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 Marnie Matarese, Showing you the best of Sarasota!
(J Wood Realty)
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Whether you are preparing to sell your home or just improve it for your own enjoyment, use caution when hiring a contractor.  Make sure the contractor is licensed and insured and always ask for references.  If possible, especially on major repairs and renovations, call a couple of the people who ...

By Mike & Jennifer Rigley, Expert Real Estate Services
(Real Estate Specialist -Rigley Realty Group)
Comments 0
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 consultationIf you'r...

By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
Comments 37
Did you know you're supposed to use a DIFFERENT vacuum for hardwood floors than for carpet?  Did you know that your current vacuum may be scratching your hardwood?  Most people don't realize this. Originally posted in full here:  What's the best vacuum for hardwood floors?  (Please note that ther...

By Rei Mesa
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty)
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If you plan on putting your Weston home on the market, you may want to redecorate the living room. It can be as simple as changing the lighting. Different lampshades can create a different atmosphere as they diffuse soft light with a hint of color about the room. If you find your living room a li...

By Shar Sitter, Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M
(Rooms With Style)
Comments 6
It is....a post about doors! And no it's  not a construction post, ha. I recently was on vacation and one of the places we visited was Carmel-By-The-Sea, California. I fell in love with it!! And one of the main reasons was because of the doors. OH MY GOSH!     I seriously could not stop looking a...

By Pete Cullen, & Bailey Properties-Two Local Names You Can Trust
(Bailey Properties, Inc.)
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 We All Have Our Favorite Smart Phone Apps, but what if your smart phone could control your home? That is exactly what a local Los Gatos company has set out to do. cyberManor was founded in 1999 by company president Gordon van Zuiden, and has since lead the innovation in upgrading homes to run on...

By Rei Mesa
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty)
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When the time comes to paint the kitchen cabinets in your Palm Beach Gardens home for sale, you really should know exactly what you are doing. For starters, consider the size of your kitchen when picking colors. With lighter shades of color, it can give your kitchen a bigger atmosphere. Darker sh...

By Greg Nino, Houston, Texas
(RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP)
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Last week I met with a soon to be home seller who had just spent $44,000.00 on solar panels. The average sales price for homes like his is approximately $250,000.00. When the sales representative came to terms with Mr. Seller he informed him that his "investment" would bring substantial value to ...

By Steve Bracero, First Time Homebuyer and Investor Specialist
(Heisler and Mattson)
Comments 5
Going green can be beneficial for the environment as well as you monthly living expenses! With a few changes, your home can consume less energy and help your wallet. You don’t have to make major changes such as solar panels but you can start with energy efficient appliances or insulated building ...

By Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation
(Brown Realty, 210-789-4216,www.JeremiahNewman.com)
Comments 8
Hello, Friday afternoon! For the next 48 hours, you’re the master of your own time, the ruler of your own domain, the king of your castle. But for some of us, that castle could use a little work before it can be considered truly weekend-worthy. Thankfully, plenty of home upgrades offer high retur...

By Renovation Find, Helping you find the best renovation companies.
(RenovationFind)
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When it comes to residential concrete, there are many ways concrete can be used to maintain and improve your home. Edmonton concrete companies can install new concrete for your home’s driveway, pathways, patio and garage pad. It is also used for your home’s foundation and as pilings for your deck...

By Lauren Williams, CPO, Professional Organizer: Puget Sound homes
(Casual Uncluttering LLC)
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Tips for Staying Organized with Kids  This advice is probably universal among my colleagues and I. I was just glad to contribute to this GoodCall blog. I'm reprinting it here with permission. I'm even more glad I got permission when I did - four days in Ocean Shores, WA on a bit of vacation is gr...

By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 916-758-1807
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
Comments 3
Received a message on my phone about a 203k loan draw inspection needed on Christmas Day in Modesto... no address, no name, just "this is the contractor on the job in Modesto, need an inspection at 3 pm today, I know it is Christmas Day but I really need the cash flow."I was mystified and was lau...

By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 916-758-1807
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
Comments 7
We have your back when it comes to remodelingThat is just what it means to be a 203k consultant or renovation/remodel consultant. Most people don't remodel their home very often and guess who knows it? That is correct, the contractors know it and quite often they capitalize on it. Task was to add...

By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 916-758-1807
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
Comments 1
Can I replace the foundation with a 203k loan?I have a 203K client that is starting the project from the foundation (pier and beam).  During the estimate development process, the contractor selected is recommending replacement of all piers is that okay to replace all piers and still remain compli...

By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 916-758-1807
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
Comments 1
Miami FHA 203k consultant on the move.Jimmy Fitzgerald is the son of Tommy Fitzgerald in Ocala and is off and running with his 203k business. Jimmy has been a contractor for a number of years and as you know that makes the best consultants as they are already well equipped to complete competent b...

By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 916-758-1807
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
Comments 3
We are now open for business on the ground in Naples Florida, Cherry Hill New Jersey, and our 3rd office is opened in Philadelphia.  Joe Perretta has opened and manages these three locations. His principal location is Naples Florida for 203k consulting. Naples Florida main officeJoe has been cons...

By Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living
(Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!)
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Summer Gardening in FloridaPeople who move to Florida from northern parts of the country find that they have to adjust to the different growing conditions when they are thinking about planting flowers or a vegetable garden. Typically late winter/early Spring and Fall are the best times to plant m...

By Jeff Onofrio, FHA 203k Lender and Homestyle Reno Specialist
(AnnieMac Home Mortgage )
Comments 10
The FHA 203k program provides you with many renovation options. We receive several calls/emails each week from people inquiring about what exactly the FHA 203k can be used for. In this post I am going to cover four of the more popular renovation items that come to mind. Remember that there are ad...

By Jeff Onofrio, FHA 203k Lender and Homestyle Reno Specialist
(AnnieMac Home Mortgage )
Comments 8
I am a firm believer in that the FHA 203k renovation loan creates amazing opportunities. That is not to say that it is the perfect loan for everyone in every situation. Let’s take a look at both the good and bad aspects of an FHA 203k loan and see how it weighs out.   The Good          Renovation...