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.

With over 300,000 real estate professionals, including stagers, contractors, landscapers and others, there is no better place to find the information you need than ActiveRain.

While you'll find a ton of helpful ideas and hints within these pages, you'll want to bookmark the site so that you can check back for the hundreds of daily updates from authors who spend their days actually performing the tasks you have questions about.

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By Eugene Kanciar, Our Experience, Your Peace-of-Mind
(EKAN Home Inspection)
Comments 4
Photo: Black areas are wood rot so severe that the timber has the consistency of a sea sponge that you would use to wash your car.I'm the owner's engineer and a renovation project. In this case, the stucco was not properly face sealed and water has leaked in behind the stucco over 25 years. The a...

By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
Comments 2
The Emerald Ash Bore is a beautiful green beetle that eats the foliage of ash trees. The larvae of the Emerald Ash Borer, however, eats the inner bark of the ash trees which can kill the trees. Therefore, they are considered pests.Emerald Ash Borers are also not native to the United States but ra...

By Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager
(Sharon Tara Transformations)
Comments 38
My favorite way to update a piece of furniture is to paint it black and add new hardware.  This isn't the first post I've written on the subject, and it probably won't be the last.  Every so often I find a new piece to transform. When my daughter, Ashley, bought her first home, she updated her Na...

By Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager
(Sharon Tara Transformations)
Comments 36
Fast and Simple Budget Friendly Ways to Update Window TreatmentsHave you had the same curtains for years?If they are covering valuable architectural  detail, darkening the room, or dating the room...it's time to replace them. Dated window treatments, regardless of how expensive they originally we...

By Terkel Sørensen, Realtor, 951.805.0773 , Bank owned and Short Sales
(Real Estate Places)
Comments 83
Welcome to March - We are almost to the time when it I get itchy to make soe improvements to my house - I'm thinking you might too. And I'm not just talking about some new seed on the lawn. UPDATED 9/3/2015 - Additional HERO program info and benefits added. So, over the past few years, sales peop...

By Amy Mullen, Realtor, CPA, CDPE, MBA
(RE/MAX Professional Associates)
Comments 1
By: Stacey FreedSweet ways to solve your crusty, rusty outdoor tool storage. Untangling the hose. Searching for the spade. Stepping on a rusty rake and getting whacked in the face like you’re in a cartoon — again. It’s not that you expect yard work to be as easy as sipping a cold hefeweizen on th...

By Supreme Air Duct Svc, Serving ALL of So CA! Air Duct Cleaning Experts
(Supreme Air Duct Services 888-784-0746)
Comments 0
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(RE/MAX Premier Group)
Comments 2
While you tour homes, do you stop in the backyard and visualize your family and friends fighting over the first burgers off the grill as the dogs have fun playing the yard? If outdoor entertaining is actually a priority in your new home, here are four things to consider for your BBQ Area. Look fo...

By Edward Drennan, Serving the Oakville, Ontario Area
(Century 21 Dreams)
Comments 6
An outdoor office, a quiet place to read, a cozy setting to enjoy another's company or for meditation. Creating relaxing outdoor spaces help increase the value, current enjoyment & interest of your home!This is the first in a series of design inspirations co-written with Livia Drennan, founder of...

By YourSiteNeedsMe SEO Team, $399 Real Estate Websites - YourSiteNeedsMe.com
Comments 1
Whether you're selling a home in Uptown Charlotte, Mint Hill, South Park, or Ballantyne, you need to prepare it for the market.  And that means you need to look for simple ways to spruce it up before your Charlotte Realtor(R) lists it on the MLS. 3 Easy Upgrades That Could Increase Your Home's Va...

By Karen Sackett, BizEBee Virtual Assistants
(BizEBee Virtual Assistants LLC)
Comments 5
  If you are like most people, keeping your house in order, along with papers and clothes, is not an easy task. The other day my sister called me and said “This book I am reading is changing my life!”  She was so excited about it that I just had to see for myself. So what book was it?  The book s...

By Real Estate Resources 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779
Comments 0
 Creating a Feathered Nest of a Lifetime?  With luck, you will be old some day. Are you planning a place to live in comfort and style? Plenty of light and ease of navigation  may be on the table for discussion- (see photo) -but there's more to consider, and (P.S.) you don't have to be OLD to live...

By Supreme Air Duct Svc, Serving ALL of So CA! Air Duct Cleaning Experts
(Supreme Air Duct Services 888-784-0746)
Comments 0
Los Angeles Air Duct Cleaning by Supreme Air Duct Services Los AngelesA+ Rated Accredited BBB BusinessAAA Rated Business Consumer Alliance Los AngelesResidential & Commercial Air Duct Cleaning Los AngelesOpen 7 DaysServing ALL of Los Angeles Countyhttp://www.losangelesairductcleaning.supremeairdu...

By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek & Associates LLC Team)
Comments 12
As a Green Realtor® I am always reminding everyone how easy it is togo Green with recycling, remodeling using Green products in flooring,paint and more.  What is one of the easiest ways to save money andenergy?  By installing and using a clothesline!  Although someHomeowner's Associations, partic...

By Tom and Bev Herring, Tulsa Oklahoma Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker - Rader Group)
Comments 0
Summer Lawn Care Tips for the Tulsa HomeHello to all of you Tulsa home owners out there working hard in the yard! Yard work is tedious and very time consuming. Some people enjoy it and find it therapeutic while others dread it. Regardless of how much you do or don’t like yard work, having a yard ...

By Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info
(Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers)
Comments 16
These gigantic flowers really make a statement - spider lilies stand out!  These tropical flowers bloom in the spring/summer season here in Hawaii.A white spider lily flower in Haiku MauiWhite is the most common color, but they also come in a purplish red shade which is called the Queen Emma spid...

By Supreme Air Duct Svc, Serving ALL of So CA! Air Duct Cleaning Experts
(Supreme Air Duct Services 888-784-0746)
Comments 0
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You’ve probably heard it said that the foundation is the most important part of your home. It is the support and layout for the rest of the building process, so the last thing you want to do is have a foundation that isn’t all it should be. A bad foundation can impact a house for the lifetime of ...

By Rhonda Sanderson, Pillar To Post resident Blogger
(Pillar To Post Home Inspectors)
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2016 was the hottest year on record and it looks like 2017 will top that. Now more than ever it’s important to ensure your clients are prepared to look for possible weather issues in the home that may affect their home’s sale or their purchase of a new home.  Here are some tips from Pillar To Pos...

By Michelle Cooks, Pensacola, Pace & Gulf Breeze Property Management
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services)
Comments 0
Pensacola, Pace, Gulf Breeze Property Management: Fla. gives property insurers a higher rate hike than requestedThe state says it approves financially sound insurance rate hike requests, and its approval may be "more or less than what a company requests." For two Fla. insurers, the state deemed t...