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.

Trending blogs on Home Improvement

 

By Richard Daskam, Your Real Estate Consultant
(Keller Williams Realty)
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So I'm sure my wife will be wanting to gut the kitchen, gut the entry and blow open some more windows!  

By Nick and Cindy Davis, CRS,CLHMS,ABR,GRI,CIAS,ALHS,e-PRO,CDPE,SFR
(RE/MAX Premier Group)
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So today was kind of slow this afternoon, so Nick decided to go to Home Depot and straighten out all those signs that you have to purchase for Special Communities. Purchased Rubber Maid Tracks Pieces and went to town, Had so much fun, he went back and picked some more. Stayed tuned for the rest o...

By Joanna Cohlan, Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes
(Fresh Eyes For Your Home)
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My grandsons have a book called Everyone Poops, a hilarious cartoon like story  to help them understand the most normal bodily function of every living creature. It’s difficult to discuss toilets without first acknowledging what they’re used for - toilets get rid of our waste so we can live in a ...

By Nathan Gesner, Broker / Property Manager
(American West Realty & Management)
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 I am in the process of helping an owner choose new colors for her home, which is currently "Smurf Blue". Seriously. This guide is a good start.  FOXY INTERIORS INCORPORATED SERVING CENTRAL FLORIDA HOME STAGING. REDESIGN. RENOVATION I drive through my neighborhood each day and wonder what inspire...

By Marie Fox, Lake Mary, Florida, Home Stager & RE Photographer
(Foxy Interiors Inc. Lake Mary Florida)
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FOXY INTERIORS INCORPORATED SERVING CENTRAL FLORIDA HOME STAGING. REDESIGN. RENOVATION I drive through my neighborhood each day and wonder what inspires people to come up with their paint colors for the exterior of their homes.  Given that, I thought I’d do a blog on how to select paint colors fo...

By Susan Sechrist, New West Realty, LLC
(New West Realty, LLC)
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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 t...

By Brian Burke, Broker & Advising Expert-Denver Luxury Real Estate
(Kenna Real Estate)
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 Always use clean landscaping trimmers and cutters...www.KennaRealEstate.com

By Jim Gilbert, The Gold Homes Team
(Keller Williams Fairfax Gateway)
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Increase Your Home’s Value Up to 28% with These 5 Tips Great curb appeal not only makes your home the star of the neighborhood, it can also improve its value and help you sell it for more. Whether you’re thinking of listing your home or just want to make your home the envy of your neighbors, here...

By TIM GRISSETT
(Chapman Hall Premier Realtors)
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Make a few strategic upgrades and add big value to your home.8 home upgrades under $1,000 Install a programmable thermostat Heating your home accounts for more than 40% of its total energy usage, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Programmable thermostats allow you to customize a tempera...

By Gil Strachan
(Electrospec Home Inspection Services)
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Water-jet sump pumps or "sump-jets" as they are sometimes called, can be a reliable back-up to your standard sump pump in the event of a power outage or pump failure during extreme weather conditions.A small volume of municipal water at high pressure is used to spin the pump and eject water from ...

By Gil Strachan
(Electrospec Home Inspection Services)
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Watch this informative video from the WaterFurnace company, to learn how a ground source heat pump can provide energy-efficient heating and cooling for your home.http://embed.vidyard.com/share/oj7SUvOBnz9n0J_Z6uvBCQ Geothermal system operate more efficiently than ordinary heating and air conditio...

By Jim Gilbert, The Gold Homes Team
(Keller Williams Fairfax Gateway)
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The Compound Effect: Building Your Household’s Wealth Wealth is within reach for many people; however, according to a recent study, 63 percent of Americans said it’s not likely they’ll become rich.1 While younger people are more likely to say they’ll achieve wealth one day, only 34 percent of peo...

By Nick and Cindy Davis, CRS,CLHMS,ABR,GRI,CIAS,ALHS,e-PRO,CDPE,SFR
(RE/MAX Premier Group)
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The number of homeowners who are intending to take on home improvement projects or repairs this year is expected to increase 6.7%, according to the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University. As more owners look to remodeling, they may be weighing ways to fund their renovations. See o...

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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A clean home always shows better and will sell for more money.  (They are also a much more attractive place to live.)  Here are some great cleaning tips from Diana White-Pettis: Cleaning Tips That Save Time and Money Spring - a time for new beginnings – has arrived! It's time to air out the winte...
Rising city property prices and rents are forcing many people to squeeze into tiny studios and apartments in order to have the convenience of inner-urban living rather than a lengthy commute every work day from the outer suburbs. Living in a small space, however, doesn’t have to mean feeling cram...

By Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info
(Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers)
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Speechless Sunday - enormous Agave AmericanaDon't you just love the look of these plants?  This one was growing up in the higher elevations of Maui, in Kula, where it's usually dry and sunny. You can find a home for sale in Kula and grow beautiful plants like this. another blog post about agave g...

By Tim and Pam Cash, Real Estate Professionals - Clarksville TN
(Crye-Leike (Sango))
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  I am happy knowing Jim is here washing the house. No more dirty windows! No more nasty mildew. No more bird poo on the columns! If you love something, you keep it clean. We wash our cars, the floors, and the pets we love. We wash our clothes and our dirty shoes. I hope we all wash off when we g...

By Dave and Patricia Zumbrun
(The "Z" Team 4 RE, Inc.)
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Tips for Your Lawn- Have the Greenest Grass in Ventura County!When you see a beautiful lawn full of luscious, green grass, don’t you just get grass envy? Especially, when you drive home to your lawn and see brown spots and patches, and dry-looking grass. Yuck! Having a beautiful lawn adds so much...

By Jesse Ortega, Marketing Strategist
(Private Marketing CO-OP)
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WHY CHOOSE US for your Remodel/renovation in Idaho? Idaho Home Remodel. Renovate with CK RogersWe believe building beauty starts from one place: your life.We work with you to develop a home improvement strategy matched to your situation. From there we design a remodel plan to help you achieve the...

By Brian Burke, Broker & Advising Expert-Denver Luxury Real Estate
(Kenna Real Estate)
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What is a home inspection?...www.KennaRealEstate.com