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.

Trending blogs on Home Improvement

 
By Ellen Caruso
(Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 35
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 Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com
(Zion Realty)
Comments 54
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 ...
By Hannah Williams, Expertise in NE Philadelphia & Bucks County
(Re/Max Eastern inc.)
Comments 36
 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 Joshua Frederick, Home Inspector - Northwest Ohio
(Home Inspector for ASPEC Residential Services, LLC)
Comments 3
And it's all small stuff. Well, most of the time anyway.  As a home inspector, I  come across a lot of "small" stuff during the course of an inspection, after all, I do like to be thorough, detailed, and comprehensive when performing inspections.  In fact, I've built up a reputation as being all ...
By Svetlana Marinkovic, SecurityNational Mortgage Company
(SecurityNational Mortgage Company)
Comments 1
FHA Second Chances Possible This program is designed for borrowers who have experienced an extenuating circumstance which has resulted in a credit score that does not meet standard FHA guidelines. • Primary residence, purchase 1-4 unit properties, condos in FHA-approved condo projects • All borro...
By Joanna Cohlan, Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes
(Fresh Eyes For Your Home)
Comments 19
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 Rei Mesa
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty)
Comments 1
Is it time to seriously consider sprucing up your Weston luxury homes bathroom? Many home owners wait for too long to change that tired old bathroom, and before they know it they are either forced to make a change when there is a water leak or electrical problem.They also may find themselves reno...
By Cathy Bradley, Converting Transactions Into Relationships
(The Cummings Company)
Comments 9
5 Tips For Reducing Clutter It doesn't take much time to go from a perfectly organized room to a cluttered, chaotic mess. Papers pile up on surfaces, coats and bags end up on furniture, shoe boxes and shopping bags get stuffed in the first place you can find. But if you're proactive, you can avoi...
By Steve Dobbs, Serving the Greater Louisville area
(RE/MAX Champions)
Comments 0
 The biggest news this week at 3214 Radiance, Louisville KY were the wood floors. The plan was to replace the oak hardwood floors in the living room and to refinish the hardwood floors in the bedrooms. We were a little concerned about matching the new wood and old wood. Ron Burrell assured us tha...
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 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 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 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 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 Michael Dagner, Your Denver Homes Realty Expert
(Brokers Guild Classic)
Comments 5
Here's a lot of useful information for all those hardwood floor owners.  This content is courtesy of my AR associate, Debbie Gartner.   Before you move in, of course!   Why is that?     Originally posted at TheFlooringGirl.com When is the best time to refinish hardwood floors? Reasons it's best t...
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 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...