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.

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

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By Svetlana Marinkovic, SecurityNational Mortgage Company
(SecurityNational Mortgage Company)
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By Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA
(Winston Realty, Inc.)
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Flooring Options That Will Help Enhance Your InteriorThinking about giving your floor a facelift? You've got several flooring options, including the following: Hardwood -- Hardwood is a classic choice that works with any architectural style and can last for more than a century with the right care...
By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
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There are those who think they can do drywall and then there are those who can. There are those who in the drywall business that uses texture to cover up imperfection then there are those create perfection with the texture.   More Information-http://www.berniemitchell.ca/ http://www.boredpanda.co...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional)
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In Clarksville TN we usually fall behind the trends in other parts of the country but not when it comes to open living plans. Buyers in all age categories are loving the more casual approach to entertaining and living. Read the thoughts put together by Joanna Cohlan and see if you agree. For me t...
By Joanna Cohlan, Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes
(Fresh Eyes For Your Home)
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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 Anita Allen, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Northwest Florida
(Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate - 850-377-4410)
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10 Best Upgrades to Boost Your Home's Value10  Adding a bedroomA four-bedroom house will command a higher price than a three-bedroom, even if they are the same size.  Consider dividing a large bedroom into two smaller ones (be sure this does not make them too small as this can give the opposite e...
By Ellen Caruso
(Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty)
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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 Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
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We're in the process of revamping our kitchen: new countertops, new tile flooring, resurfaced cabinets and a few new appliances. One of the things I'm insisting upon is an Apron Sink (Farmhouse Sink or Belfast Sinks as they're AKA)I originally wanted copper but have decided to go with white inste...
By Sheri Jones, Realtor Specializing in Rancho Cucamonga, CA
(Prudential California Realty)
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When deciding to update the look of your home’s exterior, there are several choices. This week,we covered a couple of those choices. Today, we are going to look at natural stone versus stone veneer siding. Natural stone is a very durable and high quality choice when it comes to siding. It willlas...
By Rosemarie Heindel, Rosemarie Heindel
(Harry Norman Realtors)
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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 Patricia Feager, Sells North Dallas Homes
(Dallas Premier Keller Williams Realty)
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  If I could dream it, could Beazer build it? Cookie Cutter homes don't appeal to me; nor do crowded neighborhoods with trails that don't go anywhere special. I'd like a really a nice community garden for the neighbors, with beautiful landscaping and ornamental trees and beautiful flowers, specif...
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 Kelly Cummings and Ryan Cummings, Your Real Estate Consultants For Life!!!
(The Cummings Company)
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Check out the Brivity page for this listing! Click its image or address below Rehabbed Foreclosure Home For Sale in Citronelle 8060 Elizabeth St has been brought back to life with New Paint, New Carpet, New stove and Microwave. Must see. Super house with a metal roof and a nice back yard that has...
By David Baker Realtor - Laveen Homes for sale, Your local Expert
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Gente, yo soy un realtor en Laveen Arizona.  Me dedico con ayudar a ambos compradores y vendedores en la area de Laveen Arizona.   Compradores, hoy dia hay muy buenas opciones para comprar una casa en la area de Laveen donde los pagos les quedaran bajos.  Estos dias los intereses para compra de c...
By Charles Stallions, 800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services )
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Pensacola, Pace and Gulf Breeze Homes for sale: Main Street to My Street  32503, 32504, 32514,  New home sizes expand along with pricesNAHB: The average size of a new home rose to about 2,720 square feet in 2015 - 60 feet more than the 2,660-square-foot average the year before. Read more.Sign up ...
By Michael Collins, CDPE, SFR , Wisconsin Short Sale Specialist Realto
(*ROCK REALTY|Broker|Realtor|Real Estate|WI Short Sale Agent*)
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Your home is your castle. But sometimes, your castle feels more like a cottage. If so, it might be time to expand. We’re not talking total renovation here. You don’t have to bust down walls and add extra rooms to create more space. All you have to do is follow these tips to maximize your living s...
By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
(Chris Brown | Certified Mortgage Planners)
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It may seem like the holiday season has just passed, but it won’t be too long before the flowers begin to bloom and spring peeks out from around the corner. While the tradition of spring cleaning that comes with the season may not be as common as it once was, it can actually be a great way to rev...
By Rhonda Howlett
(Keller Williams- Rhonda Howlett Team)
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Home Maintenance & Inspections 101      As I was watching my Facebook feed get inundated with my friends' houses suffering water damage because of frozen and burst pipes, it got me thinking that a lot of the time we take home maintenance and care for granted. We procrastinate and forget because w...
By Nick and Cindy Davis, CRS,CLHMS,ABR,CIAS,ALHS,e-PRO,CDPE,SFR,Realtor(R)
(RE/MAX Premier Group)
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DIY dilemma: should you call a pro, or try to do the work yourself? After all, it looks so simple on TV and the Internet. Think about this. 6 Things to Ponder  
By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Simple question! A overhanging branches of a tree from neighbor's yard! Who should trim it?Great post - and an example in this re-blog from Bob Ratliff, Broker Associate - REALTOR® CRS, GRI ~ 512-587-5689  Who Owns Tree Rights?   Homeowners do you know who owns tree rights when branches overhang ...