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.


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Trending blogs on Home Improvement

 

By Evelyn Johnston, The People You Know, Like and Trust!
(Friends & Neighbors Real Estate)
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Keystone Pointe Home Values change every time a home sells that is comparable to yours. Here are sales that will affect your Keystone Point Home Values.Keystone Pointe Subdivision is located on College Avenue, just west of US 33. Keystone Point Subdivision  is located on the south side of the roa...

By Jeffrey Masich, Arizona Homes and Land to Buy or Sell
(HomeSmart in Scottsdale, Arizona)
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What do we expect a home improvement to be in the early 21st century? Granite counters, wireless surround sound, open floor plan, self closing toilet seats, hardwood flooring, stainless steel appliances? Sure and a few more. However, 100 years ago in the early 20th Century, there were modern impr...

By Diane Beaumont, USDA,FHA,Jumbo,VA Woodland Park, CO Mortgage
(Benchmark Mortgage)
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With all of the home renovation and fixer-upper shows on television, the idea of completely renovating and re-doing an old home can seem like an enticing premise. Unfortunately, investing in the wrong fixer-upper can mean an awful lot of expenditure without the added financial rewards. Whether yo...

By Jean Richer, No Gimmicks, No Nonsense, only Straight Talk
(Keller Williams Realty Inc.)
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We hear the stories all the time. I hired a contractor, gave them a big deposit, they came in and did a bit of work, then asked for more money and then.... nothing!! The "contractor" can never be reached again. You are out of money with a messy house and nothing is being done. There are even tele...

By Brian Burke, Broker & Advising Expert-Denver Luxury Real Estate
(Kenna Real Estate)
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 Find a Right Wallpaper for Your House...www.KennaRealEstate.com

By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 707-812-7668
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
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My house would be perfect it just had a swimming poolCan I build a swimming pool with the FHA 203k loan guarantee program? Short answer is no... but read on we have you covered.You can build a swimming pool with the FannieMae "look alike". It looks like, smells like, and works very much like the ...

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

By James Murr, www.cortiersrealestate.com
(Cortiers Real Estate)
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For those of you not fluent in real estate lingo, curb appeal refers to the attractiveness of your house from the outside. Curb appeal can greatly hinder or help you when try to sell your home!Why is curb appeal important? All our lives we have been told how important first impressions are, espec...
If you’re like millions of people worldwide, you struggle with the daily battle against chronic pain, something that can be made even worse when the time comes to move.That said the literal and figurative impact of chronic pain on your body can prove overwhelming at times.With that being the case...

By Sandra Nickel, The Hat Team
(Sandra Nickel REALTORS)
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It’s during this time of year that many of us start to put our fireplaces into use.  Since fireplaces are used typically to burn wood, those of you who have a fireplace that is just for looks may not know that you can decorate it to make it stand out and look very nice.  Below are a few ideas for...

By Jim Sinnott, Realtor, GRI Licensed in MA and RI
(Bedard Realty)
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 Are you a plant killer? My wife certainly is. So if you are like her, don’t get discouraged. There is hope. If you are looking to add a touch of green to your home, there are a few plants that can survive even the most neglectful of plant keepers. If you think that keeping houseplants healthy is...

By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 707-812-7668
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
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How long should it take to close a renovation loan?That is a great question. I guess it depends on who you talk to. There are allot of lenders out there that profess to do 203k loans and they likely can... BUT that doesn't mean they can close them fast does it? Nope, you all have been caught up i...

By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 707-812-7668
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
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Why does it take a 203k or renovation loan so long to close escrow?The short answer is that it doesn't take that long if everyone races to the finish line. If you use a proven team you should close a 203k in about the same amount of tiem as a 203b (Standard FHA loan). The problems come up when th...

By Gloria Valvasori, ASA, Outstanding Service Since 1987 416-717-6331
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Signature Service)
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 A few years ago a home inspector I have known for many years, and who I refer many of my clents to, called to see if I would allow him to perofrm an energy audit on my home.  He was  taking the course to become certified and he was required to conduct energy audits on 5 homes as part of his cour...

By Paul Antonelli, Broker Owner; NextHome Antonelli Realty
(NextHome Antonelli Realty)
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Flipping Houses.Don't get caught up in all the drama of house flipping. Once you have an outline of what you can expect, you can make wiser decisions. Having information, doing your research, and getting advice is not always 100% mistake proof. However, what's the alternative? Going in blindly de...

By Donna Jarock, The Realtor that Delivers you Home
(MB The Brian Petrelli Team)
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I know, I know.  Hard to believe two DIY projects in the same week.  Probably all I will have for the year.  This project required ZERO tools.  That is correct ZERO tools.  The idea that you can transform a room with a do it yourself project brings such excitement to me and know that I dont have ...

By Granite Heroes, Marble, Granite & Terrazzo Restoration
(Granite Heroes)
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North Barrington residents. If you have any natural stone in your home, please give us a call today. Granite Heroes works with all natural stone, and we have done a lot of work in North Barrington, IL. Check out the job we did today. The team led by Jim and AShton took care of Carrera Marble Kitc...

By Kathy Stenberg, GRI, SFR, MBA, CFA
(Broker/Owner, Springs LifeStyles Real Estate)
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Integrate Affordable Energy Solutions with a Beautiful Solar Roof Now that electric cars are gaining in momentum, Tesla, a leader in innovative energy solutions, has turned its attention towards home solar energy. Tesla recently announced their newest line of products, which includes the Tesla So...

By Granite Heroes, Marble, Granite & Terrazzo Restoration
(Granite Heroes)
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Wow I am excited. I know it is late in the day but I am so proud of the job did today. We both were working on a Marble Calcutta Countertop in Hawthorn Woods. This was just a kitchen island, but almost took us 4 hours. It ended up looking beautiful if you scroll down and see the pictures. Custome...

By John DL Arendsen, TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments Coastal Living
(TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments, ON THE LEVEL General Contractor, Crest Homes Factory Built Housing Developer)
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What Are Your Thoughts On The "Tiny House" Movement As A Homeowner?  As a Manufactured Housing Specialist, general contractor and real estate broker and developer I look at the Tiny House movement as a positive step in housing overall in specific segments i.e. Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU's) aka...