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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Renovating can be very costly so you better be able to maximize whatever upgrades you’ll be going for. Remodels need not be super stressful nor cost you your entire savings. If you’re planning to add a second story or to do an extensive home renovation, then the following tips will help ensure th...

By Reuben Saltzman, Minneapolis Home Inspections
(Structure Tech Home Inspections)
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Goodbye post hole. Goodbye post hole digger. Goodbye worker bending over the hole. Goodbye two-man auger, and the gas that goes in it. Goodbye concrete mix. Goodbye wheel barrow. Goodbye sonotube, and the rebar inside it. Goodbye frost heave, and Goodbye heaved steps. Goodbye heaved footings, and...

By Donna Jarock, The Realtor that Delivers you Home
(MB The Brian Petrelli Team)
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Nothing better to keep our minds sharp than a word game.  Even better when you can play with a partner and better yet when you can play outdoors.  For the neighbors at Ponderosa Ridge and Heritage Eagle Bend we know the evenings here can be quite pleasant most months of the year.  What a nice way...
Making a new home feel like it is truly yours needs to take years of painstaking personalization. A quick touch up here and there and some minor changes ought to do the trick. Below are some easy tips on how you can personalize your new home in a jiffy!Tackle the Front Door!The front door influen...

By Claude Cross, Charlotte NC Homes For Sale
(Homes By Cross, Inc. )
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Whether to Refinish or Replace Old Hardwood Floors in Your HomeHardwood floors are natural, gorgeous, hypoallergenic and last a very long time! As a matter of fact, they are one of the features that can increase the value of a house for sale in Dilworth. However, when the hardwood floors are old ...
We’ve previously shared with you 10 easy ways to personalize a new home, and here’s the second part of that series!It is completely normal for any new homeowner to want to make the new house feel like their own home. Below are easy tweaks than can be done in a day or two to achieve just that!Scru...

By Dan Edwards 425-276-7008
(Keller Williams Realty - Bellevue)
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Step outside and take a look at your house. That’s right, you are looking at one of the biggest investments of your life. It’s not just where you live and create memories, this is probably the largest asset you have right now. Doesn’t it seem senseless to ignore routine maintenance and repairs th...

By Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info
(Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers)
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My gardens in Haiku Maui are always growing and we usually have a series of ongoing garden patches, so there will always be something to harvest.  Ideally we'll start a new section every couple of months, but in the depth of winter we just let it all go to give ourselves a break.  New plants are ...

By Stieg Strand, Professional Real Estate Purveyor
(RE/MAX Results)
Comments 1
Empty Nesters: Best to Remodel or Time to Sell?  Thursday August 31st, 2017  For Buyers, For Sellers, Move-Up Buyers   Your children have finally moved out and you and your spouse now live alone in a four-bedroom house. You have two choices to make: Remodel your house to fit your current lifesty...

By Stieg Strand, Professional Real Estate Purveyor
(RE/MAX Results)
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Empty Nesters: Best to Remodel or Time to Sell?  Thursday August 31st, 2017  For Buyers, For Sellers, Move-Up Buyers   Your children have finally moved out and you and your spouse now live alone in a four-bedroom colonial (or a similar type of house). You have two choices to make: Remodel your h...

By Granite Heroes, Marble, Granite & Terrazzo Restoration
(Granite Heroes)
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Expert Marble Floor Polishing ServicesMarble Repair & Maintenance Natural stone such as marble is the most beautiful choice when installing new floors, kitchen counter tops, vanities, and showers in your home. Through no fault of your own marble can experience problems with wear, etching, imprope...

By Emerald Coast Realty, Realtors
(Emerald Coast Realty)
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Need to add some curb appeal to your home to get it ready for market? Or are you just in the mood for a quick refresh? Here are five easy DIY projects to help dress up your home using lightweight, decorative millwork accessories or architectural elements. The composition and durability of the pro...

By Rhonda Sanderson, Pillar To Post resident Blogger
(Pillar To Post Home Inspectors)
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2016 was the hottest year on record and it looks like 2017 will top that. Now more than ever it’s important to ensure your clients are prepared to look for possible weather issues in the home that may affect their home’s sale or their purchase of a new home.  Here are some tips from Pillar To Pos...

By Rhonda Sanderson, Pillar To Post resident Blogger
(Pillar To Post Home Inspectors)
Comments 11
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 Steve Bracero, First Time Homebuyer and Investor Specialist
(Heisler and Mattson)
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Going green can be beneficial for the environment as well as you monthly living expenses! With a few changes, your home can consume less energy and help your wallet. You don’t have to make major changes such as solar panels but you can start with energy efficient appliances or insulated building ...

By Mike & Jennifer Rigley, Expert Real Estate Services
(Real Estate Specialist -Rigley Realty Group)
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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 While h...

By Granite Heroes, Marble, Granite & Terrazzo Restoration
(Granite Heroes)
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Remove Hard Water Stains from shower glass & eliminate unnecessary replacement costs. Date: 09-29-2017 | Location: Chicago, IL 60614 | Tags: Shower Glass Restoration Project Discription:Did you know Granite Heroes can completely remove the hard water stains from your shower glass  glass? When yo...

By Joseph Domino 480-390-6011, Real Estate Made Easy
(HomeSmart)
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Homeowners have a big investment in their homes. Anything that they can do to make it better is always welcome. But sometimes big improvements simply are not in the budget. So what can the average homeowner do to improve their home, make their life easier without busting the budget? One such proj...

By Inna Ivchenko, Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Los Angeles CA
(Barcode Properties)
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1.   Color. If you’re freshening up the paint anywhere in your house or paint it outside. My friend just painted her house in bright pink. She loves it and it is the happiest looking house on her street. Reminds me Italy...:) 2.   In-demand home features. Take a look at the latest American Instit...

By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek & Associates LLC Team)
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Here are some great tips from Lowe's on how to add variety to your landscape of the edible kind.  I have to say, though, that the rabbits inmy yard already think I am growing an edible landscape! Use Garden Plants in your LandscapingLearn how to add edible plants like herbs, vegetables and fruits...