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

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By Ron Chastain, What ever it takes
(Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners)
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Officially, it may not be winter in Stockbridge yet, but the end of November is more than a signal to turn to the last page in 2017’s calendar. It’s definitely time for Stockbridge residents to secure their domiciles against the mercury drops Mother Nature will be providing sooner or later.Even i...

By Dan Edwards 425-276-7008
(Keller Williams Realty - Bellevue)
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Bad indoor air can trigger coughing, chest tightness, sore throat, wateryor itchy eyes, difficulty breathing and asthma attacks.IMPROVE YOUR AIR QUALITY  Keep your home clean. Dusting, wiping down surfaces and vacuuming prevent allergens and pollutants from building up around the house.READ MORE

By Richard Woodward NMLS#217454, Service Beyond Expectations! Your Texas Lender
(Service First Mortgage, NMLS #166487)
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Fannie Mae’s Homestyle Renovation mortgage, VA’s Renovation, and FHA’s 203(k) and (FHA 203K Streamline) loan programs are designed to finance the purchase and renovation of your home, all in one loan. As a top Dallas Texas Lender, we are help you to create your dream home.The first thing most peo...

By Sandra Nickel, The Hat Team
(Sandra Nickel REALTORS)
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The new year is around the corner and with it will come new home décor trends.  If you are thinking of redecorating in 2018, here are some styles that are not so trendy anymore: Open shelving - Open shelving appeals to minimalists because there is nowhere to hide clutter, but they aren’t the most...

By Renovation Find, Helping you find the best renovation companies.
(RenovationFind)
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Photo Credit: Butler Plumbing Heating & Gasfitting In similar fashion to hiring any other contractor, whether it is an electrician, carpenter, or an HVAC specialist, there are certain questions that your plumber must answer satisfactorily before you get on with hiring them. Hiring the wrong perso...

By Rei Mesa
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty)
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Whether you have a Miami Beach home on the market or not, it can be a wonderful idea to install new countertops in the kitchen. While appearance is always important, never lose sight of the price tag. If you are on a budget and looking to redo your entire kitchen, you should always create a budge...

By Lauren Williams, CPO, Professional Organizer: Puget Sound homes
(Casual Uncluttering LLC)
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I am very pleased to reblog this critically important post from Rhonda Sanderson of Pillar to Post Home Inspections http://activerain.com/profile/rhondasanderson  about fire alarm and smoke detector maintenance. I have once been in a work situation where people ignored a fire alarm. It was a REAL...

By Jon Sigler, South Windsor Homes for Sale 860-306-8029
(Keller Williams - Greater Hartford)
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One of the easiest ways to give your house a facelift is with a fresh coat of paint.  Maybe you want to go with something simple like a fresh coat of white on the walls.  Maybe you dream of replicating one of the amazing rooms you have seen on Pinterest.  Striped walls are always bold and can loo...

By Steve Stenros, CREIA MCI, ICC, ACI Home Inspector,San Diego
(Poway,La Jolla,Del Mar,Mira Mesa,Carlsbad,Escondido,Temecula)
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If You Have These Smoke Alarms, Get Rid Of Them! There are two types of smoke alarms, photoelectric and ionization. Which one should you use? Ionization alarms respond marginally faster to an open or “fast-flame” fire than a photoelectric smoke alarm. On average, ionization alarms will react abou...

By Renovation Find, Helping you find the best renovation companies.
(RenovationFind)
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Photo Credit: Elegant WoodworkCabinets can be a tedious project if you don’t plan it properly. Most home owners would only think of is which material is easy to clean or which color goes with the rest of the theme. But our guide here will help you choose luxury cabinets that will add something to...

By Nick and Cindy Davis, CRS,CLHMS,ABR,GRI,CIAS,ALHS,e-PRO,CDPE,SFR
(RE/MAX Premier Group)
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Regardless of whether you live in a large home that has a dark interior or a small apartment with simply one window, follow these suggestions to bring in more sunshine - or at a minimum make it look that way. Paint it light and bright. See our tips here  Tips on how to Lighten up a Dark Home

By Eugene Kanciar, Our Experience, Your Peace-of-Mind
(EKAN Home Inspection)
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As a home inspector I like to go above and beyond my responsibilities to the profession. Given the opportunity I provide opinions after the inspection on how best to make a dated house more comfortable for the new owners and how to overcome issues that would otherwise drive the cost of living hig...

By Jeffrey Masich- Associate Broker,MBA,GRI, Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell
(HomeSmart Real Estate)
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Give thanks for Doing Nothing! Yes, especially at this time of year we run around with lists of things to do be it meals, gifts, decorations, party preparations etc. Sometimes Doing Nothing wins the day and puts peace in your heart. After all a smile, a story, a meal together are what binds frien...

By Jeffrey Masich- Associate Broker,MBA,GRI, Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell
(HomeSmart Real Estate)
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Give thanks to the real estate with modern homes we as Realtors have to sell and associated conveniences we have today when compared to our forefather real estate agents 100 years ago.    Modern kitchen with all of the "bells and whistles" in the early 1900s   What do we expect a home improvement...

By Renovation Find, Helping you find the best renovation companies.
(RenovationFind)
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In many cases, home renovations can be a smart and lucrative investment. Not only will you enjoy your improved living spaces, you can also boost energy efficiency, increase your property value and even get a return on your renovation-investment dollars at resale. Some home improvements, however, ...

By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
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The chaos and excitement continues at Casa de Zuhl.Demolition was done by the end of the first day. An entire dumpster, filled to the brim, took away our cabinets and we were left with bare walls and lots of holes.Then came Patching and Sanding Week - far more frightening than Shark Week, in my h...

By . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779
( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK )
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making a list ... WISH LIST: A DREAM HOME (part 2)  (Regardless of Age or Physical Challenges)-As I mentioned in the earlier post, I’m all for AGING IN P A L A C E .  (*P A L A CE refers to the attention you give to certain details that make a house a home, regardless of age or physical challenge...

By . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779
( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK )
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 DREAM HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS WISH LIST: A DREAM HOME  (Regardless of Age, Physical Challenges, or Time of Year) Recently Forbes Magazine featured Dream Homes-  a fantasy wish list (money no object)—a grand kitchen (of course) with two islands, a designer-inspired laundry room, (with a tiled dog w...

By Karl Hess, on The Jersey Shore
(Keller Williams Shore Properties)
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Top 4 Home Renovations for Maximum ROI If you're thinking about sinking some money into home improvement projects this year, keep a few things in mind. What you'll get back on your investment depends on the value of your house, the value of houses in your immediate neighborhood, the housing marke...

By Brad Thomsen, Real Estate Services
(Big Bear Realty)
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 Let's face it, everyone's got two cents, and everyone's got two minutes. Here's my two cents in under two minutes... Click below to watch: Even More Ways To Lower Your Home's Resale Value  Make sure to watch the video embedded in this vBlog:  Even More Ways To Lower Your Home's Resale Value  by ...