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 Sandra Nickel, The Hat Team
(Sandra Nickel REALTORS)
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With energy costs on the rise, it is essential for a homeowner to stay on top of all they can in order reduce their heating and utility bills during the cold Winter months. Here are some things consumers can do on their own at little or no cost to keep money in their pockets every month. Check wi...

By Tracy Lee Parker, Buy*Sell*Lease
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Need financial help from a North TX natural disaster?  If you are a North Texas resident who suffered from a loss due to a natural disaster, The North Texas REALTORS in Action Foundation can help you! They can provide financial assistance to help cover the costs of home repairs, insurance deducti...

By Denise Watkins, Realtor Serving DC and MD
(Tristar Realty, INC)
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Living in a house where there’s only one bathroom can be an inconvenience especially when there’s more than two people sharing the same space. Do you live in a single-bathroom home in Bowie?  Are you considering adding a tub, an extra half or full-bathroom?  First, adding an extra bathroom is one...

By Rachel Rabinowitz, The Baltimore Realtor
(Guerilla Realty)
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Because you love the environment, your home, and saving money. Winter is coming, and with the cold creeping in, we’re bluntly reminded about the importance of insulation as we hope to stay warm and keep energy bills low. As a homeowner or renter, you have options with Retrofit Baltimore.Retrofit ...

By Robin Smith, The Smith Team here for all your real estate needs
(The Smith Team)
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The electronic marketplace has many smart home products to make life easier for everyone – with technology that also can be helpful to those with disabilities.  Wi-Fi is the connection that Smart Home products are usually connected through and the products can be controlled remotely by a touch pa...

By Jeffrey Masich/ Associate Broker, MBA, Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell
(HomeSmart Real Estate)
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There are so many real estate remodel and upgrade projects out there for selling or flipping a home. However, they take "Time" and "Money". Time is a killer, if you can flip three homes in the time in takes to remodel one you are behind. Sure the home may look great when done, but it could have b...

By Ron Chastain, What ever it takes
(Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners)
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Halloween in Henry County is the one day in every year when the regular order of things gets a thorough shaking up. For one thing, it’s the single day of the year when we expect our doorbell to be ringing non-stop for hours on end. It’s certainly the only time when prudence dictates that we stock...

By Edward Drennan, Serving the Oakville, Ontario Area
(Century 21 Dreams)
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Welcome back to part III of increasing the value of your home!This blog talks about creating compact, yet practical lower level living and work spaces.  As a realtor working with Livia Drennan, founder of Your Story By Design, it is my pleasure to share this brief introduction to one of her lates...

By Edward Drennan, Serving the Oakville, Ontario Area
(Century 21 Dreams)
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An outdoor office, a quiet place to read, a cozy setting to enjoy another's company or for meditation. Creating relaxing outdoor spaces help increase the value, current enjoyment & interest of your home!This is the first in a series of design inspirations co-written with Livia Drennan, founder of...

By Edward Drennan, Serving the Oakville, Ontario Area
(Century 21 Dreams)
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Creating an eye appealing, practical and space efficient laundry space helps increase the value and interest of your home, while helping to create a more enjoyable laundry experience! Welcome back! This is the second in a series of design inspirations co-written with Livia Drennan, founder of You...

By Jenny Persha
(Keller Williams)
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Wisconsin residents are very lucky to have Focus On Energy.  We all pay an extra "fee" on our energy bills which goes to fund the Focus programs.   Their site states: Focus on Energy works with eligible Wisconsin residents and businesses to install cost effective energy efficiency and renewable e...

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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An associate who also writes for the same website that I do -- except I am the homebuying expert and he writes about home improvements -- noted some of my comments as a Sacramento Realtor in an article about hardwood floors. Well, he spelled my name not as Elizabeth, which is my name, but as Liz....

By Stewart Penn - BRE# 01339266, Stewart Penn - Associate Broker
(Windermere Real Estate - Palm Springs)
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Stylish and Fun - Mid Century Modern clock by Stevotomic Just Modern Palm Springs  - Showroom & Store901 N Palm Canyon Dr. #101, Palm Springs, CA 92262Tel: 760-322-5600Visit our website: justmoderndecor.com

By Scott Gleason, Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist
(RE/MAX Select)
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According to Safeguard the World, one US home is broken into every 13 seconds. A home without a security system is three times as likely to be broken into than one with a system in place. But, does a security system add value to your Westfield home? Yes. And in more ways than one. Why Should I In...

By Mullen Real Estate Team, Realtor, CPA, CDPE, MBA
(RE/MAX Professional Associates)
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By: Lisa Rogack Here’s a surprisingly functional way to achieve a forever-organized home. You don’t need tons of time to achieve the uncluttered, tidy home of your dreams. You just need a strategy to get there — a really simple one that fits into your life without sucking up hours you can’t spare...

By KW Island Living, Ask for the Best, Ask for KW Island Living!
(KW Island Living)
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A couple of weeks ago, we blogged about tips for landscaping your Maui home with native Hawaiian plant species to enhance beauty, reduce water bills, and support the ecosystem. Coincidentally, a new patio furniture store opened on Maui shortly after, so if you've got the landscaping planned out b...

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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These are changing times.New home designs and remodeling plans are calling for a large room at the back of the house. It combines the kitchen, dining area and space for entertaining family and guests.Because new homes may not be as large as they were a decade ago, the formal living room, which wa...

By The Scott Loper Team Bux-Mont Premier Properties
(Keller Williams Real Estate - Montgomeryville)
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4 Tips for Refinishing Your Basement You probably have an idea of your perfect basement fixed in your head, but there are many decisions that go into achieving the space you're envisioning. What are some commonly overlooked dos and don'ts that you should know before you begin to finish or refinis...

By Claude Cross, Charlotte NC Homes For Sale
(Homes By Cross, Inc. )
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Maintenance Tips for a Long Lasting Home HVAC SystemOne of the last things you want in your Ardrey home for sale is a broken HVAC system. Repairing or replacing costs thousands of dollars, and no one wants to buy a house if they are responsible for this cost right away. Read this article for main...

By Kurt Hoes, Home Inspector servicing Northeast Ohio
(North Ohio Property Inspection)
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Your home is your biggest investment and if you do not give it the proper care and maintenance, it can become your biggest nightmare. There are many small tasks and projects that need to be attended to on a regular basis, but because they are small, it is easy for them to go unnoticed.In the dail...