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 Shawn and Angela Miller, Lincoln and Omaha, NE REALTORS®
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Amabassador Real Estate)
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         It may be easier to recoup some remodeling costs on your home than others.If you plan to live in your home for years, then you’ll enjoy a remodeled kitchen or bathroom. But if you’re doing it to help raise the selling price of your home, you may want to consider the following.Of the 30 ...

By Shawn and Angela Miller, Lincoln and Omaha, NE REALTORS®
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Amabassador Real Estate)
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        So, you’re redoing your bathroom—great! In addition to perusing new light fixtures, counters, mirrors and more, you’re likely looking at tiles. To help, we’ve compiled several tips for choosing a better bathroom tile.Think about versatility. To truly draw your bathroom together, you will...

By Joyce Marsh, Daytona Beach Florida, Experts in Listing and Selling Waterfront & Luxury
(Premier Sotheby's International Realty)
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Wabi-Sabi is the Japanese art of finding beauty in imperfections - it's pretty easy to embrace. After all, we are all basically imperfectly perfect, just like life.  Wabi-Sabi!The root word Wa means harmony, peace, tranquility, and balance.Sabi means "the bloom of time." The goal of wabi-sabi is ...

By Kevin McKenzie, Helping Realtors with Expert Content
(Spectrum Communications)
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The tricky thing about improving indoor air quality is that the culprits are usually what make our homes, well, home, whether it’s long-time family pets, those scented candles you love, or that amazing multi-course dinner party that turned into a decidedly-not-amazing dish pile.Usually, when we t...

By Reuben Saltzman, Delivering the Unbiased Truth.
(Structure Tech Home Inspections)
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One of the most common problems with decks in Minnesota is frost heave. Today I’ll explain how this works, why it matters, and what steps can be taken to help prevent damage from frost heave when building a deck. How Frost Heave Works When expansive soils freeze and expand, the earth rises. Wikip...

By Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation
(Brown Realty, 210-789-4216,www.JeremiahNewman.com)
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For many San Antonio homeowners, creating an energy efficient home is a dream come true. Still, many are often assume that getting the job done will require lots of time and money. But energy upgrades are just that—lifelong investments that ultimately improve the value and carbon footprint of you...

By Matt Lee, Real Estate Marketing
(Rise Up Local & Lead Generation Experts)
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Green building materials have several benefits for both builders and homeowners looking to build or renovate. From energy efficiency to healthier products that give off fewer VOCs, more green building materials are appearing on the market, meeting the demand that many people have for homes and bu...

By Reuben Saltzman, Delivering the Unbiased Truth.
(Structure Tech Home Inspections)
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Jerry Seinfeld:  "Have you ever noticed if a guy is out in his driveway, working on something with tools, how all the other men in the neighborhood are magnetically drawn to this activity?" Too true.  That's totally me.  You can see this bit here - men love work. My neighbor across the street was...

By Reuben Saltzman, Delivering the Unbiased Truth.
(Structure Tech Home Inspections)
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In last week's blog post about washing machine connectors, I mentioned that I'm not a big fan of the FloodSafe® washing machine connectors.  These are special flexible water supply connectors, aka 'hoses', with a mechanism that will completely shut off the flow of water if the hose bursts.  These...

By Reuben Saltzman, Delivering the Unbiased Truth.
(Structure Tech Home Inspections)
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Icicles hanging over the edges of roofs might look pretty, but once enough melted water gets trapped behind that ice, water can leak in to the house.  Minnesota saw a ridiculous amount of ice dams two and three winters ago, which prompted many homeowners to start looking for ways to prevent ice d...

By Reuben Saltzman, Delivering the Unbiased Truth.
(Structure Tech Home Inspections)
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If you plan to renovate your kitchen, take the time and spend a little extra money to get the plumbing, mechanicals, and electrical right.  Home inspectors find a lot of remodeled kitchens where it would have been just a little bit of extra work to fix an existing problem or avoid future problems...

By Steve Dalton, Northwest Indiana Home Builder
(219-465-8352 )
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The shock and horror is evident in the quiet response, but I after spending many years working with home buyers at all price ranges I do believe they are more complex than we give them credit.  Sure, some care a lot about the environment and our long term health, so green building and green devel...

By Supreme Air Duct Svc, Serving ALL of So CA! Air Duct Cleaning Experts
(Supreme Air Duct Services 888-784-0746)
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By Tom Gilliam- RE/MAX Classic, Exceeding Your Expectations
(Re/Max Classic)
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Main Garden Tip-If you’re like most people, as soon as the weather starts to warm up, and the mornings are bright and sunny, you start thinking about your garden, and what you can do to have the most successful growing season ever! Soon, you’ll see little chutes begin to pop up, and before you kn...

By James Murr, www.cortiersrealestate.com
(Cortiers Real Estate)
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If you’re like many homeowners, there will undoubtedly come a time when you’re ready to upgrade that old paint job or add a half-bath to your game room. Whether you’re staging the house for a potential buyer or simply in need of a change in aesthetics, remodeling and home improvements can seem li...

By John M. Acaron, BSME, CMI - Master Home Inspector & Mold Assessor
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The Villages home inspectionsHOME INSPECTIONS THE VILLAGES, FLORIDA Do you need a Home Inspection in The Villages? For more information relative to Home Inspections The Villages and Mold Inspections The Villages, Florida visit HOME INSPECTOR USA. We are state of Florida licensed Home Inspector an...

By Team Caropreso,Real Estate Team in Maryland, Pasadena, Odenton, Sykesville
(Keller Williams Realty)
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How much value does a swimming pool add to my home in Maryland? We've often been asked "how much value does a swimming pool add to my home?" Well, it depends. The traditional wisdom is that the pool doesn't add a particular amount in value, but rather makes the home sell quicker.To that point, Re...

By Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
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The home in Maine, you are going away in the winter and wondering about saving a few fuel bucks in heating cost.Should you drain your house pipes, blow out the plumbing and not heat your home winters in Maine?When a pipe bursts in a baseboard heating element or in a bathroom, the kitchen. It is n...

By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
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Typically, my #1 article for the year is my flagship hardwood flooring trend post (which I publish annually).  But, this year, I had a nice surprise...and article that surpassed all of my flooring articles.  It's about painting. My #1 article by far shows the best interior paint colors for sellin...

By Granite Heroes, Marble, Granite & Terrazzo Restoration
(Granite Heroes)
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