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 Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
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Home Safety and Security should be a high priority for everyone! Here are a few tips to help! Posted on Jun 21, 2015 by Endre Barath in Home Improvements  Home Safety and Security should be a high priority for everyone! Here are a few tips to help!Sadly we live in times when we have to be more c...
By Erika Rogers, St George Utah Real Estate & local info.
(Re/Max First Realty)
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Summer Maintenance Tips – St. George UT Real EstateSummer maintenance tips for your home this year. If you missed my Spring Maintenance Tips then it's not too late for summer maintenance tips that can help you get those important semi-annual home projects done before more time passes by. Therefor...
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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 Add Home Value with These Indoor Décor IdeasContributed by Kristin BeltPlease click here for original post.If you’re like a lot of homeowners today, you might be tempted to chalk decorating choices up to personal preference and think they have little to do with home value — but this is a mistake...
By Stacey Mayer, Snohomish-Homes.com
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Remodeling and repair can add usability, and restore enjoyment, to a valuable real estate property.  But, it needs to be done efficiently, and correctly, in order to save time, and preserve the family from added stress. Any builders with this reputation are gold; some clients won't even share the...
By Pamela Seley, REALTOR®, CA BRE #01824145 Real Estate - Call 951.491.4063
(West Coast Realty Division)
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I wrote about a Wax-leaf Privet tree I snapped a photo of during one in my wanderings. Today I was at Diamond Valley Golf Course in Southwest Hemet, only a 15-minute drive to Temecula wine country, and snapped this photo of this Wax-leaf Privet pruned to make a hedge. Wax-leaf Privet hedge at Dia...
By The Crews Team At Keller Williams Realty
(The Crews Team, Keller Williams Realty)
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Village of Idlewild Home Values: Painting Tips to Ensure a Quick SaleVillage of Idlewild homeowners - No matter how much you rearrange or decorate a room, nothing affects appearance like a fresh coat of paint. When you enter a Village of Idlewild home, your eye may be drawn to little decorative t...
By Joel Jadofsky, One of the Top Realtors in Panama City Beach Area
(Keller Williams - homes for sale - Florida - Gulf - Beach )
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I had recently came across a article about the specific rules pertaining to our great and amazing flag of our United States. But did everyone happen to know there are detailed rules to how you can portay your patriotism? We all know that you have to be respectful to the flag but also for what it ...
By sandy straley, Selling Homes for over 35 Years
(Rindlesbach Homes)
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Millcreek Homes          10 simple ways to save energy and money this summer: Set your air conditioner thermostat as high as comfortable – we recommend 78ºF or higher when you’re at home, and 85ºF when you’re gone. Keep inside air vents clear from furniture and other objects.   Have your central ...
By The Myers Team | Las Vegas Top Realtors ®, | Nobody Finds BUYERS Faster Than The MYERS
(Simply Vegas Real Estate)
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Las Vegas, Nevada -- Las Vegas is a beautiful place to live; however, it’s no secret that the desert gets “a little hot” between May and October.  In fact, it’s not uncommon to see consecutive triple digit temperatures for many months in a row.  One of the biggest mistakes Las Vegas homebuyers ma...
By Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource
(Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Huntsville AL)
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Solar EnergyConsidering building a new home in Huntsville, Alabama or purchasing an existing home? The following might be something of interest to you if you want to cut utility bills and go green.A challenge faced producing solar energy is collecting and storing it in an efficient way. The early...
By Denise Dimares, Realtor, Investor Serving DC and MD
(Exit Bennett Realty)
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While some home upgrades can add value to your home, others don’t measure up as well. One of the worst offenders? The home office remodel. Many home remodeling projects do wonders for the value of the home including a gourmet kitchen, finished basement with a theater room, an additional room or a...
By Michael Dagner, Your Denver Homes Realty Expert
(Brokers Guild Classic)
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Have dogs?  Considering installing hardwood floors anytime soon?   Read this before buying.  Content is courtesy of my AR associate, Debbie Gartner. Yes, today is National Dog Day (August 26th).  I love dogs (as well as cats) and many of my customers have the most wonderful dogs.  One of the most...
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 Window Has Lost It's Seal,It Needs To Be Replaced.  Dual pane windows do not last forever, they will need to be replaced. The insulation value is connected to the space and properties between the two panes of glass, it is sealed. Over time the gaskets will fail and the seal broken.  How do ...
Your kitchen is, by far, the most expensive room in the house unless you happen to have a state-of-the-art home theater to rival the effect of a typical IMAX theater experience.  Since most of us do not have the room or the money to invest in such extravagance, let’s be practical and consider the...
By Donna Graham, Casa Grande Real Estate Agent
(AZ New Horizon Realty)
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Pancho's Palapas Backyard Tiki Structures in Arizona. Turn Your Backyard into a Tropical Shade Oasis  Shade Structure  One-pole, 4-pole & even 6-pole Palm Leaf Shades.  Custom Tiki carvings  Available. Palapa Shade, Tiki Hut, Patio Umbrella, Backyard Shade, Tiki Pole, Carport Cover, & Landscaping...
By Brad Diepholz, "We have you covered"!
(HCS Restoration and Roofing, LLC)
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Brad Diepholz talks about “Attic Ventilation-part 1”  Brad Diepholz found the following information. Every wonder what is the purpose of attic ventilation? This seems like a simple question. Most homeowners and even some experienced contractors believe the purpose of attic ventilation is to remov...
By Summer Robertson, Gillette, WY Agent
(Team Properties Group, LLC)
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Can you belive the Fourth of July is just around the corner? It is so fun to get involved in the festivities and enjoy the warm weather while waiting for the bursting sounds of glorious fireworks to begin! Before I get to carried away I want to thank all of the amazing service men and women aroun...
By David Popoff, Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct
(DMK Real Estate )
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Greenwich Painting Work Now Requires Permits for Homes Built Before 1978.Homes built before 1978 could possibly have lead paint that now requires permits to work on from the town of Greenwich, Connecticut. This is due to the EPA’s Renovations, Repairs, and Paint Program that is now in full effect...
By Jean Glass, A Tradition Of Trust In Real Estate
(Better Homes & Gardens)
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As the easy, warm days of summer roll by, I thought it would be fun to get your feedback on a new trend in backyard entertainment.  What do you think of this concept?As more of us choose to stay close to home entertaining friends and family, an investment in a large-screen TV that's visible from ...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Lower Fairfield CT)
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Here is the 34th installment of my top flooring blog posts.  These were written in Feb - May 2014.  Feel free to bookmark any of these if they would be helpful for you or your clients. Satin or semigloss - which is the most popular sheen for hardwood floors?Yes, many need guidance here. Which com...