTORS® )
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Thank you Mike & Jennifer Rigley  Mike and Jennifer Rigley (buyers) 916.378.4671 / (sellers) 916-660-5823 Info@RigleyRG.com What’s My Elk Grove Home Worth? Please call us to discuss your potential Home Value in Elk Grove, CA 916-660-5823. Click here to use our FREE Online Home Value Estimator. Ca...

By Donna Jarock, The Realtor that Delivers you Home
(MB The Brian Petrelli Team)
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Accorging to a recent article by Monique Serbu, there are 7 Essentials Every Millenial wants in a new home.  Wallpaper is one of them.  Who knew?  I have never had a client say "OOH, I would love to wallpaper this room."  Usually the client says, ugggghh we need to take out all this wallpaper.  Y...

By Realty Executives NOLA, Greater New Orleans & Northshore Area Real Estate
(Realty Executives NOLA - Kim Higgins, Realtor/Owner - Greater New Orleans & Northshore Area Real Estate)
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 It seems that we are always on the prowl for ways to maximize the storage space we have in our homes. We scour the Internet high and low, looking on Pinterest and mommy blogs, praying for a miracle solution to the problem.  Especially in smaller homes, this can be a daunting task! In the hopes o...

By Jeffrey Masich/ Associate Broker, MBA, Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell
(HomeSmart Real Estate)
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Give thanks for Doing Nothing! Yes, especially at this time of year we run around with lists of things to do be it meals, gifts, decorations, party preparations etc. Sometimes Doing Nothing wins the day and puts peace in your heart. After all a smile, a story, a meal together are what binds frien...

By Patty Clark, Helping Families Make the Right Move
(Metro Brokers/Morningside Homes, LLC)
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In 2007, Congress passed an energy act that required new energy-efficient standards for basic light bulbs. Standard incandescent bulbs are being phased out and eventually will be unavailable. The alternative bulbs differ considerably in price. LED bulbs are the most efficient but they also cost ...

By Paul Weir
(Re/Max Performance)
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Looking for the perfect book as a gift for the organic gardener or farmer in your life?? When was the last time you had a hard time putting a good gardening book down? A book that helps you see your soil and your plantings with a whole new set of eyes? A book that you can say actually completes a...

By Duane West
(3R's Construction Management LLC)
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INSPIRING REMODEL TIPS FROM 3Rs CONSTRUCTIONThe year-end holiday season motivates people to think about meals with family and friends. And when meals and entertaining become the focus, kitchen and dining room space (or the lack of space) becomes an issue. Doing a kitchen and dining remodel togeth...

By Sean McDowell, Mortgage Consultant & Co-Author of Mortgage Maze
(Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation)
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While we are still experiencing some warm weather, now may be good time to begin preparing your home for the colder months ahead. Your electricity bill and your family’s safety are affected by the condition of your home in the winter. Follow these quick tips to make sure that your home is ready f...

By The Temple Team, Specializing in Charlotte/ Lake Norman Real Estate
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HELPFUL TIPS FOR YOUR HOME DURING FREEZING WEATHER! • Keep your home heated to a minimum of 65 degrees to keep the inside walls from freezing. • Know where your main water shutoff is located within your home in case a pipe would burst due to freezing.  • Turn on Hot AND Cold faucets to a "slow dr...

By Mullen Real Estate Team, Realtor, CPA, CDPE, MBA
(RE/MAX Professional Associates)
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By: Stacey Freed It’s the spring cleaning of fall, so to speak. With guest season (also known as THE HOLIDAYS) coming at you fast and furious, you want to be sure your home is cozy, but with that fresh-as-spring feel — as opposed to that musty-damp-winter feel. Here’s how to make that happen (alo...

By YourSiteNeedsMe SEO Team, $399 Real Estate Websites - YourSiteNeedsMe.com
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Our synthetic thatch roof products are 100% mold resistant. This is important, because mold is one of the biggest problems with natural thatched roofs. Natural thatch can resist mold if installed properly by a master thatcher and well maintained, but natural thatch is vulnerable to mold. Endureed...

By YourSiteNeedsMe SEO Team, $399 Real Estate Websites - YourSiteNeedsMe.com
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Are you on the lookout for a thatched roof home for sale?  We urge you to consider some major issues before buying a natural thatched roof home.  Thatched roofs require a great deal of upkeep. Sometimes homeowners don’t do a great job maintaining thatched roofs, but will try to make it seem like ...

By Caroline DeVore, Stowe Vermont Lodging, VT Bed and Breakfast Inn, Vacation Homes, Caroline DeVore | Stowe Meadows Lodge, Stowe VT
(Stowe Meadows Lodge, Stowe VT Romantic and Luxurious Inn)
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12 Home Design Improvement ideas you should consider when building your new home.  These simple gems will return huge dividends and may increase your home's value There is SO much to consider when building a home.  Whether you are building your primary residence or a vacation home, these tips may...

By Rhonda Sanderson, Pillar To Post resident Blogger
(Pillar To Post Home Inspectors)
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Smoke alarms are an important defense against injury or death in house fires. Statistics from the National Fire Protection Association show that nearly two-thirds of home fire fatalities occur in homes with non-working or missing smoke detectors. Most building codes now require smoke detectors in...
Owning a home means a lot of work in terms of maintaining it and making your house truly feel like a home. Unfortunately, homes do not come with care instructions and you are usually left to your own devices - which is a lot to take in more so if you are a first time home owner! The home maintena...

By Karl Hess, on The Jersey Shore
(Keller Williams Shore Properties)
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 Bamboo flooring is affordable, versatile, durable and sustainable.Ocean County homeowners are often looking for home improvement options that strike the right balance between affordability, functionality, aesthetics and eco-friendliness. Bamboo has been marketed as something of a panacea—a kind ...

By DALIA KIBBY, Selling Broward County Homes with Passion!
(Keller Williams Realty Partners SW)
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Kitchens and Bathrooms get all the attention but there are other home improvements that deliver more #ROI (return on investment) to homeowners. Check out the infographic below for details: 

By Dan Johns, Professional Rug Cleaning&Restoration
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Rug cleaning professionals love rugs as much as the clients they serve. For that reason, they provide a service that maintains the quality of a rug. No matter what type of rug you have, a professional rug cleaner will remove all spots and clean your rugs so that they look good as new.Qualified te...