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 Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
(New Paradigm Partners LLC)
Comments 16
 This is what the house across the street from one of our rentals looked like last Halloween. Nice theme, right? A hearse, some graves, a few bones scattered around, a hand clawing it's way up from under the ground. These guys really got into the spirit - and they never really got out of it. This...
By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek & Associates LLC Team)
Comments 14
Here are some great tips from Lowe's on how to add variety to your landscape of the edible kind.  I have to say, though, that the rabbits inmy yard already think I am growing an edible landscape! Use Garden Plants in your LandscapingLearn how to add edible plants like herbs, vegetables and fruits...
By Diane Beaumont, USDA,FHA,Jumbo,VA Woodland Park, CO Mortgage
(Benchmark Mortgage)
Comments 1
  Whether you're looking for ways to refresh your house before putting it on the market or just want to give worn-out elements a second life, look no further. Update the look of your home without enduring the inconvenience, time and expense of remodeling. Here are five areas to refurbish in your...
By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905, "Your Gateway to the Lake" Birkenfeld Oregon
(Vernonia Realty)
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In an old garage once, I saw a rickety old handmade sign:Men Buying Paint Must Have a Note From Their WivesDoesn't that conjure up stories of mistakes you've made (or your partner) when trying to do a bit of your own repairing/remodeling?"Honey, you got 8 gallons of IVORY paint, not WHITE!!"  The...
By Diane Beaumont, USDA,FHA,Jumbo,VA Woodland Park, CO Mortgage
(Benchmark Mortgage)
Comments 4
New homes can be scary. But when you take the time to think about it and plan ahead, maintaining a home is easier than you think. Here are five skills that will help maintain your new home for years to come.Fixing A Toilet It's not as daunting as it sounds. Just remember that toilets work with gr...
Putting your home on the market can be a stressful time as you’re transitioning to move out and also preparing your house for showing. We’ve got your back with these 10 affordable tweaks that you can DIY in just a few hours or a few days and are bound to be investment well spent.Landscape and Ext...
You might have seen some bees or a whole horde of them this time of the year, especially if you have a garden. They are tireless little creatures that do not only supply us with sweet honey, but also ensure that our plants bear fruit and have seeds for the following year.Unfortunately, some peopl...
Spring might be long over in Toronto but we still got the rest of summer left to revel in the sights and sounds of the outdoors.  If you’ve got the space, there is no reason not to take advantage of that and have an outdoor room for a few months before the weather turns cold. Outdoor rooms need n...
By Matt Bednarz
(CT Basement Systems Radon Inc.)
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  GAC & Aeration are the two prevalent technologies for radon in water removal.  Aeration is recognized as the Best Available Technology (BAT) for this process for a couple of reasons;  There is no collection of radon taking place...therefore, no chance of radioactive buildup or spent media dispo...
By Terkel Sørensen, Realtor, 951.805.0773 , Bank owned and Short Sales
(Real Estate Places)
Comments 65
Welcome to March - We are almost to the time when it I get itchy to make soe improvements to my house - I'm thinking you might too. And I'm not just talking about some new seed on the lawn. UPDATED 9/3/2015 - Additional HERO program info and benefits added. So, over the past few years, sales peop...
By Pat Champion
(Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty)
Comments 20
Summer Gardening for On-the-Go FamiliesWhen you want to start or renew a summer garden, there are a few steps you can take to ensure you aren’t loaded with a hassle or a garden that dies within a few weeks because you don’t have the time to care for it. Gardening can be fun it is a great way to b...
By Jeff Fisher, Arizonas Realty, ReMax Fine Properties
(ReMax Fine Properties)
Comments 1
Room for Improvement: What’s Worth DIY, and What’s a Risk too Big to Take?  When you’re looking to buy a house, you won’t always find a place that satisfies every need on your home-buying checklist: in fact, it’s rarer to find a home that’s absolutely perfect. Homes that are a little bit imperfec...
By Svetlana Marinkovic, SecurityNational Mortgage Company
(SecurityNational Mortgage Company)
Comments 0
Money back from taxes? We’ll Help You Turn That Into Home Ownership! Quit throwing away your hard earned money While paying your landlord’s mortgage! Available first-time buyer down payment assistance Zero-down loan options Credit problems ok Call or email First and Last today and receive a FREE ...
As the dog days of summer dwindle down, some folks across the country are getting a little anxious over what is coming down the road.Yes, there is autumn to enjoy for a few months, but then Old Man Winter sets his sights on two-thirds of the country, something that many people look at with the ul...
By Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time
(Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373)
Comments 62
  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 Ken Semler, Nationwide Custom Home Builder
(ExpressModular.com)
Comments 2
THE GAUNTLETThe kids are growing, the dog needs space, mom needs to move in with us, we need a large 1stfloor master suite. The reasons for needing more space are endless. However, the process to get that new space in your existing home has historically been more painful than a root canal that la...
By Nick and Cindy Davis, CRS,CLHMS,ABR,GRI,CIAS,ALHS,e-PRO,CDPE,SFR
(RE/MAX Premier Group)
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A bathroom should be an area of comfort - the optimal environment for a relaxing soak or getting ready efficiently throughout a harried morning. See the signs here  
By Regina Minton, Real Estate Assistant
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Home staging is a quintessential part of selling a property. Before you can stage a property or while you do it, you must focus on various aesthetic and structural aspects of the property to ensure that no visible or obvious red flag crop up. You should attend to whatever repairs and replacements...
By Patricia Feager, Selling Homes Changing Lives
(Dallas Premier Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 10
 Spring is a great time to plan home improvement projects. Your home may be the most valuable financial asset you own that is why it is important to take certain precautions. With recent storms or inclement weather to come, beware of solicitors coming to your door to offer a new roof, fence, sidi...
By Patricia Feager, Selling Homes Changing Lives
(Dallas Premier Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 54
 Reading and preparing contracts is something agents do all the time. Whenever a client is presented with a contract, they need to read it and know what they are signing. While getting bids on home repairs for my property, I was given a bid for work I agreed to have done but when I received the w...