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.

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By Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info
(Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers)
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Speechless Sunday - tropical garden in Haiku MauiThe lovely tropical grounds at 85 E. Waipio Rd, Haiku Maui HINot my garden, but another beautiful spot not far from where I live in Huelo.  It's the approach to an oceanfront house and cottage, with pool.  Listed by Island Sotheby's International f...

By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek & Associates LLC Team)
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How to Water Your Lawn Efficiently The summer heat is on!  Here in the Dallas area, and many parts of Texas, there are water restrictions in place and require compliance when watering one's lawn.  Lowe's Home 101 experts, Joel and Courtney, share tips on how to water your lawn effectively. Learn ...

By Donna Jarock, The Realtor that Delivers you Home
(MB The Brian Petrelli Team)
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Aurora CO Residents,The City of Aurora is offering a grant program for those families that qualify to include testing and installation of a Radon Mitigation system for your home.  2 person in the household the income must be $53K or less and 4 persons in the household income needs to be $67,100 o...

By Adam Winters, Cash home Buyers
(Offer Climb)
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Most homeowners don't understand the layers that make up their roof. I found this infographic, made by John Anderson at Severe Weather Roofing, that shows the making of your roof in greater detail...
Overseeing a rental property presents a myriad of responsibilities for those in charge. From keeping the units and grounds in tip-top shape to meeting the demands of renters, it is never dull. Has the time come for you to recommend to management and the investors that upgrades are in order? If so...

By Allison Johnson
(Keller Williams Realty Coastal Area Partners)
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You have closed on your home and want to protect your investment. As a homeowner, repair and remodeling projects seem never ending. At times, the list of home repairs is overwhelming so having a plan can help reduce stress and minimize cost. Here are some helpful tips for planning and preparing f...

By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 916-758-1807
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
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Range hood venting - FHA 203k loan or any other installation as well. I keep seeing more and more flexible duct being used as range hood vent ducting. THAT IS A BIG NO NO.As a former manufacturer of flexible duct and knowing the installation instructions it is clear that the contractors using thi...

By Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time
(Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373)
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 We just closed on our first home and wondering how much we should put aside each year for home maintenance or upgrades each year? So glad you are thinking ahead, as you do need to keep up home maintenance to keep your home in good condition.    This can depend heavily on the age of your home!~ H...

By Belinda Spillman, Colorado Living!
(Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado)
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How many of you have heard that you should paint your front door red?  This is a common assumption with many of us.   I recently did some research in "Feng Shui and Your Front Door".  My research revealed that red is not always the best choice for your front door color when it comes to feng shui ...

By Inna Ivchenko, Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Los Angeles CA
(Barcode Properties)
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1.   Color. If you’re freshening up the paint anywhere in your house or paint it outside. My friend just painted her house in bright pink. She loves it and it is the happiest looking house on her street. Reminds me Italy...:) 2.   In-demand home features. Take a look at the latest American Instit...

By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 916-758-1807
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
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Living "Rent Free" in AmericaAmerican's bred and born in America are less apt to see the potential for the FHA 203k to build wealth, but foreign born Americans see it right now and access this powerful strategy to get established and make money in America.In the mid to late 1990's it was the Hisp...

By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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  Magnolia, Tree with White Flowers     We have lots of Magnolia trees in Maryland but this blog by Florida real estate professional Kwee Huset provides some facts that many of us did not know.   Please visit the original blog if you wish to leave comments.   Magnolia, Tree with White Flowers   M...

By Ted Levin
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Do you come home at the end of a hard day’s work ready to relax? If you’re like millions of other individuals, the answer to that question is likely a resounding yes. That said many people come home and find that relaxation isn’t in the cards. From running families to worrying about expenses, rel...

By Brad Miller
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A small backyard can give you as much fun as a huge one if you know some key tips and tricks to turning it into an outdoor haven that’s just a few steps away from your home. Follow the Tips below for an awesome small backyard!Use Scale WiselyUsing large-scale objects for your small backyard is go...

By Jenifer Lower, Your Dream. Our Passion.
(Bozeman Montana Real Estate .net)
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The attic may be one of the spaces in the house that everyone prefers to avoid, but many people forget that an attic can be a great place for a bedroom or an additional living room. Converting your attic to living space ads square footage to your home, increasing your home value.  Thinking about ...
Making your outdoor space look fabulous need not be a real challenge or take up too much of your budget. There are easy and simple solutions that can add colour and beauty to your landscape that you can do as a weekend project. Take a look at our outdoors sprucing tips below!Try a MuralThis is a ...

By Laurel Jonas, Move With Confidence
(Home Key Realty)
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If you are looking to add curb appeal to your home, this is a simple way to do so. Frame out your windows. This is a dramatic and easy way to make your home "pop" with charm. The contrast in color really looks amazing as well.   All you need are 1" x 4"s. The length you need will odviously depend...

By The Temple Team, Specializing in Charlotte/ Lake Norman Real Estate
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Look for High Quality PaintAs in everything .... paint is no exception,  quality matters!   Ideally, the paint should have high hiding ability and resist dirt and scuffs.Look Online for InspirationLook at sites like Pinterest and Houzz for lots of ideas and inspiration!Use Paint Samples Buy small...

By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(eXp Realty)
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Love Thy neighbor!Help Thy Neighbor!Thanks Myrl Jeffcoat for the great advice on how we can do that.The House Next Door has a "For Sale" Sign - What You Should Consider! The house next door has a newly installed “For Sale” sign.  Perhaps, you wonder who your new neighbors may be.  Will they be go...

By Mike & Jennifer Rigley, Expert Real Estate Services
(Real Estate Specialist -Rigley Realty Group)
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Mike and Jennifer Rigley (buyers) 916.378.4671 / (sellers) 916-660-5823 Info@RigleyRG.com What’s My Carmichael Home Worth? Please call us to discuss your potential Home Value in Carmichael, CA 916-660-5823. Click here to use our FREE Online Home Value Estimator. Call for a FREE consultation  The ...