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 Lauren Williams, Professional Organizer: Puget Sound homes
(Casual Uncluttering LLC)
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Do you have a Harry Potter closet? As I sit in my apartment, pondering how to find another few inches of space next to my water heater for the shipment of boxes which arrived two weeks earlier than I expected, I’m somehow reminded of Harry Potter’s cupboard under the stairs. A nuisance space, too...

By The Chris Fritch Team ~ Keller Williams Classic Realty, HomesinAnokaCounty.com 763-746-3997
(Keller Williams Classic Realty)
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You’re thinking about what to do with the guest bathroom. More specifically, you’re thinking about your mother in-law’s commentary on the dripping showerhead, your brother-in-law’s judgment of the archaic toilet that uses gallons of water per flush, and your sister-in-law’s reaction to the total ...

By Joanna Cohlan, Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes
(Fresh Eyes For Your Home)
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Have you ever heard of the ancient burial practice called "Immurement"? I'm not a Realtor nor am I a Graverobber, but I was absolutely fascinated to learn about this.  Similar to "Interment" which is the act of laying the dead to rest, Immurement  is the burying or concealing of items in the stru...

By Melissa Muse Wiggans, CRS, GRI, ABR - Real Estate Muses
(Real Estate Muses)
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Excited to move to San Antonio?Like many military personnel who received their transfer order to San Antonio, you probably feel mixed emotions.  After all, you have been in your current home for around three years and have grown to love the place and have made new friends. But transfers are inevi...

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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Those of you thinking of sprucing up your mater bedrooms, here are some wonderful tips to help you do just that from Kathy Streib.  There are some great tips below:   How to Turn Your Bedroom Into the Space You Deserve   January is known as the best month to purchase linens and towels so what bet...

By Jeffrey Masich, Arizona Homes and Land to Buy or Sell
(HomeSmart in Scottsdale, Arizona)
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What is the favorite thing I do as a Realtor and the best thing to do in order to sell a home? Make a home "SMILE"!A baby's smile is inviting, your home should be alsoYou heard right! Same as a cute baby, or in an interview. Smile, sparkle, make the interviewer like you. Same thing with your home...

By Granite Heroes, Marble, Granite & Terrazzo Restoration
(Granite Heroes)
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In our industry there truly no measurement to see who is the best . What I have done is gone over our work, reviews, customer service, the vaule customers pay and what they get for that money, and referals. Granite Heroes has been getting a lot of popularity over the last two years. This did not ...

By Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation
(Brown Realty, 210-789-4216,www.JeremiahNewman.com)
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This article by Diane Beaumont gives some excellent advice for all those thinking about investing in fixer-upper properties, and getting into the flipping market. It's not as easy as it appears on those Reality TV shows. Investors need to do their homework, and know their bottom line. Be sure to ...

By Lauren Selinsky CRS, Orange County Real Estate #oclauren
(CA Coastal Estates, Inc. CA Broker )
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Speechless Sunday  | Maui Anyone?  WITH ALL THE RAIN WE HAVE HAD I AM SO READY TO FLY OUT AND STAY IN MAUI, HAWAII. Who's with me?  Lauren Selinsky California Realtor 949.310.4960Lauren Selinsky with contact in Hawaii, Call for referral.Lauren Selinsky Selinsky CRS Realtor/ BrokerInterested in a ...

By Brian Burke, Broker & Advising Expert-Denver Luxury Real Estate
(Kenna Real Estate)
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Use Caulk to fill the Holes...www.KennaRealEstate.com

By Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Area Realtor
(RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC)
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 How much money should you invest in your Charlotte, North Carolina area home? How much of a payback will you receive when you sell your home? As homeowners, many of us like to make improvements to our home, but often forget to ask whether that improvement has a payback or how much of a payback i...

By Lyn Sims, Schaumburg IL Area Real Estate
(RE/MAX Suburban - Northwest Suburbs of Chicago)
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Top 10 Home Improvement Project Paybacks  Every year I have posted on my website Remodeling Magazine’s Improvement Project Payback Reports for my clients and prospective clients looking for this kind of valuable information.  This proves that every nail, fence post and shingles should ‘improve’ y...

By Rita Minion
(O'Brien Realty)
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HOME INTERIOR DESIGN ADVICE:  What Inspires Great Interior Design? As you enter a new home for another interior design or interior redesign, how does a designer find inspiration to transform the room?  What is the room does not have a redeeming arhitectural features to work with? What if the roo...

By Eric Putoto, Personal Real Estate Corporation
(RE/MAX Real Estate Kamloops)
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Spring is here! The sun is out, days are getting longer, and it's time to plant beautiful flowers...well, almost.  Bouquets of fresh picked roses, homemade salsa, and juicy berries are just a few rewards you can garner from your garden. But, before you plant those seeds and saplings at your Kaml...

By Granite Heroes, Marble, Granite & Terrazzo Restoration
(Granite Heroes)
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Granite Heroes Bannockburn stone restoration archive, documents a day in the life of Granite Heroes. FREE ESTIMATES for all clients in Bannockburn, Illinois. Step into our shoes, as we clean, polish & restore showers, counter tops, flooring and more. Book Online today and receive 10% off your ser...

By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek & Associates LLC Team)
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So, you are ready to tackle painting a room (or rooms) in your home all by  yourself.  This is a DYI project that many can do while otherswill still want to call in a professional.  But with this video fromHome Depot, you can achieve great results by using the rightpreparation and techniques, som...

By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek & Associates LLC Team)
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How to make Natural Air FreshenerLearn how to make simple Homemade Air Fresheners that are Cheap and Safe for the Household and Environment from home staging expert John Mangano. This is an effective way to deodorize your home for home staging, easy and inexpensive and safe for the environment to...

By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek & Associates LLC Team)
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 Overwhelmed with “stuff” and feel like the only solution is to rent a storage building?  Learn organization basics that can be applied to any organization project, from junk drawers, to your home office, to the garage; this How-To video from Rubbermaid is full of great ideas:     Now, you are ar...

By Michelle Cooks, Pensacola, Pace & Gulf Breeze Property Management
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services)
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Pensacola, Pace, Gulf Breeze Property Management, Today's modern living room driven by Tech design. The formal living room is on its way out as families transform technology into a design element, adapt to changing lifestyles and adjust to generational shifts. Read more.    Are you paying too muc...

By Gil Strachan
(Electrospec Home Inspection Services)
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(NC)-Replacing your old garage door system can completely change the appearance of your garage and bring undeniable advantages to your home. According to the experts at Garaga, one of the leading sectional garage door manufacturers in Canada, there are ten valuable reasons to replacing your old g...