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.

Trending blogs on Home Improvement


By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 13
Any seam will leak eventually if water is constantly trying to get through them. I can't tell you how many times I have recommended that gutters be installed on a house. They are so important and is really a part of a system that controls water run off of your roof and away from the structure and...

By Tim and Pam Cash, Real Estate Professionals - Clarksville TN
(Crye-Leike (Sango))
Comments 2
Between days of working hard as a Realtor, helping buyers find those perfect homes and sellers get their homes sold, we have been working hard in our own yard. Anyone who drives by our place might see bales and bales of stacked pine needles lined up along the driveway slowly being placed in the f...

By John Lemos, Your Home Loan Expert
(New American Funding)
Comments 0
Here are four options to consider if you’re thinking about making some home improvements: 1 – Pay CashYou could pay cash for the improvements if you have the money in a checking or savings account.  There are two drawbacks to consider before you go this route:•Savings Depletion: a large home impr...

By Turner Brasher, Agent serving Northeast Louisiana
(Brasher Group LLC.)
Comments 1
Choosing a paint color can be a very hard and timely process, as I have learned through time from my mother. I remember as a kid always going to the local paint store and picking out tons of paint swatches. Kept in a large box in her house, I guarantee my mother has just about every shade of yell...

By Jan Green, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN
(HomeSmart Elite Group,Scottsdale, 602-620-2699)
Comments 12
Energy bills are important to homeowners so says an article dating back to 2013 by the National Association of REALTORS®.   I'm sure there are older and newer articles, but the point is the same - there are added costs to homeownership that need to be considered.  So it stands to reason that lowe...

By John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest)
Comments 8
On May 01, 2017, Lisa Gordon published the following helpful report on Realtor.com about home maintenance tasks to take care of during month of May.1. Inspect brick and stone patios and walkways,2. Feed your lawn,3. Repair wood fences and gates,4. Mulch flower and vegetable beds,5. Wash windows,6...

By Karl Hess, on The Jersey Shore
(Keller Williams Shore Properties)
Comments 5
The unseasonable warm weather on The Jersey Shore this winter reminds us that Spring is right around the corner… and so is spring planting. This year why not make our yards more environmentally friendly and help save Barnegat Bay? Anyone can create a Bay-Friendly Yard. We can learn how to create ...

By Cindy Blustein
(Keller Williams Memorial)
Comments 1
Is it just me? Or does Houston seem to be more prone to flooding now a days? Flooding is one of the most common natural disasters. Scary and nerve wrecking when you think about it right? Your valuables and the amount of money you have to put in for repairs post-flood. We’re talking at least $10k ...

By Janet Cox, CRS-GRI-SFR-Realtor-Broker
(Janet Cox and Company/RE/MAX Lifestyle)
Comments 2
Soon you’ll be breaking out your mower and using it more than you probably want. You need to take care of your mower so it will last you a long time. Check the oil. Look for floating debris or oil that appears dark black in color. Old or contaminated oil should be drained and replaced. Refer to y...

By Brian Burke, Broker & Advising Expert-Denver Luxury Real Estate
(Kenna Real Estate)
Comments 0
 Use a damp sponge to smooth the paper back into place...www.KennaRealEstate.com

By John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest)
Comments 4
On April 20, 2017, the National Association of Home Builders' (NAHB) Remodeling Market Index (RMI) gained five points to 58 points in the 1st quarter of 2017, from 4th quarter of 2016.The RMI’s current market conditions index rose five points to 58 points, major additions and alterations increase...

By John Handschuh, Realtor ABR SRES, Horsham Real Estate
(RE/MAX Action Realty)
Comments 1
Renovating your home can be an exciting undertaking, but it is important to slow down and make sure you check all the boxes before you proceed with your project. Building permits primarily exist to protect the health and safety of the home's residents, so while it might be inconvenient to apply f...

By Jeffrey Masich, Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Sell or Buy
(HomeSmart in Scottsdale, Arizona)
Comments 1
You may have questions about real estate and top "Trending" home improvement ideas to get your home ready to sell and not sure whom to ask? You could ask me as your personal Realtor or you could ask the usually reliable but sometimes erratic "Garden Gnomes". You prefer to start with the garden gn...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 15
    Radon is an invisible gas that is underground and entershomes through the lower level most often thru a "crock" or sum pump.  In southeastern Wisconsin, pockets of radon are very common and as the nature of gas...they move.  Almost without exception, unless a mitigation system is present, an ...

By Mike & Jennifer Rigley, Expert Real Estate Services
(Real Estate Specialist -Rigley Realty Group)
Comments 0
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. Call for a FREE consultation  Stagin...

By Regina P. Brown, e-Pro Realtor
(California Coast & Country Homes, Inc.)
Comments 7
Both the yard and the house should beckon residents and  guests to “come on in”.  Here are some simple ideas to help you create an inviting home.  Other ideas can be found on HGTV (Home & Garden Television) shows such as “Curb Appeal”.1. Paint.  Decide on a paint scheme — a main color for the hou...

By Andrew Mooers, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
Comments 20
The place you bought that used to fit like a glove no longer does and someone starts dreaming about a "house addition".Lots to consider before putting up the staging, lining up the workers and getting the permits. For the  hammer and nailing to piece it together correctly from whatever is deliver...

By Tim and Pam Cash, Real Estate Professionals - Clarksville TN
(Crye-Leike (Sango))
Comments 2
Today might be overcast and rainy, but that is the best time to be outside weeding. Tim and I take the rainy breaks to look out and feel pleased that after near nineteen years we have worked tirelessly in the yard, making it our very own vacation spot. And we’re still making progress every year. ...

By Jeffrey Masich, Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Sell or Buy
(HomeSmart in Scottsdale, Arizona)
Comments 4
Living in a  home without a garage is tough isn't it? Where do you store the furniture that is in transition but not ready for Goodwill, the stuff that has to be cleared out of the house before guests arrive (they might see how we really live), and the white elephant Christmas presents. Oh right,...

By Robin Wells, Inspected Once, Inspected Right.
(Wells Home Inspection Services)
Comments 3
Had an individual at church today who is a General Contractor and performs Home Inspection on the side, now he has no other education or training other than what he has as a General Contractor.He had a friend approach him who had their home inspected and were told by another Home Inspector that t...