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 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...

By Will Nesbitt, Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage.
(Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria)
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Five reasons you'll regret painting your brick house is a pertinent Active Rain article that is relevant to Real Estate. Scroll down to see the reblogged content. By: Stacey Freed The best paint for brick? No paint at all (in most cases). Here’s why.   Brick, brick, brick. All the homes in your n...

By Nick and Cindy Davis, CRS,CLHMS,ABR,GRI,CIAS,ALHS,e-PRO,CDPE,SFR
(RE/MAX Premier Group)
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So the shelves came in today, not all of them, but enough to make a significant dent in the project. What do you think?    

By Kevin Shin, & Team
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties)
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Problems that can ruin your home saleSelling a home always comes with its specific challenges; some are minor and can be fixed without a major problem, such as a light fixture, however there are other issues that are more challenging to solve and can have a detrimental effect to the sale of your ...

By Paul Antonelli, Broker Owner; NextHome Antonelli Realty
(NextHome Antonelli Realty)
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You see amazing livingrooms in magazines, on televisions, and homeshows. But how do you really make your own livingroom look like luxuery. Realtor.com has a few ideas. Here is some of their insite. 1. Create a layered lighting concept"Lighting is one of the most important concepts in a space, and...

By Rhonda Sanderson, Pillar To Post resident Blogger
(Pillar To Post Home Inspectors)
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 The arrival of warm weather signals fun in the backyard with friends and family and that’s how you want a potential buyer to see it when they visit one of your listings.It’s the perfect time to quickly get your sellers to paint outdoors, or at least touch up obvious shabby points. Adding flowers...

By Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager
(Sharon Tara Transformations)
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Spring cleaning is not just for indoors....if you haven't already spruced up the exterior, it's time for some landscape CPR.For those of us just now crawling out from under all that snow, it's time to bring our yards back to life. All that dead grass and those dried up brown leaves can be depress...

By Nick and Cindy Davis, CRS,CLHMS,ABR,GRI,CIAS,ALHS,e-PRO,CDPE,SFR
(RE/MAX Premier Group)
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Walls are prepped & painted waiting for FastTrack Shelving that is on the truck for delivery today. Added the Husky Toolbox that was delivered this morning from Home Depot at 630am. 

By Shanna Day Team Leader (AZ & UT), BUY or SELL Your Home FAST w/The Shanna Day Team!
(Keller Williams Realty EV (AZ) & Keller Williams SLC (UT))
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Don't Let Your Client Lose Hundreds Of Dollars Over A/C Refrigerant Service! You might already know that the retail cost for refrigerant averages $80-$150 per pound but are you aware that some home warranty companies cover only $10 per pound for air conditioning refrigerants like R-22 and 410A?Ye...

By Paul Antonelli, Broker Owner; NextHome Antonelli Realty
(NextHome Antonelli Realty)
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With the recent drought going on here in Central Florida, it has caused many cities to impose a water regulation to its residents. So I thought I would share some plants that require little watering. According to House Logic, www.houselogic.com, here are 5 'go to' plants for sparse watering needs...

By Kate Fomina, Your most creative Realtor in Alameda and SF
(Princeton Real Estate)
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The current trends are all about utilizing rich color, maximizing texture and creating comfortable interiors you can’t wait to relax in. Use these trends to get inspired to makeover your home’s interiors and create spaces you love that also appeal to your personal style. Remember, if you plan to ...

By Eric J, Flannel Guy DIY
(Eric J - Dream Home Financing)
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Extension cord reel installation is something that every homeowner can and should do. This adds to your garage organization and overal sanity when it comes to dealing with extension cords. We all have been frustrated with constantly dealing with an extension cord mess in the garage. The worst par...

By Marc Jablon
(New Harbor Realty)
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If your home is on the market here in South Florida, or destined soon to be there, then you may want to consider some renovation, especially if your home is somewhat dated. And if you’re not moving, consider fixing up now so you can enjoy the improvements until you’re ready to sell.Everybody’s fa...

By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek & Associates LLC Team)
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                           Even the not-so-handy person out there can manage some basictechniques to maintain their garage door.  It's something that mosthomes have, and sometimes in multiples!  From those helpful,handy folks at Lowe's Home Improvement, here is Mike Kraft witheasy tips to help ke...

By Erika Rogers, St George Utah Real Estate & local info.
(Re/Max First Realty)
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Outdoor Lighting for an Upgrade in Curb Appeal!Let’s say you are having an evening dinner party at your home. Yay! Those are always fun. Okay, they are maybe a little stressful, but more fun than anything. For this special occasion, you have put all of this time, work, and money into fixing up yo...

By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 707-812-7668
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
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Renovation loans and San Jose, CA just seem to go together wellOur business in the San Jose, CA area has exploded. San Jose is experiencing gentrification in a big way apparently. The FHA 203k and the FNMA's version called HomeStyle® Renovation Mortgage as well as new construction are happening i...

By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 707-812-7668
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
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When does it make sense to refinance before 6 months is up?You just purchased a home, it isn't quite the way you wanted it but you needed to close the loan quickly, or so everyone told you. Now you can't really enjoy it till you get it fixed up and everyone is now telling you that you need to let...

By Jake Lane, Growth Manager @ Press Cleaners
(Press Cleaners)
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I think nearly all of us can attest to throwing all of our belongings into a closet with no real thought to how it's organized. But statistics show that 80% of clutter in our home is actually a result of disorganization, not lack of space. While we can all jump into our current closet, one of the...