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 Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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  Everyone has their favorite colors....those they choose to wear which are not the same as the ones they choose for walls, carpet...accents....and it is always interesting to see what paint manufacturers  choose as their "color of the year".    This year...Sherwin Williams chose a shade that loo...
By Svetlana Marinkovic, SecurityNational Mortgage Company
(SecurityNational Mortgage Company)
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A STREAMLINE MORTGAGE REFINANCE COULD SAVE YOU $100s EVERY MONTH! Our streamline refinance process means: NO appraisal and NO income verification required. Contact us to see how you may be able to lower your monthly mortgage payment by refinancing today! Cell 602-326-4983 svetlanam@snmc.comFor mo...
By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek & Associates LLC Team)
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Cooler temperatures are (finally) coming to the Dallas area and many of us will be firing up our fireplaces.  Those great folks at Home Depot offer great advice and tips on preparing your fireplace for the season.  Make sure that your fireplace and chimney are safe and ready for use, call a firep...
By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek & Associates LLC Team)
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Cleaning naturally with White Distilled Vinegar - here is a video you might find helpful: Home expert Angelo Surmelis teaches you how to use White Distilled Vinegar to clean effectively and safely in this information and entertaining video from At Home Live.How to Clean Carpet and Upholstery and ...
By Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Area Realtor
(RE/MAX Executive Realty/Charlotte, NC)
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  One of our favorite inspectors in the Charlotte metro area, Eric Dorman with Pillar to Post, provides the following information about what homeowners should know about foundation cracks. Houses, no matter what their age, will shift and settle over time resulting in cracks. Cracks can appear in ...
By Belinda Spillman, Colorado Living!
(Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado)
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This is a great reminder to get in the spirit of spring and plant our bulbs and trees.  Janet Cox does a great job of explaining the steps for making sure the temperatures are just right to plant our bulbs for spring. In Colorado, we probably have about a week left to get our bulbs in the ground....
By Holli McCray, The Holli McCray Group
(Keller Williams Realty)
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 "Green" technology with regard to home improvements has grown drastically in recent years. Homeowners now have a wealth of options to make their homes more energy efficient.  Not only do energy efficient home improvements reduce utility costs, but they also make your home more appealing to poten...
By Terry Records
(Records Results!Real Estate)
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 When you’re selling a home in Southwest Florida, it’s important to consider all the small things you can do to really attract eyeballs. And really, all our ideas today are good ways to boost your curb appeal, even if you’re just looking for a weekend project. Every one of these tips are low-cost...
By Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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  Question: I am in the process of Feng Shui-ing my NYC apartment and I read putting plants in the bedroom is bad. Then In a video, I hear plants are good Feng Shui. What would you suggest?    The answer to this is, yes and no. How so? Looking to the scientific facts about plants, in the evening ...
By Jeffrey Masich, Arizona Homes and Land to Buy or Sell
(HomeSmart in Scottsdale, Arizona)
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It is for real or is it a mural? Some wall art is difficult to tell. Create some fun and creativity at your home. 3D art can transform your walls, gardens, floors and garage doors. Take a look and smile                                                          Window to the city or a mural on the ...
By Debi McKamie, Realtor®/Property Manager
(Red Oak Properties)
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Cooler Weather is Coming!  While that may be extremely hard to believe since Waco Texas is having 80 degree days!  This morning was a little cooler and it felt AMAZING!  While driving to work I was thinking about preparing for cooler weather while we are experiencing the warmer days.   Who wants ...
By Belinda Spillman, Colorado Living!
(Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado)
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Have you been thinking about turning that big open space below your house into a new and exciting finished living space?  Here are a few things to know before you take the plunge. Finished basements are very popular in Colorado.  The average rate of return when you sell your home is about 75 cent...
By Duane West
(3R's Construction Management LLC)
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The Willamette Valley and Salem, Oregon area are rich with greenery and natural beauty due in part to the amount of rainfall that comes with each season. Over the last 30 years Salem has had an average rainfall of 47.36 inches. That’s 8.19 inches more than the national average. Of course, all tha...
By Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time
(Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373)
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  I get calls all the time from my past client with thought of doing some remodeling/upgrading of their homes --- and love these calls!   Much better to get these calls before they spend money on items in the home that will not produce value.   (Unless they are adamant about an item!) In years pa...
By Charles Stallions, 800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services )
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We SELL Homes in Pensacola Florida 32514, How to transform a fixer-upperInvesting in fixer-uppers requires a leap of faith and a vision of what the home could be. Turning real estate lemons into lemonade requires skill and patience. Read more.   THOUSANDS OF HOMES.... One Address www.charlesstall...
By Richard Daskam, Your Real Estate Consultant
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Homeowners prefer making Smart Homes over Energy Savings 
By Charlie Dresen, Steamboat Springs, CO e-Pro
(Steamboat Sotheby's International Realty)
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Home Winterization ChecklistAutumn has been beautiful here in Steamboat Springs, CO - sunny, blue sky days with temperatures in the mid-upper 70s and cool nights with clear skies. The aspens are golden and vibrant.  Fall colors on Rabbit Ears Pass While it is easy to get lulled into the false sen...
By Kate Fomina, Your most creative Realtor in Alameda and SF
(Princeton Real Estate)
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Convert a Bland Wall Into a Stunning Design FeatureJust because a new home comes with fresh white walls doesn't mean they have to stay that way. A statement wall can pull a design together, add personality, and make furniture and accessories pop. Creating an eye-catching feature can be simple, st...
By The Temple Team, Specializing in Lake Norman Real Estate
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Here are a few GREAT Cleaning Tips to make your job of cleaning a whole lot easier!  Vacum "into" a room and then again backwards "out" of a room so you hit the high traffic areas twiceA toothbrush helps in cleaning grout and anywhere there are nooks and cranniesDon't just spray and wipe! Cleanin...
By Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Area Realtor
(RE/MAX Executive Realty/Charlotte, NC)
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From one of our favorite inspectors in the Charlotte metro area, Eric Dorman with Pillar to Post, comes the following advice about maintaining your home's plumbing system to reduce the chances for leaks, ruptures, clogs, etc. Taking some basic precautions in advance will ensure your home's plumbi...