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)
Comments 30
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 Inna Ivchenko, Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Los Angeles CA
(Mannis Real Estate Group)
Comments 31
 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...
By Liz Wallace, Broker C21 Sherlock Homes, Rockville Centre, LI, N
(Century 21 Sherlock Homes)
Comments 1
 When an emergency strikes time is a valuable commodity.  To prevent delay and confusion in an emergency, make sure your house number is plainly visible from the street day and night.Also your house number should be in four inch high reflective numbers and placed where they can easily be seen.Rem...
By Elite Team, Realtors/Career Consultant
(Keller Williams Realty Acadiana)
Comments 5
America’s love for lawns is alive and well, but more of us are letting other features into the yard. In a nationally representative Consumer Reports survey, almost a third of homeowners who made changes to their lawn in the last year reduced its size in some way, for example, replacing grass wit...
By Ana Moniz, Broker Associate, "Excellence in Real Estate"
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Comments 0
Luxury Home Decor Many people want their home to appear luxurious and chic like a model home seen on a billboard.  However, luxury decor can come a high price.  The following article gives some tips and ideas on how to save money with affordable decorating, but still get a beautiful home interior...
By Paul F. Stillwaggon, NJ Estates Real Estate Group, Weichert Realtors
(Weichert Realtors)
Comments 0
NJ Estates Real Estate Group as a proud member of Pinterest, invites you to click on our Prized Web Sites for more home design ideas.  http://www.newjerseyestates.info/   and  http://www.njestates.net/real-estate/nj/listings     Over 15,000 Home Improvement Design Ideas  http://www.pinterest.com/...
By Jen Burns, Real Estate Agent
(Keller Williams First Choice)
Comments 1
 How to Bring Nature InsideWhat do you love most about nature and the outdoors? Is it the first sign of spring blooms, the colorful autumn foliage, or maybe the smell of fresh cut grass on a warm summer day? Do you enjoy the soothing sound of a trickling creek or a bright blue sky on a sunny day?...
By Coleen Miller
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Have you ever felt annoyed when your kids go through your front door after playing outdoors and leave those dirty shoe prints on the floor you spent hours cleaning? Not just kids but some guests as well who come in with wet or dirty shoes, but you can't turn them away. The solution? A mud room.Wh...
By Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 16
As if I didn't have enough reasons to be thankful, here's another one:My long drawn out bathroom remodel is done! The tub is gone; new lights, new medicine cabinet, new vanity, new tiles, new commode installed.Everything is now placed in their new home - cosmetics, toiletries, vitamins, hair drye...
By Nick and Cindy Davis, CRS,CLHMS,ABR,CIAS,ALHS,e-PRO,CDPE,SFR,Realtor(R)
(RE/MAX Premier Group)
Comments 0
Thinking about selling your Cross Creek Home? Do you want to know what updates or upgrades will yield you the highest returns? Get our free report here:  http://bit.ly/Increase-Value-Cross-Creek 
By Nestor & Katerina Gasset, Realtors, Wellington Florida Homes For Sale
(International Properties and Investments LLC)
Comments 9
Aero Club in Wellington FL | Homes for Sale | Market Report July 2015  Aero Club of Wellington Florida is more than the only fly in community in Wellington Florida! Imagine waking up in the morning to the sun rising and you see it is a clear day for a ride today.  You stroll out of your large lux...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Lower Fairfield CT)
Comments 13
How much does it cost to sand hardwood floors in Westchester County?Please note that costs for refinishing hardwood do vary across the country!  But, this should provide a good guideline to understand the elements that impact the cost, even if the labor rates vary. While there are many factors t...
By John Handschuh, Realtor ABR SRES, Horsham Real Estate
(RE/MAX Action Realty)
Comments 3
 5  Ideas to Improve Your Home Are you spending too much time and money making the wrong renovations to your home? If you are like most homeowners, it can be hard to know which projects ultimately add the most value. Fortunately, there is online guidance detailing which improvements show the grea...
By Reuben Saltzman, Minneapolis Home Inspections
(Structure Tech Home Inspections)
Comments 48
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 Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Lower Fairfield CT)
Comments 12
This flooring poll (just 5 questions) has been up on my site for about 1.5 yrs.  I just noticed today that 2 of the q's have over 1000 votes. I use a free plug in called "YOP polls."  It was simple to use.  I have a page w/ the polls and then also, I include the individual q's on some of the rele...
By Elite Team, Realtors/Career Consultant
(Keller Williams Realty Acadiana)
Comments 1
Just for fun, take an inventory of all the leaf removal tools cluttering your garage.If you’re like me, you’ve got a half-dozen rakes of different sizes and materials, a couple of blowers in various states of repair, and a couple of infomercial gadgets that promise to make annual leaf gathering f...
By Sam Shueh, mba, cdpe, reopro, pe
( (408) 425-1601)
Comments 4
On my way to a tool store picking up a wheel based ruler to measure distance, I saw this sign Lumber Liquidators next door. How Odd? The store front displaces some of the lower priced flooring product price at rock bottom price. I doubt one can find that low price elsewhere. The display room was ...
By Sam Shueh, mba, cdpe, reopro, pe
( (408) 425-1601)
Comments 8
                                                                           Sam Shueh                                                           SamShuehRealtor@Gmail.com                                                                        Campbell, CA California is several years into a drought. ...
By Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
Comments 16
    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)
Comments 21
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...