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 Reuben Saltzman, Minneapolis Home Inspections
(Structure Tech Home Inspections)
Comments 71
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 Ellen Caruso
(Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 60
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 Kelly Cummings and Ryan Cummings, Your Real Estate Consultants For Life!!!
(The Cummings Company)
Comments 2
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 Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
Comments 12
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 David Baker Realtor - Laveen Homes for sale, Your local Expert
(HomeSmart)
Comments 0
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 Joanna Cohlan, Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes
(Fresh Eyes For Your Home)
Comments 26
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 Michael Collins, CDPE, SFR , Wisconsin Short Sale Specialist Realto
(*ROCK REALTY|Broker|Realtor|Real Estate|WI Short Sale Agent*)
Comments 0
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 Rhonda Howlett
(Keller Williams- Rhonda Howlett Team)
Comments 1
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 Charles Stallions, 800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services )
Comments 1
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 Nick and Cindy Davis, CRS,CLHMS,ABR,CIAS,ALHS,e-PRO,CDPE,SFR,Realtor(R)
(RE/MAX Premier Group)
Comments 1
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 Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
(Chris Brown | Certified Mortgage Planners)
Comments 1
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 Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 22
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 ...
By Jeffrey Masich, Arizona Homes and Land to Sell or Purchase
(HomeSmart in Scottsdale, Arizona)
Comments 1
You have been told your home needs updating. Where do you start? When ready to sell, help your Realtor by having your home not scream "I AM OUTDATED!" to potential buyers. Don't expect to get the same price as your neighbor's pristine, updated same model home if your home is outdated.Yes, everyth...
By Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com
(Zion Realty)
Comments 62
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 Kent Temple, Specializing in Lake Norman Real Estate
(THE TEMPLE TEAM)
Comments 4
 Here are a few tips for getting that "Musty Smell" out of your home! Charcoal Briquettes:  Place charcoal briquettes in a container throughout the area and replace monthly. Baking Soda:  Place baking soda throughout the affected area to absorb moisture and odorKitty Litter:  Fill a container wit...
By Hannah Williams, Expertise in NE Philadelphia & Bucks County
(Re/Max Eastern inc.)
Comments 48
 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 Victoria Roberts, Alaska Best Homes
(Real Estate Brokers Of Alaska)
Comments 2
4 Ways to Cut Kitchen Clutter The kitchen may be the heart of the home, but it's also home to a lot of clutter. Resolve to bring order to your kitchen once and for all with these tips, courtesy of the experts at Moen.You don't need a large pantry or countless cupboards and drawers to find the per...
By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek & Associates LLC Team)
Comments 17
Your hard earned dollars and energy resources are not to be wasted.  Here's a quick video to help you save both! How To Save Energy with Dimmers and Motion DetectorsUsing light dimmers and adding motion detection lighting are both great ways to control your energy costs. In this video fromThe Hom...
By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek & Associates LLC Team)
Comments 6
For the do-it-yourselfer that would like to tile their kitchen backsplash,Home Depot is here to help.  Watch this easy to follow video with step-by-step instructions and you can have an updated kitchen in no time.  The detailed steps lead you through measuring, preparation, materials, installatio...
By Rei Mesa
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty)
Comments 0
You might think that Orlando luxury homes would never need to be updated for improvements. Au contraire! It really doesn’t matter how luxurious a home is, time will eventually catch up with it and date a property.  Often times, home owners will jump on a home improvement project without sitting d...