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 Brian Burke, Broker & Advising Expert-Denver Luxury Real Estate
(Kenna Real Estate)
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How to Choose the Right Wallpaper for Your House?...www.KennaRealEstate.com 

By HomeInsurance.com LLC
(HomeInsurance.com)
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Getting organized is a never ending task because life happens every day. Clutter just seems to gather throughout the week in certain areas of our home.If you are constantly battling the crawl of clutter, check out these ten tips:Tips to get organizedBefore you get started, you need to get everyon...

By Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager
(Sharon Tara Transformations)
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There are many ways you can drastically improve and update the appearance of each room in your home without spending much money. Today, let's discuss ways to create a more appealing kitchen and bathroom.10 Inexpensive Updates For Your Kitchen and Bathroom: Remove dated wallpaper.  Today's buyers ...

By Peter Mohylsky, Your Bucket List Broker.
(BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS REAL ESTATE)
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I have always been a firm believer in the the size and condition of a kitchen can tell you a lot about the personalities of the owners.  This is not any type of psychology but I do believe the following items are true.  IT IS A FIRM RULE THAT THE SIZE OF THE KITCHEN DETERMINES THE SIZE OF THE PAR...

By Eugene Kanciar, Our Experience, Your Peace-of-Mind
(EKAN Home Inspection)
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Last week at a home inspection in West Vancouver, a leak was encountered in the municipal water supply somewhere between the roadside meter and the shut-off valve in the house. Due to our recent cold snap and the associated freeze-thaw cycle, it's not surprising to find damage to water lines. In ...

By James Murr, www.cortiersrealestate.com
(Cortiers Real Estate)
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  Laminate flooring is a multi-layer, synthetic flooring product that simulates wood. Although there are many pros to having laminate flooring, there are several common problems that can come along with it.Laminate Problems and How to Fix Them:1.PeakingPeaking is an expansion problem. Floors and ...

By Eugene Kanciar, Our Experience, Your Peace-of-Mind
(EKAN Home Inspection)
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Here's a 120 Volt receptacle with a 240 Volt supply behind the faceplate. I would not have spotted this as it was in the garage behind an appliance. The owner had stated that they had plugged in the garage fridge and burned out the motor. No wonder. At some time in the past the outlet was used fo...

By Claude Cross, Charlotte NC Homes For Sale
(Homes By Cross, Inc. )
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Home Workshop Essentials for Your Charlotte HomeIf you are father-son team looking to set up your first workshop in a South Charlotte house for sale, this article is for you! Working together in the workshop fosters strong parent-child relationships and is just plain fun. Read on for home worksho...

By Eugene Kanciar, Our Experience, Your Peace-of-Mind
(EKAN Home Inspection)
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Under British Columbia's new home warranty program, the building envelope is insured for 5 years against water penetration and damage to the interior components or finishes. Here's a roof photo from a recently constructed house. You can see a vertical ridge going up the laminate shingles.In a wor...

By Joe Gonzalez, Montgomery County FHA Jumbo Mortgage Pre-Approval
(GMH Mortgage Services LLC)
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Winter may be a time for nesting until the cold weather abates, but there are a number of important tasks that a homeowner should be sure to do during the winter months. If you’re readying for the slow season or wondering what you might have forgotten, here are some things you’ll want to check of...

By Will Nesbitt, Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage.
(Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria)
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Five home maintenance chores you can't forget to take care of this winter is a published Active Rain blog relevant to Real Estate. For the entire article, scroll down. Winter may be a time for nesting until the cold weather abates, but there are a number of important tasks that a homeowner should...

By Roberta LaRocca, REALTOR®, Broker, Salesperson, Property Management
(Simply Vegas Real Estate)
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Alert - Failing KitchenAid Refrigerator Control Boards, part numbers 2307028 and the replacement W10219463, are no longer available, and apparently have had a fairly high failure rate. For the good news, I may be able to provide you with a possible simple repair as you read on.  These refrigerato...

By Alexander- Slocum, Realty Team- Vancouver WA Real Estate
(Adamas Realty - Vancouver Washington)
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It is Essential To Keep Our Homes From Getting Too Moist Inside - However, We Must Be Alert and Take Action When Our Home's Air Becomes Too Dry! In Vancouver Washington's Winter Season of 2016/2017 our family started to get scratchy throats, and then we noticed our skin was getting itchy.  Remem...

By Laura Sellers, www.Auburn-Realtor.com; Auburn, AL Real Estate
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.Auburn-Realtor.com, EXPERT IN AUBURN REAL ESTATE SERVICES)
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Are you planning on updating your house for sale in Auburn or home for sale in Opelika and are wondering what upgrades are a waste of money? When it comes to home renovation projects, not all jobs are created equal.  In fact, if you’re looking for ways to boost your home’s curb appeal before putt...

By Donna Jarock, The Realtor that Delivers you Home
(MB The Brian Petrelli Team)
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I will be the first to admit.  When I see DIY I RUN.  I am not handy at the least and know if I tackle a project it will require hiring someone to correct any errors anyway, so why bother.  However, last weekend I did tackle a rather simple easy DIY.  Two actually.  Sherwin Willliams Sketchpad.  ...

By Granite Heroes, Marble, Granite & Terrazzo Restoration
(Granite Heroes)
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I hope all of our Granite Heroes fans are enjoying the nice weather we are having today in Chicago area. Spring is around the corner. In this post I wanted to share with everyone the great work our Master Stone Technician Erik did on this Marble floor. It is a small area but it does not mean is e...

By Jane & Jeff Daley, PhD, Scottsdale Real Estate Arizona
(Luxury Valley Homes For Buyers & Sellers Phoenix AZ Area)
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Ten Ways to Make a Small Room Look Larger With features like recessed lighting, a glass table and light colors, your room will look larger. Everyone has at least one room in their home that is too small and possibly problematic to decorate. Most of the following designer tricks can be applied to ...

By Jeffrey Masich, Arizona Homes and Land to Buy or Sell
(HomeSmart in Scottsdale, Arizona)
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Sure we buy wood to build our new home to architect designs. A new home that we will love and enjoy. But wood can be used as art also. See these concepts using piling of wood into art...   A fallen tree made of fallen trees.   This scene with the owl must have taken the artist so long to plan an...

By Granite Heroes, Marble, Granite & Terrazzo Restoration
(Granite Heroes)
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Yes today is the weekend. I am writing this on a Saturday and I could not wait for Monday. Great news. Granite Heroes has hired Ashton, she is our new stone technician. She is working with Erik and Jim and over the last few weeks she is grasping everything very quickly. Even with past experience,...

By Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint, North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227
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'Ice Damns' and Possible Damage to Your HomeWe all love the pictures of those warm and cozy living rooms, with a fire burning, and the reflection of the flames dancing on the ice cycles hanging from the roof in front of the living room window.  The dangers to your home behind the seemingly innoce...