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 Nate Simms, Insurance Nerd, Consultant and Marketer
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When buying a home you want to have it inspected. An inspection could turn up any number of issues that might need to be repaired before you buy the home or years down the road. An inspection is kind of like getting a physical from your doctor but on your home. You can see warning signs of things...

By Nate Simms, Insurance Nerd, Consultant and Marketer
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You’ve lived in your house for a few years and you notice a shingle is coming off of your roof. Not really sure what to do you get a ladder and get up on your roof to take a closer look. It looks like it is just one shingle but you decide to call your homeowners insurance to check it out. The hom...

By sandy straley, Selling Homes for over 40 Years
(Rindlesbach Homes)
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Homes For Sale In Millcreek Vegetable Gardening Apr 11, 2018 Home Improvement   Vegetable Gardening Producing your own food, living off the land. Isn’t that all part of the American mystique? Even if you don’t want to go back to nature completely, planting a little vegetable garden can satisfy yo...

By Pat Champion, Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs
(Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty)
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5 Ways to Rejuvenate a Patio on a Budget...............I love spending time out doors on the patio making special memories with family and friends. Also I love spending time alone just relaxing in the sun reading my favorite book it is a great way to unwind. You want to make sure the space is rea...

By Mullen Real Estate Team, Realtor, CPA, CDPE, MBA
(RE/MAX Professional Associates)
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By: Nancy Mann Jackson For when you want to exercise your imagination, not just your legs. Unless you get an unusually deep thrill from doing calf exercises, climbing your staircase is typically more about function than fun. But a little DIY can change that (and maybe boost your home’s future des...

By Mullen Real Estate Team, Realtor, CPA, CDPE, MBA
(RE/MAX Professional Associates)
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By: Anne Miller Wallpaper works on doors, too, you know. Think about it. When’s the last time you actually noticed your bedroom or bathroom door? That’s why they’re perfect for a little customizing and personalizing — so you will notice them. Plus, they’re a great way to enter the world of home i...

By Diane Beaumont, USDA,FHA,Jumbo,VA Woodland Park, CO Mortgage
(Benchmark Mortgage)
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In recent years, building an environmentally friendly home or updating an existing home to be more energy efficient has become much more mainstream. While building an entirely green residence isn't always fiscally possible, simple eco-friendly building techniques and upgrades will ultimately lowe...

By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Lyon Real Estate)
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Even my hairdresser installed a Ring doorbell. She was very excited to show me videos of UPS guys dropping off packages on her cellphone. This seemed like an odd reason to fork out two hundred bucks for a video doorbell. But then, when you think about it, it's not the UPS guys you're worried abou...

By Jim Lord
(DeLex Realty)
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I do a budget FIRSTI have found that most clients look for a flip with the price of the flip in mind. I personally do not care about the price, I worry about my budget. My budget takes into account three things, the price of construction, hold time and interest on my money. I use an excel spreads...

By Ron Chastain, What ever it takes
(Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners)
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The majority of Stockbridge homeowners make most home furnishing decisions piecemeal rather than in a single remodeling blitz. Even when you move to a new home, for practical reasons most of your household furnishings come with. Favorite pieces of furniture, art objects, and décor items accompany...

By Richard Daskam, Your Real Estate Consultant
(Keller Williams Coast Properties)
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My wife would divorce me if we did our own remodel-Who Else would too? 

By Supreme Air Duct Svc, Serving ALL of So CA! Air Duct Cleaning Experts
(Supreme Air Duct Services 888-784-0746)
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Riverside Insulation by Supreme Air Duct Services909-491-3322Open 7 DaysA+ Rated BBB Accredited Businesshttp://riverside.inlandempireinsulationservice.com/Insulating your home is one of the best ways to make it more energy efficient. Blown insulation is a great material to add to your attic space...

By Charles McDonald, REALTOR®, Blogger, Principal Broker®, Owner
(Charlottesville Real Estate Solutions)
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Ways to Keep Your Home SafeSummer is when many of us are excited about getting out of town for a much needed vacation, but it’s also a great time to think about ways to keep your home safe while you’re away.AlarmsYou don’t need to invest in an expensive home alarm system or install an unsightly b...

By Paul Antonelli, Broker Owner; NextHome Antonelli Realty
(NextHome Antonelli Realty)
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With the spring showers nurturing the growth around us, it is easy to get overwhelmed by maintaining the yard. Grass needs to be cut more often, weeds need to be removed, and bushes need to be trimmed. But what if you do not have time for all of that or the funds to have someone else maintain it ...

By Sal Poliandro - NJ Bergen County Realtor, Short Sale Specialist - CDPE, SRES, SFR, IRES
(RE/MAX Properties)
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Welcome, spring, we’ve missed you!We’ve put together a quick list of five simple tasks you can do to ensure your home is ready for the spring season. Check these things off your list and then get outside to enjoy the great weather spring will bring. Evaluate your basement/crawl space- Take a look...

By Joyce Marsh, Daytona Beach Florida, Certified Luxury Specialist and Interior Designer
(Premier Sotheby's International Realty)
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According to Historic Expert Carolyn Roland  who specializes in Older and Historic Properties in Delaware and Pennsylvania, "There's no right or wrong answer when it comes to determining whether you should restore or rehabilitate your historic home.  Let your property, capabilities, and needs hel...

By JJ and Suzanne Greive - Seattle Area ASHI Inspections
(Home Inspections of Puget Sound)
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Toady's Home Inspectors tip: Buy a water shutoff tool before you need it! If you have a dripping sink or other plumbing problem and you want to repair it, how do you turn off the water?  I worked in construction for years and learned a few things the hard way!  When working on a homes plumbing, a...

By Kat DeLong, Realtor DRE#01235311, Lake Arrowhead Real Estate (
(Wheeler Steffen Sotheby's Int. Realty)
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This is the most beautiful time of the year ! The cold is almost over and the snow will melt. The sky will appear bluer, the trees a little greener and the flowers will begin to bloom. As we spring into action and our bodies become more motivated, we start our checklist and spring cleaning begins...

By Karl Hess, on The Jersey Shore
(Keller Williams Shore Properties)
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The temperatures in Ocean County should be getting warmer next week... and it's about time! Are you ready to dive in and do a deep clean of your house this spring? Here are 6 great tips on how you can tackle your cleanup list as quickly as possible.Wear comfortable, old clothes that you won't min...

By Steffy Hristova, Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!
(HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353)
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All five beautiful colors - I can see Oceanside is already on the wall.     The 2018 Paint Colors Of The Year For Your Home from the major paint companies    Each year professionals in creative trades wait with bated breath for the color of the year to be announced. This announcement, much like t...