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 YourSiteNeedsMe SEO Team, $399 Real Estate Websites - YourSiteNeedsMe.com
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Maybe you want to build your dream tiki bar by your new pool. A Do-It-Yourself thatched roof is not out of reach. Endureed offers one of the easiest, most beautiful roofing products for D-I-Y enthusiasts. Seriously, if you can shingle your home, you can install these synthetic thatch products. So...

By The Temple Team, Specializing in Charlotte/ Lake Norman Real Estate
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Here are a few tips for getting that "Musty Smell" out of your home! Charcoal Briquettes:  Place charcoal briquettes in a container throughout the area and replace monthly. Baking Soda:  Place baking soda throughout the affected area to absorb moisture and odorKitty Litter:  Fill a container with...

By Lauren Williams, CPO, Professional Organizer: Puget Sound homes
(Casual Uncluttering LLC)
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This tiny book, "Good Housekeeping Clutter Rescue!", put together by the editors of  Good Housekeeping magazine, the 132-year-old grande dame, is filled with ideas, tips and encouragement for getting every space in your home organized.  There is a slight disregard for cost, an “oh of course you c...

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 Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info
(Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers)
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Purple and white eggplants from my Haiku Maui gardenFor a while at the end of summer my eggplants were going off!  This year we even had some white ones that did well.  They come in a lot of shapes and sizes and colors too.  Here in Hawaii the long purple eggplant can be found in most markets.  I...

By Delaware Junk Removal Residential And Commercial Hauling Clean Outs, Whole House Clean Outs, Basements, Garages, Attics
(Delaware Junk Removal 302-530-9186)
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Local Veteran Owned & Operated Business Delaware Junk Removal 5 Star ServiceIf you are looking for personal service and great prices  Delaware Junk Removal is the company to call in New Castle County and surrounding areas. Serving the Wilmington, Newark and Middletown areas for over 5 years we re...

By Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time
(Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373)
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 This is the time of year where we have family and friends gathering at your home, and never fails, someone spills something.    Dirt/mud on the shoes, food and worst of all - red wine.   How can you get these stains out of the carpet? Always start by blotting with a clean, white terry or paper t...

By Duane West
(3R's Construction Management LLC)
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FIRE DAMAGE REPAIR AND RESTORATION BY 3Rs CONSTRUCTIONYou know dry ice… that stuff that makes a cool smoke effect at concerts and makes a Halloween witches brew look eerie. Yeah, that stuff! Well, it does have practical uses too. Dry ice is simply frozen carbon dioxide, so it’s completely natural...

By Jan Green, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN
(Value Added Service, 602-620-2699)
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The Scottsdale Green Building Lecture Series first event of the season is October 5, 2017.  The Scottsdale Green Building Lecture Series is a series of lectures free to the public and sponsored by the City of Scottsdale, Arizona. The events are held at the Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Gran...

By Eric J, Flannel Guy DIY
(Eric J - Dream Home Financing)
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Hello everyone,This next project for the homeowner is a series of videos focusing on "how to sharpen knives". Obviously something that touches everyone. Not only yourselves but also your clients. Most people don't even know how dull their knives are until they cut with a sharp knife. These videos...

By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Lyon Real Estate)
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The best tip for finding a gardener in Hawaii was right under my nose, and I didn't think of it for months. Instead, I just kept paying the guy who wasn't even the gardener I was supposed to be working with. I only know this because I talked to my neighbor, Don, to tell him I was unhappy with the...

By Jeffrey Masich- Associate Broker,MBA,GRI, Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell
(HomeSmart Real Estate)
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There are so many real estate remodel and upgrade projects out there for selling or flipping a home. However, they take "Time" and "Money". Time is a killer, if you can flip three homes in the time in takes to remodel one you are behind. Sure the home may look great when done, but it could have b...

By Brad Miller
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As more and more people move to urban areas where space is at a premium, living in homes with small (or at least smaller) bathrooms is a reality even for those who can afford luxury. Thankfully, there are many tips and tricks that you can use to style a small bathroom so that it will fit more fea...

By Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate
(Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales)
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It's the wow color, whether it's on the wall, on a Chinese red chest or a painted accent chair.Anyone can stand a touch of red. It shakes things up when seen on pillows and throws, or centerpieces and napkins. (The red Ferrari always shook things up, but that's another story.)Decorators are takin...

By The Temple Team, Specializing in Charlotte/ Lake Norman Real Estate
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Want to remove Hard Water Build Up in your dishwasher??? You won't believe how EASY it is to "Clean Your Dishwasher"!Do you remember the FUN drink from your childhood ... TANG?  Well ... that's all you need! Here's what you do ...Empty your dishwasherRun the tap water at your kitchen faucet until...

By Gary & Melynda Wolter (CRS) 480-269-1164, Relentless, Reliable, Premiere Personal Service
(Keller Williams Integrity First)
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Undertaking a home renovation is stressful, even with the best contractors. Unfortunately, not all are trustworthy and many homeowners are scammed.We work with many great people all with an area of expertise! Please call us!In 2016, more than 32,000 scams were reported to the BBB. On average, hom...

By John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest)
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On December 1, 2017, Holly Amaya published the fallowing valuable helpful report on Realtor.com about list of home maintenance tasks to take care of during month of December.1. Protect your pipes,2. Give your oven some lovin',3. Check your insulation,4. Suss out—and prevent—potential fire hazards...

By Paul Antonelli, Broker Owner; NextHome Antonelli Realty
(NextHome Antonelli Realty)
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With Tiny Houses all the rave right now, many people are considering building shed into mini houses.  Houselogic posted an article recently about whether its worth it or not.  If you considering going for the extra expense, consider what your future plans are. If your planning on selling your hom...

(Long and Foster Real Estate, Richmond Virginia)
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 Did you know? Richmond City provides a real estate tax abatement incentive to improve and maintain the quality of housing stock in the City.  This provides a tax break for a portion of the real estate tax owed when an owner undertakes the improvements, rehabilitation or replacement of residentia...

By Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
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I'm sharing information here posted by Rhonda Sanderson of Pillar to Post Home Inspections about the importance to having working smoke detectors in your home, and where they should be located. Please read and then check your home. The life you save might be your own. Smoke alarms are an importan...