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 Paul Diaz, 25 Year Florida Licensed Real Estate Broker
(REALTY WORLD Atlas)
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AIR FILTER TYPESMechanical air filters, such as high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters, remove particles by capturing them on filter materials. Most mechanical air filters are good at capturing larger airborne particles — such as dust, pollen, some mold spores, and animal dander — and par...

By Paul Diaz, 25 Year Florida Licensed Real Estate Broker
(REALTY WORLD Atlas)
Comments 5
REMOVING OIL STAINS on the garage floor......Remove the surface oil by sprinkling some cat litter on it to soak it up. Then clear away the cat litter and focus on the stain. Make a paste of hot water and dry dish or laundry detergent. Use a stiff bristle scrub brush to scrub the area with the pas...

By Paul Diaz, 25 Year Florida Licensed Real Estate Broker
(REALTY WORLD Atlas)
Comments 2
Organizing your home can give you not only more space but help you maintain your sanity by keeping items in their assigned spots. Learning to purge your belongings also helps to avoid clutter. Consider giving unused articles to a charity. Letting go of these articles that are not in use will give...

By Paul Diaz, 25 Year Florida Licensed Real Estate Broker
(REALTY WORLD Atlas)
Comments 1
Because it is the center of activity for the home, the kitchen can serve many purposes. The key to a fully functional kitchen is keeping things organized and in their place, countertops free and eating areas clean. If the kitchen is the family hub, then make it a bright and happy place. Revitaliz...

By Judi Monday, CRS-Green Valley AZ Expert, Green Valley Arizona R
(RE/MAX Valley Properties)
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For the very latest on all things Green Valley AZ Real Estate--follow Judi on Contemporary Landscape by San Clemente Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Living Gardens Landscape Design Succulents love the desert heat so what better way to build a privacy wall than with a custom vertical p...

By Paul Diaz, 25 Year Florida Licensed Real Estate Broker
(REALTY WORLD Atlas)
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Whether seeking solitude or a great place for entertaining, creating inspiration on your deck or patio can bring life and excitement to outdoor spaces.  Add a new pergola over a deck or patio and you have another outdoor dimension for relaxing and/or gathering with friends and family.  Either way...

By Paul Diaz, 25 Year Florida Licensed Real Estate Broker
(REALTY WORLD Atlas)
Comments 2
GRASS GRUBSGrubs, nasty looking over weight worms, are actually the larvae of certain beetles, such as June Beetles or Chafers. They love munching on the roots of grasses. Their over-voracious appetites, combined with their ability to easily procreate, result in infestations that can kill large a...

By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek & Associates LLC Team)
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Was one of your 2018 New Year's Resolutions to get organized?  Are you overwhelmed with “stuff” and feel like the only solution is to rent a storage building?Before you do that, learn organization basics that can be applied to any organization project, from junk drawers,to your home office, to th...

By Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate
(Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales)
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Even those of us lucky enough to live in warm climates, need to occasionally have some heat and it is important and less expensive to make a home more efficient in keeping the warmth inside the house.  Here are some great tips from Lisa Von Domek:   It's Cold Out There!  Across the nation cold we...

By Paul Diaz, 25 Year Florida Licensed Real Estate Broker
(REALTY WORLD Atlas)
Comments 3
FURNACE FILTERSThe quality of the air we breathe influences our general health and well-being. Dust and other airborne particles can cause a variety of ailments ranging from simple allergic reactions to more complicated respiratory diseases. Maintaining clean furnace filters in your home will hel...

By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek & Associates LLC Team)
Comments 31
                   Energy Vampires and Phantom Power LoadsDid you know that your cell phone charger could be costing you money even when you are not using it?  Your appliances are increasing your electric use even when they are turned off.  Patty Kim, from National Geographic’s The Green Guide, s...

By Jim Garcia | Douglas County Real Estate, Most Recommended Realtor
(Jim Garcia | Douglas County Real Estate)
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 Whether you’re relocating to Douglas County or you already live here, xeriscaping can add value to your property.  During the warm summer months, have you noticed that many sprinkler systems just seem to run and run and run for hours on end? Have you also noticed that quite a bit of water is not...

By Paul Diaz, 25 Year Florida Licensed Real Estate Broker
(REALTY WORLD Atlas)
Comments 2
When it comes time to remodel, many homeowners think do-it-yourself is the smartest and most cost effective way to get the job done. Do-it-yourself projects can be great if you are taking on a small project, but when remodeling major portions of your home, such as a kitchen or bathroom, there are...

By Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor
(RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC)
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 How do you feel when your home and life seem cluttered? I've always found that too much clutter around me seems to clutter my brain. And I've always found that when I clean out my closets, pantry, office, storage room, etc. I end up feeling much lighter mentally and my energy level soars. But I ...

By Jim Garcia | Douglas County Real Estate, Most Recommended Realtor
(Jim Garcia | Douglas County Real Estate)
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Fantastic curb appeal is extremely important and can make your home easier to sell. Have you spent countless hours and tens of thousands of dollars remodeling the interior of your home? If so, it probably looks spectacular! But how will you entice prospective buyers to become excited about seeing...

By Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation
(Brown Realty, 210-789-4216,www.JeremiahNewman.com)
Comments 15
If you’re a veteran looking for a home improvement loan to make some upgrades to improve your home, I have good news and bad news.The bad news is the VA doesn’t offer any loans for this purpose. However, the good news is the Texas Veterans Land Board does, and they recently doubled the amount the...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 19
   Wisconsin has welcomed  winter...a dusting of snow for Santa's sleigh....andno problem chilling champagne for New Year's with temperatures hitting the below zero mark...Baby it IS cold outside !  To us, below is below.....and yes the windchill factor can make that below feel as though you are ...

By Paul Diaz, 25 Year Florida Licensed Real Estate Broker
(REALTY WORLD Atlas)
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Marble and Granite countertops are two beautiful additions to any high-end kitchen. However, due to their unique physical properties each is suited to different uses and requires different care. Marble, with its unique random appearance and natural veins, adds warmth and elegance to kitchens. How...

By Paul Diaz, 25 Year Florida Licensed Real Estate Broker
(REALTY WORLD Atlas)
Comments 1
When the treads in a staircase come loose, squeaking occurs. If you can get underneath the staircase, fixing the treads is easy.Attach an L Bracket from the underside of the tread to the stringer, the long piece of wood that connects the treads and runs diagonally up the wall.Squeaky stair kits a...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 16
    You don't usually think GREEN when all you can see is white in Wisconsin...let Be Green change your thinking ....and your environment with their environmentally conscious ice melt.      You will want to use Be Green services year round for thicker grass, slower growing and environmentally fri...