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.


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Put the hammer down and the glasses on and read on.

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By Bob Haywood, BobHaywood.com
(McGraw Realtors)
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Let me ask you a question.  Ever had a guest or family member in your house ask to borrow your cell phone charger? You know how it goes.  They say, "Hey uh, do you have a phone charger I can borrow?"  Then you go scrambling around to find the one you have behind your bed.  Or in your office.  Or ...
By Jack Solloway, There's Only One Right Choice in Real Estate
(Right Choice Realty)
Comments 0
"Going green" means living in a way that's environmentally friendly. It uses less water, less electricity, and less fuel, conserving natural resources while protecting the environment. It also saves money on utility bills, which is something all homeowners can appreciate. From simple to elaborate...
By Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage
(Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366)
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 That Wood Fence Isn't Too Bad, Just Need Some New Fence Posts  Wood fences are not all the difficult in design. Strong posts to keep things up and straight, good framing to support the fencing, and a lasting connection to the fence boards. Each of these are important to a good fence.Came across ...
By Reuben Saltzman, Minneapolis Home Inspections
(Structure Tech Home Inspections)
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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 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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10 Easiest Home Upgrades to Increase House Value  by David GlennFor original post please click here.Whether planning to sell the house, have it rented out, or simply for personal satisfaction, a little renovation and upgrade is always necessary to help increase its market value. In order to boost...
By Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage
(Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366)
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 When Walkways Get Dangerous  We often take those outdoor walkways for granted, they appear to be safe from the top. Regular inspections can help to disclose those walkways that have become dangerous. Finding out the troubled areas and repairing the water damaged construction can prevent a disast...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Lower Fairfield CT)
Comments 22
I always recommend that we test stain colors for our customers on their own floor before committing to color.  After all, the stains come out different on different floors pending on the species, grade of wood and age.  Also, even within the same floor, some pieces are lighter and some are darker...
By Debb Janes, REALTOR®, EcoBroker Camas, Washington
(The Carl Group, LLC)
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Zen and The Art of House Painting  or, How Achieving Consensus in a Multi-Gen Household is Also An ArtPainting is one of my favorite home improvement activities.  After a few of those projects, interior or exterior, you recognize that most of the thought and activity goes into planning: selecting...
By Rita Boswell, Central Ohio Real Estate
(Keller Williams Capital Partners)
Comments 1
  Homeowner Tip: Undoing Water Damage In Your Home – Water damage in your home can be devastating. Not only can you lose meaningful mementos, there can also be serious damage to the foundation. Here are six tips to help you undo the water damage in your home. Dry It OutWhether you need to rent in...
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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Front porch is a hot commodity with new homeowners By Dawn KlingensmithCTW FeaturesPlease click here for original post.For many homeowners, the porch is less of a design feature than it is a way of life."I live on my screened porch. I built it as a present to myself for my 50th birthday and it is...
By Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966, CDPE, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Linda
(Keller Williams Realty)
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How to Celebrate "National Garage Door Safety Month" June is 'National Garage Door Safety Month' so how are you planning to celebrate?The garage door has become the new front door for approximately 70% of homeowners with garages. During the summer months, kids are home and the warm weather makes ...
By Kelly Cummings and Ryan Cummings, Your Real Estate Consultants For Life!!!
(The Cummings Company)
Comments 1
Mulch was nature's idea long before it became man's. Fallen leaves, pine needles, rotting wood and vegetation, decaying flowers, ripe fruit, rocks rising to the Earth's surface – the environment naturally produces and disperses "mulch," adding a protective coating to the ground.Knowing the variou...
By Joel Jadofsky, One of the Top Realtors in Panama City Beach Area
(Keller Williams - homes for sale - Florida - Gulf - Beach )
Comments 0
Need Space?   I find myself just looking at all these nifty ideas on how you can go about improving the space around our house without really spending a whole lot of money on new closets around the house. Pintrest is the main place for all these ideas. But I ran across an article from My Realty T...
By Sam Shueh, mba, cdpe, reopro, pe
( (408) 425-1601)
Comments 6
Home renovation is a $400 billion business. But that doesn't mean every renovation is a successful one. So how do you know which ones bring home the ROI and which ones you shouldn't waste your time - and money ? We consult Remodeling magazine's Cost vs Value Report to find the highest return on i...
By Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage
(Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366)
Comments 16
 I'm Sure It Will Go Unnoticed By Most Buyers Okay, so you are looking at building or repairing that deck of yours and want to get some ideas to make those deck improvements. You head over to your local Big Box Hardware store to look at some displays, check the prices, and collect some design ide...
By Rei Mesa
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty)
Comments 1
Living greener is not only good for the environment but also for your personal finances. Many people, including owners of Weston luxury homes, think that to live green means they have to spend a lot of money. That is simply not the case. There are many ways for Weston luxury homes and their owner...
By Joel Jadofsky, One of the Top Realtors in Panama City Beach Area
(Keller Williams - homes for sale - Florida - Gulf - Beach )
Comments 4
Found An Aritlce About Decluttering And I Just Love It!                                                                                                                                            Flickr/Sean MacEntee   Zero clutter sir! I abosulty hate it. But when we get down to the actual task o...
 A small change can create a huge impact on a room’s ambiance. It can make a room seem brighter, feel brand-new, or make a house feel truly like a home. Don’t believe that? Then read on!If you feel that you’re tired of your home’s look or décor, then this post is definitely for you! Below are 8 s...
By Sharon Sigman, Sharon Sigman
(RE/MAX )
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Gutters should be an important consideration when it comes to purchasing a new home because of the expense it can cost you down the line, however, the function of gutters is often overlooked. Gutters serve two main purposes: to make sure water does not gather on your roof and to make sure water i...
By Rummy Dhanoa, Rummy Dhanoa
(New York Real Estate Experts)
Comments 0
The housing market has made a strong recovery, not only in sales and prices, but also in the confidence of consumers and experts as an investment. In a New York Times editorial entitled, “Homeownership and Wealth Creation” they explain:“Homeownership long has been central to Americans’ ability t...