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.

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By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Lower Fairfield CT)
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Is it possible to sand and refinish pre-finished hardwood flooring?The answer is generally yes, assuming that you have solid hardwood floors. Background:I often have customers moving into new homes with pre-finished hardwood in some sections. Some don't like the color, others don't like the sheen...
By Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
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    The term ‘Hot’ can refer to a lot of stuff such as; a ‘hot’ babe, being physically ‘hot’ or in the electrical world, ‘hot’ meaning energized. As appliances age, it is not unusual to see the male terminals to work loose from the molded plugs especially ones that draw a lot of current. Occasion...
By Joanna Cohlan, Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes
(Fresh Eyes For Your Home)
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Whether you are staging your house for sale, or recently bought a house and are not ready to remodel, an old or boring bathroom is one of the easiest fixes to execute.One of the things that I recommend to my clients to put the "room" into bathroom by adding a piece of real furniture.  You can alw...
By John McCormack, AlbuquerqueHomes.com, Albuquerque Homes Realty
(Albuquerque Homes Realty * www.AlbuquerqueHomes.com)
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 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 500 Americans die each year from unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning. Because you can’t see it, smell it or taste it, you can be overcome by CO without any warning.  Carbon monoxide is created by any type of burned fuel- ...
By Jen Burns, Real Estate Agent
(Keller Williams First Choice)
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Considering Kitchen Layouts: What's Cookin' Good Lookin'?Single men who microwave their food every night don’t care about a good kitchen. However, to the rest of us, the kitchen can make or break a real estate deal. To a lot of people a kitchen isn't just a room in which to prepare meals. It's a ...
By Nick and Cindy Davis, CRS,CLHMS,ABR,CIAS,ALHS,e-PRO,CDPE,SFR,Realtor(R)
(RE/MAX Premier Group)
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Renovations are mostly done not only for a home owner’s comfort but to add value to their home. However, in some cases, home owners may end up making their home worth less depending on what they choose to do. http://bit.ly/No-No-Renovations 
Decorating your patio or backyard shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg. In fact, there are a lot of small tweaks that costs next to nothing and yet have a huge impact on any space, especially for your patio. For today’s design tip, we’ve compiled some budget-friendly patio decorating tips for you try....
By Joyce Marsh, Central Florida & The Beaches | Fine Homes
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16 "Absolutely Amazing" Front Yard Makeovers... What's stopping "you" from creating a traffic stopping front yard showplace?  Most of us are lacking the inspiration and ideas to help us get started.Here are some of the best makeover photos that I have ever come across. Talk about a makeover!  WOW...
By Joyce Marsh, Central Florida & The Beaches | Fine Homes
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Greatest Home Improvement AppsIf you are like me, and are constantly looking for new & innovative ways to handle your home improvement projects, here are some of the best home improvement apps  thanks to Chrissy Doremus and Phil Halpin.Joyce Marsh is a full-service Real Estate professional in Orl...
By Sheri Sperry, (928) 274-7355 ~ MCNE, SRS, CRS, Past-Pres. SLREP
(Re/Max Sedona)
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Nandinas With Orange-Red Berries This Nandina fall-winter bush provides all season color. But it shines in the fall and winter months.  During spring, little white flowers sprout. The berries will start to form at the top and cluster downward.  Many of the clusters will look like vineyard grape c...
By Bill Primavera
(William Raveis Real Estate)
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While I wear the mantle of The Home Guru, I get practically all of my ideas and advice from others who are specialists in their fields. But most times, the spark of an idea comes right at home, faced with a chore to be done or some small improvement to make life easier or more enjoyable. And freq...
By Sam Shueh, mba, cdpe, reopro, pe
( (408) 425-1601)
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                                                                   Sam Shueh                                             SamShuehRealtor at Gmail.com                                                                       San Jose, CA I talked to several appraisers recently about some home improvem...
By Rei Mesa
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty)
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 Having guests stay over the Thanksgiving weekend at Weston luxury homes or Coral Gables luxury homes is fantastic, but can put a strain on your household plumbing.  Believe it or not, plumbers says the busiest time of year for them is during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. It’s no wonder! With...
By Liz Lockhart, GRI, Cape Girardeau Real Estate
(Riverbend Realty, Cape Girardeau, MO)
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Do you have a hardwood floor that you want refinished? First, you need to know if the floor is, indeed, hard wood. This excellent article helps explain some of the things to consider.Prefinished or site finished is also one of the key questions you will want to answer first.  Is it possible to sa...
By N. Joel Walter, Cr (Certified Remodeler)
(N.J.W. Construction Inc)
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NJW, your remodeling contractors Columbus, Ohio, love this time of year. The holidays mean gathering with family and friends, enjoying each other AND delicious food! It is also a great time to evaluate your entertaining spaces and see what can be improved upon…hint hint.Okay, okay back to the foo...
Over recent years, home contractors have had a tough time attracting business. The combination of the national debt and housing crisis has resulted in homeowners to be more stringent regarding the investment they put into their homes.  However, being as though many residents are staying put, now ...
By John Handschuh, Realtor ABR SRES, Horsham Real Estate
(RE/MAX Action Realty)
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Failure to prepare your home for the upcoming winter months can have dire consequences on your wallet, as well as pose a safety hazard for others. Even those in warmer climes will want to be careful this time of year: Everyone can benefit from an annual maintenance tune-up, and even in the South ...
By Noemi Cardoso
(RE/MAX TerraSol)
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  By Deborah Kearns It’s always a Sisyphean task to set a budget for a renovation—or at the very least an ever-moving target—but if you’re planning to put your home on the market, you’ll have a way different set of calculations than a starry-eyed new homeowner.Before you embark on a gut of your ...
By Inna Ivchenko, Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Los Angeles CA
(Mannis Real Estate Group)
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 Energy efficiency, health, and comfort all are hallmarks of a green house. Such properties are often called high-performance, eco-friendly or energy efficient homes.    Common elements While some homes are certified as green by housing or environmental industry groups, properties don’t necessari...