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 Joyce Marsh, Daytona Beach Florida, Interior Designer and Luxury Real Estate Broker
(Premier Sotheby's International Realty)
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A welcome sight, Azalea’s In Bloom.One of one of the most beautiful flowers blooming in the spring here in Florida are azalea’s.  These azalea’s are blooming right now in my garden and are such a welcome sight. These are mature plants with vibrant fuschia blooms. Azalea’s are a favorite here in C...

By Mullen Real Estate Team, Realtor, CPA, CDPE, MBA
(RE/MAX Professional Associates)
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By: Leanne Potts Paint a door super bright yellow, or the trim on a window for amazing results. Buying a house — it’s such an adult thing to do. And putting work into it is another mature choice. But when personalizing your home, the instinct to keep things adulty can also keep things pretty dull...

By Frank Lay and Lori Hula-Lay, HULA COUNTRY Real Estate
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   Things to come...is it inevitable ??     

By Granite Heroes, Marble, Granite & Terrazzo Restoration
(Granite Heroes)
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Step 1. Identify the problems with the natural stone surfaceNatural stone covers a wide array of materials such as marble, granite, limestone, travertine, terrazzo, onyx, sandstone, flagstone, bluestone and slate. Natural stone finish styles include polished, honed, tumbled, flamed, antiqued, tex...

By Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA
(ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors)
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Wabi-Sabi!The root word Wa means harmony, peace, tranquility, and balance. Sabi means "the bloom of time." As far as home decor is concerned, wabi-sabi isn't a look, like French country. It's a lens that appreciates the passing of time. It's a philosophy that offers a path toward home-as-sanctuar...

By . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779
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HOME POST 50 My friend has been feeling the challenges of aging. “Sometimes,” she confided, “I feel like a chicken walking around in circles left out in the world-at large.” Of course, her analogy tickled me with its  bit of sardonic humor .    WISE CHOICES AS WE AGEIt’s important to make wise ch...

By Mary Jo Quay
(Remax Results)
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Our eyes are fixated on the screen, our blood rushes, and we hold our breath. Are you ready? Are you ready to see your dump of house transformed? YES, YES, YES!!!! The buyers scream, Ohhhh, we can’t believe it!!!” We cheer with them, our hearts are pounding, and we can’t wait to see the surprises...

By David Jackson, MBA, Financial lending analyst
(Olympus Labs)
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No one wants to think about the idea of losing their home, but for millions in 2017, Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Maria, and the rampant wildfires throughout California made turned this nightmare into reality. Natural disasters are a fact of life, and depending on where you live, you may be at a hig...

By Shawn and Angela Miller, Lincoln and Omaha, NE REALTORS®
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Amabassador Real Estate)
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No one wants to think about the idea of losing their home, but for millions in 2017, Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Maria, and the rampant wildfires throughout California made turned this nightmare into reality. Natural disasters are a fact of life, and depending on where you live, you may be at a hi...

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 Mark Horan, "The Resident Chef" - Resident Team Realty LLC &
(Resident Team Realty, LLC & Toni's Property Management LLC)
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So you’ve just moved in to your new place, or maybe you want to give your space a little update? The quickest change you can make to any room is to paint an accent wall. It even sounds fancy: "accent wall..." how bohemian. Painting an accent wall is quicker and cheaper than painting an entire roo...

By Karen Borden
(Keller Williams)
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How to Prepare Your Home for the Spring Season Spring is right around the corner, and for most home owners it’s an great time to get your home in order. In the winter, many portions of your home are neglected or aren’t used as often because home owners stay inside their homes. From the interior o...

By The Temple Team, Specializing in Lake Norman/Charlotte/Charleston
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 Here are a few tips for Deep Cleaning your home this Spring! Freshen up your mattress by vacuming themClean the doors of your kitchen cabinets with mild detergent in waterDeep Clean Microwave by heating a cup of water mixed with a splash of vinegar and a 2 tbsp of lemon juice for a minuteDeoderi...

By Sean McDowell, Mortgage Consultant & Co-Author of Mortgage Maze
(Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation)
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Whether you are planning to list your home soon or simply considering what home projects to do next, it is important to know which ones will add the most value to your home. If you want to take advantage of this low inventory market by listing, let’s talk sooner than later about your plans! In th...

By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
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Back in 2012, I wrote an article about tiles that look like hardwood.  This was a bit after this type of flooring started to grow in popularity.  Back then, there were only a few options that I could easily get my hands on, but I loved them.   Since then, they have become so popular and ubitquito...

By Paul Antonelli, Broker Owner; NextHome Antonelli Realty
(NextHome Antonelli Realty)
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Are you sure you have everything you need to keep your family and home safe during a fire. Are you doing everything in your power to prevent one. If one hits your home, how will you react. Thanks to Securty First.com, they provided the information below to make sure you are not caught off guard i...

By Lee Gallaher
(Gallaher Group KW)
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 Request a free consultation How to Keep Your Home in Top Shape You can keep your home in top shape with simple tasks throughout the year. This month, be sure to: Take a look at your lawn mower and give it a quick tune up. You'll be needing it soon enough! Examine the exterior foundation grading...

By Paul Antonelli, Broker Owner; NextHome Antonelli Realty
(NextHome Antonelli Realty)
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With Spring and summer closely approaching, many people are eager to get outdoors. It's time for egg hunts, picnics, and BBQs. If you wish to add some privacy to your yard or just put up a perimeter to keep young children and animals safe from going to far, putting up a fence can be an easy solut...

By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
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An interesting trend with feedback from buyers inspired the owner of a listing to make changes. Every buyer who saw the home after dark, mentioned on how dark the area in front of the home was. The Seller searched for a way to light the area. Over and over he was told post lights would make a bi...

By Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM, Associate Broker
(Harry Norman, REALTORS® )
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Thank you Mullen Real Estate Team  By: Stacey Freed   You don’t want to go too cheap. But affordable options are out there.   About to remodel that old kitchen? Unless you’re cool with treating the hardest working room in your house like a museum exhibit, resist the temptation to buy the cheapest...