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.

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By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671
(Woodland Management Service)
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Great way to be neighborly and help your neighbors to sell their home, thanks for the suggestion Myrl! The house next door has a newly installed “For Sale” sign.  Perhaps, you wonder who your new neighbors may be.  Will they be good neighbors?  There can be a small amount of anxiety surrounding t...

By Shanna Day Team Leader (AZ & UT), BUY or SELL Your Home FAST w/The Shanna Day Team!
(Keller Williams Realty EV (AZ) & Keller Williams SLC (UT))
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Don't Let Your Client Lose Hundreds Of Dollars Over A/C Refrigerant Service! You might already know that the retail cost for refrigerant averages $80-$150 per pound but are you aware that some home warranty companies cover only $10 per pound for air conditioning refrigerants like R-22 and 410A?Ye...

By Charles Stallions, 800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services )
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We SELL Homes in Pensacola Florida 32514 Real estate Q&A: Who pays for a new fence?A homeowner didn't want a fence but a neighbor added one anyway, and, over the years, the owner repainted his side several times. Must he help pay for repairs? Read more.          THOUSANDS OF HOMES.... One Address...

By Stavrula "Sam" Crafa, RNC,GRI, CDPE, PSA, Providing the integrity and service you deserve.
(Future Home Realty)
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Want to attract great neighbors? Then be a great neightbor. Reposting this by a fellow blogger.  The house next door has a newly installed “For Sale” sign.  Perhaps, you wonder who your new neighbors may be.  Will they be good neighbors?  There can be a small amount of anxiety surrounding these q...

By Reuben Saltzman, Minneapolis Home Inspections
(Structure Tech Home Inspections)
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Dirty bathrooms are a huge turnoff for home buyers.  Mold is another huge turnoff.  Combine the two and the 'yuck' factor multiplies.  I think everyone has seen moldy bathroom caulk before, and if you've tried cleaning this stuff, you know it's impossible.   I recently moved in to home with some...

By Rhonda Sanderson, Pillar To Post resident Blogger
(Pillar To Post Home Inspectors)
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Use Less Energy: A high efficiency furnace uses less gas to heat your home.Using Fewer Natural Resources: Engineered lumber uses less wood fiber and preserves old growth forests. Companies such as Floor Coverings International specialize in engineered wood floors that look so real often people ca...

By Pat Champion, Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs
(Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty)
Comments 8
Ways to Keep Homes Energy Efficient Here are some ways to make your home more efficient: Clean your air conditioning unit. Blocked or dirty air filters and coils can reduce your system’s ability to push and pull air through vents, so make sure to wash or replace filters. Also remove debris from a...

By Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info
(Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers)
Comments 13
You might ask yourself... "Where can I find a hardware store in Kihei Maui?" Look no further than the Azeka Place Shopping Center and Ace Hardware, at 1290 S. Kihei Rd. They're in the back of the shopping center, behind the Kihei Post Office, and towards the ocean. Call them at 808 879-7060It's a...

By Patricia Feager, Selling Homes Changing Lives
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by Patricia Feager, 7/19/2017 F/U - CO This is in F/U (follow-up) to my ActiveRain post written on 11/7/2014, "CO Poisoning, the Silent Killer." By definition carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas. For more information look it up and know the signs. Since last night, qualified contractors ...

By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
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 A closet with a single hanging rod isn't much use to us nowadays.  Utilizing every last inch of that space is critical unless you want your clothes strewn all over the floor.  If your closet reminds you of this messy cable box, it's time for some work.  Many of our high-end homes here in the Nor...

By Luis Carrillo, Your Realtor for Life
(Keller Williams Realty Riverside)
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RECONSIDER THESE CHOICES WHEN YOU’RE DESIGNING YOUR KITCHENThe kitchen is one area of the home that sees the most wear and tear. All the water, heat, and food spills add up quickly so it’s important to focus on quality and lasting appeal when you’re choosing materials for a kitchen remodel. Here ...

(RE/MAX Premier Group)
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Struggling to find some dramatic home improvement motivation? Cruise through the pins on the Before & After board on the RE/MAX Pinterest page for illustrations of how a little strategic work can make a big impact. See projects here Significantly Enhance Your Home With One Of These DIY Projects

By Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966, GREEN, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Lind
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Purple Jacaranda Trees....Beautiful but Messy           The Jacaranda tree is a beautiful and decorative tree that is native to South America.                                 The tree has trumpet shaped flowers that bloom in the spring and summer.                                       The flowers...

By Delaware Junk Removal Residential And Commercial Hauling Clean Outs, Whole House Clean Outs, Basements, Garages, Attics
(Delaware Junk Removal 302-530-9186)
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Newark Delaware Swing Set Removal Swing sets are great for the kids and offer years of fun but kids grow up and outgrow them before you know it.  These play sets weigh hundreds of pounds and can be difficult and dangerous to take apart and haul away. Delaware Junk Removal will have that old swing...
Gone are the days when we used to live in communities where we know our neighbours from childhood. In this day and age where people are usually grouped by their financial status and place of work, it is important to foster ways that will nurture a sense of community spirit. Start with your yard ...

By Sandra Nickel, The Hat Team
(Sandra Nickel REALTORS)
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This time of year folks begin to get outdoors to do more around their homes because it is nice and warm outside.   It’s also a good time to do a bit of work outside the house and make your outdoor space more inviting and fun for family and friends.   Below is a list of ways in which you can acco...

By Eugene Kanciar, Our Experience, Your Peace-of-Mind
(EKAN Home Inspection)
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I took no photos to protect the guilty.It's well known in these parts that if you are going to build on an island, with minimum services, then first, you have money and second, everything is going to cost you 30% to 50% or more.Yesterday I was at a major marina watching a barge load-up with concr...

By Sean Whaling, Founder, CEO
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Making improvements to a house raises its value. That much is undebatable. But how do you find the best bang for your buck when it comes to renovations? That is a much more complicated conversation.Here are a number of strategies the Realtors® we work with at eCommission have used to successfully...

(RE/MAX Premier Group)
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With summer in full swing here in the Tampa Bay Area, we are sure many of you may be thinking How do I lower my energy bills? See how here  Save Energy Around the Home

By Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time
(Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373)
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 We just closed on our first home and wondering how much we should put aside each year for home maintenance or upgrades each year? So glad you are thinking ahead, as you do need to keep up home maintenance to keep your home in good condition.    This can depend heavily on the age of your home!~ H...