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.

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By The Temple Team, Specializing in Lake Norman Real Estate
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Early Spring Outdoor Tips ... Check the gutters and clear any debris there may beTrim back ornamental grassesPlant your Christmas Tree if you purchased a "live" oneTrim Perennials to ground levelClean leaves and various debris that's built up in corners and along wallsFreshen up mulch bedsIf you ...

By Jeffrey Masich, Arizona Homes and Land to Buy or Sell
(HomeSmart in Scottsdale, Arizona)
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Curb appeal, curb appeal is what we say as Realtors all the time. Why? Because it is important and helps a buyer remember a home when selling and makes your home attractive for yourself. RISMEDIA addresses curb appeal trends each year. Here are their latest trends for 2017 from Megan Wild of RISM...

By John Handschuh, Realtor ABR SRES, Horsham Real Estate
(RE/MAX Action Realty)
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So you're selling your house. Congratulations! But, uh, what are you going to do about that kitchen? You know, the one you've been saying for years you wanted to renovate but never got around to? The thing is, you're not going to have as many prospective buyers with an eyesore like that. Here are...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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 We are always on what seems to be a never ending...albeit enjoyable...(at least for me) quest to have our house be allwe want it to be as trends change...conveniences become even more convenient....and we continue with updates throughout the house.  It began with wanting a new refrigerator....a...

By Christian Penner, Your Mortgage Banker - 561-373-0987
(The Christian Penner Mortgage Team)
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The Impact of Homeownership on Family Health The National Association of Realtors recently released a study titled ‘Social Benefits of Homeownership and Stable Housing.’ The study confirmed a long-standing belief of most Americans: “Owning a home embodies the promise of individual autonomy and is...

By Jeffrey Masich, Arizona Homes and Land to Buy or Sell
(HomeSmart in Scottsdale, Arizona)
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With more since my last blog on this subject, here are more recycle ideas that create fun and interest in your home. Don't throw those unused items away! Use them to create magical and unique functional uses in your home. Recycle those items back to life with ideas that may be better than their o...

By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 707-812-7668
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
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Can you move a home from another site using the FHA 203k loan?I've always found it interesting to see a home going down the street on it's way to another site, just waiting for someone to throw out some dish water out the back door... lol , not reallyIn the case of moving a home from one site to ...

By Laura Sellers, www.Auburn-Realtor.com; Auburn, AL Real Estate
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.Auburn-Realtor.com, EXPERT IN AUBURN REAL ESTATE SERVICES)
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Would you like for your Auburn, AL home or Opelika, AL house to be more Eco-Friendly?  If so, here’s the scoop from green industry experts on the latest ways to slash your energy bills—and to do so while clearing your earth-conscious conscience!How to Go Green: The Ultimate Homeowner's Guide to a...

By Lauren Williams, Professional Organizer: Puget Sound homes
(Casual Uncluttering LLC)
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The lovely photo of a pristine bathroom above is NOT representative of the wet mess I, no eyeglasses yet, no coffee, squelched onto first thing 5:30 this cold Pacific Northwest morning. My supply line - OK, what is a supply line??? - had sprung a leak overnight, gracing me with a lake in the cabi...

By Inna Ivchenko, Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Los Angeles CA
(Barcode Properties)
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Heating water consumes about 13 percent of the annual bill for the typical single-family home, says EnergyStar.It you’re not ready to invest in a new, more efficient water heater, there are still steps you can take to cut your water heating costs.1. Reduce the temperature. Set the temperature on ...

By Francine Viola, Realtor, In Tune with your Real Estate Needs
(Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA)
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Timing is everything especially when it comes to illuminating your house. I have four sets of outdoor lights with light switches all over the house. Out of laziness, I don’t run around the house and garage flipping light switches to light up the outside of my house, therefore my house looks prett...

By Evelyn Bruder, CRS, GRI, ABR, E-PRO
(Steinborn & Associates Real Estate)
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We are starting a new weekly series of blog posts concentrating on high tech products that are currently trending in remodeling circles. This week we will start off in the most unlikely of places: the bathroom. What is trending in the bathroom? A high tech toilet? Low-flow shower-heads? Not exac...

By Granite Heroes, Marble, Granite & Terrazzo Restoration
(Granite Heroes)
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Granite Heroes Barrington Hills stone restoration archive, documents a day in the life of Granite Heroes. FREE ESTIMATES for all clients in Barrington Hills, Illinois. Step into our shoes, as we clean, polish & restore showers, counter tops, flooring and more. Book Online today and receive 10% of...

By Granite Heroes, Marble, Granite & Terrazzo Restoration
(Granite Heroes)
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Granite Heroes Cary stone restoration archive, documents a day in the life of Granite Heroes. FREE ESTIMATES for all clients in Cary, Illinois. Step into our shoes, as we clean, polish & restore showers, counter tops, flooring and more. Book Online today and receive 10% off your service if you li...

By April Stephens, Broker/Realtor - Johnston & Wake County
(RE/MAX One Realty)
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 This past weekend some of The April Stephens Team members stopped by the Downtown Raleigh Home Show to check out the latest in home and garden trends! These are some of the trends that we are seeing for 2017: GreeneryGreenery is the Pantone color of the year and we’re starting to see this shade ...

By Wendi-Mae Davis, CRS, GRI, Broker Associate
(Future Homes & Real Estate)
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The Top 5 Household projects that give the Highest ROI (Return on investment)...may surprise you!  Now that the sun is out, and Spring is almost here, many of us are starting to think about what we can do to clean and brighten our homes.  The top 5 projects are:Garage Door Replacement-85% ROI, En...

By Doug Dawes, Your Personal Realtor®
(Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA)
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Pam & I are excited today. Why, you say? It's simple. Today we are having Artisan Flooring, in Groveland, MA coming by to install our new Mannington bathroom floor! Then Mark Jr. Plumbing will install a new Kohler Cimarron commode...the 16½" tall version. 1.28 gallons per flush. Or, should I say ...

By Lyn Sims, Schaumburg IL Area Real Estate
(RE/MAX Suburban - Northwest Suburbs of Chicago)
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This is one of the true mysteries with home improvement posts & articles. There is such a giant variance in price that the high end seems insane & the low end seems too reasonable. They're smokin' something I'm afraid .... Here's a case in point ... every year Remodeling Magazine puts out a Cost...

By Dianne Goode, Realtor/Broker
(Raleigh Cary Realty)
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It's common wisdom that we should get three estimates and take the lowest bid.  That's just being an intelligent consumer, right?  But I would argue that the lowest bid is rarely the best choice.Now if the item is the product of mass manufacture -- a car, for example -- that's different.   I'm ta...

By Joanna Cohlan, Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes
(Fresh Eyes For Your Home)
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Whether it's your new white kitchen or a new upholstered sofa - nothing is as timeless as white.For years, white furniture was considered casual and beachy.  White walls were considered boring and institutional and white bedding reminded us too much of our grandma's house- remember those old whit...