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.

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

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By Joyce Marsh, Broker Associate, Premier Sotheby's International Realty
(Premier Sotheby's International Realty)
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Hardwood Flooring remains a top flooring choice for many consumers around the United States with various regional preferences.  Hardwood Flooring trends for 2016 have been compiled and Debbie Gartner does an excellent job of outlining the pros and cons of each wood species and various finishes. D...

By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional)
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Debbie's Quick Fixes How to Fix a Nail Pop. My quick fix will help you correct those sheetrock nails that work their way back out of the wall and make unsightly bulges. A previous post Debbie's Quick Fixes How to Fix Dents in Your Front Door helped provide information on correcting door dents. So...

By Robert Vegas Bob Swetz, Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale
(Realty ONE Group)
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 Glass & Metal Specialists searching for General Contractors in Morgan Hill & San Jose California Glass & Metal Specialists have a contractors license in the state of California for installing aluminum extrusion and glass.Glass & Metal Specialists is insured & bonded, and are licensed to do work ...

By Jonathan Hall, Realtor - Danbury,CT Area Real Estate~203-417-0523
(William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty)
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As a real estate agent in the Danbury area, reviewing the results of a building inspection with a buyer or seller and negotiating sometimes can be one of my least favorite things.  Everything can be subjective. For buyers, you should understand that most of the time you are buying a 'used home'. ...

By Pat Champion, Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs
(Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty)
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Natural Alternatives for cleaning 10 Uses for VinegarI am always looking for natural alternatives to cleaning without using harsh chemicals. I have found vinegar to be a great solution. I always have a bottle ready to use at my house. Here are 10 places you can use vinegar to help you around your...

By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 707-812-7668
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
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Richmond CA, my home town is ripe for FHA 203k loansYep, I grew up in Richmond and San Pablo. It is always a special treat to do consultations in your home town, at least I've always felt that way.Over the years we've done hundreds of projects in my home town. I remember one we did on a home wher...

By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 707-812-7668
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
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What is the biggest issue with Limited 203k loans?The biggest issue with any 203k, Standard or Limited is getting your bid in a timely manner. So what is the cure? Simply use an FHA 203k consultant for your FHA and HomeStyle loans. The consultant will help you work out a "scope of work" and bid t...

By Brad Miller
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You don’t have to be in a drought-stricken area to realise just how important it is to conserve water. Being blessed with a steady supply of fresh clean water is no excuse to waste one of our planet’s most important resources. Read on the tips below to find out how you can save water at home with...
A dog lover’s home will not be complete without some pooch-friendly features throughout the home, more so in the yard. A few amenities strategically placed in the yard will not only make your dog happy but add beauty to your place too. Here are some ideas you may want to check out.A Pretty and Sa...

By Christine Kankowski North SD and Temecula, Excellent Sales and Property Management
(House Match Inc)
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I was going to write a blog about succulents and water conservation, But I think I better go back and read all the responses to the daily questions about how to turn the photos around on this site...I removed all my grass and put in some succulents.  Living in Southern California, the drought mad...

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 What Not To Renovate - Milan B., We provide tips & trends on home renos & designs
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Kitchen cabinets normally represent a big chunk of most kitchen renovations.With the endless choices, the selection process can be complicated and time consuming. Most homeowners are surprised by the time and energy investment that may be required. This initial time and energy investment can go a...

By Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info
(Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers)
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Why would you want a rainwater catchment system on Maui?Some parts of Maui are not serviced by the County Water Department due to geography or lack of infrastructure, leaving land owners on their own when it comes to a water supply.  This leaves you with few options...- Drill a well - very expens...

By Paul Antonelli, Broker Owner; NextHome Antonelli Realty
(NextHome Antonelli Realty)
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Whether you are looking to sell your home or just help it look its best, many people look to curb appeal. Plants can play a large factor to either help or hurt the 1st impression when someone drives past the home. Here are 6 landscaping mistakes to avoid by House Logic.  “I’ve been with clients w...

By Karl Hess, on The Jersey Shore
(Keller Williams Shore Properties)
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  Planting trees around your Ocean County home can increase your property value by more than 15 percent, make your home more saleable, and decrease your heating and cooling costs.Spring in Ocean County seems like a good time for planting trees. Nurseries have the biggest selection at this time of...

By Jan Green, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN
(HomeSmart Elite Group,Scottsdale, 602-620-2699)
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Wouldn't it be great if all homes smelled like fresh air when you walked in the door and were comfortable without temperature differences?  If you're thinking this way, you're not alone.  Are you looking for an energy efficieint, healthy home?  Check out the statistics below to see that 1.5 milli...
Home sales typically go up in spring because this season is usually when people decide to sell and get a new home. The months of April, May, and June are also the typical months when buyers are more active, hence inventory always rises in spring. In fact, homes that didn’t sell during the holiday...

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 Sacramento Home Worth? Please call us to discuss your potential Home Value in Sacramento, CA 916-660-5823. Click here to use our FREE Online Home Value Estimator. Call for a FREE consultation Wheth...
You’d be surprised at how pretty garden inspired décor can be when used inside the home. Garden gates, trellises, lawn furniture, and stones may initially seem out of place but can transform your home’s interiors into a lovely space that’s lively, enchanting, warm, and reminiscent of great weathe...

By Amy Mullen, Realtor, CPA, CDPE, MBA
(RE/MAX Professional Associates)
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By: Stacey FreedThe best paint for brick? No paint at all (in most cases). Here’s why. Brick, brick, brick. All the homes in your neighborhood are brick. You’re itching to paint over that red-orange-brown color palette so your home’s personality can shine through.Although painting brick is doable...