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 Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
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Typically, my #1 article for the year is my flagship hardwood flooring trend post (which I publish annually).  But, this year, I had a nice surprise...and article that surpassed all of my flooring articles.  It's about painting. My #1 article by far shows the best interior paint colors for sellin...

By Granite Heroes, Marble, Granite & Terrazzo Restoration
(Granite Heroes)
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By Gary Frimann, REALTOR and Broker
(Eagle Ridge Realty / Signature Homes & Estates)
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This just could not wait until Halloween...This is not for April Fools, but one of my agents sent it to me, so I thought I'd be kind and share.I just hope the people found out about it BEFORE they bought the house, and I'll warn ya, it is pretty creepy.  http://www.videofantastica.com/view_video/...

By Paul Antonelli, Broker Owner; NextHome Antonelli Realty
(NextHome Antonelli Realty)
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As we welcome the spring and prepare for the summer, many homeowners look forward to entertaining guests outside. Kids can run in the yard. Adults can enjoy a drink over BBQ food and music. However, if your patio needs some attention, it may be easier to purchase some decorative items and spruce ...

By sandy straley, Selling Homes for over 40 Years
(Rindlesbach Homes)
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Sandy Straley Real Estate BrokerProfessionalBroker, Property ManagementRindlesbach Homes801-808-8110Call Me Today!! sandystraley@saltlakecityvalleynewhome.com www.saltlakecityvalleynewhome.com 

By Claude Cross, Charlotte NC Homes For Sale
(Homes By Cross, Inc. )
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How To Decorate a Loft in CharlotteLiving in a loft such as a Center City home for sale is contemporary, fun and unique. However, depending on the type of space you purchase, you could be faced with an interior design challenge. Lofts are often open concepts with interesting features throughout. ...

By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
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I can't believe it's March already...especially since we keep getting snow.  Hopefully, it will melt away quickly.  Today's storm doesn't look so bad here in New York.  I hope it's the last one of the year.  I miss you Spring and can't wait to reunite. So, here I am and it's almost the Ides of Ma...

By Granite Heroes, Marble, Granite & Terrazzo Restoration
(Granite Heroes)
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Why should I have my tile & grout cleaned?Just like carpet, dirt builds up over time dulling your tile’s appearance and discoloring your grout. professional tile & grout cleaning is the only way to remove the deep-down dirt. Chicago Tile and Grout Cleaning ServicesTile and grout are notoriously d...

By Samantha Smith, Sam I Am Houses, d+b Real Estate, Lake Ray Hubbard
(214.422.0729 www.SamIAmHouses.com)
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If you live in Texas, having a house with a Pool is quite great and some might argue that they're a necessity! In fact, I'm one of those people who argue that Pools are a MUST if you live in Texas since our summer heat is no joke! But let's be real ... Pools are great, until there's a problem :|...

By Barbara Hobbs, Lic. FL, AL & MA.
(RE/MAX Professional Associates)
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By: Amy Howell Hirt Absolutely stunning! No. 4 is a water-resisting showstopper. We don’t ask much from bathroom surfaces.Just that they be beautiful and withstand every cleaning chemical invented, steamy showers, piles of damp towels, and, did we mention, tantrum-induced line-drives with bath to...

By Sal Poliandro - NJ Bergen County Realtor, Short Sale Specialist - CDPE, SRES, SFR, IRES
(RE/MAX Properties)
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Roofing and siding permit rules sound dull? Think again! If you’re a New Jersey homeowner, keep reading to learn about the latest changes to state laws that could save you some hard earned cash!New rules went into effect last week making it cheaper and easier for residents to have common househol...

By Women of Westchester Working Together, Women helping Women get ahead
(Women of Westchester Working Together)
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Hi, it's Dagmar from Dagmar's Home. I recently wrote a post about how I updated a bookshelf the lazy way - and people are loving this idea that saves so much time! Check it out! The Lazy Guide to Painting Furniture

By Ben DeHaven, Proudly serving Winter Haven & Lakeland, Florida
(Haven Realty & Investments)
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Well Florida, its about that time where April Showers bring May Flowers. Even though its March! Today on my way into the office in the pouring rain, I noticed 3 Winter Haven homes with their sprinklers going while I had my windshield wipers going on full blast. What went wrong? Check out my blog ...

By Sean Jordan, The Property Finders @ RE/MAX Results Realty
(RE/MAX Results Realty)
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By Fred Sweezer Sr., Certified Home Inspector
(Hud Certified 203K Consultant)
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Your home may qualify for a HUD 203k Renovation Loan if your home was located in a California Wild Fire Zone. https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4344 The FHA and HUD official site discusses a variety of remedies for those who have experienced a natural disaster. Some of the most important advice?Conta...

By Granite Heroes, Marble, Granite & Terrazzo Restoration
(Granite Heroes)
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Marble & Travertine Floor Polishing - Park Ridge, IL 60016Marble Countertop Restoration | Travertine Floor Polishing | Park Ridge, IL 60016 Marble Kitchen Countetop Honing & Polishing This restoration project was a multi-day project in scope. There were 2 different areas we need to fix or restore...

By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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"Post less often, but make sure the quality is top notch.  One really strong post can rank well in google and generate clicks and calls each month."   Over the last year and a half, my blog posting strategy has shifted a bit.  My goal is simple:  Write 1 powerhouse epic post per month.  (During t...

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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Home Staging:  Add mirrors in all shapes and sizes! When you want to spruce up a room, why not add a mirror? It can add light and depth, and you won't have to push out a wall or add a window to do it. A framed mirror is attractive, hanging alone or in a group. What's more, it can be far less exp...

By Corinne Fitzgerald, Realtor/Broker/Owner, FITZGERALD Real Estate
(FITZGERALD Real Estate)
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The 2018 Paint Colors Of The Year For Your Home   Each year professionals in creative trades wait with bated breath for the color of the year to be announced. This announcement, much like the groundhog's shadow, is looked to as a prediction of the design landscape ahead. But unlike the shadow, t...
Late last night, to the horror of my eyes, I discovered that our beautiful new kitchen granite countertop had somehow become stained in multiple areas with what appeared to be some form of red color! It took me a few minutes to calm down, but I realized that the previous day we had strawberry de...