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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Put the hammer down and the glasses on and read on.

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By Rick Cignoli, Sr. Mortgage Officer
(Norcom Mortgage)
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 Whether your selling your home, moving into your First Home or just staying pat, everyone wants a home that looks great. Achieving a high level of curb appeal can be easier than you think. Making a few inexpensive changes can take the exterior of you home from bland to exciting.The best place to...
By Reuben Saltzman, Minneapolis Home Inspections
(Structure Tech Home Inspections)
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Dirty bathrooms are a huge turnoff for home buyers.  Mold is another huge turnoff.  Combine the two and the 'yuck' factor multiplies.  I think everyone has seen moldy bathroom caulk before, and if you've tried cleaning this stuff, you know it's impossible.   I recently moved in to home with some...
By Vince Divarco, Air Duct Cleaning by DUCTZ of North Phoenix
(DUCTZ of North Phoenix and Deer Valley / Glendale)
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Hiring an air duct cleaning contractor, or any contractor, can be an intimidating experience and you should know what questions to ask and what to expect before hiring anyone to work in your home or business.Your DUCTZ technician will conduct a thorough inspection to deem if an air duct cleaning ...
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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 Adding Some Under The Cabinet Lighting  As a part of a kitchen remodel in Cameron Park, a contractor may be asked to do a small portion of a owner/contractor remodel. I had the opportunity to add some under the cabinet lighting in a kitchen in Cameron Park. This was one of the final touches as t...
By Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
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Sometimes looking at the big picture is the right thing to do. But sometimes narrowing ones focus and looking at details feels appropriate, and that's what I decided to do on a recent walk through the grand, beautiful San Francisco neighborhood of Seacliff. While the grace and  beauty of large Me...
By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek & Associates LLC Team)
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Your hard earned dollars and energy resources are not to be wasted.  Here's a quick video to help you save both! How To Save Energy with Dimmers and Motion DetectorsUsing light dimmers and adding motion detection lighting are both great ways to control your energy costs. In this video fromThe Hom...
By Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
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    I really enjoy gardening and deer are okay to view from a distance; not munching on my hydrangeas or mowing down the hostas. Purchasing commercially made products like Deer Off or Plantskydd can get expensive over a period of time especially when one has to spray every 3 or 4 days or after a ...
By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
(Chris Brown | Certified Mortgage Planners)
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When decorating a small space, there is a general desire to make the space look and feel larger than it is while also meeting basic functional needs in the room. For example, there may be a need to accommodate seating for a group of people in a living room, but there also may be a desire to provi...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Lower Fairfield CT)
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I'm almost caught up on all of these.  Here are the "best of my flooring" posts Part 37. These were written in Mar - May 2015. Feel free to reblog or bookmark if these would be useful for you or your clients. Lumber Liquidators Health ScareThis provides some advice for those that might find thems...
By Michael Collins, CDPE, SFR , Wisconsin Short Sale Specialist Realto
(*ROCK REALTY|Broker|Realtor|Real Estate|WI Short Sale Agent*)
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Buying your first home can be overwhelming, whether you've been renting an apartment for years or you've just moved out of your college dorm room. Suddenly there's no one to call when the faucet leaks or the sewer backs up into the tub. It doesn't have to be scary though, and more importantly it ...
By Chris B Johnson, Realtor-Quality, Not Quantity
(Allison James Elite)
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By Chris B Johnson Realtor®   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, ma...
By N. Joel Walter, Cr (Certified Remodeler)
(N.J.W. Construction Inc)
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NJW, your Columbus, Ohio home improvement company, knows what a big deal curb appeal is. Whether you love being bold and dramatic, or more subdued and subtle… your exterior paint color can say a lot about you! We found this quiz on Houzz to help you decide what exterior color might be a good fit ...
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 Mary Ann Teixeira, REALTOR, SRES, GREEN
(Coldwell Banker Residential Mortgage)
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One of the good things about living in the house during construction is that you can grab a cup of coffee in the morning and check out the previous day's work while still in your pajamas. So here I am checking out the tile shower surround and the cool diamond-shaped border: Our contractor suggest...
By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage)
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I love this one.  WE are living in our 1 bedroom 1 bath condo while our home, 5 bedrooms and 3 baths is being remodeled.From 3500 sq ft to 700... I am loving it.  By Chris B Johnson Realtor®   Living in a small space poses many challenges from an interior design perspective. Too much furniture an...
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...
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 Stanley Stepak, Realtor - Avon Lake, Avon, Bay Village, Westlake,
(Howard Hanna - Avon Lake, OH)
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The porch is that place between the front door and the rest of the garden, open space or enclosed. Here you can take your breakfast, lunch or dinner in those moments when you can’t stand eating even a sandwich inside the home. It’s the perfect place for doing all the activities you can at home bu...
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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Delaware Junk Removal The Estate Clean Out Experts Fast Low Cost Delaware Junk Removal  will remove anything from a single item to a whole home full of its contents. Every year hundreds of happy clients choose Delaware Junk Removal for help with estate clean outs or moving clean outs.We love the ...