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 Kevin McKenzie, Helping Realtors with Expert Content
(Spectrum Communications)
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Energy-efficient products have become a priority offering and primary selling point for many home service companies to meet increasing consumer demand for reduced utility costs and better interior climate control. Too often, though, product manufacturers and distributors rely on shorthand designa...

By Cynthia Larsen, Independent Broker Serving Sonoma County, CA
(Safe Haven Realty)
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I received a broker-to-broker e-mail blast the other day from an agent who will be selling a home soon that is encumbered with a solar lease. "I took a listing in Windsor that has a 20 year leased Vivint solar system on the roof that needs to convey to the new buyers. Anybody have experience in h...

By Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,
(Long and Foster)
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By John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest)
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On October 2, 2017, Realtormag.Realtor.org published the fallowing valuable helpful report about list of maintenance tips take care for Fall.1. Clean the dryer vents,2. Store the hose,3. Conduct a thorough fall cleaning,4. Seed your lawn,5. Clear the gutters and downspouts,Perhaps, there are more...

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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Historians say the first armoires were first used in Europe during the Middle Ages. They were more like a locker where the crusader could hang his suit of armor, spear, and sword. Later, they were used to store clothes. Virtually every bedroom in a castle, palace, or villa had one. Through the ce...

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 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 consultation Here’s ...

By Jimmy Katz, "REAL Solutions for Real Estate!"
(Katz Realty Group)
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Rapid Repel is the Safe and Humane way to Repel Nuisance Animals from your property! Perfect for Garbage Cans, Gardens, Patios, Campsites, RVs and more! 100% Natural! No Chemicals! Click on the link below to Buy it now and end your Nuisance Animal Problem! Made in the USA!!   Rapid Repel 1 Gallon...

By Susan McCall, Everyone needs a home, Quickly, professionally and with a little fun!
(Compass Realty Solutions, Portland, OR & Vancouver, WA)
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Solar panels seem like a great idea.  Solar panels create electricity without using the local economy electric grid.  The benefits are obvious.  Perhaps it is not economically the right choice, depending on the total cost of installation.  Remember, there are parts on the installation that will w...

By Supreme Air Duct Svc, Serving ALL of So CA! Air Duct Cleaning Experts
(Supreme Air Duct Services 888-784-0746)
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 951-220-8608 Residential Insulation Service for ALL of Riverside County Open 7 Days A+ Rated BBB Accredited Business AAA Rated Business Consumer Alliance Does your home have trouble retaining heat or cool air? Have you checked your attics insulation condition? Proper Insulation reduces energy bi...

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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Here ís one way to reduce the wad of keys in your pocket. Install a keyless entry system at your place. They are convenient for front door, back door, and garage door. The keypad by the door is also a plus for parents whose kids forget, or lose their keys. The systems are actually more secure tha...

By Donnie Keller, Reata Realty - Delivering Excellence
(The Reata Realty Group)
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 I just met with the people at Fixd Home Warranty yesterday.  They are a new to North Texas but not new to the warranty business.  Originally in the business of providing extended warranties for brand name HVAC systems.  They have a very unique business model that is customer focused, providing h...

By E. Steve Banis, Jr., Investor and SC Real Estate Agent
(South Carolina Homes Inc.)
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Updating and beautifying your home is a sure-fire way to get more potential buyers in the door. However, many sellers make the mistake of making too many upgrades or upgrading things that do not increase the property value. Some people even make upgrades that end up turning OFF buyers! Before you...

By Charlie Dresen, Steamboat Springs, CO e-Pro
(Steamboat Sotheby's International Realty)
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Home heating is typically the largest energy expense in a home, accounting for about 45% of the average American family’s energy bills. Especially in a place like the Colorado mountains where snowfall can happen at any time and the cold is our faithful friend for at least 6 months of the year. M...

By KW Island Living, Ask for the Best, Ask for KW Island Living!
(KW Island Living)
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It's natural to want to cultivate a beautiful landscape to surround your Maui home. The balmy sub-tropical temperatures here in Hawaii just beckon for an indoor/outdoor lifestyle. You may have opted for a home with a spacious lanai, a tranquil swimming pool, a soothing hot tub spa, a shiny grill,...

By Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale - Probate Broker
(KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
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South Bay's Art of Home ShowPresented by the South Bay Home and Garden ShowSouth Bay’s Art of Home “The Show About Your Home” is this weekend at the Santa Clara Convention Center.A few of the Bay Area Home Remodeling and Home Improvement Exhibitors featured at the Home Show this weekend: Master ...

By John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest)
Comments 6
On October 10, 2017, Realtormag.Realtor.org published the fallowing valuable helpful report about list of home maintenance tips can increase a home value.1. Fight moisture,2. Strive for energy efficiency,3. Maintain the exterior,4. Plan ahead,Perhaps, there are more valuable list of home maintena...

By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
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While I may have been a bit absent in the Rain lately, I can assure you that I've been a busy bee on my own blog and on Pinterest. Here are some of the recent articles I've written:2018 Hardwood Flooring Trends - I just published this yesterday and it has historically been my #1 article for the l...

By Claude Cross, Charlotte NC Homes For Sale
(Homes By Cross, Inc. )
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Best Autumn Upgrades For Your Charlotte Home for SaleWith school back in session and fall festivals to keep you busy on the weekends, it’s easy to forget to improve on your house for sale in Waxhaw. Fall is one of the best times to make much needed upgrades to your property. The hot weather is ov...

By Kimo Stowell, REALTOR Associate® RS-76763 - Honolulu Hawai'i
(HI Pro Realty LLC RB-21531 )
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There are dangers lurking beneath the curb:Ficus microcarpa, also known as Chinese Banyan, Malayan Banyan, Curtain figor Indian Laurel:  Hawaii, Southern California and many other tropical climes around the world have just the right humidity levels to produce some of natures largest tree varietie...

By Bob Ratliff, "Sold with Bob"
(Renowned Realty )
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Who Owns Tree Rights? Homeowners do you know who owns tree rights when branches overhang or encroach over your property line? If some of the tree limbs or trunk are on both property lines both land owners can claim an ownership interest. Trimming branches or removing roots which encroach your pro...