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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By Brad Miller
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 Let’s be honest here, we’ve all got a bit of pantry-envy whenever we see neatly stacked goods and food items in pretty magazine-worthy pantries. Surely, there’s a way for us mere mortals to achieve the same too?The reality for most of us is having to navigate around boxes and cans of food just t...
 If you love food or cooking, you know for a fact that a mediocre kitchen won’t do. Non-existent storage space, the lack of enough prep surfaces, and inadequate ventilation can make even the most steadfast home cook opt for take out on most days. What can be done to prevent this? Well, invest in ...

By The Scott Loper Team Bux-Mont Premier Properties
(Keller Williams Real Estate - Montgomeryville)
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8 Tips for Creating a Space Your Pets Will LoveOne of your responsibilities as a pet owner should be making sure your pets feel at home in their day-to-day lives. By creating a special place for them in your home, you’ll ensure they feel comfortable and content in your house. Here are eight tips ...

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 Elk Grove Home Worth? Please call us to discuss your potential Home Value in Elk Grove, CA 916-660-5823. Click here to use our FREE Online Home Value Estimator. Call for a FREE consultation  Are yo...

By Gabriela Agostinelli, your full time agent!
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Should You Worry About Moisture on Windows? You’re standing by your window admiring the view. Then you notice it. Moisture has built-up around the edges of the glass. Should you worry? It all depends on the reason for the build up.Assuming you have traditional double-pane glass in your windows, t...

By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 707-812-7668
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
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Final draw on my FHA 203k in Charlotte NCI really enjoy seeing these projects go to completion. Isn't that what it is all about? This is true wherever they are. The owners finally get to move into the house they have been working on for much too long. I say that knowing that every renovation proj...

By Michael Peron, Michael Peron, Dave Florida Real Estate
(South Florida Home Solutions)
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Interior Decorating What’s OUT For 2017  If you’re thinking of doing a bit of remodeling before putting your Davie Florida home on the market, pay attention to what decorators now say is “Out.” Nationwide, the consensus is that you should shy away from these recently popular trends. (Even if HGTV...

By Joyce Kelley, Buyers Agent 800-309-3414 Pace and Gulf Breeze,Fl.
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services Inc)
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Home Buying in Gulf Breeze Florida 32561, Boomers lead remodeling surgeHarvard Joint Center for Housing Studies report: Homeowners 65-plus will do one-third of all improvement expenditures by 2025 - double their share from 1995-2005. Read more.  THOUSANDS OF HOMES... One Address www.charlesstalli...

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 Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Area Realtor
(RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC)
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  From one of our favorite inspectors in the Charlotte metro area, Eric Dorman with Pillar to Post, comes the following 6 top tips on how to get your home ready for the late fall and winter seasons. Early fall is the perfect time to get yourhome in shape while the weather is still pleasant for sp...

By Sandy Nelson, your Olympia area Realtor
(Riley Jackson Real Estate Inc.)
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How to Sell Your Home for Top Dollar?Invest in small improvements along with home staging. A wise choice on which improvements to invest in will have a clear impact on the final sales price and desirability of your home.The key is knowing which improvement will make the highest impact on price fo...

By Ron Holborn, Commercial & SFR, Anaheim CA, Real Estate & Short
(Short Sales, Foreclosures, Rentals, Income Real Estate)
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  Salesmen tell you that using Solar Energy is a great way to save tax dollars and that it's a sustainable and renewable source of energy. Saving money and being environmentally-friendly are both great things and the salesmen are being truthful when they say you can do both by switching to Solar....

By Michael Peron, Michael Peron, Dave Florida Real Estate
(South Florida Home Solutions)
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Buying Your New Davie Home With Eventual Resale In Mind? Here’s What Most Buyers Want  Whether you’re buying a home in Davie with resale in mind or making improvements to your current home before putting it on the market, it’s wise to consider what the majority of buyers want – even if they aren’...

By Shar Sitter, Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M
(Rooms With Style)
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It seems as though it is either a love or hate response when I ask that question to my design clients.The #1 reason people tend to not like them is "My mess will be out in the open for everyone to see." Or...."I will have to keep them neat all the time and that will be too much work."I get that, ...

By Brian Burke, Broker & Advising Expert-Denver Luxury Real Estate
(Kenna Real Estate)
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Outdoor lighting gives you loads of benefits...www.KennaRealEstate.com

By Christina Tompkins Wright, Homes for sale in Jacksonville, North Carolina
(Berkshire Hathway HomeServices Hometown, REALTORS)
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Laminate wood flooring is one of the most popular flooring choices available today. Affordable as well, especially in the long run. Because laminate wood has great durability, it is often an excellent option for families with children and pets. With proper care, laminate wood can last for decades...

By Duane West
(3R's Construction Management LLC)
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Forgotten Hiding Places for DUST BUNNIESAhhhh…dust bunnies! Don’t you just love them?!The ones we can see floating across the bare floor are bad enough, but what about the ones that are hiding? You know; the fuzzy little creatures that lurk in the corners, under appliances, and in mechanical unit...

By Ideal Homes, Home building and design in the OKC metro area
(Ideal Homes)
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The simplest way to change a room starts with a can of paint. You can go from neutral to vibrant, or the other way around. Create an accent wall for a splash of color.Where do you start? How do you choose the paint color that suits you, your style and the room?We asked the creative team in the Id...

By Ideal Homes, Home building and design in the OKC metro area
(Ideal Homes)
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When you move into a new home, you usually start by getting organized. When you were packing up your belongings, you probably purged a lot of items, just to lighten your load.Before long, you see signs that the clutter bug is back. Mail, magazines, and an assortment of papers are scattered on tab...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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 We are always on what seems to be a never ending...albeit enjoyable...(at least for me) quest to have our house be allwe want it to be as trends change...conveniences become even more convenient....and we continue with updates throughout the house.  It began with wanting a new refrigerator....a...