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.

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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 Rhonda Sanderson, Pillar To Post resident Blogger
(Pillar To Post Home Inspectors)
Comments 12
It’s hurricane season, that’s pretty clear. What’s worse is the August September season, at least in Florida, is now extended through November. So, we are facing a longer season, more intense storms and hurricanes, and more frequent touchdowns which all spells disaster.  Yet many of the areas tha...
Avoiding the most common design mistakes may not be as easy as most think, because even beautiful homes are guilty of one or a few. While styling one’s home is one’s prerogative, it is best to steer away from common design mistakes to ensure a professionally styled look. The following are what to...

By Michele Cadogan, 917-861-9166 - Brooklyn Real Estate Home Sales
(Fillmore Real Estate Brooklyn New York)
Comments 1
  Fall Home Maintenance Checklist   Clean Gutters and downspouts- make sure that water drains away from the foundation Change summer screens on doors and windows Check and replace weather stripping or caulking around windows and doors to help prevent drafts Check flashing around the seams of your...

By The Scott Loper Team Bux-Mont Premier Properties
(Keller Williams Real Estate - Montgomeryville)
Comments 1
Must-Have Kitchen Storage Solutions to Consider The steps you take when thinking about important factors like storage space will make or break your home improvement project. Whether you're building a new kitchen in your home or renovating an existing one, you should consider everything from built...

By Rhonda Sanderson, Pillar To Post resident Blogger
(Pillar To Post Home Inspectors)
Comments 12
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 Donnie Keller, Reata Realty - Delivering Excellence
(The Reata Realty Group)
Comments 0
 As we get further into the fall months, homeowners must prepare for the inevitable: winter. While the weather has not gotten too bad, it’s nice to make full use of the last days before the major cold hits to uncover damages your home has undergone throughout the past year andprevent  the bad wea...

By Duane West
(3R's Construction Management LLC)
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 Outdoor Living InspirationOregonians can't let a little rain dampen their outdoor entertaining experiences. Here in Salem, we adjust as needed to make good use of our homes and outdoor living space!Decks, patios, pergolas, and gazebos are great additions to your home. A deck expands your options...

By Terry McCarley, REALTOR, SRES, CDPE - Cape Coral, FL
(REMAX Realty Team - Cape Coral FL)
Comments 0
This is an excellent post from Rhonda Sanderson of Pillar To Post.  Having experienced hurricane damage myself I found the advice in the article to be invaluable.  It’s hurricane season, that’s pretty clear. What’s worse is the August September season, at least in Florida, is now extended through...

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 Sacramento Home Worth? Please call us to discuss your potential Home Value in Sacramento, CA 916-660-5823. Click here to use our FREE Online Home Value Estimator. Call for a FREE consultation There...

By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Platinum Properties)
Comments 12
Fall Home Maintenance for Your Clarksville TN HomeFall has arrived and that means it's time to do some home maintenance on your Clarksville home. The days may still be hot but don't let that fool you. Cooler temps are on the way and you need to prepare your home. If you want to own a home in Clar...

By Rei Mesa
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty)
Comments 0
Maybe you have lived in your Marco Island home for a decade or two, or perhaps you are in the process of buying one. Whatever the case may be, you want to have ideal flooring in your place. For many people, vinyl flooring is the best. It is also known to be quite practical for representing indivi...

By E. Steve Banis, Jr., Investor and SC Real Estate Agent
(South Carolina Homes Inc.)
Comments 3
1. Misidentification and Wrong Treatment for ProblemsIf your yard is unhealthy and you misdiagnose the problem and then use the wrong treatment, your yard could wind up looking even worse. Sometimes it’s difficult to determine whether your lawn is suffering from an insect problem or fungal issues...

By Richard Woodward NMLS#217454, Service Beyond Expectations! Your Texas Lender
(Service First Mortgage, NMLS #166487)
Comments 0
Fannie Mae’s Homestyle Renovation mortgage, VA’s Renovation, and FHA’s 203(k) and (FHA 203K Streamline) loan programs are designed to finance the purchase and renovation of your home, all in one loan.The first thing most people want to do when they buy their home is – “make it theirs”. Renovation...

By the johns family team, inc., Your Johnson County Residential Specialist
(the johns family team, inc.)
Comments 1
Paint?  New floors?  Or update the fixtures?  What are the best thigns to udpate when you're  getting ready to sell your home? 

By Noah Seidenberg, Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
Comments 43
Less popular features:1. Fireplaces: Numbers of fireplaces in homes have been on the decline in the past few years, one or maybe two is enough for most people. 2. Carpet: Hardwood flooring seems to be the number one request by buyers in terms of flooring.  17% of new homes contain carpet througho...

By Gary Frimann, REALTOR and Broker
(Eagle Ridge Realty / Signature Homes & Estates)
Comments 4
Well, it is rainy season again here in California.  This is the time when roofing leaks appear, causing moisture to go where it isn't suppose to.  It is important to get roof leaks fixed, as the moisture intrusion can cause mold and other issues.Below is an Infographic on the 5 most common roofin...

By Paul Antonelli, Broker Owner; NextHome Antonelli Realty
(NextHome Antonelli Realty)
Comments 1
It is a wonderful thing being a homeowner, but there are so many tasks to keep up with. Laundry, dishes, mopping, you name it. We have heard cleaning tips our whole lives, but  1. Bleach is the best cleaner for your bathroomLeslie Reichert, cleaning coach and author of "The Joy of Green Cleaning....

By James Murr, www.cortiersrealestate.com
(Cortiers Real Estate)
Comments 2
The mind boggling decision… Granite? Or Quartz? If you are shopping for a new kitchen countertop, you have most likely boiled it down to one of these two for their durability and easy cleaning. Here are some highlighted differences to assist you in making your future countertop decision. GraniteG...

By Rei Mesa
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty)
Comments 0
It is possible for a Vero Beach homeowner to remodel his or her kitchen without spending a small fortune. You just have to know what you are doing. You should begin by setting a budget. Put a number on how much money you are willing to spend and stick to it. Doing so can be a life-saver when it c...

By Michael McGlynn, Buyers Like Mike!....Find Out Why!
(Celebrity Homes)
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Home is a place you should feel safe and secure. Sometimes, we take it for granted and unfortunately, we do need to remain vigilant about things we do that could compromise our safety. Here are a few tips to consider:  Everyone loves an inviting home including burglars. Make sure it looks occupie...