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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By The Ryan-Whyte Real Estate Team at RE/MAX Infinity, Bringing Valley Families Home
(RE/MAX Infinity)
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    Photo by Neat Method San Diego - Browse kitchen ideas Photo by Mylands - Search kitchen picturesPhoto by Dwellings Design Group - More kitchen ideasPhoto by Woodale - Discover kitchen design ideasPhoto by Provincial Kitchens - Discover kitchen design ideasPhoto by Olympic Kitchens - More kitc...

By Renovation Find, Helping you find the best renovation companies.
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Painting your home is one way to improve not just the aesthetic appeal of your home but also the chances that your home would be valued a lot more when put on sale. You could either DIY your home painting or decide to hire an interior painting contractor. In the event that you opt for a painter f...

By Edward Drennan, Serving the Oakville, Ontario Area
(Century 21 Dreams)
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An outdoor office, a quiet place to read, a cozy setting to enjoy another's company or for meditation. Creating relaxing outdoor spaces help increase the value, current enjoyment & interest of your home!This is the first in a series of design inspirations co-written with Livia Drennan, founder of...

By The Chris Fritch Team ~ Keller Williams Classic Realty, chrisfritchteam.com 763-746-3997
(Keller Williams Classic Realty)
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The average household spends around $1,000 each year on heating and cooling bills. The good news is that there are ways to bring that down.Programmable thermostats are one way to save money.You’ve heard the tips when it comes to saving a buck on heating: open your shades to let the sunlight in, t...

By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
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Sorry, I can't get Billy Joel out of my head.  Nor can I stop thinking of Twyla Tharp's Moving out, even though it's been 16 years since I saw it on Broadway.  (Oh, and that reminds me, I'm thankful for Broadway and living nearby). So, I finally wrote a blog post on why I prefer white oak over re...

By The Temple Team, Specializing in Charlotte/ Lake Norman Real Estate
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Tired of paying for expensive household cleaners?  Here's a recipe to MAKE YOUR OWN "CITRUS VINEGAR CLEANING SOLUTION"!Ingredients and Supplies: Citrus peels Glass Jar White Vinegar Spray Bottle Instructions:Cut peel off of citrus fruit and place in jar.Fill jar and allow to sit for 2 weeks.Remov...

By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
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We've decided to take the plunge.After living with a 50 year old kitchen for 13 years, we've decided to go with a full remodel.Here is the "before."  Last week, we met with a kichen designer and selected "fashion pearl" cabinets which are arriving on Wednesday. The painter is coming the day after...

By Karl Hess, on The Jersey Shore
(Keller Williams Shore Properties)
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 Bamboo flooring is affordable, versatile, durable and sustainable.Ocean County homeowners are often looking for home improvement options that strike the right balance between affordability, functionality, aesthetics and eco-friendliness. Bamboo has been marketed as something of a panacea—a kind ...

By Renovation Find, Helping you find the best renovation companies.
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Photo Credit: Scorpion Electrical Solutions Doing the electrical work in your home on your own has several benefits. You get to save money, you have the flexibility of starting, going for a break and resuming when you want - you basically control everything – not that you don't do the same when y...

By DALIA KIBBY, Selling Broward County Homes with Passion!
(Keller Williams Realty Partners SW)
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Kitchens and Bathrooms get all the attention but there are other home improvements that deliver more #ROI (return on investment) to homeowners. Check out the infographic below for details: 

By YourSiteNeedsMe SEO Team, $399 Real Estate Websites - YourSiteNeedsMe.com
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Are you on the lookout for a thatched roof home for sale?  We urge you to consider some major issues before buying a natural thatched roof home.  Thatched roofs require a great deal of upkeep. Sometimes homeowners don’t do a great job maintaining thatched roofs, but will try to make it seem like ...

By Dave Jones, Broker/Owner - e-PRO Dave Jones Realty llc Prospec
(Dave Jones Realty, llc.)
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Some Highlights: Whether you are selling your CT home, just purchased your first home, or are a CT homeowner planning to stay put for a while, there is value in knowing which home improvement projects will net you the most “Return On Investment” (ROI). While big projects like adding a bathroom o...

By Duane West
(3R's Construction Management LLC)
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INSPIRING REMODEL TIPS FROM 3Rs CONSTRUCTIONThe year-end holiday season motivates people to think about meals with family and friends. And when meals and entertaining become the focus, kitchen and dining room space (or the lack of space) becomes an issue. Doing a kitchen and dining remodel togeth...

By Sean McDowell, Mortgage Consultant & Co-Author of Mortgage Maze
(Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation)
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While we are still experiencing some warm weather, now may be good time to begin preparing your home for the colder months ahead. Your electricity bill and your family’s safety are affected by the condition of your home in the winter. Follow these quick tips to make sure that your home is ready f...

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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Top Rated Junk Removal Wilmington - Newark Delaware Reviews Delaware Junk Removal removes anything from anywhere for less!We are always proud to post reviews from our customers!Tom S. - We are doing major work in our house and needed to get rid of a lot of things that we will not use or that no l...

By Stephen B. Clyde, "I Sell More, Because I do More"
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Before you add a fence to your property, know the guidelines to follow so you increase your property value and don’t run the risk of decreasing it!___ If you are thinking about erecting a fence on your property, be sure that the fence you choose adds to your property’s curb appeal and value – sel...

By Kate Talarico, RESA, Top Orange County Home Decorator & Stager
(Kates Home Staging and Interior Design)
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Thanksgiving Home Decor Ideas for Your Holiday!   The Fall weather is quickly disappearing and Thanksgiving is here. As soon as the air changes and that cool, fresh breeze starts blowing my mind starts to fill with thoughts of how to update my home's decor to reflect the changing seasons. Here ar...

By Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM, Associate Broker
(Harry Norman, REALTORS® )
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Thank you Mike & Jennifer Rigley  Mike and Jennifer Rigley (buyers) 916.378.4671 / (sellers) 916-660-5823 Info@RigleyRG.com What’s My Elk Grove Home Worth? Please call us to discuss your potential Home Value in Elk Grove, CA 916-660-5823. Click here to use our FREE Online Home Value Estimator. Ca...

By Donna Jarock, The Realtor that Delivers you Home
(MB The Brian Petrelli Team)
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Accorging to a recent article by Monique Serbu, there are 7 Essentials Every Millenial wants in a new home.  Wallpaper is one of them.  Who knew?  I have never had a client say "OOH, I would love to wallpaper this room."  Usually the client says, ugggghh we need to take out all this wallpaper.  Y...

By Realty Executives NOLA, Greater New Orleans & Northshore Area Real Estate
(Realty Executives NOLA - Kim Higgins, Realtor/Owner - Greater New Orleans & Northshore Area Real Estate)
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 It seems that we are always on the prowl for ways to maximize the storage space we have in our homes. We scour the Internet high and low, looking on Pinterest and mommy blogs, praying for a miracle solution to the problem.  Especially in smaller homes, this can be a daunting task! In the hopes o...