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 Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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Opps!....I did it again. I had a slip of profanity or a bad thought about an ex. We try to be as mindful as possible, yet at times our emotions may get the best of us. Sometimes negative energy could come from a radio program or what watch on T.V. Consider making this a weekly practice, lighting ...
By Greg Wayman, ASHI Certified Inspector - 402-330-1701
(Foundation-2-Rooftop, Inc.)
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This was a recent home inspection on a modular home in South Bend, Nebraska.  The Seller hired a handyman to install a new water heater.  He screwed up on 3 items that ended up being 2 explosion hazards and 1 carbon monoxide hazard.  Can you see what's missing?  The answer is below the picture:Th...
By Allison Bernard, Real Estate & Relocation Services 401-533-6916
(Keller Williams Central Rhode Island)
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 7 Rhode Island Home Staging Tips For SellersIf you are thinking of selling a home in Rhode Island and you  are looking for Rhode Island home staging tips here are articles written by professionals you may like to read to get some ideas on how to sell your home faster and appeal to the buyer mark...
By Christine Bohn, Realtor, Gainesville FL
(RE/MAX Professionals)
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Interior Painting Tips: Change It Up With ColorNeed a fresh new look? Updating a room? Want to bring some new energy into your home? A brush, a roller and a strategically chosen color can accomplish a lot. There’s no scientific consensus on the psychological effects of different shades of paint, ...
By Terry Records
(Records Results!Real Estate)
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Home improvement projects can be bittersweet for sure. In fact, many ideas sound wonderful until you get into the nitty gritty of it and run into some issues. For the most part though, home improvement projects do pay off in the long run. You get to enjoy the end result of the renovation and shou...
By Thierry Roche
(Keller Williams Real Estate)
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Wow, you just got your water bill and it is through the roof! This may indicate a water leak in your home. Try this simple test before you shell out for the plumber.Find your water meter. It will be located at the street where you home connects to public water service. If you need a meter key to ...
By Kimo Stowell, REALTOR Associate®
(HI Pro Realty LLC)
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There are dangers lurking beneath the curb: Ficus microcarpa, also known as Chinese Banyan, Malayan Banyan, Curtain figor Indian Laurel:   Hawaii, Southern California and many other tropical climes around the world have just the right humidity levels to produce some of natures largest tree variet...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Lower Fairfield CT)
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Yes, I'm almost at the 2 year mark for my realtor newsletter. Here is the August edition.  The formatting isn't coming out quite correct on here, but hopefully you get the idea.   From: The Flooring Girl Subject: 10 Tips for Selecting hardwood floors       The Flooring Girl Newsletter We bring th...
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Shower Doors are a fantastic bathroom accent. Some time it make more sence to replace old dirty glass shower doors. Glass shower doors can add class and elegance to any bathroom, especially when it is sparkling clean. There are recommended ways to clean glass shower doors that will maintain spark...
By Jeff Pearl
(RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA)
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This scam has been going on for years. Every time a storm blows through, the scammers are out in force. In some areas, police drive around checking on proper licensing, but that won't stop a scammer hard up for quick cash. These people will use any excuse to start a conversation, cleaning gutters...
By Rummy Dhanoa, Rummy Dhanoa
(New York Real Estate Experts)
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While autumn's weather remains relatively mild, spend some quality time caring for your home and yard. Read on for reminders on which tasks to tackle this time of year.1. Keep Gutters Free of Leaves To cut back on gutter-cleaning duty, consider installing aluminum, foam, or vinyl gutter guards th...
By Lisa Bear (RE/MAX REALTY CENTER) Waukesha,MilwWI Real Estate 2628935555
(Buyers Agent/Luxury/Lake/REO, listing package options)
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Nothing transforms the look of a home as simply and inexpensively as paint. Whether you’d like to liven up a dated design or refresh your entire home to sell.   1. When it comes to paint, quality matters. Look for High-Quality Products and use the right supplies. Prep before painting! 2.  Explore...
By Stephanie Arnett, SRS, IMSD, Broker Associate, REALTOR
(RE/MAX Partners~ Starkville, MS)
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Fall Clean-Up & Winterization The growing season is winding down, but at U.S. Lawns, we're not slowing down. This time of year, we're preparing to clean up fall debris and prep our customers' properties for the winter.   These tasks aren't just for improved aesthetics - they keep the landscape he...
By Jennifer Shenbaum
(The Shenbaum Group, Inc. dba JenniferBuysHouses.com)
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Time for Home ImprovementsIt's springtime in Los Angeles, so many of us homeowners will start home improvement projects that we've put off the rest of the year. I will say that in Southern California, we don't really have an excuse to not start a project any time of the year because of the weathe...
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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  Have Water Damage at the Belly-Band? It’s Very Common in Sacramento   One of the most common areas of exterior water damage to wood trim occurs when a horizontal piece of wood is nailed to a wood surface. On many two-story buildings in Sacramento there is a horizontal board that divides the upp...
By Raoul Loustaunau, urhomefinder.com myvaluetoday.com
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t's where you and your family spend the majority of your time. It’s the room your guests see the most of when they come to your home. It should be a place that is comfortable and functional. However, don't overlook the importance of your living room decor. ----Here are 5 low-cost living room deco...
By Raoul Loustaunau, urhomefinder.com myvaluetoday.com
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Try calculating your environmental footprint to assess your personal impact on the environmentand see where you can make small changes to help better the planet. With the plethora of environmentally smart ideas and products on the market, going green can be easy. ***Do Shop locally. Visit your ne...
By Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI,ABR, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Keller Williams Realty Partners)
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Sometimes things go well. Sometimes things go REALLY well! We are all quick to talk about bad experiences and maybe not at all about the good ones. Well, I am trying to correct that now.6 weeks or so ago I called an irrigation company to come fix my ailing yard watering system. They showed up exa...
By Joel Jadofsky, One of the Top Realtors in Panama City Beach Area
(Keller Williams - homes for sale - Florida - Gulf - Beach )
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   Update Those Cabnits!                                               Flickr.com/Sitka ProjectsI don't know about you, but a good looking kitchen and the bathrooms really sell a house for me. Lets me know, "hey, this wont be on the market long" or "man, this is gonna be a tough sell". Kitchens a...
(Long and Foster Real Estate, Richmond Virginia)
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Yes, it’s been 90 degrees in Richmond this week, but it’s still September and it’s time to start thinking about Fall and Winter Home Maintenance.   This infographic from eReplacementParts.com gives great tips, tricks and advice on how to prep your yard for the upcoming season!