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.

Trending blogs on Home Improvement

 
By Ellen Caruso
(Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 29
Aren't you excited that Iron, Iron, Iron..... is everywhere?  Iron doors and details are the latest rage in New Construction! We see ornate Iron Gates, Iron Doors, Iron Balconies, Iron Lighting Fixtures and Iron Railings inside and out. All the details can be a strong form of expression! Some eve...
By Tamara Elliott-Deering
(Central Metro Realty)
Comments 24
 Aging in Place and to a lesser degree Universal Design are buzzwords that we've been hearing a lot lately. The intent is that you remain in your home as long as possible after retiring in order to continue enjoying your independence and contact with your friends and community. Isolation is a lea...
By Hannah Williams, Expertise in NE Philadelphia & Bucks County
(Re/Max Eastern inc.)
Comments 32
 HelpfulHannahs Tips How to Get Blood Out of Carpets  Yesterday when playing with my Siamese cat Cleo . She bit me on the vein on my wrist . It was really in a bad spot and blood was gushing   Enough of the gory details but there was blood everywhere . I was so upset I called my daughter on speak...
By Shar Sitter, Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M
(Rooms With Style)
Comments 24
If you are thinking about remodeling or renovating be sure you take the time to think about what is relevant now. Here is a perfect example.... This past summer I updated my kitchen and my last post "New Year. New Face" showed the before and after photos. I am so glad I did the kitchen!  One of t...
By Svetlana Marinkovic, SecurityNational Mortgage Company
(SecurityNational Mortgage Company)
Comments 0
Tired of Waiting to Close? You deserve a lender that can close your loan in weeks, not months! Don’t sit in the dark, hoping for progress. Let’s all live in a world of smooth transactions. Cell 480.233.3010 DylanJamesMTG@snmc.com For more information visit: SecurtyNational Mortgage Company DylanJ...
By Sheri Jones, Realtor Specializing in Rancho Cucamonga, CA
(Prudential California Realty)
Comments 1
There are many styles of siding that you can choose for the exteriorof your home. Materials can be made from synthetic vinyl to natural cedar and stone. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of vinyl and metal siding: Vinyl Siding Pros*Vinyl siding costs much less than other home exterior produc...
By Rosemarie Heindel, Rosemarie Heindel
(Harry Norman Realtors)
Comments 4
Three weeks ago I wrote a blog post here on Active Rain about the mountain style furniture many of the home owners in Big Canoe, Georgia use to decorate their homes. I focused on three nearby stores that offer this type of furniture for purchase. But as I have been driving around in the area late...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional)
Comments 8
If you are considering building a house then you need to think about future needs that may come into play. The following suggestions are things to consider for aging persons and aren't we all aging?   Aging in Place and to a lesser degree Universal Design are buzzwords that we've been hearing a l...
By Joanna Cohlan, Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes
(Fresh Eyes For Your Home)
Comments 17
An open floor plan seems to be a lifestyle choice with a very strong fan base.  Is it a passing fad or is it here to stay?When we refer to an open floor plan, we are generally talking about the common areas of a house.   An open floor plan has few dividing walls between areas - one room of the ho...
By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 707-812-7668
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
Comments 0
ALERT! "IMPORTANT INFO FOR FIRE VICTIMS"We need to get the word out as fast as possible. With over 1,888 homes damaged in the fire we need to get the word out fast BEFORE the foundations are removed. I lost a business, a 5,000 SF brick warehouse full of stuff I had took 45 years to accumulate, to...
By Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale - Probate Specialist
(KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
Comments 12
Debbie Gartner: What’s My Line? | All About Floors - The Flooring Girl   Who is Debbie Gartner and what does she do? Debbie Gartner is The Flooring Girl. Debbie is all about floors. She owns and manages her own flooring company. She is proud to be a woman owned business in what is traditionally a...
By Roberta LaRocca, REALTOR®, Broker, Salesperson, Property Management
(Simply Vegas Real Estate)
Comments 93
Alert - Failing KitchenAid Refrigerator Control Boards, part numbers 2307028 and the replacement W10219463, are no longer available, and apparently have had a fairly high failure rate. For the good news, I may be able to provide you with a possible simple repair as you read on.  These refrigerato...
By Roberta Murphy, Carlsbad Real Estate and Homes
(San Diego Previews Real Estate)
Comments 2
I was showing homes around Carlsbad and Encinitas this past week, and for the second time in recent memory, encountered a urinal in a remodeled bathroom.I couldn't help but wonder if the solution came from a woman, who perhaps thought this a solution to keeping the toilet lid down. I somehow thin...
By Olga Simoncelli, Broker-Owner, RE Consultant, Licensed in CT & NY
(Veritas Prime, LLC)
Comments 12
MAINTENANCE “MUTATION” - MAYBE YOU DON’T NEED TO COVER YOUR POOL FOR THE WINTER?  Several years ago we had a nice, long Indian summer that we enjoyed tremendously. We admired the striking foliage in our New England surroundings and stretched the use of the pool by heating up the spa section proba...
By Sharlene Hensrud, Realtor. Listener. Knowledgable. Patient.
(RE/MAX Results - HomesMSP.com)
Comments 1
Home design, inside and out, is continually in a state of flux. It reflects the economy, the environment, demographics... as well as what is going on in the world. Here are some trends to look for in 2016.COLORSEvery year Pantone debuts the superstar color of the year. This year instead of one co...
By Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little Realtor That Could
(Dallas Premier Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 17
      For years I've been hearing nobody wants popcorn ceilings anymore, but is this the new alternative? So far, I've only seen corrugated galvanized steel sheet metal ceilings in restaurants, commercial buildings, and some lofts in older warehouses converted to condominiums in the Dallas Fort W...
By Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale - Probate Specialist
(KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
Comments 13
Fall Home, Landscape & Solar Show in San Jose on November 2 & 3, 2013The Fall Home Show in San Jose is this weekend.  Are you a new homeowner? Have you lived in your San Jose home for many years and feel it is time for some home improvements? If you desire to update your home or simply create a n...
By Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale - Probate Specialist
(KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
Comments 11
Home Garden & Gourmet Show in San Jose Opens February 28, 2014Spring is almost here and so is the Home, Garden & Gourmet Show in San Jose. Spring is the time of year when homeowners get inspired to remodel their home or simply spruce up their gardens.   The Home Show is held at the Santa Clara Co...
By Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale - Probate Specialist
(KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
Comments 9
Why Should I Attend The San Jose Spring Home Show On March 8-9, 2014?If you are a San Jose home owner then you want to attend the San Jose Spring Home Show to find inspiration for new ideas for your home. It is a place where you can meet contractors face to face; get expert advice; and find resou...
By Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com
(Zion Realty)
Comments 53
Whether you're purchasing a brand new construction home or a resale property, one of the decisions you are most likely to be faced with is the option to upgrade counter tops. Very rarely will a home come furnished with your exact taste, style, color, or type of counter top and there are multiple ...